Myrtle Philip Community School Communicator » April 6th 2023

April 6th 2023

Next Week at a glance
April 10th to April 14th 2023
 
Monday April 10th
  • Easter Monday: School not in session
Tuesday April 11th
 
Wednesday April 12th
 
Thursday April 13th
  • Grade 6/7 vaping presentation
 
Friday April 14th
  • Vaisakhi. Click here to learn more about Vaisakhi.
  • Lao New Year (April 14th-16th). Click here to learn more about Lao New Year. 
Saturday April 15th
Sunday April 16th

 Student Learning Survey 2022/2023 

 

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. 

 

Early in 2023 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. 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. 

 

To complete the survey:

1. Go to any computer that has an up-to-date internet browser access at home, work, or school. 2. Go to www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm

3. Under the section Direct Access – no logon number required select:

· District: the name of your child’s district

· School: the name of your child’s school

· Language: the language of your choice

4. 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.

5. When you are finished the survey, you will get a message “Thank you for sharing your views”.

6. Once complete, your school will have the results immediately.

 

The e-survey site will be open until April 29th 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the school at [email protected] 

 

STUDENT AND 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 (this year) will be allocated towards school-related expenses, including:

  1. School supplies
  2. Field Trip funds
  3. Family food security
  4. Basic necessities
  5. Clothing/footwear
  6. Other necessities

The funds will be available through gift cards from Nesters for foods and other supplies. We will also continue to support anyone who requires assistance with paying to participate in our hot lunch program. If you require support in one of the other above areas, feel free to inquire and we will do our best to accommodate on a case-by-case basis. 

 

If you would like to access the affordability fund, please let the office know by email to myself at [email protected] & share what you may need support for from the above list. Please be patient while we organize getting these gift cards and a system in place to support our families. If for whatever reason you have not heard back from me within a week, please re-send just in case it was missed. We don’t want any barriers for you to receive this support.

 

The School District is happy to announce that they are also partnering with local food banks to specifically support school food programs.  At Myrtle Philip we receive lunch items weekly from Whistler Community Services Society.  Thank you to the volunteers who make this program possible. 

 

Stay tuned for more creative ways to support our families.

 

Whistler Public Health Vaccination Information 

Local Vancouver Coastal Health Clinics are available to provide Influenza and COVID vaccines. Please see the link, for information on upcoming clinic times. You an book a FLU and/or COVID immunization appointment at:

 

www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/ or by Phone 1-833-838-2323

 

For more information on COVID vaccines you can visit https://alpha.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine

 

 Please, review your child’s immunization record and book an appointment at the Health Unit for school age vaccines that are overdue. Grade 1-3, please, ensure kindergarten entry vaccines have been done.

 

https://whistlerpublichealth.janeapp.com/

 

 For information about childhood vaccine schedule in British Columbia

https://immunizebc.ca/sites/default/files/docs/vaccine-schedule-infants-children-2022-v01.pdf

https://immunizebc.ca/sites/default/files/docs/vaccine-schedule-school-age-children-2022-v01.pdf

 

 If you have any questions regarding your child’s immunizations or would like more information on COVID or FLU vaccines please call 604- 932-3202 and ask to speak with one of the public health nurses- Randi Greer or Evelyn de Montreuil.  

 

I wish you and you staff a safe and happy holiday season,

 

Warmly

Randi Greer RN, BSN

Public Health Nurse

Whistler Community Health

Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30

Office: 604-932-3202

Cell: 604-938-4318

Email: [email protected]

Important Information for our Families
School Cash Online
All families should have received an email from School Cash Online to complete the following items:
  • Forms (G-Suite permission, Walking Field Trip, Media Consent, Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation) to fill in for your child as required by the school district;
  • Indigenous ancestry self identification forms
  • Agendas (K to grade 5)
Thank you for your prompt completion and payments!
 
Bussing:
  • All students who seek bus transportation are now required to register annually to receive a bus pass and to have a bus seat allocated to them. We encourage you to review District Policy 806 for more information about your child’s eligibility for school bus transportation. Here is the the registration form to register your child(ren) for the bus.
  • Passes have been issued to all eligible students who have registered to ride the bus for the 2022/2023 school year (lanyards have been ordered and will be distributed asap).
 
School News App
We have started to use the School News app by Edlio, an activity feed for consuming alerts, news, and events for participating schools. It’s a simple way to view the school’s news feeds and calendars, and also receive push notifications directly from us. It’s free to download to your iOS or Android phone and quick to set up:
  1. Go to the App Store or Google Play and search for “School News by Edlio” to install.
  2. Open the app and search for the school; tap “Add School.” If you have kids in other Edlio-powered schools, add them to the app too.
  3. Enable push notification by going to the Alerts tab and tapping “Enable Notifications.”
All of the news and events posted to our website are posted here for easy access. You can also add multiple Edlio-powered schools and/or districts to gather all news, events, and alerts in this one app. We’ll send push notifications out to keep you updated on urgent news.

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!PARKING!
Dropping off and picking up our children from school can be a stressful time. It is important that we make sure that they are getting to where they need to go safely. Here are the following parking guidelines for drop off and pick up. 
  1. When dropping off or picking up in the bus loop parents must remain IN THEIR CARS at all times. This means no helping little ones with seatbelts, backpacks, or walking them to their classrooms. It is integral for safety that while in the bus loop the driver is always in the vehicle and behind the wheel. 
  2. Parking in the bus loop is also prohibited. This is a quick drop off or pick up area. If you need to park please continue to the parking lot to do so. 
  3. Children are walking through the parking lot all the time, please slow down to ensure safety. 
  4. Please do not park your car anywhere that is not a designated parking space (this includes at the edges of the bus loop and the exit of the actual parking area). 
After School Supervision
 
After school students are supervised in the bus loop area by teachers until 2:45pm, and an EA until the second bus departs (around 2:55pm). When students have yet to be picked up by this point they are sent to the office to call their parents as there is no outside supervision anymore at that point. If for some reason you are unable to pick up your child by 2:55pm, please call the office to let us know so that we are aware of the situation and your child does not worry. 
 
 

Dogs on School Grounds

  • In the first few weeks of school we have lots of new little faces joining our school community. Many of our new small humans may be nervous around dogs. It is important that all dogs on school grounds be accompanied by an adult and be on a leash. We also ask that individuals bringing their dogs to drop off and pick up be mindful of the kindergarten entrance and try not to bring dogs into where the students are lining up and listening to morning instructions. 
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