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Superintendent's Updates
‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčUpdates from the Superintendent, including the Superintendent's Report, which is issued on a bi-weekly basis (September to June), will be posted to this page.

Previous updates will be found under the 2020/2021 tab.

  • Announcements: French Immersion online course offerings
  • Information: Indigenous-focused graduation requirement update | Indigenous Education flyer | Handsworth new school highlight video | Cheakamus Centre Open House highlight video | Outdoor Safety & Emergency Preparedness Open House highlight video  | Homestay families needed 
  • NVSD Events: We can only hint at this with words - Exhibition closes June 25
  • NVSD Registrations: NVOL - Registration open until June 27 and will re-open August 29‚Äč | AFKs' Paradise Valley Summer School of Arts - Registration open | AFKs' Summer Visual Arts Intensive - Registration open 
  • Community Initiatives: Housing for All - June 28 and 30 | Walk30 North Vancouver Challenge - until July 10
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Superintendent's Report - June 9, 2022

  • Announcements: Pride Month | National Indigenous History Month | National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21
  • Information: Cheakamus Centre update | Policy updates | Rapid antigen test kits available to all families and staff  | Homestay families needed 
  • NVSD Events: Public Board Meeting - June 21‚Äč‚Äč | We can only hint at this with words - Exhibition closes June 25
  • NVSD Registrations: Summer Learning - Registration closes June 23 at noon | AFKs' Paradise Valley Summer School of Arts - Registration open | AFKs' Summer Visual Arts Intensive - Registration open | NVOL - Registration open until June 27 and will re-open August 29
  • Community Initiatives: Housing diversity in the DNV - Have your say this June | Walk30 North Vancouver Challenge - until July 10
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Superintendent's Report - May 26, 2022

  • Announcements: 2022/2023 Budget update
  • Information: (New!) Trail-specific safety videos | Rapid antigen test kits available to all families and staff  | Homestay families needed 
  • NVSD Events: 2023 District Quebec Trip Information session - May 30 | Public Board Meeting - June 21‚Äč‚Äč | We can only hint at this with words - Exhibition open
  • NVSD Registrations: Summer Learning - Registration open | AFKs' Paradise Valley Summer School of Arts - Registration open | AFKs' Summer Visual Arts Intensive - Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open 
  • Community Initiatives: Mayors' Food Bank Challenge - until May 31 | Spring Go by Bike Week - May 30 to June 5 | Walk30 North Vancouver Challenge - June 6 to July 10
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Superintendent's Report - May 12, 2022

  • Announcements: Thank You! Outdoor Safety & Emergency Preparedness Open House | May is Asian Heritage Month | Brooksbank Elementary to receive new accessible playground‚Äč
  • Information: Mental Health Week + YouthLAB website | 2022/2023 School Calendar update | Rapid antigen test kits available to all families and staff  | Homestay families needed 
  • NVSD Events: Public Board Meeting - May 24‚Äč‚Äč | We can only hint at this with words - Exhibition open
  • NVSD Registrations: Summer Learning - Registration open | Academies - Late Application period open | AFKs' Paradise Valley Summer School of Arts - Registration open | AFKs' Summer Visual Arts Intensive - Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open 
  • Community Initiatives: Mayors' Food Bank Challenge - May 1 to 31 | Spring Go by Bike Week - May 30 to June 5
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD‚Äč‚Äč

Superintendent's Report - April 28, 2022

  • Announcements: ESC Closed Morning of Tuesday, May 3 | Emergency Preparedness Week - May 1 to 7 | Outdoor Safety & Emergency Preparedness Open House - May 7 | 2022/2023 Secondary School Timetable and Weekly Schedule
  • Information: COVID-19 and Travel Outside of Canada | Homestay Families Needed 
  • NVSD Events: Cheakamus Centre Open House - May 1 | Standing Committee Meeting - May 3 | Ready, Set, Learn -  ongoing until May 13 | Public Board Meeting - May 24 | We can only hint at this with words - Exhibition open‚Äč
  • NVSD Registrations: Summer Learning - Registration opens May 2 | Business and Gaming Entrepreneurship Lab - Registration open | AFKs' Summer Day Camps - Registration open | AFKs' Paradise Valley Summer School of Arts - Registration open | AFKs' Summer Visual Arts Intensive (Secondary Students) - Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open 
  • Community Initiatives: Spring Go by Bike Week - May 30 to June 5
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD‚Äč‚Äč

2022/2023 Secondary School Timetable and Weekly Schedule - April 14, 2022‚Äč

In this update:
  • Acting ‚ÄčSuperintendent Sylvia Russell provides an update on the secondary school timetable and weekly schedule for the 2022/2023 school year.   ‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Superintendent's Report - April 14, 2022

  • Announcements: Outdoor Safety & Emergency Preparedness Open House - May 7 - Workshop registration open
  • Information: Updates to Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings | Policy 213: Student Completion Certificate | Reminder: Student Password Change Initiative | Homestay Families Needed 
  • NVSD Events: We can only hint at this with words (exhibition opening) - April 23 | Ready, Set, Learn -  ongoing until May 13 | Cheakamus Centre Open House - May 1 | Standing Committee Meeting - May 3 | Public Board Meeting - May 24
  • NVSD Registrations: Summer Learning - Registration opens May 2 | Business and Gaming Entrepreneurship Lab - Registration open | Artists for Kids' After School Art - A few spaces remain | AFKs' Summer Day Camps - Registration open | AFKs' Paradise Valley Summer School of Arts - Registration open | AFKs' Summer Visual Arts Intensive (Secondary Students) - Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open 
  • Community Initiatives: Poverty Reduction Strategy - Calling all North Shore Residents
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD‚Äč

Superintendent's Report - March 31, 2022

  • Announcements: Cheakamus Centre Open House - May 1 | Outdoor Safety & Emergency Preparedness Open House - May 7 
  • Information: COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures + International Travel | Student Password Change Initiative | Water Testing Results | Homestay Families Needed | Be Bear Aware 
  • NVSD Events: Ready, Set, Learn - Begins April 1 | Arts Week | Standing Committee Meeting - April 5 | Public Board Meeting - April 12 | Climate Action and Sustainability Week 
  • NVSD Registrations: Business and Gaming Entrepreneurship Lab - Registration open | Artists for Kids' After School Art - Registration open | AFKs' Paradise Valley Summer School of Arts - Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open 
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD
In this update:
  • Acting ‚ÄčSuperintendent Sylvia Russell shares a welcome back message with the school district community, in addition to sharing updates to the provincial K-12 health and safety guidelines.  ‚Äč‚Äč

Superintendent's Thank You to the Community - March 11, 2022‚Äč

In this update:
  • ‚ÄčSuperintendent Mark Pearmain shares a final message with the school district community. ‚Äč

Superintendent's Report - March 10, 2022‚Äč

In this update:
  • ‚ÄčA Message of Thanks from the Board of Education‚Äč‚Äč
  • Announcements: Upcoming Changes to COVID-19 Province-Wide Restrictions | Engagement Opportunities‚Äč (2022/2023‚Äč Budget Priorities) | Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement | Arts Week | Climate Action and Sustainability Week
  • Information: Approved 2022/2023 School Calendar | International Travel Requirements and School | North Shore Rescue's Survive your Own Adventure Video | Student Password Change Initiative | Supporting Children and Youth Process World Events | Walking School Bus Pilot 
  • NVSD Events: Ready, Set, Learn - Begins April 1 | Standing Committee Meeting - April 5 | Public Board Meeting - April 12
  • NVSD Registrations: YELL - Applications accepted until March 11‚Äč | Business and Gaming Entrepreneurship Lab - Registration open | Artists for Kids' After School Art - Registration open | AFKs' Paradise Valley Summer School of Arts - Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open 
  • Community Initiatives: Community Dialogues: Emergence, Adaptation and Resilience
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD‚Äč‚Äč

Superintendent's Upd‚Äčate‚Äč - March 1, 2022

In this update:

  • An update from the Superintendent regarding the distribution of rapid antigen test kits for K-12 students. 

Superintendent's Report - February 24, 2022‚Äč

In this update:
  • Announcements: Engagement Opportunities‚Äč (Proposed 2022/2023 School Calendar; 2022/2023‚Äč Budget Priorities) 
  • Information: Rapid Antigen Tests for K-12 Students | Restart of Routine Childhood Immunization Clinics (children 5 years and older) | Policy 208: Summer Programs
  • NVSD Events:  Public Board Meeting - March 8 | Ready, Set, Learn - Begins April 1
  • NVSD Registrations: ‚ÄčLate French Immersion: Priority Placement ends March 4 | Elementary Band and Strings Program - Register by March 4 | YELL - Applications accepted until March 11 | AFK's Spring After School Art Classes - Registration open | AFK's Spring Break Camps - Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open 
  • Community Initiatives: Community Dialogues: Emergence, Adaptation and Resilience
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Report - February 10, 2022

In this update:

  • Announcements: √Čcole Handsworth School Opening | Engagement Opportunities‚Äč (Proposed 2022/2023 School Calendar; 2022/2023‚Äč Budget Priorities) 
  • Information: Lockdown Procedure and Practice Drill | New Daily Health Check Resource from Vancouver Coastal Health | North Shore Connects Requests Prioritization of Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit
  • NVSD Events: Public Board Meeting - February 15 | Explore & Cr‚Äčeate Saturday Art Program | Beyond the Horizon Exhibition ends February 24
  • NVSD Registrations: IB Diploma Program - Key Dates in February | Academies - Applications accepted until February 21 | ‚ÄčYELL - Applications accepted until March 11 | Late French Immersion Information Session and Application Period | Elementary Band and Strings Program - Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open | AFK's After School Art - Registration Open 
  • Community Initiatives: Shape the City of North Vancouver's Mobility Strategy
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Report - January 27, 2022

In this update:

  • Announcements: Black History Month | Engagement Opportunities‚Äč (Secondary School Schedule Survey; Proposed 2022/2023 School Calendar; 2022/2023‚Äč Budget Priorities) | Joint Update from the NVSD and NVTA | Anti-Racism Focus Group Session - February 3
  • Information: Q&A with Vancouver Coastal Health 
  • NVSD Events: Digital Media Youth Expo - January 29 | Standing Committee Meeting - February 8 | Public Board Meeting - February 15 | Explore & Cr‚Äčeate Saturday Art Program | Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon
  • NVSD Registrations: Performance Learning Program Information Session - January 27 | YELL - Information Session (February 9) and Application Period | Academies - Applications accepted until February 21 | IB Diploma Program - Key Dates‚Äč | Late French Immersion Information Session and Application Period | Elementary Band and Strings Program - Registration open | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open | AFK's After School Art - Registration Open 
  • Community Initiatives: Shape the City of North Vancouver's Mobility Strategy
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Update - January 20, 2022

In this update:

  • ‚ÄčUpdated COVID-19 resources
  • COVID-19 protocols and management of school-associated activity
  • Rapid antigen test deployment for K-12 staff
  • Public Health Order on school staff member vaccination status reporting
  • Upcoming recorded Q&A with Vancouver Coastal Health's Dr. Mark Lysyshyn

Superintendent's Report - January 13, 2022

In this update:

  • Announcements: Continuity of Learning | Black Excellence Day | Anti-Racism Focus Groups | Upcoming Engagement Opportunities‚Äč
  • Information: Board Policy Updates | Severe Weather Information | SMS Text Messages via SchoolMessenger |  Homestay Families Needed
  • NVSD Events: Public Board Meeting - January 18 | Late French Immersion Information Session - January 19 | Digital Media Youth Expo - January 29 | Standing Committee Meeting - February 8 | Explore & Create Saturday Art Program | Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon
  • NVSD Registrations: Elementary Band and Strings Program - Registration open | Academies - Information Sessions and Application Period | Performance Learning Program Information Session - January 27 | IB Diploma Program - Key Dates | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open | AFK's After School Art - Registration Open + NEW class
  • Community Initiatives: City of North Vancouver's Mobility Strategy
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Update - January 7, 2022

In this update:

  • An update from the Superintendent regarding the return to school for students on Monday, January 10, 2022.‚Äč

Superintendent's Update - December 31, 2021

In this update:

  • An update from the Superintendent regarding the delayed full return to school for students in K-12 until Monday, January 10, 2022. 

Superintendent's Report - December 9, 2021

In this update:

  • Announcements: Superintendent's Holiday Card
  • Information: Winter Break | Reminder: COVID-19 and International Travel Requirements | Be Prepared: The Grab-and-Go Bag | Homestay Families Needed
  • NVSD Events: AFK Winter Holiday Print Sale begins ends December 16 | Standing Committee Meeting - January 11 | Public Board Meeting - January 18 | Explore & Create Saturday Art Program | Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon
  • NVSD Registrations: 2022/2023 Kindergarten Priority Placement Registration ends December 17 | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open | Artists for Kids' After School Art - Registration Open
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Update - November 30, 2021

In this update:

  • Information on the provincial announcement regarding the extension on temporary restrictions on vehicle fuel purchases and travel in areas impacted by flooding, and the temporary changes that will be implemented at the school district.

Superintendent's Report - November 25, 2021

In this update:

  • Letter: Links to support people affected by floods in B.C. | A reminder to complete a daily health check and stay home when sick.
  • Announcements: Board of Education Chair and Vice Chair Update | Argyle School Opening Video
  • Information: Supporting Children and Youth during Natural Disaster Events | Alertable Public Alerting System | School Gatherings, Events and Spectators | COVID-19 and International Travel Restrictions | Indigenous Education
  • NVSD Events: AFK Winter Holiday Print Sale begins November 26 | Public Board Meeting - December 7 |Explore & Create Saturday Art Program | Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon
  • NVSD Registrations: Artists for Kids' After School Art - Registration Open | 2022/2023 Kindergarten Priority Placement Registration ends December 17
  • Community Initiatives: CNV Climate & Environment Strategy Survey closes November 26
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD‚Äč

Superintendent's Update - November 22, 2021

In this update:

  • Information on the provincial announcement that‚Äč places temporary restrictions on vehicle fuel purchases and travel in areas impacted by flooding, and the temporary changes that will be implemented at the school district.

Superintendent's Report - November 10, 2021

In this update:

  • Announcements: National Indigenous Veterans Day / Remembrance Day | November is Adoption Awareness Month | Reminder: Anti-Racism Focus Groups
  • Information: Indigenous Education | Kindergarten Orientation Information available 
  • NVSD Events: Public Board Meeting - November 16 |‚ÄčGordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon Exhibition
  • NVSD Registrations: 2022/2023 Kindergarten Registration open
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD‚Äč

Superintendent's Report - October 28, 2021

In this update:

  • Announcements: October is Canadian Library Month | Anti-Racism Steering Committee: Focus Groups
  • Information: Kindergarten Orientation Information | Framework for Enhancing Student Learning | Ventilation Update | Policy 707: School Trust Funds | Staying Safe in the Darker, Wetter Weather | Severe Weather Information | SMS Text Messaging via SchoolMessenger 
  • NVSD Events: Standing Committee Meeting - November 9 | Public Board Meeting - November 16 |‚ÄčGordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon Exhibition
  • NVSD Registrations: 2022/2023 Kindergarten Registration now open
  • Community Initiatives: North Shore Connects - Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit | City of North Vancouver's Community Wellbeing Strategy 
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Report - October 15, 2021

In this update:

  • Announcements: World Teachers' Day - October 5 | World Mental Health Day - October 10 | Anti-Racism Steering Committee: Survey deadline October 22
  • Information: Indigenous Education | District Priorities in Review / 2-Year Operating Plan | Outdoor Safety | Celebrating Halloween Safely
  • NVSD Events: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon Exhibition | Public Board Meeting - October 19 | Kindergarten Orientation Information - October 20‚Äč Standing Committee Meeting - November 9
  • NVSD Registrations: 2022/2023 Kindergarten Registration - Starting soon | AFK After School Art Classes - A few spaces remain
  • Community Initiatives: City of North Vancouver's Community Wellbeing Strategy - Share your voice
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Report - October 1, 2021

In this update:

  • COVID-19 Updates: Mask Wearing | School Exposures and Preventative Measures | School Exposure Notifications | COVID-19 Resources and Information
  • Announcements: Truth and Reconciliation Week: September 27 - October 1 | Anti-Racism Steering Committee: Upcoming Survey Invitation | National Principals' Month | Foster Family Month
  • Information: Foundation Skills Assessment | Be Bear Aware
  • NVSD Events: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon Exhibition | Standing Committee Meeting - October 5 | Public Board Meeting - October 19 | Kindergarten Orientation Information - October 20‚Äč 
  • NVSD Registrations: AFK After School Art Classes - Registration Open | 2022/2023 Kindergarten Registration

‚ÄčSuperintendent's Update - September 24, 2021

In this update:

  • ‚ÄčFor the Parents/Guardians of Grade 4 and 7 Students
  • Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) taking place in October 

Superintendent's Report - September 17, 2021

In this update:

  • Announcements: Strategic Plan 2021-2031: Video | Orange Shirt Day - September 29 | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - September 30
  • Information: Federal Election 2021 - September 20 | Finance & Facilities Standing Committee Update | Indigenous Education | SafeArrival Update | Kids 12 and Under Ride Free | Mouth Rinse & Gargle COVID-19 Test Kits | School District Permission Forms | Joining a PAC
  • NVSD Events: Public Board Meeting - September 21 | Standing Committee Meeting - October 5
  • NVSD Registrations: AFK After School Art Classes - Registration Open‚Äč‚Äč
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD‚Äč

Superintendent's and BOE Welcome Back Message - September 7, 2021

In this update:

  • Acknowledgement about COVID-19 guidelines
  • Introduction to the new 10-year strategic plan
  • Where to find Superintendent's Reports
  • Where to find Board of Education Standing Committee and Public Board meetings

Superintendent's Message - September 2, 2021

In this update:

  • For the Parents/Guardians of Grade 11 and 12 Students
  • Labour Day long weekend activities

Superintendent's Update - August 31, 2021

In this update:

  • COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools
  • Daily health check and visitor sign-in/sign-out process
  • Ventilation updates
  • The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30
  • Safe and active travel to and from schools
  • School district permission form completion
  • Upcoming communications

Superintendent's Update - August 24, 2021

In this update:

  • COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools
  • Resource links
  • School ventilation updates
  • Classroom alternatives
  • Upcoming communications

Back-to-school Update to the NVSD community - August 18, 2021

In this update:

  • Update: COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for K-12 will be made available to school district next week.
  • International Students: the NVSD is in need of homestay placements for secondary international students.