A CHICKEN IS BORN
Fred, the chicken, pecked his way out of his shell a week ago while Forest Grove grade 2 students in Ms. Ma’s class looked on. He’s the current star of a program called Eggucation, which teaches students about life cycles for science. A Langley school trustee runs the program and provides the eggs, an incubator and a microscope. Now that Fred is running around, the students are writing his memoirs. LEARN MORE
This year more than 60 public holiday performances are taking place at District schools and local venues. Get yourself in the holiday spirit and take some of them in - like Hogwarts & The TriWizard Tourament at Byrne Creek (Harry Potter!) LEARN MORE
PHILIPPINE RELIEF FUND EXCEEDS
Through a campaign that was district-wide and student driven, Burnaby Schools have raised $44,066.69 to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The majority of these funds ($41,566.69) have been given to the Canadian Red Cross, with $2,500 going to Hope International. The funds will be matched by the federal government and will make a real difference in the lives of those affected by this tragedy.
SUGARPLUMS AND GINGERBREAD
Byrne Creek Secondary students recently baked, created and decorated their way to 1st and 2nd place in the Hyatt Regency Hotel's "Gingerbread Lane" gingerbread contest. Chloe Sison and Sylveina Siu took 1st place. Aya Jimenez and Stephanie Yu took 2nd place. There were 24 entries from across the Lower Mainland. The students won scholarships, training sessions with the Hyatt's chef and a meal for 8 at the hotel.
JINGLE ALL THE WAY
Do you live near Brantford Elementary? Please consider putting a non-perishable food item or a winter coat out on your doorstep on Dec. 13 so that students can come and collect them for the food and clothing bank. Or drop something by the school. It's all part of their 10th Annual Jingle Bell Walk. And thank you for the generousity of neighbours near Ecole Westridge Elementary and Lakeview Elementary who have already participated in walks that these schools have put on.
SOUTH REIGNS AT TELUS BASKETBALL
Last weekend, Burnaby South’s Senior boys Rebels won the Telus Basketball Classic, one of the most prestigious high school basketball tournaments in BC. And it was a nailbiter, South’s Rebels edging Churchill’s Bulldogs 77 to 75. One of the key features of the tournament is the scholarship awards. The Quinn Keast Foundation's "Most Complete Player" Award and Scholarship was won by Burnaby South’s Taylor Smith, whose father is both a coach and a teacher at South. Last season, Taylor averaged 21 points and 4 assists in the playoffs, but more importantly, off the court, Taylor volunteers at basketball clinics for kids and each year more than 500 students benefit from his mentorship..
WHEN THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS
Very soon the rain will be upon us - rain that could very well turn to snow. This is just a reminder of District procedures in case we need to close a school or schools due to weather related conditions. A decision would be made by 6:30 am and a notice put at the top of the front page of the District website. It would also be announced on local radio and TV stations. LEARN MORE (Weather Alert button)
A CAREER IN TRADES
A thought-provoking read in the Burnaby Now by syndicated journalist Keith Baldry asserts, "It's high time students considered trades." The demand for trade workers in BC is expected to outpace growth in the supply of workers with labour shortages predicted by 2016. This according to the BC government's Labour Market Outlook report.
Students considering a career path in trades have many options in Burnaby schools. Grade 11 and 12 students gain "on the job" skills and industry knowledge while at the same time earning graduation credits and industry certification. Both in-class training and work experience is offered. LEARN MORE
BURNABY BOARD OF EDUCATION
The next public meeting of the Burnaby Board of Education will be held Tuesday, January 14 at 7 pm at the District Administration Office, 5325 Kincaid Street. LEARN MORE
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