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June 13
Proposal to add Musqueam language to School Name

To recognize the history of the lands on which we live, work and play, Thunderbird Elementary School has been given permission by the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Indian Band to add šxʷəxʷaʔəs, (Thunderbird) in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Musqueam) language to the school name.

On Tuesday May 30th, we welcomed Shane Pointe, the Vancouver School Board Knowledge Keeper and Elder in Residence. Shane taught the school community how to pronounce šxʷəxʷaʔəs, (swok-kvos) the word for Thunderbird

A video of Shane teaching the pronunciation is available below

Shane Pointe.mp4Shane Pointe.mp4


May 25

Thunderbird Elementary School invites you to listen to Shane Pointe, the Vancouver School Board Knowledge Keeper and Elder in Residence talking to the school community about the proposed name change for Thunderbird Elementary school.

Assembly starts at 9:15am in the school gym on Tuesday 30th May, 2017. It will be followed by the open house where community members are invited to ask questions and to share their thoughts about the name change to: 

šxʷəxʷaʔəs Thunderbird Elementary School

To recognize  the history of the lands on which we live, work and play, Thunderbird Elementary School has been given permission by the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Indian Band to add šxʷəxʷaʔəs, (Thunderbird) in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Musqueam) language to the school name

April 24
Our Coast Salish School Name
April 24
2017-2018 School Calendar
February 22
Online Information/Education re Fentanyl
February 21
Parent Coffee Group

Thunderbird parents are invited to join us every Thursday from 9-10:30am in Room 109.  Coffee and tea provided. Enjoy casual conversations with other parents in the Community.


December 16
Registration For Kindergarten Sept. 2017


Do you have a child born in 2012?
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 Tuesday November 1st and closes at 4 pm on Tuesday January 31st.   Students who submit an application within this priority period will be accommodated before late applicants. 
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. Proof of residence in Vancouver (current hydro, cable bill, rental agreement or property tax)
2. Child’s birth certificate
3. Immunization records
For more information on Kindergarten registration please visit:


December 16
School Closure Procedure during Severe Weather

​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:

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):

Radio Television
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.

November 14
Thunderbird Christmas Dinner - Dec. 14th

​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.pdfChristmas dinner letter 2016.pdf

October 19
Message from The Vancouver School Board

​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.

Cathy Thomas
Principal, Thunderbird Elementary School

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