Welcome Back to School (September 2022)

Posted: September 1, 2022

Welcome Back to School

(September 2022)

Principal’s Message

My name is Mr. Mark Touzeau and I am looking forward to being your child’s principal for the 2022 – 2023 school year. While I am new to the role of principal, I was fortunate to work at Douglas Park last year as the school’s vice principal. I am thrilled to be moving into the role of principal at our school because it is a school community that has become very special to me over the past year. We have an incredible staff, an awesome community of families, and a wonderful group of students at Douglas Park. I am excited to further build on the strengths of our school community and find ways to support all of our students. I am also excited to welcome our new vice principal, Mrs. Jennifer King to our school. Mrs. King was formerly a vice principal at James Kennedy Elementary and will be an awesome addition to our school community.

I hope that all of our Douglas Park staff and families have found an opportunity to enjoy the summer weather and have some fun over the last two months. I look forward to reconnecting with you in the coming weeks and hearing about the students’ summer breaks and some of their highlights from the summer.

This newsletter will outline a few items to get ready for the first week of school. If you have any questions, you can always reach me at mtouzeau@sd35.bc.ca.

Office Hours

Summer Office Hours (August 29 – September 2) – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Regular School Office Hours (Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2022) – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

 

Bell Times for 2022/2023

8:42 – Warning Bell

8:47 – Instruction Begins

10:10 – 10:25 – Recess

10:30 – Instruction Begins

11:47 – 12:20 – Lunch

2:30 – Dismissal

 

School Supplies

Below is a list of school supplies that was provided to families in July. Families of students in Grades 1 – 5 are responsible for purchasing these supplies. Please click the link to view the school supply list.

Douglas Park School Supply List

Kindergarten supplies will be ordered in bulk for parents to purchase in September.

 

First Week of School

We know that the first week of school can be exciting and sometimes can create some nervous energy in many of our students (and staff). Both of these emotions show that you are looking forward to what lies ahead. This year, students will be spending the first week with last year’s class. We do this to provide students with a familiar classroom community and provide the school time to finalize enrolment numbers, allocated divisions, and new classroom placements. We thank you for your patience as we finalize classes for the upcoming school year. We are all trying to find best placements for each child so that all of our Dragons can achieve greatness in their educational journey this year. We hope to have all of our students into their “forever classes” by the beginning of the second week of school.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Our school day runs from 8:42 am – 10:17 am

 

Wednesday, September 7 – Friday, September 9

These are regular school days, so students attend from 8:42 am – 2:30 pm

 

Where does my child go on the first day of school?

All students will remain with their class from last year for the first week of school. This will provide a familiar routine for our students and will allow for students to meet some of their friends that they may not have seen too much over the last few months.

There will be a sign outside the front door of the school to indicate where students are to go. School staff will be available to direct parents and students to classrooms. Signs will be outside classroom doors as well (please pick up your child at the same room where you dropped them off).

 

Last Year’s DivisionLast Year’s TeacherWhere Do I Go for the First Week?Teacher for the First Week
1Lazarowich/TouzeauRoom 23Lazarowich
2SandhuRoom 22Sandhu
3Saggers*Room 22*Sandhu
4McLean*Room 23*Lazarowich
5Hewitson*Room 19*Hewitson
6DatemaRoom 18Datema
7ShaverRoom 11Baratto
8KaraRoom 7Kara
9EvansRoom 9Evans
10SchoberRoom 8Schober
11LatrielleRoom 21Jansen
12Shaw*Room 10*Shaw
13MacKay*Portable 1*Tam
14Lategan*Room 20*LaForce

* Classroom location has changed for the 2022/2023 school year

 

New to Douglas Park Community School?

All new students and families, please come through the front door and meet in the library with Mrs. King, our vice principal. After a short talk she will take the new students for a tour of the school and then take them to a classroom with students their age. A paper slip with a room number to pick up your child will be provided to families.

 

Kindergarten Students

All new Kindergarten students should have received their package during the summer regarding gradual entry. If you have any questions about time or did not receive a package, please contact the office.

 

What should I do with my School Supplies?

Please DO NOT bring school supplies on the first day. The classroom teacher will let students know when to bring their school supplies. Due to not being in their “forever class” yet, we do not want school supplies lost in the shuffle. Simple items may be brought to school for the first week (i.e. items that can fit in a pencil box and can easily be transported to their “forever class.”)

 

Breakfast Program

Our Breakfast Program will open September 19th.  It runs out of the Boys & Girls Portable.  It is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 – 8:35.  You do not need to register for this program.

The breakfast program is FREE for all Douglas Park students.  It is run by volunteers and supported through donations.  Only students will be allowed in.

If you are interested in a volunteer position with our school breakfast program, please email our Community School Coordinator at Ksandher@sd35.bc.ca. Volunteers are required to have a criminal record check.

 

Boys and Girls Club

For students who have registered for the Boys and Girls Club, the first day of operations will be Wednesday, September 7th.

 

StrongStart

Langley School District’s StrongStart Centres provide welcoming and stimulating play for pre-Kindergarten children ages 0-5 and their parents/primary caregivers. There is no charge to attend. Our StrongStart programming at Douglas Park will begin Monday, September 19th. It is led by our awesome coordinator, Mrs. Rachel Susheski!

 

Information from Langley School District

Parent Consent Request 

Each year, Langley schools asks families to complete a set of parent consent forms for their child. These consent forms are required by our schools to ensure the health, safety, and security of all students. Langley schools use a secure web form to collect this information. Beginning mid-September, please watch for an email request (subject Parent Consent Request) that contains one link for you to submit consents for all children in your family attending any Langley school. If your email address or contact information has changed, please call your school to correct it in our files. If you have not received an email regarding Parent Consent Request by the end of September or have any questions/concerns, please contact your school administrator. 

School Messenger

The Langley School District uses a notification system called SchoolMessenger to communicate information to families. As we welcome our new families to our schools, some parents/guardians may receive a text message notifying them about SchoolMessenger. For more information about the system and how to opt-in to receive text messages, visit the District webpage here.

Family Accident Reimbursement Plan

The Langley School District offers access to a family insurance plan. The plan is voluntary. For more information and to enrol in the program please visit https://www.solutionsinsurance.com/aonbc.

Brochure for Staff and Parents on New Reporting Order

To help educate families about how reporting is changing in BC schools, The Ministry of Education has created a brochure. To access the brochure please click the link.StudentReportingTrifoldBrochure.pdf

 

Upcoming Dates

September 5th – Labour Day (No School)

September 6th – First Day of School (8:42 – 10:14)

September 7th – Full Day

September 16th – School Spirit Day (Wear Blue and White)

September 19th – Dress Like a Pirate Day

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)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school at 604-533-4491 or you can email me at mtouzeau@sd35.bc.ca

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Touzeau

Proud Principal

Douglas Park Community School

Douglas Park Community School

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