Bear Valley School 
Box 218 824 Main Street, Stewart B.C. V0T 1W0
Phone: 250-636-2238 

If your Child is going to be absent please notify the school.
Late arrivals require a note from the office prior to going to class.

CMSD82 Terrace & Kitimat School Closures due to Extreme Weather Highway-Road-Sidewalk Conditions – Monday, January 20, 2020

 

For the information of CMSD82 parents, guardians and school district personnel.

Please be advised that all Terrace and Kitimat Schools within Coast Mountains School District 82 will be closed today, January 20 due to the unsafe conditions of the highways, side roads and sidewalks resulting from the extreme weather within the area.

Please note that Bear Valley School and the Hazelton and Kitwanga Schools will be open to receive students today, January 20 and bus routes will be operating as scheduled.

Parents and guardians are asked to contact their School Principal should they have questions or require additional information.

District staff are expected to report to work, however, should staff be unable to make it to work or feel unsafe, they are to contact their School Principal or Vice Principal.

 

 

2020-2021 CMSD82 New Student Registration & Cross Boundary Application

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CMSD82 2020-2021 New Student Registration & Cross-Boundary Application Notice  (click on link to open)

 

School District 82 Policy 1030 outlines student attendance/catchment area procedures in accordance with Ministry of Education policies on Schools of Choice.  It is important that parents take note of specific deadlines defined within this policy and ensure the procedures listed below are followed:

  1. Students must be registered at their catchment area school.
  2. Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Applications:  After registering at your catchment area school, applications must be received at your school of choice by February 14, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.
  3. Confirmation of Cross Boundary Applications:  By the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staffing allocations and school configurations.  Unsuccessful applicants may be held on a waiting list for the subsequent school year.  Parents/guardians applying for Cross Boundary status are advised the decisions related to Cross Boundary Applications may not be decided until the first week of school in the 2020-2021 school year.  Parents/guardians, therefore, must register first at their catchment area school.
  4. New In-Catchment Registrations:  Registrations will be received up to March 13, 2020 for new students including Kindergarten.  Applications received after this date will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrolment.  Wait-listed students who are in catchment area may be moved as soon as space is available.
  5. Notification of In-Catchment:  Wait-listed in-catchment area students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school opening.

Definitions:

  1. Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Students:   Those students who do not live within the defined attendance areas for the school they wish to attend.
  2. In-Catchment Students:   Those students who live in the attendance areas defined for each school.

Inquiries regarding catchment areas should be directed to the principal of the school.  

For your convenience, provided below is the 2019-2020 CMSD82 School Principals Listing with contact numbers.

CMSD82 2019-2020 School Principals, Vice Principals & School Contact Listing
(click on link to open)

 

2020-2021 CMSD82 Registration Procedures for Kindergarten

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In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, the Board of Education is seeking the cooperation of parents/guardians in registering their child on the following dates.  Pre-registration is requested in order to provide the School District Administration the time to plan staffing to meet school needs.

Schools are open to take registration for Kindergarten from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. between January 13, 2020 and March 13, 2020.

The School District will make every effort to place students who have registered by March 13, 2020 in their catchment area school.  Students registering after March 13, 2020 may not be granted place in their catchment area school.

To be eligible for entry to school in September 2020 students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2020.  A birth certificate, proof of immunization, a BC Care Card and parent/guardian proof of ordinarily resident will be required at the time of registration.

Acceptable documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident”:

  • BCMSP (BC CareCard) coverage AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows; or
  • Valid BC Services Card (replacement for BC CareCard) AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows

Supporting documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident” (address must match the address listed on the Student’s Registration & Verification Form):

  • Provincial Driver’s License
  • Document indicating British Columbia resident (i.e. utility bill)
  • Proof of ownership of a dwelling or long-term lease or rental of a dwelling
  • A current income tax return filed as a BC resident

To register for Kindergarten classes, please register your child at your neighbourhood primary/elementary school as detailed in the CMSD82 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Procedures (click on link to open).  If you wish information on school boundaries, please contact any of the principals as listed in the CMSD82 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Procedures.

French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One:

  • A student does not have to be of French origin to enrol in French Immersion.
  • Registration for French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One takes place at schools indicated with an * as listed in the CMSD82 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Procedures (click on link to open).
  • Registration for French Immersion Grade One is for students presently attending Kindergarten in English, who would like to begin in the French Immersion Program.

Board of Education Rescinds Transition Plan to Re-Assign Principals-Vice Principals for the 2020-21 School Year

 

CMSD82 News Release – Board Rescinds Transition Plan to Re-assign Principals-Vice Principals 2020-21 School Year

 

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 at its In Camera Board Meeting held yesterday afternoon, December 18, 2019 passed the following motion:

THAT the 2020-2021 Principal and Vice Principal Assignments remain status quo as of January 6, 2020 except in the event of resignations, retirements or other emergent situations as determined by the Acting Superintendent of Schools.

In an effort to formalize the school district’s processes related to Principal and Vice Principal re-assignments, and in light of several recommendations by Independent Consultant Dianne Turner, the Board of Education has rescinded the one-year transition plan as passed at the June 26, 2019 In Camera Board Meeting.

Specifically, the aforementioned motion rescinds the transition plan to re-assign Principals and Vice Principals for the 2020-2021 school year.

In the future, Principal and Vice Principal re-assignments will be conducted using a Change Management Protocol, which will be collaborative, consultative in structure, and as transparent as possible.

The Board of Education values the strength and dedication of all employees in the school district and looks forward to engaging and working together with all of our communities in the school district towards continued student success.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

Independent Consultant’s Report to the CMSD82 Board of Education

 

In June 2019, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 initiated a review to address concerns that were raised by students, parents, partner groups and communities. In order to ensure the process was objective and thorough, the Board of Education contracted Independent Consultant, Dianne Turner.

Ms. Turner was tasked to gather relevant information and provide recommendations for future actions to the Board of Education. The intent of this process was to address concerns raised within the school district and to identify processes moving forward, with the priority being placed on the well-being and learning of students in the district.

The Board of Education received Ms. Turner’s report and recommendations on November 27, 2019. The report is provided by accessing the following link:

Independent Consultant’s Report to the Board of Education – Nov. 27, 2019

On behalf of the Board of Education, we extend our appreciation to those who brought forward concerns and who were willing to be interviewed.

The next steps are to share the report and conduct a series of consultations.  A public consultation forum will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre (formerly the Thornhill Junior/Secondary School) located at 3120 Highway 16 East in Terrace. If you are unable to attend the public consultation forum, or you prefer to submit your thoughts electronically, please email to feedback@cmsd.bc.ca.

The Board of Education invites all interested parties to attend the public consultation forum to provide input into this dialogue and share their views on action planning.

Public participation is encouraged. Input and feedback is welcomed and valued by the Board of Education.

Should you require further assistance, please feel free to contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant to the Board of Education at (250) 638-4401.

Sincerely,

Shar McCrory
Chairperson, Board of Education

 

 

 

Lest We Forget …

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Coast Mountains’ schools and the Board of Education Office will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Remembrance Day, and will re-open as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, November 12.

Remembrance Day assemblies will be held throughout our school district on Friday, November 8.

On this Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to those past and present who served our country with courage and compassion.  Lest we forget …

 

 

School Opening, Wednesday, September 4 … Welcome Back!

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to welcome the school community to the 2019-2020 School Year!   We are looking forward to working with all of you this year on behalf of Coast Mountains learners, and continue to make progress towards our School District goals.

Shared Vision …“Coast Mountains School District: creating opportunities for learning, opportunities for life.”

District Goals … Raise literacy and numeracy levels for all of our learners.  Graduation for every learner; crossing the stage with dignity, purpose and options.  Enhance learner engagement, opportunities and choice through personalized learning.

I look forward to working together to ensure that our focus on student learning is maintained while at the same time develop and foster a positive School District culture.  It is only through, working together, that we can have the greatest effect on kids and learning.

School Opening … the first day of school will be Wednesday, September 4.  We have well established routines and we will follow our normal opening day routines with a shortened first day.  Buses will make their morning runs at the usual time on September 4 with their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours.  Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School students please reference below for September 4 start times.  As you will know, these first days allow us to greet students, set preliminary enrolment and then prepare in earnest for the coming school days.  Our first full day of school will be Thursday, September 5 with regular school hours and bus runs in effect.  Bus routes and school start times are provided below.

If you require information on which school your child should attend, please call (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Local 4401.

We look forward to welcoming your children in our schools on September 4.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

back%20to%20schoolPRE-REGISTRATION FOR ALL SCHOOLS
(WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE
NORTHWEST TRADES & EMPLOYMENT
TRAINING CENTRE)
WILL BE HELD ON
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY,
AUGUST 27 & 28, 2019
FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.

Kindergarten pupils are requested to begin attending
on the date arranged by the school.  Pupils not pre-registered should register on the
above-mentioned dates.

 

SCHOOL OPENING – SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 FOR ALL STUDENTS
(EXCEPT KINDERGARTEN)
at the times as listed in the following 2019-2020 CMSD82 Return to School Messages
which will run in local newspapers in preparation for the new school year.

CMSD82 2019-2020 Hazelton & Kitwanga Return to School Message

CMSD82 2019-2020 Kitimat Return to School Message

CMSD82 2019-2020 Terrace & Thornhill Return to School Message

CMSD82 2019-2020 Stewart Return to School Message

Note:

  • On September 4 only, buses for all schools will make their morning runs at the usual time and their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours
  • On September 4, Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School, Grades 7 and 8, report to the large gym at 9:00 a.m.; Grades 9 to 12, report to their home room at 12:30 p.m.  A second bus run for Mount Elizabeth Secondary will begin at 11:40 a.m. on September 4.

REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS AND BUS RUNS WILL COMMENCE
ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
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SCHOOL DISTRICT 2019-2020 BUS SCHEDULES/ROUTES

2019-2020 Hazelton-Kitwanga Bus Schedules-Routes – Effective Sept. 5, 2019
2019-2020 Kitimat Bus Schedules-Routes – Effective Sept. 5, 2019
2019-2020 Terrace-Thornhill Bus Schedules-Routes – Effective Sept. 5, 2019

(the above links provide one PDF file for each respective area with all bus routes/stops)


Terrace
:  School buses will only be provided to students living outside the city boundaries.  Those students living within city boundaries should consult the Terrace Regional Transit System for scheduling information and rates at 250-635-2666.

Should you have questions or concerns regarding bus routing and scheduling the following steps are suggested:

1)   Contact your child’s/children’s School Principal.

2)  Contact the Operations Manager at Diversified Transportation bus lines at 250-635-7042 or 1-855-538-5287 for out of town.

 

Welcome Back

 

 

2019-2020 School Supplies Lists

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In preparation for the 2019-2020 School Year, please find the School Supplies Lists as provided by Coast Mountains School District schools:

 

 

 

Please Note:

  • Cassie Hall Elementary School, Suwilaawks Community School and Thornhill Primary School provide classroom supplies to students for a fee.  Parents/Guardians will be provided information during the first week of school.
  • Caledonia Secondary School, Hazelton Secondary School (Grades 10-12), Parkside Secondary School, Kitimat City High School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School (Grades 9-12) provide information relating to classroom supplies to students during the first week of school.

Should you require further information, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

We look forward to Coast Mountains’ students return to school on September 4, 2019.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

 

August 2019 Summer Provincial Exams Information & Schedule

 

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If you are a student who is required to take a Provincial Exam this summer, please read the information below. Additional information can be found on the Ministry of Education website.

Since all exams are electronic, you can locate the sample exams through the Ministry website link shared above.  If you have never attempted an electronic exam, it is suggested that you take the time to practice with the ‘past exams’.

Electronic Exams:
All Grade 12 required Provincial Exams will be administered electronically.

Exam Centre Location:
Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre (NTETC), 3120 Highway 16 East, Terrace – (Google map directions https://binged.it/2tMHVdz)

Important Notation:
For complete information about the New Graduation Program, please visit https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca.

August Exam Schedule:
August 8 and 9 – access the following link for information regarding the August 2019 Provincial Exams Information.

Please email Mr. Geoff McKay, District Technical Skills Administrator at the Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre (geoffery.mckay@cmsd.bc.ca), to inform him you wish to write an exam.  Include the following information in the email:

  • Full Name
  • Home phone number
  • PEN (Personal Education Number provided by the Ministry of Education)
  • School currently attending (school of record)
  • Exam intending to write (course name)

Students must show up one half-hour (30 minutes) ahead of the scheduled exam time with:

  • Photo ID
  • Your PEN (Personal Education Number provided by the Ministry of Education)

For further information, please contact Mr. McKay at 250-635-7944, ext. 8467 or toll free at 1-800-663-3865, ext. 8467.

 

 

Voices of Young British Columbians Needed for LG Youth Advisory Council

 

Are you interested in supporting the work of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia?

The Honourable Janet Austin is launching the LG Youth Advisory Council – a guiding body to advise Her Honour on relevant issues impacting young people and identify ways to engage the next generation of British Columbians.

The LG Youth Advisory Council will meet 3-5 times a year, via teleconference, with at least one in-person meeting.  Initiatives and activities will be determined by the Council and the Lieutenant Governor.

Application and Eligibility Criteria:

  • Between the ages of 17 and 24.
  • Resident of British Columbia.
  • Applications must be submitted on or before August 6, 2019.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Lieutenant Governor’s website at:

https://ltgov.bc.ca/blog/democracy/lg-youth-advisory-council-application/