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Aug 17
What you need to know about opening day of school Sept. 4!

More than 73,000 students in the Surrey School District will head back to class on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Grades 1-7 classes at all elementary schools begin at 10 a.m. but will end earlier than usual on opening day. Dismissal times can be confirmed with individual schools.

Back to school 2 2018.JPGKindergarten students are on a gradual entry schedule for the first week of school, so start dates and times will need to be verified at each school. All kindergarteners will be in full-day attendance by Monday, Sept. 17.

Secondary schools have a shortened first day as well and again, start and end times vary from school to school, often depending on grade. (Click on link below for more information).

Opening class times and dates also vary at learning centres and should be confirmed with individual sites. 

Detailed information about the opening day of school, as well as registration information for students who are new to Surrey Schools, is available HERE.

Aug 10
Accidents happen! Will you be covered?

Did you know Surrey Schools does not insure expenses for student injuries that happen on school grounds or during school activities?

The Medical Services Plan (MSP) limits amounts paid and does not cover some charges. Injury-related costs not covered or limited under MSP or group insurance plans may include dental treatment, eyewear, rental of crutches or wheelchairs, splints and casts, physiotherapy and private tutors.crutches3.jpg

Optional student accident insurance is available through private companies and interested parents are encouraged to research which plan best suits their family's needs.

Surrey's District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) and the Surrey School District provide the opportunity to voluntarily purchase accident insurance through the Kids Plus Accident Insurance program. The plan provides year-round coverage, whether children are in or out of school, including coverage for costs not fully insured under MSP or group extended health insurance plans. Premiums start at $14.50 per year per student, with discounts available for families with three or more children.

Check here for more information or visit the Parents tab on our website to view the printable parent brochure in English or Punjabi.

Aug 02
Information for parents & students who are new to Surrey Schools

The Surrey School district continues to grow, with about 850 new students expected at Surrey and White Rock schools for the 2018-19 school year beginning this September.

If you are new to Surrey Schools, registration is done in person at individual schools, and resumes later this month.

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Secondary school registration takes place Aug. 20-31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New student registration at elementary schools begins Aug. 27 and continues until Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration at our five learning centres also begins Aug. 27, as does adult education registration. Students may register any time for online or blended learning at sailacademy.ca.

Check here for a list of all schools. If you are not sure what school your child should attend, a boundary map is available here, or you may enter your address in School Locator, to determine your school catchment area.

More information about student registration, and what documents are required, is available here, or see our parent brochure, available in English or Punjabi.

The opening day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Jul 30
Keeping students on a safe, positive path during summer

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WRAP summer.jpgStudents and leaders of the WRAP program during some of the outdoor adventures intended to engage Surrey students in positive experiences and relationships during the summer.






The summer break from school means time away from classes and the daily school schedule.

But there are students who need – and even thrive on – the regular school routine. That's where the Surrey School District's Safe Schools department comes in!

Safe Schools offers an array of opportunities for students, to keep them busy and engaged with positive role models and exciting experiences. Meals and snacks are also provided.

This summer, there were more than 200 kids and teens involved in various programs and activities.

Princess Margaret Secondary and L.A. Matheson Secondary hosted about 150 students each day for the Yo-Bro and Yo-Girl programs. Participants are involved in recreational activities such as martial arts, basketball and wresting, with younger students interacting with older youth, who often go on to become positive peer role models in secondary school. There were also summer drop-in sports time at Princess Margaret.

Yo-Bro and Yo-Girl after-school programs also run through the school year, focusing on prevention of gang involvement, substance use and violence among 12-18 year olds.

About 20 students referred to the WRAP program are also involved in summer programs, going on outdoor learning experiences, such as hiking and canoeing. The WRAP program also runs year round, supporting students from 11-17 who are at risk of gang involvement by wrapping them in support at school and in the community and building trusting, positive relationships.

Safe Schools also runs a girls group in the summer, bringing females on field trips and engaging them in positive social activities once a week.

kabaddi.jpgNew this year was a kabaddi-focused summer camp (left) at Beaver Creek Elementary that welcomed 40 students from July 9-20 to train and play the traditional Indian sport. The program encouraged peer-to-peer leadership with secondary students leading elementary kids in training, while serving as role models and mentors.

"Many of these programs are an essential tool for the well-being of our youth throughout the year, so the board couldn't be happier to continue to support them during the summer," says Surrey Board of Education chair Laurie Larsen. "They not only provide students stability, routine and positive experiences and relationships – but allow them have some summer fun they might not otherwise be exposed to."

Jul 25
Generational bonds made during summer course at Fraser Heights

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Fraser Heights Secondary student Robin and his new friend Annabelle, a resident at Fleetwood Villa, took part in a summer social justice program that included connecting teens and seniors.


Heading on transit to Fleetwood Villa Retirement Residence, Robin was nervous. Who would he meet? Would he or she like him? Would the conversation be awkward?

Upon arrival, the Surrey student was paired up with Annabelle, who was equally anxious about the group of visiting youth.

As the two began chatting, however, their fears were quickly dispelled.

"Once we got talking, it felt like we were reuniting again," says Robin, who starts Grade 10 in September. "She told me about her experiences and I connected to those, and she connected to mine when she asked me."

He learned that 90-year-old Annabelle grew up in Manitoba and is a former high school teacher, so is relatively comfortable around teens.

"When you get talking to them, they're very up front and energetic and this boy is pretty positive," Annabelle said of her new-found friend.

Moira and Sophia and.jpgThe experience was part of a four-week summer social justice course at Fraser Heights Secondary, proposed and developed by teacher Ami Kambo.

"The younger students were always asking 'why isn't there anything for us?' because Social Justice is for Grade 11s and 12s. So I gauged support and they signed up," says Kambo.

"It's not for marks or anything. They're just doing it to better their community and be better people."

The students – 16 Grade 9s and three Grade 12 peer tutors – had two sessions with the Fleetwood Villa seniors. During the first, called The Human Library-Connecting the Generations, the students interviewed the seniors, asking about their background and experiences.

The teens then went away and wrote poems about their new friends, presenting their writing during a follow-up "tea and poetry" session.

The seniors were duly impressed.

Kenneth and Jenny.jpg"It was wonderful and I enjoyed meeting this young lady," Fleetwood resident Kenneth said of student Jenny (pictured left), who wrote a trio of haiku about him. "Never pass up the opportunity to join with the boys and girls at school."

Moira (above right), who used to work at Fraser Heights as a library assistant, said she has an even stronger hope for the future after spending time with the students.

"I think our country is in great hands with what we have right here," she said, motioning to the youth.

Ed compared the Fraser Heights teens to his classmates of decades past.

"I remember when I was in high school, if the school had asked us to come in during summertime to do this, we'd have told them to get lost," he said to laughter. "So for these students to do this, I think it bodes very, very well… the generation we've got behind us is fantastic."

Each senior went home with a print anthology of the poems. Annabelle took an extra copy for Fleetwood Villa's library so other residents could read it.

Jul 12
Summer learning in full swing in Surrey

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Students learn to code during one of numerous Summer Learning programs offered by the Surrey School District this year.


While the majority of Surrey students and their families have left the classroom behind for a couple of months, about 12,000 students are attending one of the Surrey School District’s many Summer Learning programs.

About half of those are secondary students ­taking academic courses – some to get ahead and others to upgrade classes they struggled in during the year.

Another 1,400 secondary students are enrolled in an array of specialized programs. Most are students identified as struggling in two core academic subjects who are participating in project- and experience-based study to enhance their learning. Others are attending a variety of programs targeting youth at risk, English language learners, Aboriginal learners or teens interested in exploring trades.

About 4,400 referred elementary students are in summer programs focussed on boosting reading and math, while approximately 500 Grade 7s are participating in the Transitions Program to not only enhance skills, but acquaint them with secondary school. Another 200 elementary students are in summer learning French Immersion programs.

For the sixth year, the district is also offering about 50 kindergarten and Grade 1 students at an inner city school foundational reading and math programs, and a new program for Grade 3-5 students targeting fundamental movement skills is being piloted with 20 students.

There are about 200 more summer school students in Surrey this year than there were last year.

Jul 06
Summer reading recommendations that are Surrey-student approved

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Looking for some winning, student-recommended books to dive into during the summer break? Search no further!

Each year Surrey School District teacher-librarians support three readers' choice award programs in which Surrey students have an opportunity to participate and vote for their favourites. The Surrey Teens Read program is available to secondary students, while the Surrey Picture Book of the Year and Surrey School's Book of the Year programs are for elementary students.

The winning novel in this year's Surrey Teens Read contest was Scythe, by Neal Shusterman, selected from a list of 10 nominated titles written for young adults. The book is the first in a series and follows two teens living in a world where with no hunger, disease or war, who must reluctantly master the "art" of taking a life in order to control population size. See other young adult titles that were in the running this year, and view the new list of nominees for 2018-2019.

The Surrey Schools Book of the Year for 2018, geared toward elementary school students in intermediate grades, was The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown, a story about a robot who must learn to survive amongst unwelcoming animals on a remote island. View past winners in this category and the intermediate books nominated for 2018-2019.

Aimed at primary-level readers, the 2017-18 Surrey Picture Book of the Year was Nope! by Drew Sheneman, a humourous story about a mama bird and a fearful baby taking its first flight. See all 10 nominees here, and past picture book winners here.

Surrey Libraries also has a free Summer Reading Club for kids of all ages, as does the White Rock branch of Fraser Valley Regional Library.

Jun 28
Update on programs & services for parents and youth

As families prepare for summer break, the Surrey RCMP and Surrey Schools provide an update on some of the programs and services available to youth and parents, as well as offer tips and resources for parents who are concerned their children may be heading down the wrong path.

We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer!

Read more: Joint RCMP / Surrey Schools Letter to Parents. Also available in Mandarin & Punjabi.


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Jun 28
Surrey Schools submits latest Five Year Capital Plan to province
 

(You can also view this video with Mandarin and Punjabi translation).


The Surrey School District has submitted an updated capital wish list to the province that includes $977 million worth of requested new school space, land to build new schools, replacement projects and upgrades.

The 2019-2020 Five Year Capital Plan submission requests funding for 39 major projects, prioritized to meet the district's urgent need for more space, particularly in fast-growing Surrey neighbourhoods such as Grandview, Clayton and South Newton.

Topping the list is a new elementary school in the Sunnyside area of South Surrey, followed by a land purchase and new elementary school in South Newton.

The capital plan also includes a number of minor projects focused on making facilities more efficient and reducing the district's carbon footprint. Additional funds are requested for a new bus and playground funding. 

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Jun 26
15 Surrey students earn summer university spots in SHAD enrichment program

SHADLogoSurrey.jpg.pngFifteen students from five different schools in the Surrey School District will be spending a month at various universities across Canada after being selected for the SHAD summer enrichment and entrepreneurship program.

SHAD is a program focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) and provides an opportunity for students in Grades 10-12 to spend a month at a Canadian university, interacting with faculty and leaders, and participating in activities and workshops.

The students, from Semiahmoo, Fraser Heights, North Surrey, SAIL and Fleetwood Park secondary schools, will also be challenged to come up with an original solution to a national societal problem that they'll be presented with during their first week.

Nearly 1,000 students from across the country were selected to attend SHAD this summer. The program runs July 1-27.


Here are the Surrey students selected and where they'll spend the month of July:

Semiahmoo Secondary

Lindley Bishop, Grade 10 – University of Waterloo

Kevin Chen, Grade 11 – Lakehead University

Jensen Gillett, Grade 11 – Dalhousie University

Cecilia Kim, Grade 11 – Carleton University

Shamus Li, Grade 10 – University of Calgary

Louie Lu, Grade 11 -- McMaster University

Jenny Mei, Grade 11 – Western University


Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL)

Jesse Pound, Grade 10 – Ryerson University

Fraser Heights Secondary

Roy Guo, Grade 11 – University of Saskatchewan

Fawzan Hussain, Grade 10 – Western University

Eli Lee, Grade 11 – Queen's University

Danny Liu, Grade 11 – Dalhousie University

Lucy Yan, Grade 11 – University of New Brunswick

 

North Surrey Secondary

Adi Poluri, Grade 11 – Queen's University


Fleetwood Park Secondary

Terence Sun, Grade 11 – University of New Brunswick

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