Dear DG Families,
We want to take this time to wish all of you a wonderful spring break. Spring break will be from Monday, March 13 until Friday, March 24. Schools will reopen on Monday, March 27th and we look forward to welcoming students back to school at that time.
Thank you for supporting the Book Fair! Ms Goldman had a great turn out last week.
Lost and Found
Please remind your children to take a look in the lost and found this week. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the week.
Term 2 Report Cards
Term 2 Report Cards will be available for viewing on Parent Connect on Wednesday. An email will be sent to parents once they have been uploaded. If you require a paper copy of your child’s report card, please let your child’s teacher know by Tuesday.
Semaine de la Francophonie
Semaine de la Francophonie (Francophone week) is a yearly event, celebrated during the month of March around the world. It’s an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the French language in all its diversity. Throughout Semaine de la Francophonie at Devon Gardens, French Immersion classes will participate in a variety of activities celebrating French culture around the world. Un gros MERCI to our French Immersion Teachers who have done a great deal of planning and preparation to put these activities together! In addition, French songs from around the world will be shared with the whole school each morning on the announcements.
Adult Crossing Guard Still Needed
Student Crossing Guard Schedule:
Thank you for your continued support of the crossing guard program at Devon Gardens. This important leadership role helps keep the students safe. If you know you are going to be away for an extended period because of a planned vacation, please encourage your child to find their own replacements and to let Ms. Grund know. All Crossing Guards have been provided the schedule.
Reminder, please do not walk through the staff parking lot
Please use the path across the front grass or walk around the back of the school, on the playground side
Please don’t send your children to school when they are ill
School District Budget Process
The Delta School District is committed to transparent budget planning and resource allocation that is directly aligned with the strategic vision, goals and objectives established by the Board. It is our sincere hope that as many voices as possible engage in the annual budget input process to provide feedback on their funding priorities for the upcoming school year. To find out how you can get involved, check out https://www.deltasd.bc.ca/news-events/news/2023-2024-school-district-budget-process/
Are you interested in hosting an international student
Link to access: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1589588-105073
Reminder – PAC Fundraisers ongoing throughout the year
PAC has created a school fundraising account. To participate, simply bring your containers to the depot in sealed, clear bags, and enter the registered phone number, 604-581-6185, into the Express kiosk. You will be prompted to select the number of bags you’re dropping off, the kiosk will automatically print the same number of sticker tags displaying our PACs unique Express account code. Tag each of your bags with a sticker tag and drop the bags off in the designated Express drop-off area to be counted. For a list of Return-it Express location visit https://www.return-it.ca/locations/express/
Cobs Bread Dough Raiser Program
This program enables us to raise money for our school throughout the year! Be sure to mention Devon Gardens Elementary (or code 7806) each time you make a purchase at COBS Bread Scott 72 Centre; they will donate 10% of your purchase back to our school.
Level Ground Trading
Level Ground is a BC business that works with fair trade coffee, tea, dried fruit and spice producers.
- Supporters enter the code devongardens in the ‘discount code’ field at the checkout.
- All products on our web store (com) qualify for the fundraiser. Orders must be $40 or more. These orders also qualify for free shipping to most addresses in Canada (there is a shipping fee on all orders shipped to NU/NT/YK). All orders are paid for through our web site and shipped directly to your supporters. No need to collect orders or distribute products to households.
- Your fundraising amount is 20% of total sales. So on a $100 order your school will receive $20.
Online Stay Safe & Babysitting Courses
Offered through First Aid Hero. When registering use promo/coupon code DGPAC and our PAC will earn $5 from each registration. For details, available course dates and online registration, please refer to this flyer:
Questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Devon Gardens PAC
Spring Break Film Academy Bootcamp- Students Gr 6-9
Join Delta Film Academies Instructors for a 5-day production bootcamp designed specifically for grade 6 to 9 students. Filmkids will learn about camera techniques, lighting, directing, acting in and shooting scenes from a script they helped create! After a week of hard work and learning, students will watch their completed film!
Registration for Filmkids Spring Break workshop is open now! Program runs March 13 – 17 from 9AM to 12 noon. The Cost is $200 for the week! For more details see:
Registration link: https://cimsweb.deltasd.bc.ca/publicconnect/DEEvents.aspx
Other Opportunities and Education for Families
Helping Kids Stay Safe Online
There is huge potential for misuse of the internet, for example, sending or receiving inappropriate information and images (e.g. racist, slanderous, pornographic, threatening, sexist, confidential, etc.) or using chat rooms for this purpose.
We know helping kids stay safe while online is something many parents/guardians are concerned about. We encourage you to review the following resources for more information on the online interests of young people, the potential risks they face and proactive strategies to help keep them safe:
- Raising Digitally Responsible Youth: A Parent’s Guide: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/erase/documents/raising-digitally-responsible-youth.pdf
- Need Help Now website: https://needhelpnow.ca/app/en/
- ERASE website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/erase/online-safety
- Protect Kids Online website: https://protectkidsonline.ca/app/en/
- Additional Parent Information Resources: https://www.deltasd.bc.ca/resources/parent-information-brochures/
erase Student and Family Online Sessions: Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities
eraseis offering online interactive sessions focused on exploring consent and gender-based violence, with school-day sessions for students in Grades 8-12, and evening sessions suited for students in Grade 8 and above and their families. Led by expert trainers from Safer Schools Together, students and families will learn tips and tools to support discussions and to support positive connections. Schools and families canregister online. Contacterase@gov.bc.cawith any questions or for more information.
The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Child Care, has developed an information sheet on substance use decriminalization for parents, guardians, and caregivers.Talking to Children and Youth about Decriminalization and Substance Use: Resources for Parents/Guardians and Caregiversis now available on the erase website.
Help for the Hard Times
If you have questions about the above workshops, or would like to connect with someone directly, please contact SurreyDeltaWhiteRock@familysmart.ca
March 6th – 10th – Semaine de la Francophonie
Monday, March 6th – Grade 6/7 girls basketball game @ DG
Tuesday, March 7th – Divisions 1, 10 & 11 to Mt Seymour
Wednesday, March 8th – Term 2 Report Cards available on line (parent connect)
Friday, March 10th – last day of school before Spring Break
March 11th – 26th – Spring Break
Tuesday, March 21st – last day to order Purdy’s online (PAC fundraiser)
Monday, March 27th – back to school after Spring Break
Other dates and events are listed on the school calendar on our website: https://dg.deltasd.bc.ca/events-calendar/