Here we are passed the halfway mark in September! I hope you all are settling into your courses, connecting with your teachers and getting into the routines of learning! Great to see so many new families joining us this year, as well as all those returning, I look forward to connecting with you and journeying with you with education!
This is the second newsletter for the school year, you can access all the announcements on in your homeroom on the News Board or at https://ebus.ca/connect/news/
Please note currently we have a higher than normal number of new students interested in EBUS this year and are doing our best to process new applications. At the same time the course request process in MyEd had a few hiccups and students may be missing courses on their dashboard. If students are missing courses from their dashboard, read all the directions found there to resolve this.
I am prioritizing my time for bringing in new students and getting them into courses along with requesting any missing courses, so I appreciate your patience as my days are filled with phone calls and course additions. Once school start up is complete and all fulltime students are in courses, I will email you each a credit check detailing your progress in the graduation program, starting with grade 12s, then 11s and 10s to ensure our students planning to graduate this school year are all set with required courses.
REQUESTING COURSE CHANGES
For full time students wanting to change courses, please use the “drop course” button on your dashboard and email me your new request. Be sure to put the full student name and the specific course you are requesting, like English New Media 10. Courses will only be added if the student is dropping one or is substantially complete in a current course. I appreciate your patience as I work through the new applications, phone calls and emails. At this busy time in the year it can take me up to 5 school days to respond.
For students and families looking to connect with me by phone we are using a new system this year that is well received by our families. Please use https://tinyurl.com/yyrbnz7p to book, and select the appropriate amount of time you need. Discussing course changes and academic advising can usually use a 10 or 20 minute appointment.
This year it is essential students get started in all the courses on your dashboard given the volume of new students we are welcoming this year. Note that students who have not submitted any work within 4 weeks of adding a course risk being withdrawn and not getting that course for an extended period of time. If you need help with something, reach out to teacher right away, or if you need to make a course change, let me know. We want to support as many learners as we can this year, so please make sure we know what we can do for you. As a guideline students working in 4 or more courses should be scheduling 25 hours each week for learning time.
UNIVERSITY TOUR OPPORTUNITY
For any EBUS high school students interested in touring Simon Fraser University October 13, 14 or 15, date to be determined, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Note that all participants may need to show proof of vaccination.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
- Friday Sept 24 District Planning Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open to students
- Thursday Sept 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open to students
- Wednesday Oct 6 high school assembly 11AM on TEAMS
- Monday Oct 11 Thanksgiving – EBUS closed, courses open
- Friday Oct 22 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Wednesday Nov 10 school assembly 10:30am on TEAMS
- Thursday Nov 11 Remembrance Day – EBUS closed, courses open to students
Friday Nov 12 Term 1 ends, report cards available Nov 25
You can find the full year school calendar at the link in the picture.
Parents, you can access your student’s progress and report cards on the EBUS parent portal: https://ebus.ca/information-for-parents/ Students, you can access your report cards from your dashboard looking for the A+ icon in the upper righthand corner. Report cards are published 5 times a year; November, January, March, June and for summer session, September.
Have a great September, the next newsletter will be Friday Oct 1.