School Supplies: All Grades (Kindergarten – Grade 6)

Teachers purchase the supplies that the students in their classroom will need. These supplies will
then be purchased by the teacher and distributed to your child throughout the year.

Kindergarten: $55.00
$45.00 supplies + $10.00 concert fees
We ask that you provide the following items for your child:
1 Pair of Velcro or Slip-on shoes for inside use (No laces or light-ups please and shoes
should be suitable for gym activities) Labelled with your child’s name
* 1 Book bag or packsack (labelled) for carrying snack, papers, books etc.
* 1 Change of clothes (socks, pants, T-shirt and underwear) labelled with your child’s name


Grade 1 – 6: $55.00
$45.00 supplies + $10.00 concert fees + Planner (planner fee waived for this year only)
*Please send fees to the teacher in an envelope or baggie with your child’s name on it.

Grade 1 & 2
We ask that you provide the following items for your child:

*Pair of gym shoes (labelled) for inside use (no flashing lights and non-marking soles please)
(Velcro fastening for children who cannot securely tie laces / loose laces are hazardous)
* Labelled Backpack
* Change of clothes (socks, underwear and pants) in a labelled cloth bag
* Labelled Reusable water bottle

Grades 3 & 6
We ask that you provide the following items for your child:
* Gym strip: shorts, T-shirt, running shoes (indoor use only) in a labelled cloth drawstring bag.
* Labelled Backpack
* Labelled Reusable Water Bottle

Please label all items, including coats, snow pants and boots, with your child’s name. We accumulate a lot of student clothing in our lost & found bins. We provide many opportunities for children and parents to claim these items before they are donated to the thrift store each month.  Items with names on them are returned to students regularly.

Click/Tap here for a downloadable PDF of the Uplands 2020/2021 Supply List

 

 

For your information … kindly note the 2020 District-Wide School Summer Closure is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 13 through to 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 17 to accommodate maintenance activities during that time.

Please note … FOB access for teaching staff will be turned off at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 13 through to 8:30 a.m., Monday, August 17.  Staff that may require access during the 2020 District-Wide School Summer Closure, should contact their School Principal for assistance.  School Principals will continue to have FOB access during the summer closure period.

A friendly reminder … effective March 13, 2020 until further notice, Coast Mountains School District is not accepting any Community Use of School Facilities and Grounds bookings until further notice, in an effort to limit and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact your School Principal for assistance.

For external inquiries, please contact our Director of Facility Services, Travis Elwood at (250) 638-4405.

 

 

 

CMSD82 Board of Education News Release – Janet Meyer Appointed Superintendent of Schools

 

The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Janet Meyer has accepted the Board’s offer to assume the position of Superintendent of Schools on a permanent basis. Janet has been performing that role as Acting Superintendent since June 2019. Janet succeeds Katherine McIntosh, who is seconded to the Ministry of Education, and who will not be returning as Superintendent when that secondment ends.

Janet’s appointment as Superintendent is the culmination of a long and varied career with School District 82, having worked in this District as a Teacher, a Principal, a Director of Instruction and Director of Human Resources before taking on the role of Acting Superintendent of Schools.

When Janet was appointed Acting Superintendent, the Board recognized her as a widely respected effective leader, team builder and committed educator. Throughout her career, Janet has demonstrated her passion for education, and a “children first” approach to her work. She has demonstrated her skills over the last year, as she helps the Board navigate through and implement actions recommended within the Independent Consultant’s Report and works to strengthen ties with partner groups and the community. Janet has worked tirelessly as we deal with COVID-19 and ensuring our school district provides a safe learning and working environment for our students and staff.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Education (Elementary) from the University of Victoria and a Master of Education in Leadership Studies from the University of Victoria with a focus on Indigenous Parent Participation in Schools.

The Board of Education extends congratulations to Janet on her appointment as Superintendent of Schools.

 

Shar McCrory
Chairperson, Board of Education

 

A Message for CMSD82 Parents/Guardians:

The following open letter was sent to parents and guardians on May 28, 2020 regarding the transition to optional, part-time, in-class instruction as we move to Stage 3 of B.C.’s K-12 Education Restart Plan.

This letter includes information on the health and safety measures that are being implemented in schools, as well as information for parents/guardians who choose to keep their children learning at home. 

Open Letter to Parents-Guardians from Minister Fleming & BCCPAC President

We will continue to share further updates with you as we receive them.

 

 

Letter to CMSD82 Parents-Guardians from Acting Superintendent of Schools – May 22, 2020  (letter in PDF format)

 

Dear CMSD82 Parents and Guardians,

I would like to thank those of you who took the time last weekend to respond to one or both of our surveys and your feedback received regarding your thoughts on returning to school part-time. Your input is greatly valued and appreciated.

The Ministry of Education, in consultation with the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced last week that we would be resuming face-to-face instruction on a part-time voluntary basis starting June 1, 2020. I feel it is appropriate to outline the reasons why BC’s Restart Plan includes kindergarten to grade 12 in-class instruction, in a gradual and controlled manner, while ensuring health and safety measures are in place. There are four reasons for this transition to Phase 3 of the Ministry’s plan:

  1. It is safe to do so.
  2. The importance of face-to-face instruction with children and youth.
  3. Education is a critical part of the BC Restart Plan.
  4. Our work now will set us up for success in September.

While remote learning will continue, we are making plans for a voluntary part-time return to school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Every possible step is being taken to ensure it is safe to return, we understand that this may not be the right choice for you or your children. If this is the case, rest assured, their remote learning will continue.

You have either been contacted by your child’s school already, or you will be contacted in the very near future, to determine whether you will opt for in-class instruction part-time or whether you will opt to continue with remote learning. We do not have enough information yet to be able to share what part-time in-class instruction will look like. You will receive that information next week from your child’s individual school. In-class instruction will look different in different schools across our school district. Remote learning will also look different than it has up to this point. We will be unable to guarantee that the educator providing instruction either face to face or remotely will be your child’s regular classroom teacher. In-class instruction will be two days a week for students for kindergarten to grade 5 and one day per week for students in grades 6 to 12. Again, each school may structure their Phase 3 differently and you will receive information on that next week.

The health and safety of our students, staff and parents/guardians is our priority. District-wide guidelines will be made public very soon and these guidelines will be consistent with those outlined by WorkSafeBC. A component of the guidelines focuses on individuals not attending school when they have symptoms of an illness. It is the school district’s expectation that all parents and guardians will monitor their children for symptoms and not send them to school if they are sick. Persons who are sick will not be allowed in school. Additionally, parents and guardians will be expected to confirm emergency contact numbers for their children prior to sending their children back to school. Should a student become ill or show symptoms of an illness while at school, the school must have accurate and reliable contact information in order that the child be taken home for the remainder of the day.

We understand that you may have other questions about what things will look like if your child returns to school. After your school staff works through all the details, additional information will be provided to parents and guardians during the week of May 25. Each school within Coast Mountains School District will be sending home a safety plan specifically addressing issues related to the pick-up, drop-off, hand washing, entry doors, etc.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the process to ensure a safe learning and work environment is provided as students and staff return to schools around the school district.

 

Yours sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

Dear Kindergarten to Grade 5 Parents & Guardians,

An announcement on the phased-in approach to resuming in-class instruction for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 (K-5) will be made by Coast Mountains School District 82 in the very near future.  This will not be a return to normal.  It will be voluntary and part-time.  With only a few weeks left in the school year, we anticipate many K-5 students will not return to the classroom until September.   We are, however, exploring ways to safely return K-5 students back to school before the summer, to allow more parents/guardians to return to work.  How these changes unfold is the focus of intensive discussions among teachers, students, parents, support staff and communities.

In anticipation of the eventual return to on-site learning services, Coast Mountains School District has created a two-minute survey that would provide an initial indication of how many of our K-5 students will return to school when invited.  I would ask for a few minutes of your time to please consider the four-question survey found by clicking the link below:

CMSD82 Kindergarten to Grade 5 Parent/Guardian Survey

This survey will remain open until 9:00 a.m., Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020.  Once the survey closes, school personnel will contact families using a different means to gather the information necessary for us to plan our work moving forward.

With many thanks in advance,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

On May 6, 2020, the Government of British Columbia released the BC Restart Plan, which includes a plan to re-open schools.

As COVID-19 spread, governments everywhere took action to slow the rate of transmission, including reducing in-classroom learning.  For most British Columbians with young children, this meant having to stay at home to look after their kids.  While many workplaces have made work-from-home accommodations, that hasn’t been an option for everyone.  Our schools and educators rose to the challenge with on-line instruction and resources to keep our kids learning, but this placed a heavy burden on parents/guardians to support their kids as they learned at home.  We know there is no substitute for in-class instruction — and an important step toward our recovery is getting kids back into the classroom, so parents/guardians can get back into the workplace.  Initial health data indicates children are less affected than adults by the COVID-19 virus.  Public health staff and officials will continue to review the health data.  The Ministry of Education and school districts all around BC are reviewing options to allow for a safe return to school.

An announcement on a phased approach to resuming in-class instruction will be made by the school district in the very near future.  This will not be a return to normal.  How these changes unfold is the focus of intensive discussions among Ministry of Education officials, school trustees, BC Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and other education sector partners.

In anticipation of the eventual return to on-site learning services, Coast Mountains School District 82 has created a Thoughtexchange to discover your ideas and thoughts about what our school district should consider as it plans for the expansion of on-site learning services.  We are seeking feedback from our parents/guardians, students, school district staff and school communities.  Your voice is important and valued towards the continued success of our school district. 

 To share your thoughts, please access the following link to participate in the Thoughtexchange prior to 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20:

https://my.thoughtexchange.com/709294275

We thank you in advance for your input which is greatly appreciated.  Kindly note this information will be posted to the school district and school websites, to school Facebook pages and shared with the school district’s partner groups and school communities.

Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca for assistance.

 

 

 

In late January-early February 2020, the school district’s School Calendar Committee was convened to develop a School Calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 School Calendar at its February 26, 2020 Regular Board Meeting with final approval received from the Ministry of Education on May 7, 2020.

The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Please find the 2020-2021 School Calendar with non-instructional days, a district in-service day, early dismissal days, spring and winter breaks, etc.  A backgrounder page is also provided outlining details of the calendar for your convenience.

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Calendar

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Calendar – Backgrounder

Further information regarding the 2020-2021 School Calendar can be obtained by contacting Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

 

 

 

Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Education, Rob Fleming will be answering questions from children about COVID-19 during a virtual town hall that will be live streamed on Saturday, May 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on  News 1130’s Facebook page.

Details about the event and instructions for children to submit questions can be found on City News and News 1130’s website.

This event will be posted to CMSD82 school websites and shared with our District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) and School PACs for the information of parents and guardians.

 

 

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer has prepared a special video address to thank teachers, educational assistants and school staff for all their work during these unprecedented times.

As we continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve in B.C., Dr. Henry shares it is crucial that we maintain the supports established for the children of essential service workers and make sure we continue to expand the provision of in-person support for vulnerable students, and students with disabilities and diverse abilities.

Please watch Dr. Henry’s video and share with your colleagues.

 

 

 

 

Calendar

  • Jan. 25 Chinese New Year, 8:30-3:00
  • Jan. 27 Girls Basketball Game at Suwilaawks
  • Jan. 29 Boys Basketball at Veritas
  • Jan. 31 NID
  • Feb 3 Girls Basketball Game at Uplands
  • Feb 10 Girls Basketball Game at Uplands
  • Feb. 12 Boys Basketball Game at Uplands
  • Feb. 13 Grade 6 Ski Trip 8:15-4:00
  • Feb. 14 Passion Hour Day
  • Feb. 17 Family Day Holiday
  • Feb. 19 Boys Basketball Game at Uplands
  • Feb. 24 Girls Basketball Game at Veritas
  • Feb. 26 Boys Basketball Game at Uplands
  • Feb. 26 Pink Shirt Day
  • Mar. 4 Boys Basketball Game at EMV
  • Mar. 6 Grade 6 Ski Trip 8:15-4:00