June 24, 2014
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
A great deal has happened over the last week with respect to the labour dispute between the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association and British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and its impact on our district, students, staff, and parents.
Provincial Exams and Report Cards
As you may know, the Labour Relations Board issued an Essential Services Order advising that Provincial Examinations for students in grades 10-12 will proceed as scheduled. District and school administrators have been supervising exams across the district. Students are writing and, where needed, they are getting the specific help they need from support staff who have been able to cross the picket lines to provide assistance. District staff are marking grade 10, 11 provincial exams.
The Essential Services Orders require that teachers provide final grades for students in grades 10 - 12 to school principals. School principals are currently in the process of collecting this information so that report cards may be produced in a timely manner. Grade 10 - 12 report cards will be sent in the mail by the end of next week.
Prior to the full strike this week, teachers had been working on a condensed report card for students in grades K-9. However, due to the strike, teachers were not in a position to complete a final report card. The Labour Relations Board has not deemed Report Cards an essential service for Kindergarten to Grade 9, therefore you will not receive a final report card at this time reflecting your child’s progress. You will be receiving information in a letter in the mail next week regarding your child’s placement for school in September. We hope that parents have an understanding of their child's progress from previous communications with teachers and report cards issued throughout the year. Once an agreement is reached between the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association, we are optimistic we may be able to provide you with further information in the fall regarding your child’s final term progress.
Daycares and Preschools
We recognize that the continued labour dispute has presented a difficulty for some families with respect to daycare/preschool services. Therefore, the Board has provided the choice for pre- school and daycare providers to have their sites open for parents who choose to access them. Please contact your daycare and preschool regarding schedules and the provision of services.
A decision regarding Summer School has not been made yet. We will make that decision later this week, based on the best information provided to us at that time. We will make sure this information is posted on our website (sd33.bc.ca).
We recognize the incredibly challenging circumstances being experienced throughout our school district and across our community. Teachers, support staff, students, administrators, parents and our Board all want a positive resolution, and are hopeful that the bargaining currently underway reaches a timely resolution.
Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding.
Superintendent of Schools
Click below for information regarding our recent boundary expansion:
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2014/2015
Our Kindergarten classes for the 2014/15 school year are now full. We continue to take registrations. Children will be placed on a wait list for September. We will not know until the start of September as to whether, or not, spaces will be come available due to families moving or changing schools.
When registering, please be sure to bring your child’s birth certificate, care card, and a utility bill indicating proof of residency in our catchment area. Please check the website for information and details. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE ALL FAMILIES WHO INTEND TO REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE ARE STARTING THE STAFFING PROCESS AND REGISTRATION NUMBERS ARE CRITICAL TO THIS PROCESS.
MR. KRAJNYAK CHALLENGED THE STUDENTS TO GET TO 40,000 NIGHT OF HOME READING BY THE SUPER READER ASSEMBLY. IF THEY DID, HE WOULD DRESS IN A TUTU.
The made it and on Jan. 26, he spent all day dressed in a Tutu!
OUR GOAL IS TO REACH 100,000 NIGHTS BY THE END OF THE YEAR
*******WE HAVE A NEW CHALLENGE: THE STUDENTS MUST GET TO 60,000 NIGHTS. IF THEY DO, MR KRAJNYAK WILL WEAR THE MY LITTLE PONY TYPE BICYCLE HELMET ( AND PROBABLY SOME OTHER ACCESSORIES THAT WILL BE ADDED) FOR THE DAY.
......And they did it. I spent the day in pink pants, a pink top, pink hearts on my face and nose, and, of course, the lively pink bike helmet. WELL DONE!!!
We are trying now for 80, 000 Nights. If achieved, Mr. Krajnyak and Mr. McLeod will sing a song composed to plead the case of students who wish to not have homework. No guarantee that it will change anyones mind, but it may be entertaining. The Student's Blues is the song we hope to perform if 80,000 nights are achieved.
We want to reach 100,000 Nights. We need the help of our intermediate students. Turn in the Home Reading Books so we can get to that target!!!
click for information: INCLEMENT WEATHER GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES
Promontory Heights Elementary Community School opened in November 2000. It is located on Promontory Hill which is below Mount Thom and on the hillside that leads to the Ryder Lake area
It began as a school of under 300, and over a short period of time, grew to over 600 students and currently enrolls approximately 540 students. In order to accommodate this many students in a school that was built to enroll 350 students, we utilize six portables.
As you can imagine, Promontory Height Elementary is a busy place. Even though we have 540 students we work hard to maintain a community feel to the school. Biweekly Recognition Assemblies bring us together to celebrate successes. Buddy classes, Peer Helpers, Activity Leaders, Helping Hands, library/Tech helpers, Recycling and Student Lunch Monitors help to keep our primary and intermediate students familiar and in contact with each other. As a community school we are supported in serving the varied needs of our community through afterschool programs hosted by the Promontory Heights Community School Association (PHECSA)
We strive to maintain a positive, cooperative and respectful learning and working environment. Through the efforts of our staff we hope the programs and activities that we provide serve to support your child(ren) in their social, emotional and academic development. Our school provides many opportunities for our students and families:
programs that focus on and support literacy and numeracy skills
We think that Promontory Heights Elementary is a wonderful school and hope that you will find this a great place to be.