Staff News: November 2015

November 15, 2015

Noel Booth French Immersion Teacher Acknowledged

Noel Booth Principal Carol Osborne and Teacher Patricia Barkley

Noel Booth French Immersion teacher Patricia Barkley has been awarded the Merci de Bouquet award by the Canadian Parents for French (CPF) BC/Yukon Branch. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to French Language and Culture in BC. Noel Booth Principal Carol Osborne forwarded the nomination to the CPF committee. Patricia is pictured with Noel Booth Principal Carol Osborne after receiving the award at the Canadian Parents for French gala dinner November 14th. Congratulations Patricia!

Books for Douglas Park

All’s well that ends well for Douglas Park Community School after a roller coaster ride of emotion when the school was informed that they were disqualified from the Adopt-a-School contest hosted by Indigo. Despite leading the pack, it was initially determined that the rules had been broken in the online nomination process, though it was unclear just what the infraction was. CKNW reporter Shelby Thom (a Langley Schools graduate) took up the cause and was instrumental in publicizing the story of disappointment for the Douglas Park community (visit CKNW). Shortly after the news of the unfortunate loss of the $10,000 contest prize, Indigo announced that they would provide a donation equivalent to the prize amount ($10,000) to Douglas Park Community School to enrich the school library. The Douglas Park parent community and many other local Langley supporters also donated 445 books as a part of the contest.

IMG_9806Also in the wake of the disappointing news, Cathy Jesson of Black Bond Books called into CKNW while Douglas Park Principal Esther Schmit was on the air and offered to donate 1000 books to the students of Douglas Park. Cathy Jesson and Mel Jesson referred to the ‘local connection’ Black Bond has to the Langley community and how the second location of Black Bond was opened in Langley and how ‘…this is our community, our backyard…’. Cathy personally picked 700 of the books presented to Douglas Park and helped deliver them with Mel. Enthusiastic students helped unload the boxes and boxes of books that will be distributed to classrooms for reading centres. Needless to say, the students were thrilled with the new books!

Upcoming Admin Moves and Assignments

The Board of Education approved the following administrative moves and assignments. Please congratulate (and welcome!) the following administrators to their upcoming new roles:

  • Edna Schuerhaus will be joining the Admin Team at the SBO in the career ed department mainly working on work experience opportunities as well as career and trade initiatives.
  • Logan Kitteringham will be joining our administrative team, replacing Edna as Vice-Principal at WGSS.  Logan is currently an exceptional teacher at WGSS.
  • Kevan Reeve will be replacing the soon to be retiring Tim Everson at YCMS.
  • Zoltan Bako will be replacing Kevan at BGMS.
  • Derek McCracken will be replacing Zoltan at Topham.
  • Diana Wilk will be replacing Derek at Glenwood (Staff will work to find a replacement for Diana over the next few weeks).
  • Vanessa Jaggi is taking a parental leave from January – June 2016.
  • The District is pleased to welcome Carmen Eberle from Prince George to the Langley School District.  She will be the principal at Langley Meadows during Vanessa’s absence (a placement for Carmen in September will be determined in the Spring).

Assignments will be effective January 1, 2016!

District Calendar Consultation

The Board of Education has passed a motion requesting District staff begin the consultation process for the District Calendars for 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. Community members are invited to provide feedback that will be shared with the Board of Education at an upcoming public meeting.

More information and feedback form available here

Christmas Craft Fairs – There’s One Near You!

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James Kennedy Ins-PI-re Project Inspires Students

The Government of BC is supporting 17 Innovation Projects as selected by the Innovation Partnership Working Group and as a part of the K-12 Innovation Partnership and the Ins-PI-re Project at James Kennedy Elementary is one of those select few chosen for this year. The provincial Innovation Project was designed to support innovative programs that support the newly re-designed BC Curriculum (more information here) as it is phased in over the next three years. Read all about the James Kennedy Ins-PI-re Project here.

In Memoriam

Jim Ehman, teacher at Langley Fundamental Middle/Secondary lost his courageous battle with cancer on Friday November 6, 2015. He died peacefully with his family by his side. Funeral services have already been held but memorial donations may still be made to St. Joseph’s Church, Langley.

Former Trustee Diane Pona was honoured by the Board of Education after recently passing away. Board Chair Robert McFarlane remember Ms. Pona as “…an ally, a friend, a motivator” and highlighted the great passion she brought to educational issues and her service to the Langley School Board of Education. Former Trustee Candy Ashdown, Diane Pona’s daughter, also served on the Board of Education and was in attendance at the meeting.

Harry Hunt, retired custodian from ACSS, passed Saturday, November 7th after a difficult battle with cancer. Harry also worked with the Aldergrove Star contributing photos for over 25 years and was very active in the community. Read more in the Langley Times.

Debbie Noren passed away after an extended illness on Wednesday, October 14th. Mrs Noren taught at LSS from 1994-2003 and then moved to ACSS until her medical leave at the end of this summer. Debbie will be remembered for her bright and cheerful personality and her school spirit.

Halloween in SD35

In case you missed seeing your favourite administrators and staff in their Halloween garb, here’s a slide show.

Board News Top Headlines: October 27th

  • Superintendent’s Report: Cross District Student Leadership Forum
  • Superintendent’s Report: District Calendar 2016-2019
  • Superintendent’s Report: Montessori Program Update
  • K-9 Curriculum Implementation
  • Bill 22: Education Improvement Act – Classes over 30, Learning Improvement Fund
  • Secretary Treasurer’s Report: Five Year Capital Plan 2015-2016, Enrolment Report

Read Board News

The Board of Education meeting schedule is available online and those interested are welcome to attend. The next scheduled Board meeting is Tuesday, October 27 and the public portion of the meeting begins at 7:00pm.

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