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    The Educate & Communicate Newspaper

    VOL. 13, ED. 2 | MAY 2016

    Inside Page 3 Gifted teens mentor at-risk students in after-school program

    District Event Calendar

    Page 4

    Top 10 tips for healthy kids

    World-renowned speaker in Surrey

    Page 5

    EMS environmental club wins energy prize

    Page 7

    District students win 15 medals at SkillsBC

    Page 8

    Surrey Schools thanks...

    Page 9 More teachers and education assistants coming to Surrey classrooms

    Page 10 Record numbers at district dance festival

    Page 11

    Aladdin Junior production pure genie-us

    Surrey School District named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers Surrey Schools is one of just 65 employ- ers nationally “that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness”, according to Canada’s

    Greenest Employers competition organizers and judges at the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project in Toronto.

    It is the � rst time Surrey Schools has submitted an application to be con- sidered for the award and the honour comes two months after the district was named one of BC’s Top Employers.

    “� is recognition is rewarding in so many ways,” says Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson. “� e award recognizes many years of ongoing e� orts on many fronts by our board to ensure sustainability and environmental sensitivity is a priority in our district.

    Each employer is evaluated in terms of:

    • the unique environmental initia- tives and programs it has developed,

    • the extent to which it has been suc- cessful in reducing the organization’s own environmental footprint,

    • the degree to which employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills and

    • the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.

    “� e Surrey School District has long walked-the-talk as a green employer, from establishing a director of Energy Management & Sustainability position six years ago, to building energy e� cient buildings, implementing a green procurement strategy, estab- lishing in-house waste reduction and recycling and much more,” adds Wilson. “Importantly, our district has been setting a great example for the students we teach, who themselves regularly demonstrate leadership in their environmental and sustainability initiatives.”

    Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson

    Betty Huff Theatre Company students perform a scene from Aladdin Junior. See page 11 for the full story.

    We make Orthodontics fun and comfortable! The kids can play on iPads while the

    parents sip on specialty lattes! We look forward to meeting your family!

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    of primary to permanent teeth • Find out how much crowding to expect as the

    permanent teeth erupt • Find out if your child will have enough room for all their

    adult teeth and if there is anything you can do early on to prevent the need for removal of adult teeth in the future.

    • Eliminate unfortunate surprises • Educate yourself regarding the health and function of

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    Have the opportunity to prevent severe complications in the future • Eliminate fi nancial surprises • Establish a relationship that ensures comfort in your

    child Often times, an orthodontist will just check your teeth. Not everyone requires treatment at an early age, however, if treatment is indicated, it is better that you are aware and have the opportunity to make a positive change and prevent complex orthodontic treatment down the road. South Surrey Smiles offers free consultations and monitoring. This means that all visits are free until treatment is required. This gives you the ability to make educated decisions regarding your child’s smile. Call us today at 604-265-6019 for a free orthodontic assessment with Dr. Lesley Williams!

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    The Educate and Communicate Newspaper (EdCom Now) is published by the Communication Services department of Surrey Schools in accordance with Policy 10805: Promotion of External Agencies through Schools.

    EdCom Now is produced at no cost to the district. It is intended for the parents of Surrey School District students and includes information on upcoming events, district news and projects, and school-based achievements and activities.

    Commercial advertising in this publication does not imply endorsement by Surrey Schools. For more information, or to provide feedback or article suggestions, contact Doug Strachan at Surrey Schools at 604-595-5156 or

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    Phone: (604) 531-1091 

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    Phone: (604) 583-0634

    LAURIE LARSEN Vice Chairperson

    Phone: (778) 772-5019

    BOB HOLMES Trustee

    Phone: (604) 319-4473

    TERRY ALLEN Trustee

    Phone: (778) 772-5284


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    MAY 6 Non-instructional day

    7 P.M., MAY 12 Surrey Board of Education

    public board meeting District Education Centre

    14033 – 92 Ave.

    MAY 23 Victoria Day

    6:45 P.M., MAY 25 District Parent Advisory Committee

    general meeting District Education Centre

    14033 – 92 Ave.

    MAY 30 Non-instructional day

    7 P.M., JUNE 2 Surrey Board of Education

    public board meeting District Education Centre

    14033 – 92 Ave.

    7 P.M., JUNE 16 Surrey Board of Education

    public board meeting District Education Centre

    14033 – 92 Ave.

    JUNE 23 Last day of classes

    JUNE 24 Administrative day

    Gifted teens mentor at-risk students in after-school program About 30 vulnerable and at-risk Grade 4 to 7 students from W.E. Kinvig elementary are getting hands-on technology learning opportunities provided by gifted Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL) Grade 8 and 9 students.

    � e student mentors are part of an innovative after- school program – dubbed Tech YI (Youth Innovation) – launched by the Surrey School District’s Community- Schools Partnership department with funding support from RBC. Tech YI’s main goal is to promote STEM-

    based ideas and projects, and how they can be applied to academics, home and community.

    Over eight sessions, the teens, who are in SAIL’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics accelerated (STEM-X) program, plan, organize and lead the younger students in a variety of tech-related activities, including coding sessions that lead to creating simple games.

    � e concept originated with SAIL STEM-X teachers Dennis Matechuk and Harjijt Deo who were looking for

    ideas for their students to give back to the community.

    “� e initiative is an excellent opportunity to give our STEM-X student mentors exposure to community work outside of school, foster leadership skills, encourage engagement with other students and “pay it forward”; share theknowledge and skills they’ve acquired at SAIL,”says Mr. Deo.

    SAIL mentors will share their � ndings and experience with the Community Schools Part- nership department sta� when this year’s program concludes to help C-SP develop other STEM-based programs.

    SAIL mentor Kazuo Sato (second from right) shows W. E. Kinvig students how to work with Lil bits electronics

    District event calendar

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