Friday 25 November 2010

Apologies to parents… I forgot to send home the report cards today. They should have gone home with all students at Brooksbank this afternoon, but it slipped my mind at home time. I will make them available to students first thing Monday morning. I am not happy with myself for forgetting such an important task, and I offer my apologies to all parents.

On the subject of report cards, I would like to post what Mr. John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, has written to all parents on Thursday 24 November, in case you missed it:

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Further to my SchoolConnects message on October 25th, I would like to provide you with an update on reporting your child’s progress.

In British Columbia, provincial legislation requires that parents/guardians are provided with a minimum of three formal written report cards and two informal reports each school year.  During the current job action, the BC Teachers’ Federation has directed teachers not to produce formal written report cards.  On October 26, 2011, the BC Public School Employers’ Association filed an application to request that the Labour Relations Board vary the Essential Services Order to require teachers to prepare and distribute report cards.

To remain in compliance with provincial legislation and the School Act, formal written report cards are currently being prepared and issued to parents/guardians of all students enrolled in North Vancouver School District.  Your child’s first-term formal written report card will be prepared by the school administrators.

All report cards will contain basic information regarding the student’s enrolment and attendance.  Students who attend classes taught by principals or vice-principals will receive a report card that provides marks for those classes.  For most report cards, information on student progress will vary and be dependent on what information is provided by the student’s teacher.  Some report cards may include the evaluation teachers routinely supply, while others will not.  As a result, you may see blanks where commentary would normally have been provided.

If you have not been given the information you need to understand your child’s progress, I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher, or teachers.  Teachers are assessing and evaluating their students on a regular basis and can provide you with your child’s progress through a meeting, e-mail, or telephone conversation.  To provide you with contact information, all schools in North Vancouver are listing staff e-mail addresses on their website.  If you are unable to access the website, please contact the school and request assistance. 

If any concern arises regarding communications between you and your child’s teacher(s) during this phase of job action, you may wish to contact the North Vancouver Teachers’ Association at 604.988.3224, or the school principal or vice-principal.

I appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to work through job action.

Yours sincerely,

John Lewis
Superintendent of Schools
North Vancouver School District
Superintendent@nvsd44.bc.ca

A print copy of this letter is available at:
http://www.nvsd44.bc.ca/~/media/F42A04BA6F11485D86D5BF0656BF78FF.ashx

Again, my apologies for not sending the report home. It was not intentional, political, or tyrannical. It was forgetful.

I feel badly, and I hope no offense is taken. Because the reports are written and signed by the Administration, I have apologized to Mrs. Martin as well.

You can be sure I’ll have those report cards in your child’s backpack first thing Monday morning.

On other subjects, we are off to a wonderful start with our Dream Project presentations! We’ll continue next week with them too.

Monday 21 November 2011

No new homework

Reminder:
Our Jingle Mingle basket could do with some more donations along the theme of "Movie Night". Thank you to those who have already made a donation.

This Wednesday 23 November the Student Council has set as "Wacky "Twin" Wednesday. Students are encouraged to wear mismatched socks, inside-out hoodies, unusual hair-dos, etc. If they wish, they can find a friend and dress alike ("Twin") for even more fun!