Music at the Smith – November 7 and 21
Music at the Smith returns for a season of jazz and classical performances by preeminent B.C. musicians at the Gordon Smith Gallery (2121 Lonsdale Avenue). Each evening performance includes an informal exhibition tour. Doors open at 7 p.m., and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Visit Music at the Smith for more information.
Fall Schedule (remaining dates):
Tuesday, November 7 - Rising Stars: Elysian Trio
Tuesday, November 21 - Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five
Standing Committee Meeting – November 14
A Board of Education Standing Committee Meeting takes place on Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. The focus of the meeting will be truth, healing and reconciliation. 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.
Strategies for Supporting Anxious Youth with Neurodivergent Needs – November 16
Hosted by Foundry North Shore, and in partnership with the North and West Vancouver School Districts and Ministry of Children and Family Development, this presentation will provide an overview of evidence-based practical parenting strategies for supporting anxious children and youth with neurodivergent needs. The online presentation takes place on Thursday, November 16, 7 to 9 p.m. Register for this presentation through Eventbrite.
Public Board Meeting – November 21
A Board of Education Public Board Meeting takes place on Tuesday, November 21 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, which are posted on the Thursday afternoon preceding the public meeting.
NVPAC presents Sharenting – November 22
Presented by the North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council (NVPAC) and hosted by The White Hatter, this online session discusses the topic of “sharenting.” Learn more about this session taking place on Wednesday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required; RSVP by November 20 at 9 p.m., using this registration link.
Digital Media Youth Expo – December 9
The Digital Media Youth Expo is an annual event hosted by the school district’s Digital Media Academy (DMA). Students, families, staff and community members will meet representatives from many Lower Mainland post-secondary institutions, local and global organizations, industry experts and studios involved in all aspects of digital media. Representatives from visual effects, animation, film, sound, web design, game design and DMA students will be in attendance to answer industry, education and career-related questions; DMA students will also showcase the projects they are working on. The Expo takes place on Saturday, December 9, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., and is free to attend. More information is available on the Digital Media Youth Expo website.
AFK Winter Print Sale – On now until December 15
All Artists for Kids’ (AFK) limited edition prints are 15% off (until December 15). This is a wonderful opportunity to start or grow your collection of fine art prints, while knowing proceeds from print sales will support AFK programming. For more information, visit the Limited Edition Prints section of the AFK website. Note: The 15% discount can be added to existing Collector's Program discounts.
The Art of Conversation – Exhibition open
The Gordon Smith Gallery and Artists for Kids invite you to experience The Art of Conversation. The exhibition features artwork by over 20 Canadian artists who explore the role of art as a platform for communication. The Art of Conversation draws conventional threads between the works in the gallery and highlights arts’ potential to facilitate and provoke dialogue. The perspectives and artistic conversations of elementary and secondary school students are featured through original writing and art. Visit Artists for Kids for more information.
Explore & Create at the Gordon Smith Gallery – Open
Families with children ages 5-12 are invited to visit the Gordon Smith Gallery for Explore & Create, a by-donation, drop-in art program inspired by works in the current exhibition, The Art of Conversation. Explore & Create takes place on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. There will not be an Explore & Create activity on November 18, 25, and December 29.
AFK Winter After School Art – Registration opens November 29
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.
2024/25 Kindergarten – Registration open
The initial registration period for 2024/25 Kindergarten (children born in 2019) is open and continues until Monday, January 15, 2024. Applications submitted within this time frame are processed equally and placed according to initial placement category groups. Information regarding the registration process, including how to book an appointment to register your child, is available on the Kindergarten Registration web page.
North Vancouver Online Learning – Online registration open
NVOL provides engaging, accessible and interactive learning experiences for students. Students can enrol 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.
Reminder: NVOL is a Provincial Online Learning School.
Additional Information and Opportunities
Student Inclusive Education Sub-Committee opportunity
The Student Inclusive Education Committee is a sub-committee of the school district’s Inclusion Committee and was created in 2022. The sub-committee provides neurodivergent students and students with disabilities an opportunity to ensure support for students’ education and school journey by:
Sharing their experiences and perspectives.
Providing advice to the NVSD on all matters pertaining to students with disabilities, autism and/or intellectual disabilities.
Participation is open to students in Grades 6-12. All students have the option to attend meetings with the support of a family member, peer or support person. Meeting locations and schedule will be determined with the participants.
If your child would like to participate on this sub-committee for the 2023-2024 year, please email InclusiveEducation@sd44.ca and provide the student’s name, school, grade and contact information. The number of sub-committee participants will depend on the number of applicants.
Establishing Safe, Caring & Respectful Digital Communities – November 8, 28, 30
Recommended for families and youth ages 10 and up, these erase sessions cover all things digital, from how to be a good digital citizen, the criminal consequences of cyberbullying, to how to report and receive support in cases of sexting/sextortion. Concerns surrounding the use of social media, smartphones and artificial intelligence will also be discussed. Use the links below to register to this online session offered on the following dates:
Writing for university applications – November 8
In addition to grades, some Canadian university applications include a component that aims to find out who a student is and why they are a good fit. In this session presented by the North Vancouver City Library, students in Grades 11 and 12 will learn how to construct themes based on what is important to them and craft those themes into stories that capture a reader's interest. For more information and to register for this in-person evening session, please visit the North Vancouver City Library.
Aspiring Musicians Performance Series – Starts November 8
North Vancouver Recreation & Culture (NVRC) is hosting AMPS Tuesdays, a six-part concert series at Centennial Theatre. Spanning multiple music genres, the series is designed to build a sense of community among North Vancouver musicians by providing a stage for local talent to perform. One of the target audiences for this series is secondary students, primarily those interested in pursuing music. For information, including schedule and ticket purchase, visit North Vancouver Recreation & Culture.