Year End News Letter Including School Supply Information

 PAC Thanks

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 (


Educational Requests

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:

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 &

Non-Instructional Days

Adopted District Dates
Days in Session186
Number of Days of Instruction178
Schools OpenTuesday

September 6, 2022

Non-Instructional Day

(School Planning Day)


 September 23, 2022

Truth and Reconciliation DayFriday, September 30, 2022
Thanksgiving DayMonday

October 10, 2022

Non-Instructional Day

(Pro-D – Provincial)


October 21, 2022

Remembrance DayFriday

November 11, 2022

Early Dismissal DayWednesday

November 23, 2022

Early Dismissal DayThursday

November 24, 2022

Non-Instructional Day

(Parent-Teacher Interviews)


November 25, 2022

Christmas Vacation PeriodMonday, December 19 to

Monday, January 2, 2023

Schools reopen after Christmas VacationTuesday, January 3, 2023
Non-Instructional DayFriday, January 27, 2023
Family Day HolidayMonday, February 20, 2023
Non-Instructional DayMonday, February 27, 2023
Early Dismissal DayWednesday, March 15, 2023
Early Dismissal DayThursday, March 16, 2023
Spring Vacation Period/District

Closure Days

Monday, March 20 to

   Friday, March 31, 2023

Schools Reopen after Spring Vacation/District Closure DaysMonday, April 3, 2023
Good FridayFriday, April 7, 2023
Easter MondayMonday, April 10, 2023
Non-Instructional Day

(Pro-D Day)

Friday, April 21, 2023


Indigenous Learning day

(Non-Instructional Day)

Friday, May 5, 2023
Victoria DayMonday, May 22, 2023
Last day for StudentsThursday, June 29, 2023
Administrative Day – Schools CloseFriday, 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 feeTotal: $45.00
Grades 1-3$45.00 supplies

$8.00 agenda

$10.00 cultural feeTotal: $63.00
Grades 4-5$8.00 agenda$10.00 cultural feeTotal: $18.00
Grade 6$8.00 agenda + $30.00 iPad Insurance$10.00 cultural feeTotal: $48.00







Intermediate School Supply List

 Duotangsblack 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 Books4 Key Tabs Notebooks (with lined paper; not coil bound)
 Quad Rule Notebooks (4 sq to 1″) 200 pagesIf unable to get notebooks, get (4 sq-1″ grid/ graph paper = to 200 pages and a special math duotang.
 Pencil Crayons36 pack
 Felt Pens/ MarkersWashable, broad Tip – 16 pack
 Glue Sticks3- 40 g.
 HB Pencils w/ erasers24+
 Pencil sharpener1 w/ shavings collector
 Hole punched Blank paper1 pack- Students do not need lined binder paper as we have enough at the school to provide.
 Ball Point Pens2 – red
 Large white erasers4+
 Pencil case1
 Pencil box w/ lidOpt. for storing felts, etc.
 Scissors1 pair
 Ruler1 – 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/ bagNeeds to be washed weekly
 Sketch/drawing book1 – no larger than 9×12 inches
 Facial tissue2 boxes
 Inside Athletic Shoes1 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.

Thank You

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.

Kind regards,

Mr. Lang