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CELEBRATING SCHOOL LIBRARY DAY IN BURNABY SCHOOLS
Monday, October 27, will be School Library Day across Canada. In Burnaby many schools will be taking time to “Drop Everything And Read” for twenty minutes as a reminder of how important reading and school libraries are! Other reading activities will include buddy reading time, classroom read-alouds with guest readers, and some schools like Stride Avenue Community School will host family reading events in the evening. We encourage the Burnaby community to share some time to celebrate reading! 

OPENING MINDS TO THE FORBIDDEN CITY
On October 17, The China Institute delivered an interactive presentation entitled We all live in the Forbidden City to classes at Cascade Heights and Forest Grove Elementary Schools. It provided students with an idea of what it was like to live in ancient Beijing and how it compares to today. They also introduced two new children’s books about China that they donated to the school’s libraries. The China Institute is a non-profit educational and cultural institution that advances a deeper understanding of China in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community.                      

GRADE 7 & 8 MATHEMATICIANS IN THE NEWS

There's been an unusually high showing of exceptional math talent at Marlborough Elementary. Not one but six students scored a perfect score on their University of Waterloo Gauss tests: Michelle Liu, Gavin Song, Rishi Saran Vijayarajan, Roya Yang, Josh Zhang and Sophia Zhao. Others who aced the test were: Josh Chen (Morley Elementary), Judy Lee (University Highlands Elementary), Sean Wang (Moscrop Secondary), Cecilia Cheng (Burnaby South Secondary) and Andrew Lieu (Burnaby North Secondary). See the news story: BURNABY NOW

THINGS THAT GO MOO
Students at Cameron Elementary spent a day on the farm at school on October 3rd – thanks to the BC Milk Producers’ Association and BC Dairy Foundation and their Mobile Dairy Classroom experience. The presentation included a milking demonstration, a calf feeding session, an overview of the cow and milk production and the role that milk plays in human nutrition While the kindergarteners were excited and speechless, the grade 7’s had really good questions about ethical farming. A great day was had by all – cows included.      

FULFILLING TERRY’S DREAM
On October 3rd, Buckingham Elementary School and the community held a Terry Fox Celebration and Run as a culmination of Terry Fox week. School Trustee, James Wang, joined the community in welcoming Terry’s brother, Fred Fox, to speak with students about Terry’s legacy, his character, and his dream. After the run Mr Fox and Principal Gurney acknowledged students who “exemplified Terry’s character” throughout the week. What a wonderful way to end an amazing week where students learned about leadership, effort, caring, and making a difference in the world.               

HAPPINESS IS A FULL BACKPACK
For over five years, students in our Burnaby schools, who may not otherwise have access to school supplies, have benefited from receiving new backpacks from TELUS and Costco. This year was no exception. Between them they donated 950 colourful backpacks filled with school supplies. We are grateful for the ongoing support of these community partners for adding even more excitement to the annual back to school event.

SUPPORTING LEARNING AT HOME

District staff, principals and vice-principals have reviewed some resources that you may wish to use to support your child's learning at home. They are being offered as learning supports only, and are not meant to replace the professional instruction, intervention and assessment that are provided by our qualified teachers. Click here for resources.

DISTRICT ACHIEVEMENT CONTRACT

Burnaby School District is committed to shaping the next generation of community leaders by providing learning opportunities to meet the needs of our uniquely diverse and changing student population. The District Achievement Contract is a snapshot of how the District supports the learning needs of its students. It highlights impressive strides in student success, particularly in the area of literacy. LEARN MORE

INFORMATION FOR TRUSTEE CANDIDATES

The next school trustee election is Saturday, November 15. if you are a trustee candidate please review the following information  LEARN MORE

BURNABY BOARD OF EDUCATION

The next public meeting of the Burnaby Board of Education is Tuesday, October 28,
7 pm 
at the District Administration Office, 5325 Kincaid Street. LEARN MORE

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