To the Thunderbird School community,
This afternoon at Thunderbird a vehicle crashed into the exterior wall of the school near the office. No students were in the area at the time and all staff and students are safe. Police, fire, and ambulance responded immediately and remain on scene. The area of the accident is being contained by police and district staff.
A water pipe in the area broke during the accident and some flooding has occurred inside the school. Parents and guardians are asked to check the school website on Sunday to confirm the status of classes for Monday morning. The website address is thunderbird.vsb.bc.ca
Thank you for your understanding as we manage this situation.
Rob Schindel, Director of Instruction
Do you have a child born in 2013?
Kindergarten registration starts on November 1st
All Kindergarten applicants are required to submit an application to their English catchment elementary school. This includes families who wish to apply for choice programs (French Immersion, Montessori, etc.) and/or a cross boundary placement.
The priority registration period for Kindergarten opens on Wednesday, November 1st and closes at 4 pm on Wednesday, January 31st. Students who submit an application within this priority period will be accommodated before late applicants.
SIBLINGS must register as well before January 31st to be guaranteed a space.
If your child was born outside of Canada, you need to report to the VSB District Reception and Placement Centre (DRPC) and complete the initial Kindergarten application there.
When registering your child please bring:
1. Completed registration form
2. Proof of residence in Vancouver (current hydro, cable bill, rental agreement or property tax with parent name on it)
3. Child’s birth certificate
4. Immunization records
For more information on Kindergarten registration please visit: http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten
REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCES:
Student safety is of paramount importance at the Vancouver School District. Ensuring student safety is a shared responsibility. In order to assist schools, we ask parents to notify schools of student absences. If your child will be absent from school, please phone the school to report this absence as early as possible. Parents should leave a message on a dedicated answering service by calling 604-713-5159, ext. 81. Messages will be received before the office is open. School offices are busy places: consistently notifying the school in advance of your child’s absence will significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Safe Arrival Morning Routine. DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE TO REPORT ABSENCES!
New Safe Arrival Number is
604-713-5159 - then enter 81
To Report Your Child’s Absence please call prior to 9 am on the first day of the absence. This includes planned vacations, medical appointments and illness.
STUDENT SIGN IN AND OUT PROCEDURE
If your child is going to be late for school, they must sign-in at the office and get a late slip. Otherwise your child we be considered absent and Safe Arrival will call the child’s parent/guardian.
Please discuss this procedure with your child(ren).
When you pick up your child during the school day, please ensure that you sign them out at the school office. If you do not sign out your child, they will be unaccounted for, and the school will identify your child as a ‘missing’ student and will commence a search of school grounds. If the school staff do not locate the child, and are unable to reach a parent promptly, the school will call the Vancouver Police Department. Therefore, clear communication is essential for ensuring the safety of your child and to prevent unnecessary searches.
Thank you for helping us keep your children safe!
Thunderbird parents are invited to join us every Thursday from 9-10am in the staffroom. Coffee and tea provided. Enjoy casual conversations with other parents in the Community.
Vancouver School Board has procedures that are followed in situations where heavy snowfall might be affecting schools.
All schools in the Vancouver School Board will remain open if at all possible during snow events. Any district-wide closure will be decided by 7:00 a.m. at the latest. Details of district-wide or individual school closures will be announced through the media and the district website: www.vsb.bc.ca
Please note that no announcement will be made stating that schools are open. Only closures and delayed openings will be announced. Information about school closures will be sent to Metro Vancouver radio and television stations. Please check the following stations for school closure information (but do not call them):
CBC AM 690 radio, 88.1 FM Global BC
CKNW AM 980 radio CBC TV
News AM 1130 radio CTV BC
Fairchild AM 1470 radio City TV
Student safety is the first priority of the Vancouver School Board. Schools will be kept open except under extreme circumstances to provide the option of attendance for all, but the decision to attend is the responsibility of each family. Parents/guardians are responsible for their children's safe travel to and from school. If, for any reason, a parent/guardian feels that a child cannot travel safely to school, then they should make other arrangements.
During extreme weather conditions it is also common for police and other authorities to advise citizens to avoid unnecessary travel. Parents should take this advice as well. Students will not be penalized for lack of attendance under such poor weather conditions. Students are reminded to wear appropriate clothing for the conditions. When sidewalks and roads are slippery students walking to school should take extra care.
We encourage you to review your own preparations for severe weather conditions and ensure that you are familiar with the city’s response procedures for those conditions. We request that you strictly adhere to parking restrictions in and around all Vancouver schools. Your child’s school will contact you about any changes to driving routes that may be put into effect on streets adjacent to the school.
School buses for students with special needs will attempt to operate on their normal schedule during days with snow or other severe weather. Significant changes to the bus schedule as a result of weather conditions will be reported on the district website. Should the condition of side streets require a change to the operation of school buses for our students with special needs, or any cancellation of service, affected families will be informed.
Dear Thunderbird Families
Once again, we will be having our community Christmas Dinner organized by the Thunderbird Community Centre with support from the Cause We Care Foundation. Families are invited to make crafts, visit Santa and to enjoy a dinner prepared by the Hawksworth Restaurant group.
The dinner will be held in the gym on Wednesday 14th December, 2016 at 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm. Families are invited to sign up for a preferred time and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Each family will receive confirmation of their dinner time and we ask that you attend at this time.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign-up by November 22nd.
Christmas dinner letter 2016.pdf
On Monday October 17th, the Minister of Education dismissed the Vancouver School Board and appointed Dianne Turner as Official Trustee. As an Official Trustee, appointed under the School Act, she will assume all the duties and responsibilities typically required of a board of education, including the obligations to conduct public board meetings and community consultations. She has been appointed for a minimum of 12 months.
Ms Turner previously taught in Vancouver, and was a Secondary Administrator for several years. She then became Assistant Superindent and then Superintendent in Delta School District. Most currently, she was appointed Chief Educator of the Province of British Columbia.
She has indicated that her focus will be to ensure stability in the district and in schools, and on a renewed focus on teaching and learning. She will work closely with the District and Senior Management Teams.
Please join us in welcoming Dianne back to Vancouver.
Principal, Thunderbird Elementary School
As you are likely aware throughout media and social media, there have been some recent “clown” specific threats and safety concerns that have occurred across North America. These threats can sometimes reference and target specific schools. The majority of these threats are appearing throughout social media platforms – and mostly through Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat accounts.
We would encourage you to talk to your children about reporting any concerning images or threats should they come across them on social media. Students are encouraged to report directly to school administration, counsellors or their school Police Liaison Officer.
The Vancouver School District has a close partnership with the Vancouver Police Department, and we will continue to work together to monitor this particular situation. Schools also have access to a School Liaison Officer who will work closely with the school staff and students when needed. Along with other school districts in the province, our district receives training in assessing and responding to threat related behaviour through the ERASE Bullying Strategy.
The safety of our students remains our top priority, and we thank you for helping by speaking with your children about this issue.
Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to come and speak to me.