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