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Superintendent's Updates


Superintendent's Update to Parents/Guardians - 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 to Parents/Guardians - 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 to Parents/Guardians - 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 to Parents/Guardians - 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.

Superintendent's Message: Labour Day Activities - 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 to Parents/Guardians - 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 to Parents/Guardians - August 26, 2020

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

Superintendent's Update to Parents/Guardians - 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 to Parents/Guardians - 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 to Parents/Guardians – 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 to Parents/Guardians – 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 to Parents/Guardians – 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 to Parents/Guardians – 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 to Parents/Guardians – 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 to Parents/Guardians – 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 to Parents/Guardians – 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 to Parents/Guardians – 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 to Parents/Guardians – 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 to Parents/Guardians – 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