Another Successful Fire Drill

2015-11-26 13.54.50Today we had another fire drill at Capilano Elementary School. Every school year we are required to complete 6 fire drills and 3 other emergency drills. This was our third drill of the 2015-2016 school year.

I am pleased to say that the students have done a great job following the expected behaviours during all of our fire drills. We are able to evacuate the school in a timely manner, and students moved in a safe and orderly fashion.



For Capilano parents, please pass along our thanks to your child (or children) for their cooperation in our drills this year. They are doing a great job and we appreciate it.

Take care


We Had Power

2015-11-18 07.36.52This morning, at a rather early hour, I heard from our school board that several schools in North Vancouver did not have any power and would not be open. “What about Capilano?” they asked.

I checked. We had power, and we were fine to open. This was not the story for many of our public schools, as they had no power (and thus, no heat), so they remained closed.

Last night’s wind storm did leave its mark on our school grounds. Our grounds were covered with broken branches. The gravel field looked green, while the lower playgrounds had branches all over the place. We were able to do some clean up before school, and at recess we had a lot of help.

We closed part of the lower playground for recess, and reminded students to be mindful of all the debris on the field and playground. If they wanted to do something, they were invited to help us during recess to move all the debris to one of the many piles that were already in place. Many children helped, and our grounds were quickly cleared.

Thanks to all the students who did their part in helping to clean our playground. It was nice to see all the happy faces as they volunteered their time to help us out. Great work.

For those of you without power today, our thoughts are with you. We hope you get power soon.

Take care

Orange Shirt Day

2015-09-29 15.52.08This morning the students heard a little bit about Orange Shirt Day over the public address system. I encourage everyone to participate by wearing an orange shirt or wearing something orange.

The 3rd Annual Orange Shirt Day to commemorate the Indian Residential School experience is Wednesday, September 30th. 

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  It’s a day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter and so do those that have been affected. 


Every Child Matters.  Wear something orange to show that you care.

Source: North Vancouver School District’s website

As a school, we want to honour First Nations traditions, cultures and traditional teachings and education. As we move forward in education our future teachings and learning will include the First Peoples Principles of Learning.

It will be a great journey. Come along.

Take care

Image: Male Hummingbird in Yellow Cedar by Chris Joseph (1998)

Friday at Cap

It was a wonderful day at school today. We ran our annual Terry Fox/Nancy Leith Run for cancer in the afternoon, and the students did an excellent job.

Many of us know Terry Fox, but may not know about Nancy Leith. Nancy was a long-time parent volunteer (18 years) at Capilano who contributed in many ways to the school culture.

Today our students ran and raised money in honour of Terry and Nancy.

Thank you to the many parent volunteers who made today a wonderful success. We could not have done this without you.

Thank you to the Leith family for joining us today.

Many thanks to the grade 7 students for their leadership during the assembly and for helping our Kindergarten students have a successful run.

Thanks as well to all the students and families who have brought in donations for cancer research.

Have a great weekend. Remember kids, no school on Monday.

Take care