New Executive Officers

For 2019-2020:

Anna King – Chair (Rossland)
Janet Smitheringale – Treasurer (Tsolum)
Lyn Crampton – Secretary (Tsolum)
Julian Rendell – member-at-large (Tsolum)
Jennifer Mollins – member-at-large (Nanaimo)
Cora Ware – member-at-large (Tsolum)
Sarah Wright – member-at-large (Bulkley Valley)

The Vice-Chair and DPAC (District Parent Advisory Council Representative) positions remain unfilled. While the Vice-Chair can reside anywhere, the DPAC rep would be attending meetings in SD 71.

Please contact Anna King, PAC Chair, if you are interested in either of these positions or would like more information. Thank-you. navigatepac@gmail.com

Agenda: NAVIGATE (NIDES) – PAC Wednesday June 3rd, 2020

7pm Via Zoom Room: https://zoom.us/j/155689504

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes (April and May)
  3. Chair Report
  4. Principals Report
  5. Vice Principals Report
  6. Trustee Report
  7. Treasurers Report
  8. DPAC Report
    NIDES/NAVIGATE do not have a DPAC at this time.
  9. Old Business
  10. New Business
    –  Junior Robotics club funding request
    –  Seven Summits Grad ceremony funding request
    –  Chemical Cleaning Product for Tsolum school daily deep clean
    –  2020/21 PAC – Volunteers needed for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, DPAC and Members at Large

Next PAC Meeting Wednesday October 7th, 2020 at 7pm

Via Zoom Room link

Mental Health Workshop for Elementary Students and Parents

Supporting Mental Health with Leanne Webster Brenner

Monday, April 27, 2:00-3:00 pm

Leanne will be presenting a workshop on anxiety & stress for students and parents. Parents and children have very different experiences and understanding of anxiety. Leanne will be covering both perspectives and speaking to children and adults during this talk.

Leanne will shift back and forth between parents and students, giving parents a little background info first before jumping into the ‘Brain Science for Kids’ lesson which leads us right into anxiety.

Find the recording of the presentation here.

Find a copy of the slideshow Leanne used in her presentation here.

Nutrition Workshop for Elementary Students and Parents

Holistic Nutrition for Kids with Shannon Simpson (Mindful Meals)

Tuesday, May 5, 10:00-10:45 am

This fun holistic nutrition class will introduce kids to mindful eating, the importance of eating a rainbow of colors and how whole food can feed our brains and help us learn.  We will not focus on what is “good” or “bad” but instead what are the foods that make our bodies and brains grow big and strong and the “sometimes foods.”  Children will also learn to make a delicious shake.

You can see a recording of the presentation here: https://youtu.be/4gg2g6oFSkU

English Language Arts resources and tips

Our thanks to Melissa Mullis, Intermediate Teacher (Compass, Nanaimo), and Nicole Hamilton, Curriculum and Resource Fund Support Teacher (Tsolum), for the informative session for elementary students and parents on Supporting Language Arts Learning at Home. For those unable to participate on April 20th, Nicole and Melissa have very generously made available their talk for you to access online.

A recording of the Zoom session may be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EjaNytz5–R66wl8B3pSWbQbz4joc5le/view

PowerPoint Version (downloadable) Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZquZK0G8dtSslMAzYEv8721rL8tJfzR2/view?usp=sharing
PDF Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P5QMFncRaqyjmhXDPOqlTnISI88DF8lo/view?usp=sharing
Google Slides Version Link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1z4uMUCo76desHrcHz7C1GEzgegK7ur2RPaNz-4Xt6VY/edit?usp=sharing

The Google Slides and PowerPoint version can be opened and viewed with the Presenter Notes available which have some extra details about each of the resources, plus a few more links to check out. 

Welcome back

Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year. We are already off to a promising start with full programs and increased demand for distance learning courses. We were pleased to see so many parents and students attend our annual Corn Roast on September 4th. We hope you have had a smooth transition back to school.

Our Heartwood Learning Communities have grown to include sites in Victoria and Squamish, as well as expansion in Smithers. To accommodate this growth, we have taken on new teaching staff, and saw some of our current teaching, learning support and educational assistant staff change. There were no changes to admin, counselling or clerical this year, which is making it easier for us to find our stride early this year.