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Buzz October 19, 2020

Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

As of October 19, we are accepting applications for both of our 2021 kindergarten classes! Do you know someone with kindergarten-aged children? Please spread the word and point any prospective families to our admissions page for more information.

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Grade 8 Info Night

On Wednesday, October 28 at 7 PM, there will be an information night for current Grade 7 parents and students. This Zoom meeting will provide details about Grade 8-12 course selections and opportunities, so you are prepared for the high school years!


The BC Election and Independent Schools

Maple Ridge Christian School is a member of the Federation of Independent Schools Association (FISA). As a part of their advocacy work, FISA engaged the three main political parties (the Green Party of BC, the Liberal Party of BC, and the New Democratic Party of BC) on particular issues regarding independent school education. The parties have all sent FISA their responses to the following questions:

  1. What is your position with respect to the current Independent School Act and its accompanying Regulations and Orders? Will your party be proposing amendments and, if so, what will be the content of these amendments?
  2. Does your party support parents’ right to choose an equitably funded education, public or independent, that is appropriate for their children?
  3. What is your position on the status of funding levels for independent schools in light of the recent provincial Funding Model Review? Will you maintain the current funding formula, or will alternative proposals be made?
  4. What is your position on the equal allocation of special/targeted grants to both public and independent BC students (i.e., mental health initiatives, provincial and federal school start-up grants) that are concerned with public health and not educational programming?

We are sharing the Green Party, Library Party, and NDP responses with our MRCS community to help you engage in this election process. We also encourage you to reach out to your local candidates if you have any further questions/concerns.

Here are the responses from the:


Mind Your Pick-up Time Slot

We’re happy to report that the morning drop off continues to go quite smoothly! As the year progresses, though, we are noticing a shift in the flow of traffic for the afternoon pick up as families arrive outside of their allotted time slot. We recognize that there are circumstances that may affect your timing, but we ask that you continue to aim for your family’s assigned drop-off and pick-up slots:


Esperanza Update

Under the current health and safety restrictions, our annual missions trip to Esperanza cannot happen. We are looking into innovative ways that we can continue to support the mission and vision Esperanza. We will provide you with information as it becomes available.

 


Student Photos

Photo Express has emailed MRCS families regarding their student photos. If you did not receive an email with the code to view your child’s photo, please contact Photo Express at studio@photoexpressions.ca or 604.477.7399.

 


October 19-23 – Kindergarten applications open for 2021-22
October 23 – Grades 1-7 interim report cards go home
October 28 – Grade 8 Info Night (over Zoom) – 7:00-8:00 PM
November 11 – Remembrance Day – NO SCHOOL
November 12 – Pro-D Day – NO SCHOOL
November 13 – Report Card Writing Day – NO SCHOOL
November 25 – Annual General Meeting, 7:00 PM


Annual General Meeting

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 25 at 7 PM when we will hold our Annual General Meeting. Among other items, we will be presenting the 2019/20 financial year-end and will provide a building project update. Further details will be sent to current MRCS families closer to the date.


High School Homework Club

Homework Club (for Grades 8-12) is happening weekly in the high school student lounge. Students will be assigned to specific areas according to their learning groups. Homework Club is on a first come, first served basis and will not accept students once all the spots are filled.

Location: High School Lounge
Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 PM
Educational Assistant: Mrs. Cox


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COVID Protocols Regarding a School Exposure

With more and more schools reporting cases of COVID exposure, we would like to reiterate the official procedure in the event of a COVID case at MRCS.

If a student or staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19, and was potentially infectious while they were at school, these steps will be taken:

  • Public health will perform an investigation to determine if there were any potential close contacts within the school. (To learn more about contact tracing, visit the BCCDC website​.)
  • Students and staff who have interacted with the confirmed case may be asked to stay home while public health completes their investigation.
  • If it is determined that there are close contacts within the school, public health will notify the school administrators to request class lists to assist with contact tracing and provide guidance on what steps should be taken.

Public health may then:

  • Recommend 14-day isolation if necessary (for confirmed close contacts).
  • Recommend monitoring for symptoms if necessary.
  • Provide follow-up recommendations if necessary.
  • The school must continue to provide learning support to students required to self-isolate.
  • Together, the school and public health officials will determine if any other actions are needed

To find out further details about our COVID protocols, please read: MRCS Health and Safety Plan »


Let the Office Know

If your child is going to be late/absent or if s/he will have to leave school during the day — let the office know! Please call 604.465.4442 or email (mrcs.office@mrcs.ca) the office to explain why your child is missing school to have it properly recorded. Students who are leaving during the school day need to go to the front office to sign out before leaving the school.


Parent Update Centre

The Parent Update Centre is your one-stop online resource for school information. Check it out to find:

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Throughout the school year, our high school students participate in SAIL (Service Activity Interest Leadership) sessions every other Friday. The current SAIL options for October to December are: Beginner Guitar (pictured), Bible Journaling, Board Games, Book Club (pictured), Drama, Line Dancing, Walking Club, and Zumba!