School District #40 Multicultural and Settlement Services

A student volunteer helping children with crafts at the Summer Connections Event held in June.

The District is committed to supporting the Multicultural and Settlement needs of our students. A District Multicultural Needs Assessment was completed in the spring of 2005, and the information gathered provided direction for the development of multicultural services in the District. In 2011, Multicultural and Settlement Services embarked on a visioning process that resulted in the articulation of a direction for settlement services in the district.

The Settlement Workers in Schools program is now facilitated by MOSAIC. MOSAIC is a non-profit organization and a primary settlement and employment services agency in Metro Vancouver assisting immigrants with their integration in Canada. MOSAIC also delivers family, youth and senior's services for local communities.

 More information on MOSAIC's Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Programfor newcomer families with children enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the New Westminster School District 40 can be found at their website and on the poster below. SWIS contact information is here.

Parent Resources:

Parent resources are also available in Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Filipino, Punjabi, Spanish, Farsi and Vietnamese courtesy of the Vancouver School District at http://www.vsb.bc.ca/multilanguage-brochures topics covered include: Homework in BC Elementary Schools, ESL Support Class - Why?, Letter Grades for ESL Students, New Country - New School System, Discipline at Home and School, Parenting, Plagarism, What Schools Expect from Students and their Families, Study Tips, and Ways you can Support your Child's Learnig at Home.

The BC Teachers Federation (BCTF) has also produced a parent information resource "What are ESL Support Services?" that is available in Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.