School News

  • ISABC's New Executive Coordinator: Jane Reitsma

    July 13, 2020

    The ISABC is excited to welcome Jane Reitsma, who will be covering Bonnie Fisher's maternity leave as Executive Coordinator.  Jane comes to the ISABC from a community and international development education background.

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    The ISABC is excited to welcome Jane Reitsma, who will be covering Bonnie Fisher's maternity leave as Executive Coordinator.  Jane comes to the ISABC from a community and international development education background. Jane received her Bachelor of Education degree at UBC with a focus on social justice. After spending time working for UBC, Jane created an international and Indigenous program for schools in collaboration with key partners locally and globally, including the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. Jane has connections to the ISABC member schools dating back to her years as a student at Crofton House School. At UBC she placed international volunteers in our schools. In recent years, as a social entrepreneur, she arranged local Indigenous and international service learning programs for some ISABC schools. Her favourite countries to work in are Uganda, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Cambodia. She divides her time between the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland and enjoys skiing with her children.  Please help us welcome Jane to the ISABC Community!  Jane can be reached at coordinator@isabc.ca.

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  • ISABC Virtual Choir Performance

    July 13, 2020

    ISABC students created this beautiful virtual choir performance to You Will Be Found by Dear Evan Hansen. The video was produced by Joshua Tamayo. 

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    ISABC students created this beautiful virtual choir performance to You Will Be Found by Dear Evan Hansen. The video was produced by Joshua Tamayo. 
    A special thank you to Anne Bonnycastle for the idea and organization of the video and to David Buchan who was tremendously helpful in creating the recording tracks. 
    Thank you to the following schools for participating:
    Brentwood College School
    Collingwood School
    Crofton House School
    Glenlyon Norfolk School
    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
    Queen Margaret's School
    Shawnigan Lake School
    Southridge School
    St. George's School
    St. Margaret's School
    Urban Academy
    West Point Grey Academy

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  • Fraser Academy: 1:1 Remedial Math Instruction - Offered remotely: Registration is ongoing!

    May 14, 2020

    1:1 Remedial Math Instruction - now offered remotely!

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    1:1 Remedial Math Instruction - now offered remotely!
    Students who have difficulty processing math will benefit from working with a 1:1 math instructor in our After3 program. Our instructors work with students to fill in any gaps in math knowledge and work towards bringing each student to grade level.
    Instructors begin at a student’s level of understanding and build from there, so students can make progress and feel successful.
     
    Click here to find out more: https://fraseracademyx.ca/programs-for-learners/after3/

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  • Useful Links concerning COVID-19

    May 19, 2020

    Useful Links

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    Useful Links

    • COVID 19 Planning Resources      
    • Check out the “Good News in Education” webpage
    • The BC Centre for Disease Control's COVID-19 dashboard
    • The Ministry of Education Keep Learning website
    •  “7 Tips for talking to kids about COVID-19” poster on the Fraser Health website
    • Mar. 27 - A joint letter for Parents from Minister Fleming and the BCCPAC
    • Frequent Asked Questions “Continuity of Learning in the K-12 education system”
    • Education Minister Rob Fleming announces on March 17, 2020 in-school classes are suspended until further notice. The Minister’s letter to parents and staff can be found here
    • Information about COVID-19, including information for schools and families, is regularly updated on the BC Centre for Disease Control site
    • All joint statements from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix are posted here
    • The Provincial Pandemic Coordination plan
    • KIDS and COVID-19 QA
    • Ministry of Health response plans
    • Government of Canada - Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice
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  • GOing for a Planet Walk

    May 4, 2020

    With the start of their Science unit on Space, Grade 6 Science students had the chance this week to go on a virtual tour of the solar system when they walked around their neighbourhood, backyard, or house. Ms. Ana Vera and Ms.

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    With the start of their Science unit on Space, Grade 6 Science students had the chance this week to go on a virtual tour of the solar system when they walked around their neighbourhood, backyard, or house. Ms. Ana Vera and Ms. Shawna Parks took the students for a walk around their neighbourhoods as their classes attempted to recreate the distance between the planets.
     
    Unlike diagrams of the Sun and planets in books, solar system models don't adequately represent the vast distances between the planets. Even the largest models, such as at the ceiling-covered Hayden Planetarium in New York, or the Morehead Planetarium at Chapel-Hill, are both far too small.
     
    Planet Walks aim to show that in reality, the planets are small, and the distance between them is always very large. The only way to really “see” the distance is to go outside. This activity is something Ms. Ver and Ms. Parks do with students every year, but due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, they had to incorporate some help from technology to allow the students to experience the walk together.
     
    Students worked together in their online classroom to decide, based on the ball that represented the sun, what other household objects could provide reasonable scale models for the other planets. They then used Google Sheets to calculate how to scale down the actual distances between the planets to paces that matched the scale of their planet models.
     
    For the walk, the planets were represented by these objects:

    • Sun - a ball
    • Mercury - a pinhead
    • Venus - a peppercorn
    • Earth - a peppercorn
    • Mars - a pinhead
    • Jupiter - a chestnut, pecan or larger bouncy ball
    • Saturn - a hazelnut, acorn or a smaller bouncy ball
    • Uranus - a peanut or coffee bean
    • Neptune - a peanut or coffee bean

    The Earth, which is nearly 13,000 km wide, was represented in the simulation by a peppercorn, which is 20 mm wide. The Sun is 1.3 million km wide and was represented by a ball that is 20 cm wide. This meant that in the Planet Walk model, 1 cm represented 65,000 km (or five Earths) and 1m represented 6,500,000 km (five Suns). For the walk, one pace was equal to 1 m and this made it necessary for students to go outside. These are the steps the students took while on their Planet Walk.

    • The Sun to Mercury = 10 paces
    • Mercury to Venus = 9 paces
    • Venus to Earth = 7 paces
    • Earth to Mars = 14 paces
    • Mars to Jupiter = 95 paces
    • Jupiter to Saturn = 112 paces
    • Saturn to Uranus = 249 paces
    • Uranus to Neptune = 281 paces

    The Planet Walk was a great success and allowed these young science explorers to get outside and be active with their learning while getting a sense of the scope of our solar system.

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  • Deputy Minister's Bulletin, Special Update – April 29, 2020

    April 30, 2020

    FOR ACTION – Video Address from Dr. Bonnie Henry: Provincial Health Officer Dr.

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    FOR ACTION – Video Address from Dr. Bonnie Henry: Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has prepared a special video address to thank teachers, educational assistants and school staff for all their work during these unprecedented times. As we continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve in B.C., it is crucial that we maintain the supports established for the children of essential service workers and make sure we continue to expand the provision of in-person support for vulnerable students, and students with disabilities and diverse abilities. Please watch Dr. Henry’s video and share it with your colleagues.

    FOR INFO – Virtual Town Hall, Saturday, May 2, 1-2pm: Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Rob Fleming will be answering questions from children about COVID-19 during a virtual town hall that will be live streamed on News 1130’s Facebook page from 1 to 2pm on May 2. Details about the event and instructions for children to submit questions can be found on City News and News 1130's website.

    Contact educ.covid@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions.

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