Cold and Snow Does Not Dampen Learning During the Month of February

The month of February certainly brought many challenges with respect to the cold weather. The school district staff do our very best when faced with significant snowfall accumulations to keep schools open and when this is not possible, our aim is to communicate school closures by 6:30 am. Our website experienced some difficulties during the latest weather crisis, but we believe we now have addressed these challenges.

Despite the snow and cold, many great learning opportunities occurred during the month of February. The Odyssey professional development day on February 15 was well attended and had a number of outstanding workshops. I had the great pleasure to attend the Math workshop, facilitated by Theresa Walker, to observe the curriculum re-design in action. It was wonderful to see Math teachers working collaboratively to solve problems.

 

It was Diversity & Respect Week this week.

The Aboriginal Family Gathering is always a highlight! Many families turned out for the event to enjoy a fantastic meal, connect with friends, and learn some valuable lessons with respect to wellness. The Langley Education Centre also hosted their second annual “That Wellness Thing” where several community agencies provided information to attendees on the services available to families.

Judging at the Youth Philanthropy Initiative

The Diversity and Respect Week supports the District’s goal of fostering an inclusive and accepting culture. All schools offer an array of events throughout the week in addition to coordinating classroom resources to generate conversations pertaining to this topic.
Brookswood Secondary School once again had several teams participate in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. Students educate classmates on a service organization that is making a difference in the lives of others in the community. The top presentation is rewarded with a cheque for $5,000 to provide to the organization of their choice. Congratulations to this year’s winner, a team of grade 10 students that raised awareness and funds for the Amanda Todd Legacy Society.

Let’s hope for a warmer March!

Gord Stewart
Superintendent