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SD43 2022/23 Budget and Multi-Year Fiscal Plan

April 08, 2022
​Dear members of our school communities, The Board of Education appreciates and recognizes your many and valuable contributions to our school communities. With that in mind, we wish to invite you to participate in the 2022/23 Budget Process.
The School District's 2022/23 Budget and Multi-Year Fiscal Plan can be found...

Calendar Amendment -Truth and Reconciliation Day

March 30, 2022
​The provincial government recently announced that K-12 public schools will observe Friday, September 30 th as a statutory holiday in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. As a result of this announcement, SD43 will be amending the 2022-2023 School Calendar to include Truth and Reconciliation Day as a non-instructional day. As...

Superintendent's Spring Break Update for Families

March 24, 2022
​Dear SD43 families, I hope you had an enjoyable spring break with family and friends. As the weather warms and the days grow longer, we are also seeing an easing of COVID-19 restrictions in our communities, and this includes a gradual transition in schools.
The Ministry of Education and the BCCDC...

Daily Health Check Screen - Sep 21

September 22, 2020
Updated version has been released.  Please go to School Cash OnLine to complete this form for your child. Daily Health Check Screen Sep 21.pdf

Funding Announcement for New Elementary School and Three Additions

May 10, 2019
​The Province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Education today announced funding for a new elementary school in Coquitlam's Burke Mountain and three classroom additions for other School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) schools. Totaling $73.3 million, the announcement includes a new elementary school for the Sheffield-Partington area of North Coquitlam...

SD 43 Summer Learning 2019

April 03, 2019
​The Summer Learning program in School District 43 provides engaging learning opportunities for students in Grades 1 through 12. All courses are taught by certified teachers and are tuition free for students meeting the usual BC residency requirements.  See attached for more information OR visit their website

Fraser Health Update re: Measles

February 21, 2019
February 21, 2019
Dear Students, School Staff, and Parents,

As you have heard, there is a measles outbreak at three schools in Vancouver. Please note that this is a localized outbreak and that students who are attending schools not connected to the outbreak have not been exposed. There is no evidence of...

Nation wide emergency alert test - Wednesday, Nov 28 @ 1:55 pm

November 28, 2018
Nation wide emergency alert test
At 1:55 today, a nation wide emergency alert test will occur via text message through mobile devices. It will also be distributed via radio and TV.   This is only a test.  Not all users may receive the information due to compatibility issues.  We will communicate this...

School District - Emergency Preparedness and Procedures

October 10, 2018
The School District is providing information on our Emergency Procedures and Preparedness.  This should explain the different protocols depending on the circumstances.   School Emergency Preparedness Flyer.pdf School Emergency Procedures Parent Flyer.pdf

Birchland - 1st week of September 2018

July 04, 2018
​Attached is information for families for the initial start up at Birchland - September 2018.   First week info Grades 1 to 5.pdf First weeks info for parent.pdf Kindergarten Gradual Entry Plan.pdf

Beyond the Bell "Science Nuts" - Jan to Mar 2018

December 07, 2017
Register with City of Port Coquitlam Parks & Rec  604-927-7529​

Kindergarten Gradual Entry Info

August 30, 2017
Aug 30, 2017; ​Email has been sent to families to advise which group your child is in.   If you did not receive it, please contact the school  

Vandal Watch Summer Tip Line Info 2017

May 29, 2017
PLEASE HELP LOOK AFTER OUR SCHOOL THIS SUMMER Our school is an important place in our neighbourhood. We all want to do everything we can to eliminate vandalism on school grounds this summer. Schools are most at risk during: Summer evenings and nights especially when the weather is hot The week...

Cookie Fundraiser on now !

May 09, 2017
Cookie Fundraiser.pdf May 23 rd order deadline June 15 th delivery and pick up at school All proceeds go to grade 5's year end activity. Order online or there are extra in the foyer. Packages should have gone home Friday or Monday. 

Terry Fox Fundraising & Pledge Form

April 12, 2017
Dear Birchland Community, I am proud to announce that this year's Birchland Elementary Terry Fox Run will be held on Thursday May 4 th 2017. Terry Fox was raised in Port Coquitlam and is one of Canada's most inspiring heroes. The Terry Fox Run is a symbol of hope and raises...

May Day Royal Party Application

January 11, 2017
The Royal Party consists of Flower Girls from Grades 1 and 2 and Princesses and Lancers from Grades 4 and 5. Students interested are asked to apply on-line at  A hard copy of the application is also attached and is available at all recreation facilities.  Please contact Shelly Alford at...

Information for Parents and Guardians: Foundation Skills Assessment

December 09, 2016
Readthe attached letter from SD43 Superintendent Patricia Gartland on district participation in FSA, in accordance with the School Act.

Grade 4 MDI

December 08, 2016

Your Support Is Needed! – Tax Receipt Opportunity

October 28, 2016
​O ctober 28, 2016 Your Support Is Needed! – Tax Receipt Opportunity Dear Parents: Welcome back to school! Birchland Elementary is a wonderful place of community, learning and exploration! Your support of your child's learning environment is valuable so we invite you to come and attend our meetings as well as...

School Supplies Order Info - Summary DEADLINE: July 4/16

June 22, 2016
Supplies will be delivered to the school for the start of September, in a great re-usable school tools shoulder bag. See attached for more information or see lists under Parents > School Supplies. Email Jana Nimmo at Staples Coquitlam with any questions: Deadline: July 4, 2016

Download the Birchland Song

April 12, 2016
Lowry Olafson came out to Birchland to write an record a school song with our students.  Please view the attachment for instructions on how to download the song.

Purdy's orders for Easter are open !

January 12, 2016
Hippity Hoppity Easter is on the way! BPAC’s 2016 Purdy’s Easter Campaign is on now! Orders Due March 1st, Pickup March 10 *note, Easter is during Spring Break this year. Instore Pricing with 25% back to Birchland Elementary don’t delay, order online today!

Purdy's orders for Easter are open !

January 12, 2016
Hippity Hoppity Easter is on the way! BPAC’s 2016 Purdy’s Easter Campaign is on now! Orders Due March 1st, Pickup March 10 *note, Easter is during Spring Break this year. Instore Pricing with 25% back to Birchland Elementary don’t delay, order online today!

All About Me Programs - Winter 2016

January 08, 2016
Please see attached All About Me Flyers and Registration forms. Space is limited so please return forms as soon as possible. Please fill out a form for each child.

Superintenden's letter RE: 2 non-instructional days added to calendar

November 23, 2015
Please see the attached letter regarding a recent decision by the provincial government to mandate two “Curriculum Implementation” days during this school year.  Based on this mandate by the government our district has chosen Tuesday, Feb 9 th and Friday, May 15 th .  On these days students will not be...

All About Me - registration & waiver form

October 07, 2015
Registration is Oct 7 to 14th Please complete the forms and return to the office Copies available in the office

Kindergarten Startup Sept 2015

August 31, 2015
Tue, September 8   ·        Kindergarten students need to check-in with our kindergarten teacher in the front foyer (between 9:00 – 9:30 if possible) ·        Families will sign up for a welcoming conversations time with the teacher ·        Families will sign up for gradual entry times

Frist week of September 2015

August 31, 2015
Tuesday, September 8 th , 2015 – 9:00 – 9:30 SEPTEMBER 9 th – 11 TH – FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL ·        Grade 1 – 5 Students in school for regular day (8:55 – 2:50)

Birchland E-News Nov 17

November 17, 2014
Our most recent E-News is now available in the "Newsletter" folder under the "About Birchland" tab.   It can also be accessed by clicking here.

Munch a Lunch - create an account website

October 22, 2014
Please CLICK HERE for the Munch A Lunch website.   The website in the original newsletter was incorrect. 

June 26th Letter to Parents

June 26, 2014
Please see attached letter from Tom Grant.

Strike Information

June 12, 2014
Letter from Tom Grant on June 12th.

June 4th BBQ Postponed

May 26, 2014
Mr. Pearse has decided to postpone the BBQ scheduled for June 4th.  It will be rescheduled in the fall.

Information for parents regarding BCTF Strike

May 26, 2014
The attached notice was sent via e-mail to all parents today.

Letter to Parents - RE: Teacher Strike Action

May 23, 2014
Please see the attached letter to parents that was e-mail to all parents on Wednesday, May 21st and sent home with student on Friday, May 23rd.   Please note that the school district is requesting that parents keep their children home on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.   If you have any questions or...

​40th Anniversary Mural Project

January 15, 2014
In celebration of Birchland’s 40th year our community is engaging in a   collaborative mural project.   Students, staff, former students, local residents and businesses are all invited to get involved.

Volleyball - Grade 5; boys & girls

October 23, 2013
Please see attached notice.  To be returned by MONDAY, OCT 28th.   A copy is going home with students today. 

Munch a Lunch New Account Set up

October 03, 2013
NEW registrants / account set up Click Here.

After an account has been created, they can order at every time! ...

Munch A Lunch Ordering Link

September 10, 2013
Please use this link to register for our " Munch a Lunch " site.  If you already have an account, please login using THIS LINK . The Ming and Sing menu is now available for the September 25th Hot Lunch Day.

Snack Day - after school 2:55-3:15 pm

June 13, 2013
Kitchen in the gym 2:55 to 3:15 pm Chips - 75 cents Frozen Yogurt - $1

FSA Letter for Gr 4's from Tom Grant

January 09, 2013
Please see attached....

District Update - Dec 19th - 8:15 AM

December 19, 2012
The district decision to close needs to occur by 6:30 a.m. so that families can plan and make alternate arrangements should schools be closed.  While the District tries to make the best decision with the information we have the weather changes quickly for the worse or for the better.   Schools are...

From District Website : Schools Open Dec 19

December 18, 2012
6:50 AM update from district site:   Should conditions change closer to school start times, families are advised to make decisions about school attendance based on their local road conditions.
Please hit Refresh for further updates.   6:30 update from district site:   All schools are open today, Wed., Dec. 19.

Pink Shirt Order Form-due Dec 13 @ 9 am

December 06, 2012
December 6, 2012 Dear Parents, Below is an order form for Pink Shirts from Terry Fox Secondary for Anti Bullying day this upcoming February.  Knowing how financially strapping the month of December can be I hesitated to send this out, but as this is such a good cause I decided that...


September 11, 2012
current issue has been emailed and sent home with students today.  It can be found on our website under "About Birchland > Newsletters"

September 2012 - registration & first week of September

June 27, 2012
REGISTRATION AND FIRST WEEK of SEPTEMBER START-UP (2012-13)   Dear Parents and Students:     We trust that you will enjoy a safe and relaxing summer break.   For those students who are leaving us, we bid a fond farewell and encourage you to keep in touch with us once you get settled into your...


May 22, 2012
Our May 14th Newsletter can be found here.   Or by clicking on the "About Birchland" tab and then "Newsletters".

Summer Learning

May 01, 2012
Summer Learning 2012 ONLINE Registration Dates Elementary & Middle:   June 5 th to June 28 th (Start @ 6:00 a.m.) You must have an account with our online system BEFORE registering for courses.   Please visit our website and create/update your account now. Visit for more in formation....

April 2 E-News now available

April 02, 2012
The most recent E-News is now available in the newsletters section of our website, or by clicking here.   If you would like to sign up to receive our newsletters via e-mail please contact Mrs. Williamson in the office.

Vandal Watch - Spring Break

March 08, 2012
March 2012   Dear Neighbour,   You have probably noticed that on most Monday mornings we have district painters on site at Birchland to cover graffiti from the weekend.  School breaks (Winter, Spring and Summer) are usually bad times for graffiti and vandalism.  We would much prefer to be able to spend the...

Board Meeting Rescheduled

March 05, 2012
The March 6 meeting of the Board of Education has been moved to Tuesday, March 27.

Birchland Welcomes Ms. Kissinger

February 27, 2012
We are very happy to welcome Ms. Kissinger to the Birchland community.  Ms. Kissinger will be replacing Mrs. Johnson who has gone off work in advance of the birth of her baby!

School Panorama & Grade 5 order forms...

February 21, 2012
Order forms are available in the office.    ORDER AND PAYMENT DUE MAR 7TH.    Sample's are in the display cabinet in the front foyer.  

NEWSLETTER available on line...

February 20, 2012
It is under About Birchland > Newsletters   The newsletter is now being sent by email.  If you have not received a copy electronic, and wish to do so, please email us at; to have your name added. ...

Thanks for the warm welcome Birchland!

January 11, 2012
Thank you all so much for such a warm welcome to the Birchland Community.  After hearing so much about all of the fantastic things going on at the school it is exciting to finally be here.    Frank Pearse - Principal

Welcome to Mrs. Johnston - Grade 1/2 teacher Div 6

September 30, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011   Dear Parents, We are delighted to announce that Mrs. Kerri Johnston will be joining our Birchland staff as our Grade 1 / 2 (Division 6) teacher, beginning on Monday, October 3 rd .   Kerri is an exceptional early primary teacher who is currently completing her Graduate Diploma...


September 16, 2011
Letter is going home with students Sept 19/11.  If you need another copy, please email the school at   ...

Peanut and Food Allergies - Mrs. Rutherford/Crawford & Mrs. Baruffa's classes

September 14, 2011
Peanut and Food Allergies     On behalf of the students in our school who are allergic to peanuts, we ask all families to be mindful of this as they choose their lunch menus and/or bring snacks or treats to the school.  There is a child in your classroom that has a severe...

In the event of heavy snow, ice or extreme temperatures...

November 01, 2010
In the event of heavy snow, ice or extreme temperatures, a decision on school closures will take place as soon as possible after 6:00 a.m. that day.   ·          Check the district website at beginning shortly after 6:00 a.m. ·          Be sure to hit Refresh when...

Reversed Lunch Hour starts Tues Nov 2/10

October 29, 2010
from Oct 26/10 Newsletter... Reversed Lunch   Numerous elementary schools have shifted the sequence of their lunch hours so that students have the opportunity to play first, and then come in to eat their lunch.   Schools and families have reported that the students seem to benefit from this change in sequence in...

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