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Superintendent’s Report to the Board | May 2021

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Circle of Care: Students 1. a) MDI: School data for the 2020/2021 school year is now available and district data will be available in June. Teachers, counsellors and principals will be supporting the strengthening of student voice by participating in training on May 13th to review lesson plans which will engage students so that they see their voice reflected in the data, celebrate strengths and notice gaps and then plan action as a response to what they see and discuss. This will be happening in grade 5, 7 and 8 classrooms across the district. (1a, 1f)

Circle Of Care: Students

  1. MDI:School data for the 2020/2021 school year is now available and district data will be available in June. Teachers, counsellors and principals will be supporting the strengthening of student voice by participating in training on May 13th to review lesson plans which will engage students so that they see their voice reflected in the data, celebrate strengths and notice gaps and then plan action as a response to what they see and discuss.  This will be happening in grade 5, 7 and 8 classrooms across the district.  (1a, 1f)
  2. Sechelt Early Years Centre: All year we have been actively constructing a new Sechelt Early Years Centre which will house our Family Resource Program.  Childcare BC’s New Spaces Fund is supporting the creation of 12 new infant/toddler spaces, 25 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 30 spaces for school-age children, under the one Family Resource Program roof.  In this newly renovated Family Resource Program space, families will be able to access drop-in programs, child care, information and resources about child development, staff from partner agencies, and our family support navigators.  Construction is expected to be completed this summer! (1b)
  3. Substance Use Panels: Grade 7 across the district received a taped zoom with a variety of professionals providing information and resources related to substance use and mental health.  They then had a “live” zoom with the same professionals to ask questions and engage in dialogue about substance use and how to make safe and good choices.  Students were also given postcards with relevant information and resources to keep on hand for the future. (1f, 1g)
  4. Sleep Week: With the supportof our District Inclusion Support Team, we’ve joined a movement of communities across Canada who are empowering families with knowledge and techniques to support mental well-being through the power of healthy sleep.  SD46’s first sleep week is running all this week with student activities, daily themes, information for teachers and families and prizes! (1g)
  5. Girls Only Coding Workshop:10 to 12 year olds are invited to this virtual workshop tomorrow at 3:30. This opportunity was created in collaboration with Green Bricks and Science Odyssey. (1j)
  6. Music Monday: On Monday May 3, hundreds of thousands of children, youth, teachers, parents and community members across Canada joined #TogetherInHarmony for Music Monday. SD46 is proud of the music program we have built across the district and the work that is being done with the district Fine Arts Committee. The committee is currently developing a three year vision and plan to move students’ Arts learning forward in our district. (1k)

Circle of Care: Staff

  1. Covid-19 Vaccinations: Vancouver Coastal Health invited all SD46 employees to their first K-12 educational staff clinic on April 30th and more staff vaccination clinic opportunities are available this month. (2a)

Circle of Care: Community

  1. Framework for Enhancing Student Learning: Our district is a part of a Ministry pilot project to implement the expectations of the “Framework for Enhancing Student Learning”. From this work staff are developing an SD46 “Enhancing Student Learning Report” which will be brought to committee for review prior to submission to the Ministry. (3a)
  2. Intergovernmental Meeting: Yesterday we hosted the virtual spring intergovernmental meeting. The focus of this meeting was ‘supporting children, youth and families’. (3b)
  3. National Day of Mourning:On April 28th each year, we honour the lives of those that have been injured or lost their lives to workplace injury or disease in B.C. Educational tool kits are shared with teachers to address this very important day in the school setting. (3c)
  4. National Mental Health Week: The week of May 3rd we celebrated the 70th annual CMHA Mental Health Week. This year the awareness campaign focused on #GetReal about how you feel. Name it, don’t numb it. FamilySmart also offered our community the opportunity to join an online session on May 7th: Conversations about Mental Health: What it sounds like at different ages. (3c)
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