October 2016 - Student leaders at New Westminster Secondary School this year launched the largest number of clubs at the high school yet  -  a record-breaking 51 clubs that run the gamut from peace and justice, to math and STEM clubs, to jewelry making and Lego building.

For grade 12 student Olga Radivojevic, joining a club  was one way to feel a sense of belonging in what is one of the largest high schools in the province.

October 18 - This Thursday, New Westminster School students will practice how to "DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON" during the 2016 Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drills event, taking place October 20 at 10:20 a.m.  New Westminster Schools supports participation in the annual exercise as a way to practice what to do in the event of an earthquake. The event encourages everyone - from schools, families, and the community at large  - to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes, wherever we live, work, or travel.

October 7, 2016: Read all about it! The New Westminster Record this week shared several school-related stories, including about fundraising efforts at Lord Kelvin Elementary School where a "whopping" $385.55 was raised by the students during the school’s annual Terry Fox Run held last week. The funds will go to the Terry Fox Foundation to support cancer research.

Grade seven students Gursimrit Badyal and Miranda Baron opened their hearts to the stories they learned in school of young First Nations children like Seepeetza  -- who at six years old was taken from her family and sent to an Indian Residential School. There, the little girl was so hungry she hid bread and raw carrots in her clothes to eat late at night and was physically punished with other children.

September 30, 2016 - New Westminster Schools is heading for a period of stability for educators and students following the district staff report of end-of-year financial audited statements  to trustees this week. The audited statements show a  $650,000 operating  surplus for the 2015-2016 school year.  The total budgeted for 2015-16 was nearly $70 million.

Every summer and throughout the year a team of school district facilities, maintenance, and operations staff quietly make things happen. Roofs are repaired, floors installed, and portables are renovated, moved and repaired.  Fences are built and basketball hoops magically appear when needed....  

Grandparents, families and children are discovering a new home in New Westminster Schools' École Qayqayt Early Years Centre,  part of a school-based community service hub for the downtown New Westminster community that is fast  becoming the life of the neighbourhood.

"Our centre has involved a huge community collaboration and we are very excited and proud of it," said New Westminster Schools Associate Superintendent Janet Grant.

Sept. 14, 2016 - The announcement last week by BC Education Minister Mike Bernier that all school boards in the province must include sexual orientation and gender identity in anti-bullying policies has been welcomed at New Westminster Schools - where a gender and sexual diversity inclusion policy was approved in January 2015, and continues to be refined in support of a welcoming learning and working environment for all.

When students arrived for their first day at the brand new Fraser River Middle School this month, they were welcomed to more than new walls and gleaming hallways.

"A building like this can have a huge impact -- it opens the doors to learning," says Principal Debbie Jones.

Parents and kids saw the school for themselves during an open house Friday, Sept. 2.  The reaction?  "Wow!" said parent Colleen Gillespie, who has just moved to the district and is already on the Parent Advisory Committee. 

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If you are interested in finding out about a private bus service to Fraser River Middle School, please visit the PAC website at www.fraserriverpac.ca and click on "bus registration".

On June 1st, 2016, several classes at École Glenbrook Middle School planted a 'Heart Garden' outside their school.  Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams is an initiative that invites organizations and individuals to plant a garden of hearts to honour residential school survivors and those children who were lost to the residential school system.

Clara Driedger (left) from Glenbrook Middle School, Maya Arabe (right) from Qayqayt Elementary School and Nathan Griffiths (not shown) from New Westminster Secondary School received Yes I Can awards at a banquet held on Saturday, May 28, 2016.  The Yes I Can Awards are presented by the B.C. Council for Exceptional Children (BCCEC) every year to students nominated by their teachers, educational assistants, district staff or parents.

Minister of Education Mike Bernier came to New Westminster today, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, to announce the long-awaited funding approval for the New Westminster Secondary School replacement project.  The $106.5 million replacement New Westminster Secondary School is anticipated to be completed in 2019.  Upon its completion, the new school will be home for over 1900 grade 9 to 12 students.  For more details follow this link to the School District press

Clara Driedger (left) from Glenbrook Middle School, Maya Arabe (right) from Qayqayt Elementary School and Nathan Griffiths (not shown) from New Westminster Secondary School received Yes I Can awards at a banquet held on Saturday, May 28, 2016.  The Yes I Can Awards are presented by the B.C. Council for Exceptional Children (BCCEC) every year to students nominated by their teachers, educational assistants, district staff or parents.

The Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms document provides an important blueprint for School District No. 40's actions in moving forward to meet the needs of diverse learners in the classroom.

The Board of Education is in the process of preparing the Preliminary Annual Operating Budget for the 2016-2017 school year.  The first draft of the budget was presented at the Operations Policy and Planning Committee held April 12, 2016. The final budget bylaw will be presented to the Board for approval at the April 26, 2016 School Board meeting.

On February 19, 2016 the New Westminster Board of Education wrote a letter to Honourable Mike Bernier, Minister of Education, expressing concern regarding missed timelines and requesting additional information on the process and timelines of the NWSS replacement project to move forward.  Minister Bernier's response and a media release issued by the Board are li

The City of New Westminster is conducting a by-election to elect one (1) School Trustee for School District 40 (New Westminster).  The date for the by-election has been set for Saturday, June 11, 2016.  For more information on the process follow this link to the City of New Westminster website.

The draw for the 2016 May Day Suite was held at City Hall on Monday, March 7th.   Savanah Agas, representing Qayqayt Elementary will be New Westminster's 146th May Queen and Daniel Karwowski is her Royal Consort.  Other positions include:  First Maid of Honour Ariel Lajeunesse and Royal Knight Matiss Osborne from Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary; Second Maid of Honour Mindy Zhang and Royal Knight Jonathan Corbett from Richard McBride Elementary; Medal Bearer Anna Rodriquez and Royal Knight Malcolm Seymour from FW Howay Elementary; Register Bearer Saraya Scobie and Royal K

Building a new high school for the students of New Westminster is the Board of Education's number one priority.  The Board has worked closely with the Ministry of Education to move the project forward to our current position - awaiting funding approval.

At the February 23, 2016 meeting the Board of Education approved the proposed district calendar be distributed for consultation.  This calendar previously approved by the Board has been revised to include Non-Instructional Days.  Input on the calendar will be received until March 23, 2016 and the final draft will be presented to the Board at the March 29, 2016 School Board meeting.  Please forward you comments to bbasden@sd40.bc.ca.

The New Westminster School District is reaching out to parents for feedback on the future direction of our schools and our programs.  Your input is important to us.  Please follow this link to the PlaceSpeak website to complete the Visions for Learning Survey.  Thank you for your participation.

The New Westminster School District is in the process of implementing the redesigned curriculum mandated by the Ministry of Education.   Linked here is a letter from the Superintendent providing more information on the addition of two non-instructional days in the 2015-16 school calendar.

The document linked here Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms was received by the Board of Education and approved for distribution and consultation.  An on-line survey is available for input no later than February 15, 2016. 

Information meetings have been scheduled for parents to learn about the District Programs of Choice and determine if they are appropriate for their child.  The LATE FRENCH IMMERSION INFORMATION MEETING will be held on January 14, 2016 in the Multi-Purpose Room at École Glenbrook Middle School.  The online application for Programs of Choice opens on January 25, 2016 and closed on February 12, 2016.

New Westminster schools reopened on Tuesday, September 8th.  This link provides Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Students.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the 2015 Environmental Poster Contest.  Pictured above from left to right are:  Elena Massing, 2nd Place Winner from Connaught Heights Elementary School; Nicolle Marcelo, 1st Place Winner from Qayqayt Elementary Schools; and Bernice Baah, 3rd Place Winner from Qayqayt Elementary School. 

Students, parents and community supporters are working hard to ensure that dry grad activities for the New Westminster Secondary School Grad Class of 2015 are a big success.  Read about upcoming fundraising events in these two articles from the Royal City Record and the New Westminster NewsLeader.  For more information on how to donate, visit nwss.ca. 

Over 10,000 students from across B.C. competed in this year's pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d'art oratoire.  Trinity Armstrong, a Grade 7 Late Immersion student from Glenbrook Middle School took home one of the top awards as Provincial Winner.

The NWSS Sport Leadership Cohort is working to promote Physical Health Education in New Westminster by bringing together community members, families, students and school district staff to create a more active and healthy community.  All proceeds from this second annual three kilometre family run/walk at Queen's Park will go towards supporting Physical Health Education in the New Westminster School District.  For more information, please visit www.hyacksinmotion.com.

April 28 is a National Day of Mourning to recognize workers injured or killed on the job.  Workers die on the job every day.  Every year, hundreds of thousands more suffer injury or illness because of their working conditions.  They are not forgotten.  Unions, labour councils, families and community partners gather annually to mourn these losses and vow to prevent more.  They follow with action in the workplace and community pressing for work that promotes dignity and health.

Board Chair Jonina Campbell and Vice Chair Casey Cook (pictured above) presented New Westminster student, Adam Guthrie with a Certificate of Appreciation during the March 31st School Board Meeting.  Adam also received a new lacrosse stick in appreciation of going 'above and beyond' what was asked of him.  Over the winter break Adam completed the task of stringing 240 lacrosse sticks for the district's elementary school lacrosse program.  The K-5 program was launched two years ago and teaches students the basics of the sport.

The Board of Education has scheduled a series of public meetings to share budget information pertaining to the 2015 - 2016 school year and receive feedback.  Community members and stakeholders will have the opportunity to communicate their thoughts on programs and services for students.  Please click here to see information on School District No. 40's 2015 - 2016 Annual Budget Process Timeline.

The Official Opening of École Qayqayt Elementary School was held on Thursday, February 12th.  Prior to the official school opening the Board of Education, students and teachers hosted a community dinner to celebrate the opening of the district's first Neighbourhood Learning Centre located at École Qayqayt Elementary School.  The Ministry of Education published the attached news release about the event.

The Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster) invites you to attend the École Qayqayt Elementary School Official Opening.  This event will take place at the school, 85 Merivale Street, February 12th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  

The Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster) has determined that in order to ensure an optimal learning environment, the opening for Ecole Fraser River Middle School will be deferred until September 2016.  For more information please follow this link to view the full press release issued on January 21, 2015

Pictured above is the new Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster).  From left to right:  MaryAnn Mortensen, James Janzen, Mark Gifford, Jonina Campbell (Chair), Michael Ewen, Casey Cook (Vice Chair), Kelly Slade-Kerr.

The Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is pleased to announce that they have received a letter from the Ministry of Education confirming that the new secondary school in New Westminster will be a replacement school constructed on the existing school site.  The full press release issued by Board Chair, Jonina Campbell, can be viewed here.

On behalf of the Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster), Trustee Casey Cook presented CUPE Local 409 a Certificate of Appreciation at the November 18th Operations Policy & Planning Committee.  On behalf of his membership, CUPE Local 409 President, Marcel Marsolais, accept the certificate in appreciation of the pride, talents and dedication of all support staff. 

The New Westminster School District Student Services and the District Parents' Advisory Council invite you to a two-part Parents' Networking Session.  Follow this link for more information on the sessions titled, "What I Need to Know About the Transitioning of my Special Needs Child from School to the Community".  The second of two sessions is scheduled for November 27th, at the New Westminster Secondary Library, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

An agreement between the British Columbia Teachers' Federation and our Provincial Government through the British Columbia Public School Employers' Association has been reached.  Please click on this link to read the Superintendent's letter to parents and guardians regarding School Opening and School Opening Procedures.  For additional information regarding Kindergarten, please contact your child's school.

I am elated at the news that a tentative agreement between BCTF and the Provincial Government was reached early this morning.  At this time we do not have a firm date as to when our schools will re-open.  Both sides are working on the final details of the settlement.  I know that our teachers, support staff, administration and trustees are hoping to have our buildings ready to receive students as soon as possible.  Please continue to check this website to learn the dates for school openings and school specific information.

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I regret to inform you that the British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) and the British Columbia Public Schools Employers' Association (BCPSEA) were unsuccessful this weekend in reaching a negotiated settlement to end the current labour dispute.  We anticipate that our teachers will not be reporting to work tomorrow and that our schools will be behind picket lines.  Therefore, all schools in the New Westminster School District will not be offering instruction tomorrow.

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I am very disappointed to have learned that talks between the British Columbia Teachers' Federation and the British Columbia Public School Employers' Association broke down last night.  Mediator Vince Ready walked away from the table saying that the BCTF and the BCPSEA are too far apart to come to a resolution.

Given the restrictions placed upon summer enrollment by the Labour Relations Board, there are too few students to operate a viable summer school program this year. Therefore and with much regret, the New Westminster School District will cancel the 2014 Summer School at NWSS.

The New Westminster Summer School at NWSS will postpone the start of all classes until Monday, July 7th. The delayed start will allow us to further determine our ability to offer an academic and/or remedial summer school program. Should there not be an agreement between the BCTF and BCPSEA by Monday, June 30th, we are expecting our summer school to be behind picket lines. We are also waiting for the results of a BCPSEA application to the LRB to have some summer school classes deemed an essential service. Please continue to monitor this webpage for updates.

Our school year is ending in a way that is difficult for everyone in our school community.  We had hoped that the labour situation would come to a resolution and that we could all enjoy the end of our school year.  The circumstances of the current job action have had an impact on report cards.  Attached are two letters related to reports cards.  The first letter is  for parents and guardians of Elementary and Middle School students and the second one is for pare

The BCTF has served notice that a full strike will occur on Tuesday, June 17th.  There will be no picket lines at our schools on Monday, June 16th, however teachers will be participating in a "study session" that day and will not be in attendance at any of our schools.  Read the attached letter from the Superintendent  for more information, monitor local newspapers and radio stations (CKNW 980 and CKWX 1130) and this website for further updates.

The BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) continue to negotiate a new contract.  The BCTF has announced that rotating strikes will continue throughout the province this week.  The New Westminster School District will be behind picket lines on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  We will continue to advise parents of any new developments; please monitor local newspapers and radio stations (CKNW 980 and CKWX 1130) for current information.

Parents, students, teachers and administrators all want to see a negotiated settlement reached with the BC Teacher's Federation (BCTF) leadership.  Unfortunately, negotiations sometimes require that the parties use the available labour relations tools, such as strikes and lockouts to help reach an agreement.  The attached information clarifies what the union's strike and the employers' response to the strike might mean to parents and students.  In addition, parents and te

As you are probably aware, the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) are negotiating a new contract and, stemming from these negotiations, the BCTF began job action at the end of April.  This morning the BCTF announced that their job action will include rotating strikes across the Province.  The rotating strikes will begin on Monday, May 26 and continue May 27, 28 and 29.  All school districts will be impacted on one of those days.  For the New Westminster School District, all schools will be behind picket lines on Monday

The Board of Education invites members of the community to attend the École Fraser River Middle School Groundbreaking CeremonyThis event will take place at John Robson Elementary School, 120 Eighth Street, New Westminster on Thursday, May 15, 2014, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. The event is open to the public and will include remarks by all of the community partners. The new school plans will be on display and the project team will

At its Regular Open Meeting held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the Board of Education approved revised Policy 204.1, Rules of Procedure Bylaw.  The provisions outlined in Section 8 of the policy will see the implementation of two new Board Committees. 

School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is pleased to announce that John Gaiptman has agreed to continue as the District's Superintendent of Schools and CEO.  Please click on this link to read the Media Release issued on April 15, 2014.

The Board of Education is in the the process of preparing the Preliminary Annual Budget for the 2014/15 School Year.  As per the above budget process timeline, members of the public, employee and partner groups, are invited to participate in the process by attending a series of meetings.  At these meetings information on the budget will be communicated, and individuals or groups will have the opportunity to communicate their thoughts on programs and services for students. 

The Board of Education has followed a process for naming the new middle school and to determine the successful proponent for the Design-Build of the school and the administrative offices to be constructed on the existing John Robson School Site.  At the March 11th regular meeting, Board Chair Jonina Campbell and Yellowridge Construction Project Manager Kevin Waite, formally signed the Design-Build Agreement.  At that same meeting the Board approved the name for the new school as, "École Fraser River Middle School".

After a Request for Proposals process, the Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is pleased to announce that The Lower Mainland Purpose Society has been selected as the Child Care operator for the Qayqayt Elementary School Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC).  The full press release can be viewed here for additional information.

Our consultation meetings for Programs of Choice Catchments are now complete.  However, we continue to receive input from parents whose children will be entering school in the fall of 2015 or later and who have requested a Program of Choice.  The catchments will only come into effect for children who begin school in the fall of 2015 or later.  Siblings are not affected.  The attached PowerPoint was presented at the meetings to

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed Wednesday, February 26, 2014 as Bullying Awareness Day.  This day provides an opportunity for school districts to foster respect and compassion for all.  February 26th is also Pink Shirt Day in British Columbia.  I am asking everybody in our School District to wear something pink on February 26th.  Let's agree to end all forms of bullying and let's agree to be kind to each other.

School District No. 40 (New Westminster) has issued the attached press release announcing the appointment of  Mr. John Gaiptman as CEO/Superintendent of Schools, effective February 17, 2014.

Design and construction of the new middle school is moving forward.  The Board of Education has followed a process for naming the new school and has shortlisted the selection to two names:  École West Side Middle School or École Fraser River Middle School.  To assist the Board in this important decision please submit your preference from the two shortlisted names by email to bbasden@sd40.

Catchments for Programs of Choice for 2015-2016 will be determined so that students will have the best chance to attend the Program of Choice closest to their residence.  Students already in a program of choice will not be affected - this is only for students beginning in a Program of Choice in the fall of 2015 (usually, Kindergarten entry).  Click here to see the dates for community consultation meetings.

December 19, 2013

As previously reported, New Westminster School Superintendent, Dr. John Woudzia, will be leaving School District No. 40 to take the position of Vice-President, Education and Student Services, at Vancouver Community College (VCC), starting February 3, 2014.

The Board of Education, New Westminster (SD40) is engaging in a two-step process to hire a new Superintendent.  To enable a seamless transition, the Board is working to establish an interim replacement in the short-term, until a new Superintendent is able to begin his or her work.

The New Westminster Board of Education announced today that Superintendent of Schools for New Westminster, Dr. John Woudzia, will be leaving the school district at the end of January 2014.  Dr. Woudzia will be assuming the position of Vice President, Education & Student Services, at Vancouver Community College (VCC) effective February 3rd, 2014.

The Board of Education for School District No. 40 held its Inaugural Meeting, December 3, 2013.  At that meeting elections were held and the following changes are effective immediately:  Board Chair:  Jonina Campbell and Board Vice Chair: Michael Ewen.   Minutes from the Inaugural Meeting are linked here.

 

 

The Heart-Mind Index (HMI) is a survey instrument which gathers data to give information on children's social and emotional well-being.  Students in Kindergarten in New Westminster schools were found to be as or more capable on a variety of social and emotional skills as their provincial counterparts. 

In February of the Kindergarten year, Kindergarten teachers use the HMI to determine student strengths and competencies typified through the five Heart-Mind Index Domains:

From mid November 2013 to June 2014, School District No. 40 will partner with New Westminster Parks, Culture and Recreation and the New Westminster Community Food Action Committee to pilot a New Westminster Harvest Box Program.  The Harvest Box Program, a service which supplies fresh fruit and produce at affordable prices, will operate twice monthly at four depots - Century House, Centennial Community Centre, Queensborough Community Centre, and Lord Kelvin Community School.

With Halloween just around the corner and trick-or-treaters knocking on doors this week, ICBC is asking parents and drivers to use extra caution and plan ahead to keep children safe for this year's festivities.  Please click here to read ICBC's spooktacular safety tips for parents and drivers.  For more road safety tips, visit icbc.com/road-safety.

With Halloween just around the corner and trick-or-treaters knocking on doors this week, ICBC is asking parents and drivers to use extra caution and plan ahead  to help keep children safe for this year's Halloween festivities.  Please click here to read ICBC's spooktacular safety tips for parents and drivers. 

For more road safety tips, visit icbc.com/road-safety.

New Westminster schools engage in a variety of activities to motivate students to read.  The more we read, the more we enjoy reading.  Of course, the more we enjoy reading, the more we read, and our reading skills improve.  So, there is good reason to make reading fun!

Parents, students, staff, and community members are invited to attend this presentation hosted by the FastForword Consortium and featuring renowned neuroscientist Dr. Urs Ribary.  Dr. Ribary will be speaking on the fascinating world of the brain and how it affects how we perceive and process all of the sensory information from our outside world. 

From mid November 2013 to June 2014, School District No. 40 will partner with New Westminster Parks, Culture and Recreation and the New Westminster Community Food Action Committee to pilot a New Westminster Harvest Box Program.  The Harvest Box Program, a service which supplies fresh fruit and produce at affordable prices, will operate twice monthly at four depots - Century House, Centennial Community Centre, Queensborough Community Centre, and Lord Kelvin Community School.

As you are probably aware, there are a lot of special 'Days' of celebration in the field of public education throughout the school year in BC.  We have the National Day of Mourning, World Water Day, National Child Day, and May Day (to cite a 'local' example), just to name a few.

Our school district has received a second year of funding from the Ministry of Education to assist all our young students in learning to read successfully.  This funding is part of the initiative called "Changing Results for Young Readers".

As we prepare to embark upon a new school year, I'd like to offer a heartfelt 'Welcome' to all our students and families.  For our students returning to school, it is a time filled with anticipation and excitement as they prepare to reacquaint themselves with friends, develop new friendships, and enter the next grade level at their school.  For students new to New Westminster or entering school for the first time, the day after Labour Day is a very special time indeed.

The Pearson Adult Learning Centre congratulates the 2013 graduating class.  The teachers want to acknowledge all the hard work that was put into this accomplishment.  Completing school while working and taking care of family is no easy task.   We also want to applaud all of our students who continue to come to school and work towards their goals.  For information about summer or September, visit our website at www.palc.net.

This year was the 5th year of the City sponsored Environmental Poster Contest.  Students in grade 5 and 6 were asked to submit posters on "The 3Rs: The Road to Zero Waste".  A total of 284 entries throughout the District were received; the most in the content's history.  First Place winner was Chantelle Bethell, a grade 5 student from Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary Schools (Mr.

NWSS Students have just returned from a fully sponsored trip to Japan which took place from May 7th - 17th.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs - UNESCO, Asia Pacific Foundation Canada, sponsored 23 New Westminster Secondary students and two Teacher Chaperones to visit Japan.  The trip included a visit to our sister city, Moriguchi, homestay with students from Hagoromo Gakuen, and a visit to Tokyo and watching one of the oldest festivals in Japan, the Aoi Matsuri.

The Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is in the process of soliciting input from stakeholders and members of the public on its Draft Strategic Plan and has provided more information and guiding questions to assist you in your response. 

On Friday, April 5th at 1:30 p.m., the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Elementary School in New Westminster will take place at the former St. Mary's Hospital Site.  This celebratory event will include remarks by Project Partners, the Ministry of Education, the city of New Westminster and the New Westminster School District.

This event is open to the public, plans will be on display and the project team will be on hand to answer questions.

Please watch for your child to bring home the results package for their FSA assessment this week.  Included in the package is their writing booklet, which has written responses for reading, writing and numeracy, and their score report, with the results of the multiple choice questions and written responses combined.  Please call your school principal or Sandra Pace, Director of Learning services at 604-517-6111 if you have questions.

The City of New Westminster recently held its annual colouring and poster/photography contests as part of Heritage Week celebrations.  This year's contests focused on a theme of Good Neighbours: Heritage Homes and Neighbourhoods.   Many New Westminster students submitted entries and earned recognition for their artistic endeavours.  Follow this link to the New Westminster Record and a list of all the winning entries.  

 

The New Westminster School District's new elementary school at 200 Royal Avenue (at the former St.

Due to new provincial legislation requiring school districts in BC to establish their own school calendars beginning with the upcoming school year, SD 40 (New Westminster) will be holding an Open House and conducting a survey focussing on two school calendar options for the 2013-14 School Year.  Click to see the calendars and access the survey soliciting your feedback.

The New Westminster City Council and the New Westminster School District recently collaborated on a community scholarship agreement.  This award allows for select students from the Royal City's sister city of Lijiang, China to attend school at New Westminster Secondary School.  The Reverend Vasant Saklikar Memorial Scholarship recognizes the community work of Reverend Saklikar and addresses one of his hopes:  to provide education to deserving children who, without community support, would not have the opportunity to pursue life-changing possibilities. 

Parents' Night Out presentations are free parent information sessions that focus on current and emerging topics.     The next Parents' Night Out will take place this Thursday, January 24th in the Lord Tweedsmuir Community School Gymnasium from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Saleema Noon Sexual Health Educators will present information on Sex Education.  To register, please email communityschools@sd40.bc.ca

Our District is seeking your input into the deficit reduction.  We have created an online survey in the hopes that you will find a few moments before January 17, 2013 to assist us by providing your thoughts.  Please feel free to include your thoughts on the deficit reduction throughout the questions and to provide any additional comments in the last question of the survey.  To access the survey, please click here.  

All schools in the New Westminster School District will remain OPEN, if at all possible during winter weather, including snowfalls.  Any district-wide closure will be decided by 6:30 a.m. at the latest and will be announced via CKNW AM 980 radio, News AM 1130 radio, CBC AM 690 radio, Fairchild AM 1470 radio, CHQM FM 103.5 radio, CBC television, BCTV, City TV and CTV BC.  Individual school closures due to unique circumstances (e.g.

The Board of Education held its Final and Inaugural Meetings on December 4, 2012.  At the Final meeting James Janzen gave his, "Report of the Retiring Chair", and at the Inaugural Meeting the following positions were determined:  Chair:  Michael Ewen; Vice Chair: Jonina Campbell; BCSTA Rep & Alternate:  David Phalean & Jonina Campbell; and, BCPSEA Rep & Alternate: MaryAnn Mortensen & Lisa Graham.

ParticipACTION, a national non-profit organization focused on healthy living and physical activity initiatives, launched a brand new campaign this Fall.  ParticipACTION has partnered with the BC Ministry of Health to launch the Bring Back Play Funmobile this October and November.  On November 9th students at Herbert Spencer School were treated to a visit by the Funmobile.  The Bring Back Play Funmobile is a mobile tour that has been travelling around communities in British Columbia, visiting events, school and various community gathering places.  At each stop, Bring Back

Pictured above is Elder Se'qwa:yent'n (Danny Charlie) from the Sto:lo Nation and Bertha Lansdowne, District Aboriginal Education Coordinator signing the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (AEEA), which hopes to build on their dramatic improvement of learning outcomes for Aboriginal students.  Since the first AEEW was signed in New Westminster the six-year graduation rate for Aboriginal students has increased from 17% in 2004-05 to 62% in 2010-11.

 The Ministry of Education recently provided a small amount of funding for teachers to explore what works best in teaching young children to read.  Each of our schools has a teacher in Kindergarten or grade 1 with a half-day each week to work teaching young children to read.  These teachers are our Early Reading Advocates.  This project is helping teachers deepen their conversation about what methods work best with which children.  They are sharing their considerable expertise with one another.  We hope to have two main benefits from one-year long project:

The Board of Education of School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is inviting interested parties to submit suggestions for naming the elementary and middle schools that are being built as part of the New Westminster Schools Capital Project.  The elementary school is a replacement of the current John Robson Elementary School and will be built on the former St. Mary's Hospital site.  The middle school will be built on the current John Robson site.  

We are pleased to acknowledge the recent achievements of Albert Chiu, one of our NWSS IB students.  Albert recently attended the Summer Immersion Program at the Deep River Science Academy in Deep River, Ontario.  During the six week intensive co-op program, Albert worked on a project titled, "Study of Sample Type and Isotope/Alloy Concentration on TSSD using Deferential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)" and will have his work published in the Academy Journal.

As we prepare to embark upon a new school year, I'd like to offer a heartfelt 'Welcome' to all our students and families.  For our students returning to school, it is a time filled with anticipation and excitement as they prepare to reacquaint themselves with friends, develop new friendships, and enter the next grade level at their school.  For students new to New Westminster or entering school for the first time, the day after Labour Day is a very special time indeed.

More than 7,000 new and returning students are expected to begin the 2012/13 school year in New Westminster.  School staff are available to answer questions and receive registrations; please call your neighbourhood school for more information.  More details on school opening procedures and student admission requirements are posted online.

On June 25th the graduating students of the Columbia Square Adult Learning Centre received their diplomas, and eighty-four year old elder Keely George was also acknowledged for her hard work and contributions to the centre.

Makassia Sesay is from Liberia.  She has been in Canada for eight years and has attended the Pearson Adult Learning Centre for the last six years while working as well.  She is a hard-working, dedicated student.  She has worked through all of her courses with patience and perseverance.  I have had the privilege of being able to help Makassia as she worked her way through her courses and towards her goal.  Her next goal is to attend BCIT and pursue being an Ultrasound Technician; I know that you will enjoy reading what Makassia has to say.

Welcome to Summer!  After one of the longest, coldest, and 'wettest' springs in recent memory, summer has finally arrived!  As the end of the current school year approaches, our thoughts naturally begin to turn to warm, sunny, leisurely days filled with fun, laughter, recreation, and family vacations.  In the field of public education, the much anticipated 'summer break' is also a time that allows us to pause and reflect upon the school year that has just concluded.

On June 15, the final Chef Training competition was held at NWSS.  With 13 students competing and cooking up a storm, the suspense was palpable and the energy high.  Students were to prepare a main entree with a protein, starch and vegetable creation of their choosing.  Preparation included menu writing, item costing and, of course, cooking and plating.  Our instructor Chef Schram, CUPE cook Mr. Bourne and Vice Principal Mr.

The picture above featured on the School District Website is the house that our New Westminster Secondary School Carpentry ACE-IT Program students built.  In fact, the students built three such houses.  This program focuses on wood framing and form work, with the students attending BCIT for 6 weeks out of second semester to complete the larger scale projects and learning the rest of the curriculum at NWSS with Red Seal carpenter and teacher Mr.

School District No. 40 is asking for your input in developing its Strategic Plan.

Please plan to attend one of our community meetings to help inform the Strategic Planning process for the School District as we plan and build for the future.  We are very excited about this process and welcome your input and participation.  Click here for more details on meeting dates, times and locations.

 

NWSS students in the Professional Cook Level 1 ACE-IT (Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Trades) Program were visited this week by Master  Butcher Karsten Schelhas.  Karsten taught the students how to butcher half a pig from start to finish.  This was a great opportunity for the students to learn some skills and to also meet someone in the trade.   Karsten is a 4th generation butcher who has his own company, "Maluma", and also works in a Vancouver butcher shop.  Please visit the

The Board of Education has altered its scheduled Committee-of-the-Whole meetings for May.  The Finance/Facilities Committee meeting has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the NWSS Library.  The Education/Social Responsibility Committee meeting will be held on May 8th.

The Finance/Facilities meeting will focus on the capital project and the construction of the elementary and middle schools that is underway with the signing of the project agreements on April 16th.

After much anticipation, patience and hard work, we are excited to be able to share the news... New Westminster is getting two new schools.

The provincial government issued a press release today announcing funding of $30M for a new elementary and middle school.

The Community Coordination For Women's Safety in New Westminster is undertaking the "Purple Lights Project" again this year from April 15-28, 2012 (Prevention of Violence Against Women Week - April 15 to 21 and Victims of Crime Awareness Week - April 22 to 28).

The 2012 Canadian Wildlife Federation Get to Know Contest is now launched!  Students are encouraged to go outdoors and be inspired by their wild neighbours to create works of art and enter them into this contest.

Since the beginning of North America, the Aboriginal culture has impacted Vancouver in several amazing ways.  With our sculpture, we are combining history and the core of Vancouver.  We did this by representing the Aboriginal culture through the art that has enlightened our city, but also adding a flare of Vancouver by showcasing the amazing sculptures that are placed within our city.  In our particular 'CANstruction' model, we have imbedded the Aboriginal whale art with the raindrop sculpture in downtown Vancouver to provide our spectators with the 'old and the new' of Vanco

Congratulations to all of the students listed below involved with this year's May Day.  The May Queen this year, and for the second year in a row, is from Hume Park Elementary!  For more information, please follow this link to the Royal City Record.

Students at F.W. Howay Elementary School recently held a clothing drive for its Howay Helping Hands Project.

There was an amazing response from the students and their families.  Hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, coats and boots were collected.  Many of the items were brand new and the total collection covered four long tables.

Four grade four and five students helped to bag the items and bring them to Lookout Emergency Aid Society in New Westminster.

Please read the News Release dated March 2, 2012 for information on the School District No. 40 Business Company repaying the remaining balance of the orginal advance from the school district.

The Canadian Parents for French, New Westminster Chapter is pleased to partner with 2012 Rendez-vous de la Francophonie and the National Film Board of Canada to present a free screening of the documentary film "Esprits De Famille" on Friday, March 9th at 5 Stones Church, 612 Columbia Street, New Westminster.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the evening will end by 9:00 p.m.

National Pink Shirt Day takes place on February 29th, 2012.

Ceilidh Millar, Youth Reporter/Journalist, was involved in bullying prevention through NWSS's "Rock Solid" program with the school's drama department.  Ceilidh has been using her voice to speak out against bullying and as a youth reporter and journalist; her articles have been featured in publications and on the "National Bullying Prevention Center" and "Teens Against Bullying" websites.

The New Westminster School District has scheduled a series of informational meetings for parents on Programs of Choice.  Please note, all District Programs of Choice are highly subscribed, so applying early increases the likelihood of getting in.  Follow this link for more information for upcoming parents interested in enrolling their child in Montessori or Late French Immersion.

Herbert Spencer Elementary Celebrates a Milestone Birthday

This year Herbert Spencer Elementary School will celebrate its 100th birthday on June 8th and 9th!  Planning for this very special event is underway and we hope that many alumni will return to the school to share and enjoy revisiting the past and the present! 

Schools in New Westminster will be closed for the winter break with the last day of school on Friday, December 16th and reopening on Tuesday, January 3.

BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON!

 

 

The newly elected Board of Education was sworn-in at the Inaugural Meeting Tuesday, December 6, 2011.  Congratulations to:

  • Jonina CAMPBELL
  • Casey COOK
  • Michael EWEN, Vice Chair
  • Lisa GRAHAM,
  • James JANZEN, Chair
  • MaryAnn MORTENSEN
  • David PHELAN

Trustee/School Liaison and Committee Representatives will be communicated to all schools and posted to the website as soon as they have been determined.

The Board of Education received approval from the Minister of Education to complete the land exchange with the City of New Westminster at the former St.

The results of the November 19th Municipal Elections are official and the following candidates have been elected to the Board of Education and will be sworn-in at the Inaugural Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 2011:

Jonina CAMPBELL, Casey COOK, Michael EWEN, Lisa GRAHAM, James JANZEN, MaryAnn MORTENSEN, and David PHELAN.

Trustee/School Liaison and Committee Representatives will be communicated to all schools and posted to the website as soon as they have been determined.

The Ministry of Education has released the updated Six-Year Completion Data for all school districts.  New Westminster's overall completion rate has climbed to 80.8% which is higher than previous years and slightly above the provincial average.  Also, the School District's Aboriginal rate is 8% higher than the provincial average of 62% (provincial average at 54.1%) and the percentage of girls and ESL Learners was slightly higher than the provincial averages (85.1% vs 82.9% for

John Robson Elementary School held the "Bonjour, Bonne Nuit" event on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.  "Bonjour, Bonne Nuit" means "hello, good night".  In these events, the young children come in their pyjamas, with their teddy bears, and older children in the program read to them in French.  Then, they get to take the book home with them.  This event connects the older and younger children in the French Immersion programs and develops their interest in reading in French.  Parents and teachers guide the evenings.  Coffee is served to the parents and hot chocolate

Don't forget to change your clocks this weekend for the end of daylight-savings time. 

The official "fall back" time is 2 a.m. Sunday, so if you are ahead of the game, you'll turn your clocks back an hour before you go to sleep on Saturday night.

There have been various comments presented in the media about the condition of the modular classrooms which were opened for classes in September.  The Board wishes to make it clear that the new modulars have been constructed to a very high standard.  They are safe and contain fire detection and fire sprinkler systems.  These systems were connected and functioning when school started on September 6th.

"Parents' Night Out" are five free parent information sessions that focus on current and emerging topics.  The five evenings are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and are open to all parents/caregivers in New Westminster.  Please follow this link for more information.

We Day, an initiative of Free the Children, will be held on October 13th this year.  Our students have been involved as part of their social responsibility initiatives since the event came to Vancouver three years ago.  Students in grade 7 and up - last year, 218 of them - attended from seven schools.  Students heard presentations by Al Gore, Rev. Jesse Jackson, National Chief Shawn Atleo, Rick Hansen, Hedley, and the Kielbergers, among others.

Please follow this link for information on Registration and Opening Procedures in our district for Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

As the 2010/2011 school year comes to a close, Dr. John Woudzia, Superintendent of Schools, sends this message to all staff and students of School District No. 40 (New Westminster).

Have a Safe and Happy Summer!

 

On Wednesday, June 22nd, Pearson Adult Learning Centre graduates celebrated their successes together.  This year 31 students fulfilled the requirements for the Dogwood Diploma.  During the 2010-2011 school year, 650 students attended classes or worked self paced at the learning centre.

Action Schools! BC is a best practice model designed to assist schools in creating individualized action plans to promote healthy living.  Richard McBride Elementary School has been registered with Action Schools BC since 2004 and their "Success Story" was recently highlighted by Actions Schools! BC.  Their 'story' can be viewed at this link to the Action Schools!

In June 2009 as part of the New Westminster Schools Project, the School District purchased the site of the former St. Mary's Hospital and several residential lots for a new elementary school to replace the elementary school at the John Robson site.  There were City roadways within the parcels which the City had officially closed which created a single irregular shaped parcel of land.  The Massey Performing Arts Business Terms Agreement dated June 28, 2010, between the Board of Education for School District No.

New Westminster Board of Education, New Westminster City Council and Hyack Festival Association proudly present the 141st May Day Celebration on Wednesday May 25, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Queen's Park Stadium.  This unique New Westminster event is the longest running May Day celebration in the Commonwealth.

School children from all over the City will gather at Queen's park Stadium for the crowning of the new May Queen, a tradition since 1870.  As well, parts of the festivities include Folk Dances, May Pole Dances and Sport Events.

On May 4, 1870, the Hyack Fire Department provided a free lunch for the citizens who gathered to witness the crowing of New Westminster's first May Day Queen!.  This year, the May Day Committee is holding a contest for Grades -1 - 5 students to win a free lunch for their class.  The contest begins May 4th.  Click here for more information.

 

UPDATE:  At the Open Board Meeting held June 7, 2011 the Superintendent provided a PowerPoint presentation (linked here) and a recommendation related to Hume Park Elementary School that was amended and passed by the Board as follows:

On April 28th Canada will observe the National Day of Mourning which commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace hazards and incidents.  Since its inception, the observance has spread to over 80 countries around the world commonly referred to as Workers Memorial Day.  The purpose of the National Day of Mourning is twofold; to remember and honour those lives lost or injured and to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace.  

Please note that the School Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th has been postponed until WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27th, 7:30 pm.

The meeting will be held at City Hall Council Chambers.

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2011!  Fight Climate Change and work towards a clean energy future!

For over 40 years, Earth Day has been a valuable tool for inspiring and mobilizing citizens and organizations to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.  The Earthday Birthday 2011 is also referred to as World Environment Day.  This is a pivotal time to make serious changes that will conserve, protect and sustain our planet. 

Get to Know your Wild Neighbours!

This year, renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman invites all Canadian youth to go outside and "get to know" their wild neighbours.  The Canadian Wildlife Federation Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest encourages young people to develop a deeper appreciation for their neighbours of other species by getting outdoors and creating art, writing, digital photography and videos.

The Board of Education of School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is considering offering a two-week Spring Break for student and staff in New Westminster beginning in the 2011-2012 School Year and beyond.  A two-week Spring Break would result in some financial benefits derived from reduced facility and operational costs.  However, a two-week Spring Break is not being considered for budgetary reasons.  Increased levels of student and staff morale, and reduced levels of illness have been noted by other school districts offering a two-week break. 

Lauren Vanags, a Grade 5 student at Hume Park Elementary School, will be New Westminster's 141st May Queen.  Congratulations to Lauren and the rest of the 2011 May Queen Suite including: 

Canadian Parents for French, New Westminster Chapter is preparing for the 6th Annual Marche francais, French Marketplace.

Come and experience a bit of French culture at the Marche francais on Thursday, April 14th from 2:45 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Ecole Herbert Spencer School Gym.

Meet vendors of hard-to-find French resources and interesting French-themed items.  Enjoy delicious crepes and maple treats.  There will be a children's activity and craft area as well as a raffle.

Admission is free.  Everyone is welcome!

The New Westminster Secondary School Team won "first place" in the school category at the recent Canstruction Vancouver event.  After building for two full days (17 hours of building) New Westminster Secondary Students produced this amazing sculpture!  The sculpture was "Canstructed" from almost 5000 cans of tuna and mushrooms that will be donated to the Food Bank!   Drop by and see some of the other amazing displays at the Cruise Ship Terminal until March 6th.  NWSS stud

GREASE LIGHTENING!! Have you got your tickets yet?

Performances of "Grease" run Thursday February 24th, Friday February 25th and Saturday February 26th AT 7:00 PM with a matinee performance on Saturday February 26th at 2:00 PM.   

 Come out to the Massey Theatre and enjoy a spectacular musical wonder chock full of entertainment!!

Tickets $15 students/seniors and $17 adults and are available at the Massey Theatre Box Office  604-521-5050

Is your child ready for Full Day Kindergarten?  Are you thinking about the Montessori program for your child?   To assist parents of young children,  two informational meetings have been scheduled.  These meetings will be of interest to parents of all children younger than 5 years old, not only those children who are entering Kindergarten this fall.  Follow this link for information on Full Day Kindergarten and Montessori Program

Are you thinking about Early French Immersion for your child?  Please attend an information meeting for parents about this program and how to apply for your child to enter the program.   The meeting will be held at Herbert Spencer Elementary (605 Second Street) on Thursday, February 17th, at 6:30 p.m. It is a program in high demand, so applying early increases the likelihood of your child getting in.  This meeting will discuss the benefits of French Immersion for your child, and explain the application process. 

The Board of Education of School District No. 40 (New Westminster) passed a motion at its public meeting of January 25, 2011, to discontinue the school closure process at it relates to Hume Park School.  Click here to view the letter from the Superintendent for more details. 

The Official Opening of our new StrongStart Early Learning Centre will take place on February 9th, 1:00 pm, at Connaught Heights Elementary School, 2201 London Street, New Westminster.

The Grade 7 students at Lord Tweedsmuir School spent their school day on Friday, January 21st, learning what it means to be a leader in our world.  The children enjoyed listening to a number of inspirational speakers including Dr.

Are you wondering whether Late French Immersion is the right program for your soon-to-be grade 6 student?

Last December, as part of HASTE'S "Cool Routes to School" program in New Westminster, students at FW Howay were out of classroom to help enforce vehicle speeds around their school.  Equipped with a radar gun and a clipboard, students clocked and measure the speed of cars along Cumberland Street - at street where speeding is often a concern.

At the January 11th meeting of the Board of Education Mr. James Lombardi, Associate Director, Youth Programming, presented the We Schools in Action 2009-2010 Final Report.  We Day is an initiative by the charity Free the Children which engage young people in volunteerism and taking action to create positive change in their communities (locally) and in the world (globally).

Here is a brief overview of what schools in New Westminster have been able to accomplish in the 2009-10 school year:

All schools in the New Westminster School District will remain OPEN, if at all possible during winter weather, including snowfalls.  Any district-wide closure will be decided by 6:30 a.m. at the latest and will be announced via CKNW AM 980 radio, News AM 1140 radio, CBC AM 690 radio, Fairchild AM 1470 radio, CHQM 103.5 radio, CBC television, BCTV, City TV and CTV BC.

Please follow this link to see the date lines and requirements regarding Registration Information for Education Programs for the upcoming 2011-2012 School Year.

All schools in the New Westminster School District will remain OPEN, if at all possible during winter weather, including snowfalls.  Any district-wide closure will be decided by 6:30 a.m. at the latest and will be announced via CKNW AM 980 radio, News AM 1140 radio, CBC AM 690 radio, Fairchild AM 1470 radio, CHQM 103.5 radio, CBC television, BCTV, City TV and CTV BC.

The Board of Education of School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is pleased to acknowledge the New Westminster Shrine Club for their generous donation to the Royal City Education Foundation.  Follow this link for photo and more information.

 

 

 

School District #40 is pleased to announce the creation of My New Westminster: A Neighbourhood History by the City of New Westminster in cooperation with the School District.  Please follow this link to read more about this resource.

The Board of Education of School District No. 40 (New Westminster) held its Inaugural Meeting on December 7th where elections were held for the following positions for the upcoming year:  Chair:  Michael Ewen; Vice Chair: James Janzen; BCSTA Provincial Councillor: James Janzen; BCSTA Alternate: Lori Watt; BCPSEA Representative: Jim Goring; BCPSEA Alternate: Brent Atkinson.

The Board of Education is pleased to announce they have renewed their lease with the Massey Theatre Society through June 2013.  The renewal of the lease was included in the Massey Performing Arts Centre Business Terms Framework Agreement that was signed between the Board of Education and the City of New Westminster in June.  The renewal of the lease allows the Massey Theatre to remain in operation until the construction of the replacement of New Westminster Secondary School and the new Massey Performing Arts Centre begins.

All schools in the New Westminster School District will remain OPEN, if at all possible during winter weather, including snowfalls.  Any district-wide closure will be decided by 6:30 a.m. at the latest and will be announced via CKNW AM 980 radio, News AM 1140 radio, CBC AM 690 radio, Fairchild AM 1470 radio, CHQM 103.5 radio, CBC television, BCTV, City TV and CTV BC.

The New Westminster School District "New Employee Orientation" will be held on Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive (on the waterfront) from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The New Westminster Chapter of Canadian Parents for French has been busy.  The group has already hosted kindergarten Bonjour, Bonne Nuit events at all three French Immersion elementary schools - Ecole Herbert Spencer, John Robson and Lord Tweedsmuir.  The French storytime takes place in the evening at the schools where the students wear their PJ's and enjoy a night of reading en francais by older student in the French Immersion program.  Each kindergarten family received a take-home French book provided by Canadian Parents for French. 

A Program Advisory Task Force to assist with the selection of Community Programs and Services to be delivered at three proposed new Neighbourhood Learning Centre Schools has been established.  The Task Force, with members from the School District, City and Parent Advisory Committee met for the first time on October 26th and will meet again November 10th.  The Neighbourhood Learning Centre program recommendations are required for the School District to build its capital projects report before submitting it to the Ministry of Education for approval of the three new schools. 

As the next step in the process of improving communications, individual websites are being created for schools that do not have their own website; this will be followed by upgrading existing school sites to a format similar to the district-wide site.  This is a work in progress that started with the creation of websites for Connaught Heights Elementary School, John Robson Elementary Sch

On October 26th at 10:00 am, Tsilhqot'in Chiefs, School District, City and Government officials will gather at New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS) to pay tribute to leaders of the Tsilhqot'in War of 1864.  To put the Tsilhqot'in visit to NWSS in context a bit of history is warranted.  In 1864 the Chilcotin War broke out between First Nations and European settlers after the settlers tried to construct a road from the Coast to the Interior of BC during the Fraser River gold rush.  When attempts by the settlers to capture the warriors failed, the five Tsilhqot'in Chiefs were

joint press release has been issued from School District No. 40 (New Westminster) and the City of New Westminster in support of Neighbourhoods of Learning and the replacement of Massey Theatre.  After months of gathering feedback from several rounds of consultation and a poll of 500 area residents showing widespread support, School District No.

The Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster) held a Special Open Board Meeting on October 12th, 2010, to formally receive the Final Report on the Public Consultation Process related to Neighbourhoods of Learning.  At that meeting the Board approved the following recommendations:

Please be advised that a substance described as pepper spray was discharged in the overpass at New Westminster Secondary School this afternoon near the conclusion of the lunch hour that required an evacuation of the school be undertaken.  The New Westminster Fire Department was dispatched and ambulance services were on hand.  Students were dismissed at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The Board of Education for School District No.40 (New Westminster) has scheduled a special open meeting (click here to view agenda) on Monday, October 18, 2010, at 6:00 pm in the New Westminster Secondary School Library.  The School District has been consulting with various stakeholder groups and the community on the plans to build three new schools and the Neighbourhoods of Learning initiative.  The purpose of the meeting is for the Board to receive the consultation rep

The Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School community showed tremendous support for the students during their recent fund-raising run for the Terry Fox Foundation.  Last year the school raised $1,800 for this good cause.  The goal this year was $3,000 and together the students, parents and staff raised $3,849.02.  What a wonderful accomplishment!  On Wednesday, October 13th, there will be an assembly to celebrate and to present a cheque to Terry Fox's sister Judy who will receive it on behalf of the Foundation.  Two of the Lord Tweedsmuir teacher

In addition to the public information sessions scheduled to explain the overall vision and plan for New Westminster's new school centres, the Capital Project Team has also been meeting with stakeholder groups to share information on the Neighbourhoods of Learning opportunities.   We would like to have your input on this community initiative.  Click on the link below to learn more and provide your feedback.

Neighbourhoods of Learning Feedback Form

 

As we prepare to embark upon a new school year, I would like to extend a heartfelt 'welcome' to all our students and their families and hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with friends and loved ones.  For our students returning to school, it is a time filled with anticipation and excitement as they prepare to reacquaint themselves with friends, to develop new friendships, and to enter the next grade level at their school.  For students new to New Westminster, or entering into school for the first time, the day after Labour Day is special time indeed.

Public information sessions have been scheduled to explain the overall vision and plan for New Westminster's new school centres.

Attached is the joint press release issued by School District No. 40 and the City of New Westminster inviting the public to attend the information sessions, featuring Neighbourhoods of Learning and the new Performing Arts Theatre.

The sessions are scheduled for:

The Board of Education for School District #40 and the City of New Westminster have announced a proposed plan that will see a new regional community performing arts centre to replace the existing Massey Theatre included as part of the New Westminster Secondary School replacement project.  The announcement came following a thorough discussion process between the School District and the City. 

New Westminster Mayor and City Council awarded three local students prizes for their submissions to the 2010 Environmental Poster Contest.  The theme for this year's poster contest was: "Sustainable Transportation: Now and in the Future".  The City, in collaboration with School District No. 40 and GreenLearning Canada, supported the contest which allowed grades 5 and 6 students to express their environmentally-related learning experiences.  In total 132 entries were received from schools throughout the district.

On Thursday, June 17th, during the Breakfast Television segment on City TV, Lord Tweedsmuir School was featured for receiving a $1,000.00 grant.  School Librarian, Janis Bridger, applied for the grant that will be used for a digital overhead and a guest author to come to the school.

In the past few months at Queensborough Middle School an enthusiastic group of students have established an Environmental Club with the assistance of staff members Mrs. Jennifer Skye and Mrs.

Two NWSS French Immersion students won awards at the recent 2010 Rivers to Sea Regional Heritage Fair held on May 1st at the Burnaby Heritage Museum.  CONGRATULATIONS to Ayden Shoulak (Gr. 9) who was awarded the New Westminster Museum and Archives Award for his project "Les revendications territoriales des Autochtones/Native Land Claims; and to   Rachel Wong (Gr. 9) who, with her project La taxe d'entree sur les Chinois/The Chinese Head Tax, has been selected to attend the Provincial Heritage Fair at Barkerville/Wells this June.

 

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) presents Bike to Work and School Week: May 31 - June 6, 2010.  Join thousands of others cycling and celebrating!  Bike to School and Work Week encourages people to try biking to school or work and celebrates with those that already do.  For more information visit their website at www.biketoschoolmetrovan.ca

New Westminster City Council, New Westminster Board of Education and Hyack Festival Association proudly present the 140th May Day Celebration on Wednesday May 26th, from 11:15am to 1:30pm at Queens Park Stadium.  This unique New Westminster event is the longest running May Day celebration in the commonwealth.

This letter from the Superintendent of Schools is to all parents/guardians and is related to an incident that happened today (Friday, May 14) near Lord Kelvin Elementary School.

The Historica-Dominion Institute has joined with Parks Canada and Nature Canada to create My Parks Pass.  This program will grant every Grade 8 student in Canada free entry, for one year, to all national parks and national historic sites managed by Parks Canada.  The program is an opportunity for young Canadians to engage firsthand with our natural and historic inheritance.  Please click here for more information.

"CONGRATULATIONS" to NWSS Grade 12 student, Krista Gibbard!  Two months and more than 300 artistic entries later, The Vancouver Sun and Gang Task Force have selected three winners in the Teens Against Gangs poster contest.   The winning posters will be mass produced for distribution to schools and community centres around B.C.  One of the winners, New Westminster Senior Secondary student Krista Gibbard, was thrilled to get the news that her depiction of gang-life as a poor career choice was one of the winning entries.  Gibbard, who is headed to Emil

Fraser Health and the School District are working proactively to minimize spread of the disease in the community.  The Fraser Health Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Roland Guaspar is distributing a letter to all schools in the Fraser Health region with advice for students, parents and staff.

At its meeting on April 27, 2010, the Board of Education accepted all the recommendations of the Report on the Review of Locations for Programs of Choice.  For more information please see:

"Congratulations" to French Second Language students from NWSS ( Jaycee Clarkson, Andrei Muresan,Van Stonehouse, and Alice Wang) and École Glenbrook Middle School (Madeleine Clarkson, Maria Constanineuscu, Sadie Decoste, Marc Massicotte, Melissa Rutherford and Dini Shi ) in the recent French Public Speaking District Finals – the Concours d’art oratoire!

Six Late French Immersion students from New Westminster Secondary School, Johanna Withers, Jaycee Clarkson, Kayley McLeod, Summer Roddick, Jessica Croy and Rhianne Ferdinandi, were very fortunate to attend the 8th Annual Conference en Francais hosted by The Canadian Club of Vancouver on April 15th at The Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.  Canadian Parents for French BC/Yukon sponsored about 35 French Second Language students from the Lower Mainland.  Over 300 people attended the luncheon including representatives from all the organizations that support French in BC!

This letter from the Superintendent of Schools is to all parents/guardians and is related to an incident that happened today (Friday, April 16) at Herbert Spencer Elementary School.

New Westminster Hyacks head football coach Farhan Lalji has been awarded the Scholastic Provincial Coach of the Year Award.  The award, given out by the B.C.

Six current SD40 students are in the cast of the Royal City Musical Theatre's latest production, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", which runs April 8 to 24 at Massey Theatre!  Congratulations to Sarah Labrosse (Grade 4), Herbert Spencer; Sophie Labrosse (Grade 7), Madeleine Clarkson (Grade 7) and Sadie DeCoste (Grade 8) all from Ecole Glenbrook Middle School and Jesse DeCoste (Grade 11) and Alyssa Quan (Grade 9) from NWSS. 

New Westminster's newest StrongStart Early Centre opened at Connaught Heights Elementary School on March 29th.  StrongStart is a FREE Drop-In Program for preschoolers 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers.   Families are welcome to drop into the program any time, any day.  Pre-registration is not required.  Click here to view more information about the StrongStart Early Learning Centres.

Members of the 2010 May Queen Suite were selected in a draw held at City Hall on May 15. Emma Best, Grade 5 student at Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School was named May Day Queen for 2010 and will reign over the May Day event at Queen’s Park, Wednesday, May 26.  Here is the 2010 May Queen Suite:

CONGRATULATIONS to the New Westminster Secondary School Senior Improv Team - the 2010 Provincial Champions.  The Improv Team, coached by NWSS teacher Traci Cave, will be traveling to Ottawa, March 24th, to represent British Columbia in the Canadian Improv Games. GOOD LUCK to the team!!

School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is in the process of updating their new website.  We appreciate your patience as we work through the process.   Should you have any questions or concerns about the content please contact:

Janice Lewis at jlewis@sd40.bc.ca or Barbara Basden at bbasden@sd40.bc.ca

At the February 9, 2010 Board of Education meeting, the Superintendent of Schools provided information on the re-establishment of the District Advisory Committee (DAC).  The District Advisory Committee will be comprised of representatives from various schools in the district, as well as representatives from a variety of local organizations interested in making a contribution to public education in New Westminster.  The central goal of the committee will be to provide a range of perspectives reflected through the diversity of its membership to the school district w

UPDATE:  At their Open Board Meeting held March 16, 2010, the Board of Education approved a motion directing staff to suspend the process regarding the possible closure of Hume Park Elementary School and its possible consolidation with Sir. Richard McBride Elementary School, until October 31, 2010.

 

From time to time, it is necessary to REVIEW DISTRICT PROGRAMS and offerings to ensure that they meet the needs of students and families, that the District can support them adequately, and that they operate effectively and efficiently. It is important to ensure that these programs continue to meet the purposes for which they were established - meeting the needs of students.

At their public meeting held on September 9, 2009, the Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster) received the following reports related to the Massey Theatre:

MASSEY THEATRE BUILDING ASSESSMENT prepared by Atelier Pacific Architecture Inc.

MASSEY THEATRE CODE COMPLIANCE & OCCUPANT HAZARD ASSESSMENT, prepared by Gage-Babcock & Associates Ltd.

At their public meeting held on December 15, 2009 public meeting, the Board of Education for School District No. 40 (New Westminster) received the SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT 2009/10.