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After School Program Registration

November 01, 2018
​Please see the attached information regarding After School Program Registration and Calendars. 


Cannabis Legalization

October 17, 2018
The following attachment is from the Ministry of Education regarding the legalization of cannabis in Canada.  Here’s an important quote from the bulletin:
  “Use of cannabis on school properties will continue to be against the law, along with tobacco smoking and vaping. Smoking of vaping tobacco or cannabis is also...

After School Program Registration

August 29, 2018
​Registration for the After School Program is now avaialble. Please see the attached documents for information. 

Get Ready for Kindergarten

April 24, 2018
School District 47 is offering a program for children/families transitioning to kindergarten two early childhood educator teams Kate Boyd and Cindy Mitchell, Paula Vandevert and Sherry Pagani are offering a four-week program. Please see the attachment below for more information.​

Strong Start Changes

April 24, 2018
​Starting on May 28th through to the end of the year (June 22 2018) there will be adjusted hours. Please check the attached document below for additional information 

StrongStart Celebration

March 21, 2018
StrongStart programs have been running in Powell River for 10 years. Come to the ​Oceanview Education Centre on May 2nd to celebrate with us! See attached document for more information.​

Ready Set Learn!

March 21, 2018
Come and enjoy a mini school day designed for preschool children. Visits could include stops in the kindergarten class,  library, music room and gym. Meet school staff and ask questions about school. Find the school schedule in the attached PDF

James Thomson Open House - Thursday, September 14th

September 13, 2017
Join us at 6pm on Thursday, Sept. 14th to meet your child's teacher!  Light refreshments will be provided.  Open House 2017.jpg

Parent and Guardian Letter - Talk to your youth about drugs

June 19, 2017
​ Please see the attached letter to parents and guardians from the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall, regarding talking to youth about substance use.

Providing relief during tramatic events

June 19, 2017
​Staff and Community Members,

First and foremost our prayers and sympathies go out to all families and friends affected by this tragedy. We are a close community and we will come together to support one another through these difficult times. We have debriefed with our critical incident team and will have...

After School Program Calendar

May 24, 2017
Attached is the May schedule for the Henderson after school program. ​

After School Program - May

April 28, 2017
Attached is the May schedule for the Henderson after school program. ​

Henderson After School Program

February 21, 2017
​Attached are the March and April Calendars for the Henderson after school program. Please contact the schools is you have any questions  

Anxiety Presentation Postponed

February 05, 2017
The scheduled presentation on Anxiety that was intended to occur on Monday February 6th has now been recheduled for Thursday February 16th. Thank you

James Thomson now accepting Kindergarten Registrations (through March 31st*)

January 26, 2017
*Please note:  the application process for French Immersion Kindergarten can be found at the link below.  Deadline for French Immersion applications is March 3rd.  Registration and application forms can be obtained from the school office, or online at www.sd47.bc.ca. http://www.sd47.bc.ca/school/jt/Pages/newsitem.aspx?ItemID=114&ListID=1c69002b-970c-4213-ac8d-6196de0f1618&TemplateID=Announcement_Item

Henderson After School Program

January 26, 2017
    Attached you will find the After School Program Calendars for both January and February 2017. You will also find a 2017 registration form if you would like to enrol your child in the Henderson After School Program​


January 26, 2017

Kindergarten French Immersion Application (for September 2017)

January 10, 2017
​The application process for French Immersion Kindergarten (for September 2017) can be found on this following document: K Application-French Imm.pdf   - Please note that the application timeline is January 11, 2017 to March 3, 2017. 

Parent Engagement Night

November 24, 2016
District 47 Powell River will be hosting a parent engagement night on Tuesday Nov 29 at 7pm in the Westview gym discussing the use of portfolio based assessment and reporting in our elementary schools. Please come for some explanations by both district and school staff on the directions and paths that we...

After School Program Info

October 25, 2016
Please see the attached two documents with relation to registering for the Afterschool program offered at Henderson Elementary. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dana Gustafson the Community ​Link Coordinator at dana.sanderson@sd47.bc.ca  ...

Student Reporting

October 05, 2016
​See attachment below to view letter from Hon. Mike Bernier, Minister of Education to Parents.

After School Program

August 04, 2016
Attached is a registration form and calendar.  Please fill out the forms for each child you plan to have them attend and hand it in to the Henderson office or your home school office.  It is essential that we receive the forms back before September 9 so we have enough time...

Summer Programs

June 27, 2016
Powell River Child Youth and Family Services Society will be providing two free summer camps for little ones and their families. The first is the "The Bugs Club" which will be held on Tuesday from 10-12 noon. The Bugs Club is a fun program for 2-4 year olds with their families...

Ministry Announcement Regarding New Curriculum

May 26, 2016
​The Ministry of Education has released information regarding the upcoming changes with the new curriculum. Attached you will find information regarding changes to Provincial Assessment, a set of Q&A's regarding the New Curriculum as well as letter from the Deputy Minister regarding the changes. For further details on the redesigned curriculum,...

Tla'amin Nation Celebration

April 12, 2016
On Saturday, representatives from School District #47 and others in the community joined in the Tla'amin Nation celebration of the enactment of their treaty.  Hegus Clint Williams was presented with a sculpture that was commissioned by the Board and created by retired teacher, Ed Oldfield. The juvenile chinook salmon represents the...

Revised School Calendar 2015-2016

January 06, 2016
​Please see attached revised School Calendar (addition of two Pro-D Days).

Open Letter to Community

December 22, 2015
​ Read an Open Letter to the Community of Powell River regarding the current labour dispute as well as the current and hopeful future roles of the Board of Education.

Board Letter to BCSTA

December 22, 2015
The School District 47 Board of Education has submitted a letter to Ms. Teresa Rezansoff, President of the British Columbia School Trustees Association regarding the failed negations between the Province and BC Teachers Federation. The letter in its entirety is attached.

Message from Superintendent

December 22, 2015
Read the attached announcement for more information on the continued labour dispute​ and the affect that it may have on school start up next week. For a historical background to this current labour dispute see our  Job Action page.

Open Access to ERAC Database

December 22, 2015
Thanks to the generosity of our vendor community, ERAC (Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium) has arranged for BC students and their parents to gain easy home access to the  ERAC Online Database Bundle  until schools reopen for the new school year. Please share this good news with your students and parents as soon as possible!...

Adopt a School

December 22, 2015
Coles Town Centre has chosen to “Adopt” Texada Elementary School this year. Coles is currently fundraising to support book purchases for the school library. Individuals can “Adopt” as well, simply by following this link. Adoption takes about 30 seconds to complete and can be done for free, or with an optional...

Two Countries One Spirit

November 27, 2015
​Durings the recent PRISMA festival a film entiled Two Countries, One Spirit was commisioned to commemorate the relationship between the Netherlands and Canada during the 70 years since liberation. View the trailer highlighting the nature of peace promoted in this film.  

Notice of School Calendar Change

November 24, 2015
​The Ministry of Education has added two non-instructional days were students will not be in session.  Please see attached document for further information.

Beyond Birds and the Bees

November 23, 2015
Are your kids ready for "The Talk?" Are you?
Come to Westview Elementary on December 7, 2015 for a seriously fun session for parents and caregivers on what kids need to know and when. See attached for more information

School Highlights November 2015

November 19, 2015
​Please see attached news and highlights from our District schools for November 2015.

Early Learning at the OLC

November 13, 2015
​The Early Learning Team at School District 47 is excited to offer families an opportunity to visit the District Outdoor Learning Centre at Haywire Bay. See the attached documents for more inormation.

JT Movie Night

November 09, 2015
​The James Thomson PAC will be putting on a Family Movie Night featurin "Inside Out". Doors open at 6:00 movie starts at 6:30. Admission by donation, please bring family, and friends!

Sports Day in Canada

October 28, 2015
​Be a part of RBC Sports Day in Canada - a national celebration of the power of sport to build community and get Canadians moving! See the attached flyer for more information and locations.

Summer 2015 Programs

October 07, 2015
​The past summer of 2015 offered many students a diverse range of programming. Over 200 students accessed or participated in the programs offered by School District 47 this year.  Read all about it.....

We've got a Yapp for that!

September 05, 2015
In September 2015 ​Schools in School District 47 are introducing a new way to communicate directly with Parents and Students via their Smartphones. By downloading the Yapp App and adding your Child's school you can receive instant updates about upcoming events at your child's school, as well as find quick links...

Minister Bernier's Letter to Parents

September 01, 2015
​Over the past three years the Ministry has been working closely with Teachers and other stake holders to review school curriculum. Please read the attached letter from the Education Minister regarding some of the outcomes of that process.

Students on Public Transit

August 18, 2015
​With school start up just around the corner this is a good time to remind students of the importance of safety while travelling on public transit. Below is a letter from the Management and Drivers of Powell River Transit, we hope that parents and students take some time to read through...

New Principal of Kelly Creek

June 27, 2015
Kelly Creek Community School, effective August 1, 2015.   Mr. Rounis has 19 years' experience in all areas of the field of education: elementary and secondary, teaching and administration - in urban and rural communities.  Mr. Rounis has a Masters in Leadership and Administration.  He is presently employed by School District 68...

Read for the Top 2015

June 22, 2015
​The District has modified its reading lists for next years Read for the Top experience. In the Grade 6 list we've added "Ultra" and removed "A Gift for Ampato", while in the Grade 7 list We've added "Ungifted", "Middle School, Worst Years of my Life", and "Maniac Magee" and removed "A Darker...

Online Ferry Survey

June 10, 2015
Students in other ferry-dependent communities travel for free to sports and school-related events and Powell River area kids deserve the same benefit. In order for BC Ferries to implement a program similar to what is in place currently for student travel on the Lower Sunshine Coast, a fare increase averaging 0.8%...

Rx Health Presentation

June 05, 2015
​Come join us at Rx Wellness THIS Saturday, June 6 (6pm to 9pm) at Max Cameron. Rx Wellness is Powell River’s first Ted-style speaker series to explore Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Social wellness. Proceeds support youth health and wellness initiatives in Powell River, including the bike libraries that our kids and...

Beyond the Birds and the Bees

June 05, 2015
Dr. Leta Burechailo is a local family physician who has done training in sexual health education for children and youth. She will be offering a 2-hour "Beyond Birds and Bees" learning session on Monday, June 8, at 6-8 PM at James Thomson. This session is for any interested parents to learn...

The Future of Food in Powell River

May 22, 2015
  From our Farmers to our tables: Full Circle Farm, an initiative of the Society for the Advancement of Local Sustainable Agriculture (SALSA), is conducting a survey for which the underlying question is “To grow or not to grow?” More and more people want to know what they are putting into...

Bus Application

May 21, 2015
​ Applications to ride the School Bus during the 2015/2016 year are due by the end of this month. This year the District will be modifying all of their route schedules, therefore it will be important for students to receive their passes, along with a route schedule, prior to the end of...

JT Artists in Residence

April 30, 2015
In 2014 School District 47 hired 3 artists in residence to bring a mural and carving to life at James Thomson Elementary, along with a film maker to document the process. Watch the process unfold on the newly released Documentary.https://youtu.be/2bunVhxsg6Y

Movie Night

April 24, 2015
James Thomson PAC will be sponsoring a movie night on May 1st at 6pm in the school gym. We will be watching Big Hero 6. Admission is by donation  and we look forward to seeing you!​

Calling for Participants

March 18, 2015
  The Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC and School District #47 are hosting focus groups in Powell River for a screening tool called the Toddler Development Index (TDI). We are inviting you to participate in our parent/caregiver focus group. Please see attached document for more information.

Kindergarten Registration Open

January 15, 2015
​ Please see the attached notice regarding Early Registration for the 2015/2016. School Registration for 2015-16--Mar 31-15.pdf Please note: Registration is only required for new students, Kindergarten, and In-District Transfers. Deadline for early registration is March 31, 2015. Registrations submitted after March 31, 2015, will be subject to school availability. Please...

Kindergarten Registration Open

January 14, 2015
​ Please see the attached notice regarding Early Registration for the 2015/2016. School Registration for 2015-16--Mar 31-15.pdf Please note: Registration is only required for new students, Kindergarten, and In-District Transfers. Deadline for early registration is March 31, 2015. Registrations submitted after March 31, 2015, will be subject to school availability. Please...

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