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January 11
Reminder FI Info Night

Hello Parents/Guardians,

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.

Thank you

December 18
Communicating Student Learning Coffee and Chat Postponed

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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. 


Ms Burton​

December 07
December Update

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.


Mme Burton


October 23
District Cross Country Meet-re-scheduled

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

October 23
October News

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. T

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. 

Ms. Burton

September 25
Terry Fox - Friday September 29th.

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 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 total.


If parents are able to be “rabbits or sweepers” or supervise please email Ms. Burton at





•  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!​

September 21
Selkirk IS Student Leadership

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.

September 07
Start Up Explanation and Moving to Classes

We have had a great few days at Selkirk. Students have been getting to know many staff and doing cooperative activities at their grade level. 

For a little background, typically at the beginning of the year students cannot move to their permanent classes until we get the go ahead from HR that our organization is concrete. If we move early then there is the possible need to re-organize classes which is very disruptive.  The past three days has been confirming enrollment and ensuring that we have all the students who said they would be attending Selkirk before we move. 


The start up method that we have chosen at Selkirk this year has many positive benefits. These include:


  1. Providing a positive start for all the students and consistency for the teachers. When students simply go to their last years teacher for the week the new grade one students are typically with resource staff as their previous teacher is focusing on K gradual entry. 
  2. Enabling resource teachers to begin assessments immediately 
  3. Enabling staff to see how students work together at their grade level and assess their learning needs.
  4. Enabling students to bond with all other students in their grade, fostering a stronger community.
  5. Providing the teachers the ability to get to know all students at that grade.
  6. Encouraging collegiality and collaboration from the start between staff and students.


Students should go to the same location as today for attendance tomorrow. At this point it is looking like we will likely be able to move into classes Friday afternoon. 

Thank you for your continued support,

Ms Burton 


September 04
Welcome Back and School Information for Sept 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Hello and Bonjour! It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the start of our new school year — 2017-2018!   For those of you new to the school, my name is Mme. Burton, and I am very happy to be the Principal of Lord Selkirk Elementary School for a second year. We welcome Mr. Dominic Maggiolo as the new Vice-Principal. We hope that your summer was relaxing, fun, and rejuvenating.

We are all looking forward to an engaging and productive year. There are wonderful support systems for our learners at Selkirk, comprised of the staff, the families, and our community partners. The teachers and support staff here at Lord Selkirk are dedicated to providing the highest quality of learning opportunities for our students.

On Tuesday September 5th, from 9:00am-10:00am students will be in their classes from last year. Most students will be with their teacher from last year, however, please check signs posted outside the main building entrance and on the website for specific locations. Many teachers have changed classrooms so be sure to double check where your child is going.

Starting on Wednesday September 6th students will be in grade groupings. They will get to spend time with the various teachers and students at their similar grade levels. Intermediate students should go to the locations posted for Wednesday to Friday. Primary English students should be dropped off and picked up between the frame and main building. Primary French students should be dropped off and picked up outside the South wing. Please look for grade group signs. Information as to what group your child is in documents section of the webpage.

Regular school hours, 9am to 3pm, begin Wednesday September 6th. The bell to enter the school rings at 8:55 and all students should be in their classrooms ready to learn at 9:00am. Please call the office if your child will be either late or absent.

A full newsletter with the office package containing important information for the year ahead will be coming home when students move into their new classes.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year.  Thank you in advance for your many contributions, support and partnering with us in the months ahead! I look forward to meeting you in the upcoming weeks, and having the opportunity to work with your children throughout the year.  


Kind Regards,

Mme. Shannon Burton

Principal Lord Selkirk Elementary School​ 

June 29
Have A Wonderful Summer!

​On behalf of the staff of Lord Selkirk I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer. It has been a very productive and wonderful year here at Lord Selkirk. We thank you for your continued support of our programs. It is the strong and positive home school connections which make the Lord Selkirk community a very special place to be.

Tuesday September 5th is from 9:00 am - 10:00 am. If you are not going to be in attendance that day please let the office know. 

Wednesday September 6th to Friday September 8th students will work with their grade level teachers for the upcoming year. Students will be assigned to groups and lists will be posted on Tuesday September 5th. We will move into classes as soon as our organization is stable and have been given the go ahead from HR. 

Enjoy your summer holiday. 


Ms. Burton  

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