Good Things and the Week Ahead – September 12 – 16

Posted: September 10, 2022

Families of Douglas Park,

It was an exciting first week back at school! The sun was shining and there were lots of smiles as kids and staff reconnected in classrooms. We also had the opportunity to welcome our new Kindergarten students as they began their transition to school! I want to start by sharing some gratitude. First, I want to say thank you to the Douglas Park staff for all of their hard work with setting up classrooms/offices and welcoming our students and families back to school. Second, I want to say thank you to our Douglas Park families for the positive energy and excitement they brought to the school this week. Our school is a community and through hard work and positivity I believe we can best support and nurture our kids, further building on the successes of our school.

This upcoming week will be another transition for staff and kids as we move students into their “forever classes.” On Monday, we ask families to drop-off and pick-up their children at the same classroom as last week. During the day, students will be moved into their “forever classes” to meet their new teacher and classmates. Before the end of the day, they will return to the classroom that they have been attending for the past week so that there is no confusion for pick-up. When you pick-up your child, they will have a piece of paper with their new teacher’s name and new room number. On Tuesday morning, students can officially be picked up and dropped off at their new classroom.

Transitions can be challenging for all people and take time to adjust to. I have been through 12 years of back to school transitions and noticed common trends with students. I have observed that it can be hard for students to say goodbye to their previous teacher and classmates, which can effect how they first feel about their new class placement. It can take time to make this adjustment, but typically after the first few weeks they feel settled and happy with their new class. What students need during this transition time is lots of encouragement from their teachers and families. Please take time to encourage your child during this time, focusing on positives and reminding them that adjusting to a new class can take time. We also want to reassure you that a lot of time, thought, and effort goes into class placements. Teachers take time to consider the needs and interests of each child and work hard to find the best placement with a new teacher and classmates.

On Friday, you may have noticed that our staff were wearing our new Douglas Park staff t-shirts. On the back of our shirts it says, “I ♥ DOUGLAS PARK.” The reality is that we love our school, the kids, the families, and the community. We are all looking forward to an awesome school year!

As always, we want to acknowledge that the Langley School District works, learns and plays on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo First Nations.


Good Things to Talk About

First Day Fun – On the first day of school, lots of students, families, and staff had the opportunity to use our back-to-school picture frames! There were lots of smiles as the music was playing and families reconnected outside the school. If you didn’t get the chance to use our back-to-school picture frames but would like to get a picture of your child, please swing by the office and we can let you use one.

 

 

Art and Smiles – Lots of our classes kicked-off the week with some fun art projects. Students in Mrs. Evans class used watercolours to paint beautiful pictures. While the painting was fun, kids also just loved reconnecting with their classmates as they painted.

 

 

 

Social Emotional Learning – In classes, students were learning about how to identify feelings and make choices that help them stay emotionally regulated. One program that all of our classrooms use is “Zones of Regulation.” Teachers take time teaching students the zones (blue, green, yellow, red) and teaching strategies for self-regulation. If you want to learn more about social emotional learning at Douglas Park, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher or come visit Mr. Touzeau or Mrs. King at the office.

Welcome New Dragons – We were excited to welcome new students to Douglas Park this past week, including our new kindergarten students! In the classroom, kindergarteners have been exploring school life, meeting new friends, playing with centres, creating art, and learning about school jobs, including hanging-up backpacks, washing hands, sitting at a carpet, and lining up. Kindergarten students will continue with their transition schedule this week working up to full day kindergarten which begins Monday, September 19th.

Smiles and Learning – In addition to reconnecting with friends and staff, students have been spending time readjusting to classroom structures and revisiting concepts that they learned last year. Our staff are excited to help students with learning and take a hands-on approach to supporting kids. They use games and activities to keep learning fun and engaging for students. We love teaching kids.

 

New Basketball Court and Four-Square Coming Soon – This summer our school received a new portable. If you haven’t had the chance to see it, you should check it out! It’s absolutely beautiful inside with air conditioning, new classroom furniture, and new technology to support student learning. Because the portable was placed on our old four-square court, the school district has paved a new area behind the portable that will soon have new four-square courts painted and a brand new basketball court installed. We are hoping that this will be completed in the upcoming month but for now kids are designing their own courts with sidewalk chalk! Gotta love it!

Sunshine and Outdoor Learning – The weather this week has been incredible and many of our classes got outside to take advantage of the beautiful sunshine! Our staff know that getting outside is great for kids and being in the outdoors provides unique learning opportunities for students. This picture is of Ms. Tam’s class who went outside to have a dance party!

 

Small Group Learning – As kids were reintroduced to classroom structures, they had the opportunity to take part in small-group learning. At Douglas Park our staff know that each student needs to be provided support at their learning level. To help with this, our staff provide opportunities for small group instruction in the classroom. It is common for students to be provided with small group instruction for reading, writing, and math. Small group instruction allows us to support and challenge our students.


The Week Ahead

Monday

  • Students move into new classrooms (pick-up and drop-off at last week’s classroom)
  • Lunch program begins (if you need help with lunches contact Ms. Langford – klangford@sd35.bc.ca)

Tuesday

  • Students can be picked up and dropped off at their new classroom

Friday

  • School Spirit Day – Wear blue/white or Douglas Park gear

Month at a Glance

September 16th – School Spirit Day (Wear Blue and White)
September 19th – Dress Like a Pirate Day

September 20th – PAC Meeting (6:30PM School Library)
September 22nd – Meet the Teacher Night
September 23rd – School Improvement Day (No School for Students)
September 27th – School Picture Day
September 29th – Orange Shirt Day
September 30th – National Truth and Reconciliation Day (No School)


Updates and Reminders

Attendance – If your child is going to be away or late please be sure to call the office and leave a message @ 604-533-4491 or email Ms. Langford @ klangford@sd35.bc.ca.

 FaceBook – Be sure to follow us on Facebook for updated information

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Douglasparkcommunityelementary

School Lunch Program – Our lunch program will be starting up on Monday.  We are grateful to  our community members who donate and prepare lunches for our students who come to school without one.  Students can come to the office and grab a pre made/packaged lunch bag.  They will not get an option to choose what they want, if your child is a picky eater or has food allergies this may not be the program for them.

If you are needing help with lunches or have any questions please email Ms. Langford @ klangford@sd35.bc.ca as soon as you can with your child’s name and we will get them set up on the program.

School Supplies – Please click the link below to see our school supply list. Grade 1-5 families are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Kindergarten families will receive an order form later this month.

School Supply List

School Calendar – Please click the link below to access our school calendar for the year. It provides general dates about when the school is open and closed.

School Calendar

Douglas Park Community School

5409 - 206 Street, Langley
BC, V3A 2C5
Phone: 604-533-4491
Fax: 604-533-7803