North Vancouver School District
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Educational Continuity for Elementary Learners

Welcome Families of North Vancouver School District

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all"

~ Aristotle

Your child's school and teacher will continue to be your best guide to continuing learning at home while in-class instruction is suspended.  We know that you as parents and guardians will need to adjust learning for your children in a way that is most meaningful for your family. This website with links to learning activities, tips and resources, is offered as support.


You may find it helpful as you explore learning with your child, to provide structure with BC's Core Competencies. The Core Competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need in order to engage in deep, lifelong learning. There are three Core Competencies (Personal and Social, Communication, and Thinking) and each of these have sub-competencies. To start, you may wish to use one of the Self-Assessment of the Core Competencies tools (options below) to engage your child in a conversation about their identity in the world, both as an individual and as a member of the community.  For your guidance, we have provided instructions.

Family Instructions for Personal-Social, Communication, and Thinking SACC.pdf 

Throughout the month, when your child completes an assignment or activity, or even at times when learning happens in less structured ways at home, you might help them connect their learning back to this competency by encouraging reflection on their strengths or by acknowledging their action in support of others.  At the end of the month your child can return to the same page of the self-assessment to reflect on their learning.  

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For more information on B.C.'s Core Competencies, please visit the B.C. Curriculum website.


           Personal and Social Core Competency

Personal Awareness and Responsibility SACC.pdf     
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity SACC.pdf

Social Awareness and Responsibility SACC.pdf

Communications Core Competency

Communicating SACC.pdf

Collaborating SACC.pdf

Thinking Core Competency

Creative Thinking SACC.pdf

Critical Thinking SACC.pdf

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Thank you to Tchilaqs7Tchila (Gordon Dick) member of the Tsleil Waututh Nation for the above artwork

LEARNING INVOLVES PATIENCE AND TIME                                                                                                

Learning involves patience and time, and it is not limited to academic tasks or textbooks.  Teachers understand that you will make decisions to help your child stay healthy and happy, and sometimes that may mean playing a board game or making cupcakes together.  When we return to a regular classroom, our teachers will meet their students where they are and support them with the full understanding that learning was interrupted.  Until then, we appreciate the privilege of working in partnership with you to continue learning at home.


We encourage you to visit the BC Ministry of Education's B.C. Keep Learning website.  It is updated daily, and includes tips for staying healthy, suggestions for structuring learning at home, and a list of recommended websites and resources to support learning while families are at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and suspension of in-class instruction.

Some of our favourite activities, sites and resources connected with health, navigating change and the Core Competencies include: