The Vancouver School Board will now be offering School Cash Online at Thunderbird Elementary as its preferred method of payment for all school fees, including everything from field trips to yearbooks. This secure system helps parents and community members pay school-related fees safely, quickly and easily online.
The new system puts all of the school fees available to your student online for purchase, keeping you informed of your child’s activities and needs. We will post items through the system and assign the relevant fees to your student. You can then choose to purchase these fees online with one of three different methods, including credit cards. You can also stay informed and keep track of which school fees require your attention. The system strictly adheres to Canada’s privacy and anti-spam legislation and meets the latest industry standards for payment security.
Please register even if your preferred method of payment is cash
Should you encounter any difficulties, you can use the parent help desk at 1(866) 961-1803 or by visiting schoolcashonline.com/Home/Support.
The 2017-18 School Fees notice sent home in May of last year stated that this school year would be the final year that school supplies would be purchased for a set fee by the school district and that starting in September 2018, parents would need to purchase items on their own. Please note that the general school supplies fee will still be charged for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.
The VSB will continue its service of purchasing basic school supplies in bulk at wholesale prices and passing the cost savings onto families. The School Supply Fee for 2018-2019 will remain at $25.00 per student. This fee covers basic consumable school supplies used for students’ personal use such as paper, writing tools, glue, erasers, exercise books and art supplies. Supplies are provided for the full year.
At Thunderbird, the staff works very hard on making the best possible class placement for your child(ren). Factors considered are academic progress, individual learning styles, interactions between classmates, specific learning needs in different areas, gender balance, a balance of students requiring English Language support, and other insights provided by the current teachers who work with your child.
School organization and classroom makeup are also determined by many other factors such as: numbers of students registered in a grade, combinations of grades, staff allocation and teacher contract limits. Placing students is not an easy task and the professionals in our school invest a great deal of time and thought into the process.
If you have concerns/information which you feel the school does not already know please write a short note to Ms. Thomas (Principal) sharing this information. Letters naming staff members will not be considered. Please do not make appointments with teachers to discuss class placement at this very busy time of year. Any notes with additional information (friends in other divisions, etc.) should be in the office by Friday May 25th 2017.
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.
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