Parents and Guardians:
have had a fantastic first two weeks at Lord Selkirk. I am thrilled to be
returning for a third year as Principal of this strong supportive community. We
have so many positive supports here for the students at Lord Selkirk and we
value our relationship with parents as partners in education.
the beginning of the new school year, I always find it good to reflect on the
importance and power of vulnerability. Changes often place us in vulnerable
situations as we are going from a place of comfort to a place of discomfort or
unfamiliarity. Often these transitions can be scary or difficult. Students may
feel vulnerable in these new phases of their lives. This is an opportune time
to help students develop courage. The courage to begin a new year in a new
class, possibly with new friends.
Brown writes about the power of vulnerability- “We can choose courage or we can
choose comfort, but we cannot have both.” This resonates for us in education as
we want children to be courageous and strong. It is by embracing challenges and
places that are not always comfortable that one can find great opportunity to
grow and develop. With positive adult support, students can choose courage and
feel strength in their experiences. The staff at Lord Selkirk is excited to be
embarking on a new journey with all the students and families.
have our Meet the Teacher and Selkirk Staff on Thursday September 20th
from 6 pm-7 pm. This is a fantastic time to come and meet some of the school
staff that support your children over the year, including our teacher librarian,
administration, physical education staff, inner city support staff and of
course classroom teachers. Please go to meet your classroom teacher to get a
passport when you arrive.
is the only newsletter that will be going home on paper. Please bookmark the
Lord Selkirk website http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/selkirk
so that you can check regularly. In addition, I will be sending out our school
newsletter via email. If you do not receive it please let the office know.
door is always open if you have any questions, concerns or comments. Thank you
for your continued support of Lord Selkirk School.
The first week of school is coming to a close and we are now ready to move into our new classes. Thank you for your patience and support of our first few days of start up. The students have spent time over the past few days getting to know each other, the staff and also reviewing school wide expected behaviour.
At 3:00 today, please pick up your child(ren) in the following areas:
-French Immersion Primary: Outside Music Portable
-English Primary: Outside Frame Building
-English and French Intermediate: pick up in your usual location
Staff have taken great care to think and discuss the placement of children into classes. Various factors are taken into consideration including learning needs, social dynamics, gender (when possible and relevant). Staff have looked to build on opportunities for students to develop independence and also create new friendships. After this week of observing students and their developmental changes over the summer, we are confident that the children are in the best possible placements to support their learning. Once students are in their classes they will not be moved.
I will be communicating more information in a newsletter. Please also keep your eyes open for our office package that will be coming home next week. Also, important information will be posted on our Selkirk Website at
The Selkirk PAC would like to invite you to a Welcome Back Tea on Thursday September 13that 9:15 am (after drop off) in the library.
We look forward to a productive engaging and positive year together.
Dear Parents and
We have arrived
– we are now in the last three weeks of the 2017-2018 school year! Thank you
all for being a part of the our amazing community here at Selkirk. Looking back
on the great things that have been accomplished this year, it is hard to
believe they occurred within the span of only 9 months.
We had so much
learning take place, from learning our As and Bs, to learning how to write a
magazine publication(see attached), learning how to code computer programs,
starting Selkirk’s Community Garden, developing a sense of volunteerism, and
learning all about how to self-regulate our bodies and our minds. Students at
Selkirk demonstrated their athletic abilities, musical talent and overall well
roundedness throughout the year. It is truly inspiring to see students form relationships
and learned ways to engage in creative positive play outside. Next year, we will continue to be focusing
on social emotional well being- self-awareness and self-management and
responsible decision making as our focus.
It has been such
an absolute pleasure to work with the Selkirk Community this year. The PAC and
PAC executive are an admirable group of hardworking individuals committed to
improving education and supporting their school. This is a strong community
which is the backbone quality for achieving greatness in education.
I hope you have a
wonderful and safe summer.
We will be posting
information regarding school start up on our website in the next few weeks.
Please check it regularly. http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/selkirk/Pages/default.aspx
As always, my door
is open if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
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