News & Announcements
Consent form for O365Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

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

Special "in the know"- Live Presentation - "How to Talk with Youth About Substances" - October 21stUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Breakfast Program!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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?!
BCSFVNP Reverse Consent FormUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Red Cross Babysitting CourseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Red Cross Babysitting Course

So you want to be a babysitter? Or, your parents want you to take this course so they feel confident leaving you at home alone? Babysitting with First Aid Hero emphasizes learning through real life scenarios. information covered includes: Exploring the business of babysitting, creating safe environments, safely caring for ages 0-12, and first aid skills.


Red Cross Babysitting Course

Citadel Middle, Nov.20th, 2015, 8:30-3:30                        


$60 + GST online registration

Immunizations for Grade 6sUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
If your child needs to be immunized, a form was sent home. Please complete it and get it into your core teacher as soon as possible. Our nurses are coming to Citadel on Wednesday, September 30.
Forms have gone home!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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)
Important Announcement About Enrolling Classes!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Dear Citadel Community, We are very pleased to announce that due to increased enrollment, we have been allocated an additional class. On Monday, September 14, students will continue to report to their Week 1 groups. We plan to have class lists posted on Tuesday, September 15th in the morning. This means that on Tuesday, students will report to their enrolling class. We thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to a fantastic school year! Sincerely, Abby Soh and Kathryn Jung
Sign up NOW for Beginner Band: print form and...Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Interested in playing a new instrument this year? This is an opportunity for all grade 6, 7 and 8 students to learn or get better at an instrument that is new or relatively new. Mr. Van Sickle and Mrs. Cameron are happy to answer questions to help you complete your form as it needs to come in as soon as possible. Drop the form off at the office with Ms Jung or to one of your teachers ASAP! Good luck!
Grade 8 Leaving CeremonyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Grade 8 students:  please report to your team area no earlier than 9:30am.
Splashdown Field Trip form attached for Grade 6/7sUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Students in grades 6 and 7 will be celebrating together at Splashdown Park on June 24, 2015. Please complete the form attached, ASAP, as busses have already been booked and plans are well underway. Thanks to parents who have volunteered their time to assist us on this trip!
Playland forms for grade 8s attached here!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Action Plan for LearningUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Vancouver International Children's FestivalUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Student Renee Boldut featured in The Tri-City News!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
A Citadel Community Event - "Walk for Awareness"Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Grade 8 student, Renee Boldut, along with the Citadel Peer Facilitators are hosting an after school community event for National Child and Youth Mental Health Day, next Thursday, May 7th!  All are invited.


The main goal of this event is to promote awareness. There will be guest speakers, student advocates, May 7th buttons, pins and bookmarks (available by donation), posters provided for the community walk, and treats and drinks provided after the walk. 


See attached poster and agenda for more details.  Hope to see you there!

School Satisfaction SurveyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.)
PAC Constitution UpdateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
GAME ON Program for Grade 6 BoysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Eagle Mountain PAC EventUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Hello Community Partners,


Here is an opportunity that may be of interest:


The Eagle Mountain PAC is hosting a Movie night of "The Big Picture – Rethinking Dyslexia".   Please see the attached poster for additional details and contact them directly for more information.


Where: Heritage Woods Secondary Theatre 1300 David Avenue, Port Moody


When:April 15th, 2015 Doors open @ 7:00pm, 


Please contact Decoding Dyslexia 778-839-1540 for more information 


Tickets are available at the door by donation or please register at on the link below.


SSFS Parent EducationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Is proud to present…

Empower Your Brain
Advances in Education and Neuroscience


Featuring Pam Becker, Vice-Principal, Riverside Secondary School
and Marna Macmillan, SD43 Social Responsibility Coordinator 


Thursday, April 23rd 2015, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m.


at Riverside Secondary School

$8 per couple/$5 per single

2215 Reeve Street, Port Coquitlam



As part of their presentation, topics discussed will include:

  • recent research regarding the developing student brain
  • educational links for academic and social/emotional growth
  • examples of successful SD43 programs, projects and initiatives
  • empowering parents with new strategies


Ÿ FREE Childminding available with advance registration at by April 17, 2015

Ÿ  Light refreshments provided

Pink Shirt DayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.​
grade 8 to 9 course selectionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Presentation for Parents - Social Emotional Learning - A Review of the Findings from our Safe School SurveyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Monday, February 16th, 2015  7-8pm - Citadel Library
All parents are welcome to join us!
Session Description:
Research shows us that social and emotional learning is critical to the success and well-being of our students.  Come and participate in an informative evening to explore what social and emotional learning is, why it matters so much, and how students at Citadel view their school experiences.  We'll review the findings from Citadel's Safe School Survey to hear students' perspectives on relationships, school climate, and emotional experiences.
Miriam Miller Bio:
Miriam Miller is an educational consultant committed to bringing social and emotional learning (SEL) to the forefront of the education community.  As a consultant, Miriam works with universities, school districts, schools, administrators, and educators, both nationally and internationally, to support professional learning and growth in the area of social and emotional development, school safety, and healthy classroom and school climates.  Over the years, she has given hundreds of presentations to students, educators, administrators, parents and corporate leaders.
RAC WeekUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Grade 8 visitsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Jumpstart ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
​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.
ipad evening for parentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
SSFS Parent Education Event: 21st Century Learning and the future of Bring Your Own DeviceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. 

at Hazel Trembath Elementary School

As part of his presentation, the topics that Stephen will discuss include:
• 2014 graduating class was the first to complete their entire K-12 school lives in the 21st century
• Explore how technology is changing education
• how new tools create incredible opportunities
• the emerging trend towards bringing personally owned devices into the learning space
• the opportunities it creates and how the system is preparing for some of the
challenges it creates
$8 per couple/$5 per single
FREE Childminding available with advance registration at by February 22, 2015
tagged - A Green Thumb Theatre PresentationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Green Thumb Theatre is presenting tagged to our school on Friday, February 6th, 2015. This is a play about the use of social media among today’s youth, and we encourage all parents to download the teacher’s guide from our website and discuss the content with their children as the play includes some strong language and mature content.


We also invite all interested parents to attend the performance. Please arrive at 9:15 am so we can all be seated in time for the 9:30 am start. The presentation is slated to last for one hour.


Social media is becoming a growing concern. We encourage you to talk with your children and help them to become informed users.


tagged Synopsis:


Online. Out of line.


The anonymous online world gives us permission to say and do things we would never do in real life.

But where do we draw the line between fun and maliciousness? The harsh realities of cyberbullying and what happens when we’re discovered come to a head in tagged.


As an Officer investigates Jerri and Webber, two young adults, in the incessant online harassment of a fellow student, not all is as it appears to be. Do these teens actually understand the consequences of their actions? Or have they even caught the right people?


How responsible are we for the words that we type and what they lead others to do?


Torn from the headlines, tagged dissects the dangerous potential for harm that exists between social media and young minds.

Teens for JeansUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Students are bringing Teens For Jeans 2015 to our school! We are running a used jeans drive at our school to donate jeans to homeless youth in Canada.

We will accept any used jeans - coloured, capris, special washes - from now until Friday, February 13th.

Please put your jeans in the pit area in your team box, and remember to record how many jeans you donated on the sheet in front of the boxes.

If you do not wish to donate jeans, please support us by donating money so we can buy secondhand jeans.

The top donators (money or jeans) will receive a $25 gift card to a place of their choice, and a few others will be picked from a draw to receive a special prize.

Oh, and did we mention that the top donating team will win a pizza party for their whole team?

Thank you for your support!

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.
Stepping up to Secondary!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Honours at Riverside - Important FormsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Info Night @ Riversdie regarding Honours at RiversideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Grade 8 Honours at RiversideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Grade 8 Parent Info Night Regarding Opportunities for Secondary SchoolUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
SD43 Secondary Opportunities for students grades 9-12 2015-2016Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Extreme ElementsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Citadel PAC Notice to ParentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Foundation Skills Assessment January-February 2015Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Foundation Skills Assessments will be completed between mid-January and early February. Please see the attached letter from Mr. Tom Grant, Superintendent, which outlines information about the testing for grade 7 students only required by the BC Ministry of Education. If parents would like to exempt their child from writing the test, please send an e-mail or written note to Mrs. Angst as soon as possible at . Thank you!
SD43 is going green!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Time to Talk Middle! Transition into Middle SchoolUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Extreme ElementsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
After School MovieUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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 :-)
EXTREME ELEMENTSUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Part II: Parent Tool Kit for talking about SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Marshmallow MondaysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Parent Tool Kit for talking about SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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 at
Extreme ElementsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
​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!
PAC AnnouncementsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Please note that the October meeting minutes have been added to the PAC folder under "Publications". Thanks for reading!
We Day Vancouver: Broadcast!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Watch the We Day Vancouver 2014 broadcast at 8E/5P on MTV!
Extreme Elements!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
​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.
Parent-Teacher (and Student) Interviews!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Parent-Teacher (and student) Interviews tomorrow!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.)
Don Lasell- Presentation for Parents: Creating Calm and BalanceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Movie Night Tonight!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!​
Hallowe'en After School MovieUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
After School Movie for Citadel StudentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Game On and Go GirlsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Extreme Elements!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.​
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
EXTREME ELEMENTSUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
​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.
GAME ON program for grade 7 boysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Welcome message from PAC President!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

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 Hope to see you there!

Karen Kelt
Citadel Middle PAC Chairperson

Field Hockey Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
Peer FacilitatorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
WELCOME BACK!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

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.

Letter to Parents re Summer LearningUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
MACC Parent Evening - June 16/14 CANCELLEDUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Performing Arts ElectiveUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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!
*Parent notice in regards to student walkout *Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Dear parent,


As you may know, a student walkout  being promoted by students for the morning of Wednesday, June 4, has received a significant amount of media attention.


Coquitlam schools will be in session and it is our expectation that students will be in class.  We fully respect student voice and their legitimate right to share their concerns.  However, if your teen is considering being part of the walkout please have a conversation with your teen that once off site there will be no supervision and the school district is no longer responsible for your teen.  Parents and students should be aware of concerns regarding student safety.

Grade 8 Leaving CeremonyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Peer Mediation Training Opportunity for grad 6 and 7 studentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Attention all MOUNTAIN BIKERSUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

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!!

FREE MOVIE event for Citadel studentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

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.


Odyssey of the Mind Club Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
LOVE IS LOUDER than Bullying!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

​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.

Making Sense of Anxiety parent workshopsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sign up for a series of 4 workshops Wednesday mornings from February 12 - March 5.
JumpstART presentation at lunch for grade 8 studentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

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.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR GRADE 8'SUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

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.

Balancing Our Minds 2014 FREE Youth EventUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

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 dialogueBalancing Our Minds 2014: Tools for Youth Wellness will be hosted at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. 
Inquiry Hub Information SessionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

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.

Southside Family of School Parent workshopUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
"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.

Parenting in the 21st CenturyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
Learning, Land and Neighbourhoods initiative Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Please see the attachment for details of Community Engagement sessions.  For more information please visit this site:
Citadel Club Day parent information handoutUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Please find attaached an important information sheet about this year's Club Day, including registration process and club offerrings.
DPAC InvitationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

DPAC43 invites all interested parents, educators, staff and community  members to an evening of thought provoking presentations and conversation.

We will consider some big ideas in education and schools, discuss what these ideas mean in real, every day ways and learn from each other

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Place: Gallery Room, Winslow Centre – 1100 Winslow Ave, Coquitlam
Time: 6:30-9 p.m. (doors open at 6)

Register online at: to reserve your seat.

Peer FacilitatorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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.
CafeteriaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Just a reminder that the cafeteria is now open for nutrition break and lunch every day!
Recruiting new STORM PATROL members!!!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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 - Mr HindsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

​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.

My Terry Fox Memory - Mrs. SpeightUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

My Terry Fox Memory – Mrs. Speight

I was teaching a Grade 3 class at Porter Elementary School in Coquitlam in 1980 when Terry Fox announced his intention to run across Canada to increase our awareness of and to raise funds for cancer research.


My Grade 3 students were so excited to follow Terry’s journey because in Grade 3 we study the geography of Canada.  From the time that Terry dipped his toes in the Atlantic Ocean on April 12th, we followed his journey from province to province.  We traced his route on a big map in our classroom, and the boys and girls brought in newspaper and magazine articles to discuss during current events.  We hung the clippings up on a gigantic bulletin board in our classroom and marveled at his strength and determination.


It was a sad day when we returned to school in September to learn that Terry had to stop his run.  Although my students had moved on to Grade 4, they came back to our classroom to share their sadness and disbelief.


Terry’s bravery inspired Canadians young and old.  I am proud that his legacy lives on today.

Red Cross Babysitting CourseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

There will be a Red Cross Babysitting Course held at Citadel on Friday, September 20th, 2013 (Pro D Day) from 8:30am-2:30pm. Cost is $63.00 total.

You can register online, or registration forms are available on the front bulletin board or from Renee, our Youth Worker.

Register early, don't miss out!

Choir StudentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
ALL Choir students should attend our FINAL PRACTICE of the year at lunch on Monday, June 10th.  The concert is on June 11th and it is extremely important that everyone attend the Monday lunch rehearsal.
Library CirculationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This is the last week of library book circulation. All books must be returned beginning Friday. Please check your lockers, desks and home to bring your library books back. Thanks!
Peer Facilitators' ShirtsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Peer Facilitators: If you haven't got your shirt yet, bring your 10 dollars to Karen ASAP.
Peer FacilitatorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Attention all students. Look out for Citadel's new STORM PATROL during NUT break and lunch. STORM PATROL is a group of students that will be available to help other students with just about anything. Just come ask us! You will know it's us by our light blue shirts with our logo on the back. See you out there!
Badminton ClubUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Congratulations to the Grade 7 Badminton Team for an amazing performance at the District Tournament held at Moody Middle School last night. We had a boys and girls pair who finished in the top 4 in their respective categories.
Mr. Pather and Ms. Evans would like to thank the entire team for a wonderful season and encourage each and every member to continue practice and improve their skills for next year!
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