Stories from Savona

Posted On Friday October 22, 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

Thank you for working patiently together through ongoing changes in COVID-19 measures. I appreciate how we continue to be partners in helping children stay in school and be healthy and safe.

Seamless Day Kindergarten

On October 19, 2021, following the provincial announcement by Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education, our first Seamless Day Kindergarten pilot program at Arthur Hatton Elementary School was announced. This program will employ Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) to work with a teacher in one kindergarten classroom during classroom time as well as before and after school. We look forward to hearing from these students and parents about their experiences in this exciting new early learning opportunity.

Families of Schools

School and district leaders met in their “Family of Schools” which are elementary and secondary schools grouped together by geographical area. They reviewed priorities in their school learning plans, made connections to our district learning plan, and shared research-based strategies. Families of Schools will continue to meet throughout the year.

Savona Elementary School

I visited Mr. Scott Galloway, Principal of Savona Elementary School. He stated, “This is my first year at this school, and I am impressed with how dedicated the staff are to the community of Savona.” He also shared, “Staff work highly collaboratively in using literacy assessment information and implementing literacy interventions.”

400 People Participated in Re-visioning the District Strategic Plan

Public Consulting Group (PCG) is leading our district in developing a re-freshed District Strategic Plan. The first phase (September-October) involved about 400 representatives from 25 different staff and student groups, and community partner agencies. These groups came together virtually and in person to generate ideas about the kind of world that they hope our children will create in the future; the skills, competencies and attitudes that children will need to succeed in the future; and how our district will get them there. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts, please participate in this survey until October 29, 2021. PCG Canada will share key themes in November.

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

Thank you for continuing to work as partners in our health and safety protocols in our District’s Communicable Disease Prevention Plan. Because of everyone’s diligence, we have seen a downward trend in our potential exposures, which are published by Interior Health. On October 19, 2021, Dr. Bonnie Henry indicated that the B.C.Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will now provide data on COVID-19 in schools on a monthly basis with the first of these reports, the British Columbia Situation Report for K-12 Schools. She also emphasized that cases in young children, aged five to 11, peaked in late September but are now trending downward.

We continue to be here for one another during this time of change. I wish you a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD



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