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Superintendent’s Report to the Board | April 2023

Circle of Care: Students

  • Welcoming you to Kindergarten – KinderSPARK! & SPARK! to Kindergarten Upcoming Programs: Registration is now open for families with a child entering kindergarten next fall to join these two wonderful and supportive transition programs kicking off this April. (1b)
  • Elementary Basketball Playdays: On March 7th the elementary Grade 6/7 girls basketball teams were hosted by Chatelech Secondary for their annual playday. The Grade 6/7 boys basketball playday took place at Elphinstone Secondary on April 3rd. Fun was had by all! (1g)
  • April is Earth Month and April 22nd is Earth Day! The Environmental Education and Climate Action Committee has prepared many offerings and resources for staff and students for April. Last year, the committee established a network throughout the district of Environmental School Leads to create action and change at each of the schools and they have continued their good work this year. Annually, the SOS Students on Shorelines Cleanup is an opportunity for students and staff to make a difference in our community during Earth Month. The committee has also created an Earth Day Resource Kit: Going Green Menu of Ideas for staff and an E3 Online Atlas with shared lessons outside on the Sunshine Coast to help students and staff to get outside. (1i)
  • Firefighters Academy: 10 students recently completed the second Firefighter academy, demonstrating their skills gained over the two-week spring break training. Hosted by members of our local fire hall and supported by Chief Pike, students gained valuable job and life skills during this strenuous training session. Everyone was impressed by their commitment. Parents and students alike were also very grateful for the opportunity provided by the district and local fire detachments in putting on this event for the second year. (1l)

Circle of Care: Staff

  • Spring Break Training Offerings: CUPE staff were offered a variety of professional development opportunities during the second week of spring break. The offerings included Positive Discipline in the Classroom and CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training. (2b)
  • SPARK! to Secondary is open for registration and offers four virtual sessions for all parents/caregivers with children entering high school next year. These sessions are offered through a grant from United Way of the Lower Mainland’s School’s Out Program and will be occurring in May and June. Topics covered include the emotional world of adolescence, navigating the secondary social scene, supporting healthy independence, supporting success with homework and routines and keeping the lines of communication open. (2e)
  • Report Cards and Teacher and Family/Caregiver Meetings: Report Cards went home on March 3rd and the following week early dismissal days occurred on Wednesday and Thursday to accommodate the opportunity for families to connect with teachers regarding their child’s learning journeys. (2e)

Circle of Care: Community

  • School Food Programs: We are thrilled by the recent announcement from the Minister of Education and Child Care regarding the contribution of $214 million dollars over the next three years towards food programs in BC Schools. Through the work of the SD46 Food in Schools Review Committee, Sunshine Coast Community Schools, and School PACs, our district is in an excellent position to continue to prioritize school food programs in our district.  Over the next three years, these additional funds will help increase stigma-free access to nutritious food for all of our students. (3b, 3c)
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