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December 02
2 additional Non-Instructional Days for Curriculum Implementation

Dear Parents,

 As you may know, a new comprehensive curriculum for the K-12 system is being developed in BC. This work has been years in the making with teachers, administrators and the Ministry of Education involved in its development. At the present time, the curriculum for students in Grades K-9 is being piloted throughout the province. New curriculum for students in Grades 10-12 will be available for piloting in September 2016.
Earlier this fall the Ministry of Education and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) announced a plan to support the ongoing implementation of the new curriculum. As part of this plan, districts have been asked to add two days of curriculum implementation time during the 2015-2016 school year. This time will be provided for teachers to continue to familiarize themselves with the new curriculum and to plan for its full implementation in the coming years.
In Vancouver, the following two days have been selected as our local non-instructional days for curriculum implementation:
Friday, March 4 and Friday April 15, 2016
Schools will not be in session for students on these two days.  
We are pleased that teachers have been given this additional time to spend on this important work to serve your children better as we transition to the new curriculum.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Sincerely yours,
Celina Mau, Principal
February 16
Seeking Community Input on VSB DRAFT Calendar proposal

Draft School Calendars for 2015-16 & 2016-17

The Vancouver School Board has released DRAFT school calendars for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.   DRAFT calendars can be viewed on the Vancouver School Board website at

Public feedback and/or comment regarding 2015-16 and 2016-17 DRAFT calendars is welcome and can be sent to

Please submit feedback and comments by March 2, 2015. Thank you!

June 23
June Newsletter + September School Opening Information

​Please download our final June Newsletter (in pdf file) for school year-end, good-byes as well as information pertaining to September start up and school office hours.file://localhost/Users/cmau/Desktop/OPP%20June%2018%202014%20Newsletter.pdf

New in-coming parents will receive a Welcome Letter in early July. Please watch for it either in the inbox or postal mail.

On behalf of Oppenheimer staff, we wish everyone a healthy and safe summer! See you in September!

From Ms. C. Mau, Principal & Oppenheimer Staff


October 24
High School Options 2014 - Parent Information

Grade 7 parents, please click onto this link to obtain information about 2014 high school options, program description, parent information night dates and time, etc. Good luck!​
August 31
Welcome Back!

​Dear Oppenheimer parents, staff & students: 

I hope that our school community personnel had a restful and fun-filled summer holiday and that you are all excited and ready to start another school year @ Oppenheimer! 

A very special welcome to our new students and their families! We look forward to embracing you into Oppenheimer school life!

Here's a quick summary of what the week is in store for our school community.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 

  • 8:40 - 9 a.m.   Ground supervision by our staff + PAC Welcome Back coffee & donuts in the school courtyard. See u there!
  • 9 - 9:45 a.m.   All grades 1 to 7 students report to their last year's classroom. Division 7 students to the library. New students report to Room 113 for dispersal to their grade appropriate classroom for the week.
  • 10 - 10:15 a.m.  All Kindergarten students to the library for attendance, etc.
​Parents' Corner: 
  1. ​Please check your child's backpack for the school's Welcome Back Newsletter. It's important that parents take time to read this newsletter as there are pertinent information pertaining to school opening week procedure and expectations. Thank you!
  2. Class Placement Parent Request - If parents wish to share their child's learning profile and friendship grouping with the school, please do so before Wednesday, September 4. Parent Request Form is avaiable in the office or speak with your child's classroom teacher. Thank you.

Wednesday, September 4 & Thursday, September 5, 2013
  • 8:40 - 9 a.m.          Ground supervision by our staff
  • 9 - 10:35 a.m.        All grades 1 - 7 students into their last year's classroom except for the following groups.
    1.    New grades 1 to 7 students to their assigned classroom
    2.    Ms. Lee's students to the library
    3.    Ms. Belegris/Ms. Panago's students to Room 106.  
    4.    Ms. Zylstra/Ms. Dixon's students to Room 162 (Teacher of the week: Ms. Balzarini)
    5.    Ms. Runstrom's students to Room 107 (Teacher of the week: Ms. Shaw)
    6.    Ms. Lopez' students to Room 117 (Teacher of the week: Ms. Greenhalgh)
    7.    New Kindergarten students: gradual entry in the gym for start up.
  • 10:35 - 10:55 a.m  Recess (Students eat their snacks, play outside with friends. It's also the washroom break.)
  • 10:55 - 12:10 p.m. Morning classes resume.
  • 12:10 - 12:30 p.m. Grade 1 students outside play. Grades 2 - 7 students eat lunch in their respective area.
  • 12:30 - 12:57 p.m. Grade 1 students eat lunch in the primary lunch room. Rest of the students play outside.
  • 12:57 - 3 p.m.        Afternoon classes resume. Dismissal @ 3 p.m.
  • 3 - 3:20 p.m.          Ground supervision by staff. Please note end time and all students must be picked up by parents or guardians by 3:20 p.m. Your coopeation is greatly appreciated!
Parents' Corner: 
1.  Healthy Snacks & Lunches: Please note that we are an Allergy Aware School, hence no nuts, peanuts, fish, seafood, and egg products. Thank you.
2.  Please pick up your child before 3:20 p.m. at designated school area or arrange to have your child walk home with a group of friends.

Friday, September 6, 2013
  • ​8:40 - 9 a.m.​​​           Ground supervision
  • 9 - 10:35 a.m.          All grades 1 - 7 students into their last year's classroom except for the following groups. 
    1. New grades 1 to 7 students to their assigned classroom
    2. Ms. Lee's students to the library
    3. Ms. Belegris/Ms. Panago's students to Room 106 
    4. Ms. Zylstra/Ms. Dixon's students to Room 162 (Teacher of the week: Ms. Balzarini)
    5. Ms. Runstrom's students to Room 107 (Teacher of the week: Ms. Shaw)
    6. Ms. Lopez' studnets to Room 117 (Teacher of the week: Ms. Greenhalgh)
    7. New Kindergarten student: gradual entry in the gym for start up.
  • 10:35 - 10:55 a.m.    Recess + Snack time/washroom break
  • 10:55 - 12:10 p.m.    Morning classes resume
  • 12:10 - 12:30 p.m.    Grade 1 students outside play. Grades 2 - 7 students eat lunch in their respective area.
  • 12:30 - 12:57 p.m.    Grade 1 students eat lunch in the primary lunch room. Rest of the student play outside.
  • 12:57 - 3 p.m.           Afternoon classes resume. 3 pm dismissal for the day
  • 3 - 3:20 p.m.             Ground supervision - Please note that all students must be picked up by parents/guardians by 3:20 p.m. Your coopeation is greatly appreciated.
Parents' Corner:  If our student enrolment & staffing entitlement is approved by the district, then students will be placed into their new class for the year.

February 25
Pink Shirt Day is coming!

​On Wednesday, February 27, our school will be celebrating Pink Shirt Day. We will all be wearing pink to honour Bullying Stops Here! To prepare our students, Ms. Balzarini and her student council members will be conducting a school assembly to highlight the importance behind this event. Many classes will also be performing to STOP BULLYING through music and dance. We hope you will join us for the PINK SHIRT DAY this Wednesday! Don't forget to wear PINK. . .

February 25
Staples Sustainability Contest

Remember the Staples Sustainability Contest that DT won a computer lab last year? Well, Oppenheimer decided to pursue it this school year and after two months of hard work with a DT Math/Web teacher, Ms. Persis Hui and 3 of her former and current DT students, Braden, Brendon & Lelinh on the essay, video script and filming along with my 5 grade 6/7 students and teacher, Ms. Andrea Greehalgh. As of last Friday, we submitted our online application to Staples. Please take a look @ the video link: We are keeping our fingers & toes crossed for the results.

If we win the only 'one' regional prize, then our school will be set to furnish our computer lab with iPads. However, if we don't, by default, we will work on the 3R project. Regardless, it's a 'win win' for Oppenheimer, not to mention of the wealth and depth of experience that my 5 students gained through this contest.
It's truly PLC (Professional Learning Community) @ its best! My teacher, Ms. Greenhalgh & I feel truly honoured to be working such a professional and committed team @ DT! Enjoy and have a great week ahead! Celina
"When we respect differences and approach them thoughtfully and open-mindedly, we give others the key not only to opening many closed doors – but even to creating their own new doors to the future.” - Anonymous

December 01
Vancouver Canucks Coaches Visit

​On Friday, November 16 in the afternoon, our grade 6/7 students in Division 2 had the pleasure of learning a few hockey tricks and playing a hockey game with the Vancouver Canucks coaching team: Head Coach, Alain Vignealt; Assistant Coach, Darryl Williams; & Goaltending Coach, Roland melanson. Thank you to the teacher, Ms. Greenhalgh who was one of the 40 recipients of this Power Play Curriculum, a focus on healthy nutrition, fitness and FUN! Along with the visit, our school was presented with some signed hockey sticks and gears for our student to countinue this great sport.

Our VSB Communication crew came by to take pictures of the event as well as the Canucks TV. To reminisce this memorable event, please check out one of the sites below.

1.  Oppenheimer School webiste photo gallery

2.  VSB front page website &/or flickr,

3.  Canucks TV,, from the 72 hours with the coaches video & Oppenheimer visit was featured in the middle section of the 5 minute video

4.  CTV Perry's Prospect link,


October 24
Liz Gleadle Javelin Olympian London 2012 coming to Oppenheimer tomorrow, Thursday, October 25 @ 11 a.m.

We are honoured to have Liz Gleadle, London 2012 Javelin Olympian come speak to our students, parents and staff about her experience trained as an Olympian as well as talk a little about her London experience amongst all the Olympians. Parents are welcome to join for this fun-filled presentation.​

October 24
PAC Direct Drive starts today

Ready for a fall clean up? Don't know what to do? Got any used clothings or household items? Bring them into our school in the next few days in a garbage bag or bags given to your child in the last few weeks. Drop off a bag or 2 at our Friday Movie Night.​

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