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Weekly Communication - Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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Weekly Communication - Wednesday, January 29, 2020
by Tammy Cowley - Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 12:17 PM


Jan. 27th-Jan. 31st

Kindergarten Registration Week at Cordova Bay Elementary, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

February 6th

Parent Involvement Meeting: Indigenous Education in Saanich – Everyone’s Journey Towards Reconciliation, 7:00-8:30 pm at Bayside Middle School, Multi-Purpose Rm.  See below to RSVP.

February 11th

PAC General Meeting, Learning Commons, 7:00 pm

February 14th

Non-Instructional Day – Students do not attend school.

February 17th

Family Day – Statutory Holiday - Students do not attend school.  Enjoy your long weekend!

February 19th

Early Dismissal at 1:48 pm to facilitate parent/teacher conferences.

February 20th

Vaping Awareness – A Parent Education Night, 7:00-8:30 pm at Bayside Middle School. See below to RSVP. 

February 23rd

Ordering for Hot Lunch closes today.

February 26th

Early Dismissal at 1:48 pm to facilitate parent/teacher conferences.

February 28th

PAC Hot Lunch – Subway for those that ordered.  Don’t forget a snack!

February 29th

PAC Silent Auction, 6 pm to Midnight, See below for more details.

March 16-27

Spring Break – Students do not attend school.



Kindergarten Registration:  January 27-31, 2020 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at Cordova Bay Elementary.  Children born in 2015 are eligible to register for Kindergarten at your neighbourhood school.  Please refer to the District website for the registration process and required documentation.

Parent Involvement Meeting:  Indigenous Education in Saanich - Everyone’s Journey Towards Reconciliation Thurs Feb 6th (7:00 – 8:30 pm) - Bayside Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room. Please RSVP to Mary Lynn Heron at

1.      Introduction
2.      Welcome – Bayside SENCOTEN student song
3.      Presentations (5 min each) & Table Talk (10 min each)

Presentation 1 - SENCOTEN in Kindergarten   
Presentation 2 – Brentwood Canoe    
Presentation 3 – Bayside SENCOTEN      

TABLE TALK – How does the understanding of language and culture help us to better understand Reconciliation?

Presentation 4 – Claremont - Indigenous Student Leadership         
Presentation 5 – Cultural Competency Training                                 
Presentation 6 -  Stelly’s Leadership Group                                        

TABLE TALK – How can we leverage student leadership to help us better understand Reconciliation?

4.   Wrap Up               Uploading, please wait...

Vaping Awareness – A Parent Education Night: 7:00-8:30 pm at Bayside Middle School.  See below poster for more information and to RSVP.

Wet Weather Preparedness:  As we get more wet weather, families are asked to have their children dressed appropriately to go outside as most days children will go outdoors for their breaks.  Rubber boots, waterproof jackets and rain pants are suggested especially if your child likes to play in/near the puddles!  A full change of clothes in their backpacks is also very helpful should they need to change.


PAC General Meeting: Tuesday, February 11 (7 - 8pm) Learning Commons. Join us for discussions around a Maker Space Project for our school. ** If you require childminding, please email to reserve a spot.**

Silent Auction:  February 29 (6pm-Midnight), Tickets ($25/person) On sale: and Office.  



Cordova Bay Fastball:  2020 registration is now open.  See below poster for more information.

Peninsula Track & Field Season 2020:  Join us NOW for Cross Country training and build up stamina and endurance for the track and field season.  See the attached PDF for more information and how to register.

Panorama Recreation:  February 2020 Pro-D Flyer.  See the attached PDF for more information.

 Books for Breakfast:  Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 am to 12 pm.  See the attached PDF for more information.

When Technology Use Becomes a Concern: Information provided by Shannon Husk who is a Clinical Counsellor and Prevention and Community Engagement Service Provider for BC Gaming who specializes in issues regarding technology (social media and gaming).

As a parent, do you notice yourself consistently asking or maybe even arguing with your child/ youth to put away their cell phone, to get off social media, youTube, Netflix or their favorite video game? Sometimes when this happens we may tell our child/youth they are addicted but unfortunately when we use the term addicted or addict this often shuts down the conversation. Instead it helps to focus on the behaviors or concerns we have around the technology overuse or misuse such as not sleeping properly, falling behind in school work or becoming agitated or aggressive when asked to turn off the devices.

Cam Adair is a fellow Canadian who has written a book and has a website called Gamequitters: for parents and gamers that are concerned about the behaviors they are seeing. Cam posts videos about how to talk to your child/youth about quitting video gaming, provides a 60 + list of other activities to do instead of gaming and even has an online support group for people who struggle with gaming. This site does promote quitting gaming all together that some child/youth may need to do but it also has helpful ideas for those youth/parents that just want or need to reduce gaming hours. I also have other approaches to reducing game use so if you are interested please feel free to contact me anytime at 250-588-3861.

On the other hand, if Netflix is your child/youth’s rabbit hole than you could choose to disable the post-play’s auto-play feature. You just need to sign in and click on the drop-down arrow next to your icon and select account option. Then you scroll down a bit to locate playback settings under my profile section. Here you can uncheck the box marked play next episode automatically. You can also change the settings in youtube to put on daily limits.

In addition, your family could sit down and discuss a family media use plan that includes where, how much time, and when technology is used in your home. has a family media use plan . Commonsense media has some great information for parents around screen use

Furthermore, some children/youth even become physically aggressive or share suicidal thoughts when their devices are taken away or when they are asked to get off their technology. If this occurs it is best to give your child/youth that is behaving aggressively space and then talk to them the next day when they are calm and are not on the device. It may be at this time that you connect them with some outside supports. If the child/youth talks about suicide it is a good idea to call the Vancouver Island Crisis line immediately at 1-888-494-3888 and they will get you and your child/youth some support.