It’s almost back to school!

First Day of School – Tuesday, September 7

We are back to school on Tuesday, September 7! Welcome to all of our new and returning students. We are very excited to start this next school year with you. When students arrive at the school, we will have A Block class lists posted in the courtyard. Students will receive their timetables in their A Block classes, along with all of the other start-up information that they need to have. We have a short first day, beginning at 9:05am and ending at 12:30pm. Buses do run three hours early. Students can expect a welcoming virtual assembly in their Block A classes and a rotation through their other classes as well. We are returning to a regular semestered timetable this year. Here is the new bell schedule:

BLOCKDay 1 MONDAYDay 2 TUESDAYDay 3 WEDNESDAYDay 4 THURSDAYROTATING FRIDAY
OTT AM 8:00-9:00*     
BLOCK 1 9:10-10:33ACBDrotation
BLOCK 2 10:35-11:58BDACrotation
Lunch 11:58-12:43     
BLOCK 3 12:43-2:06CADBrotation
BLOCK 4 2:09-3:31DBCArotation
OTT PM 3:40-4:40*     

Course Changes

Mr. Brown will be available for course changes through email on Monday, August 30, Tuesday, August 31, and Wednesday, September 1. We request that if you would like course changes, please first send an email to Mr. Brown (dobrown@sd83.bc.ca).  Please provide contact information so that if he needs to call you or email you to ask questions, he can do so. Mr. Brown will be available for in-person course changes on Thursday, September 2, by appointment ONLY. Please do not come into the school for course changes unless you have an appointment to do so.

Registration

The office will be open for new registrations Monday, August 30 to Thursday, September 2, 9:00am-3:00pm. Please bring care cards and birth certificates.

Tours for New Students

We know that transitions can be challenging. For any students who are new to us, either entering Grade 9 or new to the community, we would like to invite you to come visit the school on Thursday, September 2. If you would like to take part in a tour, please contact the school to arrange a time slot. Available time slots are at 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, or 11:00am. We do want to keep the groups fairly small, both for safety reasons and to allow new students to ask as many questions as they would like. You can contact the school by email (pvs@sd83.bc.ca) or phone (250-546-3114). 

COVID Safety

We are returning to school with some COVID safety restrictions in place. Once the District Safety Plan is complete, we will be sure to share that with you.

Vaccination Clinic at PVSS

Public Health will be holding a pop-up COVID Vaccination Clinic on September 24 for any students or staff who are not yet fully vaccinated. The clinic will take place in the courtyard, just outside the main entrance of the school. This clinic is for students and staff who choose to take part, and is meant to be a convenience for those who have been unable to attend other vaccination clinics.

School Supplies

We don’t have an official school supplies list for secondary school, but we suggest that students purchase the following supplies:

  • one good quality zipper style three ring binder that can hold at least two or three subjects with dividers
  • pens, pencils, pencil crayons or markers, erasers, a highlighter, and a pencil case
  • lined paper – probably three or four packages of 150-200

Some students also like to have a fineliner black marker and a few dry erase markers. We provide calculators in Math classes, but you may wish to purchase one for yourself. We suggest that if you do, you purchase the same style Texas Instruments scientific calculator (about $20 at Staples) that we supply so that when teachers are showing how to use the functions, students can follow along. Math teachers will provide this information.

PVSS Gym

While our gym was undergoing renovation last year, we discovered historical fire damage that was not adequately repaired. It was determined that the gym is not structurally sound and requires major renovation or possibly even replacement. We will be relying on community facilities this year to deliver our Physical and Health Education programs, and we will have a bus available for our use.

Student Gatherings Outside of School

We would like to remind families that at this time in the Interior Health Region, outdoor gatherings of more than 50 people are not permitted.

September at a Glance

  • September 7: First Day of School, Early Dismissal at 12:30pm
  • September 14:            Photo Day
  • September 20:            Professional Development Day (no school for students)
  • September 24:            COVID Vaccination Clinic at PVSS
  • September 29:            Orange Shirt Day Recognition (everyone wear orange!)
  • September 30:            National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (new statutory holiday)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school!