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April 11th, 2019


Dear Panther Families,

As April showers start quickly at unexpected times, please ensure your child has clothes to wear in the rainy, sunny, windy weather will make for pleasant adventures on the playground.   As well, all students need to have a pair of shoes they change into for inside the school.

We are very appreciative of our Facilities staff who have rebuilt the garden boxes and paved the play area at the front of the school.  It looks wonderful!


The Student Learning Survey

The Satisfaction Survey is an annual province-wide census of Grades 4, 7, 10 and 12 students, their parents and staff in public schools. The questions were developed with input from partner groups, teachers and experts in educational measurement and special education.

It usually takes about 30 minutes to complete the required survey questions – it may take longer depending on the number of questions added by schools and districts.

Surveys are to be completed by parents with children in Grades 4, 7, 10, and 12. A parent may complete a survey for

each child in the targeted grades.  Please contact Terri in the office and she will give you a unique login for the website below.



Bus Registration Opens April 12

School bus registration for the 2019/20 school year opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 12!
(This is for school bussing starting in September)

Many of our buses and routes fill quickly. Please register close to opening so that you get a spot!

As in previous years, we will be using the School Cash Online system for school bus registration. Registration is of course, free for families.

Register here

Please note:

  • Registration will open on time
  • Parents will not be able to select bus routes.
  • Experienced Transportation staff will place your child(ren) on the best routes as per your home address and school.
  • If you register by June 1, you will be notified as to which bus routes your child(ren) will be on before the end of the school year.
  • Bus passes will be handed out to middle and secondary students prior to or during the first week of school in September
  • Bus passes only apply to middle and secondary school students. Attendance will be taken in the elementary grades.
  • Drivers will begin enforcing passes during the first week of school in September.

Questions? Please check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions near the bottom of the Transportation page or contact the Transportation Department via email or call (250) 474-9845. Due to volume of inquiries, please allow 3-4 business days to receive a response.



The Moon of Opening Hands – April

 Just as we open our hands to say “HÍSW̱ḴE” (thank you, SENĆOŦEN) all of the plants and trees are opening their petals and leaves to say “welcome”. All of nature is blooming and the Earth is renewing its strength.

This month, there is much less rain and the weather is much warmer; this helps dry out the land and enables the drying and preservation of foods. XEL,XEL,J (Brant geese, SENĆOŦEN ) were hunted and dried during this time. Clams, oysters, and mussels are also at their best.

Cedar trees are fallen at this time to cure for making things such as canoes. The warmer weather causes the sap to run, making it easier to strip the bark to weave for things such as clothing, baskets, and mats.

Before sheep were raised for wool, the Saanich people used goat and dog hair for spinning yarn! Their primary source of wool was a white, small, woolly dog that would shed during the warmer months; the hair would be gathered for carding and later, knitting.

Things to think about:

  • What animal hair or wool is used in other countries?
  • Have you ever tried digging for clams, or harvesting mussels or oysters?
  • How do you think cedar bark would be stripped from the tree?


Important Information

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

Parenting in the Digital Age – April 30th at EMCS 6-8pm, registration is on the Pacific Centre Facebook page.

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. RSVP to jdeboice@sd62.bc.ca


Important Dates

April 11th – Early Dismissal

April 12th – Non-instructional Day

April 19th – Good Friday

April 22nd – Easter Monday

May 1st – Camp Thunderbird Parent Meetings 3pm and 6pm

May 10th – Non-Instructional Day

May 20th – Victoria Day

June 5th – Talent Show

June 14th – Fun Day

June 19th-21st Camp Thunderbird (Grades 4 and 5)

June 26th – Beach Day

June 27th – Last day of school and End of Year Assembly






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.