All SD83 Kindergarten families will be receiving an email from our school district today with a unique link to the CHEQ (Childhood Experiences Questionnaire).
The CHEQ is a questionnaire completed by parents and caregivers at the start of the Kindergarten school year. It helps teachers, school administrators, and community partners to provide and improve targeted supports for children and families.
The CHEQ is used to:
- Develop district and community-wide programs and policies;
- Better understand the early experiences of children and families; and
- Improve classroom planning and school programming.
The CHEQ includes questions about children’s experiences with language and numeracy, nutrition and sleep habits, activities at home and in the community, and access to and use of resources and services. Please reach out to Jennifer Findlay, District Principal – Early Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
(Apologies due to a just found error this letter did not post to South Broadview’s website on Monday afternoon as it was scheduled to. Sorry about that!)
To the Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Caregiver(s) of SD83:
On behalf of SD83 I wish to thank you for your understanding regarding the “hold and secure” issued on Friday, September 17, 2021. Given the situation that unfolded at several schools in and around Salmon Arm, it was necessary to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Though the term “lockdown” has been reported by some media sources, this is inaccurate. The “hold and secure” we initiated was a means of preventing unauthorized individuals from entering our schools.
After much consultation, we feel confident that the “hold and secure” can be lifted as of tomorrow, September 21, 2021. We have encouraged schools to limit their number of entry points. Most schools will move toward having the main entries locked after the opening bell, the exception may be our Secondary Schools with open campuses. You may gain access to the school by calling the main office. Where possible, additional supervision will be added to playgrounds during recess and noon hours.
Once again, I’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding. The messaging you received on Friday was an attempt to keep you informed and was done in the spirit of transparency. If you have questions or concerns, I would welcome a thoughtful and respectful conversation.
We look forward to moving ahead and focussing our attention on the wonderful achievements of our students.
Superintendent of Schools
We have a new way of supporting our breakfast program this year. Students who need a healthy start to their day are welcome to greet Teresa- our breakfast program coordinator at the side doors between 8:00-8:15am each day. Students may select items that include a carbohydrate, a protein and an item of fruit.
We are thankful for support for this program from the Breakfast Program of Canada and from our local Rotary Club who believe that no child should ever let hunger get in the way of learning!
School District No. 83 would like to extend a huge welcome to our Kindergarten families! During Gradual Entry, the Kindergarten team at each school is busy helping our K students learn about classroom routines and procedures, as well as helping them adjust to the new social and emotional realities of school.
Here is some information for Kindergarten families about school health services provided by public health staff. Please contact Jennifer Findlay, District Principal – Early Learning, at email@example.com if you have any questions about school health services or the Kindergarten program, in general.
Good afternoon SBR families,
Our Class placement letters have now been sent to families– look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.
I appreciate your patience in waiting for this news. One of the wonderful benefits of having the students work together in grade alike groups is that for our many new students, they’ve gotten to know other students in the same age group. So even if they are in different classrooms, they’ll know a variety of children.
Please understand, once again, that we are not looking at moving students now that they are placed. These decisions have been made with great amounts of thought and consideration and decided upon as a team.
Warmly, Heather Gobbett