Nov 1-5 – Grade 10 Literacy & Numeracy Assessments

Grade 10 students – if you are enrolled in English and/or Math 10 in the

FIRST SEMESTER  you will write either the Literacy or Numeracy or possibly both.

Grade 9 students – if you are enrolled in a Grade 10 Math course you are eligible to write the Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment this year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your students English or your Math teacher.

Thank you

 

Oct 27 – Daily Announcements

Oct 27 – Daily Announcements ws

Oct 22 – Non-Instructional Day

No formal classes for students. Teachers will be engaging in Professional Development.

Planning for a safe and inclusive Halloween

Dear families,

As Halloween approaches, I wanted to remind students and families of the need to be thoughtful and inclusive when selecting a costume to be worn at school. Please consider the two following guidelines when you and/or your child are making the costume selection: [Read more…]

Oct 18 – PAC Meeting POSTPONED

THIS SCHEDULED MEETING IS POSTPONED. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED – DATE TO BE DETERMINED.

THANK YOU

 

Our next PAC meeting will be held, Monday, October 18th at 7:00pm.  This meeting will be digital over MS Teams.  Of particular interest, we will be confirming our PAC executive.

If you would like an invite, please email Colin_Sharpe@sd42.ca    MS Teams invites will be sent a few hours prior to the meeting.

Regards,

Colin Sharpe

Principal / Directeur

Pitt Meadows Secondary School

Grad Photo Information

Mountain West Grad Photo’s

Oct 19 – Photo Re-Take Day

If you missed the first Photo-Day in September, not to worry……today is your day!

October 1, 2021: Important update to the provincial K-12 mask mandate

Dear families,

This morning, Minister of Education Jennifer Whiteside and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced an important update to the Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools and the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings. I am writing to inform you about this change and to update you on the notification process for school exposures.

Update to face coverings mandate

The provincial government has announced that beginning Monday, October 4, 2021, all students in B.C. schools will be required to wear a mask when inside a school building, including while at their desks and on buses. This builds on the existing guidelines that currently apply to all students in grades 4-12. Learn more about this change to the face coverings mandate in the Ministry of Education news release.

Because we recognize that many students in grades K-3 may not be used to wearing masks, teachers will spend October 4 and 5 helping children adjust to this change, with the goal of building mask wearing into student routines by Wednesday, October 6. We suggest you send your K-3 child to school with a clean mask and a spare mask that they are used to wearing. Schools will have disposable masks available.

As a reminder, provincial guidance advises that mask requirements do not apply to staff, students and visitors in the following circumstances:

  • A person cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons;
  • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask;
  • If a person is eating or drinking;
  • If a person is behind a barrier; or
  • While providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements is important.

The guidelines stipulate that schools must not require a health-care provider note to confirm if staff, students or visitors cannot wear a mask, and that no student should be prevented from attending or fully participating at school if they do not wear a mask.

 

Change to notification process for school exposures

The provincial government also made a change to the notification process for school exposures, directing local health authorities to begin posting general school exposure notifications to their websites. You can find exposure notifications for our school district and the Fraser Health region more broadly on the Fraser Health school exposures page. For a helpful overview of the contact tracing process for school exposures, visit the BC CDC website.

Thank you for your continued support,

Sincerely,

Harry Dhillon
Superintendent of Schools

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and Truth and Reconciliation Week

Dear families,

The Government of Canada recently designated September 30th a statutory holiday named the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in recognition of the lasting harm residential schools have had on Indigenous communities. We ask students, staff, and families to use this opportunity to reflect on the profound injustice of residential schools and ensure that the intergenerational trauma suffered by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families is not forgotten.

As part of Truth and Reconciliation Week (September 27 to October 1), the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District will lower flags to half-mast at all facilities and students and staff are asked to wear orange. We also want to acknowledge the work of our Aboriginal Education Department, which has been instrumental in supporting teachers with resources and activities for in-class learning and discussion. We encourage families to explore these resources available on the Aboriginal Education Department website, some of which have likely already been seen by your child depending on their age.

This year has been particularly difficult for Indigenous people across Canada. In May, Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation announced they had located the remains of 215 Indigenous children buried in unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Since then, numerous other suspected graves have been located across the country with the use of ground-penetrating radar.

As the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches, our district is committed to creating safe spaces for healing for Indigenous students and staff. We also want to ensure all students of ancestry are provided with the support and care they need as they undertake their educational journey. Through education, awareness, and understanding, our district can learn from the rich cultural history of the First Peoples of Canada and make certain that the human rights abuses associated with forced assimilation are not forgotten.

Sincerely,

Korleen Carreras, Chairperson, Board of Education
Harry Dhillon, Superintendent of Schools

Sept 30 – Orange Shirt Day Event

Event information – Sept 30 – National Day of Truth & Reconciliation