Grace Yates, a Grade 12 student at Clayton Heights Secondary, works on her Cabinetmaking project at the Lower Fraser Valley regional SkillsBC Competition. Below left, competitors work intently
on their 3D Computer Animation project, while Grade 11 Fraser Heights
student Jordan Heba (below, right) guides the drill press during the Cabinetmaking competition.
The Lower Fraser Valley regional SkillsBC Competition has kicked-off at two sites in Surrey.
Students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 demonstrated their talents in 14 trades and technologies, from Architectural CAD to Welding.
Most of the trades competitions take place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Cloverdale Campus, while Cabinetmaking and 3D Computer Animation were hosted at Fraser Heights Secondary. Three competitions, TV/Video Production, Website Design and Culinary Arts will be held next week.
Winners in each competition area are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals, with most of gold medal winners qualifying to compete in the annual Provincial Competition.
Someone at your child's school has been diagnosed with fifth disease. You've never heard of it and want to learn more.
Your daughter appears anxious lately and doesn't seem to be coping well. Is it a problem? Where can you seek help?
What immunizations require boosters and when and where do you get them?
Fraser Health wants to hear what sorts of child health information you would find most useful and how you'd like to access that information? Would an app on your smart phone be best? Social media?
You now have an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with the public health experts.
Fraser Health is inviting anyone interested in school health to participate in a quick online School Health Survey.
The health care region is in the process of revamping its school health web site and resources for parents, teachers and school administrators on health issues pertaining to children in kindergarten to Grade 7, and is soliciting feedback on how they provide school health content.
The survey is confidential and for research purposes only. It is open until March 31.
Anyone with further questions about the survey can email firstname.lastname@example.org
It's been running for five decades, and this year's Surrey District Science Fair once again promises to bring an array of fresh ideas, research and innovation.
The fair, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the largest and longest-running in Western Canada. It will be held on March 2 at Central City Shopping Centre (10153 King George Blvd.).
The popular event is open to all intermediate and junior secondary students (Grades 4-8) in the Surrey School District, including those in special education and French immersion programs. More than 200 students are expected to participate in this year's fair.
The optional theme for 2017 is Environmental Sustainability.
Public viewing and judging of the projects takes place from 5-7 p.m. Judges will deliver ribbons between 7 and 7:30 p.m., with closing ceremonies to follow.
Check here for more information.
Surrey Schools will be a sea of pink Feb. 22 as students, teachers and staff take a stand against bullying.
Pink Shirt Day began in 2008, inspired by an incident in Nova Scotia where a young man was bullied for wearing pink to school. Other students who witnessed the harassment purchased dozens of pink shirts and encouraged their classmates to wear them the next day to send a message to the bullies and show support to the victim.
The movement has spread across Canada and now, on the last Wednesday in February, schools, businesses and individuals take the day to don their rosiest garb and display their commitment to tolerance and kindness.
This year's campaign slogan is "Make Nice," serving as a reminder that regardless of our differences, being nice is always a choice worth making.
For more information, check pinkshirtday.ca
Each year, the board's budget process and decisions are focused on achieving sustainable programs and services supporting students across the district in accordance with the board's strategic plans and objectives.
For the first time, the board is offering an additional way to provide input on budget priorities for the 2017-18 school year, using the online consultation tool PlaceSpeak (www.placespeak.com/sd36budget). There, the public can access documents and information to better understand the budget and budget process, in addition to offering feedback.
As in prior years, demand for services will likely exceed available funding and the board will be faced with difficult decisions as it works to achieve a balanced budget in accordance with legislation requirements.
Of course, suggestions about budget priorities may still be submitted via regular mail or e-mail:
The Office of the Secretary-Treasurer
School District No.36 (Surrey)
14033 92 Ave., Surrey, BC V3V 0B7
Written submissions should be received no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2017.
For additional information and background, various district and financial reports are available at www.surreyschools.ca
A variety of programs are in place to support early learning for children before they enter school.
The Surrey School District offers several options that highlight the importance of oral language and play-based learning as foundations for cognitive, social and emotional development.
StrongStart and Ready, Set, Learn are two options available to young children and their caregivers.
StrongStart is a free program targeting youngsters from newborn to five years old. Parents learn new ways to support children's learning at home while making valuable connections with others in the community. There are StrongStart programs at 24 Surrey schools and registration is ongoing.
Ready, Set, Learn is a Ministry of Education initiative designed to provide three- and four-year-olds and their caregivers with learning strategies and information about programs and community resources available to families. Upcoming events are scheduled at almost every Surrey elementary school. There is no charge to attend.
For more dates, locations and other information about StrongStart, Ready, Set, Learn and other preschool and early learning options offered through Surrey Schools, visit surreyschools.ca/PreschoolEducation
A Surrey elementary principal has received national recognition for his unique and vital contribution to his school.
Angelo Morelli, principal at Ecole K.B. Woodward Elementary, is among 40 "exceptional educators" selected from across the country as Canada's Outstanding Principals of 2017.
Now in its 13th year, The Learning Partnership's Outstanding Principals program receives nominations from parents, colleagues and community members which are evaluated by a selection committee. The principals chosen are celebrated for demonstrating innovation, leadership and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities within their school communities.
Awards will be handed out at a gala event Feb. 28 in Toronto. Winners also benefit from a leadership training program at the University of Toronto's Rotman's School of Management and join the ranks of the National Academy of Canada's Outstanding Principals, which offers ongoing networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities to enhance leadership skills.
Online applications are now being accepted for the kindergarten choice lottery.
The lottery is used for four programs only: Early French Immersion, Montessori, Traditional and Intensive Fine Arts.
Parents and guardians have a three-week window of opportunity to apply between Jan. 30 and Feb. 20.
An information sheet about the lottery process is available in English and Punjabi.
There are no special fees to apply and you do not need to live near the school to enrol.
Once the online application process has closed, a random automated draw will take place Feb. 27.
An e-mail with the lottery results will be sent to all applicants during the week of Feb. 27-March 10, when parents can accept, decline or be placed on a waiting list.
Program seats at the various school locations will be filled until all available spots have been allocated. If a student drops out of a program before it begins or after it has started, the applicant who is next on the waitlist for that spot will be contacted.
Two new schools coming to Surrey were the talk of the town this past week in Clayton and Grandview Heights.
An estimated 250 parents, teachers and residents attended open houses hosted by Surrey Schools to learn more about a new Clayton-area elementary school and Grandview-area secondary school, scheduled to open in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
The drop-in information sessions were held at Katzie Elementary and Pacific Heights Elementary.
The 1,500-student secondary school in Grandview will be built near 168 Street and 25 Avenue, north of the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre on a 15.9-acre property. The school will have an estimated 13,685 square metres of floor space.
The 4,704 square metre elementary school in Clayton will be built near 194 Street and 78 Avenue on a 7.5-acre property. It will have capacity for 605 students: 525 Grade 1-7 students and 80 full-day kindergarten students.
Members of CHP Architects and ThinkSpace Architecture, as well as employees from the City of Surrey's Parks, Recreation & Culture department, joined Surrey Schools at the two-hour open houses, fielding questions from the public on design, safety, environmental preservation, energy efficiency, parking and more.
Both neighbourhoods have seen rapid growth in recent years. In the Grandview area, Earl Marriott Secondary is currently 23 per cent over capacity, with eight portables on site and running on an extended day schedule. In Clayton, five surrounding elementary schools – Clayton, Adams Road, Hazelgrove, Hillcrest and Katzie – are over capacity.
The new schools will help ease overcrowding and address population growth in the expanding neighbourhoods.
To view maps, renderings and floor plans from the open houses, or to provide feedback and follow updates on the schools, visit placespeak.com/sd36capitalplan. An architectural "fly-by" of the new Grandview-area secondary is also available on the district's website.
Education Minister Mike Bernier and Surrey Board of Education chair Shawn Wilson at a Jan. 26 announcement of capital funding and a new project board for new school space in Surrey.
The Ministry of Education has announced the commitment of $217 million for new classrooms in the Surrey School District, as well as the establishment of a project board intended to accelerate the construction of new student space.
The funding will be allocated over the next three years, resulting in up to 5,200 new student seats in Surrey.
The project board will identify new schools or school expansions as quickly as possible so proposals can be brought forward to provincial approval.