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Superintendent’s Report to the Board | June 2021

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Circle of Care: Students 1. a) Literacy Joy! Many teachers attended the ‘Psst…Don’t Tell Your Friends’ event and ordered new books for their classroom libraries. Also, books for children newborn to age 12 are available for students across the coast to borrow this summer through the WonderWheels Bookmobile and in Summer StrongStart programming. (1d)

Circle Of Care: Students

  1. Literacy Joy! Many teachers attended the ‘Psst…Don’t Tell Your Friends’ event and ordered new books for their classroom libraries. Also, books for children newborn to age 12 are available for students across the coast to borrow this summer through the WonderWheels Bookmobile and in Summer StrongStart programming. (1d)
  2. Graduation Ceremonies: GradsBC visited all secondary schools in May to film grads and dignitaries as they put together video tributes to our graduating students. The graduation videos will be available for virtual viewing at scheduled release dates in the fourth week of June. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2021! We are immensely proud of you!! We are also proud of our SD46 6-year graduation completion rates which for the 2019-2020 school year were 84% for all students and 85% for Indigenous students. (1l)

Circle of Care: Staff

  1. Retirement celebrations are necessarily less elaborate this year. We will celebrate our retirees with a gift and written appreciation for their work. (2a)
  2. Service Awards: Staff who have served 5, 10, 15, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years with our district were honoured this year with a gift and written appreciation for their work. (2a)
  3. PRIDE MONTH! The month of June is Pride month and we are proud to be flying the pride flags across the district. Many of our students, staff, parents/guardians and community members identify as members of the Rainbow or LGBT2SQ+community. Flying the Pride flag not only signals that our schools are safe spaces for everyone, it also aligns with our Strategic Plan which affirms our values as a district. (2c)

Circle of Care: Community

  1. SOGI Parent Presentation: On June 1st, SD46 hosted a virtual parent session with special guests Susan Harman of PFLAG Vancouver and Scout Gray, the B.C. SOGI Provincial Lead to provide parents and caregivers with supports and resources. The recording is available on our YouTube channel. (3a)
  2. Celebrating Indigenous Peoples! June is Indigenous History Month, culminating with National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on June 21st. Collaboration in the district continues through the commitment of support staff, teachers, principals, district leadership, the Indigenous community and parents learning together to deepen understanding of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Social Justice for all learners and colleagues. Ensouling our Schools project with Kevin Lamoureux, inquiry through the district Equity Scan, and the work on Inclusion and Indigenous Learning will all continue through next year. (3c)
  3. Mask Makers: The Sechelt Hospital Foundation, Kern’s Furniture and generous community members have funded the creation of student face masks throughout this school year which were sewn by Julie Astalnok, Christine Fearn, Marian Williamson, Karen Biddlecomb and the enthusiastic team of volunteer sewers from the Mask Makers Group, the Sechelt Hospital Auxiliary and the Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild for our students at the secondary and elementary schools. To date, they have delivered 1,492 masks to the secondary schools and 1,439 masks to the elementary schools for a total of 2,931 masks.  We are so thankful to our caring and supportive community! (3c)
  4. Bike to School Week: From May 31st to June 4th, staff, students and the community were encouraged to choose active travel. The health and environmental benefits of active travel are significant. This initiative along with the October Active Transportation Week helps to create positive habits and amore healthy and greener community together! (3f)
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