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Dear Parents and Guardians:

We announced on September 17 how pleased we were that a tentative deal was reached between the government and the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF).  We waited to learn the final details of the agreement reached and the ratification results to announce the opening of our schools.  Those details are now in hand and allow us to fully plan for our opening routines.

Ratification of Tentative Deal … The deal required ratification not only by teachers, but by Boards of Education across the province. Boards have completed their ratification today and teachers voted yesterday.

Opening Day … With a ratified deal, the first day of school will be Monday, September 22. We have well established routines and we will follow our normal opening day routines with a shortened first day.  Buses will make their morning runs at the usual time on September 22 with their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours.  Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School students please reference below for September 22 start times.  As you will know, these first days allow us to greet students, set preliminary enrolment and then prepare in earnest for the coming school days. Our first full day of school will be Tuesday, September 23 with regular school hours and bus runs in effect, and we will proceed with school as it usually unfolds on any other opening week in September. Bus routes and school start times are provided below.

Gradual Entry for Kindergarten … For our youngest learners, some of whom are still 4 years old, gradual entry includes a phasing in of small groups and shortened attendance times. This gentle introduction to Kindergarten builds a foundation for success in school. The gradual start allows children to adjust to a new school environment and allows time for the family to meet with teachers to develop relationships. We understand that we have been away a long time and perhaps, in the current context, a gradual entry for these very young children is more important than ever. We ask that parents contact their school principal to find out what the gradual entry process will be for their child for next week.

While we hope that the items above address your questions, there is still a lot of work to do to get our schools up and running as normal. We know that there are many questions from parents on topics like report cards, grades, student schedules and more. We will deal with these questions at the school and district level as we return to school and as we gather more information and begin to work with our teachers.

I wish to congratulate both bargaining teams. We recognize that both teams put in huge hours and an enormous effort to reach a deal. We should also acknowledge that our teachers and their support staff colleagues have been walking a picket line since last spring. For all involved it has been a long journey indeed. For families who have been forced to find alternate care, to make arrangements around work schedules and more, we thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing your children back in our schools on Monday.

Sincerely,

Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools

 

SCHOOL OPENING – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
FOR ALL STUDENTS (EXCEPT KINDERGARTEN)
at the times listed below:

Hazelton/Kitwanga Schools

  • Hazelton Secondary, Tel. 250-842-5214, Principal, Ms. Leontine Wiebe, Start Time 8:45 a.m.
  • Kitwanga Elementary, Tel. 250-849-5484, Principal, Ms. Jaclyn Wells, Start Time 9:05 a.m.
  • Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary, Tel. 250-842-5313, Principal, Mr. Mark Newbery, Start Time 9:00 a.m.
  • New Hazelton Elementary, Tel. 250-842-5777, Principal, Ms. Carol Pickering, Start Time 9:00 a.m.

Kitimat Schools

  • Kildala Elementary, Tel.  250-632-6194, Principal, Ms. Janelle Hittel, Start Time 8:45 a.m.
  • Kitimat City High, Tel. 250-632-2811, Principal, Ms. Nancy Tormene, Start Time 8:45 a.m.
  • Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School, Tel. 250-632-6174, Principal, Ms. Nancy Tormene, See below for start times
  • Nechako Elementary, Tel. 250-632-2912, Principal, Mr. David Mills, Start Time 8:50 a.m.

Stewart School

  • Bear Valley Elementary/Secondary, Tel. 250-636-2238 – Principal, Ms. Mary Kyle – Start Time 8:45 a.m.

Terrace/Thornhill Schools

  • Caledonia Secondary, Tel. 250-635-6531, Principal, Mr. Keith Axelson, Start Time 8:45 a.m.
  • Cassie Hall Elementary, Tel. 250-635-5646, Principal, Ms. Sheila Thorhaug, Start Time 9:00 a.m.
  • Ecole Mountainview, Tel. 250-635-3115, Principal, Ms. Maxine Champion, Start Time 9:00 a.m.
  • Parkside Secondary, Tel. 250-635-5778, Principal, Ms. Louise Ormerod, Start Time 8:41 a.m.
  • Skeena Middle, Tel. 250-635-9136, Principal, Mr. Phillip Barron, Start Time 8:45 a.m.
  • Suwilaawks Community, Tel. 250-638-0306, Principal, Ms. Pam Kawinsky, Start Time 9:00 a.m.
  • Thornhill Elementary, Tel. 250-635-5082, Principal, Mr. Bill Lenuik, Start Time 9:00 a.m.
  • Thornhill Primary, Tel. 250-635-7066, Principal, Ms. Darlene Bragg-Hounsell, Start Time 9:00 a.m.
  • Uplands Elementary, Tel. 250-635-2721, Principal, Ms. Julia Nieckarz, Start Time 9:00 a.m.

Please Note: 

  • On September 22 only, Mount Elizabeth Middle School, Grades 7 to 9, report to the large gym at 9:00 a.m.; Mount Elizabeth Secondary School, Grades 10 to 12, report to their home room at 12:30 p.m.  A second bus run for Mount Elizabeth Secondary on September 22 only will begin at 11:40 a.m.
  • On September 22 only, buses for all schools will make their morning runs at the usual time and their return runs after students have been in attendance for approx. two hours.

REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS AND BUS RUNS
WILL COMMENCE ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 2014/2015 BUS SCHEDULES/ROUTES are provided below:

CMSD82 Hazelton-Kitwanga Bus Schedule – Effective Sept. 23, 2014

CMSD82 Kitimat Bus Schedule – Effective Sept. 23, 2014

CMSD82 Terrace-Thornhill Bus Schedule – Effective Sept. 23, 2014

Coming Events
  • Jan 1: Happy New Year
  • Jan 4: Back to School
  • Jan 13: Business Cttee Mtg (virtual)
  • Jan 13: Education Cttee Mtg (virtual)
  • Jan 15: Student & Kindergarten Registration Opens
  • Jan 27: Regular (Public) Board Meeting (virtual)
  • Jan 29: Non-Instructional Day (schools are not in session)

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