Public Board Meeting – November 15
A Board of Education Public Board Meeting takes place on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. Visit our Public Meetings web page for information on how you can participate and to review the meeting agenda and board package (the latter is posted on the Thursday afternoon preceding the public meeting).
Introduction to the Philosophy of Restorative Justice in Education – November 16
Learn about what restorative justice is, how it is used on the North Shore, and the fundamentals of a restorative justice circle practice. Presented by North Vancouver PAC and North Shore Restorative Justice Society, this online session is offered on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. Register in advance through Zoom.
Keeping Kids Safe: Cybersafety and Sexual Exploitation Education – November 17 and 23
The school district and North Vancouver RCMP Youth Intervention Unit invite families* of students in Grades 9 and 10 to attend one of two 90-minute sessions happening this month. These sessions complement presentations being delivered across the school district to students in Grades 9 and 10. Families will learn about digital consent, healthy boundaries, grooming warning signs, and exploitation trends happening through games, activities and multimedia (i.e., social media).
For more information and to RSVP for the in-person Thursday, November 17 session and/or online Wednesday, November 23 session, visit the school district’s website.
*While these sessions are targeted to families of students in Grades 9 and 10, they are open to all parents/guardians.
Standing Committee Meeting - November 22
A Board of Education Standing Committee Meeting takes place on Tuesday, November 22 at 7 p.m. Visit our Public Meetings web page for information on how you can participate and to review the meeting agenda (the latter is posted on the Thursday afternoon preceding the public meeting).
An evening with Storyteller Kung Jaadee Haida – November 23
Join the North Vancouver PAC for an evening with Storyteller Kung Jaadee Haida, on Wednesday, November 23 at 7 p.m. at the NVSD Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue. For more information and to register (required), please visit Eventbrite.
Digital Media Youth Expo – December 10
Hosted by the school district’s Digital Media Academy (DMA) at Argyle Secondary on Saturday, December 10 from 12 noon to 3 p.m., this annual free event is open to students, families and staff and is an opportunity to learn about the educational and employment opportunities available in digital media.
Representatives from a variety of Lower Mainland post-secondary schools, local and global organizations, industry experts, and studios involved in all aspects of digital media (e.g., visual effects, animation, film, sound design, photography, web design, game design, virtual reality etc.) will be in attendance. More information is available on the Digital Media Youth Expo website.
PATHS – Exhibition open
This year’s fall exhibition, PATHS, examines how paths connect us and the collective stories they hold. PATHS brings together works from Artists for Kids’ permanent collection, including recent acquisitions from Charlene Vickers, Russna Kaur and Angela George. For information about this exhibition hosted at the Gordon Smith Gallery, visit the exhibition web page.
Advanced Placement Exams - Register by November 10
Handsworth is offering a wide range of AP exams for self-study students in May 2023. The deadline to register and remit payment is Thursday, November 10. Visit the Advanced Placement web page for more information.
2023/2024 Kindergarten – Registration open
Register for priority placement for 2023/2024 Kindergarten (children born in 2018) before Friday, December 9. Detailed instructions on the registration process, including forms and documentation required, are available on the Kindergarten registration web page.
North Vancouver Online Learning - Registration open
NVOL provides engaging and interactive learning experiences for students and adult learners. Students can choose from a full suite of courses from Grades 8 through 12 in both English and French.
Students can choose to engage in their NVOL courses entirely remotely online or in a blended model of online and in-person learning at the NVOL Centre. The flexibility NVOL offers allows students to take additional courses or adjust their schedules to meet the demands of their busy lives.
Additional Information and Opportunities
Book Buddies – November 5, 12, 19, 26
Offered by the North Vancouver District Public Library, Book Buddies is a one-on-one reading program where developing readers are matched with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book Buddies is offered to kids ages 6-11 at Parkgate Library. For more information and to register (required), visit the North Vancouver District Public Library website.
Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints and Cyberbullying – November 15 and 30
Presented by erase, these online sessions for students and families cover all things digital, from how to be a good digital citizen to the criminal consequences of cyberbullying. Some of the most prominent concerns currently surrounding students’ use of social media platforms and smartphones will be discussed. For more information and to register, visit erase:
Work and Wellness: Supporting Youth Employment – November 16
Foundry North Shore (Vancouver Coastal Health) invites youth and their families to learn about its new Work and Education Program and how mental health intersects with and impacts work and education goals for youth. Reserve your spot for this in-person event that takes place on Wednesday, November 16, at 7 p.m. at the NVSD Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue.
Reminder: Supporting students and families in the community
Through the Student and Family Affordability Fund (SFAF), the school district is supporting students and their families who are feeling financially challenged due to the rising costs of living.
To request financial support at any time throughout the 2022-2023 school year for expenses including:
- School fees (e.g., fees for school sports and other school activities)
- School/course supplies:
- Basic school supplies that may otherwise be purchased by families and students, such as pens, paper, etc.
- Additional supplies for shop, culinary and craft classes, workbooks, camps, one-day field trips, cultural events, student society meetings including those related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and instrument and equipment fees.
- Clothing/footwear required for school sports or other school activities
- Basic necessities
- Athletic wear (for school athletics)
- Family food security (groceries)
- PAC hot lunch
- One-day field trips
Please complete the form(s) available on the Student and Family Affordability Fund web page and submit the form(s) in confidence to either your child’s teacher, principal, school counsellor or front office staff. Should you have any questions or need support completing the form(s), please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page or speak with your child’s principal.