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Tyee Elementary School 
3525 Dumfries St.
Vancouver, BC V5N 3S5

Phone: (604) 713-4723 
Fax: (604) 713-4725

Tyee Welcomes our new Principal

Julie Weatherall

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Dear Tyee Community,

I am so excited about being the newly appointed principal at Tyee! It is wonderful to be invited to be part of such a unique and dynamic learning community where the Montessori program is followed and the Montessori philosophy is honoured. In the few days I have been here I can already see what an amazing school Tyee is – parents, staff and students have welcomed me – and it is already clear that it is a tight-knit, supportive and passionate community which takes care of each other.

This is such an exciting time in education in British Columbia. The New Curriculum gives teachers permission to teach the way they know students learn best: through individualized and personalized learning, project based learning and teaching and learning from passions. More than ever students are regarded as partners in their own education, and teachers are given a broader scope in choosing how to deliver curriculum. Does this sound familiar? It might, because so many of the elements of the New

Curriculum align with the tenets of the Montessori philosophy, where project based learning and student choice have always been an integral part of the program.

The Big Ideas, which frame each subject area for every grade, are a bit like Maria Montessori’s Great Stories: a starting place for diving into each subject. The Core Competencies include many essential skills which have always been important in every program, but especially in Montessori: Creative and Critical Thinking, Communication through traditional and technological literacies, and Personal and Social awareness as individuals and as members of the community. Finally, just as in the Montessori program, the New Curriculum emphases the importance of strong Literacy and Numeracy programs.

Who am I and what do I bring to Tyee? I have taught in places as diverse as Spain and Nigeria and have been an ELL, Resource and Core French teacher, as well as a Grade 1 teacher in schools across Vancouver. Literacy is one of my passions, especially writing, which was the focus of my Masters, with my YA Novel, Inside the Wind, and my major paper: Flashlight Writers: Boys who Write. I am also deeply interested in all of the arts: visual, dramatic and music. I taught at Maple Grove, a Montessori & Traditional School, and was Vice Principal there for one year, so I have a good understanding of the philosophy. Most of all I am passionate about education and about the possibilities – the yet, the future selves, and the nurturing of the generation who will create their own jobs and define the future for themselves and for us. I look forward to working with everyone at Tyee to be part of that journey.


Julie Weatherall, Principal

Important Information ~ Is your child ready to go to kindergarten and of school age?

Kindergarten registration for children born in 2012: You must apply at your catchment school first

If your child was born out of Canada, you will go to the District Reception and Placement Centre at Moberly Elementary. Kindergarten Registration is between November 1 and January 31st.


If you are planning on registering for a choice school kindergarten lottery you will need your child’s PEN. This is a pupil enrolment number that will be used on the online registration process for the choice kindergarten lottery. If your child has a sibling in the school you will require your older child’s PEN as well so you can identify them as siblings.

Choice School Application process:

On January 9, 2017 you can apply for up to three choice programs through the VSB online application process which would require that your information is in the system through the initial catchment school registration. The application period closes on February 6, 2017.


This year skating will take place on the following Mondays and Thursdays: January 16, 19, 23;

February 6, 9, 16, 23; March 6. Students will leave school at 1:00 and walk to Trout Lake Rink. An attendant will be on hand at 1:15 for skate rentals. Ice time is from 1:30 – 2:45. Students will walk back to school and arrive between 3:00 and 3:15. Skates can be rented if necessary. All students are required to wear a helmet, so if your child has his/her own helmet, please bring it. Field trip forms will go home Tuesday, January 10 and are due back Friday, January 13. Apologies for the short turn around. As always, parent volunteers are welcome!


$15 is all you need to pay to see the beautiful artwork of Tyee students displayed in your own home all year round. What a great place to keep track of the many events your busy family is involved in.

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.


In a few Vancouver schools there may be more in-catchment applicants than the school can accommodate.  For those schools, applicants who applied within the priority registration period (November 1 to January 31) will be included in a draw for available spaces.  Students with siblings already in attendance at the school (and who will be attending next year) will be placed prior to the draw.

When registering your child please bring:

1.      Proof of residence in Vancouver

2.      Child’s birth certificate

3.      Immigration documentation (if applicable)

4.      Immunization records


If you want to apply for a Choice program or cross-boundary, you must first apply to your English catchment elementary school.  Applications for Choice programs and cross boundary placements will be accepted in early 2017, but only after you have registered at your catchment school.


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