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SCHOOL DISTRICT 82
Coast Mountains

Hitting the Road in Hazelton With Laughter, Love, and Learning.

Special delivery! Staff at Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School have been busy delivering remote learning materials to Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. Each student received big packages that included: a planter kit with seeds and soil, a science experiment, a Mother’s Day craft, crayons, a book chosen for their reading level, homemade cookies, items for outdoor play, and more. What a heartening way for teachers to show students they care!

SCHOOL DISTRICT 71
Nanaimo-Ladysmith

An outdoor education teacher, Don Rinald, from Cedar Secondary near Nanaimo is singing in his best rap voice to his students as he creates fun weekly learning videos to take students along on his adventures - some of his outdoor excursions include mountain biking and crabbing.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 82
Coast Mountains

Innovative numeracy and remote learning! Led by educational consultant Carole Fullerton, more than 125 teachers in the Coast Mountains School District attended virtual professional learning experiences on the new Numeracy Assessment for Kindergarten to Grade 9. The school district is working hard to introduce a new approach to math that will help students become patient problem solvers, confident risk takers and numerate citizens!  


SCHOOL DISTRICT 61
Greater Victoria

The Queen of Cleaning! After the strong message of stay at home to stay safe, there was some anxiety around the school district with the “re-start” of in-class learning. At Salmon Arm West Elementary School this anxiety level was lowered by their custodian Connie, who cleaned up and cleared up much of it! Connie has really lowered the anxiety level of staff, because she keeps everything so clean and organized. During the time school was shut down Connie cleaned everything, the blinds, window sills, under sinks, floors, you name it – all spotless and welcoming.” Connie’s hard work was celebrated with a crown, Queen of Clean sash and flowers. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 71
Comox Valley

The Comox Valley school district created a video to show their school communities what the return to in-class instruction will look like starting June 1st. The video includes a school tour and safety protocols that will be in place.  

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 48

Sea to Sky

A quilt and a wall hanging have turned into dollars for food for students-in-need! A Shuswap Middle School counsellor named Sandy Little quilted a “Conquer COVID-19” scrappy lap quilt and wall hanging. With the help of her daughter, Molly, they decided to offer a “gift opportunity” to other SD83 staff members. For a donation going towards helping SD83 students and their families with food and mental health supports, their names would be entered for a chance to win either the quilt and the wall hanging.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 44
North Vancouver

From creating Lego masterpieces and sock puppets, to perfecting their layups, to even indulging in some equine therapy, children of essential service workers have safely enjoyed being at school for the past two months. The success of the North Vancouver School District’s emergent childcare program was possible thanks to dedicated staff who went the extra mile to keep kids happy and healthy at their respective schools. Read the school district blog to learn more: 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 39
Vancouver

Join the Vancouver School Board for a look inside General Brock Elementary and Prince of Wales Secondary as students returned to classes this month. Staff at the school district took the new protocols and procedures very seriously to protect their students and give them a resounding and warm “welcome back!” 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 68

Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The school administration at Dover Bay Secondary had an excellent time making this video in preparation for the return of students yesterday. And they had some extra fun explaining the new safety measures at the school. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 22
Vernon

Welcome Back OKL! The staff at Okanagan Landing Elementary (OKL) in Vernon put together this video to prepare students for their return to school. The video includes a tour of the school and the safety measures in place for students and staff to follow. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 37
Delta

Reading to succeed! Delta School Board Chair Val Windsor was invited to read to Grade 4/5 students in Mr. Rietze’s online learning class at Gibson Elementary. Val read from author Julie Lawson’s “White Jade Tiger” and the class subsequently discussed the contributions of Chinese labourers in building the CP Railway. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 44

North Vancouver

Eastview Elementary principal Rick Chan and vice-principal Nicky Mey have found a second calling as TV hosts! The educators launched The Morning Show with Mr. Chan and Mrs. Mey in April as a fun way to stay connected to Eastview students and families during COVID-19. The Morning Show regales students at home with jokes, inspirational quotes and "celebrity" appearances, setting a positive tone for the day before students dig into their studies.  

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 22
Vernon

Kal the Kalligator returns to school! The staff at Kalamalka Secondary had the school mascot help create this fun video to show students what the return to school will look like, and the safety measures in place. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 72
Comox Valley

Royston Elementary school principal Ms. Doran and her dog Peggy joined staff to create a fun video to welcome Kindergarten students to their school this fall. The video gives students and their families a glimpse of what kindergarten classrooms might look like when they start school.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 39

Vancouver

The Vancouver School District is inviting other B.C. school districts to join the #Wave4Education.  With more than 50 video submissions, district senior management, staff and school board trustees joined in the #Wave4Education to thank our teachers, staff and support workers for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The song used in the video is called "Goodnight Moon" by local Juno Award winning band, Said the Whale. This local band not only attended schools in the Vancouver School District when they were kids, but they also support school music programs through their music.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 73

Kamloops - Thompson

Check out this video – A Kamloops teacher salutes frontline workers with O Canada on trumpet.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 42

Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows

Kanaka Creek kindergarten teacher Dawn Flanagan is collecting artwork from Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows School District students and sharing the cards with seniors to remind them they are not alone during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 37

Delta 

Thanks to the healthcare workers! Karen Aubey is a teacher at Hellings Elementary School in the Delta School District who teaches students with diverse learning needs. Over the past few weeks, she has been sending her students colour coded weekly learning plans and fun at home learning activities that include; drawing posters, learning about recycling and making a birdhouse,  and baking and going on nature walks.  One of her students, a 10-year old girl, wrote a 'thank you' letter to healthcare workers and asked Karen to send it on to doctors and nurses. Karen shared it on her social media channels and also forwarded it to organizations such as the BC Children's Hospital Foundation and BC Children's Hospital Research Institute. To date, the letter has been seen by many healthcare workers, even as far away as in the Netherlands. 



SCHOOL DISTRICT 73

Kamloops - Thompson 

Is there anything more Canadian than Bannock being served on a snow shovel? Last week, tteachers and staff at Kamloops School of the Arts lined the street in front of the school for a sunny, crazy, reverse-car parade. Teachers still didn’t get to beep any horns, but there was a lot of waving and smiling, and a very long lineup of cars filled with families. Small bags of bannock were offered to passengers through car windows on a snow shovel. Check out Kamloops School of the Arts Crazy Reverse-Car Parade. 

 


SCHOOL DISTRICT 19

Revelstoke

Revelstoke Secondary teachers Tessa Davis and Lori Snider found a unique way to connect students with their passion for music during COVID-19. Through the schools Music Facebook page they reached out to students and planned daily deliveries of musical instruments to their students. They said they completely underestimated the love and joy they received from students and parents. Students were waiting at windows, sending messages, and there were smiles at every step of the journey as they dropped off the instruments.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 72

Campbell River 

The school district’s teacher librarians started an audiobook challenge called “One District, One Book.” Every two weeks a new audiobook will be featured that is available for free from Audible. Students across the district can download the audiobook, listen and submit a drawing, poem or other reflection on the book to be entered into a prize draw for a new book to be dropped off at their home. They can also play an online game on Kahoot to test their knowledge from the book.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 68

Nanaimo Ladysmith

May the 4th be with you! Check out how Nanaimo’s Chad Jobe, a Learning Alternative program teacher, is showing his students how he’s keeping busy while working from home.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 33

Chilliwack

Vedder Middle School staff wanted to find a meaningful way to express their gratitude to frontline health care workers for their tireless work and commitment during this exceptional time, so they created the “Heart Warming Project.” Every week a group of students complete a unique and creative art project that is displayed in the community.  Recently grade 6 students decorated wood-heart cutouts that were “planted” by teachers in areas frequented by first responder around Chilliwack.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 42

Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows 

Aboriginal Support Worker Natalie Robertson wanted to stay connected with students and families in the Ab Ed program, so she recently hosted a bannock-making session on Zoom.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 37

Delta

Homework help for students! Seaquam Secondary is offering its students a virtual homework club through the new Seaquam Secondary Homework Club. Students who need support or have questions about school work can email educational assistants who will respond as soon as possible to make arrangements to provide extra help through email, Google Meet or by phone.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 33

Chilliwack

At Robertson Elementary, staff are writing and sharing a daily story called The Adventures of Chitmexw so that families have something fresh to read together each night. Robertson also produces a video called Robertson Community Connection that is sent to families each Monday reminding them that they are missed, and, through Curbside Connections, staff drop off food and connect with families – at a safe distance – on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 


SCHOOL DISTRICT 41

Burnaby 

Teachers, students and families have been finding new ways to build community and support each other in Burnaby in the midst of COVID-19. Several elementary schools have led parades where school staff – each in their own vehicle, with physical distancing in mind – paraded through the streets. past students’ homes. Excited children went to their windows and ran out to their doorsteps, with some greeting drivers with homemade signs.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 42

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 

A Grade 1/2 teacher at Laity View Elementary teacher in Maple Ridge, came up with a thoughtful way to stay connected with students while teaching them about non-fiction writing. Chris wrote 21 personalized letters and mailed them along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and a post-it note that informed the students to keep the envelope for a future writing assignment. 


SCHOOL DISTRICT 83

Okanagan - Shuswap

Look at these adorable baby chicks! At Carlin Elementary Middle School teacher Brittany Hall is hatching baby chicks with her students . . . virtually that is. Hall’s Grade 2/3 students are now proud parents to one White Silkie, one Americauna and four Danish Brown Leghorns chicks (these are all Heritage breeds of chickens). To prepare for the chicks’ arrival students learned many things including about the incubator, candling to see if the egg is fertilized, the structure of the egg and much more.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 41

Burnaby 

Coming Together! The Burnaby School District sent a video to staff, students and families showcasing the important work having in schools, students’ creativity, and the inspiration the school community provides.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 36

Surrey 

Several elementary schools in Surrey showed off their music skills by making parody videos for their students. Lena Shaw Elementary put together a staff-themed parody of the Full House intro.

Coyote Creek Elementary put together a two-part Disney parody of Little Mermaid songs. Colebrook Elementary teachers performed a remote cover of Neil Young's "Helpless," stitching together five videos to include a message of encouragement and thanks, looking forward to seeing their students again.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 72

Campbell River

Pitch perfect! Georgia Park staff perform a special original acapella song for their students and families for Music Monday.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 37
Delta

Indigenous Educator and Cultural Enhancement Facilitator Nathan "Kaanaax Kuwoox" Wilson is constantly fishing for good lessons for his students. Nathan recently went to Oolichan/Eulachon fishing and captured the experience on video. He demonstrated the harvesting process from getting the boat ready to cooking up his catch. Students were asked to reflect on Nathan’s teachings about patience, mother nature and the importance of giving back to the community or better understand sequential planning.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 22

Vernon

Calling all Frozen fans – this video is a must see! Dan Osborn, an elementary teacher at Ellison Elementary in Vernon, has been creating songs to share with his class – the most recent song is a COVID19 parody version of a Disney song “Into the Unknown,” from the Frozen 2 movie.

Listen to his amazing voice

 


SCHOOL DISTRICT 71

Comox Valley

Looking for a new way to cook your smoked salmon this weekend? Here’s a video demonstration on how to smoke salmon, created by the Comox Valley Indigenous Education Curriculum Support Teacher for the District’s Secondary Schools. Prior to the suspension of in-class instruction, Lelaina Jules visited schools and offered food prep programs. Taking these classes online allows the school district to continue offerings unique learning opportunities that celebrate the culture and traditions of the Pacific North West.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 22

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 

Students at Yennadon Elementary in Maple Ridge are putting on their detective hats and searching for the next online clue thanks to a new, school-wide online activity called Mystery Reader.

Mystery Reader was created by a local teacher and is helping to keep students excited and engaged with their reading while learning at home. The Mystery Reader, who is a member of the school community, writes five not-too-obvious clues that will help students guess their identity over the course of a week.  Teachers encourage students to try to use critical thinking and any evidence they may have to back up their predictions. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 62

Sooke

Sooke teachers from Poirier Elementary and Edward Milne Community School are feeling good and dancing up a storm in two fun lip-sync videos that they created to connect with their students during COVID-19.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 44

North Vancouver

Blueridge Elementary Grade 6/7 teachers have come up with an awesome challenge to document their students’ physical literacy progress: completing Terry Fox’s cross-country Marathon of Hope route – virtually. Students and their teachers are getting their kilometres in on foot, bike and by wheelchair, logged through mapping apps and with a collective goal to reach 6,000-kilometres. Students’ families are encouraged to join in and contribute kilometres to this challenge.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 33

Chilliwack

About 50 Chilliwack school bus drivers are creating works of art to show kids they are missed during the pandemic by painting rocks, creating signs and chalking sidewalks and leaving them throughout the city for students to see.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 22

Vernon


The Fine Arts teacher at Lavington Elementary in Vernon is doing a 'Weekly Challenge' that any of their families can do if they choose to – these challenges encourage students to keep in touch with their creative side.  The teacher then posts a video of the challenge at the end of the week for our school community to see.  

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 73
Kamloops

Bus drivers take on new tasks! Safety first and always for school bus drivers, but in Kamloops-Thompson School District that belief has taken on new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bus drivers are lending a hand with custodial duties. They are expected to do surface cleaning of door handles, counters, tables, doors etc. to maintain the highest safety standards for students and staff. Custodians are especially busy with pandemic protocols in place.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 71
Comox Valley

Story time at sea! Beginning in October 2019, Queneesh Elementary School principal Christine VanderRee started a storytelling series with her students to promote the values of the school – compassion, community, connections, and communication. The school calls these qualities the Q Compass to remind students and staff how to navigate their behaviour and emotions. On April 8, Ms. VanderRee showed her students through another storytelling  session that anything truly is possible – like reading in nature aboard a sailboat in Bayne Sound near Comox harbour.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 37
Delta

Staff at Sunshine Hills Elementary and English Bluff Elementary are connecting with their students via video.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 74
Gold Trail

Helping hands! Gold Trail School District bus drivers are lending a hand with custodial duties and are delivering learning packages to students who do not have access to technology.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 22
Vernon

Just keep dancing! A Vernon teacher, Melissa Jacobs, has created BC Dance Curriculum Modules on YouTube. New dancers welcome! Try ballet, hip hop and many other styles.


CONSEIL SCOLAIRE FRANCOPHONE DE LA COLOMBIE-BRITANNIQUE
in Victoria

A teacher from école Beausoleil in Victoria created a video for students from kindergarten to Grade 2 students. It’s called "Madame VaLise wants you to read - Le Rat."

CONSEIL SCOLAIRE FRANCOPHONE DE LA COLOMBIE-BRITANNIQUE
in Kelowna

A teacher from école Anse-au-sable in Kelowna created a funny song talking about how sometimes it is uncomfortable to be working from home.

CONSEIL SCOLAIRE FRANCOPHONE DE LA COLOMBIE-BRITANNIQUE
in Comox

Staff from école Au-coeur-de-l'île in Comox made a lip dub video to entertain their students. Everybody had a good laugh and the families really appreciated their efforts.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 44
North Vancouver

The TP challenge! Phys-Ed Teachers at Argyle Secondary sent out a YouTube video to their students with a challenge: “What can you do with a roll of TP (Other than the obvious)” To give the kids some inspiration, the teachers showed how TP can help them stay fit while doing yoga, shooting hoops and even fly fishing.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 53
Okanagan Similkameen

Kindergarten teachers at a school in the Okanagan Similkameen region have created “things that help me grow” bags for every Kindergarten child in the class.  The contents of the bags include crayons, sidewalk chalk, paint palettes, glue sticks, paper, scissors, seeds (for a science experiment), bubbles, books, and play dough.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 68
Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Baby Ducks! Departure Bay Eco-School elementary teacher Tanya Cairns started a Facebook group for her class and any other families, classes, and people interested in watching the incubation and hatching of ducks. She has posted some videos and will be posting a live feed link closer to the hatching process.

Check out the baby ducks


SCHOOL DISTRICT 22
Vernon

Some teachers from Coldstream Elementary (@coldstreamel) in Vernon put together this great video for their students. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 68
Nanaimo Ladysmith 

Language teachers in Nanaimo-Ladysmith are providing continuation of cultural experiences, knowledge and content to students, with help of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission manager by working with knowledge keepers in the community to provide accessible videos.  

SCHOOL DISTRICT 35
Langley

Teachers and staff at Alice Brown Elementary in Langley organized a car rally and drove around their catchment to connect with students while respecting physical distancing.



SCHOOL DISTRICT 83

North Okanagan- Shuswap 

This year’s grade 6 tour of Don Ross Middle School looks a bit different than usual. Please see a video made by staff that shows incoming grade 6 students a glimpse of what their classes may look like.  The video includes an Indigenous welcome, a tour of the school and classrooms, and a meet and greet with teachers giving a brief overview of the many programs offered for students. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 57
Prince George

Educational assistants get social in support of students and teachers! EAs at D.P. Todd Secondary School are supporting both students and teachers, ensuring learners with complex needs have everything they need to succeed. They connect through online group chats and social-emotional check-ins with students, and connect with classroom teachers to help them make content more accessible for students who may need an extra layer of support as they learn from home.
 


SCHOOL DISTRICT 43

Coquitlam 

Who doesn’t love a pyjama party? A teacher in Coquitlam knows that kids love to learn in their pyjamas and is taking the party online for their Zoom classes! She says: “Teaching remotely means now, more than ever, our relationships and connections with our students are key to their learning and well-being.”


SCHOOL DISTRICT 71
Comox Valley

Education Assistants stepping up! A great example of how are EAs taking on new responsibilities is in the preparation and delivery of nutritious food to families whose children would normally have access to meal programs at schools. Nearly a dozen EAs in the Comox Valley are packing food hampers that will provide nutritious meals to 200 local families during the pandemic. It’s about 11 kilograms (25 pounds) of food in each delivery.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 83
North Okanagan- Shuswap 

Monterey Middle School in the Greater Victoria school district created a video walk through to show their school communities what the return to in-class instruction will look like come June 1st. The video includes a school tour and safety protocols that will be in place.

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