Parents & Communities

PARENTS & COMMUNITIES


SCHOOL DISTRICT 71
Comox Valley

Community compassion combined with school connections helped Courtenay Elementary restock its inventory of bicycles that had been stolen during the winter. At a social-distancing donation celebration May 28 on the sports field at Courtenay Elementary school staff and invited students took receipt of a brand-new collection of donated bikes from the donors. 

SCHOOL DISTRICT 79
Cowichan Valley

Working together with one heart, one mind, one thought! Watch this video created by the Cowichan School District showing how their school community has joined together to ensure that they’re not only focusing on education but providing a strong focus on community support as they welcome students back to the classroom in June. The district is working hard to ensure students have the tools they need to continue to thrive and succeed.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 43
Coquitlam

From family project to hospital workers! Amanda Chin, Grade 7 at Coquitlam’s Hillcrest Middle School student, has been working on a family project and has now evolved for a greater cause. Their family’s product design agency is now manufacturing protective equipment for essential service workers. They have been successful at creating 80 shields per day.  Image Credit: Burnaby Now

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 44
North Vancouver

The #NVSDFamily Cares Project encourages parents/guardians to continue to engage children in conversations around interconnectedness with one another and the natural world and the importance of supporting each other—family, community, and the environment. The North Vancouver School District, through the support of their Indigenous Education team, continues to offer resources to facilitate such conversations. Tchilaqs7Tchila (Gordon Dick) member of the Tsleil Waututh Nation has provided the artwork for this project.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 71
Comox Valley

 

For Earth Day and Earth Week, a Comox Strathcona Waste Management Environmental Educator named Tina, prepared a home waste audit challenge for parents and students. The challenge aimed to divert waste out of the landfill by teaching families through the children how to recycle, reuse, reduce and repurpose. Those tips are available for everyone.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 48
Sea to Sky

The school district is working with the District of Squamish and Squamish Helping Hands to provide overnight shelter for people in their community in the gymnasium at Howe Sound Secondary School. The shelter service is currently operating 8:00 pm- 8:00am, 7 days a week and is supervised by staff from Squamish Helping Hands and is supported by Black Tusk Fire and Security. Daily custodial services for cleaning and sanitizing are provided by the school district custodial team.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 48
Sea to Sky

Vancouver Coastal Health is currently using Signal Hill Elementary School, Myrtle Philip Community School, and Brackendale Elementary School sites, once a week, as infant (2 months to 2 years) immunization centres.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 44
North Vancouver

Artist for Kids in Norther Vancouver is providing virtual resources to teachers and their students. These experiences are designed to challenge K-12 students to learn through the lens of inquiry, allowing students and teachers to use the resource for interdisciplinary learning in Curricular and Core Competencies. See the collection of arts activity videos

SCHOOL DISTRICT 22
Vernon

Rotary to the Rescue! Starting, April 3 Kal (Rotary Kalamalka/Vernon) delivered Starfish backpacks to schools for parent pickup. Vernon's Starfish Pack Program sends kids home with enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, fresh fruit and snacks for the weekend.

 


SCHOOL DISTRICT 8 
Kootenay Lake & Kootenay-Columbia 

The Midas touch and other community partners! School District 8 teachers have connected with teachers in School District 20, local business owners, staff at the MIDAS lab, and instructors at Selkirk College, to support the production of much needed Personal Protective Equipment using our school 3D Printers - a hidden source of crowd manufacturing in times of crisis. Plus a SD8 a teacher put out a request to see if there was interest in funding the purchase of material to print face shields for our nurses and doctors. Staff of SD 8 responded with more than enough money to print masks for weeks.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 43
Coquitlam

SHARE and share alike! School District 43 in Coquitlam is partnering with SHARE food security service to support students and families, during these difficult times. SHARE is a community, and the lead community agency in the Tri-Cities in supporting children, families and individuals in many ways. Find out more information.

The culinary programs at Centennial, Riverside, and Gleneagle will assemble 360 grocery bags filled primarily with fresh produce, to help ensure food security in our community. The SHARE Society's distribution sites on Wednesday April 8th.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 41
Burnaby

Students and Seniors. The physical distancing protocols around COVID-19 in B.C. are particularly hard on seniors who are considered a high risk for infection group. To lift the spirits of seniors in their neighbourhoods, students from Second Street Community School in Burnaby sent messages, pictures and cards to the residents of a local seniors home. Please read media coverage of their efforts.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 36
Surrey

Sweet community partnership! Rocky Mountain Chocolate confectionery donated 1,000 lbs. of chocolate to the Surrey School District for its school-based meal program, which provides meals to more than 2,100 students in need. The chocolate wiwere added to the nutritious meals as a sweet treat to celebrate upcoming holidays such as Easter, Passover, Vaisakhi and Ramadan.
The district’s school-based meal program is currently operating as a “grab and go” meal program from nine sites across the district, with a combination of drive-through and in-person pick up

SCHOOL DISTRICT 39
Vancouver 

Working together makes a big difference. The Vancouver School District is working together with Telus and Shaw to make sure local families currently without internet have the opportunity to receive WIFI through subsidized government programs and supports. So far, the school district has temporarily provided about 800 devices, like I-pads, to students at 77 schools who currently do not have access to a home computer – and there are plans to distribute more technology devices to students in the coming weeks.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 36
Surrey

Shout out to EAs! Bobbi Taylor, whose son Kenny is being supported by an Education Assistant in Surrey, is feeling like her child is well cared for while in-class learning is suspended. Kenny works with his EA from home through video chats. Bobbi says her son is going to be able to stay on track at school and keep up the wonderful skills he has already gained thanks to his EA’s creative use of technology!


SCHOOL DISTRICT 71
Comox Valley

Lights, sirens and superheroes for Chase! More than 100 vehicles were involved in a surprise parade held for an eight-year-old Comox student, Chase Petersen, who is currently undergoing cancer treatments. Ambulances, police cruisers, fire trucks and assorted private vehicles made their way past the youngster and his family. Many of the participants were dressed as superheroes.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 44
North Vancouver

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Details: A rainbow of hearts have been painted across the windows of North Vancouver School District's head office. The hearts were created by the district’s social committee to spread a cheerful message of support and gratitude to health-care workers. The hearts are painted on the windowed face of the building, located on the Lonsdale corridor and in close proximity to Lions Gate Hospital so frontline workers can see the hearts as they travel to and from work. A Coast Salish Welcome Pole, Kayachtn, serves as the focal point for the project, reminding everyone of the ever-present connection to local Indigenous communities.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 39
Vancouver

Two Vancouver moms have rounded up some online educational materials and packaged them up in a brand new website. VancouverVirtualFamilies.com presents all sorts of education links and resources for children and teens of all ages.

 

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Photo is (Courtesy Vancouver Virtual Families)