Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are now in the home stretch of the school year. It is hard to believe that we have had 8 months fly by. April is a time for planning for the next school year, while simultaneously learning and moving vigorously forward.
This newsletter contains key information for parents. First and foremost, if your status has changed for next year and now you are moving, or alternatively you would now like to stay, please let the office know right away. School organization and class casting are dependent on numbers. A change of one student can cause an entire shift in school organization.
We strive at Lord Selkirk to make social emotional learning an important part of school. At this point in the year, as students get prepared for the next grade, we encourage increased independence and responsibility. Students are expected to show increasing ability to make good decisions, and to take responsibility for their learning. We are beginning several new initiatives here at Lord Selkirk to help improve children’s ability to navigate daily life. Grade 5 and 6 students will be trained by Ms Burton and the Changemakers Team as peer leaders and helpers. We are teaching students to learn how to problem solve and use kindness, open minded ness and critical thinking when dealing with conflict. This ability to navigate challenges is a life skill that will help students be successful across all environments.
At home you can encourage these things by giving your children small tasks and by talking about the processes they use to solve conflict and problems. This responsibility and reflection are important parts of learning.
I hope to see you soon. As always, my door is open if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Only one more week until Spring Break. What a wonderful term
it has been at Lord Selkirk. There have been many great activities this term
both in and out of the classroom -presentations on kindness for Pink Day,
building mechanisms with STEM materials, First Nations drumming lessons, coding
projects, 100 day projects, Hawaiian dance lessons, badminton try outs,
basketball team success, a whole school field trip and many more activities and
As we move into spring (officially on Tuesday March 20th,) I
think about growth. One of our goals as
educators and parents is to promote student growth in the areas of academics,
athletics, social/emotional and the arts. I like to compare our role to one of
a gardener, with the students being the flowers planted in the garden. Just as
the flowers require watering and sunlight to fully bloom, our students need
nurturing, patience, and to be taught and guided. At the parent session last
month, I shared information on Carol Dweck’s teachings. She talks growth and
success in relation to mindsets. As parents and educators we want to encourage
students to develop a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. In a fixed
mindset, students desire to be smart in every situation and question “will I
succeed or fail?” or “will I look smart or dumb?” In a growth mindset, students
want to take risks and learn and they question “will this allow me to grow?” or
“will this help me overcome my challenges?” Often in a fixed mindset, students
have trouble and/or ignore constructive criticism; whereas in a growth mindset,
we learn from criticism to further improve. As conferences take place this
week, this is a wonderful opportunity to work with the children to help them
develop a growth mindset. Rather than looking at feedback as a static indicator
of ability, help your child to question what growth they had since last term,
and what they can learn from to help them do better after Spring Break. Developing a more growth mindset in our
learners is one of the main reasons for a shift in reporting to be focused on
ongoing communication of student learning.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Lord
Selkirk Elementary for all their amazing work with our kids. The children here
are truly well supported. Thank you to the wonderful parent community for their
support of all the programs here at Selkirk and for being positive partners in
education. It is by working together that we have the greatest impact on the
I would also like welcome
Mme Aimee and Mme St-Onge back from maternity leave. Have a restful and
rejuvenating Spring Break. We will see you on Tuesday April 3rd for the first
Dear Community Members,
The Selkirk Staff has decided to change the date for the 2nd term conferences. This will allow more time for student growth from the mid progress written reports that went out this past week. The new dates for conferences are WEDNESDAY MARCH 14th and THURSDAY MARCH 15th. These are both early dismissal days at 2:00 pm.
We are also excited to have the Scholastic Book Fair the same week so please stop in.
I will be presenting after the PAC meeting this Tuesday February 6th. Please come join the PAC meeting at 6:30. I will being my presentation at approximately 8:00 when the meeting closes.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Just a reminder that the information night for new French immersion parents is tonight at 7:00pm. You only need to attend if you are registering a child(ren) in Kindergarten for the 2018 - 2019 school year and are interested in French.
Also registration for French Immersion starts on Monday January 15 at 9:00am closing at 4:00pm on February 5/18. You will need your child(ren) PEN number. This can be obtained during registration or by calling the office at 604-713-4650.
This is to let you know that the Communicating Student Learning Coffee and Chat on Tuesday December 19th at 9:15am is cancelled. Due to the low response rate I will be re-scheduling this event for the new year. I had quite a bit of feedback that an evening time would work better for families so will honour that and hold an evening event mid January. Date TBC.
We have also attached the program for the winter assembly on Wednesday December 20th for your information.
I look forward to seeing you around the school this week or in the new year.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I believe that one of the measures of the greatness of a community is the compassionate actions taken by its members. Compassion, our connections and our ability to give play an instrumental role in developing our humanity. One does not need to have wealth to give, as giving need not be materialistic. True giving comes deep from the heart. Giving can be seen in many forms, such as offering to help another student, volunteering time at a local shelter, helping at a Seniors facility or just giving a helping hand to a neighbor or friend in need. Giving is not only about making a donation, it is about making a difference. As Winston Churchill said “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
We work hard to develop this sense of caring and compassion in the students at Lord Selkirk Elementary School. Without this sense of caring, there will be no community. At Lord Selkirk this caring means caring for oneself, others and for this place (the community and world we live in).
There are many initiatives that happen in December that provide an opportunity for students to learn about the importance of giving. The Leadership Group is running a food bank drive collecting monetary donations as well as non-perishable food items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. In addition, we have a wonderful and heartwarming Secret Santa Program for some of our children who could benefit from a little more Holiday Cheer. Please stop by and check out the tree in the main lobby to pick up a Secret Santa Gift Request.
As a reminder, many classes (Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17-26 and 29) are involved in the Vancouver School Board Communicating Student Learning (CSL) Pilot. This means that you will NOT be receiving a traditional report card in December. Please see the attached information around this pilot. I am going to be hosting a coffee and chat on Tuesday, December 19th for parents where I will be sharing information around the pilot. Please see information in Newsletter below. This is an opportunity to come and ask questions about communicating student learning.
The rest of the newsletter has important information about what is happening at Selkirk this and next month. Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you around the school. As always, my door is always open.
Last week the VSB District Cross Country Meet was cancelled due to the rain. It has now been re-scheduled for Tuesday October 24th 3:30-5:15. Due to the last minute cancellation and re-scheduling Selkirk is unable to staff a team. If there are parents who want to take their child to the meet and stay to supervise them in the races they can find the schedule below. Schedule is approximate and times may run earlier so be ready at least 10 minutes before your race.
As always we expect great sportsmanship and conduct from all athletes and any accompanying adults. Please contact Ms. Burton if you have any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate everyone's understanding. The team had a great season and saw lots of athletic progress. Good Luck!!
Grade 7 Boys/Girls 3:30/3:37
Grade 6 Boys/Girls 3:43/3:49
Grade 5 Boys/Girls 4:06/4:12
Grade 4 Boys/Girls 4:18/4:24
Grade 3 Boys/Girls 4:30/4:37
Grade 2 Boys/Girls 4:43/4:49
Grade 1/K Boys/Girls 5:06/5:12
There are many wonderful
things happening at Lord Selkirk in and outside the classroom.
It was wonderful to have so many of you attend goal setting conferences. These conferences are a great opportunity to look at your child’s goals for this term.
We encourage children and their parents to approach goal setting conferences with a growth mind set. In a growth mindset, one
believes that intelligence and ability can be developed through dedication and hard work. This mind set creates determination and a
love of learning. In a fixed mindset, one’s basic qualities such as intelligence or ability are traits which are fixed and static. Too much
time is spent doubting abilities instead of developing them. There is a focus on static achievement such as A’s and B’s rather than on
the progress and development of abilities, skills and attitudes. We strive to teach a growth mind set to help children develop a love of
learning and view their abilities as ones that can be developed and fostered over time. As we approach goal setting conferences,
children, parents and teachers will help shape goals that are not only S.M.A.R.T (specific, measureable, agreed upon, realistic, timely),
but ones which focus improving student’s quality of thinking, determination and desire to learn.
he new BC Curriculum supports this growth based mindset, incorporating core competencies which children develop along a
continuum. You will be seeing a movement towards a strength based assessment continuum from beginning to developing. I will be
sharing more information in the newsletter and throughout the year on the changes in Communicating Student Learning (previously
known as reporting).
Please read the attached newsletter for important information.
As always, my door is open.
I look forward to seeing you around the school.
Dear Parents and Students,
On Friday, September 29th
the National School Run for Terry
Fox will take place at Selkirk to raise funds for cancer research.
Lord Selkirk Staff encourages
as many parents as possible to join us for our annual run. If you wish to make
a donation, please bring a loonie or toonie over the next week. An easy way to
donate is also online at
www.terryfoxrun.org. Many parents made donations online last year and found it
to be a quick and easy way to send your contribution. Your pledge will be included in our school
If parents are able to be “rabbits or sweepers” or
supervise please email Ms. Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE WE’LL BE Friday, SEPTEMBER 29th
• Primary 11:00-12:00 Around Playground and Grass Field Area and Sidewalk
• Intermediate 1:00-2:30 Trout Lake
Thank-you for supporting Selkirk’s
contribution to the Marathon of Hope!
At Lord Selkirk we are focusing on social-emotional development. As a staff we are very excited to promote self-awareness, positive social relationships and responsible decision making. The teachers make this a large part of the daily part of their classrooms. Part of this process is ensuring students are also involved in the community. When students are invovled they develop a deeper sense of belonging, connection and they make a difference to those around them. This will then lead them to be adults that are more likely to be positively involved in their community and the world.
The grade 5-7 students at Lord Selkirk are all expected to do 15 hours of service per term (approximately 1 hour per week).
Students will be using the attached form to "apply" for their leadership roles and within the next two weeks we will start rolling out service positions. Thank you to all those students already involved in leadership and know that if you have already assumed a role then you will have priority in that role for this term.