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*An important message from Mr O. regarding the first day back
*Be sure to read the following letter from our district superintendent Monica Pamer.

Dear Parents,
A "hopeful" welcome back to everyone on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, 2014! If schools open on Tuesday, September 2nd, the following will occur:

*Primary Students will come to school for one hour 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Please see the posted memo on main entrance doors and the bulletin board in the front foyer of school for your room assignment.
*New Kindergarten students will come for one hour 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and go to the classroom that was indicated in the letter mailed at the end of June.
*NEW primary students please report to the office for your room assignment.

Parents are invited to join our PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) and McKinney Administrators in the Multi-Purpose room for coffee and conversation from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

*Intermediate Students will come to school for one hour from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
*New intermediate students please report to the office for your room assignment.
*Returning Intermediate students see the posted memo on the main entrance doors and bulletin board in front foyer of school for your room assignment.

Please stay tuned to the news and please read the updated letter from Monica Pamer, Superintendent of SD38, as well as the district website for updates and information about current teacher job action.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

Allan Osadchy

August 25, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you’ll recall, the 2013-2014 school year ended prematurely on June 17, as teachers were on full-scale strike due to the labour dispute between the BC Public Sector Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF).

At this point we do not know if school will open on Tuesday, September 2 as scheduled. If the ongoing dispute is not settled by that time, schools may begin the year as it ended – closed and behind picket lines.

While the two sides are currently talking, we are not certain if any progress has been made in terms of negotiating a resolution. We are hopeful that the two parties, possibly with the help of mediation, will be able to reach a negotiated settlement before school is scheduled to open.

In order to give both sides the maximum amount of time to reach a settlement, it’s possible we may be unable to announce whether school is opening on Sept 2 until Friday August 29. This information will be posted on our district website ( and school websites and communicated through Twitter as soon as we have sufficient information about the labour dispute to announce the decision about school opening.

There are two possible scenarios:

If there is a settlement, public schools in Richmond will open on Tuesday, September 2.

Our focus will be on returning to normal school operations as quickly as possible and providing our students with a quality teaching and learning environment. However, this opening may not be as smooth as our typical one, due to the need to organize for classes.

If there is no settlement, public schools in Richmond may be behind picket lines again.

Being behind picket lines means that we will be unable to provide educational services and supervise students. We will be requesting that parents make other arrangements for the care of their children, as typically employees in unions, such as teachers and support staff, will not cross picket lines.

Clearly the first scenario is the most desirable one. We are hopeful that this dispute can be resolved before Tuesday, September 2 and we’ll be able to open schools on schedule.

We are disappointed that school opening, which is normally such an exciting time for parents and children, may be delayed by this unfortunate situation. While we’re hopeful that a timely resolution will occur, it’s important for parents to be aware that this may not happen.

Please continue to check our district and school websites for updates, and once again, thank you for your patience and understanding.


Monica Pamer, EdD Superintendent of Schools

School District No. 38 (Richmond) Our Focus is on the Learner

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EdComNews - May 2014 The Educate and Communicate Newspaper presented by the Richmond School District (SD38) and Richmond News. Highlights include the Chairperson's message, A Year in Review, Engineering, The Wars of 1812. Please click on Full Story and find the link to the ne Full Story...

Professional Development Days 2014/2015 Professional development days for 2014/15 will be held at McKinney on the following dates: September 29th (all day), October 24th (all day), December 1st (all day), February 20th (all day), May 15th (all day) and June 25th (all day). Full Story...

Hot Lunch Days The next Hot Lunch days will be June 4th and June 11th. Full Story...

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