Here in Quesnel we currently have 2 high schools: QJS (grades 8-9) and Correlieu (Grades 10-12). Each school, as well as the school district has a different way of letting parents know what is going on. Gone are the days of paper newsletters sent home on Friday afternoons (to rot alongside the week's lunch leftovers, or on some occasions actually get delivered to the parent).
Below is the 2016-17 school calendar. This gives all the general holidays, Pro-D days and NI Days that all schools will be participating in.
Basic information is available on their website, however, for up to date weekly newsletters (posted right at the end of the school day), or info on "Snow-Days", their Facebook Page is constantly updated.
Keep in mind that you DO NOT have to be a Facebook User to see these updates (you just won't be able to comment on them). You may see a bar at the bottom of your page saying "please sign in or sign up" but you can safely ignore this.
An alternative, if you are a parent, make sure to get on their newsletter email list! If you haven't received the past few newsletters via email, then contact the school to make sure they have your email address correct.
Correlieu has a variety of ways to stay updated with student events. They no longer update their website with recent newsletters, but you can sign up to be on their newsletter list by phoning the school and talking to Jasmin in the office.
Additionally, some teachers as well as the school Principal, Mr. Hawkins-Bogle use the app REMIND to send out class or grade specific information and reminders. Here is the info they sent out in their August 31st newsletter about how to sign up for these notifications. Pick the grade that your student is in, and although all messages may not be of interest, it will keep you surely "In The Know" about what's going on at school. This is the system that also announces 'No Bus' days (or Snow Days), if you're not able to confirm with the school district website.
This applies to all students in the school district who may or may not take a bus to get to school. At 5am, on any day where the weather is questionable (dangerous roads, -32 or below), the school will update this part of their website.
To get their manually, go to www.sd28.bc.ca, then scroll to the bottom of the page where you see a picture of a bus. Click on this bus!
Additionally, click on the following link to read the school board's policies and procedures regarding cancelling bus operations for the day, read "COLD WEATHER/UNSAFE ROAD CONDITIONS: SCHOOL AND BUS OPERATIONS - COLD WEATHER NOTICE"
Regardless of whether your student takes the bus, walks, gets a ride, or drives themselves to school, the district encourages parents to "carefully weigh the hazards" before determining whether they should attend school that day.
I hope everyone was able to take some time to rest, relax and get refreshed for the new school year!
Fall is early this year, and I saw this picture on my morning's feed and thought that it was quite appropriate for the changes that always happen in our lives as school gets underway. All of a sudden we're hit with assignments, due dates, team sports starting, deadlines, new teachers and different expectations, as well as the general change of daylight and weather. It's hard to get everything completed that we feel has to be done!
Here's a little reminder that sometimes we just need to let some things go!