Message from the Vice-Principal
We have had an incredibly busy and exciting month of May – using the outdoors as a classroom and really enjoying hands-on learning. We all had a wonderful time at Spanish Banks where everyone had the opportunity to release a salmon, to hike in the Pacific Spirit Regional Park and to play on the beach. We had a great day and are very thankful to the parent volunteers who were able to join us and also to the PAC who provided such a wonderful lunch. I don’t think any of us will forget it.
Everyone participated in Keep Vancouver Spectacular last week and had fun collecting lots of litter from our neighbourhood. Also we continue to appreciate our PAC garden committee volunteers for working with students in the school garden.
Next week is Bike to School week! Students are encouraged to bike or scooter to school. Those who do, will have the chance of winning tickets to Playland as well as to fuel up on some healthy snacks provided by the HUB cycling coalition.
Finally, thank you to PAC for enriching our curriculum in so many ways. This month we have had the Orff music program, Marnie Goldenberg, sexual health educator, Musewest concert pianists and singers and so many parents who have given their time to help classes.
School organization for 2016—2017
We currently have 55 students registered at Garibaldi Annex in September, which includes 8 Kindergarten students. We have been allocated three classroom teachers and so at this time, if numbers remain the same, we expect to have a K/1 class, a 2/3 class and a 3/4 class.
We had one of our fire drills two weeks ago at 9:10am and it brought to our attention that teachers are not taking attendance when school starts at 9:00am because a number of students arrive after this time. This is a Health and Safety issue as attendance informs staff who is in the building in the case of an emergency and last week, we did not have these records. We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to get here for 9:00am so if there is an issue which makes it challenging for your child to arrive at school for the start of the school day, please let your child’s teacher know. Thank you for your help in this matter.
The calendar for the school year 2016-2017 has been approved (please see below for a downloadable pdf). It will be posted on the school website and a hard copy will be sent home today. Copies are always available from the school office as well.
On the evening of Monday 16th May, along with more than 100 parents and Administrators from schools on the Eastside of Vancouver, two Garibaldi parents and I attended the Parent Information night for the ‘redesigned curriculum’ at Templeton Secondary. We learned that the rationale for redesigning the curriculum is to ensure that BC students develop the skills and competencies needed to meet the demands of the 21st Century workplace. As well as having the opportunity to discuss what this will look like in practice we also looked at the timeline for the implementation of the redesigned curriculum. The website that we accessed that evening is available at:
The PowerPoint is available here: Redesigned Curriculum VSB | Garibaldi Annex PAC
Sustainability Action Plan
The VSB has the goal of becoming the Greenest School District in North America and is asking for input from school communities on how we can accomplish this. You can contribute ideas by completing an online survey or attending a workshop. Details about these can be found at www.vsb.bc.ca/vsb-green-board
May 30 – June 3 Bike to School Week
June 1 Welcome to Kindergarten at 1:15 pm
June 10 Sports Day
June 15 PAC Meeting and Elections at 6:00 pm
June 23 Year end Family BBQ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Long Range Facility Plan
The consultation process has finished and the Board of Trustees approved a proposal based upon stakeholder feedback on Tuesday 24th May. Stakeholder feedback taken from the Ipsos Survey identified the top priorities for VBE schools as:
- Innovative and supportive learning environments
- Seismically safe buildings
A significant majority of those people said they would be supportive of closing schools if it meant:
- speeding up seismic upgrades (67%)
- building new schools in areas of growth (72%)
- combining two neighbouring schools to build a new school (67%)
- a closed school could be used for community services (70%)
- reducing VSB operating costs (56%)
It is the intent of District staff to provide a preliminary list of possible school closures for Board consideration on June 20, 2016. The earliest that schools on this list can be closed will be September 2017. There are a number of factors that are taken into consideration for a school to be put on the list – the report can be found at:
The next PAC meeting with PAC elections for 2016-17, will be at 6:00pm on Wednesday 15th June.
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