Orientation Tomorrow

Hello! Just a reminder of our orientation on Thursday. We ask for parents and students to come for about an hour between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm*. You can meet our teachers, ensure we have all the information we need, pick lockers, receive schedules, learn about extra curricular options, sign up for fundraisers and more. See you soon!

*If it is not possible to attend due to work schedules, we would love to still have our students come. And if that is not possible, please let us know and we will arrange to get you everything needed at a different time.

Covid-19 Guidelines

Hello Parents & Students,

We have a little more certainty as to how school will start. As the media announced yesterday, masks will be required in all indoor areas for all K-12 staff, visitors, and students in Grades 4+. There will not be cohorts, so we can happily safely resume some of our programming that was put on hold last year.

Other items to note are:
– Daily health checks are required. If you’re feeling sick, stay home.
– Cleaning and disinfecting will continue daily.

– Students will be able to play sports and other extracurricular activities.

– Public health strongly encourages all eligible students and staff to be fully vaccinated (i.e., receive 2 doses) against COVID-19 to protect themselves and those around them including those who are not eligible to be vaccinated. If you would like to get a vaccine in Chetwynd, the options are:

Planning for School

Hello Families,

Can you believe we’re a few days into August? We are doing our best to enjoy summer as well as prepare for September. A few things for you to know as school draws nearer:

Start of School
Our student/family orientation day is Thursday, September 2. We ask that a parent and all students attend for about 1 hr between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm, to ensure we have accurate information, pick a locker, receive a schedule and other items to prepare for learning and a great school year to come!

The first day of regular classes is Tuesday, September 7, from 8:30-2:35. Our shuttle bus will be running but School District 59 busses will not be running on a regular schedule until Thursday, September 9.

September Days
September has two days with no school: Mon Sep 27 and Thur Sep 30. September 27 is a non-instructional day for professional development for our staff, and we will be observing the newly appointed Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30, as per the announcement by the BC government: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021FIN0048-001531. For other dates throughout the school year, please see the calendar on our website.

School Supplies
We appreciate our students being prepared to learn when they come to class. Attached is a supply list for Gr. 7–12 students. School supplies for K–Gr 6 (other than a water bottle and non-marking indoor shoes) are supplied by the school.

Covid Guidelines
The Ministry of Education is expected to provide information regarding Covid-19 guidelines for school about mid-August. When we learn more, we will let you know what to expect.

Staffing

We are happy to have Lianna Hunter joining our full-time teaching team this year. She has spent many years in our classrooms and also helped part-time in several different roles. She is loved by staff and students alike so we are excited to have her back with us full-time. This year, she will be teaching in our Gr 3/4 room. Mrs. King will be using her Science skills to teach our Gr 10-12 Science, Biology and Physics classes, as well as spending some time with the Gr 3/4 and 5/6 classes. We are wishing Mr. Hoffmann well as he gets married and moves next month.

The start of a new year is a fun place to be and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Happy rest of summer,

Mrs. Atherton

School Supplies.pdf

Last Day

Plans for Tuesday remain the same for PCS. Shuttle bus will run in the morning and school will be until noon. Students will be having fun together, saying goodbye, and gathering their belongings for the summer. There will be no shuttle bus at noon. If your child has belongings at school and you are not able to arrange transportation for them, please let us know so their things do not get misplaced in the final year cleaning. See you tomorrow!

Update for Today

SD59 has cancelled their busses for today. Our normal protocol is to cancel school when there are no busses for the cold. However, with the heat, school is safer than home for many and we have a plan to mitigate heat/risks while on our bus ride back from the lake. So we will be going ahead with our field trip as planned. Our shuttle bus is running and will bring students back to the regular drop-off after school today, however we prefer if you pick your child(ren) up at school if you are able.

Field Trip ~ Heat ~ Last Day

Hello Families,

In light of the extreme heat for the last two days of school, we are making a few changes:

1. Our field trip to Moberly Lake will be from the start of school until 11:30am and all students will be going to Moberly Lake Provincial Park. These changes are primarily to reduce the length of time students will be on the bus during high heat hours. Lunch will be served at school and we will have activities in the afternoon, likely by the creek or in the gym which will be cooler areas.

For our lake time, it is important that your child(ren) brings:
– a water bottle
– sunscreen and/or hat
– swimsuit/clothes for water

A hopefully still cool bottle of water will be provided for each student for the ride back to the school.

2. Dr. Choi, Medical Health Officer of Vancouver Coastal Health, released a statement "At this time, the risks from extreme heat exceed the risks from COVID-19. While the Extreme Heat Alert is in place, access to cool spaces should not be restricted due to concerns about crowding and physical distancing, and mask recommendations should be loosened if necessary due to difficulty breathing/thermal regulation."
With this in mind, we will not be requiring masks for the last two days of school in our building or on our bus. Our two cohorts (K-Gr 6 & Gr 7-12) may also be in the gymnasium together as that is our most cool space.

If you are not comfortable with these changes, we respect your decision and will understand if you choose to keep your child(ren) home or drive them to/from school or the lake.

Reminder: our last day is this Tuesday and school will be done at noon. There will not be bus transportation to town so please arrange to pick up your child(ren) and their belongings at school. Report cards will also be handed out on Tuesday.

If your family needs a place to stay cool outside of school hours this week, please let us know and we may be able to create a space for you to hang out in our gymnasium for a while.

It’s been a year full of changes and this is one more to add to the list 🙂 Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!

Mrs. Atherton

K-Gr 6 Awards Ceremony & Freezies

Tomorrow, Thursday June 24th is our K-Gr 6 awards ceremony at 1:15 pm. Ways to watch:

– Live via Facebook

– Live via Zoom link which will be emailed to parents tomorrow morning

– After the event via the Facebook video

We look forward to celebrating our elementary students’ achievements.

Also tomorrow, freezies will be sold for $1.00 each, in addition to vending machine snacks.

Awards Monday & Thursday

Tomorrow, Monday, is our Grade 7-12 awards ceremony, as well as special recognition of our graduates. We will be starting at 1:15 pm. Ways to watch:

– Live via Facebook

– Live via Zoom link which will be emailed to parents tomorrow morning
– After the event via the Facebook video

We look forward to celebrating our students’ achievements tomorrow.

K-Gr 6 awards will be Thursday at 1:15 pm and we plan for the same methods to participate.

Matching Fund & Last Days

We are grateful to each person and family who contributed to our $25,000 goal for the 5:1 matching fund. We have achieved our goal and are thankful for this $150,000 that will go toward our operations. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Two and a bit weeks are left of school and due to Covid, our year end events are a little different this year. Please take note of the following items on our calendar:

Mon June 21 at 1:15 pmGr 7-12 Awards and Grad Recognition. This will be livestreamed for families to watch during the event or later viewing.

Tue June 22 – Fri June 25 – Gr 10-12 please see calendar for class and exam schedule.

Wed June 23 – No hot lunch

Thu June 24 at 1:15 pmK-Gr 6 Awards. This will also be livestreamed for families to watch during the event or later viewing.

Mon June 28 – Field trip to Moberly Lake. This will replace our traditional sports day and lunch will be provided to all students by our Parent Committee.

Tue June 29 – Report cards handed out. School dismisses at noon. There will be no shuttle bus to town at lunch so please plan to pick your child(ren) up at the school at noon.