Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the new school year!  It is with optimism and gratitude that I welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year.  I am optimistic that our school year will be safe, caring, and engaging.  I am grateful as we will see most learners in schools and engaged in learning.

On August 24, Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Dr. Bonnie Henry announced B.C. K-12 students will return to school for full time, in person instruction in September. Updated COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools were released from the Ministry of Education, as guided by the Ministry of Health.  Masks will also continue to be required in all indoor spaces for all K-12 staff, visitors and students in grades 4 to 12 in schools and on school buses. 

There will be continued emphasis on health measures such as: daily health checks, staying home when sick, hand washing, daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  Our plans and guidelines will be updated and communicated to parents, students, and staff next week.

We understand that there may be individuals (students, parents, guardians, employees) who are anxious at the thought of returning to school in September.  This is to be expected during a global pandemic.  Whether or not your child attended school last year in Coast Mountains School District 82, you can rest assured that students will be welcomed and accepted at their schools regardless of where they might be at in their learning.  We welcome children to school and will facilitate their growth along the continuum of learning.  We will meet your child where they are at in their learning.

Please visit our school district’s website for helpful “return-to-school after COVID” tips for parents and guardians.

Parents can expect that schools will be focussing on individual students realizing their potential in an environment that is safe, culturally aware, and respectful and welcoming of diversity.

If you have questions or you require further information, please email covid@cmsd.bc.ca or call (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Local 4401.

We look forward to welcoming your children back to our schools on September 7.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools


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Pre-registration for all schools (with the exception of the Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre) will be by appointment only on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 31 and September 1, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please contact the school to arrange an appointment time.  Students not pre-registered should register on the above-mentioned dates.

District Schools will open on Tuesday, September 7 for all students (except Kindergarten).
Kindergarten students are requested to begin attending on the date arranged by the school.  Buses will make their morning runs at the usual time and their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours except for Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School students who will attend at 1:00 p.m. (bus times will be posted to the school district website by the end of this week).

Regular school hours and bus runs will begin on Wednesday, September 8.

Access the following links to view the 2021-2022 Return to School Messages and Bus Routes including school contacts:

CMSD82 2021-22 Hazelton-Kitwanga Return to School Message & Bus Routes

CMSD82 2021-22 Kitimat Return to School Message & Bus Routes

CMSD82 2021-22 Terrace-Thornhill Return to School Message & Bus Routes

CMSD82 2021-2022 Stewart Return to School Message

Terrace:  School buses will only be provided to students living outside the city boundaries.  Those students living within city boundaries should consult the Terrace Regional Transit System for scheduling information and rates at 250-635-2666.

Should you have questions or concerns regarding bus routing and scheduling the following steps are suggested:

1)   Contact your child’s/children’s School Principal.

2)  Contact the Operations Manager at Diversified Transportation bus lines at 250-635-7042 or 1-855-538-5287 for out of town.

 

 

2021-2022 School Supply Lists

 

 

In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, please find links to the School Supply Lists as provided by Coast Mountains School District schools.  Please reference the additional notations detailed below.

 

Please Note:

  • Cassie Hall Elementary School and Suwilaawks Community School provide classroom supplies to students at a fee of $40 that can be paid for after August 30.    This fee will cover the supplies required for the year.  Students are asked to bring: a clearly labelled water bottle, a backpack and indoor shoes suitable for all day wear and gym/sport activities.
  •  Thornhill Primary School provide classroom supplies to students for a fee.  Parents/Guardians will be provided information during the first week of school.
  • Caledonia Secondary School (Grades 10-12), Hazelton Secondary School (Grades 9-12), Kitimat City High School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School (Grades 9-12) provide information relating to classroom supplies to students during the first week of school.

Should you require further information during the summer months, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.  Alternatively, please contact your school during the last week of August 2021 for assistance.

We look forward to Coast Mountains’ students return to school on September 7, 2021.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

 

2021-2022 CMSD82 Registration Procedures for Kindergarten

 

CMSD82 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration Procedures Notice  (click on link to open)

In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, the Board of Education is seeking the cooperation of parents/guardians in registering their child for kindergarten.  Pre-registration is requested in order to provide the School District Administration the time to plan staffing to meet school needs.

 It is important that parents/guardians take note of the specific deadlines and ensure registration procedures are followed as outlined below:

REGISTRATION FOR KINDERGARTEN WILL BE HELD
BETWEEN JANUARY 15, 2021 AND FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Registration options for Kindergarten and Cross Boundary Applications:

 

1)  Complete the online registration through MyEducationBC  click on link, when the log-in screen opens, request an account (as illustrated to the right) and follow the step-by-step instructions (this is the school district’s preferred registration option), or

2)  Download a copy of the Student Registration Form (regular format or fillable format, click on the desired link to open document), complete and submit by “appointment only” or by email to the school of choice, or

3)  Contact your in-catchment school or school of choice to make an appointment to receive the registration forms.

Note:  For school and/or contact information, please access the following links:

CMSD82 Schools & Contact Information

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Principals, Vice Principals & School Contact Listing

Kindergarten Registration and Confirmation:  Registrations will be received by February 26, 2021 for Kindergarten.  Applications received after this date will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrollment.  Wait-listed in-catchment students may be moved as soon as space is available.  Wait-listed in-catchment students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school opening.

Cross Boundary Applications:  Applications received by February 26, 2021 will receive confirmation by April 1, 2021.  Applications received after February 26, 2021 will be confirmed by the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staffing allocations and school configurations. Unsuccessful applicants may be held on a waiting list for the subsequent school years.

To be eligible for entry to school in September 2021 students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2021.  A birth certificate, proof of immunization, a BC Care Card and parent/guardian proof of ordinarily resident will be required at the time of registration.

Acceptable documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident”:

  • BCMSP (BC CareCard) coverage AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows; or
  • Valid BC Services Card (replacement for BC CareCard) AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows

Supporting documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident” (address must match the address listed on the Student’s Registration & Verification Form):

  • Provincial Driver’s License
  • Document indicating British Columbia resident (i.e. utility bill)
  • Proof of ownership of a dwelling or long-term lease or rental of a dwelling
  • A current income tax return filed as a BC resident

French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One:

  • A student does not have to be of French origin to enrol in French Immersion.
  • Registration for French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One takes place at Ecole Mountainview, Kildala Elementary School and Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School.
  • Registration for French Immersion Grade One is for students presently attending Kindergarten in English, who would like to begin in the French Immersion Program.

Should you require further assistance, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Coast Mountains Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

 

2021-2022 CMSD82 New Student Registration & Cross Boundary Application

 

CMSD82 2021-2022 New Student Registration & Cross-Boundary Application Notice
(click on link to open)

School District 82 Policy 1030 outlines student attendance/catchment area procedures in accordance with Ministry of Education policies on Schools of Choice.  It is important that parents/guardians take note of specific deadlines defined within this policy and ensure the registration procedures listed below are followed:

Registration options for New Student In-Catchment including Kindergarten and Cross Boundary Applications effective January 15, 2021:

1) Complete the online registration through MyEducationBC  click on link, when the log-in screen opens, request an account (as illustrated to the right) and follow the step-by-step instructions (this is the school district’s preferred registration option), or

2) Download a copy of the Student Registration Form (regular format or fillable format, click on the desired link to open document), complete and submit by “appointment only” or by email to the school of choice, or

3) Contact your in-catchment school or school of choice to make an appointment to receive the registration forms.

Note:  For school and/or contact information, please access the following links:

CMSD82 Schools & Contact Information

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Principals, Vice Principals & School Contact Listing


New In-Catchment Registration and Confirmation: 
Registrations will be received by February 26, 2021 for new students including Kindergarten. Applications received after this date will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrollment.  Wait-listed in-catchment students may be moved as soon as space is available. Wait-listed in-catchment students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school opening.


Cross Boundary Applications: 
Applications received by February 26, 2021 will receive confirmation by April 1, 2021. Applications received after February 26, 2021 will be confirmed by the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staffing allocations and school configurations. Unsuccessful applicants may be held on a waiting list for the subsequent school years.

Definitions:

  • In-Catchment Students: Those students who live in the attendance areas defined for each school.  The school the student would normally attend.
  • Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Students: Those students who do not live within the defined attendance areas for the school they wish to attend.
  • School of Choice: The opportunity to enroll in a school or school program available within the school district.

Should you require further assistance, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Coast Mountains Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

The Family Summer Literacy Boost … We Will Be Ready For September!

Coast Mountains School District 82 is pleased to provide the opportunity to the families of Bear Valley, Kildala Elementary, Kitwanga Elementary and Suwilaawks Community Schools with “free access” to the Summer Reading Boost Program.  School District 82 purchased licenses for these schools to access this program featuring Dr. Janet Mort and the Joyful Literacy Teacher Team.  The Summer Reading Boost Program was created in partnership with SD 91 (Nechako Lakes) due to the growing concern with the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on early learners … with summer looming, they knew for many struggling children the gaps will continue to grow.

This home-based program comprises 10 videos (video titles provided below) that instructs parents how to teach and practice Foundational Skills (K to 3).  Each video is supported with a handout package of over 100 games, activities, read-aloud strategies and checklists from Janet Mort’s new book “Parent Power: You can teach your child to read!”  All games and activities are designed to be productive, playful and fun for the whole family. We invite parents/guardians to use the program all summer long and throughout the next school year.

This series of ten 20-minute videos can be easily streamed online by parents for playful practice activities with important Foundational Skills all summer long.  You can also download the videos for offline viewing.  Each video is accompanied by a package of handouts that include instructions, games and activities for each video topic.
Video Titles include (package handouts for each video provided below):

  • Alphabet Crazy Fun 1: My Family Teaches Me My ABC’s
  • Alphabet Crazy Fun 2: Games, Practice and Celebrations
  • Phonemic Play 1: Learning to read in the dark?
  • Phonemic Play 2: Tricking Our Ears!
  • Superpower Sight Words 1: One Two Three – READ!!!
  • Superpower Sight Words 2: Practice, Play and Performance
  • Come-alive Reading: It’s party-time reading in my home.
  • Echo and Repeated Reading: I read just like you.
  • Reading Buddies: Teaching Me, Loving Me and Reading with Me
  • Writing Buddies: My Pen, Your Pen, Our Pen

How to Access the Video Series:

  1. Click on the “Video Showcase Link” provided below.
  2. Enter the password provided below in the “Enter Password” box and click the “Submit” button.
  3. You will now have access to stream the video series online, or download individual videos to view them offline (see instructions below).

Video Showcase Link:

Password:

  • s78WRm36kD

Package Handouts with Instructions, Games and Activities for each Video Topic:

Questions about the Parent Power Summer Literacy Boost?  Contact joyfulliteracy2020@shaw.ca.

Managing Stress related to COVID-19


News and information about the spread of COVID-19 around the world is coming at us quickly.  It can be hard to keep up and if you are keeping up on the latest, it can be even harder to remain calm given all that is going on. 

Access the following link to view the resource from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions for tips and information to help with stress management.

Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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Tips and Resources for Talking to your Kids or Students about COVID-19


During this time, it is understandable for children to have questions or express concern about the COVID-19 virus.  As parents, teachers or caregivers, it is important to stay informed and communicate in age-appropriate ways that address children’s questions and helps them take steps to keep themselves and others healthy.

Here are some tips and resources to help:

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about it: Convey the facts and set an emotionally reassuring tone.
  • Be age-appropriate: Teens can process and handle a higher level of detail than five year olds. Focus on answering your child/student’s questions. Do your best to answer honestly and clearly; it’s okay if you can’t answer everything.
  • Follow their lead: Invite your child or student to ask questions and share their perspective: Invite them to tell you anything they may have heard about the coronavirus and express how they feel.
  • Check yourself: Feeling anxious?  Take some time to calm down before trying to have a conversation or answer your child’s questions.
  • Focus on actions you can take: Emphasize safety precautions everyone can take to help keep themselves and others healthy: good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, social distancing and staying home if you aren’t feeling well.
  • Stick to routine: Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.
  • Keep talking: Tell kids/students you will keep them updated as you learn more.  Let them know the lines of communication are going to be open and as you learn more, you will share the information with them, too.

Resources:

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

 

The provincial government has released a self-assessment tool (click on link to open) that can be accessed by the public amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The free, online tool, was made available on Monday, March 16 and tells users if they, or someone they know, requires further testing.

This self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.  You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

People with respiratory symptoms who are:

  • Hospitalized, or likely to be hospitalized
  • Health Care Workers
  • Residents of long term care facilities
  • Part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak

Who does not need to be tested for COVID-19?

  • People without symptoms
  • Patients with mild respiratory symptoms who can be managed at home, including returning travellers with an onset of illness within 14 days of return to Canada

The BC Ministry of Health strongly urges anyone who has symptoms – including a fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, or difficulty breathing – to self-isolate for 14 days.  To protect yourself while out in public, wash your hands frequently and maintain a distance of about 2 metres from others. For more information on COVID-19, refer to HealthLink BC’s COVID-19 website.  Last updated: 3/16/2020 11:00 pm PDT

The province has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, 7:30 am – 8 pm at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300.

 

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