Posted: September 12, 2021
Families of Shortreed,
We hope your child(ren) had a wonderful first week full of care and connection at Shortreed! It was so great to see all the smiles and excitement about the first week of school and to see our new Eagles soaring into Shortreed. In addition to teaching and supporting students, staff was also busy meeting after school to learn and review important school district protocols as well as taking many hours to discuss classroom placements.
For tomorrow (Monday), students will go back to their homerooms in the morning. Prior to recess, we will move students to their new classrooms where they will remain throughout the day. At the end of the day, they will return to their homerooms one last time and you can pick them up there. They will have a note from their new teacher so you know where to drop them off on Tuesday! 🙂
As always, we want to acknowledge that the Langley School District works, learns, and plays on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations.
As was mentioned above, teachers and staff have spent many hours considering the needs of every single student in the school and then trying to balance individual needs with the needs of the entire school to create effective class placements. Because we have spent so much time on this, and we have no space in classes, once students are placed in their new classes, they cannot be moved. Many students will be excited but we also know that some will have a different teacher than they hoped or will not be with the one friend they hoped (but they will be in with other friends). If your child is feeling a little low because of this, please support them and let them know that they will get through it; they will make new friends and really learn to love their new classroom. In my 14 years in admin, I have been asked numerous times to move a child after the first day; my response is always to give it some time. In almost 100% of the requests to move, a few weeks later, the child has completely settled in and does not want to move. Part of growing is meeting new people and learning to adapt to new situations so the best thing we can tell our kids is that it might be hard right now but we will be there to support them through this transition. As a school team, we will also support students as they move into their new classrooms. We do have a number of combined classes this year. If you have questions about this, please read this post I wrote a few years back but is still relevant today – Will My Child Be Ok in a Split Class?
Please take a few minutes to read the important information below.
The Week Ahead
Monday – Students start and end in their homerooms but move to new classes in the day.
Tuesday – Students start and end in their NEW classrooms. Students can bring school supplies.
The Month at a Glance
September 20 – Canada Votes! Shortreed is a polling station so please give yourself some extra time to park in the morning.
September 21 – PAC Meeting, 7:00 pm in the library.
September 22 – Meet the Teacher – 5-7pm. We are still working out details of staggered times.
September 24 – School Improvement Day – no school for students.
September 29 – Orange Shirt Day – School National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Schools not in session
October 5 – World Teachers’ Day
October 8 – Terry Fox Run
You can subscribe to the online Shortreed School Calendar here.
Our first PAC meeting is Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00pm. All parents are welcome!
Important Information and Updates
COVID-19 Notification Process
The Ministry of Education has informed the District of the COVID-19 Notification Process. The District will continue to follow the protocols as set out by Fraser Health to help keep our students and staff healthy and safe. Here is what we can share with you now:
Public health will continue to prioritize schools for contact tracing. Public health will directly follow up with anyone identified as a COVID-19 case and determine if other students or staff were close contacts.
Close contacts are followed up with directly because they may be at greater risk of infection. They will be directly informed by public health if they need to take action, like self-monitoring or self-isolating.
People at school who are not close contacts are not at increased risk, so don’t need to take any additional actions beyond continuing to follow general public health recommendations.
In line with practices for other community settings and workplaces, school notifications to the broader school community, such as letters or exposure notices on regional health authority websites, will be used when public health deems them necessary to support contact tracing or outbreak management.
Public health continues to monitor the transmission of COVID-19 across the province, with the latest data on COVID19 available from BCCDC.
- Click here to read our district’s response to “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding Covid-19.
- Please complete the BC K-12 Daily Health Check each day. You do not need to actually do it online each day but please do it a few times so you know when your child should stay home. Please also send them with a clean mask each day as we encourage mask-wearing indoors in grades K-3 and require mask-wearing in grades 4-5.
- Many of our consent forms are being sent digitally this year. Some of you will have received them last week while others will receive them this week. The forms will come from SD35. Please complete the forms as soon as you can.
- If your family needs some financial support for breakfast before school, our breakfast program runs from 8:20-8:35 each day. Students must register. Please see the email that was sent out on Friday.
- Please bring your school supplies on Tuesday. If you ordered them through the school, they will be delivered to your child on Tuesday.
- Our school parking lot is closed between 8:15-9:00 and 2:00-2:45 (other than daycare, buses, and vehicles for people with a disability). The church across the street graciously allows us to use their parking lot so please park there or along 28th Ave. Do not park in the “no parking” (coned) areas along the yellow curbs.
- West Coast Recess – As we have done over the past few years, every day is an outside day at Shortreed. Unless there is a severe rainstorm (or snowstorm), we will be heading outside. As the forecast this week calls for rain this week, please make sure your child has a coat to wear outside. We have a good selection of coats in our FREE Coat Exchange near the office so come on by and check them out.
- We all know kids love juice boxes… but these are often extremely high in sugar and can cause a sticky mess in classrooms. Please opt for water as much as you can.
- If your child will be absent, please call the school at 604-856-4167 or email email@example.com.
- A reminder that we are a “nut aware” school and have some students with life-threatening allergies to nuts. Please avoid packing snacks or lunches with nuts as the oil from a student’s hands can be enough to create a significant medical incident.
- Please bring inside shoes for your child. This helps to keep our school clean and dry. If you need some help with shoes, check out our FREE Shoe and Boot Exchange at the office.
- Family Accident Reimbursement Plan – In past years, the District used to send enrolment forms to schools for coverage under the Kids Plus Voluntary Insurance Plan. The Kids Plus Voluntary Insurance Plan was cancelled in 2019 by the supplier and was replaced by the Family Accident Reimbursement Plan Voluntary Insurance. The plan is voluntary but I would encourage you to share the following information (and in the FARP newsletter attached) with the parents of your students as soon as you can so they have an opportunity to enroll as early in the school year as possible. There are significant benefits of this accident insurance coverage and every year it seems we have a student or two who lose teeth for example and have no coverage.Please note that going forward, enrolment in the program will be done online only, through https://www.solutionsinsurance.com/aonbc. This information can be provided to parents through the school’s/District websites, e-newsletters and social media. The website provides information about the program including pricing and coverage. Parents and students should be able to locate all the information they need online to make an application for coverage.
- For regular updates and sharing of daily life at Shortreed, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter. You can also join the Shortreed Parent Information Group on Facebook.
Community Events & Information
Starting Wednesday, September 1, children 12 and under will be able to ride TransLink services free of charge as part of a new provincial program. The program will make transit more affordable for families and help to encourage children to become lifelong transit riders.
Here’s what you need to know about children 12 and under riding our different services:
Riding the bus
Children 12 and under will be able to ride buses free of charge without requiring a transit pass, identification or an accompanying fare paying customer.
Riding SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express
Children 12 and under will be able to ride on SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express free of charge only if accompanied by a fare paying customer. A fare paying customer can accompany up to a maximum of four children through the fare gates.
Children 12 and under will continue to be able to access the gated system by themselves with the purchase of a fare to tap through fare gates.
Children 12 and under who are registered HandyDART customers or children who are accompanying a registered HandyDART customer will be able to travel for free on HandyDART without requiring a fare product or identification.
While travel for children 12 and under will be free, parents and guardians are responsible for educating and making decisions about the safety and care of their children whenever travelling on transit. This includes when children are travelling unaccompanied where permitted and determining if their children can or should take transit independently.
Please visit translink.ca/kidsridefree for more information about the program. For resources and youth travel initiatives, please visit the TravelSmart page under the “TravelSmart for Schools” section.