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With deep gratitude and respect, we are honoured to be learning and unlearning on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). David Oppenheimer Elementary School is nestled in a serene location, adjacent to beautiful Bobolink Park. We cater to students residing in the River District and the surrounding Fraserview areas. Currently, our school has an enrollment of 425 students, ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 7. Our student body is diverse, comprising learners with a wide array of needs, talents, cultural backgrounds, and language proficiencies, including many newcomers to our province and to Canada. Within this diversity, our students share a common dedication to academic achievement and community involvement in their school. Each day, they arrive at school ready to engage in meaningful learning experiences and pride themselves on doing well at school. The sense of pride within our community, among both students and parents, is evident in the work our students do each day.

With a dedicated team of over 50 staff members, ranging from educators to support personnel, David Oppenheimer Elementary School operates smoothly to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment. Our community is linguistically rich, representing over 30 different languages spoken by our families. Given our unique circumstances, David Oppenheimer Elementary qualifies as an Enhanced Services School, allowing us to provide additional resources to support our students. This includes access to the VSB Food for Schools free lunch program and the presence of a Literacy Enhancement teacher and a Community Schools Team (CST) Youth and Family Worker. These resources are instrumental in providing support to students and families in various areas, including attendance, food security, and social-emotional well-being. Furthermore, our partnership with the Community Schools team extends to after-school programming, offering a range of activities such as art and sports clubs, free of charge. These programs enrich the educational experience for our students and promote inclusivity and engagement within our school community.

As a school, Oppenheimer is characterized by a history of excellent teaching, successful traditions, and strong parental involvement. The location alongside Bobolink Park allows for extensive outdoor educational experiences. Oppenheimer teachers and support staff bring a vast array of experience, knowledge, and teaching specialties to share with the learning community. The staff are committed to innovative teaching and Oppenheimer is known for having a strong academic program that sets students up for success. Many teachers make the B.C. curriculum and Vancouver School District Education Plan work in everyday ways in their classrooms by using collaboration, team-teaching and cross-grade and cross-curricular integration as mainstays. We are also proud of our extensive music/band program and athletics teachers who offer after-school sports experiences for a variety of grade levels.

Through the generosity of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and their outstanding fundraising efforts, Oppenheimer students continue to enjoy enriched programs such as camp, visiting performers, authors and teachers, field trips, and dance. We have parent participation in many of our school events and parents actively participate in monthly PAC meetings. The PAC have been pivotal in developing and supporting a variety of educational initiatives including shifts in curriculum, communicating student learning, supporting new and emerging technology and resources, supporting new families, and supporting playground and outdoor classroom beautification and improvement plans.

As our student population continues to grow, we have organized classes into 18 divisions, including several combined-grade classrooms. Through collaboration, dedication, and a commitment to excellence, David Oppenheimer Elementary School remains steadfast in its mission to provide a nurturing environment where all students can thrive academically and socially.

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