School board meeting Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The school board will be holding their regularly scheduled board meeting at the school district office tonight at 7pm. It is expected that the school board will be making a decision regarding policy 5119 at this meeting, which governs catchment, kindergarten registration, transfers, and choice programs.

There are new revisions to the revisions of the policy in the board agenda package, starting on page 15: Agenda package

Board meetings are also broadcast live online, for those interested in the topic but unable to attend the meeting.

School newsletter, January 25, 2011

School Newsletter in PDF format

PAC Newsletter January 24, 2011

2011 January 24 Newsletter in PDF format

Important Dates

  • Thursday, January 27th – Pajama day
  • January 27th – Lost Cause Rock Concert, Grades 6 and 7, 1:15pm
  • January 28th – Pro-D day
  • February 4th – Bonhomme Carnaval – whole school event, 12:30pm
  • February 9th – Next PAC meeting
  • February 25th – Primary Report Card Writing Day, no school K to 3
  • February 25th – Grade 7 Basketball Tournament at school
  • March 4 – Pro-D day
  • March 11th – Family Dance
  • March 21 to 25 – Spring Break

Volunteer Coordination

While Yvonne Parkinson is away, Lesley Lindsey will be handling volunteer coordination. Please contact her at kyleandlesley@hotmail.com or (250) 961-9490 if any questions.

Kindergarten Registration

Do you know anyone considering registering their child at Heather Park next year? Please let them know that there are tours for parents interested in seeing our school in action.  Tours are taking place at 11:00 AM on Mondays and Wednesday on January 24, 26 and 31. Please contact the school to book a tour. Additionally, there is a French parent information night for parents interested in finding out more about the French program Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 7pm. Also, the online student transfer process will open at 9:00 am on Monday, February 7 and will close at 3:00 pm on March 18th.

Fundraising Update – Raffle

The PAC will be doing a raffle starting on January 31 to February 14, with a draw date of February 25th.

We will be raffling off 4 hockey tickets to a Vancouver Canucks game, airfare for 4, and hotel accommodation. There will be 800 books of tickets, 10 tickets per book, $2/ticket. Each book will also have an extra ticket at the back, and for each student that sells a full book they will be able to enter a draw for a sports package.

Kindergarten / grade one students will have a letter sent home with them asking for parental permission for sending a book of tickets home. All other students will receive a book of tickets in class.

Fundraising Update – Purdy’s

The Purdy’s Easter Catalogue is being sent out the 2nd week of March, closing the end of March. We will need volunteer help in collecting and organizing the order forms.

School Planning Council

On February 9th, the PAC will be holding elections for the School Planning Council. Interested in running? We need you! Through these Councils, parents partner with educators in planning for improvement of student achievement in our schools. Every SPC includes three representatives of the school PAC, elected by the PAC. Please email help@heatherparkpac.info for more information.

Communications

Do you really need a paper copy of this newsletter? Go to the PAC website, enter your email address under “Get Updates by Email” on the right,  and add your children’s names to discontinue paper copies.

French Immersion Information Night and Registration

ATTENTION:
Parents of children entering Kindergarten in Sept 2011

Have you considered French Immersion?

French Immersion offers students significant advantages:

Broadens cultural experience
Promotes long term academic success
Option to be bilingual as an adult
Enhances job opportunities
Develops advanced linguistic skills

Want to Learn More?

Please come to our parent information night on January 25 @ 7:00 PM at 7151 Heather Park Rd.
Remember: K Registration is Feb 2
Phone us at 250 962 1811 for more info

See poster linked below:

Ecole_Heather_Park_Elementary_School_Poster

Newsletter delayed until tomorrow!!

We’ve had a busy day in the office and will need one more day to publish our newsletter!!  Thank you for your patience.

Foundation Skills Assessment Information

Today we are sending home a letter from Superintendent, Brian Pepper, with information on the Foundation Skills Assessment for grade4 and 7 students — see link below for electronic version.  Please take time to look over this letter.  Students in grades 4 and 7 will participate in this assessment between January 17 and February 25, 2011.

2011.01.11 FSA Letter to Parents

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More about FSA

The Foundation Skills Assessment is an annual province-wide assessment of British Columbia students’ academic skills, and provides a snapshot of how well BC students are learning foundation skills in Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Numeracy.

The main purpose of the assessment is to help the province, school districts, schools and school planning councils evaluate how well students are achieving basic skills, and make plans to improve student achievement. FSA is designed and developed by British Columbia educators. The skills tested are linked to the provincial curriculum and provincial performance standards.

The assessment is administered annually to Grade 4 and 7 students in public and provincially funded independent schools.

Foundation Skills Assessment Information for Parents

The Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) – tests of reading, writing and math delivered province-wide every year in Grades 4 and 7 – are coming up. Schools are expected to administer the tests between Jan. 17 and Feb. 25 this year.

The B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) has  developed an FSA information kit for parents. Find it here.

The B.C. Education Ministry has prepared a brochure advising parents why it thinks the tests are important. In summary, it says the tests help determine whether students are learning vital skills and improving over time, if there are any significant trends in schools, districts or across the province and how certain groups of students (such as aboriginals) are doing. Find the brochure here.

The BCTF plans to distribute its own brochures in opposition to the tests, saying they are expensive, contribute nothing to learning, detract from more meaningful activities and lead to school rankings by the Fraser Institute. Find the BCTF brochures here.

A letter will soon be distributed from the school district for parents of grade 4 and 7 students.