The Weekly BUZZ

The Weekly Buzz Apr 15 -Apr 19:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

We hope that all our Chalmers families had a very happy and prosperous Vaisakhi!

 

Road Safety

Pick up times can be busy and we have limited parking around the school. Due to this, we encourage families to walk to and from school if possible. To help us continue to keep our students and staff safe during pick up and drop off time, parents can do the following:

  • Keep our staff parking lot and front of the school clear of parent vehicles.
  • Make sure your children are walking on designated walking paths while near the staff parking lot and not cutting through
  • Do not block private driveways of houses near our school
  • Follow all road signs to ensure you are parked safely and legally

Walk Your Wheels On The Playground – For the safety of everyone, please remind your children they must walk their bikes, scooters, skateboards etc., when on the school grounds.

Lunchtime:

We are noticing many students are asking for their food to be heated up in our school microwaves by staff, or asking for hot water to be boiled up for their noodles in a cup etc.  We would like to encourage families to please bring their food from home warmed up ahead of time and kept in a thermos, for example. We do not have the capacity, or time, during lunch hour to heat up so many student lunches or snacks. This is also a health and safety concern having students so closely be around microwaves and hot kettles in a school setting. Thank you for your understanding.

Earth Week Activities

This year, Earth Day takes place on Monday, April 22nd. It is anticipated that nearly six million Canadians will join close to one billion people from over 170 countries in staged events and projects to address local environmental issues. It is expected that nearly every school-aged child in Canada will participate in an Earth Day activity.

At Chalmers, we are doing our part to raise awareness of environmental issues and to invest in the Earth. In celebration of Earth Day, the staff at Chalmers have decided to have an “Earth Week”. Each day during “Earth Week” we will have an activity take place with an environmental focus. These activities include:

· Monday, April 22nd Lights Out Lunch (all week)

· Tuesday, April 23rd Wear Earth colours

· Wednesday, April 24th Walk, Ride, or Roll to School Wednesday

· Thursday, April 25th Litterless Lunch “Pack In Pack Out

· Friday, April 26th Power Down

Litterless Lunch “Pack In Pack Out” Ideas

Did you know that the average school-aged child who consumes a conventional disposable lunch generates a total of 67 lbs of waste per year!

While it easy to say, “let’s have a litterless lunch”, how can this be accomplished in a “low impact” way? Here are some suggestions:

· Use a reusable bag or container

· Pack food in reusable containers (no plastic wrap, foil, plastic bags, or pre-packaged foods)

· Pack drinks in a re-fillable water bottle or thermos

· Take home organic waste (apple cores, banana peels, etc.) for composting

· Pack cutlery that can be washed and re-used

Walk, Ride, or Roll to School Wednesday

We are encouraging all of Chalmers students to walk, bike, or scooter to school. If you have to drive to school, please park a couple of blocks away and walk with your child the rest of the way. Between 8:25 and 8:40, teams will be at the front of the school, and the two undercover areas, to stamp the hands of those students who walk, ride, or roll to school. One primary class and one intermediate class that have the highest percentage of students participating will win a prize.

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for April below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 

 

Do you have plans for the summer time yet? Are you hoping to find something affordable the whole family can enjoy together? The BC French Family camp is an amazing experience (in 3 locations: Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Gwillim Lake) that can do wonders for your child’s (and your whole family’s) appreciation of their French skills! Here’s what my partner thought:

 

« At first, I was hesitant to go to French camp, when the memories of my own French classes were very distant! In the end, I was happily surprised by the excellent experience both for my kid and myself! I did NOT need to speak French to have a good time. And it brought our family closer together! French camp has now become an integral part of our yearly summer family tradition! » —Rick Wong

 

See poster for detailsBCFFC_flyer_3camps_2024

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

Friday, April 19                      Hot Lunch-Subway

School Calendar

 

Saturday, April 13

Monday, April  15

 

Monday, April 22-24

Vaisakhi

K dental screening

 

Grade 7 Camp

 

 

 

Parenting Summit Information- strategic parenting:

https://summit.strategicparenting.com/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=REST%20OF%20THE%20WORLD%3A%20-%20SUMMIT%20-%20L1%20-%20PROSPECTING%20-%20ABO%20-%208.3.2024%20-%20PUR&utm_term=MW30%2B%20-%20PROGRAM%20V1%20%28EMPOWERED%29%20-%20Kindergarten%20-%20CO%3A%205X%20-%2028.3.2024&utm_content=ZF_SUMMIT_PROGRAM_IMAGE_19.3.2024_1080x1080_EN_V2%20%281%29.jpg&fbadid=120207305172240517&utm_id=120206526205830517

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

Minister on the BC Training and Education Savings Program Grant

B.C. Training and Education Savings Program Grant

Click on this link called “letter”to see the details of the grant: letter  for families/guardians of students in kindergarten to Grade 4 – your child may be eligible for a $1,200 B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant for their post-secondary education.

 

Understanding & Caring for Anxiety

Understanding & Caring for Anxiety is a 90-minute webinar offered by Alongside You that will help you understand your anxiety better and learn some effective ways to care for your anxiety and for yourself when it’s hard.

This webinar is led by Andrew Neufeld and Jonathan Hers, both Registered Clinical Counsellors at Alongside You. There will be an education session at the beginning and some time to ask questions at the end.

Register here: https://bit.ly/understanding-caring-for-anxiety

 

 

As part of our on-going work with the Ministry of Education and Childcare through the erase strategy, Safer Schools welcomes families to join a COMPLIMENTARY April session!

Family Session:

“Establishing Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities” for Families and Youth aged 10 and up.

Date: April 16

 

erase Family Sessions (saferschoolstogether.com)

 

 

ERASE Training

Safer Schools Together

www.saferschoolstogether.com

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The Weekly Buzz Apr 8 -Apr 12:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

Partial Solar Eclipse – April 8, 2024 

A partial solar eclipse will take place on Monday, April 8. While this is an exciting astronomical event, it’s important that students know not to look directly at the sun at any time to guard against temporary or permanent damage to their eyes. 

During a solar eclipse, the moon moves between the sun and the earth, partially or completely blocking the Sun’s rays. Looking at the eclipse directly, or through sunglasses, windows or a camera even for just a few seconds is not safe as the sun’s intense radiation has the potential to cause eye damage. 

In Delta, the solar eclipse is expected to begin at 10:42 a.m., peak at 11:30 a.m., and finish by 12:20 p.m. (https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/canada/delta?iso=20240408) 

A safe way to view the eclipse is online at NASA/Exploratorium_livestream or Space.com.

 

 

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for April below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have plans for the summer time yet? Are you hoping to find something affordable the whole family can enjoy together? The BC French Family camp is an amazing experience (in 3 locations: Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Gwillim Lake) that can do wonders for your child’s (and your whole family’s) appreciation of their French skills! Here’s what my partner thought:

 

« At first, I was hesitant to go to French camp, when the memories of my own French classes were very distant! In the end, I was happily surprised by the excellent experience both for my kid and myself! I did NOT need to speak French to have a good time. And it brought our family closer together! French camp has now become an integral part of our yearly summer family tradition! » —Rick Wong

 

See poster for details!BCFFC_flyer_3camps_2024

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

Thursday, April 11.                PAC Meeting 7pm

Friday, April 12                      Movie Night-Super Mario 7pm

Toonie Treat Day- Donuts $2

 

Doors open at 6:30pm. Movie starts at 7pm. 

$5 donation per family is suggested. Concession will be open. Cash, debit, and credit will be accepted. No outside food or drinks, please.

Please be reminded that all children must be accompanied by an adult. Additional info at chalmers.pac.delta@gmail.com

Friday, April 19                      Hot Lunch-Subway

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

Thursday, April 11 PAC Meeting 7pm
Monday, April 15 KN Dental Screening

 

 

Delta Film Academy Open House- see poster in link below:

Open House DFA (Presentation) (1) 

 

 

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

The Ministry of Education has announced new dates for online Family Sessions on the topic of Social Media Awareness. These sessions are meant for caregivers and children aged 10 and up.

 

Dates: Tuesday, March 26. Wednesday, April 10. Tuesday, April 16.

Time: All sessions take place from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

 

The sessions can be accessed at the following link: erase Family Sessions (saferschoolstogether.com)

 

 

 

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The Weekly Buzz Apr 1 -Apr 5:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

Joyeux Pâques Chalmers! I hope everyone had a chance to spend time with family and friends over the break and Easter Monday.

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for April below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm 

 

 

 

Concours d’art oratoire is a speaking contest organized by the CPF (Canadian Parents for French)

https://cpf.ca/en/about/

 

What does CPF say about le Concours d’art oratoire ?
“Our longstanding public-speaking is open to youth who are learning French in school. It’s a great way to celebrate their many hours of hard work and official language bilingualism in Canada!”

 

The Delta District Concours d’art oratoire will take place on Thursday April 4th at the Burnsview High School at 6.30 pm.

Students from grade 6 to 12 who had been selected at the school level in March will present their speech in front of some Francophone judges selected in the Delta District.

One student of each grade will be chosen to go the provincial level and represent the district, on Saturday May 4th at SFU SURREY Campus.

Note: Grade 7 EFI (Early French immersion) and Grade 7 LFI (Late French immersion) are in different groups.

 

 

 

Do you have plans for the summer time yet? Are you hoping to find something affordable the whole family can enjoy together? The BC French Family camp is an amazing experience (in 3 locations: Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Gwillim Lake) that can do wonders for your child’s (and your whole family’s) appreciation of their French skills! Here’s what my partner thought:

 

« At first, I was hesitant to go to French camp, when the memories of my own French classes were very distant! In the end, I was happily surprised by the excellent experience both for my kid and myself! I did NOT need to speak French to have a good time. And it brought our family closer together! French camp has now become an integral part of our yearly summer family tradition! » —Rick Wong

 

See poster for details!!BCFFC_flyer_3camps_2024

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

Friday, April 5                        Hot Lunch- Pizza

Thursday, April 11.                PAC Meeting 7 pm

Friday, April 12                      Movie Night-Super Mario Bros Movie- 7pm in gym.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Movie starts at 7pm. 

$5 donation per family is suggested. Concession will be open. Cash, debit, and credit will be accepted. No outside food or drinks, please.

Please be reminded that all children must be accompanied by an adult. Additional info at chalmers.pac.delta@gmail.com

Friday, April 19                      Hot Lunch-Subway

 

School Calendar

 

Monday, April 1 Easter Monday-school closed
Tuesday, April 2 First Day Back to School from break

 

Family Smart Parent Workshop Opportunity:

FamilySmart Monthly Event April 2024_BC

 

Partial Solar Eclipse – April 8, 2024 

A partial solar eclipse will take place on Monday, April 8. While this is an exciting astronomical event, it’s important that students know not to look directly at the sun at any time to guard against temporary or permanent damage to their eyes. 

During a solar eclipse, the moon moves between the sun and the earth, partially or completely blocking the Sun’s rays. Looking at the eclipse directly, or through sunglasses, windows or a camera even for just a few seconds is not safe as the sun’s intense radiation has the potential to cause eye damage. 

In Delta, the solar eclipse is expected to begin at 10:42 a.m., peak at 11:30 a.m., and finish by 12:20 p.m. (https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/canada/delta?iso=20240408) 

A safe way to view the eclipse is online at NASA/Exploratorium_livestream or Space.com.

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

 

 

Delta Film Academy Open House- see poster in link below:

Open House DFA (Presentation) (1) 

 

Keeping Kids Safe Online and In School

We welcome the BC Government’s announcement last Friday aimed at keeping kids and young adults safe from online threats, restrict the use of cellphones in schools and hold social media companies accountable.

The Delta School District already has an administrative procedure in place to cover the use of Personal Communication Devices (Admin Procedure 145) that provides guidance for schools and educators. In the coming months, the district expects to receive more detailed guidelines from the government regarding the restriction of students’ cellphone use in schools. Once that information is received, the district will look at making any necessary changes for implementation at the start of the new school year in September.

 

 

The Ministry of Education has announced new dates for online Family Sessions on the topic of Social Media Awareness. These sessions are meant for caregivers and children aged 10 and up.

 

Dates: Tuesday, March 26. Wednesday, April 10. Tuesday, April 16.

Time: All sessions take place from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

 

The sessions can be accessed at the following link: erase Family Sessions (saferschoolstogether.com)

 

Delta District Parent Advisory Council Annual Open House and Social

The Delta District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) would like to invite all parents and caregivers to attend their Annual Open House and Social:

 

Date:                                    Monday, April 8, 2024

Time:                                    7pm – 8:30pm

Location:                           School Board Office, 4585 Harvest Drive, Delta

Contact Name:              Jennifer Rak, Chair, DPAC

Email:                                  deltadpac@gmail.com

RSVP by:                            Friday, April 5th

 

This is an opportunity for parents, caregivers and those in our school community to meet district employees, community partners and of course, your DPAC Executives. The evening will start with short introductions before opening up the floor to socialize, gather information and enjoy a snack. Children are welcome since this will not be a formal meeting.

 

It is also the last meeting before the DPAC AGM on Monday, May 13th where the elections for the 2024/25 DPAC Executives will happen. If any parents or caregivers are looking to get more involved at the district level, this event will be an opportunity to speak to the DPAC Executives regarding positions and ask any questions they may have.

 

Please RSVP to deltadpac@gmail.com by Friday, April 5.

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The Weekly Buzz Mar 11 -Mar 15:

 

 Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

 

On Wednesday March 13th , the second formal report card for the current school year will be available for viewing on Parent Connect.  The report cards this year are in a new format with lots of important information about your child(ren). This is an exciting time for children and parents, a time to offer encouragement and support as well as a time to set realistic goals.  As you sit down to discuss your child’s report card with them, keep in mind the following questions.

  • What type of work does my child excel in? All children have strengths, and it is important to look at areas of excellence as well as areas requiring attention.  Celebrate your child’s successes.

 

  • What type of work is most challenging for my child? Areas of challenge provide children with opportunities to demonstrate perseverance, diligence, and determination; virtues that we want to foster in our children.

 

  • What is my child’s attitude towards learning? Attitude is a key ingredient to success.  While we need to help children be realistic about what they can achieve everyone does better with a winning, positive attitude.

 

  • How can I support my child in their learning? While a variety of homework activities may be assigned on any given night, use the report card to determine which subject area might require extra attention.  This will provide a focus for those evenings when your child says, “But I don’t have any homework.”  Regular practice with reading, spelling, or basic math facts will make a difference over time.

 

  • What goal(s) can we set together for the final third term? Together, with your child, choose something to work on and then plan for how to achieve that goal.

Thank you for your positive partnership with us in helping your child to succeed at school.  If you have questions about how you can support your child in their learning, contact their classroom teacher.  Together we can make a difference!

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for March below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm and Wednesday’s After School 2-2:30pm

 

 

 

VOP Visions Ouest Productions and SFU-BAFF offer some Francophone movies over the Spring Break.

The movie Mon chat et moi (My cat and I ) is a free event to celebrate the Francophonie Month, which is March.

Mon chat et moi will be shown At 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver on March 23rd at 13.10 pm

 

 

 

 

Do you have plans for the summer time yet? Are you hoping to find something affordable the whole family can enjoy together? The BC French Family camp is an amazing experience (in 3 locations: Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Gwillim Lake) that can do wonders for your child’s (and your whole family’s) appreciation of their French skills! Here’s what my partner thought:

 

« At first, I was hesitant to go to French camp, when the memories of my own French classes were very distant! In the end, I was happily surprised by the excellent experience both for my kid and myself! I did NOT need to speak French to have a good time. And it brought our family closer together! French camp has now become an integral part of our yearly summer family tradition! » —Rick Wong

 

See poster for details!BCFFC_flyer_3camps_2024

Student Learning Survey 2023/2024:

 

The Provincial Student Learning Survey is unique in its scope, size and usefulness to schools. It gathers information from parents/guardians/caregivers, teachers, and students on topics related to school environment, safety, and achievement. The information is used for planning in individual schools and provides a district and provincial perspective. In the next few weeks the 2024 the Student Learning Survey will be administered to students in grades 4 and 7, their parents/guardians/caregivers, and all school staff.

 

We encourage parents/guardians/caregivers to participate in this survey, as the results are important in identifying and celebrating current strengths, as well as determining where the school needs to focus improvement. The surveys contain standard questions for the Province – in addition, questions from the school and/or district that focus on local conditions or issues may be included. The survey can be completed electronically and can be accessed on the Internet at

http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey.

 

  1. Under the section Direct Access – no logon number required select:
  • District: 37
  • School: Chalmers
  • Language: the language of your choice
  1. Complete the survey by clicking on the appropriate circle to answer each question. Move to the next set of questions by clicking on the right arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen. Click on the left arrow to navigate backwards.
  2. When you are finished the survey, you will get a message “Thank you for sharing your views”.
  3. Once complete, your school will have the results immediately.

 

Any computer with an Internet connection can be used, and access to the e-survey is simple and secure. The survey can be accessed through the link with or without an anonymous logon code by selecting the school district and school name where your child attends school. Provincial, District and School Reports for previous years can be viewed at the same site under the Results section. The e-survey site will be open until May 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

Friday, March 15                   Candy Bag Treat Day

Friday, April 5                        Hot Lunch- Pizza

Friday, April 19                      Hot Lunch- Subway

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

Sunday, March 10

Wednesday, March 13

 

 

Ramadan starts

Term 2 Report Cards issued on parent connect

 

 

Friday, March 15

 

Monday, March 18- April 1

 

 

Monday, April 1

 

Tuesday, April 2

Last Day before Spring Break

Spring Break- School Closed

 

 

Easter Monday

 

First Day Back to School from break

 

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

Fraser Health Advisory – Protection Against Measles

Measles cases are being reported in many places internationally, in Canada and in B.C.  Fraser Health would like to remind you to check your child’s vaccination records before travelling during Spring Break to ensure they are protected.  Please click here to read the full advisory, which includes how to check your child’s immunization records. For more information, please contact your local public health provider or visit fraserhealth.ca/immunizations.

Kids welcome Spring Break from Monday, March 18 to Monday, April 1. Check out your local Delta library for some fun and free programs to help fill their days!

 

Science World on the Road is coming to the three Delta Libraries! “What’s in the air up there?” Science World’s curious facilitators will help kids of all ages better understand weather and climate with fun demonstrations and offer great ideas for how we can all positively impact our planet. Don’t miss Science World on Monday, March 18, from 1 pm – 1:45 pm at the George Mackie LibraryThursday, March 28, from 11:30 am – 12:15 pm at the Ladner Pioneer Library, and Thursday, March 28, from 2 pm – 2:45 pm at the Tsawwassen Library.

 

Check out all the rest of the special Spring Break programs that are happening at the Delta Libraries. There’s something for everyone!

 

GEORGE MACKIE LIBRARY – CHILDREN

 

Unplugged (formerly Maker Mondays)

Monday, March 18, 25 (except April 1), 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – George Mackie Library

Drop in and let your imagination run full STEAM ahead with Maker Mondays! From art to tech projects and everything in between, we’ll design and make something new each session. Ages 6 – 11.

 

Lego Club

Tuesdays, March 19, 26, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – George Mackie Library

Love Lego? We provide the Lego, you bring your imagination. Come play, create and experiment. Lego Club is a fun afternoon program for kids. Children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent.

 

All Things Green & Springy Craft Program

Wednesday, March 20, 2 pm – 3:30 pm – George Mackie Library

Join us to make some special green spring-themed papercrafts. Activities vary and are suitable for ages 5 – 12. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate with their child(ren).

 

Tweens: Creative Writing with ChatGPT!

Monday, March 21, 3 pm – 3:45 pm – George Mackie Library

Using ChatGPT, explore your imagination and develop your creative writing skills. Join us for creative writing activities, story games, and writing challenges. Ages 10 – 12. Registration required.

 

Collaging with Green Screen

Saturday, March 23, 2 pm – 4 pm – George Mackie Library

Create a collage with you as the main character! Draw, paint and glue images onto poster board and then we’ll upload it to the green screen app to use as your personal backdrop. Take photos of yourself on a green screen background to insert into your art project. Ages 8 – 11. All supplies will be provided.

Registration required.

 

Spring Break Dance Party

Wednesday, March 27, 2 pm – 3 pm – George Mackie Library

Time to get in active this Spring. Join us for a fun-filled hour of various dances, such as freeze, as well as activities, and games, such as balloon toss, and Simon Says. A snack will be provided.

 

Structures: How high can you go? A STEAM program

Thursday, March 28, 1 pm – 2 pm – George Mackie Library

Using skill, strategy and luck, how high can you build a structure using only spaghetti and marshmallows? Or newspaper and masking tape? Come join us for this fun STEAM program.

 

GEORGE MACKIE LIBRARY – TEENS

 

Black Out Poetry

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 pm – 7 pm – George Mackie Library

Drop in for an artistic time creating poetry. Explore black out poetry then generate different types of poetry from your original black out poem using ChatGPT. We’ll also explore X (formerly Twitter) poetry, using book titles, song titles, etc. Ages 14 – 18.

 

Teen Speed Debating

Wednesday, March 27 5:30 pm – 7 pm – George Mackie Library

Would you like to learn how to argue and win? Join us for an introduction to debating, including pointers on public speaking, with fun topics provided. Learn the principles of sound arguments, which is a skill that can come in handy in many different situations!

 

Structures: How high can you go?

Thursday, March 28, 1 pm – 2 pm – George Mackie Library

Using skill, strategy and luck, how high can you build a structure using only spaghetti and marshmallows? Or newspaper and masking tape? Come join us for this fun STEAM program.

 

 

LADNER PIONEER LIBRARY – EVERYONE

 

Peep-a-palooza

March 1: Pick up supplies

March 21: Submission Date

March 22 – April 1: On Display – Ladner Pioneer Library

Create a scene from a book, movie, or fandom using sugary Peeps!

You provide a shoe box and we will provide the Peeps.  Completed Peep-O-Ramas will be placed on exhibit at the library for everyone to enjoy and vote for their favorite from Friday, March 22 – Monday, April 1.

 

Family Game Time

Friday, March 22, 2 pm – 3:30 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Join us for a fun afternoon playing a variety of tabletop games at the library! Discover a new game, or enjoy an old favorite. We will provide a variety of games to choose from.

 

Weave a Wall Hanging

Wednesday, March 27, 1 pm – 1:45 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Learn how to make a cardboard loom and fashion a wall hanging with yarn and ribbons using beginner weaving techniques. Looking for more weaving projects to try after this program? Explore our library database Creativebug for further inspiration.

 

Tiny Art Show

Monday, April 1 – Monday, April 29 – Drop by during library operating hours to pick up an 8.5″ X 5.5″  piece of cardstock

Tuesday, April 30 – Submission Day! Completed artworks will be showcased in May; displayed here at the library.

Friday, May 31, 3 pm – 4 pm – Join us for a show wrap up to celebrate the artwork, meet fellow makers, and to pick up your artwork. Snacks/refreshments will be provided.

Display your talents at our tiny art show! The theme is Out of This World. Let your imagination take that where it will! All ages welcome. Size requirements: 2D (8.5″ X 5.5″ or smaller) or 3D (8.5″ X 5.5″ X 5.5″ or smaller) artwork accepted.

 

LADNER PIONEER LIBRARY – CHILDREN

 

Young Writers

Mondays March 18 and 25, 11 am – 12 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Calling all young writers! Come explore your imagination and develop your creative writing skills. Join us for creative writing activities, story games, and writing challenges. A program for children ages 9-12. Registration required.

 

Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

Wednesday, March 20, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar Day with us at the library! Join us for a story, activities, and crafts based on Eric Carle’s classic picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Suitable for children ages 2-6 and their caregivers. NOTE: When registering, please register child attendees, not accompanying caregiver(s). Registration required.

 

Family Bingo

Thursday, March 21, 1 pm – 1:45 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Join us for Family Bingo at the library! We’ll play rounds of Bingo with words and pictures. Prizes for winners of each round. For children ages 4-10 and their caregivers.

 

STEAM Activities (Theme – Engineering: Paper Strength 3 (Bridges)

Thursday, March 21, 3:15 pm – 4 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Join us for an afternoon of activities sharing STEAM knowledge! Individuals are invited to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math challenges. Ages 10 – 13. Registration required.

 

Lego Challenge!

Friday, March 22, 11 am – 12 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Exercise your creative skills with Lego as we explore compound word building challenges! What would a Lego seahorse or butterfly look like? Combine both elements of the compound word to make your Lego creation. Completed projects will be placed on exhibit at the library for everyone to enjoy from March 22 – April 1.

 

How Does Your Garden Grow? [Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month]

Monday, March 25, 2024, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Celebrate Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month with us at the library! Join us for a special farm themed storytime and seed planting activity. Suitable for ages 2 – 6 years. Registration required.

 

Preschool Dance Party!

Tuesday, March 26, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Join us for a dance party at the library! We will enjoy a story, a variety of dance activities, and also create shaker instruments to use during our dance hour. Suitable for children ages 2 – 6 years and their caregivers.

 

LADNER PIONEER LIBRARY – TEENS

 

Teen Post-it Wall Poetry

March 15 – 31: submission anytime between March 15 – 31 – Ladner Pioneer Library

April 1 – 30: Display during Poetry Month – Ladner Pioneer Library

Deliver your prose on a 3″ x 3″ green post-it responding to the theme of “My Future.” Don’t have a green 3″x3″ post-it? Drop in at the library to pick up a 3″ x 3″ green post-it. Submit your poem for an entry form for our Post-it Poetry Draw prize. Note: Poetry will be on display and should be suitable for a family environment. Age 13 – 19.

 

LADNER PIONEER LIBRARY – ADULTS

 

Knit Wits

Wednesdays until April 24, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Pack up your needles and yarn, crocheting and head to the library. Knitting, crocheting, quilting and weaving are fun ways to connect across the generations. Join members of all ages and abilities to share ideas, techniques, and good conversation.

 

Conversation Circles

Thursdays until April 25, 6 pm – 7:15 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Sundays, 2nd and 4th of the month (January 28; February 11, 25; March 10, 24; April 14, 28, 3:30 pm – 4: 45 pm – Ladner Pioneer Library

Join fellow newcomers to improve your English through speaking and listening about different topics each week in a safe and friendly space. Meet new friends, while practicing the English language. Suitable for all levels.

 

 

TSAWWASSEN LIBRARY – EVERYONE

 

Get Crafty!

Monday, March 18, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Monday, March 25, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Friday, March 22, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Drop in on Monday and Friday afternoons for some family fun arts and crafts. Based on STEAM concepts, this educational program offers a different craft each week that you’ll be able to take home with you. For ages 5+.

 

Family Games

Saturday, March 23, 2 pm – 4 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Saturday, March 30, 2 pm – 4 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Join us for an afternoon of family fun playing new and old board games, card games and more! Our games include Chess, Mahjong, Ticket to Ride, Codenames, Sorry, in addition to puzzles, and a few unexpected treasures.

 

Imagination Station

Sunday, March 24, 2 pm – 3 pm – Tsawwassen Library

We will provide LEGO, KEVA planks, and Magformers. All you need to bring is your imagination. Test your engineering skills while you build amazing structures. Fun for all ages.

 

TSAWWASSEN LIBRARY – CHILDREN

 

Kids! Visit the Tsawwassen Library to enjoy a Scavenger Hunt and the Colouring Corner. There are also Take N’ Makes for adults and kids too (while quantities last).

 

Gardening Galore

Wednesday March 27, 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Join us for some Spring Break fun during Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month with a hands on gardening activity. Plant some herbs in a pot to take home with you and watch grow. You’ll get to explore all the wonders that plants have to offer. For ages 2 – 9.

 

Science World on the Road (System-Wide Spring Break Program)

Thursday, March 28, 2 pm – 2:45 pm – Tsawwassen Library

“What’s in the air up there?” Science World’s curious facilitators will help kids of all ages better understand weather and climate with fun demonstrations and offer great ideas for how we can all positively impact our planet.

 

TSAWWASSEN LIBRARY – TEENS

 

Check out the Take N’ Makes (while quantities last).

 

Tsawwassen Library Ukulele Jam

Thursday, March 21, 6 pm – 7:30 pm – Tsawwassen Library

All uked up and no place to jam? Whether you are a ukulele newbie or a seasoned strummer, please join us on the third Thursday of the month for a fun and relaxed evening with fellow uke enthusiasts.  We play a wide range of music; from traditional ballads and standards of the Roaring 20s to popular hits from the 1950s to today.

 

 

TSAWWASSEN LIBRARY – ADULTS

 

Check out the Take N’ Makes (while quantities last).

 

Tsawwassen Page Turners Book Club

Monday, March 18, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Wednesday, March 20, 1 pm – 2 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Do you love a literary adventure? Join us for our Tsawwassen Page Turners book club. Each month, we invite you to check out a selected book and meet up for a lively discussion. Copies are provided and new members are welcome to join at any time.

 

Tsawwassen Library Ukulele Jam

Thursday, March 21, 6 pm – 7:30 pm – Tsawwassen Library

All uked up and no place to jam? Whether you are a ukulele newbie or a seasoned strummer, please join us on the third Thursday of the month for a fun and relaxed evening with fellow uke enthusiasts.  We play a wide range of music; from traditional ballads and standards of the Roaring 20s to popular hits from the 1950s to today.

 

Creative Connections

Tuesday, March 26, 6 – 7 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Do you want to connect with others while having fun being creative? Whether you are learning a new skill or are a DIY expert, everyone is welcome at Creative Connections.

Senior’s Social

Thursday, March 28, 11 am – 12 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Join us for a monthly social at the library.  Meet new friends as we explore art activities, boardgames, FVRL Playground items, book talks and more.

 

 

Babytime, Storytime and Pyjama Storytime continue through April at the Delta Libraries:

 

Babytime

Mondays, (except April 1), 10:30 am – 11 am – George Mackie Library

Mondays (except April 1), 10:30 am – 11 am – Tsawwassen Library

Wednesdays, 1:30 pm – 2 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Thursday, 10:30 am – 11 am – George Mackie Library

Thursdays, 10:30 am- 11 am – Ladner Pioneer Library

Make language fun! Start early with Babytime. Help your baby develop speech and language skills. Enjoy bouncing, singing and rhyming with stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. This program is best suited to children ages 0 to 2. Looking for more Babytime fun? Check out our on-demand content on Facebook or YouTube. Registration is required at Ladner Pioneer Library only.

 

Storytime

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except March 29), 10:30 am – 11 am – Tsawwassen Library

Tuesdays, 10:30 am – 11 am – Ladner Pioneer Library

Wednesdays, 10 am – 10:30 am – Ladner Pioneer Library

Wednesdays, January 17 – April 24, 10:30 am – 11 am – George Mackie Library

Fridays, January 19 – April 26 (except Friday, March 29th), 10:30 am – 11 am – George Mackie Library

Saturdays, 11 am – 11:30 am – Ladner Pioneer Library

Sundays, 12:30 pm – 1 pm – George Mackie Library

Introduce kids to the love of books and languages with Storytime!  Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Suitable for ages 2 -6 years. Registration is required at Ladner Pioneer Library only.

 

Pyjama Storytime

Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 7 pm – Tsawwassen Library

Tuck into a story! Children and caregivers will be entertained with stories, songs, rhymes and more. Kids are encouraged to wear their pyjamas and bring their favourite stuffie. Storytime prepares children to learn to read.

 

Note that the libraries will be closed on Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31 (open Saturday, March 30) for Easter weekend.

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

 

 

IMPACT (Immigrant Parent & Children Together) Sessions for Parents, Grandparents & Caregivers raising children in a new country:

IMPACT 2024 Full Flyer (Feb 9) (1).pdf

 

 

Keeping Kids Safe Online and In School

We welcome the BC Government’s announcement last Friday aimed at keeping kids and young adults safe from online threats, restrict the use of cellphones in schools and hold social media companies accountable.

The Delta School District already has an administrative procedure in place to cover the use of Personal Communication Devices (Admin Procedure 145) that provides guidance for schools and educators. In the coming months, the district expects to receive more detailed guidelines from the government regarding the restriction of students’ cellphone use in schools. Once that information is received, the district will look at making any necessary changes for implementation at the start of the new school year in September.

Understanding Sextortion in Today’s Digital Landscape

Canada’s National Tipline saw an 85% increase in sextortion reports between December 2022 and August 2023. This notable increase highlights the need to address the complexities of sextortion.

 

Join us for a complimentary educational session where we will discuss the intricacies of sextortion, how it can happen, best practice for supporting targets/ victims, and essential insights on how to protect yourself and today’s youth in the digital age.

Date: March 12, 2024

Location: Livestreamed to your location (via Zoom)*
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Pacific Standard Time

 

Discussion topics:

·       Understanding the concept of sextortion: What it is, how it can occur, and who may be vulnerable.

·       Recognizing the apps, platforms, and deceptive language used by perpetrators.

·       Implementing actionable steps and resources for responding effectively if sextortion is encountered.

·       Exploring common digital platforms where sextortion commonly takes place.

 

REGISTER NOW!

 

 

IMPACT (Immigrant Parent & Children Together) Sessions for Parents, Grandparents & Caregivers raising children in a new country:

 

IMPACT 2024 Full Flyer (Feb 9) (1).pdf

 

 

2024/2025 School Year Budget:

 

In preparation for development of the 2024/2025 budget, the Delta Board of Education is encouraging parents/caregivers, staff, partners, and rights-holders to share their priorities for the upcoming school year.

 

For the last few years, the board has offered public input sessions via Zoom to gather feedback. As a result of limited participation, the board is taking a different approach with the aim of increasing engagement and gathering more feedback from the community. This new approach involves an online survey, as well as more traditional methods such as email, mail and through the school’s PAC.

 

Following the release of the draft budget recommendations on April 18, the board will again invite feedback from parents/caregivers, staff, partners, and rights-holders.

 

Please click here to learn more about this year’s consultation process and to access the first online surveyThe deadline for completing this survey is 12 noon on March 18, 2024.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

The Weekly Buzz Mar 4 -Mar 8:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

On Wednesday March 13th , the second formal report card for the current school year will be available for viewing on Parent Connect.  The report cards this year are in a new format with lots of important information about your child(ren). This is an exciting time for children and parents, a time to offer encouragement and support as well as a time to set realistic goals.  As you sit down to discuss your child’s term 2 report card with them, keep in mind the following questions.

  • What type of work does my child excel in? All children have strengths, and it is important to look at areas of excellence as well as areas requiring attention.  Celebrate your child’s successes.

 

  • What type of work is most challenging for my child? Areas of challenge provide children with opportunities to demonstrate perseverance, diligence, and determination; virtues that we want to foster in our children.

 

  • What is my child’s attitude towards learning? Attitude is a key ingredient to success.  While we need to help children be realistic about what they can achieve everyone does better with a winning, positive attitude.

 

  • How can I support my child in their learning? While a variety of homework activities may be assigned on any given night, use the report card to determine which subject area might require extra attention.  This will provide a focus for those evenings when your child says, “But I don’t have any homework.”  Regular practice with reading, spelling, or basic math facts will make a difference over time.

 

  • What goal(s) can we set together for the final third term? Together, with your child, choose something to work on and then plan for how to achieve that goal.

Thank you for your positive partnership with us in helping your child to succeed at school.  If you have questions about how you can support your child in their learning, contact their classroom teacher.  Together we can make a difference!

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for March below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm and Wednesday’s After School 2-2:30pm

 

 

Burnsview Secondary School is having their Musical called “Chicago” from March 5-8 at 7pm. If you are interested in attending you can purchase tickets at the door for the evening shows March 5-8th. There are also Saturday Matinees on March 2 and 9.

 

Delta Ringette is hosting a free come try event this coming Sunday, March 3 at Ladner Leisure Centre for all the students in our community.

 

Here is a flyer below along with the registration link on a google form if you are interested.

Delta Ringette Association

 

 

 

Do you have plans for the summer time yet? Are you hoping to find something affordable the whole family can enjoy together? The BC French Family camp is an amazing experience (in 3 locations: Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Gwillim Lake) that can do wonders for your child’s (and your whole family’s) appreciation of their French skills! Here’s what my partner thought:

 

« At first, I was hesitant to go to French camp, when the memories of my own French classes were very distant! In the end, I was happily surprised by the excellent experience both for my kid and myself! I did NOT need to speak French to have a good time. And it brought our family closer together! French camp has now become an integral part of our yearly summer family tradition! » —Rick Wong

 

See poster for details!

BCFFC_flyer_3camps_2024

 

 

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

Friday, March 8                      Hot Lunch-Opa

Friday, April 5                        Hot Lunch- Pizza

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

Wednesday, March 13  

 

 

Term 2 Report Cards issued on parent connect

 

Friday, March 15

 

Monday, Mar 18- Apr 1

Tuesday, April 2

 

Last Day before Spring Break

Spring Break- School Closed

First Day Back to School from break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

Understanding Sextortion in Today’s Digital Landscape

Canada’s National Tipline saw an 85% increase in sextortion reports between December 2022 and August 2023. This notable increase highlights the need to address the complexities of sextortion.

 

Join us for a complimentary educational session where we will discuss the intricacies of sextortion, how it can happen, best practice for supporting targets/ victims, and essential insights on how to protect yourself and today’s youth in the digital age.

Date: March 12, 2024

Location: Livestreamed to your location (via Zoom)*
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Pacific Standard Time

 

Discussion topics:

·       Understanding the concept of sextortion: What it is, how it can occur, and who may be vulnerable.

·       Recognizing the apps, platforms, and deceptive language used by perpetrators.

·       Implementing actionable steps and resources for responding effectively if sextortion is encountered.

·       Exploring common digital platforms where sextortion commonly takes place.

 

REGISTER NOW!

 

 

IMPACT (Immigrant Parent & Children Together) Sessions for Parents, Grandparents & Caregivers raising children in a new country:

 

IMPACT 2024 Full Flyer (Feb 9) (1).pdf

 

 

Keeping Kids Safe Online and In School

We welcome the BC Government’s announcement last Friday aimed at keeping kids and young adults safe from online threats, restrict the use of cellphones in schools and hold social media companies accountable.

The Delta School District already has an administrative procedure in place to cover the use of Personal Communication Devices (Admin Procedure 145) that provides guidance for schools and educators. In the coming months, the district expects to receive more detailed guidelines from the government regarding the restriction of students’ cellphone use in schools. Once that information is received, the district will look at making any necessary changes for implementation at the start of the new school year in September.

 

 

 

2024/2025 School Year Budget:

 

In preparation for development of the 2024/2025 budget, the Delta Board of Education is encouraging parents/caregivers, staff, partners, and rights-holders to share their priorities for the upcoming school year.

 

For the last few years, the board has offered public input sessions via Zoom to gather feedback. As a result of limited participation, the board is taking a different approach with the aim of increasing engagement and gathering more feedback from the community. This new approach involves an online survey, as well as more traditional methods such as email, mail and through the school’s PAC.

 

Following the release of the draft budget recommendations on April 18, the board will again invite feedback from parents/caregivers, staff, partners, and rights-holders.

 

Please click here to learn more about this year’s consultation process and to access the first online surveyThe deadline for completing this survey is 12 noon on March 18, 2024.

 

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________

The Weekly Buzz Feb 26 -Mar 1:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

 

 

We hope you have enjoyed the weekend. We encourage all students and staff to wear pink on Wednesday February 28th this week to advocate for kindness and inclusivity. This annual event takes place on the last Wednesday of February where people wear a pink-coloured shirt to remind each other that everyone deserves kindness and acceptance.

 

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for February below:

Tuesdays After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm and Wednesdays After School 2-2:30pm

 

 

 

Do you have plans for the summer time yet? Are you hoping to find something affordable the whole family can enjoy together? The BC French Family camp is an amazing experience (in 3 locations: Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Gwillim Lake) that can do wonders for your child’s (and your whole family’s) appreciation of their French skills! Here’s what my partner thought:

 

« At first, I was hesitant to go to French camp, when the memories of my own French classes were very distant! In the end, I was happily surprised by the excellent experience both for my kid and myself! I did NOT need to speak French to have a good time. And it brought our family closer together! French camp has now become an integral part of our yearly summer family tradition! » —Rick Wong

 

Registrations start on Feb 11 (or 18)! See poster for details!

 

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

Friday, March 8                          Hot Lunch- Opa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

Tuesday, February 27

 

 

 

Uzume Taiko Drummers Presentation 9AM

Early Dismissal 2PM

Wednesday, February 28 Pink Shirt Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

Upcoming Parent/Caregiver sessions:

 

The Ministry of Education and Child Care, in partnership with adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Hayley Watson, will be hosting free virtual sessions on youth substance use for parents/guardians, caregivers and caring adults. Dr. Watson will provide valuable insights, practical tips, and resources to equip participants with the tools needed to guide their children and youth toward making positive choices when it comes to substance use.

 

Key Takeaways for Participants:

  • Learn why children/teenagers are drawn to substances.
  • Understand what causes and maintains substance use disorder and needs.
  • Increase your child’s ability to make positive choices about substances.
  • Practical conversation tools for discussing substances in the home.

 

Participants must register in advance due to limited capacity. Session dates are:

 

IMPACT Parenting Program

Support for Parents/Caregivers of children aged 3 through 5 yrs. IMPACT 2024 Full Flyer (Feb 9) (1).pdf

 

Panel Discussion – Exploitation Unmasked

The Stop Exploiting Youth team is hosting a Panel Discussion on March 6: Exploitation Unmasked for the Annual Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week. The panel will look at online exploitation from various orientations with questions covering why youth interact with strangers online to how they can get out of exploitative relationships with community resources. Please join us for a night of education and networking for this important topic!

This event is open to all professionals, parents, and caregivers.

Location: SAFE Centre Floor 9 – 13485 Central Avenue, Surrey

Time: 4pm – 6pm

 

Registration can be made at the Eventbrite link below:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/exploitation-unmasked-insights-from-the-experts-tickets-839506645977?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=ebdsshcopyurl

 

For any questions, please email Jewel Kells-Hardcastle jkellshardcastle@pcrs.ca

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

 

 

Keeping Kids Safe Online and In School

We welcome the BC Government’s announcement last Friday aimed at keeping kids and young adults safe from online threats, restrict the use of cellphones in schools and hold social media companies accountable.

The Delta School District already has an administrative procedure in place to cover the use of Personal Communication Devices (Admin Procedure 145) that provides guidance for schools and educators. In the coming months, the district expects to receive more detailed guidelines from the government regarding the restriction of students’ cellphone use in schools. Once that information is received, the district will look at making any necessary changes for implementation at the start of the new school year in September.

 

 

 

2024/2025 School Year Budget:

 

In preparation for development of the 2024/2025 budget, the Delta Board of Education is encouraging parents/caregivers, staff, partners, and rights-holders to share their priorities for the upcoming school year.

 

For the last few years, the board has offered public input sessions via Zoom to gather feedback. As a result of limited participation, the board is taking a different approach with the aim of increasing engagement and gathering more feedback from the community. This new approach involves an online survey, as well as more traditional methods such as email, mail and through the school’s PAC.

 

Following the release of the draft budget recommendations on April 18, the board will again invite feedback from parents/caregivers, staff, partners, and rights-holders.

 

Please click here to learn more about this year’s consultation process and to access the first online surveyThe deadline for completing this survey is 12 noon on March 18, 2024.

 

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________

The Weekly Buzz Feb 19-Feb 23:

 

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration takes place mid-February each year. A child may be registered to attend Kindergarten in September if his or her fifth birthday occurs on or before December 31st of the current year. This would be for children born in 2019.

Kindergarten registration for the 2024/2025 school year will take place either online from February 12-23, 2024, or in person at Chalmers on February 13 from 9:00am-12:00pm. For verification of your catchment area school, please check the School Locator.

Please have the following documents ready to upload with your child’s registration (all documents must be received for registration to be accepted):

  1. Proof of citizenship and birth date for the student (Canadian birth certificate or Canadian passport), or Permanent Card (PR Card) (registration will not be accepted until proof of birth date is received).
  2. Proof of citizenship for the parent (Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, permanent resident card).
  3. BC Services Card
  4. Proof of Residency (Property Tax assessment for 2024 if you own your home or if you rent – tenancy/ purchase/rental agreement or rental receipt).

If you would like to verify your catchment or read more about registration, please visit the following link.

https://www.deltasd.bc.ca/schools/student-registration/kindergarten/

 

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for February below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 

 

BCFFC_flyer_3camps_2024

Do you have plans for the summer time yet? Are you hoping to find something affordable the whole family can enjoy together? The BC French Family camp is an amazing experience (in 3 locations: Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Gwillim Lake) that can do wonders for your child’s (and your whole family’s) appreciation of their French skills! Here’s what my partner thought:

 

« At first, I was hesitant to go to French camp, when the memories of my own French classes were very distant! In the end, I was happily surprised by the excellent experience both for my kid and myself! I did NOT need to speak French to have a good time. And it brought our family closer together! French camp has now become an integral part of our yearly summer family tradition! » —Rick Wong

 

Registrations start on Feb 11 (or 18)! See poster for details! BCFFC_flyer_3camps_2024

 

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

Friday, February 23                            Hot Lunch- Subway, and Movie Night at 7PM in the gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

Monday, February 19 Family Day- No School
Friday, February 23 PAC Movie Night 7PM in gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

Upcoming Parent/Caregiver sessions:

 

The Ministry of Education and Child Care, in partnership with adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Hayley Watson, will be hosting free virtual sessions on youth substance use for parents/guardians, caregivers and caring adults. Dr. Watson will provide valuable insights, practical tips, and resources to equip participants with the tools needed to guide their children and youth toward making positive choices when it comes to substance use.

 

Key Takeaways for Participants:

  • Learn why children/teenagers are drawn to substances.
  • Understand what causes and maintains substance use disorder and needs.
  • Increase your child’s ability to make positive choices about substances.
  • Practical conversation tools for discussing substances in the home.

 

Participants must register in advance due to limited capacity. Session dates are:

 

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

Careers

 

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

 

Keeping Kids Safe Online and In School

We welcome the BC Government’s announcement last Friday aimed at keeping kids and young adults safe from online threats, restrict the use of cellphones in schools and hold social media companies accountable.

The Delta School District already has an administrative procedure in place to cover the use of Personal Communication Devices (Admin Procedure 145) that provides guidance for schools and educators. In the coming months, the district expects to receive more detailed guidelines from the government regarding the restriction of students’ cellphone use in schools. Once that information is received, the district will look at making any necessary changes for implementation at the start of the new school year in September.

 

2024/2025 School Year Budget:

 

In preparation for development of the 2024/2025 budget, the Delta Board of Education is encouraging parents/caregivers, staff, partners, and rights-holders to share their priorities for the upcoming school year.

 

For the last few years, the board has offered public input sessions via Zoom to gather feedback. As a result of limited participation, the board is taking a different approach with the aim of increasing engagement and gathering more feedback from the community. This new approach involves an online survey, as well as more traditional methods such as email, mail and through the school’s PAC.

 

Following the release of the draft budget recommendations on April 18, the board will again invite feedback from parents/caregivers, staff, partners, and rights-holders.

 

Please click here to learn more about this year’s consultation process and to access the first online surveyThe deadline for completing this survey is 12 noon on March 18, 2024.

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The Weekly Buzz Feb 12-Feb 16:

 

Chères familles de Chalmers,

 

Joyeuse saint Valentin! A very Happy Valentine’s Day to all our families. Wishing you a day full of love, happiness, and joy.

 

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration takes place mid-February each year. A child may be registered to attend Kindergarten in September if his or her fifth birthday occurs on or before December 31st of the current year. This would be for children born in 2019.

Kindergarten registration for the 2024/2025 school year will take place either online from February 12-23, 2024, or in person at Chalmers on February 13 from 9:00am-12:00pm. For verification of your catchment area school, please check the School Locator.

Please have the following documents ready to upload with your child’s registration (all documents must be received for registration to be accepted):

  1. Proof of citizenship and birth date for the student (Canadian birth certificate or Canadian passport), or Permanent Card (PR Card) (registration will not be accepted until proof of birth date is received).
  2. Proof of citizenship for the parent (Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, permanent resident card).
  3. BC Services Card
  4. Proof of Residency (Property Tax assessment for 2024 if you own your home or if you rent – tenancy/ purchase/rental agreement or rental receipt).

If you would like to verify your catchment or read more about registration, please visit the following link.

https://www.deltasd.bc.ca/schools/student-registration/kindergarten/

 

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for February below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 

 

 

Do you have plans for the summer time yet? Are you hoping to find something affordable the whole family can enjoy together? The BC French Family camp is an amazing experience (in 3 locations: Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Gwillim Lake) that can do wonders for your child’s (and your whole family’s) appreciation of their French skills! Here’s what my partner thought:

 

« At first, I was hesitant to go to French camp, when the memories of my own French classes were very distant! In the end, I was happily surprised by the excellent experience both for my kid and myself! I did NOT need to speak French to have a good time. And it brought our family closer together! French camp has now become an integral part of our yearly summer family tradition! » —Rick Wong

 

Registrations start on Feb 11 (or 18)! See poster for details!

BCFFC_flyer_3camps_2024

 

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

Monday, February 12                         PAC Meeting 7PM in the library

Friday, February 23                            Hot Lunch- Subway

 

Note for PAC Meeting:

*We would like to fill the position of the PAC Fundraising Chair which is currently open, and as part of the PAC meeting we will vote on the parent who wants to step forward to take this role for the current school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

Wednesday, February 14 Valentine’s Day- wear pink, red, or white
Friday, February 16 Non-Instructional Day – Pro-D- no school

Monday, February 19         Family Day- no school

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

Upcoming Parent/Caregiver sessions: 

 

The Ministry of Education and Child Care, in partnership with adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Hayley Watson, will be hosting free virtual sessions on youth substance use for parents/guardians, caregivers and caring adults. Dr. Watson will provide valuable insights, practical tips, and resources to equip participants with the tools needed to guide their children and youth toward making positive choices when it comes to substance use. 

 

Key Takeaways for Participants: 

  • Learn why children/teenagers are drawn to substances.
  • Understand what causes and maintains substance use disorder and needs.
  • Increase your child’s ability to make positive choices about substances.
  • Practical conversation tools for discussing substances in the home.

 

Participants must register in advance due to limited capacity. Session dates are: 

  

Valentine’s Day Event for Families: 

 

Valentine’s Day poster 2024 print.pdf 

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

 

Careers

 

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

 

Keeping Kids Safe Online and In School

We welcome the BC Government’s announcement last Friday aimed at keeping kids and young adults safe from online threats, restrict the use of cellphones in schools and hold social media companies accountable.

The Delta School District already has an administrative procedure in place to cover the use of Personal Communication Devices (Admin Procedure 145) that provides guidance for schools and educators. In the coming months, the district expects to receive more detailed guidelines from the government regarding the restriction of students’ cellphone use in schools. Once that information is received, the district will look at making any necessary changes for implementation at the start of the new school year in September.

 

2024/2025 School Year Budget:

 

In preparation for development of the 2024/2025 budget, the Delta Board of Education is encouraging parents/caregivers, staff, partners, and rights-holders to share their priorities for the upcoming school year.

 

For the last few years, the board has offered public input sessions via Zoom to gather feedback. As a result of limited participation, the board is taking a different approach with the aim of increasing engagement and gathering more feedback from the community. This new approach involves an online survey, as well as more traditional methods such as email, mail and through the school’s PAC.

 

Following the release of the draft budget recommendations on April 18, the board will again invite feedback from parents/caregivers, staff, partners, and rights-holders.

 

Please click here to learn more about this year’s consultation process and to access the first online surveyThe deadline for completing this survey is 12 noon on March 18, 2024.

 

 

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The Weekly Buzz Feb 5-Feb 9:

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

Wishing all our Chalmers families a happy Lunar New Year full of longevity, peace, and prosperity. 2024 is the year of the dragon which is regarded as a representation of bravery, strength, and luck.

 

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for February below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 

 

 

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

Friday, February 9                              Hot Lunch- Samosas

Monday, February 12                         PAC Meeting- the PAC would like to fill the position of the PAC       Fundraising Chair which is currently open, and as part of the meeting they will vote on the parent  who wants to step forward to take this role for the current school year.

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

Wednesday, February 7                              LFI Parent Info Night at Chalmers 6:30-7:30

 

Thursday, February 8                                 Grade 6 Skiing- Cancelled due to no snow

Grade 7 Digital Citizenship In Class Presentations

Friday, February 9                                    Lunar New Year Spirit Day- wear gold and red

Saturday, February 10                                Lunar New Year

 

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

INTENTIONAL PARENTING with Dr. Catalina Zilveti from Alongside You

 

A 75-minute online seminar: 60 min presentation with 15 min for Q&A where we will explore the following:

 

  • What is intentional parenting?
  • Why we parent the way we do
  • Styles of parenting and how these can impact our children
  • Why we parent the way we do: Family patterns and how we repeat them unintentionally
  • Choosing how to parent our children

 

To Register for Intentional Parenting online session for Feb 8th with Dr. Zilveti:

https://alongsideyou.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscuysqDgoHNN1SXmwDxaaNQwzU9om26o7#/registration

 

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

 

Careers

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

 

Keeping Kids Safe Online and In School

We welcome the BC Government’s announcement last Friday aimed at keeping kids and young adults safe from online threats, restrict the use of cellphones in schools and hold social media companies accountable.

 

The Delta School District already has an administrative procedure in place to cover the use of Personal Communication Devices (Admin Procedure 145) that provides guidance for schools and educators. In the coming months, the district expects to receive more detailed guidelines from the government regarding the restriction of students’ cellphone use in schools. Once that information is received, the district will look at making any necessary changes for implementation at the start of the new school year in September.

 

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The Weekly Buzz Jan 29-Feb 2:

 

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

Upcoming Burnsview Grade 7 Parent Information Meetings

Burnsview has decided to hold their Grade 7 parent information evening in person rather than through Zoom.  The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm in the Burnsview Library.

Grade 7 Information Night, Tuesday, January 30th

This session will include an overview of the Grade 8 program including a description of courses, the course selection procedure, and extra-curricular opportunities offered at Burnsview. This evening is open to all Grade 7 parents and students interested in attending Burnsview. Parents participating in the French Immersion information session will also benefit from participating in this information session as other material will be covered.

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for January below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 

 

 

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

The PAC Meeting has been postponed in January and moved to a late February date TBD.

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 30                                   Burnsview Grade 7 Parent Meeting 7pm

 

Thursday, February 1                                 Grade 6 Skiing- Cancelled for this day due to no snow

 

 

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

INTENTIONAL PARENTING with Dr. Catalina Zilveti from Alongside You

 

A 75-minute online seminar: 60 min presentation with 15 min for Q&A where we will explore the following:

 

  • What is intentional parenting?
  • Why we parent the way we do
  • Styles of parenting and how these can impact our children
  • Why we parent the way we do: Family patterns and how we repeat them unintentionally
  • Choosing how to parent our children

 

To Register for Intentional Parenting online session with Dr. Zilveti:

https://alongsideyou.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscuysqDgoHNN1SXmwDxaaNQwzU9om26o7#/registration

 

 

 

Safer Schools Together Free Educational Session:
Gang Reduction Through Informed Practice (GRIP)

Current Gang Dynamics: Social Media Analysis & Trends

 

Training topics include:

  • A discussion on gang activities with a focus on their interconnected nature in the North American context
  • Updates to trends on social media platforms commonly used by gangs for communication and how to identify gang-associated behaviors within these platforms
  • An outline of coded language and emoticons used by gangs in their online interactions
  • An overview of the various tactics and strategies utilized by gangs to recruit today’s youth through social media channels
  • How to identify trends related to firearm/drug trafficking and understand how these activities evolve within the realm of social media

 

Join us on February 2, 2024

Current Gang Dynamics: Social Media Analysis & Trends

Location: Livestreamed to your location (via Zoom)*
Time: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Pacific Standard Time

Register here

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

 

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 -More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

 

Careers

 

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

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The Weekly Buzz Jan 22-Jan 26:

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

Dressing for the Weather

Winter is now truly upon us. As the temperature continues to dip, it is important that the students come dressed in outerwear appropriate for the cold, wet and wind. Here, on the West Coast, rain is just a fact of life. On most days, students will be going outside at recess and lunchtime. It is only in the case of extremely poor weather, or extreme temperatures, that we designate the recess and/or lunch hour as an “in day”, which means that students are to stay inside and play quietly in their classrooms rather than venture outdoors. We refrain from doing this unless absolutely necessary, as the children need the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and be physically active before heading back into the classroom.

Not only do students need to be dressed warmly enough to enjoy themselves outside at recess and lunch, but having warm clothing is also essential in the event of an emergency or unexpected situation requiring a building evacuation. Many students are still coming to school without jackets, wearing shorts and hoodies … even on the coldest, snowiest of days. Please ensure your children come to school dressed accordingly for being outside at recess and lunchtime (e.g. boots, gloves, a hat and a coat). Because our field also gets quite mucky and wet at this time of year, packing an extra pair of socks and pants into your child’s backpack is also suggested.

Extreme Cold Weather 

As we are all aware we have had some extreme cold weather in our presence recently and the city has provided the following information for families who might be in need:

We would like to remind you that City’s facilities are open during their regular business hours and can be visited by anyone seeking relief from the cold. If you’re supporting somebody who needs a shelter or other services, please call 2-1-1. Three Extreme Weather shelters are open in Delta at night:

 

Ladner United Church – 4960 48 Avenue

Operates between 9:00pm and 7:00am during Extreme Weather Alerts only.

  • Phone Contact: 604-916-7076 (9pm- 7am)
  • Phone Contact: 604-599-8900 (Hyland House, Anytime)

 

New Hope Church – 11838 88 Avenue

Operates between 9:00pm and 6:30am during Extreme Weather Alerts only.

  • Phone Contact: 604-352-9701 (9pm-6:30am)
  • Phone Contact: 778-293-0889 EXT 101 (Guilford Shelter, Anytime)

 

Crossroads United Church – 7655 120th Street

Operates between 9:00pm and 6:30am during Extreme Weather Alerts only.

  • Phone Contact: 604-834-7949 (9pm-6:30am)
  • Phone Contact: 604-957-1556 (Azure Place, Anytime)

 

Visit Extreme Weather Response Shelters news page for online updates about shelters in Delta and  Delta’s Snow and Ice Preparedness webpage for more information about Delta’s Snow and Ice Response.

 

Upcoming Burnsview Grade 7 Parent Information Meetings

Burnsview has decided to hold their Grade 7 parent information evenings in person.  Both meetings will be held at 7:00 pm in the Burnsview Library.

Grade 7 French Immersion Information Night, Thursday, January 25th

This evening will provide information specific to the Immersion program at Burnsview .  All Grade 7 French Immersion students and their parents are welcome to attend.

Grade 7 Information Night, Tuesday, January 30th

This session will include an overview of the Grade 8 program including a description of courses, the course selection procedure, and extra-curricular opportunities offered at Burnsview. This evening is open to all Grade 7 parents and students interested in attending Burnsview. Parents participating in the French Immersion information session will also benefit from participating in this information session as other material will be covered.

 

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for January below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 

 

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

The PAC Meeting has been postponed in January and moved to a late February date TBD.

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

Thursday, January 25                                 Grade 6 Skiing, Burnsview Grade 7 French Immersion                                                                              Parent Meeting 7pm

Friday, January 26                                      Pro-D -Non Instructional Day- School Closed

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Building service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

 

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 -More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

Careers

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

COMPLIMENTARY EDUCATIONAL SESSION

Gang Reduction Through Informed Practice (GRIP) Current Gang Dynamics:

Social Media Analysis & Trends

In this complimentary session, we will discuss gang-associated behavior within the expansive landscape of social media trends. We will analyze perspectives across North America regarding a range of gang activities and the interconnections among different gangs. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the most recent trends utilized by various gangs on the most commonly used social media platforms.

Join us on February 2, 2024 Location: Livestreamed to your location (via Zoom)* Time: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Pacific Standard Time

Training topics include:

• A discussion on gang activities with a focus on their interconnected nature in the North American context • Updates to trends on social media platforms commonly used by gangs for communication and how to identify gang-associated behaviors within these platforms • An outline of coded language and emoticons used by gangs in their online interactions • An overview of the various tactics and strategies utilized by gangs to recruit today’s youth through social media channels • How to identify trends related to firearm/drug trafficking and understand how these activities evolve within the realm of social media

Register here

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Dear Stinger Families:

 

Schools in Delta are Closed Today- Thursday, January 18th

Announcements will also be made on the district website at https://www.deltasd.bc.ca. To keep phone lines clear we ask that you please refrain from phoning the school to check that we are open.

Also, Information about any closures will be sent to Metro Vancouver radio and television stations. Please check the following stations for school closure information.

Radio Television
CBC 690 AM Global BC
CKNW 980 AM CBC TV
NEWS 1130 AM CTV TV
Fairchild 1470 AM City TV

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Schools in Delta are Closed Today- Wednesday, January 17th

Announcements will also be made on the district website at https://www.deltasd.bc.ca. To keep phone lines clear we ask that you please refrain from phoning the school to check that we are open.

Also, Information about any closures will be sent to Metro Vancouver radio and television stations. Please check the following stations for school closure information.

Radio Television
CBC 690 AM Global BC
CKNW 980 AM CBC TV
NEWS 1130 AM CTV TV
Fairchild 1470 AM City TV

___________________________________________________________________________________________

 

The Weekly Buzz Jan 15-Jan 19:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

Dressing for the Weather

Although we have enjoyed some wonderful fall weather and many warm sunny days, winter is now truly upon us. As the temperature continues to dip, it is important that the students come dressed in outerwear appropriate for the cold, wet, snow and wind. Here, on the West Coast, rain and snow is just a fact of life. On most days, students will be going outside at recess and lunchtime. It is only in the case of extremely poor weather, or extreme temperatures, that we designate the recess and/or lunch hour as an “in day”, which means that students are to stay inside and play quietly in their classrooms rather than venture outdoors. We refrain from doing this unless absolutely necessary, as the children need the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and be physically active before heading back into the classroom.

Not only do students need to be dressed warmly enough to enjoy themselves outside at recess and lunch, but having warm clothing is also essential in the event of an emergency or unexpected situation requiring a building evacuation. Many students are still coming to school without jackets, wearing t-shirts and hoodies … even on the coldest, snowiest of days. Please ensure your children come to school dressed accordingly for being outside at recess and lunchtime (e.g. boots, gloves, a hat and a warm coat). Because our field also gets quite mucky and wet at this time of year, packing an extra pair of socks and pants into your child’s backpack is also suggested.

Snow Days

The arrival of the first glimpse of snow last week provides a perfect time to communicate what is considered a “snow day”. If it snows, will there be school? The short answer is… YES! During extreme winter conditions, including heavy snowfalls, all schools in the Delta School District will remain OPEN, if possible. It is very rare that schools would be closed due to weather conditions or other circumstances. Schools may have a delayed opening to allow for district or municipal staff to clear safe routes to schools for students and families. Any closure or delayed opening will be decided by 7:00 am at the latest and will be announced through the media as well as through district and school websites. Please note that no announcement will be made stating that schools are open. Only closures or delayed openings will be announced.

Information about any closures will be sent to Metro Vancouver radio and television stations. Please check the following stations for school closure information.

Radio Television
CBC 690 AM Global BC
CKNW 980 AM CBC TV
NEWS 1130 AM CTV TV
Fairchild 1470 AM City TV

Announcements will also be made on the district website at https://www.deltasd.bc.ca. To keep phone lines clear we ask that you please refrain from phoning the school to check that we are open.

During extreme weather conditions, it is also common for police and other authorities to advise citizens to avoid unnecessary travel. Parents should take this advice as well. Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children’s safe travel to and from school. If, for any reason, a parent/guardian feels that a child cannot travel safely to school, then they should make other arrangements. Schools will be kept open under extreme circumstances to provide the option of attendance for all, but the decision is the responsibility of each family. Should you choose to keep your child at home, please call the office and leave a message reporting your child’s absence.

 

Winter Flu Season

The flu season is upon us, and at school, we are doing everything possible to keep Chalmers Elementary a healthy place to work and learn. All our students are receiving lots of reminders to wash their hands frequently, to cough into their elbows and to try and keep their work areas clean.

If your child is sick or exhibiting any of the symptoms of the flu, it is extremely important that you keep him or her home until all symptoms have disappeared. Please make sure to call the absentee phone line (available 24 hours a day) at 604-594-5437. Leave your name, your child’s name and division number or teacher name and let us know if your child is sick.

 

 

As we are all aware we have had some extreme cold weather in our presence recently and the city has provided the following information for families who might be in need:

 

Most of BC’s communities are experiencing extreme cold weather as Arctic air blows across the province. As we are facing extreme cold weather, we would like to remind you that City’s facilities are open during their regular business hours and can be visited by anyone seeking relief from the cold. If you’re supporting somebody who needs a shelter or other services, please call 2-1-1. Three Extreme Weather shelters are open in Delta at night:

 

Ladner United Church – 4960 48 Avenue

Operates between 9:00pm and 7:00am during Extreme Weather Alerts only.

  • Phone Contact: 604-916-7076 (9pm- 7am)
  • Phone Contact: 604-599-8900 (Hyland House, Anytime)

 

New Hope Church – 11838 88 Avenue

Operates between 9:00pm and 6:30am during Extreme Weather Alerts only.

  • Phone Contact: 604-352-9701 (9pm-6:30am)
  • Phone Contact: 778-293-0889 EXT 101 (Guilford Shelter, Anytime)

 

Crossroads United Church – 7655 120th Street

Operates between 9:00pm and 6:30am during Extreme Weather Alerts only.

  • Phone Contact: 604-834-7949 (9pm-6:30am)
  • Phone Contact: 604-957-1556 (Azure Place, Anytime)

 

Visit Extreme Weather Response Shelters news page for online updates about shelters in Delta and  Delta’s Snow and Ice Preparedness webpage for more information about Delta’s Snow and Ice Response.

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for January below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 

 

 

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

Monday, January 15                                   Black Excellence Day

Thursday, January 18                                 Grade 6 Skiing

 

 

 

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

 

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 -More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

 

Careers

 Parents as Career Coaches – parent information evening at North Delta Secondary school on January 17, 2024 at 7:00 pm.   

 

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

The Weekly Buzz Jan 8-Jan 12:

Dear Stinger Families,

Bonne année! We hope that you all had a wonderful and restful holiday break. Term 2 and a brand new year promises to be an exciting one and our staff at school are recharged and ready to lead our students through learning opportunities and growth. A new term is always a great time to re-visit things that are important.

For us here at Chalmers, one thing that is very important to us is helping our students learn all the ways they can demonstrate Care for Themselves, Care for Others and Care for This Place.  We encourage you to spend some time talking with your child about the countless ways they can show respect in these three areas. Term 2 is always a fast one. Before we know it, Spring Break will be around the corner!

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for January below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 

 

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

Monday, January 8                                   School Reopens after Winter Vacation

 

Thursday, January 11                                  Grade 6 Skiing

Grade 5 LFI (Late French Immersion) Presentation for  students

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

 

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 -More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

Careers

Highlights in this edition:  

  1. Parents as Career Coach –North Delta Secondary on Jan 17, 2024 at 7:00pm 
  1. BC Labour Market Outlook 
  1. UBC Geering Up Clubs 

 

 Parents as Career Coaches – parent information evening at North Delta Secondary school on January 17, 2024 at 7:00 pm.   

 

 

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekly Buzz Dec 18-Dec 22:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

  

With the holidays almost here, we want to wish all our Chalmers Families a peaceful and joyous holiday season with family and friends. We would also like to extend a very big, THANK YOU, to our community for the support and help you have given to make Chalmers such a great school.

Les vacances approchent et nous vous souhaitons à tous une pause Joyeuse et chaleureuse en famille et entre amis.

We are also very grateful that Chalmers has such an amazing PAC and are thankful for their dedication and support.

A final ‘thank you’ to our amazing Stinger Staff for their commitment and heart in supporting our students to always be their best.

 

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms scheduled for  December and January below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 

 

PAC News

 

Upcoming Important Days:

 

 

Wednesday, December 20                                                      Movie Night -The Grinch- 4:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

Friday, December 22                                PJ Day and Last Day of School before Winter Break

 

Monday, December 25-                             Winter Break

January 5

 

Monday, January 8                                    School Re-opens after Winter Vacation

 

Thursday, January 11                                 Grade 6 Skiing

 

 

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

 

Dental Screening Referral Form for Families:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vhpbGN-4qVXBlSBAwx08mb83QcpP5kAj/view?usp=sharing

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

 

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 -More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

Careers

 

Parents as Career Coaches – parent information evening at North Delta Secondary school on January 17, 2024 at 7:00 pm.   

Parent Session.pdf

December Careers Newsletter (December Career Corner.pdf) 

 

 

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

 

 

 

Child Care Survey from the Ministry of Education and Child Care

 

The Ministry of Education and Child Care is conducting a parent survey to better understand the regional and provincial demand for school age child care. While it is known there is unmet demand for school-aged child care, there is no current provincial or regional data quantifying the demand.

 

Your participation will help the Province plan for future school-aged child care expansions.

This survey is intended for all parents, regardless of the type of child care you currently use or even if you are not using any child care at all. If you have not already completed the child care survey, please click on the following link and complete the survey. The survey is available in 18 different languages. Here is the survey link:

 

https://www.awinfosys.com/surveyfull3/minofed/main/SchoolAgeParents.asp?SchoolNumber=766

 

 

 

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekly Buzz Dec 11-Dec 15:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

On Friday Dec. 15, the first formal report card for the current school year will be available for viewing on Parent Connect.  The report cards this year will be in a new format with lots of important information about your child(ren). This is an exciting time for children and parents, a time to offer encouragement and support as well as a time to set realistic goals.  As you sit down to discuss your child’s report card with them, keep in mind the following questions.

  • What type of work does my child excel in? All children have strengths, and it is important to look at areas of excellence as well as areas requiring attention.  Celebrate your child’s successes.
  • What type of work is most challenging for my child? Areas of challenge provide children with opportunities to demonstrate perseverance, diligence, and determination; virtues that we want to foster in our children.
  • What is my child’s attitude towards learning? Attitude is a key ingredient to success.  While we need to help children be realistic about what they can achieve, everyone does better with a winning, positive attitude.
  • How can I support my child in their learning? While a variety of homework activities may be assigned on any given night, use the report card to determine which subject area might require extra attention.  This will provide a focus for those evenings when your child says, “But I don’t have any homework.”  Regular practice with reading, spelling, or basic math facts will make a difference over time.
  • What goal(s) can we set together for the next term? Together, with your child, choose something to work on and then plan for how to achieve that goal.

Thank you for your positive partnership with us in helping your child to succeed at school.  If you have questions about how you can support your child in their learning, contact their classroom teacher.  Together we can make a difference!

Dogs on Leashes:

While we really love our 4 -legged friends at, and around, Chalmers, we do need to be mindful when having our dog around the school grounds during pick up and drop off times, so please remember to keep them on their leash at all times. Not everyone is keen to have a dog come up to them uninvited! This will help us all with controlling any unwanted behaviour as well. Thank you for your cooperation.

Traffic Around the School

We are still having traffic issues as children and families are walking, riding their bikes, or scootering through the parking lot. Parents, please make sure your children are using the designated walking paths while near the parking lot and not walking through the lot where there are cars. We have also noticed that traffic in front of the school is quite busy at pick up and drop off time each day and even heavier when it is raining.

To keep everyone in our community safe, it is imperative that everyone obey the municipal traffic laws; particularly those around making U-turns, parking illegally and keeping driveways clear when dropping off and picking up students.

We know that most of our community practices safe driving, but it is imperative that everyone does so.  If you must drive your child to and/or from school, we ask that you adhere to the posted traffic signage and do not block driveways.  We recognize that traffic can be busy in front of the school, so we recommend arranging a meeting spot with your child(ren) a block or two away from the school and having them meet you there.  If that is not possible, legally park your vehicle in an appropriate spot and walk to the school to meet your child. Please do not use any of the Burnsview parking lots as a place to drop off or pick up students. Those lots are strictly for the use of Burnsview staff and students. We recognize that life can be busy and that doing things safely and legally might add a few extra minutes to pick up time but keeping all of our students safe is the logical choice so please do your part.

This is also a reminder to parents driving their children to or from school, there is no parent parking or drop off in the school parking lot from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

 

There are two exceptions to this policy. First, licensed daycare providers can contact the school office for a parking lot pass that will provide them with access to the school parking lot during “restricted hours”. Second, families who require the use of our accessible parking may continue to do so provided they have clearly displayed the appropriate parking pass.

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms as per the previous schedule for December below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

 

 


 

Have You Ever Thought of Becoming a Foster Parent?

Do you share a desire to help children and youth reach their full potential?

Currently in B.C. there are many kids who need foster families when they can’t live at home.  Many of these children and teens have experienced trauma and difficult times.

The children need amazing foster families who are committed to their care and provide support so that they can grow and develop in a positive way.   Please see the link below for more information:

Caring for children and youth in B.C. – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

If this is something you would be interested in, or if you would like more information, please contact:

Ministry of Children & Family Development, South Fraser Recruitment Team (FII) at  604.209.2681

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

Hanukkah (Dec 7-15)

 

 

 

Dental Screening Referral Form for Families:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vhpbGN-4qVXBlSBAwx08mb83QcpP5kAj/view?usp=sharing

 

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Delta Continuing Education Catalogue 

 

The catalogue is available online https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/

Please see PDF (Delta Continuing Education Catalogue.pdf)

 

There are opportunities such as:

  • Academic upgrading
  • Bulding service worker certificate program
  • Food safe
  • Delta Teaching Assistant certificate

 

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 -More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

Careers

 

Parents as Career Coaches – parent information evening at North Delta Secondary school on January 17, 2024 at 7:00 pm.   

Parent Session.pdf

 

 

 

December Careers Newsletter (December Career Corner.pdf) 

 

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

“Do Something Great!”- Host an International Student(s)- details here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dC6QmIscd9kGOezgLZK6JcHvm1qwCVba/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CRHvVk2DYePZMuP9CDPYzGFrUPNi7_2D/view?usp=sharing

 

Hope4Hearts Fundraiser

 

A group of Seaquam students are holding their first fundraiser, the Heartwarming Festival, on December 17th 2023 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, at North Delta Recreation Centre.

 

The event will have a $5 entrance fee which will be donated to the  Surrey Memorial Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab.. There will be other opportunities to donate money during the event as well through purchasing food, refreshments, and raffle tickets. Our goal is to raise $2500 for the catheterization lab. The event is family friendly and targeted towards all ages. Activities include DIY candle making, face painting, DIY ornaments, arts and crafts, a photo booth, and more!

We believe that the values of community engagement and social responsibility should be instilled at a young age, and involving young minds in initiatives such as ours can be educational, inspiring, and fun!

 

Delta DPAC is inviting you to an Emergency Preparedness information session (via Zoom)

 

Topic:    DPAC Emergency Preparedness Information NightDate:     December 14, 2023

Time:    7:00 PMJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://ca01web.zoom.us/j/64297808259Meeting ID:        642 9780 8259Passcode:            752838DPAC & The Delta School District are inviting parents & caregivers to our information session to discuss Emergency Preparedness with our District Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Vanessa Heal.

 

Vanessa will be presenting on her plans for updating our EP Containers, the role PAC will have with supplies, and sharing how the District will be communicating with parents & caregivers during an emergency. This will be a 30-45 minute online only presentation, with an opportunity to ask questions after.

 

To register for the event or for more information, please email DPAC Chair, Jennifer Rak @ deltadpac@gmail.com.

 

SPACE IS LIMITED so register today!

 

Protect children from respiratory illnesses this winter

Respiratory illnesses tend to increase as we spend more time indoors. Common colds, the flu and COVID-19 spread through tiny droplets as people who are sick breathe, talk, cough or sneeze. When other people touch these droplets and then their eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands they may become sick.

There are a handful of steps both children and adults can take to protect themselves and limit the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home and stay away from people at higher risk of serious illness.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations The best way to protect others and reduce the risk of getting sick with the flu and COVID-19 is to get immunized. The flu and COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available for free to anyone aged six months and older.

It is much safer to get the vaccines than to get the illnesses. Register your children with the Get Vaccinated system so that you can be invited to book their vaccinations when they are due. Learn more here: https://ow.ly/5WWe50PYIYC

Child Care Survey from the Ministry of Education and Child Care

 

The Ministry of Education and Child Care is conducting a parent survey to better understand the regional and provincial demand for school age child care. While it is known there is unmet demand for school-aged child care, there is no current provincial or regional data quantifying the demand.

 

Your participation will help the Province plan for future school-aged child care expansions.

This survey is intended for all parents, regardless of the type of child care you currently use or even if you are not using any child care at all. If you have not already completed the child care survey, please click on the following link and complete the survey. The survey is available in 18 different languages. Here is the survey link:

 

https://www.awinfosys.com/surveyfull3/minofed/main/SchoolAgeParents.asp?SchoolNumber=766

 

 

 

 

PAC News

Upcoming Important Days:

 

 

Wednesday, December 13                                                      Staff Appreciation Lunch

Friday, December 15                                                              Treat Day

Saturday, December 16                                                          Bear Creek Train Ride Fundraiser

STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON 

This year the PAC would like to show their appreciation for teachers and staff by hosting a Potluck Lunch on Wednesday, December 13th. They would greatly appreciate the help of our family community in order to make this lunch possible! If you are able to make/buy a dish or food items, donate funds, or volunteer for set up/clean up, please sign up here by December 8th:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094EA4A72AA4FFC43-46032955-chalmers

 

 

Christmas Train Fundraiser

 

Enjoy the Bear Creek Christmas Train and support the PAC. There is a visit with Santa, a train ride and crafts! This will be on Saturday, December 16th from 10AM-4:30PM. Purchase your ticket on Munchalunch by Dec 14th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 13

 

 

 

Holiday Ugly Sweater Day and Staff Appreciation Lunch

 

Friday, December 15                                                      Term One Report Cards on Parent Connect

___________________________________________________________________________________________

The Weekly Buzz Dec 4-Dec 8:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

 

The Scholastic Book Fair is almost here in the Stinger Library!

The Stinger Library is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair on December 5th to 8th. Just in time for some holiday shopping! Students will be able to view and purchase books during class time, at lunch time and after school until 3:30. Families are welcome to shop after school as well.

 

Support the Stinger Library with every purchase at the Scholastic Book Fair.

 

We will also need adult volunteers to help with setup, sales desk and clean up . Please contact Mr. Ng at school or email him at gng@deltaschools.ca for more information.

Christmas Concert

Chalmers Elementary is pleased to announce this year’s Christmas Concert will take place on Thursday, December 7th. There will be two performances taking place, one in the afternoon at 1:30pm and one in the evening at 6:30pm. Doors will open 30 minutes before the performances begin. Due to our large school population and demand for tickets, there is a limit of 2 tickets per family for either performance. A form was sent home last week for families to indicate which performance they would like to attend. Tickets will be sent home with students on Tuesday, December 5th.

All our students and staff have worked very hard to make these performances special for our Chalmers families.  We ask that our guests attending either session to please stay and enjoy the entire performance as leaving part way through the event would be disruptive to other guests and disappointing to students.

 

 

Traffic Around the School

We are still having traffic issues as children and families are walking, riding their bikes, or scootering through the parking lot. Parents, please make sure your children are using the designated walking paths while near the parking lot and not walking through the lot where there are cars. We have also noticed that traffic in front of the school is quite busy at pick up and drop off time each day and even heavier when it is raining.

To keep everyone in our community safe, it is imperative that everyone obey the municipal traffic laws; particularly those around making U-turns, parking illegally and keeping driveways clear when dropping off and picking up students.

We know that most of our community practices safe driving, but it is imperative that everyone does so.  If you must drive your child to and/or from school, we ask that you adhere to the posted traffic signage and do not block driveways.  We recognize that traffic can be busy in front of the school, so we recommend arranging a meeting spot with your child(ren) a block or two away from the school and having them meet you there.  If that is not possible, legally park your vehicle in an appropriate spot and walk to the school to meet your child. Please do not use any of the Burnsview parking lots as a place to drop off or pick up students. Those lots are strictly for the use of Burnsview staff and students. We recognize that life can be busy and that doing things safely and legally might add a few extra minutes to pick up time but keeping all of our students safe is the logical choice so please do your part.

This is also a reminder to parents driving their children to or from school, there is no parent parking or drop off in the school parking lot from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

 

There are two exceptions to this policy. First, licensed daycare providers can contact the school office for a parking lot pass that will provide them with access to the school parking lot during “restricted hours”. Second, families who require the use of our accessible parking may continue to do so provided they have clearly displayed the appropriate parking pass.

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms as per the previous schedule for December below:

Tuesday’s After School – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Have You Ever Thought of Becoming a Foster Parent?

Do you share a desire to help children and youth reach their full potential?

Currently in B.C. there are many kids who need foster families when they can’t live at home.  Many of these children and teens have experienced trauma and difficult times.

The children need amazing foster families who are committed to their care and provide support so that they can grow and develop in a positive way.   Please see the link below for more information:

Caring for children and youth in B.C. – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

If this is something you would be interested in, or if you would like more information, please contact:

Ministry of Children & Family Development, South Fraser Recruitment Team (FII) at  604.209.2681

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

Hanukkah (Dec 7-15)

 

 

Dental Screening Referral Form for Families:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vhpbGN-4qVXBlSBAwx08mb83QcpP5kAj/view?usp=sharing

 

Feeding Futures Family Survey

During our planning and assessment period, the district is gathering data to support elementary school food programs in Delta. Please have a look and complete this survey below in the link. Due date: December 6th, 2023.

Feeding Futures Family Survey:

https://forms.gle/51yiQqoCzzobf2zE6

 

The Ministry of Education and Childcare has announced new dates and times for on-line Student Sessions this Fall, on the topics of Establishing Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities (Social Media Awareness), as well as “Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities”.

These sessions are for students in grades 5-8 and 9-12.

Dates for these trainings will be held on October 11, October 20, November 22, November 28, November 30 and December 5, with various times throughout the day to accommodate different bell schedules.

All our trainings can be found at the link below, with the student sessions beginning on page 2.

erase-training-schedule.pdf (gov.bc.ca)

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

“Do Something Great!”- Host an International Student(s)- details here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dC6QmIscd9kGOezgLZK6JcHvm1qwCVba/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CRHvVk2DYePZMuP9CDPYzGFrUPNi7_2D/view?usp=sharing

Protect children from respiratory illnesses this winter

Respiratory illnesses tend to increase as we spend more time indoors. Common colds, the flu and COVID-19 spread through tiny droplets as people who are sick breathe, talk, cough or sneeze. When other people touch these droplets and then their eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands they may become sick.

There are a handful of steps both children and adults can take to protect themselves and limit the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home and stay away from people at higher risk of serious illness.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations The best way to protect others and reduce the risk of getting sick with the flu and COVID-19 is to get immunized. The flu and COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available for free to anyone aged six months and older.

It is much safer to get the vaccines than to get the illnesses. Register your children with the Get Vaccinated system so that you can be invited to book their vaccinations when they are due. Learn more here: https://ow.ly/5WWe50PYIYC

Child Care Survey from the Ministry of Education and Child Care

 

The Ministry of Education and Child Care is conducting a parent survey to better understand the regional and provincial demand for school age child care. While it is known there is unmet demand for school-aged child care, there is no current provincial or regional data quantifying the demand.

 

Your participation will help the Province plan for future school-aged child care expansions.

This survey is intended for all parents, regardless of the type of child care you currently use or even if you are not using any child care at all. If you have not already completed the child care survey, please click on the following link and complete the survey. The survey is available in 18 different languages. Here is the survey link:

 

https://www.awinfosys.com/surveyfull3/minofed/main/SchoolAgeParents.asp?SchoolNumber=766

 

 

 

 

PAC News

Upcoming Important Days:

 

 

Friday, December 8                                                    Subway Hot Lunch

 

STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON 

This year the PAC would like to show their appreciation for teachers and staff by hosting a Potluck Lunch on Wednesday, December 13th. They would greatly appreciate the help of our family community in order to make this lunch possible! If you are able to make/buy a dish or food items, donate funds, or volunteer for set up/clean up, please sign up here by December 8th:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094EA4A72AA4FFC43-46032955-chalmers

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 4  

Holiday Headwear Spirit Day

 

Thursday, December 7                                         Christmas Concert-1:30pm and 6:30pm

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________

The Weekly Buzz Nov 27-Dec 1:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

Traffic Around the School

We are still having traffic issues as children and families are walking, riding their bikes, or scootering through the parking lot. Parents, please make sure your children are using the designated walking paths while near the parking lot and not walking through the lot where there are cars. We have also noticed that traffic in front of the school is quite busy at pick up and drop off time each day and even heavier when it is raining.

To keep everyone in our community safe, it is imperative that everyone obey the municipal traffic laws; particularly those around making U-turns, parking illegally and keeping driveways clear when dropping off and picking up students.

We know that most of our community practices safe driving, but it is imperative that everyone does so.  If you must drive your child to and/or from school, we ask that you adhere to the posted traffic signage and do not block driveways.  We recognize that traffic can be busy in front of the school, so we recommend arranging a meeting spot with your child(ren) a block or two away from the school and having them meet you there.  If that is not possible, legally park your vehicle in an appropriate spot and walk to the school to meet your child. Please do not use any of the Burnsview parking lots as a place to drop off or pick up students. Those lots are strictly for the use of Burnsview staff and students. We recognize that life can be busy and that doing things safely and legally might add a few extra minutes to pick up time but keeping all of our students safe is the logical choice so please do your part.

This is also a reminder to parents driving their children to or from school, there is no parent parking or drop off in the school parking lot from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

 

There are two exceptions to this policy. First, licensed daycare providers can contact the school office for a parking lot pass that will provide them with access to the school parking lot during “restricted hours”. Second, families who require the use of our accessible parking may continue to do so provided they have clearly displayed the appropriate parking pass.

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms as per the new schedule for November below:

Wednesday’s After School – 2:00pm – 2:30pm

 

 

The Scholastic Book Fair is almost here in the Stinger Library!

The Stinger Library is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair on December 5th to 8th. Just in time for some holiday shopping! Students will be able to view and purchase books during class time, at lunch time and after school until 3:30. Families are welcome to shop after school as well.

 

Support the Stinger Library with every purchase at the Scholastic Book Fair.

 

We will also need adult volunteers to help with setup, sales desk and clean up . Please contact Mr. Ng at school or email him at gng@deltaschools.ca for more information.

 

 

Have You Ever Thought of Becoming a Foster Parent?

Do you share a desire to help children and youth reach their full potential?

Currently in B.C. there are many kids who need foster families when they can’t live at home.  Many of these children and teens have experienced trauma and difficult times.

The children need amazing foster families who are committed to their care and provide support so that they can grow and develop in a positive way.   Please see the link below for more information:

Caring for children and youth in B.C. – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

If this is something you would be interested in, or if you would like more information, please contact:

Ministry of Children & Family Development, South Fraser Recruitment Team (FII) at  604.209.2681

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

Adoption and Permanency Awareness Month  https://www.bcadoption.com/aam

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month  https://www.bcands.bc.ca/indigenous-disability-awareness-month-idam/

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov 25) https://www.un.org/en/observances/ending-violence-against-women-day

Feeding Futures Family Survey

During our planning and assessment period, the district is gathering data to support elementary school food programs in Delta. Please have a look and complete this survey below in the link. Due date: December 6th, 2023.

Feeding Futures Family Survey:

https://forms.gle/51yiQqoCzzobf2zE6

 

 

Careers Newsletter

This is for staff and parents document: November Career Corner .pdf

Highlights include:

  • Career Related Articles: including the School-Work Skills Gap
  • Grade 9 – Take our Kids to Work Day!

 

ERASE Learning Sessions

Three virtual ERASE learning sessions for families and children will be held on November 8, 28, and 30, focusing on establishing safe, caring, and respectful digital communities. These online sessions are best suited for families and youth aged 10 and above.

Family Session: Establishing Safe, Caring, & Respectful Digital Communities – Everyone Welcome!

Details: Recommended for Parents/Caregivers/Grandparents and youth aged 10 and up as a way to facilitate the conversation of safe and caring use of technology at home and in the community. This session covers all things digital, from how to be a good digital citizen, the criminal consequences of cyberbullying, and how to report and receive support in cases of sexting/sextortion. Some of the most prominent concerns currently surrounding use of social media platforms, smartphones, and artificial intelligence will be discussed.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • Digital media habits, oversharing, and digital addiction
  • The permanence of online posts/activity
  • The significance of your digital tattoo in how others perceive you (e.g., sports teams, college admissions, and potential employers)
  • The importance of caring for peers both online and offline
  • Geo-locational settings and the dangers of social media and cell phone misuse
  • The social and legal consequences of cyberbullying behaviour as well as possession and distribution of intimate images (sexting and sextortion)
  • An anonymous student reporting tool that can help you and your friends stay safe both online and offline

Schedule:

November 28, 2023 7:00pm – 8:00pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732343096917?aff=oddtdtcreator

November 30, 2023 6:30pm -7:30pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732346587357?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

 

The Ministry of Education and Childcare has announced new dates and times for on-line Student Sessions this Fall, on the topics of Establishing Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities (Social Media Awareness), as well as “Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities”.

These sessions are for students in grades 5-8 and 9-12.

Dates for these trainings will be held on October 11, October 20, November 22, November 28, November 30 and December 5, with various times throughout the day to accommodate different bell schedules.

All our trainings can be found at the link below, with the student sessions beginning on page 2.

erase-training-schedule.pdf (gov.bc.ca)

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

“Do Something Great!”- Host an International Student(s)- details here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dC6QmIscd9kGOezgLZK6JcHvm1qwCVba/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CRHvVk2DYePZMuP9CDPYzGFrUPNi7_2D/view?usp=sharing

Protect children from respiratory illnesses this winter

Respiratory illnesses tend to increase as we spend more time indoors. Common colds, the flu and COVID-19 spread through tiny droplets as people who are sick breathe, talk, cough or sneeze. When other people touch these droplets and then their eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands they may become sick.

There are a handful of steps both children and adults can take to protect themselves and limit the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home and stay away from people at higher risk of serious illness.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations The best way to protect others and reduce the risk of getting sick with the flu and COVID-19 is to get immunized. The flu and COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available for free to anyone aged six months and older.

It is much safer to get the vaccines than to get the illnesses. Register your children with the Get Vaccinated system so that you can be invited to book their vaccinations when they are due. Learn more here: https://ow.ly/5WWe50PYIYC

Child Care Survey from the Ministry of Education and Child Care

 

The Ministry of Education and Child Care is conducting a parent survey to better understand the regional and provincial demand for school age child care. While it is known there is unmet demand for school-aged child care, there is no current provincial or regional data quantifying the demand.

 

Your participation will help the Province plan for future school-aged child care expansions.

This survey is intended for all parents, regardless of the type of child care you currently use or even if you are not using any child care at all. If you have not already completed the child care survey, please click on the following link and complete the survey. The survey is available in 18 different languages. Here is the survey link:

 

https://www.awinfosys.com/surveyfull3/minofed/main/SchoolAgeParents.asp?SchoolNumber=766

 

 

 

PAC News

Upcoming Important Days:

 

Thursday, November 30th – PAC Meeting 7-8pm


STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON 

This year the PAC would like to show their appreciation for teachers and staff by hosting a Potluck Lunch on Wednesday, December 13th. They would greatly appreciate the help of our family community in order to make this lunch possible! If you are able to make/buy a dish or food items, donate funds, or volunteer for set up/clean up, please sign up here by December 8th:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094EA4A72AA4FFC43-46032955-chalmers

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 27

 

Professional Day- No School

 

 

Thursday, November 30

PAC Meeting 7pm

___________________________________________________________________________________________

The Weekly Buzz Nov 20-Nov 24:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

Traffic Around the School

We have had near accidents as children and families are walking, riding their bikes, or scootering through the parking lot. Parents, please make sure your children are using the designated walking paths while near the parking lot and not walking through the lot where there are cars. We have also noticed that traffic in front of the school is quite busy at pick up and drop off time each day and even heavier when it is raining.

To keep everyone in our community safe, it is imperative that everyone obey the municipal traffic laws; particularly those around making U-turns, parking illegally and keeping driveways clear when dropping off and picking up students.

We know that most of our community practices safe driving, but it is imperative that everyone does so.  If you must drive your child to and/or from school, we ask that you adhere to the posted traffic signage and do not block driveways.  We recognize that traffic can be busy in front of the school, so we recommend arranging a meeting spot with your child(ren) a block or two away from the school and having them meet you there.  If that is not possible, legally park your vehicle in an appropriate spot and walk to the school to meet your child. Please do not use any of the Burnsview parking lots as a place to drop off or pick up students. Those lots are strictly for the use of Burnsview staff and students. We recognize that life can be busy and that doing things safely and legally might add a few extra minutes to pick up time but keeping all of our students safe is the logical choice so please do your part.

This is also a reminder to parents driving their children to or from school, there is no parent parking or drop off in the school parking lot from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

 

There are two exceptions to this policy. First, licensed daycare providers can contact the school office for a parking lot pass that will provide them with access to the school parking lot during “restricted hours”. Second, families who require the use of our accessible parking may continue to do so provided they have clearly displayed the appropriate parking pass.

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms as per the new schedule for November below:

Wednesday’s After School – 2:00pm – 2:30pm

 

 

Element Volleyball Club Try Outs 2024 

 

13u- Nov 24: 7:00-9:00 pm @ Seaquam Secondary and Nov 27 6:00-7:30 pm @ Delta Secondary

(Current Grade 6 and 7 boys)

 

Try-Out Registration Link:

https://forms.gle/znmtU8aDwvV1QDNM8

Element  Volleyball Club – a delta based volleyball club.

The Element Volleyball Club is founded on the principles of passion, commitment and progressiveness, for the development and promotion of boys volleyball in our communities. Element embraces the philosophy of developing athletes from the bottom up, encouraging them to grow their skill and passion for volleyball from an early age.

It is our belief that in the end, the most successful teams and clubs are those that develop fundamental skills needed at each level of competition. We believe that togetherness, community and cohesion within the clubs parents, athletes, coaches and staff, equivocates success. We know that success can only be achieved if we stick together and want to win for one another, because individually we may be great, but together we are much greater.

Thank you,

Melanie Funk (parent of three boys playing for the Element Volleyball Club)

 

The Scholastic Book Fair is almost here in the Stinger Library!

The Stinger Library is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair on December 5th to 8th. Just in time for some holiday shopping! Students will be able to view and purchase books during class time, at lunch time and after school until 3:30. Families are welcome to shop after school as well.

 

Support the Stinger Library with every purchase at the Scholastic Book Fair.

 

We will also need adult volunteers to help with setup, sales desk and clean up . Please contact Mr. Ng at school or email him at gng@deltaschools.ca for more information.

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

Adoption and Permanency Awareness Month  https://www.bcadoption.com/aam

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month  https://www.bcands.bc.ca/indigenous-disability-awareness-month-idam/

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov 25) https://www.un.org/en/observances/ending-violence-against-women-day

Feeding Futures Family Survey

During our planning and assessment period, the district is gathering data to support elementary school food programs in Delta. Please have a look and complete this survey below in the link. Due date: December 6th, 2023.

Feeding Futures Family Survey:

https://forms.gle/51yiQqoCzzobf2zE6

 

 

Careers Newsletter

This is for staff and parents document: November Career Corner .pdf

Highlights include:

  • Junior Fire Camp Academy applications close Nov 17, 2023
  • Career Related Articles: including the School-Work Skills Gap
  • Grade 9 – Take our Kids to Work Day!

ERASE Learning Sessions

Three virtual ERASE learning sessions for families and children will be held on November 8, 28, and 30, focusing on establishing safe, caring, and respectful digital communities. These online sessions are best suited for families and youth aged 10 and above.

Family Session: Establishing Safe, Caring, & Respectful Digital Communities – Everyone Welcome!

Details: Recommended for Parents/Caregivers/Grandparents and youth aged 10 and up as a way to facilitate the conversation of safe and caring use of technology at home and in the community. This session covers all things digital, from how to be a good digital citizen, the criminal consequences of cyberbullying, and how to report and receive support in cases of sexting/sextortion. Some of the most prominent concerns currently surrounding use of social media platforms, smartphones, and artificial intelligence will be discussed.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • Digital media habits, oversharing, and digital addiction
  • The permanence of online posts/activity
  • The significance of your digital tattoo in how others perceive you (e.g., sports teams, college admissions, and potential employers)
  • The importance of caring for peers both online and offline
  • Geo-locational settings and the dangers of social media and cell phone misuse
  • The social and legal consequences of cyberbullying behaviour as well as possession and distribution of intimate images (sexting and sextortion)
  • An anonymous student reporting tool that can help you and your friends stay safe both online and offline

Schedule:

November 8, 2023 6:30pm – 7:30pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732334942527?aff=oddtdtcreator

November 28, 2023 7:00pm – 8:00pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732343096917?aff=oddtdtcreator

November 30, 2023 6:30pm -7:30pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732346587357?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

 

The Ministry of Education and Childcare has announced new dates and times for on-line Student Sessions this Fall, on the topics of Establishing Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities (Social Media Awareness), as well as “Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities”.

These sessions are for students in grades 5-8 and 9-12.

Dates for these trainings will be held on October 11, October 20, November 22, November 28, November 30 and December 5, with various times throughout the day to accommodate different bell schedules.

All our trainings can be found at the link below, with the student sessions beginning on page 2.

erase-training-schedule.pdf (gov.bc.ca)

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

“Do Something Great!”- Host an International Student(s)- details here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dC6QmIscd9kGOezgLZK6JcHvm1qwCVba/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CRHvVk2DYePZMuP9CDPYzGFrUPNi7_2D/view?usp=sharing

Protect children from respiratory illnesses this winter

Respiratory illnesses tend to increase as we spend more time indoors. Common colds, the flu and COVID-19 spread through tiny droplets as people who are sick breathe, talk, cough or sneeze. When other people touch these droplets and then their eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands they may become sick.

There are a handful of steps both children and adults can take to protect themselves and limit the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home and stay away from people at higher risk of serious illness.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations The best way to protect others and reduce the risk of getting sick with the flu and COVID-19 is to get immunized. The flu and COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available for free to anyone aged six months and older.

It is much safer to get the vaccines than to get the illnesses. Register your children with the Get Vaccinated system so that you can be invited to book their vaccinations when they are due. Learn more here: https://ow.ly/5WWe50PYIYC

 

 

PAC News

Upcoming Important Days:

Tuesday, November 21st  – Treat Day for Diwali

 

Thursday, November 30th – PAC Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 21

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise Treat Day for Diwali

Constable Glen visits Gr ¾ classes

Monday, November 27  

Professional Day- No School

 

 

 

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________

 

The Weekly Buzz Nov 13-Nov 17:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

Happy Diwali

 

We hope that all families had a wonderful Diwali on Sunday November 12th and that it brings new smiles, different perspectives, and unbound happiness!

 

 

 

Remembrance Day

On Remembrance Day we honoured those who have sacrificed their lives so that we can live as we do today in Canada. By remembering, we pay tribute to all the people that have served to defend our values and freedoms. We also honoured those who continue to serve our country today.  On Thursday, November 9th last week, we had a Remembrance Day Assembly in the gym. Everyone was respectful and all of the classes did an amazing job presenting poems, songs, and more to help us all better understand and appreciate Remembrance Day and its significance.

 

 

Traffic Around the School

We have had near accidents as children and families are walking, riding their bikes, or scootering through the parking lot. Parents, please make sure your children are using the designated walking paths while near the parking lot and not walking through the lot where there are cars. We have also noticed that traffic in front of the school is quite busy at pick up and drop off time each day and even heavier when it is raining.

To keep everyone in our community safe, it is imperative that everyone obey the municipal traffic laws; particularly those around making U-turns, parking illegally and keeping driveways clear when dropping off and picking up students.

We know that most of our community practices safe driving, but it is imperative that everyone does so.  If you must drive your child to and/or from school, we ask that you adhere to the posted traffic signage and do not block driveways.  We recognize that traffic can be busy in front of the school, so we recommend arranging a meeting spot with your child(ren) a block or two away from the school and having them meet you there.  If that is not possible, legally park your vehicle in an appropriate spot and walk to the school to meet your child. Please do not use any of the Burnsview parking lots as a place to drop off or pick up students. Those lots are strictly for the use of Burnsview staff and students. We recognize that life can be busy and that doing things safely and legally might add a few extra minutes to pick up time but keeping all of our students safe is the logical choice so please do your part.

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms as per the new schedule for November below:

Wednesday’s After School – 2:00pm – 2:30pm

 

 

Element Volleyball Club Try Outs 2024 

 

13u- Nov 24: 7:00-9:00 pm @ Seaquam Secondary and Nov 27 6:00-7:30 pm @ Delta Secondary 

(Current Grade 6 and 7 boys)

Try-Out Registration Link: 

https://forms.gle/znmtU8aDwvV1QDNM8

Element  Volleyball Club – a delta based volleyball club.  

The Element Volleyball Club is founded on the principles of passion, commitment and progressiveness, for the development and promotion of boys volleyball in our communities. Element embraces the philosophy of developing athletes from the bottom up, encouraging them to grow their skill and passion for volleyball from an early age.

It is our belief that in the end, the most successful teams and clubs are those that develop fundamental skills needed at each level of competition. We believe that togetherness, community and cohesion within the clubs parents, athletes, coaches and staff, equivocates success. We know that success can only be achieved if we stick together and want to win for one another, because individually we may be great, but together we are much greater.

Thank you,

Melanie Funk (parent of three boys playing for the Element Volleyball Club)

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

Adoption and Permanency Awareness Month  https://www.bcadoption.com/aam

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month  https://www.bcands.bc.ca/indigenous-disability-awareness-month-idam/

Careers Newsletter

This is for staff and parents document: November Career Corner .pdf

Highlights include:

  • Junior Fire Camp Academy applications close Nov 17, 2023
  • Career Related Articles: including the School-Work Skills Gap
  • Grade 9 – Take our Kids to Work Day!

ERASE Learning Sessions

Three virtual ERASE learning sessions for families and children will be held on November 8, 28, and 30, focusing on establishing safe, caring, and respectful digital communities. These online sessions are best suited for families and youth aged 10 and above.

Family Session: Establishing Safe, Caring, & Respectful Digital Communities – Everyone Welcome!

Details: Recommended for Parents/Caregivers/Grandparents and youth aged 10 and up as a way to facilitate the conversation of safe and caring use of technology at home and in the community. This session covers all things digital, from how to be a good digital citizen, the criminal consequences of cyberbullying, and how to report and receive support in cases of sexting/sextortion. Some of the most prominent concerns currently surrounding use of social media platforms, smartphones, and artificial intelligence will be discussed.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • Digital media habits, oversharing, and digital addiction
  • The permanence of online posts/activity
  • The significance of your digital tattoo in how others perceive you (e.g., sports teams, college admissions, and potential employers)
  • The importance of caring for peers both online and offline
  • Geo-locational settings and the dangers of social media and cell phone misuse
  • The social and legal consequences of cyberbullying behaviour as well as possession and distribution of intimate images (sexting and sextortion)
  • An anonymous student reporting tool that can help you and your friends stay safe both online and offline

Schedule:

November 8, 2023 6:30pm – 7:30pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732334942527?aff=oddtdtcreator

November 28, 2023 7:00pm – 8:00pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732343096917?aff=oddtdtcreator

November 30, 2023 6:30pm -7:30pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732346587357?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

 

The Ministry of Education and Childcare has announced new dates and times for on-line Student Sessions this Fall, on the topics of Establishing Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities (Social Media Awareness), as well as “Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities”.

These sessions are for students in grades 5-8 and 9-12.

Dates for these trainings will be held on October 11, October 20, November 22, November 28, November 30 and December 5, with various times throughout the day to accommodate different bell schedules.

All our trainings can be found at the link below, with the student sessions beginning on page 2.

erase-training-schedule.pdf (gov.bc.ca)

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

“Do Something Great!”- Host an International Student(s)- details here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dC6QmIscd9kGOezgLZK6JcHvm1qwCVba/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CRHvVk2DYePZMuP9CDPYzGFrUPNi7_2D/view?usp=sharing

 

Protect children from respiratory illnesses this winter

Respiratory illnesses tend to increase as we spend more time indoors. Common colds, the flu and COVID-19 spread through tiny droplets as people who are sick breathe, talk, cough or sneeze. When other people touch these droplets and then their eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands they may become sick.

There are a handful of steps both children and adults can take to protect themselves and limit the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home and stay away from people at higher risk of serious illness.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations The best way to protect others and reduce the risk of getting sick with the flu and COVID-19 is to get immunized. The flu and COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available for free to anyone aged six months and older.

It is much safer to get the vaccines than to get the illnesses. Register your children with the Get Vaccinated system so that you can be invited to book their vaccinations when they are due. Learn more here: https://ow.ly/5WWe50PYIYC

 

 

PAC News

Upcoming Important Days:

Tuesday, November 14th – Treat Day for Diwali

 

Friday, November 17th– PAC Movie Night 7-9pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

Monday, November 13

 

Tuesday, November 14

 

 

 

Remembrance Day in Lieu

Grade 6 Immunizations and Treat Day for Diwali

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 16                                         Kindergarten Dental Screening

 

 

Friday, November 17                          Mismatch Theme Day and PAC Movie Night 7-   9pm

___________________________________________________________________________________________

The Weekly Buzz Nov 6-Nov 10:

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

So many great events happened the last few weeks!  Our grade 6/7 volleyball games began after school and our Chalmers Stingers showed great determination while playing against our neighbouring schools.

The Cross-Country Challenge also occurred at Sunshine Hills Elementary a couple of weeks ago. We are very proud of all the Stingers that demonstrated their athleticism, endurance as well as their school spirit!

We had our annual Halloween Parade last week where students walked through the school and gym to showcase their costumes to parents and all of those that came to celebrate this fun tradition! And the pumpkin carving contest was a hit with many so many winners at the end of the day.

 

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms as per the new schedule for November below:

Wednesday’s After School – 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Lost and Found

Our lost and found area is once again over-flowing with water bottles, jackets, hoodies and other items of clothing. Please label all your children’s clothing and have your child take a look at the display outside at the front entrances if it’s a nice day, or in the front hallway on rainy, wet days. All unclaimed articles will be bagged and donated at the end of term one in December.

 

 

 

Happy Diwali

 

We hope that all families have a wonderful Diwali on Sunday November 12th and that it brings new smiles, different perspectives, and unbound happiness!

 

 

 

Remembrance Day

On Remembrance Day we honour those who have sacrificed their lives so that we can live as we do today in Canada. By remembering, we pay tribute to all the people that have served to defend our values and freedoms. We also honour those who continue to serve our country today.  On Thursday, November 9th Chalmers will be holding a Remembrance Day Assembly in the gym. Some classes have signed up to present poems, songs, and more to help us all better understand and appreciate Remembrance Day and its significance. We will also have a wreath laying ceremony complete with two minutes of silence.

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

Adoption and Permanency Awareness Month  https://www.bcadoption.com/aam

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month  https://www.bcands.bc.ca/indigenous-disability-awareness-month-idam/

Daylight Saving (Nov 5)

National Indigenous Veterans Day (Nov 8) https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/people-and-stories/indigenous-veterans

Remembrance Day (Nov 11) https://www.canada.ca/en/services/defence/caf/militaryhistory/remembrance/remembrance-day.html

 

Careers Newsletter

This is for staff and parents document: November Career Corner .pdf

Highlights include:

  • Junior Fire Camp Academy applications close Nov 17, 2023
  • Career Related Articles: including the School-Work Skills Gap
  • Grade 9 – Take our Kids to Work Day!

ERASE Learning Sessions

Three virtual ERASE learning sessions for families and children will be held on November 8, 28, and 30,focusing on establishing safe, caring, and respectful digital communities. These online sessions are best suited for families and youth aged 10 and above.

Family Session: Establishing Safe, Caring, & Respectful Digital Communities – Everyone Welcome!

Details: Recommended for Parents/Caregivers/Grandparents and youth aged 10 and up as a way to facilitate the conversation of safe and caring use of technology at home and in the community. This session covers all things digital, from how to be a good digital citizen, the criminal consequences of cyberbullying, and how to report and receive support in cases of sexting/sextortion. Some of the most prominent concerns currently surrounding use of social media platforms, smartphones, and artificial intelligence will be discussed.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • Digital media habits, oversharing, and digital addiction
  • The permanence of online posts/activity
  • The significance of your digital tattoo in how others perceive you (e.g., sports teams, college admissions, and potential employers)
  • The importance of caring for peers both online and offline
  • Geo-locational settings and the dangers of social media and cell phone misuse
  • The social and legal consequences of cyberbullying behaviour as well as possession and distribution of intimate images (sexting and sextortion)
  • An anonymous student reporting tool that can help you and your friends stay safe both online and offline

Schedule:

November 8, 2023 6:30pm – 7:30pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732334942527?aff=oddtdtcreator

November 28, 2023 7:00pm – 8:00pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732343096917?aff=oddtdtcreator

November 30, 2023 6:30pm -7:30pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732346587357?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

 

The Ministry of Education and Childcare has announced new dates and times for on-line Student Sessions this Fall, on the topics of Establishing Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities (Social Media Awareness), as well as “Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities”.

These sessions are for students in grades 5-8 and 9-12.

Dates for these trainings will be held on October 11, October 20, November 22, November 28, November 30 and December 5, with various times throughout the day to accommodate different bell schedules.

All our trainings can be found at the link below, with the student sessions beginning on page 2.

erase-training-schedule.pdf (gov.bc.ca)

Variety Schools Grants

Transform your school into a more inclusive and accessible space and Variety will match your fundraising efforts to bring the project to life!

Please visit the Variety Club (https://www.variety.bc.ca/support/variety-school-grants/?utm_source=Variety+Subscription+List&utm_campaign=3e4e399505-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2023_08_28_04_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-3e4e399505-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D) website for more information. Applications open October 31, 2023.

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

“Do Something Great!”- Host an International Student(s)- details here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dC6QmIscd9kGOezgLZK6JcHvm1qwCVba/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CRHvVk2DYePZMuP9CDPYzGFrUPNi7_2D/view?usp=sharing

 

Protect children from respiratory illnesses this winter

Respiratory illnesses tend to increase as we spend more time indoors. Common colds, the flu and COVID-19 spread through tiny droplets as people who are sick breathe, talk, cough or sneeze. When other people touch these droplets and then their eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands they may become sick.

There are a handful of steps both children and adults can take to protect themselves and limit the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home and stay away from people at higher risk of serious illness.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations The best way to protect others and reduce the risk of getting sick with the flu and COVID-19 is to get immunized. The flu and COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available for free to anyone aged six months and older.

It is much safer to get the vaccines than to get the illnesses. Register your children with the Get Vaccinated system so that you can be invited to book their vaccinations when they are due. Learn more here: https://ow.ly/5WWe50PYIYC

 

 

PAC News

Upcoming Important Days:

Thursday, November 9th – Samosas Hot Lunch

 

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

Monday, November 6

 

 

 

 

FSA’s Continued- Grade 4 and 7 and completed by Nov 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 9                                           Hot Lunch- Samosas

 

 

Thursday, Nov 9                                                     Remembrance Day Assembly- 10:45AM

 

 

 

Friday, Nov 10

District Closure Day in Lieu-School Closed

 

Sunday, Nov 12

Diwali

 

Monday, Nov 13                                                    Remembrance Day in Lieu- School Closed

 

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The Weekly Buzz Oct 30-Nov 3:

 

 

Dear Stinger Families,

 

 

Stinger Spirit Wear

Our Chalmers Stinger Spirit Wear online orders are now closed. Thank you for supporting us!

If you have ordered spirit wear- delivery to the school will take place in about three to four weeks.  Please contact the office if you have any questions and we are looking forward to seeing our students showing off their school pride!

 

Halloween at Chalmers

Halloween is just around the corner this Tuesday October 31st!

On Tuesday, October 31, all students that want to, are welcome to come to school dressed in their Halloween costume.

Here are a few guidelines for Halloween costumes at school:

  • should not be too scary
  • should be age appropriate
  • should not promote illegal activities, drugs/alcohol, or could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not ok for school
  • must be safe & comfortable.  Students must be able to sit, walk, breathe, see and hear.  Anything that limits vision or restricts movement can lead to falling & other injuries. That’s no fun on Halloween! (students may wear masks during the parade, though)
  • must be in line with our dress guidelines (students are sufficiently covered and dressed for the weather)
  • toy weapons should be kept at home
  • not all students like to dress up (and that’s ok, too!)
  • since costumes worn to school may not survive the day intact, consider a spare/alternate costume and save the “real” one for trick or treating that night

 

Halloween Safety


We encourage all students to celebrate Halloween safely on Tuesday, October 31st with more of the following hints and tips:

 

  1. Practice costume safety: Make sure all costumes, wigs and accessories are fire resistant. Make sure the costume is comfortable and doesn’t pose a tripping hazard for your child.
  2. For costumes worn to school:
  • Please ensure your child’s face is visible at all times. Masks and any other items that prevent students from being identified will not be permitted at school.
  • Costumes must not include weapons, replica weapons or objects that can be mistaken as such.
  • Costumes must not contain any words or images that could be offensive to others.
  • Students must dress in a manner that is appropriate for and respects the learning environment of the school.
  1. If using makeup, choose non-toxic cosmetic products and test on a small area first to see if any irritation occurs. Many kids have sensitive skin.
  2. Give kids a refresher on traffic safety.
  3. Increase your child’s visibility – use reflective tape or give them flashlights or glow sticks to carry to ensure they are visible to motorists.
  4. Encourage kids to stay together and have them stick to familiar, well-lit areas.
  5. Reiterate that they should never enter a stranger’s house or accept a ride from someone they don’t know.
  6. Inspect your child’s candy before they indulge and make sure to remove any treats that aren’t age appropriate (e.g., gum or jawbreakers) or that contain food items they are allergic to.

 

French Homework Club:

Just a reminder that any students from French Immersion Grade 6/7 wishing to have some schoolwork help are welcome to come to French Homework Club in Mme Domeck and Mme Robie’s classrooms as per the new schedule for November below:

Wednesday’s After School – 2:00pm – 2:30pm

 

Fall Flu Season

The flu season is upon us, and at school, we are doing everything possible to keep Chalmers Elementary a healthy place to work and learn. All our students are receiving lots of reminders to wash their hands frequently, to cough into their elbows and to try and keep their work areas clean.

If your child is sick or exhibiting any of the symptoms of the flu, it is extremely important that you keep them home until all symptoms have disappeared. Please make sure to call the absentee phone line (available 24 hours a day) at 604-594-5437. Leave your name, your child’s name and division number, or teacher name, and let us know if your child is sick.

 

Dressing for the Weather

Although we are enjoying some wonderful fall weather and many sunny days, winter is almost upon us. As the temperature continues to dip, it is important that the students come dressed in outerwear appropriate for the cold, wet and wind. Here, on the West (Wet) Coast, rain is just a fact of life. On most days, students will be going outside at recess and lunchtime. It is only in the case of extremely poor weather, that we designate the recess and/or lunch hour as an “in day”, which means that students are to stay inside and play quietly in their classrooms rather than venture outdoors. We refrain from doing this unless absolutely necessary, as the children need the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and be physically active before heading back into the classroom.

Not only do students need to be dressed warmly enough to enjoy themselves outside at recess and lunch, but having warm clothing is also essential in the event of an emergency or unexpected situation requiring a building evacuation. Many students are still coming to school without jackets, wearing shorts and hoodies … even on the coldest, rainiest of days. Please ensure your children come to school dressed accordingly for being outside at recess and lunchtime (e.g. rain boots and a coat). Because our field also gets quite mucky and wet at this time of year, packing an extra pair of socks and pants into your child’s backpack is also suggested.

 

Remembrance Day

On Remembrance Day we honour those who have sacrificed their lives so that we can live as we do today in Canada. By remembering, we pay tribute to all the people that have served to defend our values and freedoms. We also honour those who continue to serve our country today.  On Thursday, November 9th Chalmers will be holding a Remembrance Day Assembly in the gym. Some classes have signed up to present poems, songs, and more to help us all better understand and appreciate Remembrance Day and its significance. We will also have a wreath laying ceremony complete with two minutes of silence.

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

 

October is Women’s History Month https:

https://women-gender-equality.canada.ca/en/commemorations-celebrations/womens-history-month/2023-theme.html

Adoption and Permanency Awareness Month  https://www.bcadoption.com/aam

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month  https://www.bcands.bc.ca/indigenous-disability-awareness-month-idam/

Daylight Saving (Nov 5)

National Indigenous Veterans Day (Nov 8) https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/people-and-stories/indigenous-veterans

Remembrance Day (Nov 11) https://www.canada.ca/en/services/defence/caf/militaryhistory/remembrance/remembrance-day.html

 

Careers Newsletter

This is for staff and parents document: November Career Corner .pdf

Highlights include:

  • Junior Fire Camp Academy applications close Nov 17, 2023
  • Career Related Articles: including the School-Work Skills Gap
  • Grade 9 – Take our Kids to Work Day!

ERASE Learning Sessions

Three virtual ERASE learning sessions for families and children will be held on November 8, 28, and 30,focusing on establishing safe, caring, and respectful digital communities. These online sessions are best suited for families and youth aged 10 and above.

Family Session: Establishing Safe, Caring, & Respectful Digital Communities – Everyone Welcome!

Details: Recommended for Parents/Caregivers/Grandparents and youth aged 10 and up as a way to facilitate the conversation of safe and caring use of technology at home and in the community. This session covers all things digital, from how to be a good digital citizen, the criminal consequences of cyberbullying, and how to report and receive support in cases of sexting/sextortion. Some of the most prominent concerns currently surrounding use of social media platforms, smartphones, and artificial intelligence will be discussed.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • Digital media habits, oversharing, and digital addiction
  • The permanence of online posts/activity
  • The significance of your digital tattoo in how others perceive you (e.g., sports teams, college admissions, and potential employers)
  • The importance of caring for peers both online and offline
  • Geo-locational settings and the dangers of social media and cell phone misuse
  • The social and legal consequences of cyberbullying behaviour as well as possession and distribution of intimate images (sexting and sextortion)
  • An anonymous student reporting tool that can help you and your friends stay safe both online and offline

Schedule:

November 8, 2023 6:30pm – 7:30pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732334942527?aff=oddtdtcreator

November 28, 2023 7:00pm – 8:00pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732343096917?aff=oddtdtcreator

November 30, 2023 6:30pm -7:30pm https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/732346587357?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

 

The Ministry of Education and Childcare has announced new dates and times for on-line Student Sessions this Fall, on the topics of Establishing Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities (Social Media Awareness), as well as “Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities”.

These sessions are for students in grades 5-8 and 9-12.

Dates for these trainings will be held on October 11, October 20, November 22, November 28, November 30 and December 5, with various times throughout the day to accommodate different bell schedules.

All our trainings can be found at the link below, with the student sessions beginning on page 2.

erase-training-schedule.pdf (gov.bc.ca)

Variety Schools Grants

Transform your school into a more inclusive and accessible space and Variety will match your fundraising efforts to bring the project to life!

Please visit the Variety Club (https://www.variety.bc.ca/support/variety-school-grants/?utm_source=Variety+Subscription+List&utm_campaign=3e4e399505-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2023_08_28_04_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-3e4e399505-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D) website for more information. Applications open October 31, 2023.

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

“Do Something Great!”- Host an International Student(s)- details here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dC6QmIscd9kGOezgLZK6JcHvm1qwCVba/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CRHvVk2DYePZMuP9CDPYzGFrUPNi7_2D/view?usp=sharing

 

PAC News

Upcoming Important Days:

Thursday, November 2nd  – PAC Meeting and Hot Lunch order form due- Samosas

 

 

Grade 7 Fundraising:

 

 

October 31st Halloween Treat Day Grade 7 Fundraiser- Cake Pops for $2 each

 

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

Monday, October 29

 

 

 

 

FSA’s Continued- Grade 4 and 7

 

Tuesday, October 31  

Halloween Parade and Grade 7 Fundraiser Treat Day- cake pops for sale $2 each

 

Wednesday, November 1

 

PJ Theme Spirit Day

Thursday, November 2                                           PAC Meeting- 7PM

 

Thursday, Nov 9                                                     Remembrance Day Assembly- 10:45AM

 

Friday, Nov 10                                                        District Closure Day in Lieu-School Closed

 

Monday, Nov 13                                                    Remembrance Day in Lieu- School Closed

___________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

The Weekly Buzz Oct 23-27:

 

Dear Stinger Families,

Parent – Teacher Conferences

We will be holding in-person Parent/Teacher Conference appointments on Tuesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 26thThe purpose of these first conferences is to provide parents an opportunity to share information about their child with the teacher. This allows us to develop a better understanding of the students’ learning needs. All conferences will be booked using our Parent Connect Interview System. On Wednesday October 18th after 1pm parents/guardians can sign in to parent connect to book a 10 minute conference with their teacher.

 

 

Stinger Spirit Wear

We have our Chalmers Stinger Spirit Wear for sale online as of  October 16th  until October 29th, If you would like to order a t-shirt, hoodie, or sweatshirt, check out our online store.  All orders are placed, and payment made at this website:

Spirit Wear

Delivery to the school will take place about three to four weeks after.  Please contact the office if you have any questions and we are looking forward to seeing our students showing off their school pride!

Halloween at Chalmers

Halloween is just around the corner! In order to help you get in the Halloween spirit, we have a few fun activities planned. On Friday October 27th we will be holding our next second spirit day and all students are invited to wear orange and black.

On Tuesday, October 31, all students that want to, are welcome to come to school dressed in their Halloween costume.

Here are a few guidelines for Halloween costumes at school:

  • should not be too scary
  • should be age appropriate
  • should not promote illegal activities, drugs/alcohol, or could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not ok for school
  • must be safe & comfortable.  Students must be able to sit, walk, breathe, see and hear.  Anything that limits vision or restricts movement can lead to falling & other injuries. That’s no fun on Halloween! (students may wear masks during the parade, though)
  • must be in line with our dress guidelines (students are sufficiently covered and dressed for the weather)
  • toy weapons should be kept at home
  • not all students like to dress up (and that’s ok, too!)
  • since costumes worn to school may not survive the day intact, consider a spare/alternate costume and save the “real” one for trick or treating that night

 

 

 

Halloween Safety


We encourage all students to celebrate Halloween safely on Tuesday, October 31st with the following hints and tips:

 

  1. Practice costume safety: Make sure all costumes, wigs and accessories are fire resistant. Make sure the costume is comfortable and doesn’t pose a tripping hazard for your child.
  2. For costumes worn to school:
  • Please ensure your child’s face is visible at all times. Masks and any other items that prevent students from being identified will not be permitted at school.
  • Costumes must not include weapons, replica weapons or objects that can be mistaken as such.
  • Costumes must not contain any words or images that could be offensive to others.
  • Students must dress in a manner that is appropriate for and respects the learning environment of the school.
  1. If using makeup, choose non-toxic cosmetic products and test on a small area first to see if any irritation occurs. Many kids have sensitive skin.
  2. Give kids a refresher on traffic safety.
  3. Increase your child’s visibility – use reflective tape or give them flashlights or glow sticks to carry to ensure they are visible to motorists.
  4. Encourage kids to stay together and have them stick to familiar, well-lit areas.
  5. Reiterate that they should never enter a stranger’s house or accept a ride from someone they don’t know.
  6. Inspect your child’s candy before they indulge and make sure to remove any treats that aren’t age appropriate (e.g., gum or jawbreakers) or that contain food items they are allergic to.

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

October is Women’s History Month https:

https://women-gender-equality.canada.ca/en/commemorations-celebrations/womens-history-month/2023-theme.html

The Ministry of Education and Childcare has announced new dates and times for on-line Student Sessions this Fall, on the topics of Establishing Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities (Social Media Awareness), as well as “Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities”.

These sessions are for students in grades 5-8 and 9-12.

Dates for these trainings will be held on October 11, October 20, November 22, November 28, November 30 and December 5, with various times throughout the day to accommodate different bell schedules.

All our trainings can be found at the link below, with the student sessions beginning on page 2.

erase-training-schedule.pdf (gov.bc.ca)

Variety Schools Grants

Transform your school into a more inclusive and accessible space and Variety will match your fundraising efforts to bring the project to life!

Please visit the Variety Club (https://www.variety.bc.ca/support/variety-school-grants/?utm_source=Variety+Subscription+List&utm_campaign=3e4e399505-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2023_08_28_04_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-3e4e399505-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D) website for more information. Applications open October 31, 2023.

 

News from Delta Continuing Education:

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program.

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

Open to all community members

This program meets the needs of those wanting to obtain an ECE Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a thorough grounding in Early Childhood Education principles. Program Start Date: January 2024 More information: https://deltalearns.ca/eceprogram/

Presented by Delta School District’s Continuing Education program as a Red Cross First Aid Training Partner.

First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

Open to educators and community members

Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, including how to administer nasal naloxone. Taught on-line, there is no cost for this course. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, completed at your own pace. More information:

https://ce.deltasd.bc.ca/workplace-skills-and-first-aid/first-aid/first-aid-for-opioid-poisoning-emergencies/

 

“DoSomething Great!”- Host an International Student(s)- details here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dC6QmIscd9kGOezgLZK6JcHvm1qwCVba/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CRHvVk2DYePZMuP9CDPYzGFrUPNi7_2D/view?usp=sharing

 

 

PAC News

Upcoming Important Days:

Friday, October 27th – Hot Lunch- Subway

 

 

School Calendar

 

 

Monday, October 20

 

 

 

 

FSA’s Continued- Grade 4 and 7

 

Tuesday, October 24 and Thursday

October 26

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences early dismissal at 2pm both days

 

 

Wednesday, October 25

 

Student Photo Re-takes

Friday, October 27                                                         School wide performance- Metaphor-Hip Hop

101 Group

 

Halloween Spirit Day- wear black and orange

___________________________________________________________________________________________

The Weekly Buzz Oct 16-20:

 

Parent – Teacher Conferences

We will be holding in-person Parent/Teacher Conference appointments on Tuesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 26thThe purpose of these first conferences is to provide parents an opportunity to share information about their child with the teacher. This allows us to develop a better understanding of the students’ learning needs. All conferences will be booked using our Parent Connect Interview System. On Wednesday October 18th after 1pm parents/guardians can sign in to parent connect to book a 10 minute conference with their teacher.

Chalmers 50th Birthday Celebration

On Saturday October 14th between 11 and 3pm we celebrated Chalmers 50th Birthday! It was amazing to see all those students, staff and community that have walked the school’s hallways in the last 53 years. There were many activities and things to see and do including a photo booth with our mascot, a walk down memory lane in the hallways, a concession, three handmade cakes created by the PAC, and much more. It was a great opportunity to see and talk to the community from over the last 53 years and get back together again to share the awesome memories that have helped shape what Chalmers has come to be over the years.

Great BC Shake Out

On Thursday October 19th schools across the province will be taking part in the Great BC Shake Out earthquake drill.  Students will learn about what could happen during an earthquake and how to keep themselves safe should one ever occur.  In addition, our students will practice the “Duck, Cover, Hold” procedure too.  This procedure involves ducking under a desk, covering our heads and backs, and holding on to the legs of the desk.  Students will then count to 60 and await further instructions from their teacher.  This will be the first of three Earthquake drills that we will complete as part of our Emergency Preparedness plan.

Stinger Spirit Wear

We have our Chalmers Stinger Spirit Wear for sale online as of  October 16th  until October 29th, If you would like to order a t-shirt, hoodie, or sweatshirt, check out our online store.  All orders are placed, and payment made at this website link below:

Spirit Wear

Delivery to the school will take place about three to four weeks after.  Please contact the office if you have any questions and we are looking forward to seeing our students showing off their school pride!

Halloween at Chalmers

Halloween is just around the corner! In order to help you get in the Halloween spirit, we have a few fun activities planned. On Friday October 27th we will be holding our next second spirit day and all students are invited to wear orange and black.

On Tuesday, October 31, all students that want to, are welcome to come to school dressed in their Halloween costume.

Here are a few guidelines for Halloween costumes at school:

  • should not be too scary
  • should be age appropriate
  • should not promote illegal activities, drugs/alcohol, or could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not ok for school
  • must be safe & comfortable.  Students must be able to sit, walk, breathe, see and hear.  Anything that limits vision or restricts movement can lead to falling & other injuries. That’s no fun on Halloween! (students may wear masks during the parade, though)
  • must be in line with our dress guidelines (students are sufficiently covered and dressed for the weather)
  • toy weapons should be kept at home
  • not all students like to dress up (and that’s ok, too!)
  • since costumes worn to school may not survive the day intact, consider a spare/alternate costume and save the “real” one for trick or treating that night

 

Halloween Safety


We encourage all students to celebrate Halloween safely on Tuesday, October 31st with the following hints and tips:

 

  1. Practice costume safety: Make sure all costumes, wigs and accessories are fire resistant. Make sure the costume is comfortable and doesn’t pose a tripping hazard for your child.
  2. For costumes worn to school:
  • Please ensure your child’s face is visible at all times. Masks and any other items that prevent students from being identified will not be permitted at school.
  • Costumes must not include weapons, replica weapons or objects that can be mistaken as such.
  • Costumes must not contain any words or images that could be offensive to others.
  • Students must dress in a manner that is appropriate for and respects the learning environment of the school.
  1. If using makeup, choose non-toxic cosmetic products and test on a small area first to see if any irritation occurs. Many kids have sensitive skin.
  2. Give kids a refresher on traffic safety.
  3. Increase your child’s visibility – use reflective tape or give them flashlights or glow sticks to carry to ensure they are visible to motorists.
  4. Encourage kids to stay together and have them stick to familiar, well-lit areas.
  5. Reiterate that they should never enter a stranger’s house or accept a ride from someone they don’t know.
  6. Inspect your child’s candy before they indulge and make sure to remove any treats that aren’t age appropriate (e.g., gum or jawbreakers) or that contain food items they are allergic to.

 

 

 

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

October is Women’s History Month https:

https://women-gender-equality.canada.ca/en/commemorations-celebrations/womens-history-month/2023-theme.html

The Ministry of Education and Childcare has announced new dates and times for on-line Student Sessions this Fall, on the topics of Establishing Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities (Social Media Awareness), as well as “Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities”.

These sessions are for students in grades 5-8 and 9-12.

Dates for these trainings will be held on October 11, October 20, November 22, November 28, November 30 and December 5, with various times throughout the day to accommodate different bell schedules.

All our trainings can be found at the link below, with the student sessions beginning on page 2.

erase-training-schedule.pdf (gov.bc.ca)

Variety Schools Grants

Transform your school into a more inclusive and accessible space and Variety will match your fundraising efforts to bring the project to life!

Please visit the Variety Club (https://www.variety.bc.ca/support/variety-school-grants/?utm_source=Variety+Subscription+List&utm_campaign=3e4e399505-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2023_08_28_04_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-3e4e399505-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D) website for more information. Applications open October 31, 2023.

 

 

PAC News

Upcoming Important Days
Thursday, October 19th – Toonie Treat Day- Halloween Theme
Thursday, October 19th – Hot Lunch Order Form Due (Subway)

 

 

School Calendar

Monday, October 16

 

 

Wednesday, October 18

 

FSA’s Continued- Grade 4 and 7

 

 

Sign-in starts after 1pm for Parent -Teacher conference sign up on Parent Connect

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 19

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 20

Great BC Shakeout Earthquake Drill
Tuesday, October 24th and

Thursday, October 26th

Professional Development Day- School Closed

 

 

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences- early dismissal 2pm

2-6pm

2-4pm

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Buzz October 9th – 13th

 

Dear Stinger families,

Parent – Teacher Conferences

We will be holding in-person Parent/Teacher Conference appointments on Tuesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 26thThe purpose of these first conferences is to provide parents an opportunity to share information about their child with the teacher. This allows us to develop a better understanding of the students’ learning needs. All conferences will be booked using our Parent Connect Interview System. More information is coming soon on how and when to book for upcoming conferences in an email.

 

Chalmers 50th Birthday Celebration

On Saturday October 14th between 11 and 3pm we invite you to join us in celebrating Chalmers 50th Birthday Celebration! We are very excited to see those that have walked and embraced the school’s hallways in the last 50 years; there will be many activities and things to see and do including a photo booth, a walk down memory lane in the hallways, a concession, and much more!

 

Great BC Shake Out

On Thursday October 19th schools across the province will be taking part in the Great BC Shake Out earthquake drill.  Students will learn about what could happen during an earthquake and how to keep themselves safe should one ever occur.  In addition, our students will practice the “Duck, Cover, Hold” procedure too.  This procedure involves ducking under a desk, covering our heads and backs, and holding on to the legs of the desk.  Students will then count to 60 and await further instructions from their teacher.  This will be the first of three Earthquake drills that we will complete as part of our Emergency Preparedness plan.

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found area is over-flowing with water bottles, jackets, hoodies and other items of clothing. Please label all your children’s clothing and have your child take a look at the display in the hallway outside the gym. We also put the clothing rack outside on sunny days for parents to go through the clothing as well. If are not collected by the end of the first term, we will donate the items to a good cause.

 

 

PAC News

Happy October Chalmers Families! Here is the link for the Neufeld’s family fundraiser if you are interested:

 

Upcoming Important Days
Thursday, October 19th – Toonie Treat Day- Halloween Theme Loot Bag
Thursday, October 19th – Hot Lunch Order Form Due (Subway)

 

District News

Upcoming Important Dates: https://deltalearns.ca/importantdates/

October is Women’s History Month https:

https://women-gender-equality.canada.ca/en/commemorations-celebrations/womens-history-month/2023-theme.html

National Fire Prevention Week (Oct 8 – 14) https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week/About

World Mental Health Day (Oct 10) https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day

The Great BC Shakeout Earthquake Drill (Oct 19) https://www.shakeoutbc.ca/

The Ministry of Education and Childcare has announced new dates and times for on-line Student Sessions this Fall, on the topics of Establishing Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities (Social Media Awareness), as well as “Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities”.

These sessions are for students in grades 5-8 and 9-12.

Dates for these trainings will be held on October 11, October 20, November 22, November 28, November 30 and December 5, with various times throughout the day to accommodate different bell schedules.

All our trainings can be found at the link below, with the student sessions beginning on page 2.

erase-training-schedule.pdf (gov.bc.ca)

 

Diverse and Inclusive Delta Survey

The City of Delta is conducting a survey to better understand the unique needs and experiences of newcomer and racialized residents residing in Delta. If you are an immigrant or racialized community member who lives, works, plays in Delta, please take a survey. This survey will run for six weeks starting September 25, 2023, and should not take more than 15 minutes to complete. By participating in this survey you will have the option to be entered into a draw to win one of the five $50 gift cards to local businesses by entering your email and phone number. All information will be kept confidential.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Noor Bajaj at nbajaj@delta.ca (External link).

Access survey here: https://letstalk.delta.ca/inclusivedelta

Variety Schools Grants

Transform your school into a more inclusive and accessible space and Variety will match your fundraising efforts to bring the project to life!

Please visit the Variety Club (https://www.variety.bc.ca/support/variety-school-grants/?utm_source=Variety+Subscription+List&utm_campaign=3e4e399505-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2023_08_28_04_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-3e4e399505-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D) website for more information. Applications open October 31, 2023.

 

School Calendar

Monday, October 9

 

 

Tuesday, October 10

Thanksgiving Day – School Closed

 

FSA’s Continued- Grade 4 and 7

Friday, October 13

 

Saturday, October 14

 

Hot Lunch- (Opa)

 

Chalmers’ 50th Birthday Celebration

 

Thursday, October 19 Great BC Shakeout Earthquake Drill
Friday, October 20 Professional Development Day- School Closed

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The Weekly BUZZ October 2-6:

Dear Chalmers Families,

Traffic Around the School

We have had near accidents as children and families are walking, riding their bikes, or scootering through the parking lot. Parents, please make sure your children are using the designated walking paths while near the parking lot and not walking through the lot where there are cars. We have also noticed that traffic in front of the school is quite busy at pick up and drop off time each day and even heavier when it is raining.

To keep everyone in our community safe, it is imperative that everyone obey the municipal traffic laws; particularly those around making U-turns, parking illegally and keeping driveways clear when dropping off and picking up students.

We know that most of our community practices safe driving, but it is imperative that everyone does so.  If you must drive your child to and/or from school, we ask that you adhere to the posted traffic signage and do not block driveways.  We recognize that traffic can be busy in front of the school, so we recommend arranging a meeting spot with your child(ren) a block or two away from the school and having them meet you there.  If that is not possible, legally park your vehicle in an appropriate spot and walk to the school to meet your child.  We recognize that life can be busy and that doing things safely and legally might add a few extra minutes to pick up time but keeping all of our students safe is the logical choice so please do your part.

French Gr 6/7 Homework Club

Since September 19th, students in grade 6/7 French Immersion have been welcome to attend Tuesday’s Homework Club in Room #120 from 3-3:30 pm every Tuesday. Mme Domeck and Mme. Robie are leading this club and help is available if needed every Tuesday at this time. This is a great chance to get some work done and some extra help, especially if you have a busy extra-curricular schedule at home after school!

Sapphire Montessori Academia

Here is the link below for details on the before and after school care at Chalmers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jOYDoEbp2X-qDt91rOTjqijFpN1noqK3/view?usp=sharing

World Teachers’ Day October 5

World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5th to celebrate all teachers around the globe.   Please join us in saying a huge, “Thank You!” to all the teachers at Chalmers who work so hard to inspire, guide and educate our students and make our school a great place to be.

Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving will be held on Monday, October 9th. Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating all the blessings of the past year and giving thanks to those who have helped us along the way.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”—William Arthur Ward

On behalf of the staff at Chalmers Elementary, we wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope next weekend finds you with moments of gratitude and togetherness with family and friends. We all have so much to be thankful for.

Chalmers 50th Birthday Celebration

On Saturday October 14th between 11 and 3pm we invite you to join us in celebrating Chalmers 50th Birthday Celebration! We are very excited to see those that have walked and embraced the school’s hallways in the last 50 years; there will be many activities and things to see and do including a photo booth, a walk down memory lane in the hallways, a concession, and much more!

District News

Diverse and Inclusive Delta Survey 

The City of Delta is conducting a survey to better understand the unique needs and experiences of newcomer and racialized residents residing in Delta. If you are an immigrant or racialized community member who lives, works, plays in Delta, please take a survey. This survey will run for six weeks starting September 25, 2023, and should not take more than 15 minutes to complete. By participating in this survey you will have the option to be entered into a draw to win one of the five $50 gift cards to local businesses by entering your email and phone number. All information will be kept confidential. 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Noor Bajaj at nbajaj@delta.ca(External link) 

 

Access survey here: https://letstalk.delta.ca/inclusivedelta  

 

School Calendar

Tuesday October 3

 

 

Thursday, October 5

Grade 4 and 7 FSA’s (Foundation Skills Assessment) begins

 

World Teacher’s Day

 

Monday, October 9

 

 

Saturday, October 14

 

Thanksgiving Day – School Closed

 

 

Chalmers 50th Birthday Celebration 11-3pm

 

Happy October Chalmers Families!

We are asking parents to please take a look at your munchalunch account and make sure that your child is connected to the appropriate teacher/division. You can do this by going to the munchalunch website and finding the “My Family” tab and clicking on “My Children”. From there you can edit and confirm the appropriate teacher.

We are in need of volunteers to help with hot lunches! If you would like to volunteer an hour of your day once or twice a month on a Thursday please email Chalmers.pac.delta@gmail.com.

Here are the 4 main updates in this link here from the PAC for October:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DaNS9rpuR-FLvmP5-y2ag8DKBvuHWiNX/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116999641843845660455&rtpof=true&sd=true

 

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Weekly Buzz September 25th-29th

Dear Stinger Families,

We are so pleased with the turn out last Thursday at our Open House.  Thank you to all of our families that came; it was wonderful seeing parents/guardians with their children in the building again and sharing with their child (ren) in their learning. We are looking forward to upcoming similar activities in the school.

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a federal statutory holiday which gives the public a chance to recognize and commemorate the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and communities, and to honour those who have been affected by this injustice.

September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day. (We will recognize this day on Friday, September 29th)

“The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.”

(Orange Shirt Day website)

Orange Shirt Day invites Canadians to wear orange shirts on September 30th each year to honour survivors of Residential Schools, their families, and their communities.

As the school will be closed on this day, we will be acknowledging both days on Friday, September 29th.  Staff and students are encouraged to wear orange in remembrance and respect to the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada.

We are encouraging everyone to wear something orange on Friday and we will be holding an assembly.

 

 

District News

 

October – Child health screenings: vision, hearing and dental

Make dental, hearing and vision checks part of a healthy routine

Health screenings help find issues early which can make treatment easier and more effective. It’s important for your child to have regular eye exams and routine dental checkups. It is also important to recognize any hearing loss early as this is essential for speech and language development. Read on to learn when and how to access services for your child.

Dental

Tooth decay is the most common, but preventable, childhood chronic disease. It is important to establish good oral hygiene at a young age and have children’s teeth checked by a dentist regularly. To find a local dentist near you who is accepting new patients, visit the BC Dental Association’s Find a Dentist database. If you are a member of a low-income family and you do not have extended health coverage, there are several programs that can help you access affordable dentistry for your children. You can also contact the dental program at your local public health unit and ask about resources available in your community.

Vision

BC Doctors of Optometry recommends children receive their first eye exam when they are six to nine months old with a follow up exam at least once between the ages of two and five and then yearly once they enter school. You can find an optometrist accepting new patients near you at the College of Optometrists of British Columbia’s Find an Optometrist database. In B.C., basic eye exams, one per year, are free up to the age of 18. Some optometrists may charge a small user fee of about $35 per visit so be sure to ask about any fees before you make an appointment.

Hearing

Good hearing is essential for speech and language development and plays an important part in a child’s social and emotional growth. It is important to recognize hearing loss early and seek out testing and treatment if needed. Fraser Health’s Public Health community audiologists provide hearing services for children from birth to 19 years of age. If you have a concern about your child’s hearing, referrals can be made by a parent or caregiver, a health care provider or education professional to your local public health audiology (hearing) clinic.

Find more information on child health screenings and how to access free vision, hearing and dental exams on Fraser Health’s website: https://ow.ly/oK9z50PegZB

 Social media posts:

 Facebook

Regular dental, hearing and vision exams are important for your child’s development. Learn when and how to access these services for your child on Fraser Health’s website at: https://ow.ly/xrqR50Peh1u.

 Twitter

Health screenings such as dental checkups and eye exams can help find issues early, making treatment easier and more effective. Learn how to access dental, hearing and vision exams for your child on Fraser Health’s website: https://ow.ly/jtS050Peh4Z.

 Instagram

Ensure your child is getting the most out of their education with regular dental, hearing and vision checkups. Learn what to look for and when to book checkups on Fraser Health’s website: https://ow.ly/EIyz50Peh4a.

School Calendar

 

Tuesday, September 26

 

Fire Drill
Wednesday September 27

 

Friday, September 29

Student Individual Photo Day

 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation / Orange Shirt Day Assembly

Saturday, September 30  

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – School Closed

Monday, October 2  

School Closed to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

 

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The Weekly BUZZ Sept 18-22:

 

 

Welcome Back Open House

Dear Stinger Families,

We are so excited to invite families back into the school as Chalmers will be hosting a Welcome Back Open House for the school community this Thursday September 21st from 3:15 – 3:45pm. Students and parents can see their new classroom and meet their teachers!

Parent Connect – Permission is Required for Every Student

Even if you think you have already completed these steps, please log on and double-check

Please log onto Parent Connect using the following:

cimsweb.deltasd.bc.ca/schoolconnect/parentsignone.aspx

Use your email account (this is the easiest way to get in) and password (if you have forgotten your password click on “forgot my password” and your password will be emailed to you). If you are a first-time user, please click on “retrieve initial password” and follow the prompts. You must allow for ‘Pop Ups’ on your computer. You can then access all your children at the school. You will need to sign in for each of your children attending Chalmers and change all of their passwords to match.

Please make sure all family demographics are up to date so that in the case of an emergency, the school can be in contact.  Any changes can be made by calling or bringing new information to the school office.

Once you have completed your changes/additions to your child’s demographic information the “forms” tab on the screen and give your consent/permission to ALL of the following forms:

  • Family Demographic Information up-to-date
  • Photographs/Video/Website Consent (in addition to returning the signed consent form)
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Walking Field Trip
  • Fruit and Veggie Permission
  • Outside Media Consent form
  • Personal Information Consent

These show on two screens, once you have SAVED the first three the other one will show. Repeat for all children attending Chalmers.

When you log on to Parent Connect, please read the rules about outside media in schools. If you do NOT want your child involved with outside media activities, please print off the form to fill out.

Please take a few minutes to complete all these important forms as soon as possible.

Student Absences

It is very important to call the school when your child is absent. Our safe arrival program relies on knowing which students will be not attending EACH day they are absent.

When you need to record an absence, please call the main office number at 604-594-5437 and listen to the prompt that will lead you to the absence voicemail. This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can leave an absence message any time.

Please remember to leave your child’s first AND last name, the division and/or teacher and the reason for the absence. Please indicate whether this absence is an illness-related absence.

We know that many parents choose to directly email the Teachers, but the office still needs to be called in the event that the Teacher is absent and does not let the office know.

Thank you for helping us keep our students safe!

 

Road Safety

Pick up times can be busy and we have limited parking around the school. Due to this, we encourage families to walk to and from school if possible. To help us continue to keep our students and staff safe during pick up and drop off time, parents can do the following:

  • Keep our staff parking lot and front of the school clear of parent vehicles.
  • Make sure your children are walking on designated walking paths while near the staff parking lot and not cutting through
  • Do not block private driveways of houses near our school
  • Follow all road signs to ensure you are parked safely and legally

Walk Your Wheels On The Playground – For the safety of everyone, please remind your children they must walk their bikes, scooters, skateboards etc., when on the school grounds.

District News

Community Schools Partnership is hosting a Play Day on Friday, September 22nd at North Delta Secondary School. The camp will run from 9am to 3pm and include Fall-themed games, crafts and other activities! If you’re interested in registering or getting more information, please see the PDF Registration Form in the link below.

Our Play Days are single-day camps that run from 9am to 3pm and include various games, crafts, and other activities. All elementary school children from Kindergarten to Grade 7 are welcome to register. The upcoming Play Day will be Fall themed.

Attached here, you will find a registration form for the program. We want to emphasize that parents/guardians must register and pay online through Continuing Education (https://cimsweb.deltasd.bc.ca/publicconnect/DECourse.aspx).

Science World

And on Friday, September 22, admission to Science World is free for the Tech-Up Showcase.  This event focuses on making STEAM subjects—science, technology, engineering, art & design, and math—accessible to everyone, regardless of your experience level.  Please see the link for more information  https://www.scienceworld.ca/event/tech-up-showcase/

 

School Calendar

Thursday, September 21 Chalmers Open House
 

 

Friday, September 22

 

Wednesday September 27

 

Thursday, September 28

 

 

Professional Development Day (School is not in session)

 

Student Individual Photo Day

 

PAC Meeting 7pm

Friday, September 29 Orange Shirt Day and Assembly
Friday, September 29 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Monday, October 2  

 

School is Closed to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

 

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The Weekly BUZZ Sept 11-15/2023

Dear Stinger Families:

Once again, we would like to welcome everyone to a new school year at Chalmers Elementary. We hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and that the days of school have been smooth.  A warm welcome is extended to our new families, both those in kindergarten and those with older children. We hope your children are settling into the school and that new friendships are already starting to form.  It has been wonderful to hear and feel the energy that is created when our classrooms and playgrounds are filled with the excited sounds of children playing and learning together.  Our students all seem to be enjoying being back at school and working with their teachers and friends.

All staff have been busy preparing for the new school year and are excited as we look forward to meeting and working with you on the learning adventure that lies ahead.

With students now in their permanent classes, we’d like to thank all of you for the patience you showed during the past week.  Students and parents are anxious to find out which teacher(s) their child will work with, and teachers are anxious to meet their students and begin teaching.  With that behind us now, we’re expecting the routines and procedures of the school year to be up and fully running in the days ahead.

Changes in K-12 Student Reporting

To support students as they gain skills and knowledge for the future, school districts will update their kindergarten through Grade 9 student progress reporting to align with curriculum modernization that started in 2016. For more information, please visit:

 

Your healthy back-to-school guide

As summer winds down, it’s time to gear up for a healthy back-to-school season. Set the stage for a smooth transition back to school. Here are some practical tips to get you started.

Prioritize sleep

Ensuring your child gets enough sleep is an important part of a healthy back-to-school routine. Quality sleep helps with concentration, mood and overall well-being. In the weeks leading up to the start of school, gradually adjust your child’s sleep schedule so they can adapt to the new routine. Aim for nine to 11 hours of quality sleep per night.

Eat well

Support your child’s learning and development with scheduled meals and snacks. Breakfast kick starts their morning, while snacks and lunches nourish them throughout the day. Pack a water bottle to help them stay hydrated.

Boost immunity

As with any public environment, school exposes children to various germs and viruses. Ensuring they are up-to-date on their vaccinations helps protect them and others. Specific immunizations are recommended for children prior to entering Kindergarten as well as in grades six and nine. Help your child avoid the spread of illness by encouraging them to wash their hands regularly, teaching them to cover their coughs and sneezes and keeping them home when sick.

Keep active

Adding physical activity to your child’s routine sets them up for success. Activities like walking or biking to school, playing sports, dancing, swimming or helping around the house are great ways for your child to stay active. Set limits on screen time and promote outdoor play as much as possible for overall well-being.

Make time for talking and connection

Going back to school can be a cause of anxiety or stress for children. Make it a point to encourage open communication and support your child to talk about their feelings and help them feel heard and understood. Integrate downtime into their routine where they can relax or focus on a special interest or hobby.

 

Find more school health tips and resources on Fraser Health’s website: https://ow.ly/gS1S50Pegic

Parent Connect

Updating Family Information Using the Parent Connect System

The Delta School District’s Parent Connect program is a piece of online software that provides parents with the ability to update personal family information and monitor your child’s school records and attendance.

Changes to demographic information cannot be completed online by a parent at this time. Changes can be made by emailing this information to the school office at chalmers.elem@deltaschools.ca

For the convenience of our families, a quick link to the Parent Connect program has been placed on the Chalmers Elementary website (Home Page). Alternatively, parents can log into the Parent Connect program using the address: https://cimsweb.deltasd.bc.ca/schoolconnect/parentsignone.aspx

Please contact the school office if you have any questions regarding the use of the Parent Connect program.

Helpful Suggestions for a Successful School Year

Here are some suggestions that will be helpful in establishing school routines and will make this year the most successful one yet for your child!

Read Together – Children who read at home with their parents are more successful in school. Show your children that you view reading as an important activity by keeping lots of reading material around the house and set aside time each evening for reading. Also, model reading yourself.

Establish A Daily Family Routine – Set a specific quiet time and place every day for homework or general reading. While you should be actively involved in your child’s homework routine, let them do household chores, being firm about times to get up and go to bed (most children require about 10 hours of sleeper night) and have dinner together whenever possible. Don’t forget about the importance of a healthy breakfast and lunch to ensure your child has the energy needed to make it through the day productively.

Talk Together – Find some time each day to ask your child about school. Ask specific questions that will require explanations. Not only will this provide you with an overview of what your child is learning each day but explaining their learning to you will heighten their understanding of their lessons.

Home-School Relationship – The importance of a strong home-school relationship cannot be overstated. Get to know your child’s teacher(s) and what they expect. Let them know you will reinforce the importance of schoolwork at home and keep them informed of important things happening in your family that may be affecting your child at school. Make sure your child knows that you are interested in their school. This will send the message that what they are doing is important.

Have High, But Realistic Goals – Make sure you set goals with your child that are achievable, but not too easy for their age, maturity, and ability. Don’t forget to celebrate when these goals are achieved.

Snack, Lunch, and Water Bottles

Please ensure that your child packs a snack, lunch, and water bottle daily, as access to our school building is still limited (i.e. please do not drop off lunch for your child at the office).

This year, we will continue to have students pack out what was packed in their lunch. That is, we will ask that whatever comes in your child’s lunch bag goes home in their lunch bag,

including empty juice boxes and food wrappers. In this way, we will create far less garbage at school, and you will have a better idea of what your child is finishing for lunch.

School Supply List

Our school supplies list for the 2023-2024 school year can be found at the links below. Now that classes are settled, teachers would appreciate school supplies being sent to school. https://ch.deltasd.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2022/03/School-Supply-Lists-2022-2023.pdf

Chalmers has some backpacks and a small collection of school supplies available for families currently in need. If you are in need, please email mbhatti@deltaschools.ca by September 20 with your child’s first/last name and grade, and we will contact you to make arrangements to get the items to your child.

 

New Stinger Staff:

While many of our staff are returning from last year, there are a number of new faces joining (or re-joining) the “Stingers” team. Please join me in extending a welcome to the following new and returning staff members:

  1. Ms. A. Mehra (Grade 4/5 Teacher)
  2. Ms. S. Robie (Grade 6 LFI Teacher – covering Mme Klose’s maternity leave)
  3. Mr. L. Bhangu (Grade 5 Teacher- Tues)
  4. Ms. A. Mackenzie (Grade 3 Teacher- Alternating Wed’s/Th/Fri)
  5. Ms. M. Leigh (Music Teacher)
  6. Ms. B. Bryan (Vice-Principal and LST Support)
  7. Ms. R. Asre (Office Support)
  8. Ms. L. Rickey (Counselor)
  9. Ms. S. Cowx (Child and Youth Care Worker)
  10. Ms. N. Anderson (Education Assistant)
  11. Ms. P. Rattan (Education Assistant)
  12. Mr. D. Leonard (Returning Grade 5/6 Teacher covering a leave of absence)
  13. Ms. P. Sidhu (Returning LST Teacher)

School Organization

We start the year with 460 students spread into 20 divisions. Staff are excited to get underway with a year filled with inspiring educational experiences, and we look forward to working together with you so we can have your children be the best that they can be!!

Dressing for the Weather

Our students will be heading outside for recess and lunch throughout the school year. Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather to go out to play. Please expect that kids will go out for recess and lunch, unless there is extreme weather.

School-Wide Medical Alert

Several of our students have life-threatening allergies to eggs, peanuts, nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, pecans, macadamias), and sesame seeds. Exposure to even tiny amounts of nut particles – residue on a desk, a book, a door handle, a computer keyboard, or a drinking fountain – may be enough to trigger a reaction. Please help us create a safe environment for them by keeping foods containing eggs, nuts, peanuts, and sesame seeds at home. Several companies are now making nut-free snacks and we encourage you to look for these new products when shopping. Other names for peanuts and other nuts include: arachide, arachis oil, beer nuts, goober nuts, goober peas, ground nuts, kernels, mandelonas, nut meals, valencias, anacardium nuts, calisson, marzipan, pinion, Queensland nut (macadamia). Label reading is the key to sending safe, egg-free and nut-free foods to school. Please do your part to ensure our school environment is a safe one for all our students. THANK YOU!!

Administration of Medication

Schools are required to maintain a safe procedure for dispensing medications. We would like to have information regarding medication administration within the first two weeks of school. If your child is required to take medication at school, please request a Request for Administration of Medication at School form from the office. These forms must be completed each year and are required to be signed by your physician.

Terry Fox Run

We are having our Annual Terry Fox Run this Friday September 15th and we will be collecting toonies for Terry all this week in their classrooms. Please help us support this cause and have your child bring in a toonie before we go outside and run.

School Calendar

Friday, September 15 Terry Fox Run

Thursday, September 21 Chalmers Open House

Friday, September 22 Professional Development Day (School is not in session)

Thursday, September 29 Orange Shirt Day and Assembly

Monday, October 2 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (School is Closed)

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Week of August 28

Welcome to the new 2023-2024 School Year!

We hope you all are having a wonderful summer holiday! While there is still a little summer left to enjoy, here is some important information to help you plan for the opening week of school.

The office is now open for the school year daily from 8:45am-3:30pm. If you would like to register your child, please do so between Tuesday, August 29th and Friday, September 1, 2023.  Please contact Mrs. Dougans at 604-594-5437 or adougans@deltaschools.ca if you have any questions.

The beginning of a new school year can be a time of uncertainty with regards to enrolment and class assignments.  Although tentative classes were put together in the spring, final organization cannot be done until September, as there are many families who will arrive or leave during the summer months. Even slight changes from projected enrolment numbers can create staffing changes and require that classes be reorganized once school has started in September. This can be very disruptive to all concerned.

Despite not being able to set our classes ahead of time, we want to ensure a smooth entry for our students. The staff at Chalmers has prepared for our September opening and how we might alleviate some of the uncertainty around “back to school”.

Please read the following section carefully as it fully explains how students in Grades 1 – 7 will be organized for the first week of school (new Kindergarten students have already received information in the mail regarding the September gradual entry schedule):

  • Students in Grades 1 – 7 will return to school on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, from 8:45 – 12:00 pm
  • All returning students will report to the classroom that they were in during the 2022-23 school year
  • Grade 6 Late French Immersion students who attended Chalmers for Grade 5 will report to their last year’s class on the first day of school. After attendance, they will be escorted to their Grade 6 LFI classroom.
  • Grade 6 LFI students who attended a different school for Grade 5 will report to the gym. After attendance and a brief orientation, they will be escorted to their Grade 6 LFI classroom.
  • All new students will report to the gym for placement in temporary classrooms.
  • School hours during the first week back will be as follows:

Tuesday
                     –                       8:45 – 12:00 pm

Wednesday
               –                       8:45 – 2:00 pm

Thursday/Friday          –                       8:45 – 3:00 pm

During the first week of school, most students entering Grades 2 – 7 will work with the teacher they had during the 2022-23 school year. However, students entering Grade 1 will work with other teacher(s), as their last year teacher will be needed to welcome our new kindergarten students.

For the first day however, Mrs. Corazza’s Ms. Hogg’s and Ms. Waugh’s former students are to line up at their Kindergarten lineup place, and they will return to their old classroom for 15-30 minutes to re-connect.  Assigned staff will then walk them to the classrooms that they will be working in (Library or Music Portable) and temporary teachers will work with them until they have been assigned to their new teacher/classroom.

Those students whose teacher is no longer at Chalmers will work with an assigned teaching staff member.

During the first week of school, students are asked to only bring a limited amount of school supplies (pencil box containing pencils and pens, pencil crayons, scissors, etc.). All other supplies should be left at home until they are assigned to their classes for the year.  Our school supply lists can be found at the following link:

https://ch.deltasd.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2023/04/School-Supply-Lists-2023-2024.pdf

                 We look forward to a smooth start to a great 2022-23 school year!

Weekly Buzz June 26-29

 

Chères familles de Chalmers,

As this school year enters its final days, I would like to express how incredibly proud we are of the hard work displayed by both our students and staff.

 

It is hard to believe the end of the school year is nearly upon us! As we look forward to the summer holidays, we would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to all of you for the support you have shown over the past year.  We have shared many great experiences and we recognize what a wonderful community we work in and are grateful to be Stingers!

On behalf of the entire staff, I would also like to say a huge thank you to the PAC and our community for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday.  The food was delicious, and everyone is grateful for the recognition.  Thank you!

 

 

We would like to extend a special congratulations to our Grade 7 students as they finish elementary school.  To all our Grade 7s, we would like to say thank you for the leadership you have provided to our school over the past year, and we wish you all the best in high school!

For those families leaving us at the end of this month, we wish you well in your new school communities and know that you will continue to achieve great things in the years ahead.

As wonderful as summer is, it can set some kids back in their learning. We encourage all our students to keep reading. It can be newspapers, comics, novels, or even menus in restaurants. The key is to keep practising. The same thing can be said for math. Have younger kids identify numbers around them like the price of gas, items on your grocery list or amount of tax on a local restaurant bill. Math doesn’t have to be from a book to be meaningful.

On behalf of the staff at Chalmers Elementary we would like to wish everyone a safe, healthy, and fun summer vacation.  I would also like to wish a successful back to school in the fall. I know I will miss seeing all the Stinger faces!

Staff Changes

As you may already be aware, we will be saying goodbye to several staff members at the end of the school year. We would like to recognize the following staff who are leaving Chalmers Elementary at the end of the school year:

  • Mr. Leonard (Grade 6/7 Teacher)
  • Mme Almhjell (Grade 6 LFI)
  • Ms. Soparlo (Grade 5 Teacher)
  • Ms. Dang (Grade 3/4 Teacher)
  • Ms. Chang (Supported Learning Teacher)
  • Mr. Bancroft (Drama Teacher)
  • Ms. Garcia (Drama Teacher)
  • Ms. Johal (School Counsellor)
  • Ms. Emison (Child Youth Care Worker)
  • Ms. Lopez (Education Assistant)
  • Ms. Hanna (Education Assistant)
  • Ms. Koonar (Education Assistant)
  • Ms. Gajjar (Education Assistant)
  • Ms. Najm (Education Assistant)
  • Ms. Sidhu (Education Assistant)
  • Ms. Weldon (Admin Assistant)

We would like to thank all these staff members for the huge contribution they have made to our learning community and wish them the best in their new assignments!

This isn’t a ‘Goodbye’, but a ‘See you later’ as Ms. Hobbs will be welcoming her second child this summer. We wish all the best to Ms. Hobbs and her family during this very exciting time.

 

We would also like to extend a huge congratulations to Mrs. Cunningham who will be retiring at the end of this school year.  She has made such a positive impact on her students over her career and our community will miss her very much.  Please join me in wishing her a very happy and well-deserved retirement!

 

 

 

Term 3 Report Cards

Will be available on Parent Connect on Thursday, June 29.  An email will be sent to families once the reports become available for viewing.

 

2023-24 School Calendar

 

Community Food Resources & Supports for Families

NORTH DELTA FOOD BANK THROUGH DELTA ASSIST

Address: 9097 120 Street, Delta. BC

Contact: (604) 594-3455

Website: http://deltassist.com/

 How to register with North Delta Food bank:

  1. Call our Delta Assist office at 604-594-3455 and leave your name, and phone number with reception

 

  1. Be available for an intake call to register with the Food bank from 10 – 3 Monday and Tuesday

 

  1. Be prepared to provide proof as requested.Be available to come at your assigned pick up time for assistance

Items of proof needed to apply for North Delta Food Bank assistance are:

  • D. for all members in household
  • Proof of residency in North Delta

Guru Nanak North Delta Food Bank:

  • Open-Monday to Friday from 1:00pm-6:00pm
  • Open-Saturdays and Sunday from 11:00am-6:00pm
  • Location: 11188 84 avenue. Delta, BC
  • Phone: 604-580-1313

Guru Nanak Surrey Location:

  • Open-Monday to Friday from 1:00pm-6:00pm
  • Open-Saturdays and Sunday from 11:00am-6:00pm
  • Location: 15299 68 avenue. Unit 101. Surrey, BC
  • Phone: 604-580-1313

 CLOVERDALE COMMUNITY KITCHEN (SURREY ADDRESSES ONLY)

  • Distribution times are: Mondays 5 – 6 PM, Tuesday 1-2 PM and Thursdays 10-11:30 AM.
  • New registrations will be taken on site during those hours: Please bring photo ID, proof of address and proof of income if you wish to register.

5337 180 Street. Surrey (back of building)

SURREY FOOD BANK

Address: 10732 City Parkway. Surrey, BC

Phone: 604-581-5443

https://www.surreyfoodbank.org/

Providing food support to residents of Surrey

How to access the Surrey Food Bank:

  1. Call 604.581.5443 Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and register for an appointment.
  2. Once you have your appointment, please bring:
  • Picture Identification
  • Proof of Address
  • Care Cards for all Dependents Living in your Home.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Address: 11838 – 88th Avenue Delta, BC

Phone: 604 596-8178

Access to free bread every Wednesday night at 6:45 pm in the Church parking lot.

Nick’s Nook Community Pantries  

  • Open 24/7 for those wanting to donate or for those in need of food support. There are four locations
  • #1 Northside Community Church  11300 84 Avenue
  • #2 New Hope Church 11838 88 Ave.
  • #3 Sunshine Ridge Church 6230 120th Street
  • #4 Crossroads Church 7655 120th Street

Lost and Found

Items in our lost and found area will be bagged and donated to charity by the end of this week. Please make sure all your children come home with their belongings.

 

School Calendar

Thursday, June 29 Last Day of School – Students Dismissed at 10:30am

Term Three Report Card Available on Parent Connect

Friday, June 30 Administrative Day
Tuesday, August 29 School Office Re-Opens for Registration
Tuesday, September 5 First Day of School

 

 

 

Weekly Buzz June 19-23

 

Chères familles de Chalmers,

 

Joyeuse fête des Pères! Warm wishes today on Father’s Day to all the dads and father figures in our Chalmers community.

 

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June is National Indigenous Peoples Month. National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) is on Wednesday, June 21st. and is an opportunity for all people to honour, acknowledge, and celebrate the culture, traditions, and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

 

Chalmers Challenge/ Sports Day

Thank you to all our families who joined us for sports day. The weather cooperated and it was great to see everyone together at our school having a good time.

A very special thank you to Mr. Ng, Mme Domeck, Ms. Cameron, Mrs. Biehl, Mr. Leonard, Ms. Sanghera and our grade 7 students for their leadership in managing the stations.

A very big thank you to our PAC who came to volunteer all day at our school selling concession items to raise more funds for our school.

 

Moving??

Please inform the school if your children will not be attending Chalmers Elementary next year. If you know of a family moving into our area, please encourage them to register their children ASAP to secure a placement at Chalmers for the upcoming school year.

 

 

Grade 7’s

This next week will be focusing on our Grade 7 students. On Wednesday, June 21st, approximately 90 students and teachers will be leaving on buses to have a day of fun at Playland. On Friday, June 23rd  at 9:00am we will host our Grade 7 Celebration Assembly in the gym. The tickets were sent home on Friday for each family to attend the event. Due to the number of students participating in the ceremony, we only have capacity in the gym for 2 tickets per family. After the assembly, our Grade 7’s will participate in a lunch and dance.

 

Grade 6 Late French Immersion Open House

Chalmers Elementary will be hosting a Grade 6 Late French Immersion Open House on Thursday, June 22 from 1:15 – 2:00 pm for students who will be starting in the Grade 6 LFI program in September 2023. Some of our Late French Immersion staff are hard at work planning an exciting orientation program for our new Grade 6 LFI students. We look forward to meeting the new Grade 6 LFI students who will be coming from many different North Delta schools!

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found area seems to be growing instead of shrinking these days and is full of water bottles, jackets, hoodies and other items of clothing. Please make sure all your children come home with their belongings over the next two weeks as all unclaimed articles will be bagged and donated to charity at the end of June.

 

School Calendar

 

Wednesday, June 21 National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Wednesday, June 21 Grade 7’s Playland
Friday, June 23 Grade 7 Celebration Assembly, Luncheon, and dance/activities
Wednesday, June 28 Year End Assembly
Thursday, June 29 Last day of school for students- 10:30am Dismissal
Friday, June 30 Administration Day

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Buzz June 12-16

 

Chères familles de Chalmers,

 

 

 

We are looking forward to our upcoming Chalmers Challenge Day (Sports Day) on Wednesday, June 14th. All students have been divided into teams with each team being assigned a colour. To get into the spirit of the day, students are encouraged to decorate their ‘wheels’ and wear clothing and accessories to match their assigned team colour.

Our K-2 students will participate in traditional Sports Day stations while our Grade 3-6 students will participate in an “Amazing Race” style series of challenges located in and around the school property. Parents are invited to enjoy the day with us and come out to cheer on their children (as the K-2 stations are all located on the grass field, they will be easier to view than the Grade 3-6 activities).

Agenda of Activities

8:15-8:45 am Grade 7’s Setting Up Stations

8:45-9:00 am Attendance in classrooms

9:00-9:20 am Wheels Parade (helmets required) “Team Colours”

Decorated bikes, scooters or wagons are dropped in the gym before school and lined up in grade groups. Non-participating students go out their classroom exits or nearest exits and stand outside the Wheels Parade route to cheer on the participating students.

9:20–9:25 am Grade 7 Students – Indigenous Welcome

9:25–9:35 am Action Schools Warm-Up on outdoor basketball court

9:35–11:00 am K/1/2 Primary Stations Rotation – grass field (NE corner)

9:35–11:00 am Intermediate Chalmers Challenge (Gr. 3-6) begins at the front of school

11:00-11:50 am Lunch

11:50-11:55 am Attendance in classrooms

12:00–12:50 pm Pre-school races, Kindergarten races, Tug-O-War for grades 1 through 7 (Ks chalk art and bubbles on basketball court), Grade 7 water balloon toss & Parent water balloon toss

12:50–1:00 pm Sports Day Ribbon and Clean-Up

1:00 pm Dismissal for ALL students

Early dismissal is at 1:00 pm

  • Students are advised to bring a filled water bottle, sunscreen and a hat. Please wear runners.
  • The LUNCH hour will be scheduled early from 11:00 am to 11:50 am. Students will return to their classroom for attendance. Although, there will be a concession food and drinks, it is suggested that you please provide a bagged lunch. Concession items can be paid using cash, credit or debit.
  • The afternoon will have all students gather in their color groups (assigned all year) on the grass field for the Tug-o-War and the Grade 7 & Parent Balloon Toss. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 pm.

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found area isn’t as full as before, however it is still over-flowing with water bottles, jackets, hoodies and other items of clothing. Please label all your children’s clothing and have your child take a look at the display in the hallway outside the gym. We will have our lost and found items on display at the back of the school during our Chalmers Challenge (Sports Day) on Wednesday. All unclaimed articles will be bagged and donated to charity at the end of June.

 

Sunsational Summer Daycamps by Community Schools Partnership

Sunsational Summer DAYCAMPS are back and better than ever! Delta School Districts’ Community Schools Partnership will be providing Summer Daycamps for Kindergarten to Grades 7, open to all! The camp will run Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and include themed weeks, out-trips and activities to engage participants in fun, active health and learning. Choose between North Delta Secondary or Seaquam Secondary School choose 1 or 8 weeks.

If you’re interested in registering or getting more information, there will be copies available at the office or please see the PDF Registration Form in the link attached click here.

 

Upcoming Hot Lunch Dates

 

Thursday, June 22 – Pizza Hut

 

School Calendar

 

Wednesday, June 14 Chalmers Challenge/Sports Day
Wednesday, June 21 Grade 7’s Playland
Friday, June 23 Grade 7 Assembly and celebration
Wednesday, June 28 Year End Assembly
Thursday, June 29 Last day for students- 10:30am Dismissal

 

 

Weekly Buzz June 5-9

 

Chères familles de Chalmers,

We had an amazing turn out for our Chalmers Family Fun night on Thursday! It was great to see so many families enjoying all the activities and food. We are incredibly grateful for all the time and hard work our PAC put into making this event possible.

 

If you have ever considered joining PAC – NOW IS THE TIME!!!!

 

Most of our current PAC members are stepping down from their positions at the end of the school year. Unless we can recruit a few more members, the Chalmers PAC will fold and become inactive for the upcoming school year.

 

Without the PAC, there will not be;

– Almost $10,000 in funding for our school from the government 

– Hot Lunch 

– Treat Days 

– Funds for each classroom

– Funds for field trips 

– Funds for cultural presentations 

– Funding for the library and music room

– Funds for updating technology items in classrooms

– Funding for gym and sports equipment 

– Funding for special requests from Teachers 

– Sports Day Concession 

One of the biggest concerns is that without a PAC, we will miss out on significant funding from the government. 

 

The Annual General Meeting is coming up next Thursday, June 8th at 7pm in the school library. All positions are up for election. Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, DPAC, and Fundraising Chair. We are looking for people who are willing to put in a few hours per week to keep our Chalmers PAC going. The commitment is so rewarding and has a direct benefit to your childrenand school community!

 

If you have ever considered joining PAC, please make the effort now and join us next Thursday. We will be more than happy to discuss roles and responsibilities and see if this would be a good fit for you. Please consider joining! If you have any questions or would like to put forward a nomination, please feel free to email the PAC at chalmers.pac.delta@gmail.com.

 

Smoke Free Zones

Did you know that all kindergarten to Grade 12 schools in B.C. are tobacco and vape-free under the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act and Regulation? This ban extends to all school property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of whether or not school is in session. The ban also includes vehicles, parking lots, sports fields, driveways, courtyards, and private vehicles parked on school property.

In addition, if you are driving your children and/or other students in your vehicle, please keep your car smoke–free. Second-hand smoke creates serious health risks, especially for children. Their lungs are still developing and are not as strong as those of adults. Even with the windows down, second hand smoke is dangerous. Click here for more information.

 

Separation Anxiety Workshop Message for Kindergarten parents

Separation Anxiety is a normal part of many children’s early experience. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to prepare for a smooth start to school in September. Join us for this free online workshop on June 14 to learn more.

https://www.deltasd.bc.ca/event/free-online-parent-workshop-preparing-for-kindergarten-and-separation-anxiety/

Before and After School Care

Upcoming Hot Lunch Dates

Friday, June 9 – Subway

Thursday, June 22 – Pizza Hut

School Calendar

 

Tuesday, June 6  Grade 6/7 LFI Deas Island Park
Wednesday, June 7 Welcome to Kindergarten Event
Thursday, June 8 PAC AGM Meeting in Library 7:00pm
Wednesday, June 14 Chalmers Challenge/Sports Day
Wednesday, June 21 Grade 7’s Playland
Friday, June 23 Grade 7 Assembly and celebration
Wednesday, June 28 Year End Assembly
Thursday, June 29 Last day for students- 10:30am Dismissal