Functional School Closures

Any school closures will be announced by email to the school community. Additional information can be found in the Jan 6th district email to parents and guardians and from your child's school. Please monitor your email regularly.


Reading Recovery

What: Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for vulnerable grade ones.

Who: Reading Recovery serves the lowest-achieving grade ones — the students who are having difficulty catching on to the complex set of concepts that make reading and writing possible.

How: Over a period of 12 - 20 weeks a specially trained teacher helps a child build a repertoire of useful problem solving stratagies to use while reading and writing. Reading Recovery is designed to help a child accelerate learning and reach the average band of achievement in his or her class.

More information is available from Reading Recovery Canada.

Supporting Early Literacy

GOAL: To enhance children's reading and writing strategies and to foster confidence and joy of reading.

Supporting Early Literacy is a program available to all French Grade One teachers to provide individual support to a student who they see facing challenges learning to read.

The classroom teacher works individually with a selected child for two thirty minute sessions from January to June. This is in addition to daily literacy instruction.

The Supporting Early Literacy program is based on early intervention principles:
(Allington, Marie Clay, Vellentino and Fletcher 2005)
Intervention is most effective when:
Intervention takes place early
The focus is on comprehension of connected text - not isolated skiils
Children spend time reading
Children have books they can read
Reading and writing is connected
Intervention is congruent with classroom practice

Success may come in different ways and different rates for every child, but success will come.

I feel so full of reading and I'm so excited and interested. Grade 1 Student

Changing Results for Young Children

Changing Results for Young Children is a BC Ministry of Education province wide designed to give every child the opportunity to learn to read.

In Saanich School District teams of educators from Lochside, Brentwood and Sidney school are engaged in collaborative inquiry into what builds reading success. This approach draws on current research, builds on existing strengths, and provides support for learning and teaching within the context of the classroom. While there is a whole class focus, there is also a case study component with an individual child focus. Individual learning stories are well documented and shared provincially elevating the conversation about quality classroom instruction and building a network.

Successful early reading is more than just a matter of teaching children how to read but also of building a culture that fosters and supports strong literacy skills. We want children to experience the joy of reading.

Reading Mentors

In Saanich School District every elementary school has a Reading Mentor. Reading Mentors collaborate with kindergarten to grade three teachers to strengthen teaching and learning in reading. Reading mentors and classroom teachers bring their collective knowledge of effective reading practice to co-think, co-plan, reframe challenges, reflect on practice and promote student learning. This model of teaching and learning promotes a sense of collective responsibility for students.

Community Connections


Lisa Kinshella
Elementary Literacy/Early Learning

Phone: (250) 652-7368
Fax: (250) 652-7361