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Orange Shirt Day - September 30
Orange Shirt Day was created during the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project in Williams Lake, BC, in May 2013. As part of the project, former student, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, told the story of her first day at Residential School when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl, which prompted the realization that many survivors have similar stories. 

As a result, Orange Shirt Day is gaining visibility as an influential movement helping to educate our students and communities on the history of Canadian Residential Schools. The Richmond School District encourages everyone to embrace and explore this topic leading up to September 30, and use the colour orange as a way of bringing attention to this issue.

Indian Residential Schools had a profound effect on the culture and language of Aboriginal people across Canada, and forever changed the lives of thousands of Aboriginal children. As the terrible legacy of these schools has become public, the Canadian government offered an apology to Aboriginal people for the forced cultural assimilation embodied in the Residential School system that existed from 1884 to 1996. The government then instituted a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to document much of the suffering on the public record, and to offer recommendations for a new relationship. 

Our work in advancing reconciliation is helping to build a stronger and healthier Canada. 



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Public Information Meeting for Potential School Trustees

The Richmond School District is hosting a trustee candidate information meeting for prospective candidates on Wednesday, September 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond School District Board Office at 7811 Granville Avenue.

Anyone interested in running as a school board trustee is invited to find out more information about what the role entails, to ask any questions that they may have and to meet senior staff.

 


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Visioning Art Contest Winner Announced

The Visioning Art Contest was launched March 15, 2018 following the Board of Education's approval of the revised Policy 100 Vision, Mission and Values statements. Submissions for the art contest were accepted until May 4, 2018.

A Visioning Art Contest selection panel was assembled with eight stakeholder groups including students, trustees, CUPE, RASA, RDPA, RMAPS, RTA and the executive team. The selection panel met four times to review submissions and select the winning artwork.

Of the 52 submissions eligible for the art contest, each submission was presented to the selection panel in a manner to conceal the identity of the artist. A number was assigned to each piece of artwork and the selection panel used the submission and evaluation criteria to advance to the next rounds.

On June 4, 2018, the selection panel selected submission number 18 as the winner of the Visioning Art Contest. Submission number 18 is Megan Yung, a grade ten student from Boyd Secondary school.

Megan attended the September 12, 2018 Board Meeting and was officially announced as the winner of the Visioning Art Contest and received a certificate of appreciation. Congratulations Megan!

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Ministry of Education Announces Funding for Tait and Ferris Elementary

Seismic upgrades at Robert J. Tait Elementary and W.D. Ferris Elementary will keep students, staff and teachers safer in the event of an earthquake.

“When students, teachers and staff walk through the front doors of their school, they deserve to feel safe and secure,” said Premier John Horgan. “After years of underfunding and delay, we’re moving forward with upgrades at Tait and Ferris elementary schools.”

An assessment of Robert J. Tait (Tait) and W.D. Ferris (Ferris) found that the schools are at high risk in the event of an earthquake and in urgent need of seismic upgrades. The Province has funded a Richmond Capital Project Team, dedicated to addressing the backlog of seismic projects in Richmond and fast-tracking upgrades like the ones at Tait and Ferris. 

“Richmond has had only three schools seismically upgraded in the past decade, and that’s just not good enough,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “Parents shouldn’t have to worry about their children’s safety at school. Families deserve better, which is why we are speeding up the pace of seismic upgrades in Richmond and throughout B.C.”

“We are pleased to be receiving funding from the Ministry of Education to seismically upgrade both Robert J. Tait Elementary and W.D. Ferris Elementary,” said Eric Yung, Richmond Board of Education chair. “As we move forward, the Richmond Board of Education remains committed to working with the ministry to improve the safety of all of our facilities within our school community.”

Work on Tait Elementary is expected to begin in spring 2019, while construction on Ferris Elementary will start in summer 2019. Both projects are scheduled to be complete in fall 2020. Tait’s upgrades will cost $7.59 million, and the seismic upgrade cost of Ferris is $8.49 million.

“Today’s announcement brings the Richmond School District one step closer to the realization of our vision as the best place to learn and lead,” said Sherry Elwood, Richmond School District superintendent. “As a result of this funding, staff and students at Robert J. Tait Elementary and W.D. Ferris Elementary will have safe and inspiring learning environments that support their educational journey.”

Government is committed to clearing the backlog of seismic projects and is encouraging collaboration between the Ministry of Education, school districts and local governments to meet ambitious timelines and reduce the time it takes to plan and upgrade a school.

Since September 2017, the Province has announced more than $350 million in funding to upgrade or replace high-risk schools, including a seismic upgrade for Richmond’s Hugh Boyd Secondary.

Tait Elementary is a one-storey school located on the east side of the Richmond School District. Opened in 1955 as a two-room school, it has 364 seats for kindergarten to Grade 7. Ferris Elementary is also a one-storey K-7 school. It opened in 1960, and now has room for 616 students.

Budget 2018 provides $541 million over the next three years for seismic upgrades and replacements at schools throughout B.C.

To accelerate projects in other school districts with large and complex capital programs, government continues to support project offices in Surrey and Vancouver, as well as in Richmond.

Learn More:

Richmond Capital Project Team announcement: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018EDUC0009-000341

Ministry of Education Seismic Mitigation Program:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/capital/seismic-mitigation


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Back to School Resources for Families

Here are some great resources to help ease the transition and get your kids ready for the classroom.

New curriculum gives students a better chance of success

All K-9 students in B.C. are benefiting from a new curriculum that provides a hands-on learning approach that encourages collaboration, critical thinking and communication. This year, the new curriculum will be in place for Grade 10. Grades 11 and 12 will be added next year: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/

Making life more affordable for families on income assistance

Families on income and disability assistance can get help with back to school costs like school supplies and clothing. Find out more about the School Start-up Supplement: http://ow.ly/YKUS303mQKB

Is your child an academic star, athlete or artist?

Make their hard work pay off by applying for a B.C. scholarship: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/awards

Keep your children free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence

New resources and training for students, parents, education and community partners, including an updated safety-reporting tool, will be launched this September: https://www.erasebullying.ca

Concerned about your child’s mental health?

Foundry centres provide a one-stop-shop for young people to access mental health care, substance-use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports: http://www.foundrybc.ca

Tuition-free English language learning courses  

Browse the list of public institutions that offer tuition-free English-language learning courses and find out how to apply: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/adult-education/adult-upgrading-learn-english

Thinking about upgrading or making a career change?

Academic courses are free of charge for all B.C. adult learners. Find out more here: http://ow.ly/pMEf30ezu6n

A $1,200 grant for elementary students born between 2006 and 2010

back to school.jpgNo additional fees or financial contributions are needed to sign up for the $1,200 B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant, which will help you plan for your child’s future: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/bc-training-and-education-savings-grant

Floods, fires or earthquakes – are you prepared?

Learn how to put together an emergency kit and create an emergency response plan:
http://ow.ly/pMEf30ezu6n


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