h e S April 2015 Ladysmith Intermediate News Ladysmith Intermediate School District 68 317 French Street, Box 849, Ladysmith, British Columbia, V9G 1A6 Phone: 250-245-3351 Fax: 250-245-3117 2014-15 Satisfaction Survey 2014-15 Satisfaction Survey: Principal’s Message I hope everyone enjoyed Spring Break with your families. There has been a lot going on at Ladysmith Intermediate the past little while, please do take some time to come to the school and walk through the halls to see all of the wonderful work the children are producing. I would like to thank our teachers, educational assistants, and other support staff and school volunteers for their excellent work this school year and a huge congratulations to all of our students for making huge progress in their learning. Thanks, as always, to members of our PAC for their continued contributions to the school. Your help and assistance is appreciated by the staff and students. Yours Truly, Colette Young, Principal Save the Date! Easter Weekend Book Fair Gr. 6 Aquarium [April 3/ April 6] No School [April 8-15] [April 9] Picture Day [April 10] The Ministry of Education has once again asked students and parents of Grades 4, and staff to complete the “Satisfaction Survey”. The survey takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete and is available at www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/ access.htm. Passwords to log in were sent home with all Grade 4 students. If you are a parent of a Grade 4 student, and did not receive the Satisfaction Survey Password letter, please contact the school office. S April 2015 Erase Bullying www.bookfest.ca BookFest 2015 is taking place Saturday, May 2nd in downtown Nanaimo. The hub of activity will be in the Diana Krall Plaza, while the presenter sessions are held in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre and the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Art Lab. Free Pre-school sessions will be held in the Nanaimo Museum and are available for children under 5 with an accompanying adult. Absences or Lates If your child is absent or late for school please phone the school as early as possible to notify the office (and preferably before 8 AM). The school office does have a 24 hour voice mail and you can leave a message stating your name, your child’s name, grade and teacher. This will avoid the phone call from the office to you in the morning, as well as help us to ensure all students are accounted for as quickly as possible. On the topic of lates, please ensure your child arrives to school by 8:45 am. Being late to class can impact your child’s day as critical information (ie: shape of the day) is covered early on, as are the morning announcements. Being late can also cause distractions for students and staff. The Ministry of Education in conjunction with School Districts across the province have developed and implemented an online student and parent resource about and to report bullying incidents. Please visit www.erasebullying.ca for more information. Late French Immersion École Quarterway School To all interested grade 5 families. Quarterway School is still accepting registrations to its September 2015 Late French Immersion Grade 6 Program. Parents can register until June 30th. Please contact Quarterway School for more information. 250-754-6845. Book Fair April 8-14, 2015 Ladysmith Intermediate Library Wednesday, April 8 —2:30-4:30 Thursday, April 9 —2:30-7:00 Friday, April 10 —12:45-3:00 Monday, April 13 —2:30-7:00 Tuesday, April 14 —2:30-5:00 All welcome! Spring and summer reads! LIS parents able to volunteer are asked to contact [email protected] Lost and Found Just a reminder for students and parents to please check the Lost and Found Box for any missing items. It is full and all unclaimed clothing will be removed for donation prior to the end of the month. On this note we would also encourage parents to write student names (especially last names) on items such as jackets that seem to be forgotten from time to time. S April 2015 Consultation on a new Three-Year Local School Calendar On March 18, 2015, the Board of Education directed staff to begin a 30-day consultation on the five recommendations created by the Nanaimo Ladysmith School Calendar Committee. 1. To extend the three-year local school calendar to the 2017-18 school year 2. To implement elementary school local schedule guidelines 3. To implement secondary school local schedule guidelines 4. To increase Spring Break to two weeks 5. To remove a non-instructional day (the District Implementation Day), and replace with an instructional day This is notice that the consultation period will run from 3 p.m., Friday, March 20 until midnight, Sunday, April 19. Your feedback should be provided directly to the Communications Department in writing, via email [email protected], or by completing the online survey by Sunday, April 19 at 12 midnight. The online survey will also be available on our website at www.sd68.bc.ca Do youof Education wantwill toreceive receive Newsletters electronically? The Board a report from staff and make its decision at the Special Business Committee scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 4:30 395commercial Wakesiah Have you heard about themeeting new Canadian Anti-Spam address to p.m., send you Avenue (District Administration Centre Boardroom). Legislation? It came into force in July 2014 and has content, including school meant that we have to make changes in the way we newsletters. (Parent Notification send information to parents via email. In order to Utility) send you “commercial content”, we must have your consent. Commercial content is basically anything If you wish to receive school for which there is a charge, so that could include newsletters or any other messages information about fun fairs, fund-raising, school that contain commercial content, photos or book sales. Our school newsletters quite you can sign up for our school often contain some commercial content. Subscription News Listsrv. You can In order to meet the requirement of the find a link to sign up on our school anti-spam legislation, we will maintain two webpage, or you can email email lists. subscribe-ladysmithintermediate When you register your child in [email protected] When you school, or when you update sign up, you will receive a information sheets in the fall, we ask confirmation email. If you don’t for your email address. We will use receive the confirmation email, be this email address to send you sure to look in your Spam folder. important announcements and alerts, but we will not use this email FSA Results are now available The Foundation Skills Assessment 2014-15 were completed by Grade 4 and 7 students. They have been all marked and returned to the school, and were sent home with your child on March 18th. If you have any questions about how to read the results of the FSA for your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to go through them with you. S APRIL April SPRING 2015 2015 Nanaimo Law Day Every April the Nanaimo Bar Association hosts an event at the Nanaimo court house called Law Day. This year Law Day is being held on Saturday, April 18th. It's an event packed with activities, demonstrations and displays for kids of all ages and anyone else who is interested in the justice system. Some of the events and demonstrations include a fairytale mock trial with a real judge: Regina versus Big bad Wolf, and the RCMP K-9 and vision impaired goggles and breathalyzer demonstrations. Also the Justice Education Society of BC will have information available about their law courts education program and educational resources including their new CybersafeBC online workshop for kids between 10-15 there. Jump Rope for Heart On March 13th, all classes participated in our annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Students jumped rope in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s program to promote healthy hearts through physical activity. Thank you to Ms. Needham for organizing the event! We raised over $4000.00!!! Eric Walters- Author Visit Thank you to our PAC for supporting us to bring Eric Walters to LIS. His presentation engaged our students and staff. Now we all have the reading and writing bug. Parents, please keep reading to your children. The more we share our love of reading, the more opportunities there will be for our children. M.E.N.D. *Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…..Do It!* Raising healthy kids is tough! MEND is here to help! Are you interested in learning more about nutrition and activity in a family friendly FUN environment? Join us for our next session of MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) start Saturday April 11th. This amazing program is FREE for families to attend! MEND is a fun, 9 week program for families with 7-13 year olds. The program supports families to live a healthy lifestyle. Groups of up to 15 children, accompanied by at least one parent or caregiver meet with program leaders twice a week for nine weeks. The first hour is an interactive family session on nutrition topics, followed by one hour of fun games based activities for the children, while parents and caregivers meet for support and discussion on topics such as goals and rewards, label reading and problem solving.Weekly sessions will take place Saturdays from 10:30am-12:30pm and Mondays from 5-7pm. All sessions take place at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Pre-registration is required. Participating families who attend at least 80% of all sessions will receive a FREE 3 month City of Nanaimo Rec Pass for the entire family to be active together! For more information or to register, please contact Gillian Goerzen, the MEND Nanaimo Programmer at [email protected] or call 250714-9265. If you leave a message, be sure to include your name, phone number and a convenient time to receive a call back. Thanks! Assembly / Report Cards The LIS Honour Roll assembly was well attended by parents and family. Many students received attendance awards, honour roll awards, Principal`s List awards and Tiger awards. Congratulations to all of our spectacular students. Thank you to Mrs. Harris’ Grade 4/5 class for entertaining us with two fabulous Hul'qumi'num songs during our assembly. The second report card was on handed out on March 18th. If you wish to meet with the teacher about your child’s progress, please contact them directly or leave a message with the office.
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