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Thursday, May 26, 2016
6:45-8:30 - Citadel Middle School
Friday, May 27th, 2016
Holiday Inn, Vancouver Centre
PAC elections will be held this Monday, May 9th.
PAC Meeting starts 7:00pm in the school library.
All parents welcome.
Parents, please read the attached document carefully as it pertains to the Emergency Release Drill we have planned for Wednesday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. Only students with completed Emergency Release information on file will be released if the caregiver (with photo ID) named on file is present to pick up the student. Please pick up your oldest child first and come through the front doors only. Thank you! (For more information, please see Ms Jung.) *Note that the driveway will be closed for the duration of our drill. For students with special needs, the protocol may look different and May 4th will allow us to practice the planned protocol. There will be a Communications Area at the front of the school where questions will be address. Thank you.
May 6th, 2016 5:30-7:30pm
Southside Family of Schools Parent Education - Discipline with Dignity, April 21, 2016 has been cancelled.
Notice will be given when the speaker has been re-scheduled.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Coquitlam Centre Mall
The power was restored in the early afternoon today and students were welcomed back to school. Friday will be a full day of school as Citadel Middle is open again. Thank you to our school community for working together with us to ensure our students' safety during the power outage.
All the best to our families for a restful Spring Break whether near or afar!
The Citadel Staff
Cedar Drive Elementary, Castle Park Elementary, Irvine Elementary and Citadel Middle are currently without power and have compromised lighting. As a result, students will be dismissed to parents or with parent permission. The school will support students that are unable to leave the school safety. We do not know at this time when power will be restored. Please check back for regular updates. Thank you.
Grade 8 Leaving Celebration Fundraiser!
Clothing Drive - One Day Drop off
Thursday, February 25th - 7:30 - 9:00am
It's so easy - just drive through & drop off. We will help you unload! See attached notice for details.
This is your FINAL chance to order a yearbook for $50 at school!
Unless you have ordered a book online or placed an order form in the office in the last 3 weeks, you have NOT ordered a yearbook this year. Previous years yearbooks were ordered at the beginning of the school year with school fees. This year, you MUST order it NOW to get the $50 sale price. Order now! You won’t be disappointed!
Parents may visit jostensyearbooks.com to pay by credit card until Sunday, January 31.
Attention Citadel Middle School Parents!
We will be having 21 student and 4 teacher guests from our sister school in China arriving on February 13th. Harmony Homestay is looking for homes for these students to stay in during their time here. The dates are February 13 - 21st, double occupancy (they can share a room but must have their own beds) and remuneration is $32 per student per night. You would be responsible for meals and transportation to and from school. This is a great opportunity for your children to make new friends and learn about a different culture. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting.
Please find attached a letter from Superintendent Patricia Gartland about the BC Ministry of Education's Foundation Skills Assessment for grade 7 students only. There is a link for parents who would like more information as well as information for parents about how to exempt your child from the FSA Survey 2016. For more information, please contact Ms Soh or Ms Jung at the office at 604 945 6187. Thank you.
SD43 is pleased to be able to provide students with access to Microsoft Office 365 for Education to support the ability to create, upload, store, and share learning document from school and home as part of classroom assignments. All students have received forms which are to be returned as soon as possible. Office 365 provides students with web-based access to Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint as well as personal OneDrive storage space and email. Information stored on Office 365 will be held in the student’s private account but may be shared by the student with other students for the purpose of classroom collaboration. Attached is a consent form to allow students access to O365 with content being stored outside of Canada. For more information, please contact Ms Jung at email@example.com
Breakfast is now being served daily from 8-8:30 a.m. except Tuesdays (8:30-8:50 a.m.) in the cafeteria. Buy a reusable mug for $1 or bring your own and get hot chocolate for $1. Two pieces of toast is $0.50. Start your day off right and connect with Monica, some new friends and maybe even get a little work done?!
The BC School Fruit and Vegetable Program is now at Citadel. Once or twice month, fresh BC grown fruits or vegetables are brought to our classes. If you do not want your child to participate, please complete the attached form and return it to Ms Jung at the office. For more information, look out for our first newsletter of the year! Thank you.
Student verification forms and immunization forms (most grade 6s) and various forms have gone home. Please complete them and return them as quickly as possible to your child's core teacher. Many of the forms may also be completed on-line under "Parent eForms" Good luck!
You will need the following information:
Mrs. Hughes/Mr. Mann (Division 1); Ms Lewis (Division 2); Mrs. Jensen (Division 3); Mrs. McDonnell (Division 4); Mrs. Del Bianco/Mrs. Sayers (Division 5); Mr. Tjosvold (Division 6); Mrs. Angst (Division 7); Mrs. Cameron/Mr. Van Sickle (Division 8); Mr. Rasmussen (Division 9); Mrs. Freeman (Division 10); Mrs. D'Alfonso/Mrs. Sayers (Division 11); Ms Brant (Division 12); Mrs. Leach/Mrs. Sayers (Division 13); Ms Houle (Division 14)
Playland forms for grade 8 students have gone home. Please look for the forms so that you can return them completed by June 12th with payment. This is a regular day of instructions and all students who are unable to attend are to report to school.
This year's Action Plan for Learning is now complete. Our two goals this year were Numeracy and Literacy. Look under "About Citadel" and click on the appropriate link to read and understand about why we have these two goals, how we fared this year and how we plan to move forward! Special thanks to our School Planning Council members, Mrs. Kelt, Mrs. Bettesworth and Mrs. Lawson for reviewing the documents with Mrs. Speight, Ms Jung and Ms Angst.
Thank you to parents for sending completed forms and $18 for the school-wide field trip taking place on May 26th. We appreciate the volunteer support we received as we work to make this day memorable for all. French Canadian culture is an important part of Canadian culture. Students who are unable to attend the trip are required to be at school for the regular day as they will be involved in a similar kind of rich experience!
The Tri-City News features our very own Renee Boldut who is raising awareness on National Child and Youth Mental Health Day! She is aiming to lessen the stigma around mental health and eating disorders! Join her and Citadel's youth this Thursday as we learn, celebrate, share and walk in recognition of youth and child mental health. See you at Citadel from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7th!
Please take 10 minutes to fill out this important satisfaction survey from the Ministry of Education and our school district. It's always a great idea to let your voice be heard.
(Look below the parent log in section for a direct log in without a username and password.)
Citadel's PAC is updating their constitution and welcome input and feedback from our parent community. You can find the document in the Publications list on this website.
Are you in grade six? Looking for something fun to do after school once a week? Game On! is a group mentoring program through Big Brothers. We are extremely excited to be offering this program at our school this year. Through fun activities, games, conversation and peer support, Game On!'s goal is to positively influence the lifes of participants.
See attached document for more details. Applications must be handed in to the office no later than Thursday, April 16.
This Wednesday, February 25, 2015 is Pink Shirt Day. The Peer Facilitators are encouraging everyone to wear something pink to show that we are all working together to prevent bullying in our schools, in our communities and online. Be a leader in our school community and help promote inclusion, respect, and empathy and put an end to bullying behaviours.
If you need a leadership application or a new course selection form, there are forms outside Karen's office.
Also, if you are going to a different school, or are in a different catchment area, then you need to fill out the form for that school. There are also copies of these forms as well.
Course selection forms for Riverside are due into your MATH teacher by Wednesday, February 18. Forms for other schools can be dropped off to the school directly, or handed in to Karen.
This week is REAL ACTS OF CARING week. The Peer Facilitators have set up a Kindness Pledge wall for you to make your pledge to show a real act of kindness and caring this week.
Of course, spreading kindness isn't just about one week, but this is your week to go all out. Whether you make a pledge or not, take some time this week to reflect on the ways you show caring and kindness to others, and not only to your friends and family, but to everyone you encounter. Happy RAC'ing!
Letters went home with grade 8 students today outlining the 'shape of the day' for school tours this Thursday, February 5.
These letters have also been uploaded under "PUBLICATIONS" in the 'grade 8 to 9 transition info' folder.
attention all grade 8's!!
Are you a student who:
- is always drawing, doodling, and thinking visually?
- wants to find connections between English, Social Studies, and Visual Arts?
- is interested in big ideas like freedom, identity, and independence?
- is looking to express your learning in a variety of ways?
contributes to group projects and discussions?
Then JumpstART might be the place for you.
JumpstART 9 is a thematic program integrating Humanities (English 9 & Social Studies 9) and the Fine Arts where students are given the chance to think outside, inside, and around the box.
Come to the library at lunch tomorrow to learn more about it from current students. Bring your lunch and your curiosity.
Attached please find information on the upcoming iPad Evening for Parents on Tuesday, February 17th. It will be held at Winslow Centre from 6:00-7:30pm.
This free event is for parents of students who have a ministry designation and who uses, or is considering using, technology in the classroom to complete assignments and projects for reading and writing. There will be students from around the district demonstrating their knowledge on a variety of apps that they use regularly for productivity. There will also be a station for beginners who are new to iPad technology and who need the basics.
Wednesday, January 28th will be the latest you can submit an order for a personalized yearbook for only $50.00. If orders are received after this date, the yearbook will not be embossed with your child's name. Order forms are in the office.
There will be an important information session for parents who have children moving into secondary school for the 2015-2016 school year. Save the date for January 27, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Winslow Centre. For more information, please review the attached document. Good luck!
A reminder to all grade 8 students interested in Honours at Riverside, you need to get your "Intent to Write and Permission" form to Karen by this Friday, January 16th, at noon.
Also, if you weren't able to make it to the Riverside Honours Info Night, Karen also has copies of the Honours application form available.
Extra copies of all these forms are outside Karen's office.
Just a reminder to all grade eight parents that there is an information meeting for the Riverside Honours Program Tuesday, January 13th at 7:00pm AT RIVERSIDE.
There are now 4 options for Honours: English, Socials, Science and Math. Students can apply for and write the exam for as many as they want.
Parents need to attend and pick up an application at this meeting.
Students are to attend a follow up meeting with Karen at Citadel, Wednesday, January 14th, in the library at lunch.
ATTENTION ALL GRADE 8 Students!
Are you interested in applying for HONOURS courses at Riverside? This year there will be four different course options - English, Science, Socials and Math. There is also an information night and an application form that you will need to fill out, as well as write an assessment.
Interested students need to attend a meeting this FRIDAY at LUNCH in the Library with Karen.
Attention all grade 8 parents - this is a reminder that there is a Grade 8 Parent Info night Tuesday, January 6, at 7pm in the library. It will be a chance for you to learn about some of the unique programs and courses offered in our district. See attached for more details.
Please review the attached document for detailed information about the various programs offered at the secondary level for students in School District 43 (Coquitlam). More information will be provided as schools begin to look ahead to the next school year and plan for a smooth transition for students into their programs of choice and/or feeder schools. Good luck!
Would Rahul Shrestha from Team Air and Noel Illing from Team Earth please see Karen at some point today. Congratulations, you are this week's EXTREME ELEMENTS!
Christmas is around the corner and the parent committee thought it is a great opportunity to let our teachers and support staff members know how much we appreciate them!
There will be a staff luncheon on Thursday, December 18th and we need the help of our parent community.
Please see attached notice. It can be turned in to the office.
Thank you for participating!
School District 43 is going Green!
“Food isn’t waste, so put it in its place”
Starting January 2015, School District No.43 (Coquitlam) is joining Municipalities, public and private organizations throughout Metro Vancouver to reduce waste in local landfills.
School District No.43 (Coquitlam) is taking action and enforcing the mandate of recycling all organic waste in all District schools, buildings and locations. Bins are presently being rolled out, and staff and students are preparing for the changes. Important in the process is shifting behavior. To do this, the Board of Education is proud to support our “Organic Recycling Awareness Campaign”. In this campaign we will disseminate information via school newsletter, social media, digital creatives and scheduled “green focused” events. This campaign will focus on informing students, parents, staff and the community about the on-going effort our schools are contributing to this mandate.
Please watch for further information about organic waste recycling in your area. If you would like to volunteer to support your neighbourhood school with their green waste transition, please contact your school administrator.
The Family and Individual Support Program along with SD43 Learning Services are pleased to present an information session for parents who have children with intellectual and developmental disabilities entering middle school in September 2015. The event is on Tuesday, January 20 from 6:20-8:30 p.m. Please review the attached flyer for more information on how to register. Good luck!
Congratulations to Tanish Shah and Ryan Triggs from Team Earth, you are this week's EXTREME ELEMENTS! Please see Karen at some point today for your award.
Attention all Citadelians. What are you doing to get in the Christmas mood? Join the Peer Facilitators this Wednesday after school in the music room to watch the classic Christmas movie, Home Alone Two. The movie is completely free. Pop and popcorn will be sold for a dollar at the concession. All proceeds go towards future Peer Facilitators projects and events.
The movie starts at 3:15 and should be over by 5:15. See you there :-)
Congratulations to Ethan Chan and Jordan Sutherland, both from TEAM FIRE. You're this week's EXTREME ELEMENTS. Please see Karen to get your award!
A few weeks ago, a link was shared about how to incorporate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) into family life outside of school. This time, try this link about how to incorporate SEL in an academic way into your daily lives as the holiday season pace picks up! What better way to combine some face-to-face conversation with your child while supporting two of our school initiatives (mathematics AND SEL! Good luck!
Attention all students. Marshmallow Mondays are back! Come in from the cold, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa covered with marshmallows. The Peer Facilitators will be serving it up in the mornings from 8:00 until 8:30 and again at Nut Break for the following three Mondays. Cost is one dollar per cup. Come in, sit down, drink up and enjoy. See you there!
Proceeds go towards other Peer Facilitator projects and events in the school community.
At the recent PAC meeting, a link was shared for parents on talking about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) with our children. Please check out this link that highlights the 5 competencies of SEL and simple tips and suggestions for taking action as a family. Do you know what an "Affirmation Jar" is or who your child's trusted adult is at school? Visit parent toolkit.com at http://www.parenttoolkit.com/index.cfm?objectid=3544A980-3375-11E4-8B640050569A5318
Congratulations to Manrico Pecchia from team Water and Mario De Greiff Meraz from team Air - you are this week's EXTREME ELEMENTS!!
See Karen after school to get your award!
Please note that the October meeting minutes have been added to the PAC folder under "Publications". Thanks for reading!
Watch the We Day Vancouver 2014 broadcast at 8E/5P on MTV!
Congratulations to Krisin Caktas from Team Earth and Ethan Michaud from Team Fire, you are this week's EXTREME ELEMENTS!
Please see Karen at Nut Break or after school for your award.
A special thank you to all parents and famliies that were able to make it out to our Interview event as well as our Open House event tonight. It was a pleasure having friends and family within the building discussing supportive ways to move student learning forward!
This is a reminder to parents to call the school and book an interview time with your child's teacher. Students will be dismissed early at 1:50 p.m. and interviews will run from 2-5 p.m. followed by an Open House from 6-7:30 p.m. starting in the gym. See you at the school! (Interim Reports were sent home last week Wednesday.)
Karen Kelt, PAC President, would like to invite parents to attend a presentation by the SSFS (South Side Family of Schools) featuring Don Lasell, at Riverside Secondary from 6:45-8:30 p.m. ($5 single/$8 couple) on November 20, 2014. Please see the attached flyer for more information. See you there!
Looking for something to do after school today? Come and watch Caroline! The Peer Facilitators are putting on this after school movie for staff and students. The movie is completely free. There will be pop and popcorn at the concession. Show starts at 3:15 and will be over by 5:00. See you there!
Don't forget - This Wednesday after school, the Peer Facilitators will be showing the movie "Coraline". The movie is absolutely FREE and open to all Citadel students and staff. Pop and popcorn will be sold at the concession with all proceeds going to future Peer Facilitator events.
The show starts at 3:15. See you there!
Do you like movies? Do you like pop and popcorn? If you're looking for something to do after school next week, come check out the Peer Facilitator's first of many AFTER SCHOOL MOVIE's for Citadel students.
In the spirit of Hallowe'en (and based on student input), we will be showing CORALINE next Wednesday after school in the music room. The show will run from 3:15 until 5:00.
The movie is absolutely FREE. Pop and popcorn will be available for a dollar each. Proceeds go toward other Peer Facilitators projects at the school. See you there!
A reminder to grade 7 boys involved in the GAME ON program, it starts today! Please meet in room 102 immediately after school.
Also a reminder to all girls participating in GO GIRLS, it also starts today. Please meet in room 109 after school.
Who are this week's EXTREME ELEMENTS?
Drum roll please...
Congratulations to Dante Pecchia of Team WATER and Danny Yu of Team AIR. You are this week's EXTREME ELEMENTS! Please see Karen at Nut Break or Lunch to get your award.
It is that time again when we are challenged to design a creative, expressive and meaningful Yearbook cover. The theme this year is "Citadel Turns 20".
Pick up a criteria sheet from the office, or check with your core teacher.
Entries are due Monday, October 27th, 2014. All entries will be featured in our yearbook, even if they are not chosen for the cover design. Get involved!
Attention all students. Do you think you are an EXTREME ELEMENT? Do you have what it takes to be nominated for this award? Get caught in the act of being an EXTREME ELEMENT, and you will get your name put in a draw for weekly prizes. Also, all weekly winners will get to participate in a monthly pizza lunch to celebrate their etreme awesomeness. Brought to you by the Peer Facilitators.
First draw this Thursday.
Ask your teacher for more details.
We are so excited about finally being able to offer this Big Brother sponsored and run program at our school.
If you're a grade seven guy interested in participating in the 8 week after school GAME ON program, see Karen and get your forms in ASAP. There are only two spots left!
See attached for more details.
The first Citadel PAC meeting of the year is coming up on Monday, October 20th and we'd love to see you there! Please join us at 7pm in the school library for coffee and a casual, informative meeting on what is happening in our school. Mrs. Speight and our new Vice Principal, Ms. Jung will bring us their report and we will be reviewing and voting on our new budget for 2014/15 school year. Please find the meeting agenda and June meeting minutes attached to this message. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Hope to see you there!
Citadel Middle PAC Chairperson
There will be an information session on Tuesday in the main foyer for all students in all grades interested in field hockey. We will be establishing our game schedule for 5 on 5 play on Fridays as well as practices at a new time. Come meet our new coach!
Attention all students: Do you have some great ideas for events or projects to do at Citadel? Do you enjoy contributing positively to people around you? Would you like to be a LEADER in creating a fun and welcoming school community? If so, then consider becoming a PEER FACILITATOR. Join this new and growing group that brought you last year's popcorn and movies, hot chocolate mornings, students gifts and more.
Our first meeting is THIS WEDNESDAY, October 8, during block 2 in room 109. See you there!
For more details, see Karen in the counselling area.
We are looking forward to welcoming students, families, support staff and teachers back to school on Monday, September 22nd, 2014.
Please look under “Publications” on our website for some information regarding opening day procedures.
Should you have specific questions, please contact Mrs. Speight (Principal) or Ms. Jung (Vice Principal) via email.
Wow! Who knew that giving our students the opportunity to choose a music elective would generate such excitement?
If you have not already done so, please complete the attched form and submit it to school asap to ensure that your son/daughter will be able to participate in the course of their choice!
Any Grade 8 student that has not yet handed in their permission form and $15.00, please do so as soon as possible. Citadel PAC requires the guest information.
Forms are available in the office if you require one.
A reminder to all students in grade 6 and 7, if you are interested in attending the full day Peer Mediation training with other middle school students in the district on June 5, see Karen asap. There are limited spaces available. If you have already picked up a form, hand it in by next week.
This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and meet other middle school leaders. It is also highly recommended if you wish to become a Citadel Peer Facilitator and/or Peer Mediator next year.
Permission form attached.
Anyone interested in joining the district mountain biking team should see Karen in the counselling area for further details, or - grab an information sheet from outside her office.
Rides begin April 30!!
DON'T FORGET - TODAY AFTER SCHOOL - The Peer Facilitators are bringing you another FREE movie event. "Now You See Me" is showing from 3pm - 5pm in the music room. Pop and popcorn will be sold at concession. All students welcome.
The Odyssey of the Mind Club will be having a pizza party tomorrow for all club members in our usual room. You won't need to bring a lunch, but please bring your own drink.
The "Love is LOUDER than Bullying" shirts are IN! Peer Facilitators will be coming around Monday, block seven, to hand out the shirts. If any students are away, tell them to come see Karen to get their shirts any time after block seven on Monday.
Sign up for a series of 4 workshops Wednesday mornings from February 12 - March 5.
Attention all grade 8's: Staff and students from the Jumpstart Secondary Program at Gleneagle will be presenting tomorrow (Wednesday January 29) at lunch in the library. Bring your lunch. Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about this unique Fine Arts program option for grade 9.
Attention all grade 8 students and their families. There is a hard copy of important upcoming dates regarding secondary programs posted on the STORM BOARD. Karen and your teachers also have copies. If you would like your own copy, visit the "grade 8 info" section of the Citadel counselling website. Parents are reminded of the upcoming Secondary Program Info Night happening Monday, January 13, at 7pm in the Citadel library.
An event organized by BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks.
It is a free, one-day workshop for youth (13-18) in BC to learn about mental health and engage in fun activities and thoughtful dialogue. Balancing Our Minds 2014: Tools for Youth Wellness will be hosted at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Attention all Grade 8 students: There will be an information session on the Inquiry Hub program next Monday, January 13, at lunch in the library. Bring your lunch. The Inquiry Hub is a Secondary Program option for students who share a passion for knowing and investigation and have an interest in using technology to seek answers to their questions. If this interests YOU, come to the info session or speak with Karen or your teacher for more details.
This information session is for students only. Please contact Inquiry Hub directly to find out when the parent session is.
"Smart, but Scattered" workshop. Please see flyer to sign up.
Attention all Citadelians! On Tuesday, December 17, after school, the Peer Facilitators will be showing a FREE movie for all Citadel students. You will also be able to by popcorn and pop to enjoy with the show. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" will start promptly after school in the music room at 3pm and will run to approximately 4:30. See signs around the school for more details.
The Safe Schools Task Force has 2 more presentations with Kevin Cameron, titled "Parenting our Kids in the 21st Century": Feb. 4th (Coquitlam Alliance Church) and May 15th (Charles Best) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Please find attaached an important information sheet about this year's Club Day, including registration process and club offerrings.
Any grade 7 or 8 interested in training to become Citadel Peer Facilitators, otherwise known as Storm Patrol, should attend a brief meeting at lunch this Tuesday in room 109. See Karen Leeden, counsellor, if you are interested but cannot make the meeting.
Just a reminder that the cafeteria is now open for nutrition break and lunch every day!
Attention all grade 7 and 8 students! This year's training for new STORM PATROL recruits begins on October 8th. If you are interested in becoming a part of this growing group of amazing students, pick up an application form from outside Karen Leeden's office (in counselling area), or print off the attached form. There will be a brief meeting next Tuesday at lunch in room 109 for anyone interested.
See Karen if you have any questions.
My Terry Fox Memory is from the year that Mrs Fox came to the school I was working at to say thank you for remembering Terry and continuing his legacy in the community. She was so happy that all the students and staff took such pride in running and raising money in memory of her son and in helping to find a cure for cancer. I remember Mrs Fox being brought to tears by the overwhelming support of evryone in the school community when we presented her with the fundraising cheque. She was so appreciative of everyone's efforts. I have to say that she is truly one of the most remarkable people I have ever had the honor of meeting in my life.