Welcome to Ms. Ruiter's class!

In addition to periodic emails, I will be posting announcements, updates, and homework here.  Check back often to make sure you are in the loop! 

Kate and J's

As always, parents are welcome to contact me at leslie_ruiter@sd33.bc.ca

October Updates 

I am so glad to be your child's teacher this year, and have really enjoyed getting to know them so far. Something we have been working on is a community project I call Share the Love.  We are so close to several residences for the elderly, and Covid has made it difficult and lonely for many.  We are learning a song that we can then share with our neighbours (we stand outside and give them lots of notice so residents can come down to the main entrance to hear us) along with some signs of encouragement.  We piloted it once and had such a positive response, and the kids seemed to love bringing joy to others. 

This year, we plan to go swimming monthly (as long as Covid doesn't shut us down again!) and permission forms for that will go home before each booking. 

Students are doing book conferences when they finish reading a book.  After 10, they get a prize (must include level-appropriate books). So far, we have one student who has made it!

Ms. Chester and I are also really pleased to have Ms. Bowen join our class is term one as a student teacher. She has worked hard to create engaging lessons and build connections with the kids, and they think it's almost as cool as our aquatic pets (pictured above are Mr. J, Jeffrey, and Kate the snail).   

If you have not done so, please make sure you do permission clicks for you child to have access to computers and other tech at school. 

October 19, 2021

Dates to remember: 

- No School for students Friday (Pro D for staff) 

- Fall Hike next Wednesday! We will be going to Teapot Hill (students need to bring a lunch, water, and a snack). Permission form needs to be returned on Monday. 

-Students can wear Halloween costumes on Friday, October 29. Please, no masks in school (face paint is awesome!)

Community Resources: 

We understand that this has be an unusual, and for some, challenging year.  We understand that at times, people struggle. If your family is in need of support, please see the following options for the fit that is best for you. 

If you or your family requires support with groceries, some options are:

          Ruth and Naomi’s Mission: 46130 Margaret Ave or phone 604-795-2322       

          Salvation Army: 45746 Yale Rd or phone 604-792-3663

          CCFC Community Cares: phone 778-244-8424               

If you or someone in your family requires counselling or mental health support, some options are: 

          Kids Help Phone (24/7): 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868

          Ann Davis- phone counselling (age 13-30): phone 604-792-2760

          Child and Youth Health Centre: Tues and Thurs 2:00-6:00 or phone 604-819-4603

          Child and Youth Mental Health intake: phone 604-702-2311