There are plenty of in-service learning opportunities happening for our staff in May! I am pleased to share with you some of the workshops that our staff attend to continue to enhance their instructional practice.
Printmaking Workshop – creating etchings with master print maker Peter Braune
Tribes – The Importance of a Safe and Caring Culture, focuses on developing a positive school culture that promotes human growth and learning.
Tiered Instruction for English Language Learners – Teachers differentiate lessons using vocabulary and questioning techniques.
Social Media – Training of selected secondary students to work with elementary students in the area of social media
Changing Results for Young Readers – Ministry of Education initiative designed to support Kindergarten through Grade 3 readers.
Also in May…
Primary Days of Music – Features vocal performances by students in grades K – 3
Collegial Conference Sharing – School teams who participated in Collegial Conference projects this year are invited to attend this session to celebrate and share their work with others.
Monday, May 6th I was pleased to attend the CNV Youth Awards Ceremony. Awards were given in six categories: Youth Recognition, Youth Community Enhancement, Outstanding Youth Teams, Random Act of Kindness, Outstanding Supporter of Youth, and Youth Centennial Scholarship. In the Outstanding Youth Team category, two Carson Graham teams (Africa Water Bank Ambassadors and Senior Improv Team) and two Sutherland teams (Cancer Awareness Club and Mosaic Multicultural Club) were recognized. Photos of this event have been posted at www.cnv.org. Congratulations to all the awards recipients and to all the nominees!
On April 22, 2013 I was pleased to attend the VSO/Honour Band & Strings Concert at Centennial Theatre. This annual concert featured our District Honour Band and District Honour Strings groups performing alongside the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. I was most impressed by the quality of the music and how enthusiastic the students were in their performances.
This concert would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our District music teachers. Special thanks to David Bradshaw, Lasse Leslie and Janet Murray, whose significant contribution to the District music program is greatly appreciated. We are most grateful as well for the continued partnership with the VSO to enable this unique experience for our students!
May 7, 2013
The first full week in May is traditionally Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada. Throughout the week, national, provincial and territorial agencies promote three simple steps to help Canadians become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:
- know the risks
- make a plan
- get an emergency kit
Not sure where to begin? This straightforward presentation from Public Safety Canada can help you to create an emergency preparedness plan for yourself and your family.
Visit GetPrepared.ca for more information.
This year’s Sea to Sky Regional Heritage Fair will be held at the Lynn Valley Main Library on Friday, May 10th. The Regional Fair brings together 50 student history projects showcasing research into a wide variety of local, provincial or national topics. The projects, created by students in Grades 4 through 10, were selected from individual school heritage fairs as exemplifying thorough research into a topic of historical significance. Our friends at the North Vancouver Museum & Archives tell us that this year’s projects will include profiles of prominent Canadians and events, including the flooding of the Fraser River in 1948 and Canadian participation in the rescue of passengers of the Titanic.
Everyone is welcome to tour the displays and enjoy the Fair’s music, dance and historical activities this Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm.
… courtesy of Stephanie Weller, French Immersion and French Second Language Facilitator
Idélire is an annual event that promotes French Canadian children and youth literature to French Immersion students. This year we were pleased to welcome author Sylvain Dodier and illustrators Gabrielle Grimard and Josée Bisaillon, all from Québec, into our schools to conduct writing workshops and presentations for our students.
Sylvain’s poetry writing workshops were extremely successful. All the students were captivated by his passion for poetry and were all fully engaged in writing their own powerful poetry as Sylvain guided the creative process.
Sylvain Dodier leading a poetry writing workshop with the grade 9 students at Windsor Secondary.
The illustrators’ presentations were all very well received. Both students and teachers found the explanation of the creative process from the beginning, an idea, to the end, something published in a book, newspaper or magazine, very interesting. Everyone left feeling inspired for future art endeavours.
Josée Bisaillon explaining her illustration process to grade 6 & 7 students at Larson Elementary.
For more information about Idélire, the authors and the illustrators, please visit www.idelire.ca.
… our Earth Day feature for 2013 is our Green Fair!
The third annual School District-wide Green Fair brought together local partners in sustainability with students representing the elementary and secondary environmental clubs and projects they are championing at their schools.
Months of planning went into Green Fair 2013, which exceeded all previous attendance and participation records. Students proudly shared their experiences and enthusiasm for school gardens, recycling, saving energy and promoting alternate modes of transportation. Our partners’ displays showcased many of the ongoing sustainability projects we have that are helping to reduce our operating costs and promote healthy school environments. The solar panels and refillable water bottle station at the new Carson Graham Secondary are just two of the many innovative initiatives in the spotlight at this year’s Fair.
We were fortunate that this year’s Fair coincided with the visit of acclaimed education consultant Claire Warden from Scotland. Ms. Warden, a passionate advocate of outdoor learning and environmental education, called Green Fair “a great example of a dynamic community in action.”
My congratulations to the staff and student members of the NVSD Sustainability Committee for organizing this successful event.
I’m pleased to announce that Claire Warden, an internationally recognized education consultant, author and founder of Nature Kindergartens in Scotland, will be visiting the North Vancouver School District on Thursday, April 18th. For part of her visit, Claire will meet with staff and students at several of our schools and tour Outdoor School. In the evening, Claire will deliver a presentation at the Education Services Centre on experiential learning in early childhood education, and the motivational opportunities that can be drawn from nature.
Claire’s presentation is geared towards Kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers, StrongStart Facilitators, ELF providers, and early learning assistants and community partners.