Teacher Appreciation

Hello Parents & Students,

Happy week of green leaves to you! The tinge of green always helps lift my spirits this time of year.

It is Teacher Appreciation Week in the US and many Canadian schools are celebrating this week as well (though Canada has a Teacher Appreciation Day in October). Just like many of you are struggling at times to make this current life a good one, our teachers also have their moments of struggle. I’m asking your help to encourage them this week and show them that their work is appreciated.

Please choose one way and send it directly to the teacher(s), if possible. Picture and video posts to our Fb page or @pcschetwynd tagged on Instagram, would also be great! Here are some ideas:

Teachers (and assistants) to recognize are:

  • Mrs. B
  • Miss G
  • Mr. Scalliet
  • Miss D
  • Mr. Atherton
  • Miss Astleford
  • Mr. Arnesto
  • Mr. McAfee
  • Mr. Hoffmann
  • Pastor D
  • Mrs. Hunter
  • Miss Christie

Thank you so much for your time and effort to do this! Many of you have expressed appreciation to our teachers recently and it has made a difference. We all miss seeing you in our building 🙂

Take care,
Mrs. Atherton

Mental Health Resources for Educators and Parents.

Hello Parents,
We wanted to touch base and let you know we are thinking of you! Below is a collection of tips and resources that may be a helpful reminder or awareness as we continue through making the best of physical distancing and all the changes it has brought.
Take care,

We wanted to share some incredible insights from a psychologist about how you can take care of your mental health and how you can support the families

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Hello amazing parents and educators,

We wanted to share some amazing advice that we found about taking care of YOUR mental health, as well as your students, your kids and the parents in your community.
Advice from a psychologist:
After having thirty-one sessions this week with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, I decided to consolidate my advice and make a list that I hope is helpful to all. I can’t control a lot of what is going on right now, but I can contribute this.

1. Stick to a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.

2. Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth. Take the time to do a bath or a facial. Put on some bright colors. It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

3. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes. If you are concerned of contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less traveled streets and avenues. If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.

4. Find some time to move each day, again daily for at least thirty minutes. If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, there are many YouTube videos that offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party! (ahem here are some DANCEPL3Y youtube videos for you)

*** If you would like to read this full article please go to the PL3Y Education BC Facebook page for the full article and other informative articles, Linked HERE.

Here are some other resources for you:

Managing Stress, Anxiety, & Mental Health

During this unprecedented time of uncertainty and change, online support is being offered by licensed counselors and other mental health care professionals to help parents and children identify and work through issues that arise. Some services are available at no charge to those who cannot afford it.

Specific to youth:

  • Kids Help Phone has registered clinical counselors available for free, 24 hours a day by webchat or telephone — 1-800-668-6868
  • Kelty Mental Health, located at BC Children’s Hospital
    • Online resources for youth and parents on a variety of topics
    • Youth-in residence peer support line 1-800-665-1822 or (604)875-2084
    • Parent-in-residence support line 1-800-665-1822 or (604)875-2084
  • Foundry Vancouver-Granville offers young people 12-24 access to mental health and substance use support, primary care, peer support and social services.
  • Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) supports Indigenous Youth in multiple ways, employing philosophies of two-eyed seeing, culture as therapy, trauma-informed care, harm reduction, and person-centred care in their services.
  • QMunity – provides support for LGBTQ youth and their allies through publications, multimedia materials, one-on-one consultations, and interactive workshops.

General (Youth and adults):

  • BC COVID-19 Mental Health Network – network of BC-based mental health professionals offering free, short term, online/telephone, one-on-one counselling to those struggling with COVID-related impacts. email: bccovidtherapists with your name, best contact info and general availability.
  • Crisis Centre of BC – offers trained volunteers available to chat online (Youth and Adult services) or answer your call, 24/7. This is a suicide crisis hotline. 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-SUICIDE. They are also expanding their mindfulness-based programs online to provide adults and youth tools to manage stress, burnout, uncertainty and change. More information.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Crisis Line: 604-872-3311 / 604-872-0113 TTY (1-866-661-3311 / 1-866-872-0113 TTY)
  • Anxiety Canada – offers expert tools and resources to help Canadians manage anxiety.
  • Here to Help BC – offers information, skill-building resources, and connections with key resources in BC and assistance to find information needed to manage mental health and substance use. This service also provides information needed to effectively support a loved one.
  • Mood Disorders BC – provides treatment, support, education, and hope of recovery for people living with a mood disorder.
  • Men’s Health Research UBC – geared toward improving the health of boys and men.
  • Heads Up Guys is supported by Mens Health Research BC, and offers resources for men and boys struggling with depression.
  • The Looking Glass Foundation – supports individuals struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating. Through programs and services
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S Chinese Help Lines – offers crisis lines in Chinese languages
    • Cantonese 604-270-8233 | Mandarin 604-270-8222

Articles and Blogs

PS We are working on some very special offerings to support you during this time! We will be updating you in the next week or two.

Have a great long weekend and take care of YOU!
Brooke Yantzi
PL3Y Education BC Regional Operator

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Hello Parents,

How many of you are thankful for the sunshine and snow melt this week? I am so grateful! There are still a few snowflakes in the forecast but also warm days so I am hopeful for a true spring soon.

This has been an interesting week for our staff and I’m sure for you as well. We have started into our new normal and are adjusting as we go to make it a good learning experience. Several of you have reached out to me and our staff with thanks, concerns, and items to address, so thank you. Working together, we can make the best of this situation.

Particularly for our high school students, there are still several questions to answer about grades, graduation and transcripts. The Ministry of Education updated their FAQs and Section 4 now addresses these areas. I am attaching the full document here for your reference, as well as just the pages for Section 4.

Our teachers are on track to follow these guidelines. They have gone through the curriculum for the majority of our courses, determining the remaining key items for our students to be successful for future learning. We have a schedule and systems to provide instruction, practice and assessment for our classes. There will be bumps as we go along, and we ask for your feedback and patience as we do that, and together we can ensure our students have completed sufficient learning for the courses in which they are enrolled.

For our Grade 12 students, I will be in touch individually to review your specific requirements for graduation and ensure each of you has a solid plan for completion.

If anyone else has questions or concerns about what learning looks like right now, difficulties you are facing (with learning or otherwise), or anything else we can help with, please let us know. You can call the school on regular school days from 9 am – 2 pm or email us (office or katherton or dshankel at peacechristianschool.ca).

Thank you for the great participation in our classes this week. I know our teachers have been happy to see the faces of your children and look forward to more learning together. As we go into this Easter weekend, I encourage you to take a break from the craziness that is life right now and do something special with your family, like watch/participate in an online worship service, play a board game or make a craft together. If you’re looking for family resources or ideas, this website may be helpful: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/

May you be blessed this weekend and know that God truly loves you.

Section 4 of MoE FAQs.pdf

Home with the kids…now what? Covid19 – SEL tips for families

Hello Families,

It’s the start of a new week in this different way of living. Courage to you as we face the uncertainties of the future! Below is a potentially helpful newsletter with a variety of resources for social/emotional support during this time.

If you are unsure of what is happening for school work for your child this week, or if there is anything else we can assist you with, please reach out by phone/text/email to one of our teachers, Mrs. Price, or myself.

Pastor D has a chaplain’s corner on Facebook and will be doing a live worship for our students and families every Monday morning, so feel free to join us there (https://www.facebook.com/groups/pcschaplain/). It was great to see some of your names there this morning 🙂

As we go toward this coming weekend of Easter to remember/celebrate Jesus’ gift to us, I wish you peace in knowing God’s love for you.

Mrs. Atherton

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Hello Parents,

It’s the last official day of spring break and so we wanted to give you a quick update on where we are at for next week.

A big thank you to the many of you who filled out our survey. If you have not yet had a chance, please do so here: https://forms.gle/BqppG2fr3B7H1rZ29. The information is helping us make plans as a school, as individual classes, and for you as a family.

On Monday, our teachers are going back to work full-time to adjust their plans and finalize how we will deliver educational opportunity to your students. We are committed to providing education for your children and meeting their needs, in spite of everything that is happening around us. We are working on catering to the unique needs of each family to make the best of this situation for everyone.

For students and families next week, we are planning to schedule a time to pick up your child(ren)’s belongings and some educational materials. You will receive direct communication from us on when. For our high school students, next week may also include an introduction on how to communicate with a class online using Zoom and/or Google Classroom. We plan to have more details figured out to start a focus on education for the week of Apr 6.

As information comes from the government, we are adjusting our plans as necessary. The Ministry of Education has given answers to some Frequently Asked Questions, which you may find helpful. You can find it here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/bc-ministry-of-education-questions-and-answers-continuity-of-learning-k-12-education_system.pdf.

If there are other things we can help you with, please let us know. Best methods are to send us an email or call (phones will be answered during school hours next week).

Courage to each one of you!


Continuing Student Education

Hello Parents,

We hope you are as well as can be in this time of uncertainty. I personally am trying to focus on the things I can be grateful for and am appreciating the beautiful sunshine streaming in the windows today. This is a time of change and we want you to know we are here to support you and your family, and to continue to support your children in their education as we go forward after spring break.

We want to reach out and give you an update from PCS. We are planning for continued learning for our students. Our teachers have taken time this week to do some training and participate in a staff meeting. We are continuing to connect with each other and work together as a team.

In order to do our best to meet the needs of each student, there is some information that would be helpful. If you would please complete the following short survey as soon as possible (less than 3 minutes), we would appreciate it!


Many of you will likely hear from a teacher during the next week as we continue our planning and begin to get started on what continued learning looks like. We will continue to follow government direction as it comes and communicate with you as plans come together.

Our staff are here to support you so please reach out if you have concerns, worries, or things we may be able to help you address.

Thank you for your patience as we figure out the details on how to best assist each student in his or her learning.

Praying for you and your family!


Next Steps

Dear PCS Families,

It’s nice when Spring Break has weather that cooperates to make it feel more like spring. It has been a challenging week for all of us in this very new and quickly changing situation. We wanted to provide you with an idea of what we know about "school" at this point, and give you some insight about our plan moving forward. This plan is likely to continue to evolve as time goes on, but this is where we are at this point:

  • Our educational partners have been actively engaged with the Ministry of Education this week to build strategies around how education will be offered for our students for the remainder of the school year. At this time, it will not occur at school until further notice. It is of utmost importance to remember that while the school facility has to be closed right now,the process of learning will continue. We have a good network of support in our local school staff, our BC Office of Education, the Federation of Independent Schools, the Ministry of Education, and in you, as our PCS families. There are many people working collaborately together to bring us through this situation.
  • Our PCS teachers will be receiving training early next week for online platforms for delivery of instruction. We will meet as a staff after that training has occurred to explore the degree we feel it will work in/for our PCS community.
  • We will continue to be responsible for providing meaningful learning opportunities for our students. We welcome your feedback on how that would work for you, and how well it is working for you and your child as time goes along.
  • Our students will continue to explore and learn through various means.
  • We will continue to provide assessment and feedback on student achievement.

At this point, we are planning on delivering some form of instruction to our students beginning April 6. We will have more specific plans after we meet as a teaching staff.

This is a new experience for us all. Your cooperation and feedback will be a valuable asset toward achieving the goal of ensuring our kids continue to learn, grow and feel secure.

Thank you for your calm engagement in this time of uncertainty. We really are all in this together – even if it involves some "Social Distancing".

Our prayer is that all of our PCS Families stay healthy over the coming weeks.

Moving forward,


Giving Update


Together we raised $739.40 for the Uganda family and school project. Thank you to the K/Gr 1 class who gave out a challenge to exceed their donations. Most of the classes succeeded in meeting the challenge. A special thank you to a few key students and families who made our total this significant.

Merry Christmas!

Challenge from K/Gr 1

Hello Parents,

Our K/Gr 1 class raised over $40 for the students and their families of the Batwa people in Uganda. They are encouraging our other classes to raise more than them. This challenge is open until tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov 26. If every child brings $2-$3 (or more!), other classes have a great opportunity to be victorious. Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in this Christmas giving project.