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Be sure to take advantage of education savings opportunities

November 25, 2019 3:50 PM

Education Savings Week is from Nov. 18 to 22, 2019.

Almost 80% of job openings in British Columbia over the next decade will require some form of post-secondary education.

Families can open a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and the Government of British Columbia will deposit $1,200 into the RESP for their children. No additional money is needed to receive the $1,200 B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant. Families can ask their local financial institution if they are one of the 56 official promoters of the grant, and are urged to not be part of the 40% who leave this grant unclaimed.

The grant allows parents and families who may not be able to currently afford to put money aside to start a RESP. Studies indicate that children with RESPs are more likely to pursue higher education. Students can use the money to pay for their education expenses (e.g., books, tools, rent or transportation) in an apprenticeship program, a trade school, college or university.

Applications are open to eligible children between six and nine years old. Eligibility deadlines:

Children born in 2010 have until the day before their ninth birthday to apply.
Children born in 2011 have until their ninth birthday in 2020 to apply. 
Children born in 2012 have until their ninth birthday in 2021 to apply.
Children born in 2013 have until their ninth birthday in 2022 to apply.
Children born in 2014 can start applying on their sixth birthday.

The Government of Canada also offers eligible families with modest incomes up to $2,000 for each child’s RESP from the Canada Learning Bond. As well, the Canada Education Savings Grant matches RESP contributions up to a maximum of $7,200 per child. More information can be found at: www.Canada.ca/education-savings

Learn More:

B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant: https://www.gov.bc.ca/BCTESG

New Policy Approved: Provision of Menstrual Products to Students

November 25, 2019 9:15 AM

At its November 20, 2019 regular public meeting, the Board of Education approved Policy 9605: Provision of Menstrual Products to Students. The policy can be found online at https://www.sd42.ca/assets/media/9605-Provision-of-Menstrual-Products-to-Students.pdf

SD42 Board chairperson and vice-chairperson re-elected

November 21, 2019 10:19 AM

The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Board of Education re-elected trustee Korleen Carreras as chairperson and trustee Elaine Yamamoto as vice-chairperson during its November 20, 2019 regular meeting. Both positions are elected annually.

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Requirements under BC’s new vaccination status reporting regulation

November 4, 2019 8:59 AM

Dear parents/guardians,

Please see the attached letter from medical health officer Dr. Ingrid Tyler regarding requirements under BC’s new vaccination status reporting regulation.

Download letter

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c̓əsqənelə Elementary StrongStart Centre Opens October 21

October 10, 2019 10:38 AM

The new StrongStart Centre at c̓əsqənelə Elementary opens Monday, October 21, 2019.

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
24093 – 104th Avenue, Maple Ridge

For more information about StrongStart Learning Centres at the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District, please visit: https://www.sd42.ca/program/strongstart/

Controlled Emergency Release Exercise

October 16, 2019 12:01 PM

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, the majority of elementary schools in the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District will participate in a controlled emergency release exercise. The exercise, which will begin at 1:30 p.m., will follow the Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill in which all schools participate every year. (more…)

School on the way for Maple Ridge, investments continue provincewide

October 15, 2019 2:41 PM

Press release: Ministry of Education

Families in Maple Ridge’s east Albion neighbourhood can look forward to new classrooms to meet the future needs of the community, with the purchase of land for a new school.

“Every student in B.C. should have a classroom that allows them to learn and thrive, which is why our government is providing students the best learning experience possible in a safe and positive environment both here in Maple Ridge and all around the province,” said Premier John Horgan. “We’ve invested in 24 new or expanded schools, eight site purchases for future schools and 39 seismic upgrades or replacements, creating over 10,000 new student spaces throughout the province.”

Since September 2017, the Province has announced more than $620 million for new and expanded schools. Budget 2019 includes a record $2.7 billion for school capital projects, such as new schools, seismic upgrades and land purchases for future schools for B.C. students. (more…)

Community Open House Start Time Change

October 10, 2019 2:56 PM

Please note that start time for the c’usqunela elementary community open house has been changed from 1:00 pm to 11:30 am. The open house is now scheduled to run from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, October 15 in the school gymnasium.

To attend this event, please RSVP to register@sd42.ca

11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
c’usqunela Elementary School (Gym)
24093 – 104th Avenue, Maple Ridge

 

Community Open House: c’usqunela elementary

October 1, 2019 3:35 PM

Join us on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at a community open house to celebrate the opening of our new elementary school, c’usqunela.

11:30 am * – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
c’usqunela Elementary School (Gym)
24093 – 104th Avenue, Maple Ridge

Please RSVP to: register@sd42.ca

* Please note the community open house start time has changed from 1:00 pm to 11:30 am.

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New youth vaping education resources for parents

September 19, 2019 11:18 AM

The use of vaping products by youth and young adults is on the rise. To help parents have informed conversations with their children about the health risks of vaping, Fraser Health, BC Lung Association and Vancouver Coastal Health have created a package of resources and information.

You can download the Vaping Prevention Toolkit free from the BC Lung Association. The toolkit includes a Vaping Product Education for Parents Guide.

The guide includes tips on how to start conversations with youth, potential questions that parents may be asked by their child, and responses to each question.

In addition to this new toolkit, Fraser Health has online resources on these topics for parents at Fraserhealth.ca:

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