September 18, 2014
Dear Elementary Parents/Guardians,
As you are aware, a tentative agreement between the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public Service Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) was reached early this week. We are hopeful that it will be ratified by provincial teachers and Boards of Education by the end of this week.
If this happens, the 2014/15 school year will officially begin on Monday, September 22, from 9 to 10 am. As is our regular practice, it will be a shorter day, allowing us the opportunity to welcome students and staff back, and to determine enrolment numbers so we can organize classes and prepare for the school year. The first full day of school with regular hours of instruction will be on Tuesday, September 23.
We are excited to be welcoming our youngest learners and their families into our Burnaby schools community. As gradual entry to kindergarten provides the best foundation for success, we continue to plan for this but have shortened it by a week. This means that Kindergarten students will experience their first full day of school on Monday, September 29. Your school principal will be in touch with you to provide more detailed information on how this will proceed.
Our priority is to get students back to school and engaged in learning activities as soon as possible. While there are still many organizational tasks that require teacher participation, our principals, vice-principals and district staff have worked hard to ensure as smooth an opening as possible. As we get underway, we anticipate there will be some adjustments as we place students into appropriate classrooms, but be assured that each school will be working together to limit these disruptions.
Moving forward, our shared focus is the education of our students, and the creation of an innovative, inspiring learning community. We invite you to help us continue to create a future where students, parents, principals, teachers, school and district staff, trustees and community partners are proud to be a part of the Burnaby School District.
As a district we are committed to ensuring that the 2014/15 school year is a successful year of learning for all. Thank you for your patience, confidence and for your support of public education in Burnaby.
Kevin Kaardal, Superintendent of Schools/CEO