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International Enrollment

August 30, 2019
​School District 47 welcomes a record number of international students read more about this achievement here
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Student Reporting

October 05, 2016
​See attachment below to view letter from Hon. Mike Bernier, Minister of Education to Parents.
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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.....
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Brooks' Jr. Outdoor & Sustainability Program Information

September 07, 2015
​ Below is some important information regarding our new Jr. Outdoor & Sustainability Program we will be offering this Fall for students in Grades 9 and 10. We've scheduled an information evening for Wednesday, September 2 nd at 7 PM in the Brooks Library.  Jr Outdoor Sustainability Information.pdf
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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.
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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...
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Germany Exchange Blog

July 03, 2015
  Shortly after school ended, 24 Brooks' students and 3 staff members packed up and flew to Tuttlingen, Germany to take part in an exchange program. You can keep up to date on this amazing experience by clicking on the following link: Germany Exchange Website & Blog
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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...
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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...
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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%...
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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...
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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...
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Brooks' Sr. Girls' Soccer Team - 2015 AA Provincial Champions

May 30, 2015
​ Congratulations to our Sr. Girls' Soccer Team for capturing the AA Provincial Championship with a victory over Seycove in the Finals. What an incredible end to an amazing season!
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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...
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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...
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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
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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.
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Dual Credit Parent & Student Info Night - Tues. Feb. 10th at 7:00pm

February 09, 2015
​ If you are a student who is interested in taking advantage of one of our Dual Credit programs in the near future you and a parent or guardian should be attending this information session on Tuesday Feb. 10th at 7:00pm. Contact Mr. Palm for more information.
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Brooks Musical - "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

January 16, 2015
​ On Feb. 12th, 13th and 14th our students will be putting on a production titled "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in our theatre. See the attached poster for all the details. It is recommended for an audience of 13 years and over as there is some mature subject...
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Brooks Musical - "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

January 16, 2015
​ On Feb. 12th, 13th and 14th our students will be putting on a production titled "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in our theatre. See the attached poster for all the details. It is recommended for an audience of 13 years and over as there is some mature subject...
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Brooks' Briefs - Dec. 18th

December 19, 2014
​ Attached is our latest and last edition of Brooks' Briefs for 2014! Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday season.
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Sliammon Students to Visit UVIC

October 19, 2014
  One of our school counsellors, Mr. Brach, will be accompanying a group of Sliammon students to the University of Victoria in the near future. Check out the attached to find out more about this great opportunity.
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2014 General Election

October 18, 2014
For information concerning the upcoming civic elections including those of School Trustee please visit the City of Powell River website. The City of Powell River conducts the election on behalf of the School Board, eligible voters include citizens of both the City of Powell River and the Powell River Regional District....
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Open Access to ERAC Database

September 14, 2014
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!...
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Open Letter to Community

September 05, 2014
​ 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.
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Board Letter to BCSTA

September 03, 2014
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.
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Message from Superintendent

August 29, 2014
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.

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Daily Health Check

September 23, 2020
​ Parents/Guardians are required to assess their child(ren) for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to sending them to school for the day. The Daily Health Checklist can be printed at home for a parent/guardian to use to assess their child. This is a personal review of the signs and symptoms of COVID–19....
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SD47 Learns (2.2)

September 22, 2020
SD47 Learns (2.2) is out. Lots of resources and ideas for educators to use right away in their classrooms.
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Virtual Town Hall Meeting

September 18, 2020
​If you were unable to attend the Virtual Town Hall Meeting of September 23, 2020 held in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health (Dr. Mark Lysyshyn) and the Tla’amin Nation (Hegus Clint Williams), but would like to view the video, please click here .
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Air Quality Advisory in Effect

September 14, 2020
​ SD47  schools will limit smoke exposure for staff and students by:   Allowing students who are sensitive to the smoke to remain indoors during lunch/breaks;  Closing exterior doors and windows;  Rescheduling outdoor activities, particularly strenuous activities like PE; Closely monitor students with asthma or other breathing conditions. Closing doors and windows...
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SD47 Learns (1.2)

September 13, 2020
We've made a few updates for the new school year. Check out the first SD47 Learns Newsletter for the 2020/2021 school year HERE.
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Superintendents Update

September 08, 2020
​Dear Families of School District 47,  I wanted to further update you on the restart of school next week. By this time you should have been contacted by your school to confirm which options for learning you have chosen for your child. Approximately 90% of our families have indicated their children...
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Superintendents Update - SD 47 Restart Plan

August 29, 2020
​August 28, 2020  Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,  This is an update to my letter of August 21, 2020 outlining our now approved Restart Plan  for the 2020/21 school year.  We hosted a successful Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, August 26th to collect more feedback to inform our plan moving forward. We...
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Virtual Town Hall Meeting - Back to School Restart Plan

August 28, 2020
​Thank you to all who were able to participate in the Virtual Town Hall Meeting this past Wednesday, August 26th. If you are interested in reviewing the presentation, or if you were unable to attend the event and would like to see it, a recording of it has now been posted online along...
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SD 47 Proposed Restart Plan

August 21, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,  I am reaching out to you as we approach the start of the 2020/2021 school year. I know you have many questions about how school will look in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff at School District 47 and your schools have been working hard to...
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School District 47 set to welcome 24 International Students

August 21, 2020
​School District 47’s International Education program will operate at a reduced level this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Last year, we had our highest number of international education student registrations at 97 students from 18 countries,” said Jay Yule, Superintendent for School District 47 (SD47). “This year, the program will...