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New Year Message from the Vancouver School Board Chair and Vice-Chair

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January 6 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the calendar rolls over to a new decade and classes resume this week, we want to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, prosperous and healthy 2020.

With the end of the first term, District staff together with trustees visited many schools and enjoyed many holiday celebrations and school events. We are heartened to see the enthusiasm for learning!

At the December 16 Board meeting, the year-end report by the Chair was shared. It highlights how the work we do as a Board affects schools and your children's education. In addition, trustees elected us as the 2020 Chair and Vice-Chair, and we are delighted to serve you and your children in these roles. Together with all trustees and staff, we wish to thank Trustee Wong for his service as Vice-Chair for the 2019 term. His dedication to student success and advocacy for public education is truly inspiring. Together as a Board, we all look forward to continuing our efforts on behalf of your children this coming year.

Your input greatly matters to the decisions we make to guide Vancouver's public education system. We hope you are able to participate in our upcoming community engagement processes where we will be seeking feedback on creating an educational vision for the use of our schools, food services and our culinary arts programs, and our annual budget. We also encourage you to follow our committee and Board meetings – either in person or via the live stream recordings. In addition, we also share information about our education system and the work we do as trustees on the District's social media channels. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates and visit the District website for information about our schools and your children's learning.

Together with you as parents, our stakeholder groups and staff, the Board and District staff are committed to building a stronger school system with student success at its heart.

As a Board, we very much look forward to sharing the many successes that take place each day in schools throughout Vancouver in the coming year.

We wish you all hope and optimism as we start this new year.


Janet Fraser -- Board Chair Carmen Cho – Board Vice-Chair


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