Flag Half-Masting - In Recognition of the Kamloops Tragedy

In recognition of the discovery of at least 215 Indigenous children buried at a former residential school near Kamloops, all Canada and BC flags will be lowered to half-mast until Mon July 12, 2021.

General news and announcements

A Message from the Superintendent - Saanich Schools Response to the Tragedy in Kamloops (May 30 2021)

Good afternoon parents/guardians,

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this email to you today. 

The news from last Thursday of the discovery of at least 215 Indigenous children at the site of a former residential school near Kamloops is horrific as well as deeply emotional for many in our community and across Canada.  The tragedy of our country’s past injustices and unimaginable treatment of First Nations’ children and families is a stark reminder that we still have a long path ahead of us towards reconciliation.  It remains critical to continue to seek and share the Truth before any real Reconciliation is possible.

We are in communication with the local W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation to ensure that we are respectful in our acknowledgement and actions to this recent event. There will be staff, students and community members who are significantly impacted by this recent news and who will need support to navigate through things.  Ensuring that our actions are mindful of the traumatic nature of this event is critical.

Initial District Actions

  • All Canada and BC flags will be flown at half-mast from the morning of Mon May 31st to the evening of Fri June 4th

  • Staff and students are encouraged to wear ORANGE during the week of May 31st – June 4th

As a district, we are committed to ensuring that our responses are more than just wearing orange and lowering flags to half-mast.  We also have the obligation to commit to an educational focus in consultation with the local W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation community – one that responds not only to this tragic discovery, but also continues our moral obligation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. We are working with the Nation to produce educational resources that will allow students to engage in learning about this tragedy in ways that are trauma-informed, and age and culturally appropriate.  

Responding to Trauma

Each of us will be working through this tragedy in our own way.  Attached is a document from our provincial partner Safer Schools Together that you may find helpful with regards to recognizing trauma and helping your children who may be having some difficulty with this topic.

Additional Community Resources

The following is a list of resources and hotlines dedicated to supporting Indigenous people.

24/7 supports:

KUU-US Crisis Line  1-800-588-8717

Indian Residential School Survivors and Family  1-866-925-4419

Mon – Fri, 8am – 8 pm PT:

Weekends, 10 am – 2pm PT:

Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum Society  1-888-403-3123

Aboriginal Wellness Program  604-675-2551 or 1-866-884-0888

Canadian Mental Health Association - British Columbia Division  1-800-555-8222

HeretoHelp  1-800-661-2121

First Nations Health Authority – Mental Health Benefit  https://www.fnha.ca/benefits/mental-health

Métis Nation BC – Mental Health Services  https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/mental-health-substance-use/resources/kuu-us-crisis-line

Our district is a family who care deeply about each other and we will continue to do so through this very difficult time. 

Respectfully,

Dave Eberwein
Superintendent & CEO, Saanich Schools

Budget Consultation 2021/22

The Board of Education of the Saanich School District invites you to participate in and contribute to the formation of our budget for 2021/22. Public participation in this process is important for the Board's adoption of a budget that reflects the values, beliefs and priorities of the community.

The Board of Education is seeking your input through the completion of a survey and participation in a virtual Community Budget Meeting on April 15th at 7 pm. The survey will be the primary tool for gathering feedback and closes on April 22, 2021 (end of the day).  The attached background document provides information on the Saanich School District and the 2021/22 budget context and facilitates the completion of the survey by those who are unable to attend the virtual meeting.

The survey is available on our website at https://www.sd63.bc.ca/202122-budget-consultation-survey

To participate in the virtual Community Budget Meeting beginning at 7 pm on April 15th, please contact Leigh Glancie at  or 250-652-7300 to be included in the meeting invitation.

We look forward to your participation in this important process.

Parent Engagement Evening

School District 63 and COPACS are pleased to welcome parents and guardians to join our 1st Annual Parent Engagement Evening: What is Mental Health? This evening will be an opportunity to explore Mental Health and hear about how this is supported within our schools. All parents are welcome to join with school and district leadership teams as we focus on this important conversation.

It will be held on March 11, 2021, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm as a virtual meeting.  Please sign up here

StrongStart Updates

Please see the Early Learning page for updated StrongStart information.

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2021

Kindergarten Information Evening: 

January 7, 2021   7 - 8pm
Zoom Meeting - https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/6133683264

Kindergarten Registration at Catchment Schools - January 2021

Children born in 2016 are eligible to register for Kindergarten at your neighbourhood school.

French Immersion Kindergarten Lottery Registrations

Info Session January 28 - District Career Programs and Dual Credit Opportunities

Please join us virtually on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7pm to learn about career opportunities available to students in Grades 10-12.  Please see this poster for more information and to register.

A Message from the Hon. Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education

Please find the attached message from our new Minister of Education, the Honourable Jennifer Whiteside.  

Sincerely,
Dave Eberwein
Superintendent & CEO, Saanich Schools