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Delay Spring Break A Week?

Abbotsford Spring Break

Want To Change Spring

Break Again?

Abbotsford Trustees Give Parents 5 Days To Respond

On January 14, at the first school board meeting of 2014, the trustees asked if parents wanted to change Spring Break to the end of March instead of the usual earlier March vacation. It wasn’t immediately clear why we would move Spring Break back a week, but read on.

On January 20, the trustees put out an email saying if parents want to present their opinions to the board, they need to register with the Superintendent’s secretary, Lois, within the next 5 days. Usually, matters like this would be discussed at the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) first, but Abbotsford hasn’t had an effective or voting DPAC for the last three years, since the last election. When Abbotsford parents created our 2-week Spring Break in 2011, 75 parents and one teacher addressed the DPAC, asking to increase our holiday. It was an easy sell, like asking voters if they want to lower taxes. Maybe we are about to start changing our Spring Break every election year.

Re: Official Notification – Local School Calendar

At the Regular (public) Meeting of January 14, 2014, the Board served the following Notice of Intent:

That the Board of Education serve Notice of Intent that the 2014/2015 Local School Calendar be presented for debate and vote at a regular meeting of the Board to be held on February 25, 2014.

In support of Bill 36 (The School Amendment Act), the Ministry of Education has recently issued a revised calendar regulation, Section 81.01(7).

Parents are invited to participate in an online survey, available via the district website at http://www.sd34.bc.ca/board/consultations

Your two options:

1. Earlier Spring Break

  • Two-week Spring Vacation March 16 – 27, 2015
  • School begins the day after labour day (Sept 2, 2014)

    1. 2. Later Spring Break

      • Two-week Spring Vacation March 23 to April 6, 2015
      • School begins the day after labour day (Sept 2, 2014)

Parents are invited to attend the Regular (Public) Board Meeting where stakeholder input will be received by the Board regarding the proposed Local School Calendar for the 2014/2015 school year on:

Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Boardroom at the School District Administration Office

Both options meet the prescribed minimum hours of instruction that a board must offer to students enrolled in the schools in its school district. Each calendar includes a two-week winter vacation, two-week spring vacation, 6 non-instructional days, and Thursday, June 25, 2015 as the last school day for students (Friday, June 26th for teachers). In addition, Thursday November 27, 2014 has been designated for Parent-Teacher Conferences (this day is not counted in the instructional hours).

When you go to the online parent survey, it provides the following explanation. The first option is to schedule Spring Break from March 16 to 27. Selecting this option would allow us to overlap at least one week with every school district in the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver.

The second option, has a later Spring Break (March 23 to April 6), which would be combined with Easter.

Balancing Our Minds 2014

Tools For Youth Wellness Tue.Feb.11.14 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

Here’s a link and the poster for the upcoming Youth Forum taking place at Rogers Arena in February. Please send to anyone you think may be interested in attending this exciting event!

BC Mental Health

Prime Minister Harper Speaks To Israel

Sharing Our Values About the Rule Of Law

It’s interesting to focus on Israel and Canada discussing increasing parenting time for male parents after hearing Prime Minister Harper vowing loyalty in his January 20th speech to Knesset.

Shared Parenting

La fête des bulles d’amour – le 25 avril, 2014
Ensemble, nous sommes capables de beaucoup.
Il n’y a que 94 jours avant la journée de sensibilisation!

Bubbles Of Love Day – April 25, 2014
Together We Can Make A Difference
Only 94 days till Awareness Day!

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