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Each September, we look forward to welcoming our littlest learners and their families to our 6 StrongStart Programs and 28 Elementary Schools.

SD61 educators are committed to embracing every student in a safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environment.  Every day, we endeavour to support and improve each learners’ personal and academic growth.

Name (& Email)Phone NumberTitle
David Hovis250-475-4179District Principal
Charmaine Shortt250-475-4148District Vice-Principal
Lindsay Swan250-475-4235District Vice-Principal, Sundance Bank
Tresa Marshall250-475-4231District Learning Support
Mary Chiappetta250-475-4249District Learning Support
Maureen Von Tigerstrom250-475-4194District Counsellor - Elementary

Latest Updates

Literacy Series for Early Career Teachers

Literacy Series for Early Career Teachers An opportunity for teachers in their first 5 years in the classroom. A five part collaborative literacy learning series offered throughout the year. (French & English) Next session... Read more

Early Literacy Collaboration Teachers

Early Literacy Collaboration Teachers (ELCT) The Early Literacy Collaboration Teachers serve 8 schools, providing flexible and responsive literacy support to students and teachers. Early Literacy Collaboration Teachers collaborate with teachers to... Read more

POPEY Opportunities

POPEY’s seventh annual literacy conference. Morning Session: Miriam Trehearne, 9:30 - 11:30 am Afternoon Session: Lori Jamison, 12:30 - 2:30 pm Register HERE  POPEY's online After-School Specials . All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. Wednesday,... Read more

Literacy Sequences with Faye Brownlie

About Faye Brownlie What approaches to teaching and learning best enable us to reach and teach all learners? quality reading and writing instruction assessment for learning and performance-based assessment open-ended teaching... Read more

Continuity of Learning: Teacher Resources

Continuity of Learning The resources linked on this page are intended to be helpful in supplementing your continuity of learning plans.  Maintaining   a personal connection with your students through video messages,... Read more

Continuity of Learning: Parent Resources

Resources for Parents with Children at the Elementary Level Thank you for supporting your child’s growing awareness, understanding and development of competencies that are essential for deep, lifelong learning. Listed below... Read more

Elementary Pro-D January 28

Thank you for joining us! The links to resources and slide decks are listed below: Shane Safir Shane has worked at every level of the education system for over two decades. In 2003,... Read more

Connecting the Dots: Social Emotional Learning in SD61

SD 61 VIDEO: Social Emotional Learning: Connecting the Dots  https://youtu.be/39-V5nJTyw8 This video can be used to initiate conversations, networking and sharing to unpack the “WHY” that drives our teaching of social emotional learning. VIDEO... Read more

Welcoming Conversations

Welcoming New Children and Families  StrongSart Educators and Kindergarten teachers play a vital role in establishing positive connections with children and their families.  Welcoming events and conversations set the tone for a... Read more

Re-Imagining Mathematics Education Webinar Series

Connecting Math, Community, and Culture This webinar series invites teachers at all levels to join discussions and sharing for re-imagining mathematics education through culture, community, and teaching for social and ecological... Read more

Literacy Offerings K-5

Literacy Offerings  Register by Monday, October 4, 2021 using the links below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us HERE. Literacy Collaboration Series With Faye Brownlie School collaboration teams will be... Read more

Early Learning Framework

B.C. has updated the Early Learning Framework (2019) to recognize the new realities of children, families and communities. The new framework was developed in collaboration with early childhood educators, primary... Read more

Learning for All Podcast

We understand that a child’s learning is not linear or universal, but collective and complex. Our ways of being, our culture, our uniqueness; all of these layers shape how we learn. ... Read more

Building Belonging with Visuals

We are always asking ourselves how we can engage all of our learners. When we offer multiple entry points each learner can find their own pathway into the learning.  In... Read more

Literacy Centre Ideas (K/1 focus)

Our classrooms have diverse needs. By differentiating our instruction we can ensure that all students have access to the same curriculum by providing varied entry points of learning tasks.  Differentiated instruction... Read more

Play Today Handbook

The Play Today B.C. Handbook is a guide to support high quality, play-based learning experiences in the early years, primary grades, and even into the middle years of childhood. The Play... Read more

Remote Home Learning – Elementary

Dear Elementary Families,  This is a difficult time for many families. The most  important thing is to take care of yourself and your family, while not adding more stress as you... Read more

Numeracy Learning Series Sessions – 2018-2019

K-3 Sessions Facilitator: Carole Fullerton Session Resources Carole Fullerton's Website Grade 4 & 5 Sessions Facilitator: Nikki Lineham        Dates: Oct. 10, 2018,  Nov. 7, 2018,  Jan 18, 2019 Session Resources: Session 3, Jan. 18 Slide Deck Session... Read more

Library Digital Resources

All student digital resources are available on our school library websites. Visit your school website and click Library & Resources to find what students have access to in terms of... Read more