In light of the discovery of the 215 children buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, the home community of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc Nation, we acknowledge this tragedy. As a school we understand that there is a reverberating impact within our country, our province, and even within our own community.
We appreciate and stand with the words of the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia, which stated: “As a community, we are heartbroken and cannot begin to understand the loss and trauma of our Indigenous brothers and sisters. This is a grim reminder that the story of this land we call home is not what we would have wanted to it to be. We mourn with our nation; we lament the wrongs done to first people and to innocent children; we acknowledge the historical wrongs of our country, understanding that many wrongs persist today; and we humbly recognize the complicity of faith communities for acts of commission and omission.”
As a school we will:
- Support our teachers with curriculum and emotional support as they navigate age appropriate responses with their students.
- Pray in lament and grief with our First Nations brothers and sisters.
- Review our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and TRC report and see how we are meeting those commitments.
- Support students and staff who wish to show their support of our First Nations brothers and sisters through wearing orange throughout this week.
On behalf of the Leadership Team,
June Outdoor Performances
We are excited to announce that there will be two outdoor performance events next month:
- The MRCS Drama Production of Footloose from Thursday, June 10 to Sunday, June 13 at 7:00 PM (tickets $15 per person)
- The Grade 9-12 Band Concerts on Tuesday, June 15 at 1:30 and 7:00 PM
As it stands, both of these events are drive-in and require attendees to remain seated in their vehicles for the duration of the performance. We have the capacity to host 50 vehicles that MUST BE REGISTERED. To give everyone the best viewing opportunity, we are asking guests to register larger vehicles (i.e., trucks, vans, or SUVs) in the back row and smaller vehicles in the rows closest to the stage.
Last Call for Summer Camp!
Tomorrow (June 1) is the last day to register for our Summer Day Camp! The first week is sold out, but there are a few spaces available in the second week (July 19-23).
To find out more and register, please visit: MRCS Summer Camp »
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Monet Ma at email@example.com.
Library Book Sale
From June 9-11, students are invited to participate in our library books sale! Our most well-loved picture books have been set aside and can be purchased for $0.25 a book (only cash accepted).
Spring General Meeting
If you missed last week’s SGM and would like to check it out, you can find the video recording here: SGM Recording »
Some of the details discussed were:
- The projects and activity of the MRCS Board of Directors from December 2020 to present.
- A new partnership with C3 No Limits Church for a long-term Sunday rental of the school gym.
- The building project is currently in the detailed design stage until September when we will move into the tendering stage.
- We are aiming for an early Spring 2022 construction start date.
- The building project cost estimate is $11.5 million.
- The capital campaign funding is currently at $8.26 million, which includes a $6 million loan, $2.14 million saved, and $124,000 in pledged support.
- The latest fundraising initiatives are the Return-It Bottle Program and Friends & Family Challenges.
- Please use the Buy-a-School Gift Guide and let us know about your donation plans through the pledge form (both can be found at mrcs.ca/giving).
- The 2021-22 budget includes the key considerations of increased enrollment, increased hours for support staff, alignment to 5 and 10 year projections, and a detailed review of budgeted expenses to better reflect year-to-year spending.
We thanked Peter and Keri Ann Hamming for their faithful service on the MRCS Board of Directors. After an electronic vote, we were pleased to announce that Jesse Bodner and Jonathan Robbins were both elected to the MRCS Board of Directors.
Bottle Return Fundraising
With just five bottle return drop offs, the school has raised over $75 for our new classrooms and gym! Do you have some bottles kicking around that you can take into a Return-It Express depot near you?
Here’s how it works:
- Put all of the containers in a transparent plastic bag (no sorting needed)
- Head to any Return-It Express location (www.return-it.ca/locations/express)
- At the depot, go to the label printing kiosk and enter the school’s phone number: 604-465-4442
- Stick the label on the bag and leave it at the indicated drop off area
- Return-It employees will sort the bottles later and credit the $$ to the school’s account
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.465.4442.
June 10-13 – Footloose Outdoor, 7:00 PM
June 15 – Outdoor Band Concert, 1:30 & 7:00 PM
June 16 – Last Day of Classes K-12; Early dismissal at 12:00 PM
June 16 – Grad Rehearsal, 12:00 PM
June 17 – Grad Ceremony, 76:00 PM
June 17, 18, 21-23 – High School Exams & Assessment
High school exams and assessments are taking place from Thursday, June 17 to Monday, June 21. The schedule was emailed out to the applicable parents earlier today.
Please note that this is the final week of Middle School athletics.
Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee – 3-4:30 PM
Jr & Sr Ultimate, 3:30-4:30 PM
Gr. 8 Co-ed Badminton, 3- 4:30 PM
Jr & Sr Ultimate, 3:15-4:30 PM
New Parking Restrictions
Please note that there are new parking restrictions new parking restrictions on 204B Street by our school. It is important to abide by these signs and be mindful of our surrounding neighbours.
We recently received a complaint of an MRCS parent vehicle that was parked on the sidewalk and blocked the pathway of an elderly woman using a walker.
Although drop-off and pick-up times can be hectic, please remember to slow down, look around, and be a considerate neighbour.
Text the School!
There’s a new way to let the office know about an absence or student being late! You can now text attendance info to the school office at 672.513.7633.
Please note that this is a TEXT-ONLY phone number and calls will not be accepted. If you would like to call the office, please continue to use 604.465.4442.
Parent Update Centre
The Parent Update Centre is your one-stop online resource for school information. Check it out to find:
- The latest parent emails
- An archive of this year’s Buzz mailings
- Health and COVID-19 links
- School downloads (including the new daily health assessment)
MRCS in the News
Congratulations to our 2021 Graduate, Nicky, for receiving a music scholarship from The ACT! Full article
Congratulations to our Grads!
These Grade 12 students have been accepted to the following post-secondary institutions.
Taeryn B. – Trinity Western University
Connie C. – Ontario CAD University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto
El C. – Kwantlen Polytechnic University
CY H. – Trinity Western University, Simon Fraser University, University of BC
Jasmine K. – University of Fraser Valley
Lucas L. – Trinity Western University
Ava P. – Trinity Western University, University of Victoria
Brodie P. – University of the Fraser Valley
Nicky W. – Berklee College of Music Online Program
Ethan W. – University of Toronto
Emalie W. – Trinity Western University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, University of Fraser Valley
Samantha Y. – Capilano University
Emily Z. – Simon Fraser University