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Equity in Action

In March, we are celebrating equity and collaboration in School District 46. Using our chosen values as monthly featured themes in our communication plan is one of the many ways that our district expresses our values with action. In November 2020, SD46 entered into a Ministry of Education initiative called “Equity in Action.” Typically, this ... Read More »

Diversity Valued

At SD46, we believe in inclusion. We value the diversity of each student and believe they can and should feel welcome. This has never been more evident than right now in our district. This year, with the support of Director Kate Kerr, we have added district inclusion teams. These teams, made up of Inclusion Support ... Read More »

how do we teach students to critically think about their own ethics?

Last January, I wrote about ethics in education – how do we teach students to critically think about their own ethics? Providing them with approaches to confronting issues of values and ethics that transcend specific rights and wrongs in today’s changing political, social and economic environment. One way we can do this is by modelling ... Read More »

Active transportation grant received

Langdale Elementary is one of 10 schools in the province being awarded a 2021 Active School Travel Pilot Program grant. It will be receiving $10,000 from the BC Healthy Communities Society. The funding will be used for initiatives to encourage more Coast students to travel on foot, via foot-powered wheels or on public transit on ... Read More »

SD46 operations budget consultation

School District #46s (SD46) operations budget proposals for its 2021/22 school year were released to the public in a Nov. 26 online session. Board of Education Chairperson Amanda Amaral as well as District Superintendent Patrick Bocking and Secretary-Treasurer Nic Weswick presented the details. Weswick opened the one hour session with an overview of how that ... Read More »

Importance and evolution of our district’s mission

A mission statement communicates what we, as a district, are working to achieve. Superintendent Bocking and I recently had an exciting conversation about the importance and evolution of our district’s mission; that conversation resulted in us co-authoring this month’s Education Matters! Our mission inspires our staff to make big and small improvements at every opportunity; ... Read More »

Encouraging active school transportation

Eighteen percent of School District 46 students travel to school on foot, according to a 2020 District survey. The Langdale Elementary Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) would like that number increased for its school and others. On Oct. 29, the Langdale-based PAC hosted an online discussion to look at encouraging active transportation to school to develop ... Read More »

BC K-12 school supports for COVID-1

Families of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students who need help during COVID-19 will have a chance to learn what they can expect from schools through a series of free online conversations from the BCEdAccess Society. Founded in 2014 by a small group of parents struggling to get their kids support at school, BCEdAccess has grown ... Read More »

Spending on safe school restarts

The Board of School District (SD) 46 endorsed a proposed spending plan for the first half of its $1.2 million in federal “safe return to school” funds at its Oct. 14 meeting. This one-time funding related to the COVID-19 pandemic was provided to the Province, which allocated it to public school districts based on enrollment ... Read More »

Investment in the social-emotional well being of our students, staff and families

During this pandemic, both Provincial and Federal governments have freed up funds to support education, allocating dollars for everything from ‘hardware’ – sanitizing supplies, ventilation system upgrades, PPE’s, to ‘software’ – parenting courses, mental health webinars, and virtual counselling. In the past six months, there has been an increased awareness of the need for investment ... Read More »

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