Blog Posts

Marathon running race, large group of runners
June 4, 2024

The Home Stretch: Finishing Strong

Many years ago, as I trained for my first marathon, one of my mentors—a seasoned runner with countless marathons behind him—shared invaluable wisdom about the importance of finishing strong. He emphasized the need to maintain enough energy to cross the finish line with a smile and a strong pace, regardless of how the race began.

I can still recall his words echoing in my mind: “Remember, it’s not about how you start the marathon; it’s about how you finish. Finish strong.”

Marathon running race, large group of runners
Classroom sit within a forested trail to learn about Indigenous Plants and Animals in the area
May 28, 2024

Blue Jay Students Blossom with Indigenous Plant Knowledge

As part of the district’s unwavering commitment to Indigenous Education, Blue Jay is dedicated to expanding our understanding of Indigenous ways of learning. The last part of May and the beginning of June, known as tem’elile or Salmonberry Time according to the Stó:lō Seasons of the Moon calendar found on the Indigenous Education website, marks the start of the berry season and the return of the Salmon to their home.

Classroom sit within a forested trail to learn about Indigenous Plants and Animals in the area
A purple bird with a blue background and green vine. Positive Connections - Blog Post for May
May 7, 2024

Positive Connections

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

My intention is to reach out to you all once a month to let you know about some of the important things happening around the school. I have no idea what happened to April, however; maybe it was a busy month for you all as well and you didn’t even notice a blog post was missing!

A purple bird with a blue background and green vine. Positive Connections - Blog Post for May
Six smiling teacher candidates standing in the library IKT - Superintendent Newsletter - 24APR2024
April 22, 2024

The Impact of Hosting Teacher Candidates

An important part of giving back to the profession is when veteran teachers become mentors to new teaching candidates.  I am thrilled to highlight the significant role and benefits of hosting student teachers at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw. Currently, we have the pleasure of hosting six teacher candidates from the University of the Fraser Valley who are diligently navigating their long practicums alongside amazing educators within our building. As we embrace this opportunity, it is essential to recognize the profound impact that hosting student teachers has on our school community.

Six smiling teacher candidates standing in the library IKT - Superintendent Newsletter - 24APR2024
Colourful flowers in a field. Break Time
March 15, 2024

Break Time

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Term Two has absolutely raced by and we are once again headed into a break. It has been a short but very busy stretch of the school year, and we hope that you take the time to celebrate your child’s successes and achievements from the past few months. Learning Updates were sent home yesterday afternoon; we encourage you to read these documents and to let your child know how proud you are of their progress. We are SO impressed with the hard work of all students at Bondar!

Colourful flowers in a field. Break Time
Superintendent Sean Nosek talking to students. Bondar Special Guest Reader
March 15, 2024

Bondar Special Guest Readers

Literacy is the focus of our School Plan at Bondar for the 2023-2024 school year, and in support of this plan, we have been inviting Bondar Special Guest Readers into the school. These adults in our community have been selected to read a story of their choosing to show and to share their love of reading with our students. In January, Constable Neil Cole, our school Liaison Officer, shared a story about dealing with feelings of frustration and anger as well as a story about Terry Fox.

Superintendent Sean Nosek talking to students. Bondar Special Guest Reader
Students and families gathered in the school gym on the floor, ready to watch a movie Harry Sayers - March Movie Night
March 15, 2024

“Reach for the Stars”: Engaging the Harry Sayers Parent Community

At Harry Sayers Elementary, one of our goals is to strive to “Increase parent and community engagement” as part of our School Plan and the School District Strategic Plan. During the pandemic, parents were not able to volunteer or be part of the school community like they once were.

Students and families gathered in the school gym on the floor, ready to watch a movie Harry Sayers - March Movie Night
Superintendent Nosek and Chair Wilson, stand with Abby Schools student who won an award at the Cultural Diversity Awards Diversity Awards - 2024
March 15, 2024

Connecting and Celebrating: A Journey Across our District

I think it is important for a Superintendent to try and stay connected to what is happening across the district and the broader community. While there are never enough hours in the week, I do my best to make regular rounds and to take in community events. And wherever possible, I like to share the good things I see.

Superintendent Nosek and Chair Wilson, stand with Abby Schools student who won an award at the Cultural Diversity Awards Diversity Awards - 2024
A teacher making a discovery with students in the forest. Spotlight On Nature Kindergarten
March 1, 2024

Spotlight On - Nature Kindergarten

I had the opportunity to head outside with Nature Kindergarten this week and was so pleased to be able to get my hands dirty and to experience Forest Time with our Kindies. Mrs. Jones clearly has our youngest students well-versed in their daily routines, and opened outside time with a review of the discussion that was had earlier that morning in the classroom, about the cold temperatures and whether or not students believed the creek behind the school would be frozen. Students had time to share wonders and thoughts, and then, with Mrs.

A teacher making a discovery with students in the forest. Spotlight On Nature Kindergarten