We Miss Your Smile!

We are so incredibly proud of our students for adjusting to being back at school and following all of the safety requirements. But we sure do miss seeing those smiles! Thanks to Mr. Bradshaw for taking photos of our students’ smiles and creating this display.

Orange Shirt Day is September 30

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, a day set aside to recognize the 150,000 Indigenous students who attended Canada’s Indian Residential Schools between the 1800’s and 1996 when the last school closed. Please wear orange on September 30 to be part of Reconciliation.

As part of Orange Shirt Day, we have a bulletin board installation with information about residential schools and Phyllis Wagstaff (who is the inspiration for orange Shirt Day). We will also have a school wide lunch of chili and bannock.

School Supplies?

We have had quite a few questions about school supplies. Students should only bring school supplies that will fit in their backpacks, because we will not be providing lockers this year (too much congestion in the hallways to maintain physical distancing). There may be specific supplies that teachers ask students to bring, but a basic school supply list is below:

-sturdy binder that is big enough for two subjects

-dividers and lined paper

-pens, pencils, erasers, highlighter

-calculator (check with your Math teacher for specifics)

Timetables and Returning to School

Welcome back to school!  We are so excited for you to return to school – even though school will feel and be a little different this year due to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the end of July, we were given a framework by the Ministry of Education to ensure school can safely restart, with a learning structure that meets the needs of students as best as possible. 

To ensure that students are in cohorts of no more than 120, we are changing to a quarter system (also known as a Copernican system). In this timetable, students take two courses at a time for a quarter of the year. Most secondary schools in the province are changing to this system. Please see the bell schedule below with term dates:

BLOCKDay 1 MONDAY/WEDNESDAYDay 2 TUESDAY/THURSDAYDay 3 FRIDAY
OTT AM 8:00-9:00*   
AM BLOCK 9:10-11:56ABrotation
Lunch 11:56-12:41   
PM BLOCK 12:41-3:26BArotation
OTT PM 3:30-4:30*   
QUARTER (TERM) DATES
Quarter 1: Sept. 10 to Nov. 13QUARTER 2: Nov. 16 to Jan. 28QUARTER 3: Feb. 1 to April 16QUARTER 4: April 20-June 22
Quarter 1 Report Cards: Thurs, Nov. 19Quarter 2 Report Cards: Thurs., Feb. 4Quarter 3 Report Cards: Thurs, April 29Quarter 4 Report Cards: Thurs, June 24
Parent/Teacher Night: TBA**            Turn-Around Day: Jan. 29 Graduation: June 16**

*This is dependent on number of required instructional minutes per course.

**These dates are dependent on COVID-19 Provincial Health Office rules and regulations.

For additional information related to the Ministry of Education’s Back to School Plans, please visit their website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-return-to-school.

Student Schedules & Course Changes

We have reset the passwords in MyEducationBC. Students may find their usernames and passwords by accessing their school district emails. Please go to https://outlook.office.com  and login by using their regular school login followed by @student.sd83.bc.ca.ca.

If your name is John Smith and you were born in 2005, your school login is smitj05, so your login for school district emails would be smitjo5@student.sd83.bc.ca.  Your password is the usual password to access the school network. (This is how you logged into Teams while on Home Learning).  

Once you have accessed your login credentials, go to MyEducationBC. Here is the link: https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do.  You can view your schedule by clicking on the schedule button on the side tab.

If you are having trouble logging in, just call the school. We will be open all week from 9:00am to 3:30pm each day. Grade 9 students who are coming to the orientation session on Tuesday may pick up their schedules at that time.

All course changes will be completed by Ms. Prince, Mrs. Lemaire, and Mr. Brown. We will be in school next week to assist with new student registration and work on course changes. 

The three of us have been working on the timetable for almost three weeks, knowing that we are changing to a quarter system (2 classes at a time for about 10 weeks).

We can only make changes to student schedules if:

  • You are not registered in your required courses.
  • You are not registered in the courses you need to graduate.
  • You have empty spots in your timetable.

If you would like to make any changes to your schedule, please email the specifics of your requests to one of us, along with a preferred phone number:

We will let you know if your requests can be accommodated, or to schedule a follow up meetingPlease do not call the school for an appointment. Please note, due to the requirements of Learning Groups, student requests may not be possible to accommodate. 

All course change requests must be emailed in by Thursday, September 3.

School Learning Structure

  1. Students and staff will be required to physically distance and to wear a mask when entering the building, in the hallway, in common spaces (i.e. student centre, library, counselling & career centre) and while on buses.  The District will supply masks, or students may bring their own.
  2. At PVSS, each grade is a cohort. If you are in split grade classes, you must maintain physical distancing and wear masks.
  3. Two classes will take place each quarter, and those classes rotate each day (see bell schedule).
  4. Morning classes will start at 9:10am.  School will end at 3:26pm. 
  5. The schedules for outside the timetable courses will be set by the teacher, and communicated to students within the first couple of weeks of school.
  6. Students will NOT be assigned lockers. Students should ensure that they only bring school supplies that will fit in their backpacks. They will keep their backpacks with them all day.
  7. Students in their cohorts will be assigned lunch areas. If students choose to go outside at lunch, that is welcomed and encouraged.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to school! If you have any questions or have a different educational plan for the fall, please contact the school.

Are You an Incoming Grade 9 Student?

School Supplies: You only require basic school supplies. Of course, you may purchase additional supplies such as pencil crayons, markers, white board markers, etc. Because of COVID-19 protocols, we are not using lockers this year. Students should only bring what fits in their backpack. Basic school supplies include: 1 strong binder that can hold two subjects, pens and pencils, eraser, calculator, lined paper, and a highlighter.

We are so excited to welcome you to PVSS! Your first day of school will be Thursday, September 10. 

We met you all last January when we had information sessions about our elective course options. Under normal circumstances, we have one or two more orientation sessions for incoming Grade 9 students, but things were certainly not normal last Spring. 

On Tuesday, September 1, we would like to invite students in Grade 9 to come to the school for a tour. Students will receive a paper copy of their timetables, and two of our staff members will be here to take small groups of students around the school. Students must wear masks, and unfortunately, because of COVID protocols, parents must wait outside during the tour. Tours will begin at 9:00am, and will be scheduled in 30 minute slots. 

If you would like to have a school tour, please call the school at (250) 546-3114. You will be assigned to a time slot. 

We are so looking forward to getting to know all of you!