Looking Forward with Hope and Confidence

At the writing of this newsletter we are one month into the school year and from all reports settling in very nicely after an uncertain and late start. Classes are well underway and our teachers, support staff and administrators continue to focus on supporting children in establishing patterns of success and building strong and positive social groups. To parents we express our appreciation to all of you for your patience as routines continue to be developed and school expectations continue to be reinforced.

We All Pull Together - Bayside Middle School Community Canoe Project

Bayside Middle School has embarked on a traditional Coast Salish canoe carving project that began in the spring 2014 and will continue throughout the 2014-15 school year. This project was designed as a way to share Coast Salish cultural values and teachings, and to bring alive the Education Enhancement Agreement in our school.

Bus Refunds Available

Refund cheques are available for pickup only at the School Board office on Keating Cross Rd due to the job action earlier this year.

A Bit Late, But a Stellar Start

To the credit of our staff, students and parents, Saanich schools are flying. I've had the chance to visit all of our schools and have seen students focused and engaged in ways that normally would take a couple of weeks to become evident. Students have clearly been chomping at the bit, and they appear to be happy to be back. The same can be said of our teachers and support staff, and our administrators, having been in and working hard to get things ready, should be proud of the work that they have done to prepare schools for the rapid re-start.

Welcome Back!

We are delighted to be preparing for Monday September 22 as the first day of school. Our thanks go out to our teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and community partners for getting us through some difficult times to a place where we can look forward with optimism to another great year in Saanich.

Our first few days will be as described below. For greater detail and clarity please check your school's website.