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Spring Creek Communicator - January 19, 2023

Message from Spring Creek Administration

Dear Spring Creek Families,

 

We had a much quieter week at Spring Creek Community School. We had our final field trips to the Callaghan where students were treated to very wet weather on Tuesday, and snow on Wednesday. The UBC derived MDI survey was administered to our grade 5 students, and our Moana cast and crew continue to rehearse, build sets, props and costumes, and build in anticipation for the play.

 

Registration for the 2023-24 school year Late French Immersion and Kindergarten opened on Tuesday. This registration will remain open until September if you are considering LFI for your grade 5 student. Also, Monday night at 6pm is our PAC Public Meeting - join us via Zoom (see PAC Corner for the link) and find out how you can make a difference at SCCS! 

 

Families are reminded that there will be no school tomorrow (Friday, January 20th) due to the Sea to Sky Teachers Association’s Professional Development Day. Many of our teachers, along with other teachers throughout the corridor, will be heading to Squamish for learning related to Assessment. They will hear from Nina Pak Lui on Assessment in Practice and Katie White on Softening the Edges of Assessment. Teachers will also have time to collaborate with one another on this day making it a valuable time of learning together as a district.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Mario Tenisci | Principal

Important Information for our Families

Late French Immersion Information

If you are considering enrolling your student in Late French Immersion for the the 2022-23 school year, the information session at Spring Creek Community School has passed; however, the information is still available!  Here is the information shared about the Late French Immersion Program. Remember, registration is now open!.

 

SD48 Budget Survey

SD48 Board of Education follows a budget development process each school year in order to establish the final annual budget for submission to the Ministry of Education and Child Care. This process begins with providing an opportunity for partners to share input towards decision making. The District has a carefully developed and well-defined Education Plan (Pathways to Learning). The role of the annual budget is to resource the Pathways to Learning Education Plan. The purpose of this input opportunity is to seek advice on how to do that effectively and efficiently. The next step in the budget development process will be to convene representatives from each partner group. The Partner Group meeting will help prioritize the input gathered through this survey. If you would like to provide input, please click the link: 2023/2024 SD48 Annual Budget Input Survey The survey closes January 18, 2023.

Athletics Update

Our basketball season is underway and we had a great practice this week with our Grade 6/7 team. Our team has our first game scheduled at home on Jan 23rd and we are so excited to host Myrtle Philip here at Spring Creek. If any basketball players did not get a form from Ms. Smith this week - please come to see Ms. Smith on Monday.

Student & Family Affordability Fund

We would like to update you on the grant from the Ministry of Education and Childcare to make back-to-school more affordable for students and their families struggling with rising costs of living due to global inflation. We are mindful that many families in our community are struggling with the increased cost of living. We want every family to know that they are eligible for financial assistance through the Student & Family Affordability fund, no questions asked.

This one-time funding support will be allocated towards school-related expenses, including: 

  • School/course supplies
  • Family food security (groceries)
  • Athletic wear (for school athletics)
  • PAC hot lunch
  • Basic necessities 
  • Clothing/footwear

We are happy to announce that we will partner with our local food banks to specifically provide more food for school breakfast, lunch or snack programs to meet the growing needs of students. We will work with our PAC to continue the conversation on how to use this fund (within the above criteria) to best support those students and families experiencing financial hardship. Please see the infographic below highlighting this  information.

If you would like to access the affordability fund, please reach out to the Principal (Mr. Tenisci - m[email protected]) and he will be happy to assist you.

 

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Learning Connections from Staff and Students

Universal Precautions

Student Mental Health

The Role of Educators and Mental Health
 
The K-12 curriculum identifies three core competencies: Communication, Thinking, and Personal and Social. Each of the competencies support social emotional learning and allow concepts related to mental wellness to be embedded in all subjects, at each grade level. The Personal and Social competencies include skills that students need to thrive as individuals, as well as to understand and care about themselves and others. Because the core competencies are cross-curricular, teachers in all subject areas can pursue emergent learning opportunities and connect them back to the core competencies. By linking their teaching to the core competencies, teachers can address mental wellness topics in any class. 

Educators are not mental health professionals, nor should they be. Their role is to have open conversations with students about mental wellbeing, provide information about mental health and connect students to resources when they need them.

PAC Corner

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – MONDAY JANUARY 23rd PUBLIC PAC MEETING

Join the PAC executive and Principal Mario Tenisci via zoom on Monday January 23rd from 6pm – 7pm. The zoom link is here:

 
The agenda for the meeting can be found below:

HOT LUNCH – SESSION 2 STARTS FEBRUARY 10th

Our fabulous hot lunch team is finalizing all of the details for our second session, watch for details on options and how to order shortly.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Many hands make light work………. we can use more help with all of our fundraising efforts. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out.

 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

Keep up to date on all things SCCS PAC by joining us on Facebook:

Follow our PAC Facebook page and get notified for upcoming PAC and school related events:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/SCCSPAC/photos/?ref=page_internal

Join our Private Parents Group on Facebook and stay connected with the school and community of Whistler:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/147345232521847/ 

 

Your SCCS PAC Team

Email: [email protected]

Community Workshops, Programs and Events

Important COVID Safety Information

Health Canada Approved Rapid Test Kits

Test kits are still available to be picked up from the school office, but must be collected by a parent/guardian. We will not release these kits to students. Office hours are 8:00 am – 3:30 pm to pick these up. You may come during office hours to collect tests. For information on safety and proper use of the test kits, please visit the BCCDC updated information here: Rapid Testing At Home web page.

 

SCCS COVID-19 Communicable Disease Plan

Our SCCS COVID-19 Communicable Disease Plan has been updated for the start of our 2022-23 school year and is available on our website. 
 
Daily Health Check
All families are asked to continue performing the daily health check with our students prior to sending them to school. You can perform this check online, through an app on your mobile phone, or on via the health check below-staying home when sick helps our community stay safe!

Daily Health Check