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End of 2018-2019 School Year Message

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June 27, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With the close of the 2018-2019 school year upon us, we wish to extend our best wishes to all for a happy and fun summer break. We hope your children had a successful and rewarding school year. We offer a special note of congratulations to our graduates and wish them every success in their future endeavours.

This school year has been eventful and provided students with many wonderful learning experiences. Activities and events such as the District's Legacy Carving project, a call through space reaching the International Space Station, heritage & science fairs, sport tournaments and student led forums, spark young people's imaginations and help lead to future dreams and accomplishments. We have been documenting many of these amazing activities on the news section of District website and encourage you take a look back at this past school year.

Other exciting steps have been made to support students on their educational journeys. This year saw the launch of an educational assistants' program in partnership with Burnaby School District's Community and Continuing Education. In the District we have begun discussing what student success means for Vancouver with our education partners and students themselves. The 2018-2019 school year also saw the expansion of our Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM), Science Technology Engineering Art Math (STEAM) and digital literacy initiatives. The Education Centre also proudly displayed student art in our new Student Art Gallery.

Creating welcoming, safe and engaging environments in which to learn and work is a priority for everyone in our schools and for the Board of Education. Yet, the exciting atmosphere of learning and growth is sometimes darkened. This year saw a few of our school communities face challenges with racist and non-inclusive conduct. Although we all wish such unfortunate situations were a thing of the past, it is important that together we deal with them in a way that supports healing and continual learning. The Board itself sees this as such a high priority it has taken steps to continue to promote inclusive, safe and welcoming spaces through Board motions and policy development.

The Board and District staff are committed to engaging with parents, students and our education partners, to build a stronger school system with student success at its heart. To those of you who participated in engagement sessions about the budget development, the Long Range Facilities Plan, seismic projects and program changes, thank you for your time and thoughtful input. We will continue to reach out to you throughout the next school year. Please follow the District on Twitter and Facebook for updates and information. We will also feature summer school news and transitioning back-to-school tips on these channels as well as on our website, www.vsb.bc.ca. And be sure to check out our 2018-2019 school year-in-review video showcasing some of the great events and activities throughout the District.

Whether you will spend the summer in Vancouver, explore new places or visit loved ones farther afield, we hope your time will be marked with happy memories and fun adventures.

Janet Fraser Suzanne Hoffman
Board Chair Superintendent of Schools

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