School District 60

10112-105 Avenue
Fort St. John, British Columbia
Canada V1J-4S4
Voice - 250 262-6000
Fax - 250 262-6048
After Hours Emergency - 250 785-6781

BCTF Job Action – Playground Supervision

The following letter from the Superintendent of Schools is attached and will be distributed via your home school today.

April 22, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I regret to inform you that the BC Teachers’ Federation and its local representative union, the Peace River North Teachers’ Association, served 72 hour strike notice last Thursday. Consequently, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, teachers will be in a legal position to withdraw services and strike any time over the next three months.

The district has been informed that the strike will take the form of a phased job action. Phase 1 will involve the withdrawal of a number of administrative functions, but will not include the suspension of instruction. In most cases teachers will cease their supervision of students outside their classroom before and after school and at recess breaks.

Administrators and district staff will make every effort to maintain safe levels of student supervision. To assist this effort, and in the interests of promoting student safety, parents are asked not to have students arrive at school more than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of classes, and to ensure that students depart the school grounds promptly at the end of the day. Your assistance in this manner will help administrators greatly as they will now have to supervise the arrival and departure of students and other activities in the school.

In the event of increased job action, rotating walk outs or a full strike, further information will be provided through local media outlets and will be posted at the district website – www.prn.bc.ca.  School administrators should also be able to assist you with any questions that may come up. Thank you for your patience and assistance with this challenging situation.

Yours Sincerely

Dave Sloan

Superintendent of Schools

Fort St John Library Programs this Month

Our friends at the Fort St John Public Library often have some great programs each month. Have a look at our Early Learning website for more information on the Maddest Hat and Mother Goose on the Loose at the FSJ Public Library this month!

Maddest Hat poster for FSJ Public Library

 

Bat Conservation Project

Building Bat Boxes

Before spring break, the NPSS Biology 11 classes constructed 40 bat houses (photos attached) and Richard Koechl’s class will be building 10 more.  This is a project in partnership with the Forest Land and Natural Resources Operations (Ministry of the Environment), Ducks Unlimited, and the Charlie Lake Conservation Society.  The boxes the classes have created will be distributed to members of the community to provide a habitat for the bats while collecting data on the bats for the Ministry.  This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the students. The group will be looking for community volunteers shortly to take the responsibility as bat box caretakers.

For more information on this please see their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peace-Bat-Conservation-Project/328247917307388#!/pages/Peace-Bat-Conservation-Project/328247917307388

Thank you to Sarah Huggins for sharing this story.

Expressions of Interest – Vice-Principalships

We are calling for expressions of interest for the positions of vice-principalship at CM Finch Elementary School (one-year term), and Robert Ogilvie Elementary School (one-year term), and subsequent fall out positions.  Both positions carry the potential for extension or transfer to a subsequent administrative position beyond the one year term.  Start date would be August 1, 2014.

Interested parties please contact Dave Sloan and Jan Strandlund by e-mail by 12:00 noon, Wednesday, April 9th.

Clearview’s New Gym

Clearview’s new gym has had it’s first basketball game! Below is the opening tip of the first game in the new gym between the Grade 7-9 Clearview Team and the Grade 8-10 NPSS Jr Team.

clearview_first_game