Langley students attend the Rivermen season opener

number oneStudents attend the season opening game of the Langley Rivermen

Lots of fun tonight at the season opening game of the Langley Rivermen. The team lost in the 2nd period of overtime but an amazing game none the less.
The Langley Rivermen are now working with the Langley DPAC in an initiative that encourages our elementary school students to read.  Local players will be arriving at various schools in their hockey bus and in uniform and they will read to and be read by Langley students.

The hockey players will also be playing scrimmage hockey with the kids in school gyms to encourage physical education within the school district of Langley.

Langley DPAC received 1000 FREE hockey tickets to give out to schools in the district to attend the first game of the season. I recognized lots of the kids and PAC members as well.

I am so in love with Frasier, the team mascot. He was very engaging with the kids and was a huge hit with them as well.

More to follow soon on our teaming up with the Langley Rivermen.

Frasier Langley Rivermen

Hope to see you guys at the next game as well.

Beatrice

Snippets from school board meeting Sept 30, 2014

School board meeting September 30, 2014

I attended the meeting tonight and in no particular order are highlights of what is going on at a board level within the school district.

650 Mac book Pro’s have now been leased and delivered to the school district. The 650 laptops delivered are part of a lease of which 800 were ordered initially. They should be delivered to teachers by the end of next week. Interesting as well to point out that Dell laptops will be provided to teachers as an alternative to those needing a windows based platform instead.

Last year, all wireless was completed in all secondary and middle schools.

This year, the school district will finish the infrastructure requirements and wireless internet access will be available in all elementary schools. All teachers will get their laptops and all classes will get their projectors. It should be noted that projectors might be portable until the district gets around to mounting them from the ceilings in the classrooms. The projectors were purchased instead of being leased and the mounting will take place within the classrooms during the 2014/2015 school year.

Ministry updates included a more personalized approach to learning which is so great to hear. Not every child learns the same way at everything. Teachers will have more flexibility in learning outcomes and core competencies and parents will be informed of their child’s progress more than 3-4 times a year at report card time.

Discussions and motions were passed that dealt with the late start of the school year due to the strike. It was decided that the semester initially set at Sept 2/14-Jan 23/15 would now be changed to Sept 22/14-Feb 6/15.

The second semester initially set for Jan 26/15-Jun 25/15 will now be changed to Feb 10/15-June 25/15. There will not be any layover going into a typical summer vacation from school for the kids.

The changes to the semesters for the year results in 81 teaching days in the first semester and 78 in the second semester.

Finally, enrollments in the choice school appears to be down based on initial numbers which have NOT been firmed up yet. (I will report end of month actual numbers.) It appears that middle and elementary schools have numbers that are about the same as last year as a whole and overall, it appears that total enrollment at this point in time, will be down. There were approximately 100 children whose parents decided to instead enroll them in a private school instead of a public one so far, according to the present numbers which are an initial estimate at best.

I finally do apologize if any of my notes are off by a few numbers. I did keep impeccable handwritten notes and next time, I will bring the laptop instead.

Please do comment on your thoughts on the meeting notes above. Do you find it informative and would you like to see updates such as this?

A quote was cited tonight and I close with it now.

“If we teach students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” – John Dewy

Beatrice

Ride for Refuge bikers

Ride for Refuge in Langley

‘Ride for Refuge’ which is happening today in Langley and Surrey

One knows that you are crazy when you stop your car on the side of a road to take a picture of a dad with his kids riding bikes for your DPAC website.

Ride for Refuge bikers
The Langley family was riding 50k for ‘Ride for Refuge’ which is happening today in Langley and Surrey.

The ride had hoped to generate $25,000.00 in donations for various agencies but has already raised in excess of $64,000.00. Way to go!

This family was riding to support women in abusive situations within our district.

I love the dad’s costume.

Beatrice

SD35 Notice of Motion: 7200 – Student Harassment

Please be advised that the Langley School District has issued a

Notice of Motion for Policy No. 7200 – Student Harassment

All information on this Policy is provided on the links below.

If the community has any comments regarding this proposed policy amendment they can be sent to the School District care of Laurie Mason at lmason@sd35.bc.ca.

This proposed policy amendment will return to the Board table at the October 28, 2014 Reular Board meeting. Feed back will be received by the School District from community and partner groups until Oct 21, 2014.

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SD#35 Policy Update

Information from SD#35:

Please note that the following new policy was approved at the June 2, 2014 Regular Board meeting and is now available on the District website under Board Policies:

— Policy 6860 – Whistleblower Protection (Amended)

You may also access this policy through the link provided below:

http://www.sd35.bc.ca/board/Lists/About_Us/PolicyDispForm.aspx?ID=1