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April 5th, 2019


Dear Panther Families,

Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a great break and look forward to an exciting last term. A safety reminder to use extreme caution in our school parking lot, parking and walking your child up to the front of the school is a much safer option than having them jump out into the traffic.  We have had some close calls as of late and thought this may be a good time for you to chat with your child on always looking both ways before exiting a vehicle, as well as the importance of using the crosswalks.


Important Information

Journey Open House – Grade 5 students and parents please come to Journey for our Open House on Thursday April 11th from 5-7. This evening will give you look into middle school life and learning at Journey. We will have a Grade 5 Parent Information Meeting from 7-7:30 in the gym. We look forward to seeing all of our Future Journey Dragons and parents at the Open House!

Hockey Academy Registration – is open. Please visit the district website for more information and for registration http://www.sd62.bc.ca/academies/

2019-2020 School Calendar is official – The new calendar for the 2019-2020 school year has been approved by the Board and is attached below.

Sidestepping the Power Struggle with Allison Rees – April 6th & 13th – go to lifeseminars.com

Get Out and Play Poirier!  Grades 3-5, April 8-Jun 10 (no classes April 22 or May 20).  $64 for 8 weeks.  250-642-8000.

A Parent’s Guide to Elementary Math – Come and learn the new math curriculum redesign on Monday, May 13th from 6-7:30pm at the School Board Office. See attachment for details.

Important Dates

April 11th – Jump Rope for Heart

April 11th – Early Dismissal

April 12th – Non-instructional Day

April 19th – Good Friday

April 22nd – Easter Monday

April 30th – Parenting in the Digital Age (6-8pm at EMCS)


April 5, 2019


Dear Parents,

We are having a special day on Thursday, April 11th when we do “Jump Rope for Heart” to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  On this day, all students will rotate through 8 stations in the morning doing fun jump rope activities that promote physical fitness and heart health!  Please make sure that your child comes to school wearing comfortable clothing and running shoes.

Your child should have already brought home an envelope to collect pledges for this event.  He/she can also collect pledges on-line by going to www.jumpropeforheart.ca and registering under our school name by clicking on “join this school”.  Please note that all pledges are due on the day of the event, April 11th.

In order for this day to be a success we are asking for parent volunteers to help out at the various stations, setting up the stations, passing out jump ropes, turning ropes, assisting and encouraging students, etc.  If you are able to offer your assistance please email me at rneilson@sd62.bc.ca or complete the form below and send it back to school with your child by Monday, April 8th.


Thank you,


Rebecca Neilson

Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator


I am available to help out at the Jump Rope for Heart event on Thursday, April 11th    between:


8:45 and 10:30 a.m.__________


Name: ___________________________    Child’s Name:  _____________________


Phone #: _________________________    Email: ___________________________





Total Days in Session 188

Days of Instruction 181

Non-instructional Days 6

Administrative Day 1


School Year begins (All schools in session one-half day) Tues., Sept. 3

Non-instructional Day (District-Wide School Planning) Mon., Sept. 23

Thanksgiving Day Mon., Oct. 14

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development (Provincial) Fri., Oct. 25

Remembrance Day Mon., Nov. 11

*Early Dismissal (three hours for all schools) – Learning Conferences (Parent-Teacher Interviews/conferences) Thurs., Nov. 21

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development Fri., Nov. 22

Last day Before Winter Break Fri., Dec. 20

Winter Vacation (incl. Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) Mon., Dec. 23 – Fri., Jan. 3/20

Schools Reopen Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

Graduation Assessments (Gr. 10 – 12) Jan. 21 – 24

Second Semester Begins (Secondary Schools) Jan. 27

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development (Tri-District) Fri., Feb. 14

 Family Day Mon., Feb. 17

 Last Day before Spring Break Fri., Mar. 13

Spring Break Mon., Mar. 16 – Fri., Mar. 27

Schools Reopen Mon., Mar. 30

*Early Dismissal (three hours for all schools) – Learning Conferences (Parent-Teacher Interviews/conferences) Thurs., Apr. 9 Good Friday Fri., Apr. 10

Easter Monday Mon., Apr. 13

Non-Instructional Day – Professional Development Mon., Apr. 27

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development Fri., May 15

Victoria Day Mon., May 18

Graduation Assessments (Gr. 10 – 12) June 22 – 26

Last Day of School Thurs., June 25

Year-end Administrative Day Fri., June 26

*Nov. 21 & April 9 will remain the Early Dismissal Days; however, the elementary and middle school parent-teacher interviews/conferences may be held

at an earlier date if the local school community deems it to be beneficial for communicating student learning to parents.