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Superintendent's Report - April 30, 2021

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_04302021.pdf

In this Issue:

  • Summer Learning 2021 - Registration opens May 1
  • North Vancouver Online Learning - Registration Open
  • Emergency Preparedness Week - May 2 to 8
  • Indigenous Education
  • Looking Ahead: Homestay Families Needed for the 2021/22 School Year
  • Mayors' Food Bank Challenge - May 1 to 31
  • School Trustee By-election 2021: Get to Know the Candidates
  • Standing Committee Meeting
  • Public Board Meeting
  • Spring Go by Bike Week - May 31 to June 6
  • Good News Stories from around the NVSD 
Superintendent's Report - April 16​, 2021

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_04162021.pdf

In this Issue:

  • SafeArrival Pilot
  • Summer Learning 2021 - Registration opens May 1
  • North Vancouver Online Learning - Registration Open
  • Indigenous Education
  • Looking Ahead: Homestay Families Needed for the 2021/22 School Year
  • Help Shape the City of North Vancouver's Mobility Strategy​
  • School Trustee By-election 2021: Nomination Period Open
  • Public Board Meeting
  • Standing Committee Meeting
  • Good News Stories from around the NVSD 
Superintendent's Report - April 1, 2021

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_04012021.pdf

In this Issue:

  • Notice of Trustee By-election 2021
  • Help Shape the City of North Vancouver's Mobility Strategy
  • Water Testing Results
  • Standing Committee Meeting
  • Public Board Meeting
  • Good News Stories from around the NVSD 

K-12 Mask Wearing Update - March 31, 2021

03312021_Superintendent Update re K-12 mask update.pdf

Welcome Back Message - March 25, 2021 

​​03252021_Superintendent Welcome Back Letter to Parents and Guardians.pdf

COVID-19 Vaccine Update for K-12 Staff - March 18, 2021 

03182021_Superintendent Letter to Parents and Guardians.pdf
Superintendent's Report - March 10, 2021

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_03102021.pdf

In this Issue:

  • A Special Message from the Board of Education
  • Engagement Opportunities – Add your Voice
    • 2021/22 Budget Priorities (Deadline approaching)
    • North Vancouver School Travel Planning Survey
  • Approved 2021/22 School Calendar
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Standing Committee Meeting
  • Public Board Meeting
  • Good News Stories from around the NVSD 
Superintendent's Report - February 26, 2021

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_02262021.pdf

In this Issue

  • COVID-19 K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines Update
  • Engagement Opportunities – Add your Voice
    • Proposed 2021/22 School Calendar (deadline: Feb. 28, 2021)
    • 2021/22 Budget Priorities
    • Secondary School Survey
    • Strategic Planning – Draft Goals (Update)
  • Elementary Temporary Transition Support Option - Update
  • Board of Education Update - Trustee Resignation
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Black History Month
  • Indigenous Education
  • AFK Spring Virtual After School Art Classes - Registration Open
  • Public Board Meeting
  • Good News Stories from around the NVSD 
Family Day Long Weekend letter - February 12, 2021


Superintendent's Report - February 11, 2021

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_02112021.pdf

In this Issue

  • Extraordinary Learning in Extraordinary Times (Video)
  • Engagement Opportunities – Add your Voice
    • Strategic Planning – Draft Goals (Deadline: tomorrow!)
    • Proposed 2021/22 School Calendar
    • 2021/22 Budget Priorities
    • Secondary School Survey
  • Daily Health Check Update
  • Black History Month
  • Indigenous Education
  • Academies – Information Session, Video and Application Deadline
  • Public Board Meeting
  • Good News Stories from around the NVSD 

Letter to Parents/Guardians - Feb 4, 2021

02042021_Superintendent Letter to Families.pdf

Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Mark Pearmain, regarding the February 4, 2021 joint announcement from the Minister of Education, Provincial Health Officer and BC School Trustees Association President, on enhanced safety measures for K-12 schools.  

Superintendent's Report - January 29, 2021

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_01292021.pdf

In this Issue

  •   Engagement Opportunities – Add your Voice in the following school district areas:
      Strategic Planning – Draft Goals
    ; Proposed 2021/22 School Calendar; 2021/22 Budget Priorities
  •   Indigenous Education
  •   Academies – Information Sessions and Application Deadline
  •   Standing Committee Meeting
  •   Elementary Band and Strings – Information Session
  •   Public Board Meeting
  •  Good News Stories from around the NVSD

Superintendent's Report - January 14, 2021

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_01142021.pdf

In this Issue

  • Black History Month and Black Shirt Day
  • Upcoming Engagement Opportunities
  • FSA Update
  • Fall 2020 COVID-19 Feedback Survey Results
  • Severe Weather Information
  • SMS Text Messaging via SchoolMessenger
  • Secondary Enhanced Programs & Academies – Information Sessions
  • Board of Education Public Board Meeting
  • Good News Stories from around the NVSD

Superintendent's Message - January 13, 2021

2021 FSA Letter from Superintendent to Families.pdf

Please see the attached message from Superintendent Mark Pearmain, regarding the upcoming Foundation Skills Assessment.

Superintendent/Board Chair Message - January 7, 2021

Read a Welcome Back Message from Board Chair George Tsiakos and Superintendent Mark Pearmain.

Superintendent's Report - December 18, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_12182020.pdf

In this Issue

•  Holiday Greetings from the new Minister of Education
•  Superintendent’s Holiday Card
•  Argyle Secondary School – Video Tour
•  Temporary Elementary Transition Support Option Update
•  Winter Break
•  Policy 310: Concussion Awareness, Prevention and Management
•  Indigenous Education
•  Board of Education Standing Committee Meeting
•  Board of Education Public Board Meeting
•  Good News Stories from around the NVSD
 

Superintendent's Report - November 27, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_11272020.pdf

In this Issue

• Board of Education Chair and Vice Chair Update
• Temporary Elementary Transition Support Option Update
• Argyle Secondary School – Honouring the Past
• All-Gender Washrooms at the Education Services Centre
• Indigenous Education Flyer
• Place-based, Outdoor Learning
• AFK Winter Holiday Print Sale
• Board of Education Public Board Meeting
• “Class of 2020” Photo Frame Sale
• Good News Stories from around the NVSD

Superintendent's Report - November 13, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_11132020.pdf

In this Issue

• Argyle Secondary School Replacement Project Update
• November is Adoption Awareness month
• Expanded French Immersion Course Offerings – Registration is Now Open
• Severe Weather Information
• SMS Text Messaging via SchoolMessenger
• Indigenous Education
• School Visits: A Time for Observation, Reflection and Learning
• Board of Education Public Board Meeting
• Good News Stories from Around the NVSD

Superintendent's Report - October 29, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_10292020.pdf

In this Issue

• Frances Roberts: Outstanding Secondary Music Educator Award
• October is Canadian Library Month
• Kindergarten Orientation Presentation Video Now Available
• Kindergarten Registration Now Open
• Outdoor Learning
• Indigenous Education
• Capital Projects Update – Recording Now Available
• Board of Education Standing Committee Meeting – Date Change
• Board of Education Public Board Meeting
• Good News Stories from Around the NVSD

Superintendent's Report - October 22, 2020

10222020_NVSD Superintendent Update to Parents, Guardians.pdf

Please see the attached update from Superintendent Mark Pearmain, regarding encouraging your participation in three initiatives directly related to the North Vancouver School District September restart.

Superintendent's Report - October 16, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_10162020.pdf

In this Issue

• NVSD Fall 2020 Survey
• National Principals’ Month
• Foster Family Month
• Indigenous Education
• Celebrating Halloween Safely
• Provincial Election Reminder
• Walk/Roll to School – Staying Safe in the Darker, Wetter Weather
• Board of Education Public Board Meeting
• Kindergarten Information Session
• TransLink Webinar: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going

Halloween Celebrations Message - October 16, 2020

NVSD Superintendent Message_Halloween 2020.pdf

Please see the attached message from Superintendent Mark Pearmain regarding Halloween celebrations.

Superintendent's Report - October 5, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_10052020.pdf

Superintendent's Report - September 18, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_09182020.pd

Superintendent's Update - September 12, 2020

09-12-2020_NVSD Town Hall Recording Information to Parents, Guardians and Staff.pdf

Please see the attached parent/guardian letter from NVSD Superintendent Mark Pearmain regarding a summary of the Q&A and a clip-by-clip breakdown from our Sept. 9 Town Hall meeting.

Superintendent's Update - September 9, 2020

09-09-2020 NVSD Superintendent Back-to-School Preparation Letter to Parents, Guardians.pdf

Please see the attached parent/guardian letter from NVSD Superintendent Mark Pearmain regarding Important Updates for back to school.

Superintendent/BOE Message - September 8, 2020

09-08-2020 NVSD Superintendent BOE Letter to Parents and Guardians.pdf

Please see the attached parent/guardian letter from NVSD Superintendent Mark Pearmain and Board of Education Chair Christie Sacré welcoming families to the 2020/2021 school year.

Superintendent's Update - September 4, 2020

09-04-2020 NVSD Superintendent Letter to Parents and Guardians.pdf

Please see the attached parent/guardian letter from NVSD Superintendent Mark Pearmain regarding Support for Students with Severe Immune Suppression, Virtual Town Hall, and a Back to School Video: What Schools Look Like.

Labour Day Activities Letter - September 3, 2020

09-03-2020 NVSD Superintendent Message_Labour Day Activities.pdf

Please see the attached parent/guardian letter regarding Labour Day activities. 

Superintendent's Update - September 2, 2020

NVSD Superintendent Letter to Elementary Parents, Guardians.pdf

Please see the attached parent/guardian letter regarding the Elementary Return-to-School survey results and educational support options.

Superintendent's Update  - August 26, 2020

Please see the attached parent/guardian letters regarding our approved Back-to-School 2020 Plan.

Superintendent's Update - August 21, 2020

NVSD Superintendent Letter to Parents, Guardians and Staff 08-21-2020_.pdf

Please see attached for information regarding the NVSD Back-to-School 2020 Plan.

Superintendent's Update - August 12, 2020

NVSD Superintendent Letter to Parents and Guardians_ 08/12/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information on the Ministry of Education's announcement regarding Orientation Week.

Superintendent's Update – July 29, 2020

NVSD Superintendent Letter to Parents and Guardians_07/29/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information on the Ministry of Education's announcement on the back-to-school plan for 2020/21.

Superintendent's Report – June 25, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_06/25/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information regarding:

  • Joint Letter from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC)
  • Letter from the Chair of the Board of Education
  • 2019/20 School Year
  • 2020/21 School Year and COVID-19 Feedback Survey
  • 2020/21 Budget Update
  • Graduation Ceremony Highlight Videos
  • “Class of 2020” Photo Frames for Sale
  • Central Registration - Summer Hours
  • BC Summer Reading Club Programs
  • VCH Immunization Clinics Update

Superintendent's Report – June 12, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_06/12/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information regarding:

  • School Re-opening Update
  • Graduation Update
  • Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary IB PYP Update
  • Academies Registration
  • Artists for Kids – Summer Day Camp Registration
  • Artists for Kids - Art Sale
  • 2020/21 Preliminary Budget Status Update
  • Upcoming Board of Education Meeting
  • Indigenous Education
  • Playgrounds

Superintendent's Report – May 29, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents – 06/29/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information regarding:

  • School Re-opening Update
  • Playground Update
  • Graduation Update
  • Essential Service Workers Childcare Program Update
  • COVID-19 Survey Reminder
  • Indigenous Education

Superintendent's Report – May 15, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_05/15/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information regarding:

  • COVID-19 Survey
  • School Re-opening Update
  • Distributed (Online) Learning Registration
  • Summer Learning Online Registration
  • 2020/21 School Calendar
  • Upcoming Board of Education Meeting
  • Innovative Teaching Practices

Superintendent's Report – May 4, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_05/04/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information regarding:

  • Graduation 2020 Update
  • Student Engagement Update
  • Teacher Bargaining Update
  • COVID-19 Resources: Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health
  • Technology Support Update
  • Capital Projects/Facilities Update
  • Band and Strings Registration
  • Innovative Teaching Practices

Superintendent's Report – April 20, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents and Guardians_04/20/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information regarding:

  • Secretary Treasurer Update
  • Argyle Secondary School Rebuild Update
  • Handsworth Secondary Replacement Project Update
  • Mountainside Secondary Seismic Upgrade Update
  • School Immunization Services Update
  • 2020/2021 School Calendar Approval
  • Board of Education Meetings
  • Budget Update
  • Educational Continuity Plan Website
  • Technology Support Update
  • COVID-19 Resources, Helpful Links, and Updates
  • Indigenous Education
  • Innovative Teaching Practices

Superintendent's Report – February 7, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents - 02/07/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information regarding:

  • Strategic planning
  • Emergency lockdown procedures and practice drills
  • PROPOSED 2020/21 School Calendar: Public Comment
  • Budget input
  • Policy 309: Provision of Menstrual Products to Students
  • Academies registration
  • Enhanced programs – Open houses
  • Foundry North Shore seeking parent ambassadors
  • Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) information

Superintendent's Report – January 24, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents - 01/24/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information regarding:

  • PROPOSED 2020/21 School Calendar: Public Comment
  • IB approved for Norgate
  • Strategic planning
  • Budget input
  • New SEL/Mental Health website
  • Safe and Caring Schools website section update
  • Gordon Smith passing
  • School visits
  • Coronavirus
  • North Vancouver Urgent & Primary Care Centre (UPCC)

Superintendent's Report – January 10, 2020

Superintendent's Report to Parents - 01/10/2020.pdf

Please see attached for information regarding:

  • Careers in E-Sports and online gaming
  • Strategic planning
  • Budget input
  • Secondary Enhanced Programs & Academies Night
  • Messages preferences
  • Policy 201: Learning Resources for Classroom Use
  • Cheakamus Centre
  • Severe Weather Information
  • Video – Argyle construction


Welcome to 2020 – reflecting on the past decade

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January 14, 2020

Dear North Vancouver School District staff, students, parents and community:

Subject: Welcome to 2020 – reflecting on the past decade

                                                                                                                                              

As we enter 2020, it is time to reflect back on what we have achieved over the past 10 years. It was nearly a decade ago that North Vancouver became one of the first school districts in the province to create a Strategic Plan. This plan established six strategic goals that have been guiding us towards realizing our Vision and Values.

As our current Strategic Plan is coming to an end, we are now reflecting on how we have done and where we want to go. We are undertaking a comprehensive strategic planning process and we want all of you to get involved. Adding your voice to the conversation is easy – just click HERE to take part in the online Thoughtexchange. You can add your thoughts within minutes and can also review and engage with others' thoughts. If you would like to meet with the Board of Education and have conversations in-person, please join us at a Strategic Planning open house session on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Education Services Centre (2121 Lonsdale Ave., 5th floor). The format is drop-in style; come at a time that works for you and stay as long as you wish.

Each year, we report back to the community on our efforts towards realizing our strategic goals in our annual Community Report. Over the last school year, we continued to push forward on our goals. Our instructional practices were enhanced by focusing on five educational priorities: modernizing the curriculum, supporting complex learners, bringing Indigenous Education to all staff and students, creating a kindergarten to grade 12 continuum for Social Emotional Learning and mental health, and career development.

In November, we brought together our 2,500 employees to hear from Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair and to collectively work on our commitment of reconciliation. We have continued to expand our social emotional learning education for all students, and we invite you to attend an event co-hosted with NVPAC on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Education Services Centre (2121 Lonsdale Ave., 5th floor) where we will explain the programs, curricular components, and professional learning taking place to support this priority area.

We have introduced new career planning software for secondary school students and have expanded our work experience programming. We invite all secondary school parents and students to a trades and technology careers information fair on Monday, January 27, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Education Services Centre (2121 Lonsdale Ave., 5th floor). The staff professional learning in relation to supporting complex and unique learners has been vast. You can find out more about efforts made towards these educational priorities HERE.

We continue to create learning opportunities for students that are varied in content and structure, to ensure we meet students' unique learning interests and styles. Our 10 academies, International Baccalaureate programs and other programs of choice continue to be popular. Distributed Learning and Summer Learning are reviewed annually to meet the needs of students. Our arts education, technology integration and elective options also evolve along with student interests, yet we maintain the strong foundation of programs unique to our school district such as Artists for Kids and Elementary Band and Strings. French Immersion and Cheakamus Centre both reached milestone anniversaries this past school year at 40 years and 50 years respectively.

We undertook our second Employee Engagement Survey last year to ensure that we are offering inspiring and healthy work environments. We will be moving forward with further workplace enhancements based on these results, including collaboration, communication and resource sharing across the school district. Schools will be using their school-based results from the survey to help with planning at the school-level. We also continue to invest in our school buildings to ensure learning environments are safe and comfortable for students and staff. The new Argyle Secondary School is pushing into the last leg of construction, the Mountainside Secondary School seismic upgrade is well underway, and shovels will be in the ground soon for a new Handsworth Secondary School.

By the end of last school year, we had reached 18.2 per cent energy reduction since 2011. We are now pushing to get to a 20 per cent energy reduction target by the end of this school year. We are asking all schools to do their part by running energy reduction campaigns to help us get to 20 per cent. Find out about what we have done thus far to reduce our energy use and how schools are getting involved this school year by clicking HERE. The North Vancouver Board of Education also declared a climate emergency.

Our connections to our community continue to grow. Whether it is working with North Vancouver RCMP, City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, local public libraries, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission, Vancouver Coastal Health, ICBC, the Vancouver Aquarium, or Sport for Life; our partnerships continue to develop. An initiative we are particularly excited about is the Power 5 program with the RCMP focusing on building closer connections between students and police officers. We are also an active participant in the North Shore Housing Lab, led by the City of North Vancouver, exploring opportunities to support affordable housing initiatives that will keep our community vibrant and diverse. We extend a warm 'Thank you' to all of the organizations and individuals in our community who support our schools.

We would like to thank all of our staff, students and parents who have worked hard to enhance our school district. Much has been accomplished over the past year, and over the past decade. Creating meaningful change takes time and a lot of energy. We are proud of what we have accomplished, and acknowledge that there is more we can achieve. We encourage everyone to add their voices to our strategic planning process so that we can move forward together to provide world-class instruction and a rich diversity of engaging programs to inspire success for every student and bring communities together to learn, share and grow.


Sincerely,

Christie Sacré

Chair, North Vancouver Board of Education

Mark Pearmain

Superintendent, North Vancouver School District