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REPORT TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
OF SCHOOL DISTRICT NO.46
(SUNSHINE COAST)
Superintendent’s Report
Submitted by Superintendent Patrick Bocking
November 14th, 2018
1.Students
a.Students and staff reflected on the pain of past and current conflicts at Remembrance Day Ceremonies that were held in all of our schools on Friday, November 9.
b.Shannon Hanson, regional coordinator for the Industry Training Authority, spoke with Foods and Auto Service Tech classes to let them know more about careers in Trades.
c.Twenty Four Grade nine students from Elphinstone Secondary participated in a "Job Shadow" activity this term as part of their Career 9 class. All grade 9 students at Elphinstone will participate in this activity this year.
d.Eleven of our International students participated in a walking tour of Vancouver on October 24. We have two staff providing regular activities for these students throughout the year.
e.We have an ever increasing number of Work Experience and Apprentice students out in the workplace. Our District Career Coordinator supports students and the employers to provide these opportunities and help students gain valuable career skills.
2.Staff
a.Teachers and Principals continue their work on “CARE” teams at each of our elementary schools. Through training, collaboration and practice, teachers hone their skills in the teaching of reading and writing.
b.Teachers and Principals developed professional skills at the Primary Math CAMP with facilitator Sandra Ball.
c.Teachers explored strategies for working with people at the first of a series of Leadership sessions.
d.Staff learned how to support provide initial mental health support to students at a two-day Mental Health First Aid workshop.
e.Many of our Principals and Vice Principals are further developing their leadership skills in the BCPVPA, “Creating a Culture of Learning 2” program. Following a Sunday workshop, they attended Cedar Grove Elementary to visit classrooms, observe lessons, practice and deepen their observation and support skills.
f.Secondary Principals joined Metro colleagues to develop their skills and share strategies in the delivery of effective secondary programs.
g.Senior staff attended training opportunities on Human Resource management (BCPSEA), school safety (School Safety Association of BC, SSABC), system leadership (BCSSA), Communications, Indigenous Education (Ministry), Graduation Program (Ministry).
3.Community
a.The October DPAC meeting was well attended by representatives from most PAC. Parents learned about mental health supports from Director White.
b.We are pleased to work with five dynamic Community School Associations which deliver before and after school support for our schools. Nutrition programs, homework programs, skills programs, empathy programs (Roots of Empathy) and much more are provided for our students.
c.Thanks to our partners at Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH), especially Eva Pedersen, for organizing a joint learning session through BC Children’s Hospital on ADHD on November 7th.
d.Staff meet regularly with Habitat for Humanity to plan for the Spring Carpentry Youth Train in Trades (TRN) program.

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New MediaSmarts research on the Digital Well-Being of Canadian Families

MediaSmarts is pleased to announce its latest research The Digital Well-Being of Canadian Families which focuses on the strategies and challenges of digital parenting today.

The research data outlines the latest digital activities of Canadian families focusing on children infants to 15, the concerns of parents, and the steps they take to ensure their family’s balanced and healthy use of digital technology. Some of the key findings from this report are:

1) Families are digitally connected and much more so in the last five years. Access to digital devices and the impacts of digital activities in families is increasing.
2) Parents are digitally skilled. In fact, parents thought they were more digitally skilled than their children.
3) Parents are moderate (or balanced) in their approach to digital parenting, but they are concerned about social pressures regarding digital use, and they feel social pressure to appear more strict.
4) Families need greater digital literacy supports. Digital literacy and skill levels impact the rates at which parents implement rules or guidelines to manage their child’s use of devices/screen time. Three out of four parents (81%) emphasized the importance of their child thinking critically about how they use digital devices.
5) 80% of parents are concerned about misinformation online for their kids which extends beyond just “fake news”. This is the top parental concern and something new for us at MediaSmarts.

 

http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/publication-report/full/digital-canadian-familie

The following message is being emailed to families today regarding the immediate opening of school playing fields:

Dear Parents,

As you know, a load of top dressing spread on the playing fields had debris mixed into it requiring that we close the fields. Plastic, ceramic, bits of wood and glass were present in the soil mix. I would like to acknowledge the challenge that your children, the school staff and the community have experienced with the school playing fields being closed. It is not what any of us would have wanted. However, closing the fields was necessary to support student safety.

Our remarkable staff have been diligent in removing the material. We have also had the soil professionally sampled and tested. I am pleased to report that this careful assessment has revealed that the levels of debris and contaminants are within acceptable regulatory standards for student safety.

Our fields are also community spaces in the evenings and weekends. Therefore, a 100% guarantee of there being no debris has never been possible at any of our schools. Should any material be found at any time, the principal should be informed.

I am very pleased to let you know that your school field will be opened effective immediately.

Sincerely,

Patrick Bocking
Superintendent of Schools

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