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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PARENTS

The District received notice from the BC Teachers Federation this afternoon (April 17) that Stage 1 job action will start on Wednesday, April 23. We have been advised that this stage is administrative only and there will be no immediate school closures or disruptions to students. This means that teachers will continue to teach, write report cards, communicate with parents, and participate in their volunteer extracurricular activities. However they will not undertake any mandated supervision of students outside of regularly scheduled classes, except as set out by an essential services order. As the safety of our students is always our priority, we will be dispatching administrative and exempt staff  to elementary schools to supervise students while on the playground. Immediate updates regarding teacher job action will be posted to this site.

BURNABY CENTRAL TRACK OPENING CEREMONY

The day was wet but spirits were high at the official opening ceremony of Burnaby Central's new Track and field facility on April 16. Burnaby Central’s athletic teams showcased their skills on the field and Burnaby-raised Olympic javelin thrower Curtis Moss returned to Burnaby Central and inspired the student athletes sharing memories of starting his track career at the school and reminding them to dream big! LEARN MORE

THE CURTAIN GOES UP

Spring has sprung - and so have Burnaby Schools Spring Performances. If you get a chance, check out:  Arts Alive exhibit at the Burnaby Art Gallery (April 18-May 18), Burnaby's Got Talent (April 23), Burnaby Mountain's Dance Showcase (April 24), Rosser Elementary's Seussical  (April 23 & 24). More to Come  LEARN MORE

PLAY TO LEARN EVENTS FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Parents and their children (ages 3-5 years) are invited to join us for a fun and interactive session exploring a variety of learning activities. Talk with staff from Burnaby Parks, Recreation & Culture Services, Burnaby Public Library, Fraser Health and Science World. Meet early childhood education experts and connect with other families. Enjoy an award-winning show by children’s entertainer Will Stroet. Drop in. Bring the kids.
It’s all FREE. LEARN MORE
 

April 29: Gilmore Community School    May 8: Capitol Hill  

Also free, Burnaby's StrongStart Centres are open during the school year. .LEARN MORE

ARTS ALIVE 2014

Each year the Burnaby Art Gallery showcases work by students in Burnaby Schools.This years exhibition will highlight the talent of students at each of the District's eight secondary schools.  The exhibit will run from April 18 - May 18 with an opening reception taking place April 17 from 7 to 9 pm. All are welcome. 

BURNABY'S GOT TALENT

Burnaby's Got Talent is an annual event hosted by the students who make up Burnaby's Student Advisory Council. The  show will feature Burnaby's best student talent, a silent auction and lots of fun. The event will take place at Michael J Fox Theatre on April 23 at 7pm. Tickets are on sale at all high schools and proceeds will be donated to the Burnaby Children's Fund..

INPUT REQUIRED FOR NEW ABORIGINAL ENHANCEMENT AGREEMENT

All parents and guardians of Aboriginal students in Burnaby Schools are invited to join us on Thursday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Stoney Creek Community School for an evening of dinner, entertainment, activities for children and conversations with other parents from the Burnaby community.  Our new draft Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement will be shared with families on this night, with the goal of getting feedback and input on the document from all those interested.  Please RSVP to Brandon.curr@sd41.bc.ca or by calling 604-296-6900 by Monday, April 21 at noon.

BURNABY CHEFS TEAM WINS AT HEALTHY CHEF COMPETITION

Students in the District's ACE-IT Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program recently took the recipes they learned in March from the “Chefs of the Kei Lani” in Hawaii and competed in the BC Chefs Association’s Healthy Chef Competition. They were the only high school team, and their contenders included post-secondary teams from Vancouver Community College, International Culinary Schools, Art Institute and Red Seal Chef teams from the Delta and Hyatt Regency hotels and top restaurants such as Beach Grove Golf Club.The District team won the People’s Choice Award for their culinary creations. Congrats to the students and their teacher Chef Wade!

PROJECT OPERA ENHANCES STORYTELLING

A pilot project aimed at introducing students to opera is a unique collaboration between the District and Vancouver Opera. Twice a week, for 5 weeks, Project Opera teacher artists worked with a grade 4/5 and 6/7 class at Douglas Road Elementary. Each class chose a piece of literature that they were studying in class as a starting point for their work. From there they got to create, produce and perform their own short opera - experiencing first-hand how powerful a story can be when expressed through the arts.  Each 30 minute opera was presented to the entire school the last day before spring break to great acclaim.  

MEETING THE CHIEFS

On March 13, students from Ms. Walton's Law 12 class at Burnaby Mountain Secondary met with BC’s three top chief judges. They included Chief Justice Robert Bauman of the Court of Appeal, Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of the Supreme Court, and Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree.  They were just one of four classes of BC high school students to get the opportunity to meet with them, to ask questions, and have their opinions heard. Hosted by Ian Hanomansing the event was taped in CBC’s Studio 700 and is available for viewing at the BC Law Week website.

BUDGET PROCESS

The Burnaby Board of Education held a public meeting on April 9 to develop priorities for the District's 2014/15 operating budget. To view the presentation click here 

3-YEAR COMMON METRO SCHOOL CALENDAR APPROVED

The Board has approved a 3-year Common Metro School Calendar that has been submitted  to the  Ministry of Education. It includes a two-week Spring Break model (5 days vacation/5 district closure days) that aligns the timing of Spring Break with most Metro-districts and ensures stability for the district that follows a 3 year budget planning process cycle. A review of this year's spring break will be conducted in April. 

COMMON METRO SCHOOL CALENDAR - 3 year

BURNABY BOARD OF EDUCATION 

The next public meeting of the Burnaby Board of Education will be held Tuesday, April 22,  7pm at the District Administration Office, 5325 Kincaid Street. LEARN MORE 

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