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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).

Florence Nightingale Elementary School is located on Guelph Street on the corner of 12th Avenue, one block East of Kingsway. We have 260 students organized into twelve enrolling classes.

Nightingale is an amazing school community, We promote a safe, caring, and respectful climate within a neighborhood rich in multicultural diversity. Families report twenty-one different languages spoken at home and students come from sixteen different countries of origin. Seventy-nine percent of families report that English is their first language.

Nightingale is actively involved in the Collaborative Early Literacy Intervention, which targets support for early learners in Kindergarten and Grade One by providing one-to-one support through Reading Recovery, small group instruction and strong classroom practice. We are also involved in the Leveled Literacy Intervention

Relationships with Community Partners - We work closely with our many and various community partners such as: Artists who support our Artist-in-Residence Studio Program, City of Vancouver Active Transportation, and Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. Students have access to after school care programs based on the availability, such as Mount Pleasant Before & After School Care, KIVAN Boys and Girls Club, This World’s Ours, and Kid Safe, which runs during the winter, spring, and summer breaks. We host a Strong Start Centre and run a Welcome to Kindergarten event in the spring.

Last year we re-started after-school sports activities acknowledging that this is a particularly important part of the school day for children with respect to physical activity, belonging and sense of community and team spirit.

Nightingale also has an incredibly supportive and involved Parent Advisory Council (PAC). They organize school wide events such as Hawks Night, Coffee Mornings, and fundraise to contribute to programs like the school garden, the wonderful Artist in Residence Studio (AIRS) Program and the music program.

Our school garden is a place where everyone is welcome and encouraged to spend time. With the support of teachers and support staff, it is one of the favourite areas on the school grounds for many students.

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