School District 60 Bike Day

Our Physiotherapist, Lisa Boda and our Occupational Therapist, Cassandra Greenhough recently held the SD60 Bike Day.  We are happy that this event returned after a one year absence last year.

BIKE DAY was created by Lisa and community volunteer, Greg Large, who on a regular basis, work together to support children with special needs in SD 60. Lisa uses her skills and expertise as a physiotherapist to assess kids and liaises with Greg for his technical expertise to adapt equipment to meet their unique needs. Together, they make adaptations to typical bikes to further work on the development of a child’s motor skills. For many students, this can be their first opportunity to ride a bike!

Margaret Ma Murray Community School

Looking forward to the opening of our new school in School District 60.  Here is a video walkthrough of Margaret Ma Murray Community School. Thanks to KMBR Architects for permission to share this great video.

PWIM: Picture Word Induction Model

Planning and getting excited for the upcoming Picture Word Inductive Model or PWIM session for January 27, 2017. PWIM is a strategy that can offer an entry point to every student.  Here are some of the examples of the PWIM strategy being used in our district shared from staff at Robert Ogilvie Elementary School.  For information on the upcoming session, please visiting the Learning Together Pro-D calendar or contact Juanita Esau at (250) 262-6087 to register.

STADD BC Presentation, January 10th

Debra Burns and Dana Long from STADD BC visited SD60 on January 10th to present to community members in Fort St. John, Taylor, and Hudson Hope.  http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/transition-planning-for-youth-young-adults

STADD BC provides support with transitioning youth into adulthood.  STADD– Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities, a program with the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. Their mandate is to work with all inter-ministry agencies in supporting youth, who are CLBC eligible from ages 16-24.

Shelley Moore: One Without The Other, Nov. 3rd/4th

On November 3rd and 4th, Learning Services was pleased to welcome Shelley Moore to our district.  Shelley’s enthusiasm and message was welcomed by educators from schools across our district. Shelley inspired everyone in attendance with her passion for inclusion.

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Inclusion means everyone – but actually everyone, even our students who need the support in our classrooms, schools and communities.  Shelley Moore

Thank you Shelley for visiting our district and sharing your valuable and meaningful message.  Please come back to visit us some time soon, to share your message and your passion for inclusion!

https://blogsomemoore.com/                          @tweetsomemoore

The New BC Digital Classroom

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Today school district educators came together to learn about the new BC Digital Classroom from Regional ERAC Facilitators, Monica Berra and Leona Prince.
These digital resources, in video and text form, are perfect for teaching with the Universal Design principles in mind!  Teachers can use the online World Book or National Geographic Kids to show short videos on content areas or to enlarge text or to have text read aloud – all with the idea of helping all children to be included in the classroom learning.
Every educator in School District No. 60 is able to easily access all of these resources by logging into our Digmore Website at:http://www.prn.bc.ca/digmore/digmore/.  Inline image 9
If schools need more support with this, they are invited to access coaching and collaboration with our Instructional Tech Coaches:  Toni Thompson, Laurie Petrucci or Glen Longley.
Digmore, for great resources to differentiate our teaching!

Zones of Regulation

On October 6th, Roz Smith and Cindy McGarroch co-facilitated a ZONES Session for Upper Pine Elementary School Staff. The day was filled with laughter and learning.  School District 60’s motto is “Together We Learn”…   we learn from each other because we are a “Community of Practice”.  There was a lot of opportunity for rich conversation and reflection.  We can’t wait for our second session!! 

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Friends 2 Friends Program at Bert Ambrose Elementary

On Tuesday, Sept. 27th- Mrs. Froese and Mrs. Van Breda visited Bert Ambrose and led the “I Can Play” program with several classes.  This social thinking lesson helps all students develop the skills for making friendships.

The Friend 2 Friend Autism Demystification program is a social and communication based educational program designed to demystify autism and educate children about the common characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The program promotes understanding, acceptance and empathy towards individuals by tapping into children’s intrinsic ability to play and imagine, and allowing children to learn about the uniqueness of autism in a fun and educational manner!   http://www.friend2friendsociety.org/

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2016 SPRING MAKE!

To continue with our ongoing support to newcomer children, we are pleased to partner once again with the FSJ Public Library! This years theme is “SPRING MAKE!”.

Created for kids in grades 1-7 to explore the idea of designed thinking through Maker Education. Kids got to check out:

o   3D-printers

o   Snap-circuits

o   Lego robotics

These sessions were offered the second week of Spring Break and were received by the students with excitement and enthusiasm! Our own “MAKER” expert Brant Churchill was integral in the creativity of our young minds!

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