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Superintendent’s Letter to Parents, Guardians & Caregivers – Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

 

CMSD82 Superintendent’s Letter to Parents-Guardians, Welcome to 2021-22 School Year

 

Dear CMSD82 Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  I hope this letter finds you and your family happy, rested and eagerly anticipating a positive and engaging school year.  Your children will be welcomed into our schools on September 7 regardless of where they are at academically, physically, socially and/or emotionally.

With greater community protection against COVID-19, schools can return to closer to normal operations, with some prevention measures continuing to be in place to keep schools as lower risk settings for communicable disease transmission.  While COVID-19 is present in our communities, there will continue to be COVID-19 exposures in schools and cases amongst students and staff.  Because cases in schools reflect those in the community, these are more likely to occur in communities with lower vaccination uptake.  Children continue to be a low risk for serious outcomes from COVID-19, including variants of concern detected in BC.

For your information, we take this opportunity to share links to the Ministry of Education Return to School Announcement of August 24 and the updated COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines for K-12 Schools.

Together, we can make 2021-2022 a safe and productive year.  We will be asking for your support in this regard.  You can do your part by:

  • Getting vaccinated;
  • Conducting the daily health check for your children prior to sending them to school;
  • Keeping your children home when they are sick;
  • Following the requirement for all students in Grades 4 to 12 to wear a mask while indoors, including at their desk and on school busses, and encouraging Kindergarten to Grade 3 students to wear a mask.

Coast Mountains School District 82 and its individual schools have developed Communicable Disease Prevention Plans.  These plans outline safety procedures to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  These school plans will be posted to the school district’s website at www.cmsd.bc.ca and to school websites in the coming week.

On June 3, 2021 the federal government announced that the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be observed by federal government employees and by federally regulated workplaces every year starting on September 30, 2021.

The BC provincial government also recognized the importance of honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  All provincial public sector employers, which includes public school districts, will recognize September 30, 2021, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a holiday for staff and students.  The 2021-2022 District School Calendar has been amended in accordance to the School Act and the revised School Calendar Regulations as directed by the Ministry of Education.  Students will receive copies of the amended calendar during the first week of school.

Coast Mountains School District 82 will support all learners to achieve their individual success while inspiring a passion for lifelong learning.   We value:

  • student engagement;
  • an appreciation for culture and diversity;
  • respectful and meaningful relationships;
  • a welcoming, safe and caring community;
  • the vital importance of well-being.

Our priorities include:

  • individual students realizing their potential;
  • honouring and respecting culture and diversity;
  • well-being within the educational community.

We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you and our school communities during the 2021-2022 school year.  We will continue to provide families with updates as new information becomes available.

A special thank-you is extended to all staff in School District 82 who are committed to ensuring a safe and caring learning experience for all our students.

We look forward to welcoming your children to the 2021-2022 school year in Coast Mountains School District.

Yours sincerely,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools

 

 

The Family Summer Literacy Boost – We Will Be Ready For September!

Coast Mountains School District 82 is pleased to provide the opportunity to the families of Bear Valley, Kildala Elementary, Kitwanga Elementary and Suwilaawks Community Schools with “free access” to the Summer Reading Boost Program.  School District 82 purchased licenses for these schools to access this program featuring Dr. Janet Mort and the Joyful Literacy Teacher Team.  The Summer Reading Boost Program was created in partnership with SD 91 (Nechako Lakes) due to the growing concern with the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on early learners … with summer looming, they knew for many struggling children the gaps will continue to grow.

This home-based program comprises 10 videos (video titles provided below) that instructs parents how to teach and practice Foundational Skills (K to 3).  Each video is supported with a handout package of over 100 games, activities, read-aloud strategies and checklists from Janet Mort’s new book “Parent Power: You can teach your child to read!”  All games and activities are designed to be productive, playful and fun for the whole family. We invite parents/guardians to use the program all summer long and throughout the next school year.

This series of ten 20-minute videos can be easily streamed online by parents for playful practice activities with important Foundational Skills all summer long.  You can also download the videos for offline viewing.  Each video is accompanied by a package of handouts that include instructions, games and activities for each video topic.
Video Titles include (package handouts for each video provided below):

  • Alphabet Crazy Fun 1: My Family Teaches Me My ABC’s
  • Alphabet Crazy Fun 2: Games, Practice and Celebrations
  • Phonemic Play 1: Learning to read in the dark?
  • Phonemic Play 2: Tricking Our Ears!
  • Superpower Sight Words 1: One Two Three – READ!!!
  • Superpower Sight Words 2: Practice, Play and Performance
  • Come-alive Reading: It’s party-time reading in my home.
  • Echo and Repeated Reading: I read just like you.
  • Reading Buddies: Teaching Me, Loving Me and Reading with Me
  • Writing Buddies: My Pen, Your Pen, Our Pen

How to Access the Video Series:

  1. Click on the “Video Showcase Link” provided below.
  2. Enter the password provided below in the “Enter Password” box and click the “Submit” button.
  3. You will now have access to stream the video series online, or download individual videos to view them offline (see instructions below).

Video Showcase Link:

Password:

  • s78WRm36kD

Package Handouts with Instructions, Games and Activities for each Video Topic:

Questions about the Parent Power Summer Literacy Boost?  Contact joyfulliteracy2020@shaw.ca.

Managing Stress related to COVID-19


News and information about the spread of COVID-19 around the world is coming at us quickly.  It can be hard to keep up and if you are keeping up on the latest, it can be even harder to remain calm given all that is going on. 

Access the following link to view the resource from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions for tips and information to help with stress management.

Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Useful Links: