Standing Committee Meeting - January 10
A Board of Education Standing Committee Meeting takes place on Tuesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. Visit our Public Meetings web page for information on how you can participate and to review the meeting agenda, which is posted on the Thursday afternoon preceding the public meeting.
White Hatters: Digital Literacy and Internet Safety – January 11
Presented by NVPAC, this webinar, taking place on Wednesday, January 11 at 7 p.m., is designed to help families and caregivers understand both the enabling power of technology and mobile communications and how to mitigate the sometimes unintended consequences of high-risk or challenging online behaviour. Sign up for this webinar through Eventbrite.
Public Board Meeting – January 17
A Board of Education Public Board Meeting takes place on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 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).
White Hatters: Gaming Concerns, Balance, Addictions & Opportunities – January 25
Presented by NVPAC, this webinar, taking place on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 p.m., will help families create a healthy game plan while delving into the research, stories, and firsthand examples of the positives and negatives in the gaming industry. Sign up for this webinar through Eventbrite.
NVSD Chess Championship - February 17
The NVSD Chess Championship returns on Friday, February 17, and will be hosted at the Education Services Centre (2121 Lonsdale Avenue).
The tournament is open to all NVSD students, and all skill levels are welcome. There are two divisions for players to enter (elementary and secondary). While there is no fee to register, pre-registration is required as there is a maximum number of participants in each division.* For more information and to register your child, please visit the event's Information and Registration web page.
*Registration for the elementary division is full; all new entries will be placed on a waitlist. Spaces are still available to register for the secondary division.
PATHS – Exhibition ends February 23
PATHS examines how paths connect us and the collective stories they hold. The exhibition brings together works from Artists for Kids’ permanent collection, including 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.
AFK After School Art – Registration open
Taught by art specialist teachers and assisted by secondary art students, After School Art classes provide students the opportunity to further their artistic ability and foster positive attitudes towards the visual arts. Visit the Artists for Kids website for more information and to register.
AFK Spring Break Camps – Registration open
Students will enjoy a week full of studio art activities including drawing, painting and printmaking taught by an art specialist teacher. Each week will be unique with expert art teachers guiding students to experiment with many art materials and techniques. All materials are provided. Visit the AFK Day Camps web page for more information and to register.
North Vancouver Online Learning - Online registration is OPEN
NVOL provides engaging, accessible and interactive learning experiences for students. Students can enroll any time during the school year and have one calendar year to complete their course. Students can also choose to engage in their NVOL courses entirely remotely online or in a blended model of online and in-person interactions at our NVOL Centre.
Visit the NVOL website to see our full suite of courses from Grades 8 through 12 in both English and French. The French Immersion Online Course offerings allow students the opportunity to meet the requirements of their Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires en Colombie-Britannique online through L' École Virtuelle de Vancouver nord.
Kindergarten registration - ongoing
While registration for 2023/2024 Kindergarten (children born in 2018) priority placement has ended, registration for Kindergarten continues year-round. Registrations will be placed according to space and facilities availability and the date the registration was received.
Parents/legal guardians must book an appointment using our online booking system to register their child in person for Kindergarten. Detailed instructions on the registration process, including forms and documentation required, are available on the Kindergarten Registration web page.
Elementary Band and Strings - Registration begins January 16
Elementary Band and Strings is a unique instrumental music program that complements the Ministry of Education and Child Care’s Arts Education curriculum and provides school-based instrumental instruction to students in Grades 5 – 7 for Band and Grades 4 – 7 for Strings. Registration for the 2023/2024 school year runs from January 16 – February 28.
While there is a Late Registration enrolment period, this is subject to program availability and class size at your child’s school site and is dependent on sufficient registrations received by February 28. Visit the Elementary Band and Strings web page for more information, including program fees.
New registration and transfer requests begins January 23
Priority placement for new registrations and transfers for Grades 1-12 begins on Monday, January 23 and ends on Friday, March 3 at 4 p.m. Visit the 2023/2024 Registrations and Transfer Requests web page for detailed information.
Late French Immersion Information Session & application period – January 23
An information session for Grade 5 students and their families interested in the Late French Immersion program (Grade 6 entry) will be held at École Secondaire Argyle Secondary School on Monday, January 23 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sign up for the session here.
Applications to the program will be accepted beginning Monday, January 23 through to Friday, March 3. For more information about the program, including how to apply, visit our Late French Immersion web page.
Secondary Enhanced Programs & Academies Night – January 26
Families with students in Grades 7 to 11 are invited to learn more about the various enhanced programs and academies offered at secondary schools throughout the school district. The event will take place on Thursday, January 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Sutherland Secondary School (1860 Sutherland Avenue). Sign up to attend here.
Academies – Applications accepted starting January 27
Our highly specialized academies are designed to enhance the overall student experience by providing learning environments that concentrate on a focal skill set. Students in Grades 8 to 12 work towards graduation while accelerating their knowledge and skill development in an area of interest that can form a foundation for successful post-graduation pursuits.
The following academies will be offered during the 2023/2024 school year:
AFK Studio Art | Basketball | Business of Gaming and Entrepreneurship | Dance | Digital Media | Digital Media Lite | Field Hockey | Hockey Skills | Robotics | Rowing | Soccer | Volleyball
- Final academy offerings are subject to sufficient enrolment.
- The application period for academies begins on Friday, January 27 and ends on Monday, February 27.
For more information about our Academies program offerings, please visit our Academies web page and plan on attending the Secondary Enhanced Programs & Academies Night on January 26.
AFK Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Art - Registration opens February 1
Young artists ages 8-15 will explore their surroundings with artist Charlene Vickers in the beautiful setting of Paradise Valley. This overnight camp combines outdoor studio adventures, in-depth instruction in collage, drawing and painting, as well as daily recreational activities such as canoeing, hiking, archery and campfire singalongs. Students are taught by B.C. certified art specialist teachers and mentored by an acclaimed Canadian artist. Visit Artists for Kids for more information.
IB Diploma Programme - Upcoming key dates in February
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is an internationally recognized, rigorous university preparatory two-year program for students in Grades 11 and 12 that leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world's leading universities. It is offered at Carson Graham Secondary.
- Thursday, February 2: Information session (in-person) for interested students currently in Grade 10, and their parents/guardians.
- Friday, February 3: Deadline to sign up for “DP for a Day.” Prospective students will explore the program firsthand by meeting with IB coordinators, teachers and current DP students. Register via email to Cora Pross.
- Friday, February 17: Application deadline. Visit the Application Process for information. Visit the Carson Graham IB Diploma Programme web page for more information about the program.
Additional Information and Opportunities
Homestay families needed
Each year, the North Vancouver School District welcomes students from around the world to live and study in our vibrant community. We strive to place secondary school international students with families who live close to school to support each student's integration into the school and wider community.
There are secondary school international students in need of a homestay placement for the school term beginning September 2023. If you are interested in hosting an international student, please reach out to our International Education program office at email@example.com. More information about the homestay program is available on the International Education section of the school district website.
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, 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. A listing of eligible expenses, and answers to common questions can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions web page.
Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass program
The Canadian Ski Council, along with many ski resorts across Canada, are eager to welcome students in Grades 4 and 5 back to the slopes for the 2022-2023 season and offer families an affordable way to do so. For $29.99 plus applicable taxes, students currently enrolled in Grades 4 or 5 can ski or snowboard twice at participating ski areas. Applications will be accepted until the end of March 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the SnowPass website.