June 25, 2018

posted Jun 25, 2018, 8:21 PM by Glen Heinrichs

Last Week of School
Enjoy your last week of school, everyone!  If you need to get in touch with teachers, please do so before noon on Thursday June 28. After this, teachers will be heading home for the summer.  Our school will be closed Monday, July 2nd, for the statutory holiday.  It will reopen again Tuesday, July 3rd, before closing for the summer on Friday, July 6th.  Over the next two weeks if there is anything you need, let us know or stop by the school.

Last  Weekly Starter for 2018
From all the staff at YouLearn to you and your family, have a safe, exciting summer filled with wonderful memories!  Expect your next installment of our Weekly Starter to arrive in your email inbox on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 4th.  Until then, happy learning!  Once again, if you have not registered for the 2018-2019 school year, please do so asap.

April 23, 2018

posted Apr 23, 2018, 8:23 AM by Glen Heinrichs

2018 - 2019 Registration
The 2018-2019 registration will open on May 5th, 2018.  We are asking all parents who plan to enroll their children at YouLearn to complete the registration form after next Friday.  For Yukon parents, please complete this form to indicate your intentions for next year.  We are anticipating that our relationship with the Yukon will continue but we have not yet had confirmation on this yet.

Core Competency Sheets
We have a few parents ask about completing the core competency form.  The grade 5-9 sheet can be opened and completed on the computer.  However, you will have to print off forms for K-4 and fill in by hand.  Once again, we thank you for attending to this important element of the revised curriculum.  Please have these returned to your teacher in the next two weeks.  

Yukon Parents - There are just a few parents left to complete the Yukon visit info sheet.  If you have not done so, please click on this link and fill it out as soon as possible. 
Student Learning Resource (SLR) Funds - All SLR fund requests must be submitted by April 30th (only one week left!)
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) - If you have not yet completed a GAFE permission form, please go to the post for Feb. 26th and complete.  

April 16, 2017

posted Apr 15, 2018, 8:15 PM by Glen Heinrichs

Yukon Info
This is a reminder to Yukon parents that we are making our annual trek north of 60 from May 28 to June 1.  We have had six parents respond to the survey regarding your availability during our visit and suggestions about an activity.  Thank you!  If you have not yet responded, please follow this link and fill it out as soon as possible.  In addition, the Yukon Summer Music Camp is currently accepting registrations.  

Core Competencies
Everyone should have received an email from the principal concerning this year's core competency self-assessment.  We have one tool for grades K - 4 and another for grades 5 - 9 and we are asking that each student self-assess on three topics.  Please take some time in the next two weeks to complete these assessments and return them to your teacher early in May.  

Overdrive - New students should have received a letter this past week on log-in information.  All students can access this resource.  
Student Learning Resource (SLR) Funds - All SLR fund requests must be submitted by April 30th (only two weeks left!)
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) - If you have not yet completed a GAFE permission form, please go to the post for Feb. 26th and complete.  

April 9, 2018

posted Apr 9, 2018, 8:55 AM by Glen Heinrichs

School District 53 purchased a district licence last year for Overdrive which gives students online access to a large catalogue of library books.  Information was sent out to all students about Overdrive back in December with their log in information.  However, we are mindful that students have since joined our school and may not have access.  If you have not been given Overdrive access, please inform your teacher and we will send it out.  In addition, we encourage all students to take advantage of the opportunity to access thousands of books online.  Keep reading.

Next Year
We are getting to that point in the year when we ask you to consider your educational decisions for 2018-2019.  Our registration for 2018-2019 will not open until May 5th, so there is no need to rush this decision, but we do ask that those of who you are returning to YouLearn for the next school year register as early as possible after this date.  The sooner we get registrations, the sooner we can set you up for next year.  For Yukon students, I will send a link to a Google form later in the month where you can indicate your intention to return or not.  

April 3, 2018

posted Apr 3, 2018, 10:35 AM by Glen Heinrichs   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 10:36 AM ]

Welcome Back
I trust all of you had a wonderful spring break.  If you did something special, went somewhere new, learned a new skill or anything else, please let your teacher know about it.  We are always interested in the adventures of our students.  If you have a picture or video, be sure to share it.  However, holidays are over and it is time to get back to work.  With the June report card cut-off just over two months away, it is important to plan your work in order to finish the year strong.  If there is anything we can do to help, let us know.  

New 10-12 Courses
This coming September, the grade 10 curriculum changes for all courses.  While I know this may be a few years away for some of you, it is coming up quickly for others.  The number of ministry courses offerings has increased dramatically.  For example, there is no longer one four-credit English 10 course but instead there are five two-credit courses for students to choose from.  The grade 11 & 12 courses will be fully implemented in September of 2019.  The number of Technology courses has grown to 12 courses at the grade 12 level while Social Studies has 15 different courses at the grade 12 level.  If you would like to explore the many new courses offered, follow this link.  

Student Learning Resource (SLR) Funds - All SLR fund requests must be submitted by April 30th
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) - If you have not yet completed a GAFE permission form, please go to the post for Feb. 26th and complete.  

March 12, 2017

posted Mar 11, 2018, 7:39 PM by Glen Heinrichs   [ updated Mar 11, 2018, 7:43 PM ]

Spring Break
Spring Break in School District 53 is a full two weeks.  YouLearn will be closed for the duration of the break from March 23 - April 2.  Teachers will not be responding to email or marking assignments during this time.  Also, this will be the last Newsnotes until April 3rd when we resume.  We encourage all of you to be active during the break and do something fun.  

Student Learning Resource Funds
April 30th is the cut off for expenses applied to student learning fund accounts.  If you have money remaining in your child's account, please work with teachers in the coming weeks to spend these funds to support student learning for the remainder of the year.  If you are unsure whether or not your child has any funds remaining, please contact Brenda (

March 5, 2018

posted Mar 4, 2018, 7:08 PM by Glen Heinrichs

Term Three
We are now into the last term with about three and a half months left in the school year.  I trust all of your children have made progress in their education and can say with confidence that they are more competent than when they started the year.  As always, I encourage you to set a specific time and place for studies and plan out the next three months to ensure a successful completion to the school year.  We appreciate the partnership we have with parents in advancing our students' education.  If we can help, let us know.  

Aboriginal World Views and Perspectives
Recently our district celebrated "Okanagan/Similkameen Day" which celebrates the Okanagan Nation on whose ancestral land our school district resides.  Our school district serves three bands - Osoyoos Indian Band, Upper Similkameen Indian Band and Lower Similkameen Indian Band.  As you may know, one of the emphases of the redesigned curriculum is the infusion of First People's Principles of Learning and more aboriginal content in resources and curriculum.  Feel free to click on the green print and share this poster with your children.  

I am pleased to report that two more people filled out the Google Apps for Education permission form as a result of my post last week.  Nonetheless, there are still those that need to do so.  Please read the post from last week and complete if you have not done so already.  Also, for those of you in the Okanagan, remember that the symphony performance is next week in Kelowna and Penticton.  

February 26, 2018

posted Feb 25, 2018, 9:37 AM by Glen Heinrichs   [ updated Feb 25, 2018, 9:38 AM ]

Google Applications for Education (GAFE)
We have had many K-9 students join our program since September (19 to be exact).  However, I have not been diligent in asking parents of those students to follow district protocol regarding the use of Google Apps for Ed that our school uses.  Our district has drafted some documents which outlines the details of which parents should be aware.  In an effort to reduce the amount of paper we print and send, we are making use of an online form to collect your permission.  Therefore, I request that you read:
a.  the letter of intent from the secretary treasurer of School District 53
b.  the guidelines for the use of Google Applications for Education
and give your consent with
It is important that we gain your consent to make use of GAFE.  It is a core component of our program and we believe it greatly enhances our student's education.  Should you withhold your consent, we will have to find alternative ways to communicate with you and your child.  
Note:  These forms only need to be signed ONCE during your child's education career with YouLearn.  They do not need to be filled out annually.  

Pink Shirt Day 
The date of Anti-Bullying Day for 2018 is set for this Wednesday, February 28th.   This day has affectionately been known as "Pink Shirt Day".  Students take a stand against bullying on this day by wearing a pink shirt.  If you have a pink shirt in your wardrobe, this is the day to dig it out and wear it with pride. 

Curriculum Highlight
One of the new aspects of the redesigned curriculum is the institution of Career curricula from Kindergarten to Grade 12.  It is an important topic to cover in order to prepare all students for life beyond school.  To explore the curriculum, follow this link and choose your child's grade at the top to discover what is applicable to your child.  Even kindergarten students can begin exploration of their skills, interests and aptitudes as they journey towards a future career.  

February 19, 2018

posted Feb 18, 2018, 9:23 PM by Glen Heinrichs

Yukon Heritage Day
Our Yukon learners celebrate Yukon Heritage Day this Friday and enjoy the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous festival held in Whitehorse all this week!  We wish all of our Yukoners a festive and enjoyable week.  If you participate, send pictures!!  Want to find out more?  Here is a link to the event.  

Elementary Changes
As all of you know, YouLearn is a diverse school that serves students from kindergarten to adult.  We have students in distributed learning, continuing education and alternate settings.  One of our programs services inmates at the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC).  Steve Pozzobon, one of our elementary teachers, has volunteered to fill a teaching vacancy at OCC.  As a result, we have had to make some student transfers to accommodate this change.  Steve will no longer have any K-9 students while Marianne Minken takes on additional students and Scott Johnson joins the elementary teaching team.  We wish Steve all the best in his new role at OCC and Marianne and Scott with their new students.  Furthermore, we are very appreciative of the many families who have willingly accepted the transfers with grace and understanding.  

Curriculum Highlight
A few posts ago I mentioned the Applied Design and Skills Technologies curriculum.  I thought it might be good to give you a link specifically to this curriculum so you can see how it applies to your child's grade level.  Here is a link to the curriculum.  Click on the grade level at the top to find out what is expected at each grade level.  

Feb. 5, 2018

posted Feb 4, 2018, 9:04 AM by Glen Heinrichs   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 9:07 AM ]

Shortened Week Coming Up
Next Monday, February 12th, is BC Family Day and YouLearn will be closed.  In addition, our district is holding a Professional Development Day on Friday.  However, as YouLearn is not open on Fridays, we have moved this day to Thursday.  As a result, teachers will only be available on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.  We encourage all families to spend quality time together on Monday and then enjoy an extra-long weekend at the end of the week.  

Okanagan Symphony 2018
We are about a month away from the Okanagan Symphony performance called Mozart the Magnificent.  The performance take place in: 
Kelowna on Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 9:30 am at the Kelowna Community Theatre and
Penticton on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 10:00 am at Cleland Theatre.
We need to confirm attendance very shortly.  If you plan to attend, please fill out the google form found here.  
Note: Do not feel obligated to attend in your location of residence.  If the performance in the neighbouring community works better for you, feel free to choose that option.  

Youth Mental Health
Recently, an email came across my path that referred to mental health in youth.  While we wish only the best of health for all of our students, the fact is, we all have times when we need some extra help.  To that end, let me draw your attention to two resources.  The first is called Youth in BC and it is an online chat or phone service that is available to all youth in BC and the Yukon.  The other is called Kids Help Phone which is a 1-800 phone call.  Volunteers at the other end of the line are trained to assist youth cope with a variety of struggles.  In addition, their respective websites are filled with resources for youth and parents.  If your child is struggling with an aspect of mental health, know that there is help available.  

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