New Website and Blog

We are excited to announce the release of our new website at www.kentelementary.ca which includes a blog and all the info you will need as a parent and community member.

Thanks for reading Good Things At Kent.  This site will not be used from this point on.

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2013-2014 School Calendar Survey

From the SD78 website

The School Amendment Act (Bill 36) enacted in the spring of 2012, establishes a new legislative framework for school calendars. Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, there will be no standard school calendar and each board will establish calendars for schools in its district. Based on a recommendation from the Education Committee, a school calendar which includes a two-week spring break is currently being recommended as the calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. Please note the proposed dates for spring break are March 17 to March 28, 2014. As in past years, the Board of Education is seeking input from staff, students and parents regarding this proposed calendar.

Parents, staff, students – please take a minute to fill out the survey by clicking here.

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BC Twitter Town Hall on Parent Communication

A message from Jane Thornthwaite:
Twitter Town Hall on Parent Communication

Jane Thornthwaite, Parliamentary Secretary for Parent Engagement and Student Support, will be hosting a Twitter Town Hall (TTH) on parent communication this Tuesday, January 22 from 7:00-8:00 pm.

Details about the event:

How the Twitter chat will work

·         Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement Jane Thornthwaite (@jthornthwaite) will take your questions via Twitter on parent engagement in BC education. She will answer as many questions as possible. Obviously it will be impossible for her to answer all of them in the time we have available.

·         Ministry of Education staff will help moderate the chat via the @bcedplan Twitter account. Their job is to ensure the conversation runs smoothly, stays on topic and is on time. They will also provide a detailed summary of the conversation after the Twitter chat.

How to participate

  • To follow the conversation go to https://twitter.com/search?q=%23bcparent or enter #bcparent into your chosen Twitter client (e.g., Hootsuite, TweetDeck). This will give you the feed of all the tweets for our event
  • To tweet a question or a comment you will need to have your own Twitter account.
  • When you tweet, please use the hashtag #bcparent. If you don’t your tweet won’t appear in our feed and we can’t respond. It also won’t appear in our archive at the end of the event
  • When responding to a tweet, please use the “reply” button to ensure conversations remain threaded
  • To send a tweet to Parliamentary Secretary Jane Thornthwaite use her handle @jthornthwaite and include #bcparent
  • One popular tool for participating in twitter chats is www.tweetchat.com. You don’t need a special account, but you will need to connect your twitter account to send tweets
  • The Twitter town hall will be  a live event, so it may not be possible to respond to all questions received
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Kent Musical – “The Good Old Days”

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Join us Friday, January 25 at 7pm at the Harrison Memorial Hall for an evening filled with popular music from the 40′s, 50′s, and 60′s in the Kent production of “The Good Old Days”.

The production is directed and written by Mr. Mills and Mrs. Di Rezze and the students of Kent. The dances are choreographed by our students!

The students have been working on this for months so we hope you can come out and support Kent’s production of “The Good Old Days”.

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Parent-Teacher-Student Evening – Jan 23

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The staff and students of Kent School invite parents and caregivers to come to Kent School on Wednesday, January 23 between 5:00 and 7:00pm for a parent-teacher-student evening. The format is informal so please pop in to your child’s classroom, check out some of the examples of learning with your child, and then chat with your child’s teacher.

You are also encouraged to stop by the library to check the books that will be on sale as part of our Scholastic Book Fair.

We hope to see you Wednesday!

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10 Good Things to Talk About – January 11, 2013

Panoramic of the view from our back field.

Panoramic of the view from our back field.

  1. Hope you can join us!

    Hope you can join us!

    Youth and Technology We invite you to a parent forum on “Navigating the World of Technology With Our Youth” – Monday, January 14 at 6:30pm in the library.  This free presentation and forum will create dialogue to help us work together to better support our youth.  Childcare will be available and be provided by the Kent PAC. Click here for more info.

  2. Kindy Blogging

    Kindy Blogging

    Blogging in Kindergarten  K students in Mrs. Roste and Ms. Garrioch’s classes are working on their writing skills through writing on their own blogs using a platform called KidBlogs.

  3. Heritage Fair  Mrs. Dumas is working with Mrs. Gallamore’s class (along with other classes in the near future) on developing questions to research on Canadian topics as part of the regional Heritage Fair.
  4. StrongStart Mural

    StrongStart Mural

    Parent Mural  Parents and caregivers have been working hard to create a beautiful wall mural in our StrongStart Centre.  We truly appreciate all of their efforts!

  5. Wooden Fish for our Fence  Gerry Chappell of the BC Wooden Toy Makers Society has donated a wooden fish for every child at the school.  Each child will paint a fish and hang it on our front fence. Thanks so much to Mr. Chappell!
  6. Sensational Journals  Ms. Home’s grade 1/2 class was using their 5 senses to remember how they experienced the holidays.  They then wrote about this in their journals.
  7. TV Sets and Descriptive Writing  Mr. Gallamore’s grade 4/5 class is using a TV analogy in their descriptive writing.  The students were trying to provide enough description in their writing that the words would create an image that would look very similar on each person’s mental TV set.
  8. Making Connections and the Water Horse  Mrs. Cardinal’s is reading the book “The Water Horse” aloud to her class.  As they listen, the students discuss character development and work on developing connections to their world.
  9. Idle No More  We have a few grade 5 and 6 students asking some important questions about the Idle No More movement.  They will be sharing their findings about treaties as well as the impact of the Bill C-45 has on the environment with other students.
  10. Penguins  Students in Mrs. Smith’s grade 1 class are using penguins as a theme to discuss science, math, and reading.  Check out their penguin math on the board outside the class.

PAC Meeting – Tuesday at 6:30. Parent-teacher night on Wednesday, January 23 from 5-7pm.

Please click on the photos to enlarge.  Comments are welcomed below.

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Event: Navigating the World of Tech With Our Youth

Hope you can join us!

Hope you can join us!

The world of technology has added a whole new dimension of successes and challenges for our youth.  Some have said it is too much and have attempted to ban students from using social media sites and other aspects of tech.  The reality is that technology is here to stay and the majority of our youth use tech, especially spocial media, as part of their daily lives.  Sites like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter are now part of the language and just part of “what we do” for the majority of youth.  Banning the use will not teach the required skills to live in this reality.

With this in mind, how do we navigate this world together with our youth so that we are there to teach, model, and support its effective use?  What are the challenges that we are facing?  What are the opportunities for success and progress?  What do we need to be aware of?  How can we help our youth to treat others respectfully online and create their own positive digital footprint?

These topics will be explored on Monday, January 14th at 6:30pm Kent Elementary School.  The evening will begin with a 20-30 minute presentation by principal Chris Wejr and then will move to a parent forum with guiding questions along with thoughts and questions initiated by the participants.

The Kent PAC invites you to come discuss and explore this world so we can work together to better navigate with our youth.  Refreshments, snacks and childcare will be provided by Kent PAC.

For more information, please contact Chris Wejr at cwejr@sd78.bc.ca or 604-796-2161.  We hope you can join us for this FREE event.

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