North Vancouver School District #44

Notes from the desk of John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools

North Vancouver School District #44

John Lewis

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School Choirs perform at the Education Services Centre

The sounds of Christmas filled the Education Services Centre last week as we had visits from both the Ross Road Choir, led by teacher Suzanne Morgan, and the Blueridge Choir, led by teacher Michele Denny. Both concerts were greatly appreciated by staff, who took a break from their work to enjoy this gift of song. [...]

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Aboriginal Success Story

Brad Baker was recently featured in the North Shore News: http://www.nsnews.com/news/carving-a-new-path-in-education-1.1588261 In this article, Brad speaks about his experiences as our District’s first Aboriginal teacher, working with Aboriginal youth, and the way Aboriginal culture is being honoured today.  Brad also speaks candidly about his family and how they have had an impact on his career [...]

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Farm to School BC Start-up Grants

I am pleased to announce Farm to School BC has funding available for schools interested in starting a new Farm to School program. Grants up to $4000 will be awarded to successful applicants to plan and implement a new program that brings healthy local produce into schools. Farm to School programs provide students with hands-on [...]

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Severe Weather Information 2014/15

Announcements of District-wide Closures and/or Delayed Openings of Schools With the recent snowfall, we want to remind parents/guardians, students, and staff of the North Vancouver School District’s winter weather procedures and announcements.  All schools in the North Vancouver School District will remain OPEN, if at all possible during winter weather, including snowfalls.  Any district-wide closure [...]

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StrongStart success in North Vancouver

StrongStart is a place where qualified early childhood educators connect with our youngest learners and help them to prepare for Kindergarten. The program is play-based and involves preschool-aged children and their parent/caregiver. Our StrongStart facilitators nurture a sense of belonging and create exciting Invitations to Learning in a classroom setting. Located in 7 of our [...]

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National Education Leadership Award

I was deeply honoured to attend the National Gathering for Indigenous education last week in Toronto, Ontario.  The Guiding the Journey conference featured innovative practices in Indigenous Education and the Guiding the Journey Educator Awards.  Brad Baker, our District Administrator for Aboriginal Education along with Stephanie Maki, Carson Graham teacher, presented the North Vancouver School [...]

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Queen Mary receives 2014 BC Heritage Conservation Outstanding Achievement Award

  We are proud to recognize the heritage restoration and reconstruction of Queen Mary School which won the 2014 BC Heritage Conservation Outstanding Achievement award. Board Chair Franci Stratton, Acting Mayor Linda Buchanan, and DA Architects + Planners were presented with the award at a gala ceremony on September 26th. I would like to thank [...]

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Harvard Scholar Visits North Vancouver

On Monday November 3rd 2014 Dr. Ron Ritchhart, a Senior Research Associate at Harvard University’s Project Zero, spoke to an audience of over 100 North Vancouver School District leaders.  In attendance were School and District Administrators, NVTA Executive members, Family of Schools Leaders and Teacher Leaders, Secondary Department Heads, and other teacher leaders from across [...]

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Emergency Preparedness Activities

Further to my blog post on October 16th I would like to highlight further emergency preparedness activities in our District as we continue to develop our plans for the safety of our students and staff. North Shore Schools Emergency Planning coordinator Bernadette Woit has been working with our District Occupational Health & Safety committee and [...]

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World Kindness Day – November 13, 2014

I am pleased to recognize November 13th as World Kindness Day, introduced by the World Kindness Movement in 1998. The goal of the campaign is to encourage greater kindness amongst all and promote resiliency and connectedness. Mindful Kindness workshops will be available to schools in our District by Vancouver Coastal Health Public Health Nurses who [...]

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