On behalf of our talented, dynamic, and enthusiastic staff, we welcome you to Vedder Middle School. We are eager and excited to work with you this year. A special welcome to all of the new families joining us this year! We will do everything possible to make the transition from elementary to middle school as stress free as possible for those students joining us for grade 7. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing labour dispute there is uncertainty to our start up.
Some important information:
The Grade 7 Orientation on Wednesday, August 27 has been cancelled.
Student timetables will be distributed on the first day of school. A School Supplies list is posted on our web site and is available at Staples.
The first day of school is tentatively Tuesday, September 2, from 8:30 am – 10:30 am – buses will be running at this time. A decision on school opening will likely not be made until Friday, August 29, so please check the school district website (www.sd33.bc.ca) and follow the local media for current information. When students arrive at school, homeroom lists will be posted on the front windows of the main entrances. When the bell rings, students will then proceed to their assigned homerooms. For the first day, students will need a pen, pencil, and some note paper.
During the homeroom, students will receive a Student Planner, fee invoice, timetable, and be assigned a locker. We urge parents and students to read the contents of the Student Planner, which includes all of the school routines, expectations, the school’s code of conduct, and bell schedule. Parents are reminded of the importance of helping their child use and organize their Student Planner on a daily basis. It is an invaluable organizational tool, which when enforced on a regular basis will build successful habits for all students.
After our first partial day, school will be in session from 8:30 am – 2:40 pm beginning with a homeroom. Students are expected to have most of their school supplies, including appropriate gym strip.
Once school begins our two counsellors, Mrs. Lightle and Mrs. Sharp, will be available to assist parents and students with educational and personal concerns throughout the year. During the first few weeks, they will be very busy enrolling new students and ensuring students have appropriate timetables.
We believe that successful student learning is based on consistent communication between teachers, students and parents. We will continue to inform you in a timely manner about your child's education, successes and challenges. If you have concerns, please contact our teachers directly through email or by telephone. Each term a newsletter will be posted on our website and emailed home to communicate important events and notices. For current information about our school, teacher emails, and homework pages, please use our website: vms.sd33.bc.ca.
We encourage parents to get involved at Vedder Middle School whether it be through volunteering, PAC, fieldtrips, fundraising, attending assemblies, communicating with teachers, and supporting programs such as athletics, drama, band, etc. Our first PAC meeting is on Monday, September 15 at 7 pm in our library.
Our commitment to you is that we will continue to create opportunities for your child to learn, grow and explore with the help of a caring network of supportive staff.
You are always welcome at Vedder Middle School. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.
Thank you for your understanding during this challenging and uncertain time.