BCPSEA, BCTF, Ministry of Education, PAC News & Events, SD48, Teacher strike

August 29, 2014 – Letter to Parents from SD48


Dear Parents:

We know you are all anxiously awaiting a resolution the the current labour dispute.  No news yet but we do have an update from SD48 Superintendent of Schools Lisa McCullough.  Please click on the link below to download the pdf.

PDF DOWNLOAD:  140929_Aug 29 2014 Letter to Parents

We will do our best to keep this page updated as we get more info.  


BCPSEA, BCTF, PAC News & Events, SD48

Year End Procedures Update

Important updates regarding year end procedures due to the labour dispute between the BCPSEA and the BCTF.

The following pdf document was released by School District 48 on Monday June 23rd and includes important updates regarding year end procedures due to the labour dispute between the BCPSEA and the BCTF.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD:  SD48 June 23 2014 Letter to Parents

Specific to students at Signal Hill Elementary:

“Elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 7) Final Report Cards
The recent ESO was limited to the provision of final marks for Grades 10 to 12 students. However, many of our teachers had already completed their full or condensed report cards prior to the June 16th, 2014 walk out. As such, some of our Kindergarten to grade 7 students will receive a version of a year-end report card. All other students will receive a letter from the school principal indicating their promotion statement and reiterating that their year-end progress information will be provided in some format following the labour
dispute. Your school principal will contact you to outline your school’s report distribution process. We are hoping to have any reports ready for distribution between Monday, June 30, 2014 and Friday, July 4, 2014.
We realize how important reporting is to parents. If you do not receive a Report Card, your principal will inform you as soon as we are able to have teachers confirm each child’s year end information.”



BCTF, PAC News & Events, SD48

Message to Parents from Teachers

The following was received today from Carl Walker, President of Local 48:

DPAC Reps and PAC Chairs,

As you are probably aware, teachers have decided to move to Phase Two of our member approved, LRB sanctioned job action.

This is not a decision we take lightly but, after 16 months at the bargaining table and a long way off from a fair deal, teachers will start rotating strikes on Monday, May 26th. Teachers in School District 48 will be on the picket
lines on Monday, May 26th. They will return to their classrooms on Tuesday, May 27th. Any extension of rotating job action will depend on events at the bargaining table

Teachers are still fully committed to a negotiated settlement and are calling on government to offer teachers a fair deal and show some good faith at the bargaining table, instead of threatening teachers with wage rollbacks, lockouts and other attempts to divide members.

Teachers empathize with parents who have to change their family schedules because of this recent change in our job action. This is why we have taken the unusual step of providing between six and ten days notice in advance.

We are appealing to parents to join with us and encourage the government to move off their unreasonable demands and negotiate a fair deal for teachers and better support for students.

You may wish to contact any of the following government representatives to express your thoughts on this situation.

Jordan Sturdy, MLA, West Vancouver-Sea to Sky

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education

Christy Clark, Premier
Thanks for your patience and understanding and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or

Carl Walker

Carl Walker,
Sea to Sky Teachers Association:
Office: 604.892.3056
Fax: 604.892.2296
mobile: 604.892.4661


Parent Resources, SD48

Invitation to Parents: SSTA ProD Friday Feb 8th

The Sea to Sky Teachers’ Professional Development Committee Presents:

We cordially invite you to our SSTA PD Day 2013, Friday, February 8, 2013 @ Whistler Secondary!

The Sea to Sky Teachers’ Professional Development Committee is hosting “Supporting Diversity”. Tired of only scratching the surface in your workshop? This year we have eliminated the Keynote Address allowing attendees to spend all day with their chosen topic! We are proud to feature a fantastic line-up of speakers including: Barry MacDonald – Boy Smarts & Practical Strategies for Teaching Boys, Dr. Adele Diamond – Cultivating the Mind: How to Improve Self-Regulation, Creativity and Problem-Solving in Children, Faye Brownlie – Making a Difference in Reading: Evidence-Based Practices, Dr. Paige Fisher – Maximizing Our Impact on Learners and Learning, Dr. Guy LeMasurier – Maximizing Physical Activity in movement settings, Peter Jory – Using the iPad to Engage all Your Learners, and a FREE PARENT WORKSHOP (Morning Only) – Anti-Bullying/Internet Awareness

Please visit our SSTA PD Day 2013 info page where you can view and download the brochure and link to the registration form: http://www.bctf.ca/ssta/site_flash/Assets/PD_assets/PD_District%20Day/PD13_Diversity/DistrictPDDay2013.html?id=24390

Already picked your workshop? To go directly to our online registration form, click here: http://ssta-pd13.eventbrite.ca/



Sea to Sky Corridor: The cost is $50 (including morning goodies & lunch) for our CUPE Colleagues, AO’s & Trustees, First Nations Educators, Parents/Guardians, and other Community Members.

For Out of District Participants, the cost is $150 (including lunch).  Payment for registration can be mailed to the SSTA Office: Suite 104 – 40775 Tantalus Road, Squamish, BC, V8B 0N2

See you there!

April Lowe, SSTA PD Chair, and the Sea to Sky Teachers’ Professional Development Committee

PAC News & Events, SD48


Sea to Sky School District 48 has scheduled a board meeting today at 3:00pm to adopt the proposed Local School Calendar for 2012 – 2013.  After receiving several complaints from parents who are unable to attend due to the location and timing of this meeting, the board has arranged for teleconference access at Pemberton Secondary School.

If you would like to participate via teleconference, please arrive at Pemberton Secondary at 2:45pm and proceed to the Counsellor’s Office.  The contact person is Krista Bowes.

To review a copy of the meeting agenda, CLICK HERE.



PAC News & Events, SD48, Uncategorized

Join the conversation: School Calendar for 2012-2013

Parents were recently asked to provide feedback to Sea to Sky School District 48 on the recent 2-week spring break.  A summary of the survey results has been released.  2012 FEEDBACK RESULTS – SEA TO SKY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 48-.

As a result of this report, we have been advised that there will be a 2-week spring break for the 2012 – 2013 school year.   Were the opinions of  Pemberton families accurately represented in this report?  Let us know at the PAC Meeting Tonight – 7pm in the Library. 

BCTF, Ministry of Education, Press Release, SD48

Open Letter from Sea to Sky Teachers Association

Dear Parents:

We received the attached letter yesterday via the Sea to Sky District PAC.  Please note that we are receiving lots of information through this channel from all sides of the dispute.  By sharing it, we are in no way suggesting that either the BCTF or the Ministry of Education is right or wrong.  We will continue to share information as we receive it so that you can understand both sides of the issues at hand.

To read the letter, please click here.