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Bulldog Bulletin August 30, 2018

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August 30, 2018

Principal’s Message

The staff of T.E. Scott have enjoyed a wonderful summer.  Some have travelled to far away places, some have experienced new adventures, while others have embraced the coziness of a deck chair and the comforts of a good book.  I hope it has been a relaxing and pleasant summer for you and your family as well.  While care-free summer days are certainly enjoyable, it is also nice to get back to the familiar comforts of the Fall routine.  Reacquainting with friends, learning new skills and concepts, and experiencing the many opportunities that school has to offer are some of the rewarding aspects of going back to school.


The new year has brought many new faces to T. E. Scott.  Welcome to all of those students, staff and families that are new to our school.  T. E. Scott is a wonderful place to both learn and play.  We hope that you are as excited as we are to get the year underway.

A special “welcome back” to our parent community.  We look forward to working with you in partnership on your child’s educational journey.   You may become involved in the school in a number of ways; helping in the classroom, driving for events, working with the P.A.C. and/or volunteering for committees and clubs or by coaching team sports.

Please take the time this week to reacquaint yourselves with those members of the school community that you haven’t seen for a couple of months and to settle into Fall routines.  The excitement of the school year is about to begin…

Yours truly,

Mr. Darien Russell

Principal T. E. Scott Elementary



School reopens on Tuesday September 4, 2018

Grades 1 – 7           10:00 – 11:00             Kindergarten         10:00 – 10:30

Sept 4 Map 1 meeting place

Sept 4 Map 2 meeting place 

 Sept 4 Map 3 meeting place


2018- 2019 staff:

Mr. Darien Russell Principal Ms. Samira Ahmadi ABA Support Worker
Mr. Don Chila Vice-Principal Ms. Cindy Baker EA
Ms. Sonya Caughlan Head Secretary Ms. Gurmani Bhasin EA
Ms. Sarah Mara Clerk-typist Ms. Valerie Black EA
Ms. Sonya Bedi Teacher Ms. Michelle Chorney LST
Ms. Sue Bibrich Teacher Ms. Louise Dally Child Care Worker
Ms. Marna Branigan Teacher Ms. Charlotte Genschorek Counsellor
Ms. Maria Carlos Teacher Ms. Nadeene Gill EA
Ms. Sarah Dalzell Teacher Mr. Sonny Gill LST
Mr. Bruce Dann Teacher Mr. David Hunter Aboriginal Facilitator
Ms. Merilee Fuller Teacher Ms. Alysia Jeskie Speech-Language
Ms. Ronnie Gill Teacher Ms. Anita Johal LST
Ms. Rupi Gill Teacher Ms. Tarveen Khatri EA
Ms. Kathy Jickling Teacher Ms. Amandeep Lalli ABA Support Worker
Ms. Lesley Litfin Teacher Ms. Lindsay Liberto EA
Ms. Susie Luhmann Teacher Ms. Manjeet Nagra IST
Ms. Lesley Marriott Teacher Mr. Daryl Penner Band
Ms. Elizabeth McKenzie Teacher Mr. Gareth Poon Teacher-Librarian
Ms. Morsal Nasserjah Teacher Ms. Chandra Reddy EA
Ms. Jennifer Nikkel Teacher Ms. Kulwinder Sangha LST
Ms. Melissa Oliver Teacher Mr. Tucker Sestito ABA Support Worker
Ms. Kelsey Parker Teacher Ms. Ranju Sharma EA
Ms. Nicole Postnikoff Teacher Ms. Parveen Sidhu ABA Support Worker
Ms. Sanjot Sanghera Teacher Ms. Holly Stone LST
Ms. Singh Teacher Ms. Valerie Venema LST
Ms. Kate Taylor Teacher Ms. Tracy Zacher LST
Ms. Sara Zacharias Music

A complete staff assignment list will be sent home once our classes are organized.

Office Hours

Please welcome Ms. Caughlan to our office and welcome back Ms. Mara. Our office will be open from 8:00 pm – 3:30 pm each day.

Allergy Awareness

Several of our students have severe anaphylactic reactions to peanuts, nuts, and their by-products.  Please help us in committing to do everything possible to protect these students.  Some ways you can help include: refraining from sending foods to school that contain peanuts/nuts, remind your children to wash their hands carefully after eating if there is an anaphylactic student in your child’s classroom, remind your children not to share or trade snacks and do not use these products in any treats you may send into the classroom over the year.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we continue to make our school a safe environment for all students.

** Please inform the school immediately if your child has a severe life threatening allergy or medical condition so we can ensure appropriate procedures are in place.

School Schedule

Morning Warning Bell:                      8:30

Classes Begin:                                       8:35

Recess:                                                    10:15 – 10:30

Lunch:                                                     11:42 – 12:30

Dismissal:                                               2:30

Student Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school, we would appreciate it if you would phone before school to let us know.  We have a call home policy to ensure student safety on the way to school and, if we are not informed of student absences, the secretary will call the students’ homes.  Your help with this would be much appreciated.  We do have a school answering machine, to leave a message if you are calling during non-school hours.   The school phone number is 604-596-0357. 

Student Placement

As we have many new faces to T. E. Scott, students are not placed in classes for the first few days of the school year.  On the first day of school, students will meet in grade level activity groups.  Wednesday morning, students will proceed to the rooms they were in on the first day.  Maps will be posted around the school informing parents and students where to go. Once our numbers and staffing are confirmed, students will be placed into classes.

Staff are working on determining our exact numbers and will place the children in their classes as soon as possible.  Please remember that we establish the classes very carefully, taking into account a variety of factors, and consulting with a number of people.  The teachers have spent a fair amount of time on this already but will need to make adjustments to accommodate new students.  We will use this time to teach some school rules and routines, refresh skills from last year and to administer some diagnostic testing which will help us with planning and placements.

Often, once the classes are established, children come home upset if they have been separated from a friend.  While they will need comfort at the time, please do not request a transfer on these grounds.  Once the classes are established, it is extremely difficult to move children.

School Supplies

Please do not send your child’s school supplies until they are placed in permanent classes. For the first few days, teachers will provide necessary supplies or ask students to bring a few items.  School supply lists are available at the school office and on our website.

Student Planners

Other than kindergarten, all of our students will need student planners.  Planners are available to purchase for a fee of $2.00.  If used properly, this planner is a very effective means of helping students organize their work as a tool for daily home-school communication.  Parents of our Grade 1 – 7 students are asked to:

-Ensure that students used these agendas on a daily basis

-Check the agenda each night for assigned work and/or notes from the teacher

-Sign the agenda each night when the work is finished

Traffic Safety

Parents are reminded that the pull-in bay in front of the school is for dropping off and picking up only.  Please do not leave your car parked in this area.  Where practical, we encourage you to walk your children rather than drive them to school. Thank you for helping to ensure the safety of all of our students.

Student Accident Insurance

Did you know that the School District does not insure expenses for student injuries that happen on school grounds or during school activities?  You are responsible for these expenses as a parent or guardian.  However, your DPAC and the School District provides the opportunity for families to voluntarily purchase private accident insurance through the IAP Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program underwritten by Industrial-Alliance Pacific Life Insurance.

Plan features:

  • Provides coverage 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, in or out of school.
  • Covers expenses that are limited or not insured under private or group insurance plans or MSP; such as, private tutors, lump sum payment for fractures and dislocations, counseling and much more.
  • Covers injury related Dental (including future expenses).
  • Fully transferable insurance from school to school anywhere in Canada.
  • Low annual premiums from $13.50 per student for the Basic Plan (discounts available for families with 3 or more children).


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