May News Letter

May 10th, 2017



Thank you to the parents that have paid school fees. Just a reminder that there are quite a few parents that have outstanding school fees. Please be advised that those outstanding fees will carry forward next year. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Friday, May 12TH is a Non-Instructional Day and there will be No School for students on that day.


Our school will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart Event and will be skipping for 30 minutes an hour on Friday, May 19th. The event is to promote a healthy, active life style.

VICTORIA DAY is Monday, MAY 22rd.

No School that day.


The school speech competition will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd, starting at 9:00am. The district speech competition will be held on, Thursday, May 25th.


Our next PAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 pm in the school library. FREE babysitting is always provided by a responsible, fun Duncan Cran student. Even if you’ve never been before, please feel free to come out to a meeting at any time. Every parent is a welcome part of our PAC.


The Welcome to Kindergarten™ is a unique parent engagement strategy that brings together parents, children, schools and community service agencies to achieve the goal of giving parents/caregivers the strategies, resources and all the support necessary to make early learning activity and play a priority in the home – to prepare the child for a fun and successful first year in school. Please make sure you register for WTK by calling the school.

The WTK event will be held on Friday, May 26th from 3-4pm.


All grade 4 grade students will be visiting Doig River Reserve as part of the district wide Doig Day, which will be held on Thursday, May 25th.


Thanks to everyone that turned out for the Spring Carnival last week, it was a huge success. Big thanks to our support staff for organizing and special thanks to Belinda Ziebart for spearheading the whole thing!!! Parents and kids had a blast!


On Wednesday, May 24th from 2-2:30pm Duncan Cran students will be cleaning up our school community. We will be picking up garbage in conjunction with the city to help keep our community clean.

Happy May!

Brent Ranger                                 Christine Todd,

Principal                                         Vice Principal


November Newsletter

November 1, 2016

 Remembrance Day Assembly:

There will be a Remembrance Day Assembly on Thursday, November 10th, in the gymnasium at 10:45am. Parents are welcome to attend.

Remembrance Day – Holiday

Just a reminder to parents that Friday, November 11th, is Remembrance Day and there is no school on that day.

Report Cards:

First term report cards will go home on Monday, November 21st.

Early Dismissal, Non-Instructional Day and Parent/Teacher Interviews:

Just a reminder to parents that Wednesday, November 23rd and Thursday, November 24th are Early Dismissal Days and students will be dismissed at 1:41pm. Friday, November 25th is a Non-Instructional Day and there is no school for students on the 25th. Both early dismissal days and the non-instructional day are for parent/teacher interviews. Please contact you child’s teacher to set up a parent/teacher interview time.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser:

Cookie Dough Fundraiser from November 1-16th. All orders are due on the 16th and NO lates will be accepted.  

Orders will be delivered the week of December 12-16th

Students have a chance to win some cash prizes.   The top 20 sellers will be put into a draw for one of three prizes ($100, $75, and $50).

Students Late for School:

Just a reminder that the morning warning bell is at 8:45 and classes begin promptly at 8:50am. It is important that students start their day ready to begin and are at school on time. Thanks for ensuring that your child gets to school on time! J

Photo Contest

This year’s photo contest winner of a family movie package is Jenna Wigglesworth. Congrats, Jenna!

 Winter Weather

Please make sure your child comes to school with all of the appropriate items for winter weather! Scarves, mittens, hats, winter coat, snow pants and boots!  The days are getting chilly and we want to make sure students are warm when they go outside for recess.  We send students outside if the temperature with the wind-chill is -18 degrees Celsius or warmer!

News From – Duncan Cran Parent ACCESS Community (PAC)

Thanks to all who signed up on our Volunteer listing at the Open House on September 22.

The winner of the $50.00 Gift Card donated it to the Duncan Cran Breakfast Program!!

Volunteering with morning Reading Program:  Adults can make a big difference in the school by listening to children read. Even if you have a few minutes per month, please contact Trista at: for more information.

Upcoming Events List:  Please see back side of this newsletter for a list of upcoming events or follow us on Facebook ( Volunteers are always welcome whether you can spare a little time or a lot!!


Our next PAC meeting is on Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 PM in the library. Free babysitting is provided by a responsible Duncan Cran student.

Welcome to Duncan Cran – Events put on by PAC and how you can help!

Booster Juice- weekly

Students can purchase drinks from booster juice and we deliver them weekly to the classes

and also have a draw so random kids can get a free booster juice.

  • Deliver booster juice orders to students every week
  • Count booster juice orders (monthly)

Fall/Spring Sale – Proceeds go to NEW playground equipment

We hold a sale in our gym, the vendors sell children clothing and items. We have raffles, a

canteen, baked goodies, also a donation table.

  • Donate items for PAC table
  • Bake goodies
  • Canteen- sell chips, pop, candy and hotdogs, etc
  • Sit at tables; raffle table, sell tickets, sell baked goodies
  • Set up/ take down

Gift Basket (seasonal) – Raffle

Kids buy tickets for a gift basket. Filled with treats, toys, etc

  • Donate 1 or two items to the basket
  • Put basket together

Basketball Concession- March

Run the concession for Basketball tournament at the high school for two days. Sell water,

sport drinks, pizza, popcorn and candy.

  • Make candy bags
  • Buy supplies
  • Food safe people needed
  • Serve food, 2 – 3 people needed a shift.
  • Cashier

Sundae Funday- day before spring break

We give out ice cream and toppings to the students.

  • Scoop icecream
  • Hand out toppings
  • Buy ingredients

Teacher appreciation Lunch

We cook roasts and pot luck food for a teacher lunch. Also get gifts together.

  • Make food dishes
  • Make treats
  • Prep gifts

Parent BBQ- spring

This is for families to come out and enjoy the nice weather and spend time together with the

kids and other families.

  • Cook BBQ items
  • Pot luck food items
  • Set up tables
  • Clean up

Breakfast Program (put on by school)

Some students may not eat breakfast and that can make it hard to learn, so we try our best

to get them something to eat to start their day.

  • Donate food items
  • Make and serve food items






October Newsletter

October 3, 2016


This week is Fire Safety week, and the FSJ Fire Department will be putting on a special assembly next week. We will be having a special assembly on Thursday, October 13, at 1 pm and the fire department will discuss fire prevention and safety at the assembly.


We will be having a book fair in the library all week (October 4-12th). Students will have opportunities throughout the week to come to the library to see the book fair and purchase books! Parents can drop in as well. Please call the school for parent drop in times. Feel free to purchase a book for your child’s classroom teacher.

From the Parent ACCESS Community (formerly known as Parent Advisory Council)

The PAC got off to a great start this year with several new attendees at the first meeting on September 20th. We enjoyed sharing our new vision and focus at the Open House and thank all those that signed our Interest Sheets, letting us know how they are able to help in the school.  It’s never too late to get involved. Join us on Facebook (, where we will be posting meeting minutes, agendas, and event notices. Or check the PAC notice board outside the office. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30 PM in the library. Free babysitting is provided by a responsible Duncan Cran student.

Parents will be doing Booster Juice orders again this year. Profits will be used for fun activities for your children and to contribute to materials, services, and activities that enhance your children’s learning. Booster Juice orders are due October 6th, with the first delivery on October 13th. Join us on Facebook if you are able to help counting up orders and delivering to classrooms.


Monday, October 10, 2016 is Thanksgiving and therefore there is no school for students that day.

 Professional Development Day

Friday, October 21st, 2016 is a district Professional Development Day and therefore there is NO SCHOOL for students that day.


On Monday, October 31st, is Halloween. After lunch there will be a Halloween parade in the gym for all grades at 1pm (parents are welcome join us, and dress up if you like!).  After the parade there will be two Halloween dances (one for the primary students (grades K-3), and then a dance for the intermediate students (grades 4-6). There will also be Halloween activities in the classrooms in the afternoon. Come out and join in the festivities!


September Newsletter 2016


The Duncan Cran staff is excited about the upcoming year, and we want to welcome both students and parents to the school!! If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your child’s teacher or call the school any time!!


We will be having an Open House on, Thursday, September 22nd. At 5:30-6:00pm, we will be celebrating the completion of our community garden outside! Then, from 6:00 -7:30pm, parents will be able to meet their new classroom teacher, so please come and meet your child’s teacher and celebrate the start of a new school year!


Just a friendly reminder that there is supervision from 8:30 – 9:00 in the morning and after school from 2:41pm – 3:00 pm. Therefore we are asking parents to ensure their children do not come to school before 8:30 in the morning and that if they are getting picked up to have them picked up by 2:41pm. There is a before school and after school day care program called Kids Club for those parents who have to work early or late. Please contact Corry at the Kidz Club at (250) 785-0380 for information on costs for the after school care.


The PAC plays an important role in our school and the first PAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20nd at 6:30 pm in the library. Babysitting will be provided, please come out, enjoy some donuts and coffee, and help support our school!


Fees for students are as follows – Kindergarten- $30 ($20 supplies, $10 cultural), grades 1-5 – $10 (cultural events), grades 6 – $40 ($10 cultural, $30 I-Pad insurance –for the use of I-Pads). Please note, there will be a sports fee of $10 only for those students that play on teams and those fees will be collected during league season times. Please pay fees at the office ASAP, thanks.


This program is sponsored by the BC Ministries of Education, Health, Agriculture and Lands, Tourism, and Sport and the Arts. This program is not meant to replace recess snacks but rather to be used as a teaching tool for good nutrition. This program is offered all students at no charge. Permission forms will be sent home.


Individual student pictures will be taken on Monday, October 3rd, 2016. Proofs will be sent home for parents that are interested in purchasing packages.


Strong Start is now open. Monday to Friday from 8:30-11:30am. For more information, please call the office at (250) 787-0417 or see – District Directory – Early Learning.

 Professional Development Day

Friday, September 23rd, 2016 is a district Professional Development Day and therefore there is NO SCHOOL for students that day.


On Friday, September 30th, 2016 everyone will be encouraged to wear ORANGE to honour the children who have survived Residential school. Please help us honour this day by having your child wear an orange shirt to school that day, Thanks!


8:45 Warning Bell
8:50 Class Begins
10:30 Recess Begins
10:45 Recess Ends
12:05 Lunch Begins – All students go outside to play
12:25 All students eat lunch
12:45 Lunch Ends
12:50 Class begins
2:41 Dismissal
Total Min/ day 291


We strongly recommend that all students arrive on time. We had a significant number of students who were chronically late last year, sometimes arriving closer to lunchtime. When a student is absent or late, research indicates that they are less likely to adjust to the school, are less successful in their learning, experience stress or anxiety and find it harder to adjust to the social aspect of school. Students arriving on time have an easier transition to the classroom and are aware of the agenda for the day. Teachers start as soon as the bell rings. Students who arrive late miss out on optimal learning time. Arriving late also disrupts learning of the students and the teaching that has begun. Developing good habits in Elementary school, with consistent attendance and punctuality, goes a long way to establish healthy habits for life.


This year our Terry Fox Walk/Run will be held on Thursday, September 29th. The walk/run will occur in the afternoon at 2:10-2:41. Please come and join us if you are available. Duncan Cran School is accepting monetary donations for Terry Fox Cancer Foundation, and if the Duncan Cran school student body raises $1000 dollars, Mr. Ranger (School Principal) has agreed to do something as outrageous as he did last year when he dressed up as a Ballerina (with tutu and all) and did a ballet performance at the following week’s Monday assembly (October 5th, 2015).


Brent Ranger,                                     Christine Todd,

Principal                                            Vice Principal


Duncan Cran Elementary School

(250) 787-0417
























Important start up dates for Sept 2016

Important School Dates for September/October:
Monday August 29th: School Office will be open New Student Registration and Kindergarten Registration if you have not done so yet.
Tuesday September 6th: First day of school for grades 1-6. School done @ 10:50
September 6th-September 9th: Registered Kindergarten students and parents will have previously arranged introductory meeting with the K teacher.
Wednesday September 14th: First day of Kindergarten
Friday September 23rd: Non Instructional Day. No school for students.
Monday October 10th: Thanksgiving. School Closed.
Friday October 21st: Non-Instructional Day. No school for students.

February Newsletter 2016

February 2nd, 2016


Friday, February 26th and Monday February 29th are Professional Development Days, and there is NO SCHOOL for students on those days.


Duncan Cran school has planned an initiative for Valentine’s Day. Each class will sign one or two boxes of Valentine’s Day cards. We will be delivering them to the hospital and Care Home on February 12th. The cards will be placed on meal trays for the patients and residents. We would also like to have enough cards to give to the hospital and care home staff, chemotherapy patients and Senior Day Care.  If you could please donate a box of new cards to the office we would appreciate it. We are looking for at least 5 more boxes.  Thank you to the people who have donated boxes to us, we appreciate it.


From February 1st – February 5th there will be a scholastic book fair held in the library. It will be open at lunch and after school for a half hour. Students will visit the fair during their library time but feel free to come with your child after school if you prefer.


Please return all Library books each week. We have over 200 overdue from our collection.


Monday, February 8th, is FAMILY DAY and there is NO SCHOOL on that day.


Interim reports go home on Tuesday, February 16th.

Next PAC meeting;

The next PAC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Duncan Cran library. As always, babysitting will be provided.


Duncan Cran is hosting our spring carnival on Thursday April 28, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm and we are looking for items for our raffle table.

We are asking each classroom to work together to make a theme basket to be raffled off. If each child could bring 1 item to put in the basket, the class’s accumulation would be huge! On the afternoon of April 22, 2016 we will gather all the items from your child’s classroom and put the baskets together. Since these items will be collected for the raffle table, we are asking for new items only.

The classroom themes are:

Fun in the Sun – Mrs. Oakley & Mrs. Zackodnik

Movie Night – Mrs. Powers & Mrs. Collins

Rainy Day Fun – Ms. Demers & Mrs. Brody

Family Camp Out – Ms. Sorensen & Mrs. Cochrane

Family Night – Mr. North & Mr. Davies

Day In the Park – Mr. English, Mrs. Bradley & Mr. Clements

We are looking forward to some very creative baskets from each of the classrooms and would like to thank you in advance for your support.

Happy February!

Brent Ranger,                                                         Christine Todd,

Principal                                                               Vice Principal









January Newsletter

January 14th, 2016


This is a mandatory provincial assessment for all grade 4 students in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Numeracy. We will be completing the assessments from January 11 – February 19th so it is important that your child is here for these dates. Please contact the school if you have any questions.

New Curriculum Meeting

A public meeting will be held at the school board office on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will feature a presentation about the new curriculum and give everyone an opportunity to ask questions. We are looking forward to working with you and your children as we implement these new and exciting changes to what and how we teach.

Parent Conference:

Parent Conference: Saturday January 30th. See for details on how to register.

Next PAC meeting;

The next PAC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Duncan Cran library. As always, babysitting will be provided.

Next Professional Development Day (No School):

Friday, January 29, 2016 is the next Professional development day and there is no school for students that day.

Year Books at Duncan Cran:

We will be making a Duncan Cran Year book this year. Year books will be on sale for $20.

Super Hero Day

Much like Hat Day or PJ Day, Super Hero Day is a day we are having on Thursday, January 28th. It is just for fun and the idea is that students come to school dressed as their favourite super hero!

Scholastic Book Fair:

The Scholastic Book fair will be during the first week of February.

Have a great January!



Brent Ranger,                                                        Christine Todd,

Principal                                                                  Vice Principal