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Superintendent's Updates
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Updates from Superintendent Dr. Pius Ryan, including the Superintendent's Report, which is issued on a monthly basis (September to June), will be posted to this page.

To review previous updates, please click on the links below:

Superintendent's Report to Families (April 2024)

(April 25, 2024). The Superintendent's Report is available in Microsoft Sway and text copy.

In this Issue:

  • Good News from the NVSD
  • Announcements:  Earth Day Photography Draw | Student Learning Survey
  • Information: Homestay Families Needed
  • NVSD Events: Cheakamus Centre Open House | Standing Committee Meeting - May 7 | Public Board Meeting - May 21 | Ready, Set, Learn - April 3 to May 22 
  • NVSD Registrations: Summer Learning - Registration opens May 1 | Academies - Spaces remain for some programs | AFK Spring After School Art - Registration open | AFK Summer Day Camp - Registration open | Elementary Band and Strings - Late Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning - Online registration open | Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Art - Registration open
  • Community Initiatives: TΙ™ swawΜ“lΙ™s wΙ™ tΜ•Ι™mΙ™x̌t tΙ™ meqΙ™ns, The Boys Who Braid Their Hair - April 25 to May 19 | North Vancouver Recreation and Culture: Youth Week - May 1 to 7

Superintendent's message on the solar eclipse

(April 6, 2024) The Superintendent shares a message on how to safely experience the solar eclipse event on Monday, April 8 with the school district community.

Superintendent's Report to Families (March 2024)

(March 14, 2024). The Superintendent's Report is available in Microsoft Sway and text copy.

In this Issue:

  • Good News from the NVSD
  • Announcements: 2024 Community Report, Clean Energy Award, Student Learning Survey, Spring Break Travel Reminder
  • NVSD Events: Ready, Set, Learn - April 3 to May 22 | Public Board Meeting - April 16
  • NVSD Registrations: Academies - Spaces remain for some programs | AFK Spring After School Art - Registration open | Elementary Band and Strings - Late Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning - Online registration open | Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Art - Registration open
  • Information: Approved 2024/2025 School Calendar, Secondary school schedule update


Superintendent's Report to Families (February 2024)

(February 22, 2024). The Superintendent's Report is available in Microsoft Sway and text copy.

In this Issue:

  • Good News from the NVSD
  • Announcements: Engagement opportunities - Your voice matters
  • Information: Inclusive Education - SOGI Non-Truths and Truths
  • NVSD Events: Public Board Meeting - February 27 | Parents as Education & Career Coaches - March 5 | Standing Committee Meeting - February 6
  • NVSD Registrations: Late French Immersion - Applications accepted until March 8 | New registration and transfer requests | Academies - Spaces remain for some programs | AFK Spring After School Art - Registration open | AFK Spring Break Day Camps - Registration open | Elementary Band and Strings - Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning - Online registration open | Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Art - Registration open

Superintendent's Report to Families (January 2024)

(January 25, 2024). The Superintendent's Report is available in Microsoft Sway and text copy.

In this Issue:

  • Good News from the NVSD
  • Announcements: Engagement opportunities - Your voice matters
  • Information: North Vancouver School District Accessibility Plan
  • NVSD Events: Explore & Create Saturday Art Program - January 27 | Rescheduled: New elementary school public information meeting - January 31 | Rescheduled: Secondary Enhanced Programs & Academies Night - January 31 | IB Diploma Programme - Key dates in February | Trades Program Information Night - February 1 | Standing Committee Meeting - February 6 | Careers in the Arts - February 7 | Digital Media Academy Info Night - February 15 | Monitoring, Filters & Tools for Parents/Caregivers - February 22 | Public Board Meeting - February 27 | The Art of Conversation - Exhibition ends February 29
  • NVSD Registrations: 2024/25 Kindergarten - Initial registration ends January 31 | Academies - Application period open | AFK Winter After School Art - Limited spaces remaining | AFK Spring Break Day Camps - Registration open | Elementary Band and Strings - Registration open | Late French Immersion - Application period open | New registration and transfer requests | North Vancouver Online Learning - Online registration open
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Superintendent's Welcome Back from Winter Break

(January 10, 2024) The Superintendent welcomes families back to school after Winter Break and shares a message on Winter Weather procedures and student safety.

Superintendent's Report to Families (December 2023)

(December 21, 2023). The Superintendent's Report is available in Microsoft Sway and text copy.

In this Issue:

  • Good News from the NVSD
  • Announcements: Winter Break – Education Services Centre operations update | End of year message from the Minister of Education and Child Care | Public input opportunities in the New Year
  • Information: A healthy resolution: Walking, rolling and cycling to and from school | Competency Based IEPs with Dr. Shelley Moore – Recording now available
  • NVSD Events: New elementary school public information meeting – January 17  | Secondary Enhanced Programs & Academies Night – January 18 | IB Diploma Programme – Key dates in January/February | Late French Immersion information session – January 23 | Public Board Meeting – January 23 | Standing Committee Meeting – February 6 | NVSD Chess Tournament – February 16 | The Art of Conversation – Exhibition open | Explore & Create at the Gordon Smith Gallery – Open
  • NVSD Registrations: New registration and transfer requests begin January 9 | Elementary Band and Strings – Registration opens January 15 | Academies – Application period opens January 19 | 2024/25 Kindergarten – Initial registration ends January 31 | AFK Winter After School Art – Registration open | AFK Spring Break Day Camps – Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning – Online registration open
  • Community Initiatives: Winter Break at the City Library

Superintendent's Report to Families (November 2023)

(November 23, 2023). The Superintendent's Report is available in Microsoft Sway and text copy.

In this Issue:

  • Good News from the NVSD
  • Announcements: Board of Education Chair and Vice Chair update | NVSD Communications wins Bravo! Award
  • Information:  erase online sessions: Establishing Safe, Caring & Respectful Digital Communities – November 28 and 30 | K-12 student reporting changes – Ministry resources | Curriculum update – Mandatory Holocaust education | B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant | New elementary school in the Cloverley neighbourhood update | Student Inclusive Education Sub-Committee opportunity | Reminder: Staying safe in darker, wetter weather | Reminder: Severe weather information | Reminder: SMS text messaging via SchoolMessenger | Reminder: Alertable public alerting system
  • NVSD Events: Digital Media Youth Expo – December 9 | AFK Winter Print Sale – On now until December 15 | Public Board Meeting – December 19 | New elementary school public information meeting – January 17 | The Art of Conversation – Exhibition open | Explore & Create at the Gordon Smith Gallery – Open
  • NVSD Registrations: AFK Winter After School Art – Registration opens November 29 | 2024/25 Kindergarten – Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning – Online registration open
  • Community Initiatives: Spirit of the Season Festival at the Shipyards – December 2

Superintendent's Report to Families (October 2023)

(October 26, 2023) The Superintendent's Report is available in Microsoft Sway and text copy.

In this Issue:

  • Good News from the NVSD
  • Announcements:New artificial turf field open at Argyle Secondary
  • Information: Framework for Enhancing Student Learning | Competency Based Individual Education Plans | Student Inclusive Education Sub-Committee opportunity | Mental Health and Well-Being | Food Access update | Career Pathways 44 – A new resource for students | Celebrating Halloween safely + β€œThriller” teaser video | Staying safe in darker, wetter weather | Severe weather information | SMS text messaging via SchoolMessenger | Alertable public alerting system | Outdoor safety – Be prepared
  • NVSD Events: Music at the Smith returns for the fall season | Standing Committee Meeting – November 14 | Public Board Meeting – November 21 | The Art of Conversation opening reception – Exhibition open | Explore & Create at the Gordon Smith Gallery – Open
  • NVSD Registrations: 2024/25 Kindergarten – Registration open | Advanced Placement Exams – Register by November 1 | Academies – Registration ongoing | AFK After School Art – Registration open | AFK After School Choir – Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning – Online registration open

Superintendent's Halloween message

(October 19, 2023) The Superintendent shares a message on celebrating a safe and fun Halloween for all within the school district community.

Superintendent's message on World Teachers' Day

(October 5, 2023) To mark World Teachers' Day, the Superintendent has prepared a video message that speaks to the value of public schooling and the great people who have stepped forward and into the title of teacher

Foundation Skills Assessment letter to families

(September 26, 2023) The Superintendent shares information about the upcoming Foundation Skills Assessment with parents and guardians of students in Grades 4 and 7. 

​Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians (September 2023)

(September 21, 2023) The Superintendent's Report is available in Microsoft Sway and text copy.

In this Issue:

  • Good News from the NVSD
  • Announcements: Calendar of Significant Dates and Events
  • Information: Emergency lockdown procedure and practice drills – September 20 to October 19 | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30 | K-12 student reporting changes | New elementary school for Cloverley neighbourhood | AFK Notebook | Joining a school PAC | Parents and Guardians section of the website
  • NVSD Events: The Art of Conversation opening reception – September 23 | Public Board Meeting – September 26 | Moving to Adulthood Β¬ October 4 | Standing Committee Meeting – October 10 | Kindergarten Information Session – October 11
  • NVSD Registrations: Elementary Band and Strings – Late Registration ends September 29 | 2024/25 Kindergarten – Registration begins October 12 | Academies – Registration ongoing | AFK After School Art – Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning – Online registration open
  • Community Initiatives: Natural Areas Trails Strategy – Survey open until October 2 | Climate & Environment and Community Wellbeing Strategies – Surveys open until October 6

Welcome back message

(September 5, 2023) The Superintendent and Board Chair share a welcome back message with students and their families, and staff.

Labour Day message

(August 24, 2023) The Superintendent shares an important safety message about youth social responsibility and safe celebrations with parents and guardians of students in Grades 11 and 12.