Focus Group on Post Secondary Resources with the Ministry of Advanced Education

Tuesday March 28, 7pm at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School.

Register HERE.

The Ministry of Advanced Education is working to better understand the student journey from high school to post-secondary, and the resources and tools required to help student and their supports make this transition. One of these resources is EducationPlannerBC, an initiative to consolidate online post-secondary resources, enabling students to search for programs, compare admission and tuition requirements, and apply directly to the public post-secondary institution(s) of their choice through a common online application platform.

The Provincial Government’s Service Design team is visiting post-secondary institutions, high schools, counselling offices and parent advisory councils, conducting user research to validate assumptions and make recommendations for subsequent EducationPlannerBC development beyond 2017.

During the approximately 1 hour long PAC session, we will lead brainstorming exercises on your top areas of concern when talking with students about post-secondary, what resources you use to support your children and what might help make those conversations easier.

 

Letter to the Ministers of Finance and Education

At the February 20 DPAC General meeting the following motion was passed unanimously:

MOTION: That Burnaby DPAC send a letter to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance in support of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services’ recommendations, in particular, Recommendation 49: “Provide predictable, sustainable and adequate yearly funding to enable school districts to fulfill their responsibility to continue to provide access to quality public education.”

A copy of that letter is available here: Letter to Finance and Education Ministers

BURNABY SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSED 3 YEAR CALENDAR – 2017/18 to 2019/20

The Burnaby School District is welcoming feedback and comments about the proposed 3-year calendar; 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020; until March 9, 2017. Please make submissions to calendar@sd41.bc.ca

The propopsed 3-year calendar is available on the School District’s website here.

Traffic Safety in Burnaby – Presentation from the City of Burnaby, Jan. 16

On January 16, Doug Louie, Assistant Director of Engineering – Transportation Services for the City of Burnaby, presented at the DPAC General meeting on Traffic Safety in Burnaby.

A copy of his presentation came be found here: DPAC Presentation Jan 16 2017

HAVE YOUR SAY ON REPORT CARDS – Parent Feedback to the Ministry of Education on Student Reporting

Many of your children will be bringing home their report cards this week as we get ready for the winter break.

We thought that this would provide a good opportunity for you to participate in the Ministry of Education’s Engagement Process on Student Reporting.

As many of you may be aware, this 2016-2017 school year, the Ministry of Education is gathering input from parents on how you want to hear about your child’s process at school. The Ministry is looking for input from parents to guide the development of the reporting approach for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 so parents have a better understanding of their child’s progress.

There are two ways for parents to participate:

The parent feedback form will be open for response until February 28, 2017 at 4 PM. All of the input submitted will be summarized into an Engagement Summary Report, which will be available online in June 2017. The information gathered will be considered by the Ministry and the School District leaders as they develop potential models for improved reports.

For further information, please visit http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress/en/home/

Thanks in advance for your participation in this parent engagement process.

Update on BC’s Redesigned Curriculum and FSAs

November 2016
Update on BC’s New Curriculum from Education Minister Mike Bernier

Based on feedback provided by teachers and educators, the redesigned grade 10-12 curriculum will be implemented at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. This extra year will give teachers, principals and trustees more time to work hands-on with the redesigned curriculum – making sure it’s right for students. Additionally there is an update on Foundation Skills Assessment for students going into grades 4 and 7 in the coming year. Parents can read all about these updates in a letter from Minister Bernier.

Minister’s Letter to Parents – Nov. 29

The letter includes important updates on:

  • New curriculum implementation for students going into grades 10-12
  • Foundation Skills Assessment for students going into grades 4 & 7

For more information, please visit the Burnaby School District website.

SD41 Emergency Preparedness Presentation at October DPAC Meeting

On October 17, Assistant Superintendent Roberto Bombelli, Safe and Care Schools Manager Sue Dorey, and Moscrop Secondary Vice Principal Tim Wozney presented at the October DPAC General meeting regarding the Burnaby School District’s Emergency Preparedness Policy and the District’s emergency response planning.

A copy of their presentation is available here: SD41 Emergency Preparedness Presentation