Coyote Chronicle September/October 2017

Pictures from around the school can be seen at the very end of the newsletter. Thank you.

Principal's Update

Our Coyote Team

We are 354 students, 21 teachers, 10 support staff, 2 secretaries and 2 Admin (P/VP).

Our Coyote Mission

Building Community, Relationships, and Connections - Leading to successful learning, supports & opportunities

Our Core Values and Vision

We are busy determining what we, as a school community, value most and what we want to strive for together in order to become the ideal place for our staff, students and parents. All of us are part of this work. Staff have been involved since the Sept 6th NID, we have had some parents contribute during the Open House Evening. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in the process and development of our values and vision during the November 3rd Assembly. Stay tuned for updates.

Diana Lindstrom - Principal

Parent Input on School Values

As we continue to work on developing our Core Values as a school community, we would love to have your input. We would appreciate it if you would take 5 minutes to complete the survey (link below). It is only one question :). Thank you and we value your input.

Yearbook 2017-18

You know as a parent, the value of having a yearbook to look back on after you leave school. To reminisce about your school experience, the friends you had (And maybe still have), and the good times/bad times. You have the opportunity to look back at them with your own kids. In a predominantly digital world, a paper keepsake of that invoke memories becomes even more important. To order your child's yearbook ($50) for the 2017-18 school year, click the button below.

Orange Shirt Day

WHY? To remember and respect everyone, survivors and those who passed, who suffered from the trauma of residential schools across Canada and to spread awareness about the historical importance and opportunity for reconciliation.

HOW? Wearing Orange Shirts or Pins on Thursday September 28. Grade 8 Leadership will have "Every Child Matters" Cutouts to pin on your own shirts OR if you own an orange shirt/sweater already, please wear it!

WHAT? Orange shirt day Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Our annual Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success again. Every student in the school had the opportunity to have a full Thanksgiving meal. Thank you to Mr. McKechnie, Ms. Vincent, and all the other staff who participated in making this a reality. See more pictures below.

Upcoming Events

Parent Presentation INVITATION - October 19th

School District 59 is inviting DCSS parents to a very important evening presentation about Social Media Awareness, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying. It will be on Thursday, October 19th from 6:00 – 7:30pm @ South Peace Campus in Unchagah Hall. Admission is free.

Important October Dates

  • DCSS Trip to WE DAY Vancouver - October 16th – 19th
  • School Presentation: Thurs, Oct 19th during block C (11:00 – 12:16pm) Social Media Awareness, Digital Citizenship & Cyberbullying
  • X1 COURSES end (Seminar 9 & Exposure 8) – Thurs, Oct 19th
  • NID – Fri, Oct 20th no school for students
  • DCSS Jr. Volleyball Home Tournament – Fri, 20th - Sat, 21st
  • X2 COURSES start (Seminar 9 and Exposure 8) – Mon, Oct 23rd

November Dates

  • Trimester 1 Interim reporting with students/home (Nov. 1st - 15th)
  • Student Assembly – Fri, 3rd in block A; 8:45 – 9:45am
  • Remembrance Day Ceremony – Fri, 10th, 10:45 – 11:30am (Schedule – TBD)
  • Remembrance Day STAT – Mon, 13th NO SCHOOL
  • WorkBC: Find Your Fit Day @ Central – Thurs, 23rd
  • NID – Mon, 27th NO SCHOOL
  • Early Dismissal Days - Wed, 29th & Thurs, 30th – Classes end @ 2:00pm
  • Parent Teacher Interviews – Wed, 29th, 2:15 – 4:15pm & Thurs, 30th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

December Dates

  • X2 COURSES end (Sem 9 & Exp 8) – Mon, 4th
  • T1 COURSES end (Sem 8 & Opt 9) – Tues, 5th
  • TRIMESTER 1 ends – Tues, 5th
  • X3 COURSES start – Tues, 5th
  • T2 COURSES start – Wed, 6th
  • Report Cards sent home – Thurs, 14th
  • WINTER BREAK – Mon, 18th to Jan. 1st NO SCHOOL
Parent Advisory Council

Stay in contact with the latest information from our PAC by joining their newly created Facebook Page, dcss pac. The next two PAC meetings are scheduled:

  • Monday, Nov 6th, 7:00pm @ Central
  • Monday, Dec 4th, 7:00pm @ South Peace

Our DCSS PAC Executive for 2017-18 is the following parents:

  • Chairperson – Logan Dalsin
  • Vice Chair – Christina Wards
  • Treasurer – Sharlene Hommy
  • Secretary – Nicola Brown
Athletics Update

Grade 8 Girls Volleyball team won a Grade 9B tournament in Grande Prairie, and came in 5th in Grade 9 tournament in Prince George.

Grade 9 team went to same tournaments, played in a higher division but didn’t place at either.

Home tournament is coming up on October 20/21; regionals are two weeks after that.

Library Update

The library was a busy place in September. Igave booktalks to all the English classes and every student in the school should have a book for silent reading. I've also had many discussions with individual students helping them to find "just the right book". Reading is like any other skill - it improves with practice!!

~ Mrs. McKinney - Teacher Librarian

Important Documents

Please find the following important documents on our website.

Scent Aware School

We would like to give parents fair warning of our school policies regard strongly scented perfumes, colognes, deodorants, etc. Central Campus is a scent aware site. This means that we do not ban scented products, however, they must be used in very small amounts or strength.

It is important that students understand that there are people who either attend our school or work in our school have a strong reaction allergic reaction (to the point of difficulty breathing) to strong scents. Please help your child to understand that they are not to spray any deodorant or perfume (or other) in the school. If a student is seen spraying perfume/cologne/etc or has been warned about the strength of these that they are wearing, the parent will be called and asked to come and pick up their child because they are creating an unsafe environment for other students or staff. The student can return after changing or showering to remove the strong scents. Thank you.

Attendance Call-Out System

Normally you would have received an email and/or call regarding your student if they were absent for a class during the day. This usually occurred around 5pm. The system from last year no longer functions properly with our student system and so the district is currently supporting us in finding a replacement. This will take some time.

If you would like to check on your child's attendance, please contact the office and speak with either Angie or Tina. Thank you.

Photos from around the school.


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