Our parent advisory group has continued their outstanding support of our school. Many volunteer hours were put in to support school activities such as the PAC plant fundraiser and BBQ, and for funding the Dance Residency with Mrs. Pomeroy. Each classroom received funds to support field trips and items for classroom activities. The hot lunch program and special lunches made and distributed by Mrs. Alexander and others were greatly appreciated. We would like to thank our PAC members and pass on our appreciation to them for the time and effort they put in. We look forward to working with them next school year.
Staffing Changes 2022-2023
As this school year draws to a close, we are looking forward to the 2022/23 school year that will be full of learning opportunities and activities. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff members for their hard work and commitment to their students and our school community. We would like to wish Ms. Palma well as she is leaving our school to be the principal at Upper Pine School. Mrs. Ginger Alexander will be joining our school community as Vice Principal in September.
Opening Week 2022-2023
School opens on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 for students in grade one to six. The students are only with us for two hours. Dismissal time will be at 10:49am. On September 6th, students will be returning to their 21/22 classroom groupings. Students that are new to the school community will be placed in a grade appropriate classroom for the morning.
Student Numbers 2021-2022 Enrolment
For the 2022/23 school year at CM Finch we are planning to open with 12 classrooms. Numbers in given grades will dictate classroom grade configurations as well as contractual class sizes. Students that have applied to attend Finch on a variance will not get a definitive answer on their placement until the end of the first week of school in September. If you get new neighbours over the summer, please encourage them to register their children during the first week of September. If the enrolment situation for your child changes please email Mr. Lang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Parents may make a written educational request for next year. An educational request is based on your child’s needs not the selection of a specific teacher. If you feel that there are things that need to be considered in your child’s placement, please send a detailed letter to Mr. Lang. The numbers of students that are in each grade level and the balancing of needs within the school will determine the final grade configuration and teacher assignment.
School District Summer Literacy Information
The Family Summer Literacy Boost program from Joyful Literacy is designed to help families with young children to improve literacy skills. This series of ten, 20-minute-long videos include playful practice activities to improve your child’s foundational skills. There is a handout that includes instructions, games, and activities for each set of two videos. These resources are licensed by the School District for the use by SD60 families and you can find a link on our website under the Programs menu. Or you can access it using the following link: https://www.prn.bc.ca/joyful-literacy-family-summer-literacy-boost/
School Start Up 2022-2023
The first day for students grades 1 to 6 will be on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022. This is a partial day of school and students will be dismissed at 10:55am. Kindergarten teachers will contact their students by September 9th, 2022 to set up small group classroom visits prior to the first day of Kindergarten on Wednesday, September 14th, 2022m, it is a full day of school.
CM Finch 2022-2023 Bell Schedule
8:30 am Supervision starts, students may arrive.
8:40 am Warning Bell
8:45 am Classes Start
10:30-10:45 am Recess
10:45-10:55 am Snack
10:50-12:00 pm Class time
12:00-12:20 pm Lunch Play
12:20-12:40 pm Eating time
12:40-2:50 pm Class time
2:48 pm Dismissal
3:03 pm Supervision ends
School District 60 Calendar 2021-2022
|School Calendar Information & |
|Adopted District Dates|
|Days in Session||186|
|Number of Days of Instruction||178|
September 6, 2022
(School Planning Day)
September 23, 2022
|Truth and Reconciliation Day||Friday, September 30, 2022|
October 10, 2022
(Pro-D – Provincial)
October 21, 2022
November 11, 2022
|Early Dismissal Day||Wednesday|
November 23, 2022
|Early Dismissal Day||Thursday|
November 24, 2022
November 25, 2022
|Christmas Vacation Period||Monday, December 19 to |
Monday, January 2, 2023
|Schools reopen after Christmas Vacation||Tuesday, January 3, 2023|
|Non-Instructional Day||Friday, January 27, 2023|
|Family Day Holiday||Monday, February 20, 2023|
|Non-Instructional Day||Monday, February 27, 2023|
|Early Dismissal Day||Wednesday, March 15, 2023|
|Early Dismissal Day||Thursday, March 16, 2023|
|Spring Vacation Period/District |
|Monday, March 20 to |
Friday, March 31, 2023
|Schools Reopen after Spring Vacation/District Closure Days||Monday, April 3, 2023|
|Good Friday||Friday, April 7, 2023|
|Easter Monday||Monday, April 10, 2023|
|Non-Instructional Day |
|Friday, April 21, 2023|
|Indigenous Learning day|
|Friday, May 5, 2023|
|Victoria Day||Monday, May 22, 2023|
|Last day for Students||Thursday, June 29, 2023|
|Administrative Day – Schools Close||Friday, June 30, 2023|
Primary School Supplies
Primary students in kindergarten to grade three are able to purchase their school supplies from the school. Parents are strongly encouraged to purchase supplies through the school as this ensures the supplies match those needed for the overall class plan. This optional participation allows parents to take advantage of the convenience of having others get the correct materials at school pricing. Students are given materials, as they need them throughout the year.
School Fees 2021-2022
Fees will be collected after students are assigned classes but not before, September 13th, 2021
|Kindergarten||$35.00 supplies||$10.00 cultural fee||Total: $45.00|
|Grades 1-3||$45.00 supplies|
|$10.00 cultural fee||Total: $63.00|
|Grades 4-5||$8.00 agenda||$10.00 cultural fee||Total: $18.00|
|Grade 6||$8.00 agenda + $30.00 iPad Insurance||$10.00 cultural fee||Total: $48.00|
Intermediate School Supply List
|Duotangs||black 1; red 1; green 1; grey 1; yellow 1; light blue 1; dark blue 1; white 1; purple 1; white 1; orange 1|
|Note/ Exercise Books||4 Key Tabs Notebooks (with lined paper; not coil bound)|
|Quad Rule Notebooks (4 sq to 1″) 200 pages||If unable to get notebooks, get (4 sq-1″ grid/ graph paper = to 200 pages and a special math duotang.|
|Pencil Crayons||36 pack|
|Felt Pens/ Markers||Washable, broad Tip – 16 pack|
|Glue Sticks||3- 40 g.|
|HB Pencils w/ erasers||24+|
|Pencil sharpener||1 w/ shavings collector|
|Hole punched Blank paper||1 pack- Students do not need lined binder paper as we have enough at the school to provide.|
|Ball Point Pens||2 – red|
|Large white erasers||4+|
|Pencil box w/ lid||Opt. for storing felts, etc.|
|Ruler||1 – 30 cm w/ both cm & mm markings – NO metal edges|
|Calculator (practical, basic)||w/ basic functions DO NOT purchase Scientific style|
|Highlighters||(1) yellow, (1) blue, (1) pink, (1) green|
|Gym strip w/ bag||Needs to be washed weekly|
|Sketch/drawing book||1 – no larger than 9×12 inches|
|Facial tissue||2 boxes|
|Inside Athletic Shoes||1 pair (non-marking soles)|
- Please do your best to ensure that your child has their school supplies by Monday, September 12th.
- Please label all of your child’s school supplies, except for the duo tangs as we have a special labelling process in place. Some classes may require additional supplies. Once classes are made the teachers will send home information about specific materials required for their classes.
- Note: These quantities are averages; some children require more materials than others. If your child often needs extra supplies, you may want to purchase additional quantities (e.g., pencils). If additional materials are required later in the year, the student will jot a note in their agenda.
We would like to pass on our thanks to everyone for the patience and understanding they demonstrated throughout the school year. We would like to wish our Grade Six students moving onto middle school in the fall a fond farewell. We have enjoyed working with you and watching you grow and learn during your seven years with us. Please do not hesitate to stop in and say hello in the future.
We hope everyone has a wonderful summer break. We look forward to working with you and your children in the fall. Updates about the upcoming school year will be posted on our school website in late August.