Future of a Student Information System Survey

The British Columbia Ministry of Education would appreciate individuals working in education as well as parents and students to complete a survey on the future of a province-wide student information system. The survey links are available at

http://www.bcedplan.ca/actions/technology/bcesis-survey.php

The surveys will close January 20th, 2012

Ministry of Education Start Up Tips

INFORMATION BULLETIN
2011EDUC0073-001087
Sept. 1, 2011

Ministry of Education

Back-to-school tips for a smooth start

As families across British Columbia get ready for Sept. 6,
here are some tips to make the back-to-school transition a smooth one:

Parents of Primary Students:

* Get your children used to the back-to-school routine before the first
day of school by having them shift to their school bedtime and wake-up
routine a week before school begins.
* Have your children choose their outfits the night before the first day
to help start the morning calmly and efficiently.
* Confirm what time school will start on the first day and the entire
week.
* If your children are going to a new school, check with the school to
see what information or identification will be required on registration
day.
* Find out how your child’s teacher communicates with parents and take
advantage of the opportunities available.
* Get involved in the school community. Contact your local board of
education or the Parent Advisory Council at your child’s school for
volunteer opportunities.

Parents of Intermediate/Middle School Students:

* Talk to your children about the upcoming school year. Be positive and
remind them of the friends they will meet, the new things they will
learn and the fun they will have.
* If your children are going to a new school, encourage them to check
out the school before their first day. Have them locate the gym,
library, cafeteria and their classrooms to get them acquainted with the
facilities.
* Review your children’s class schedules with them to ensure all of
their classes are correct.
* Help your children figure out a plan for getting to class on time,
especially if classes are at opposite ends of the building.
* Continue to be involved in the school community as this is a great way
to get to know your children’s teachers and other parents.

Secondary Students:

* Work with your child, their teacher and principal to ensure courses,
programs and graduation requirements are being met.
* If your teenagers are going to a new school, have them arrange a visit
to learn where to find their classrooms, the gym, the library and the
cafeteria so they will feel more comfortable on their first day.
* Keep an assignment calendar on the fridge or bulletin board for quick
reference of due dates, exams and other activities.
* Encourage your teenagers to review their schedules and make an
appointment with a school counsellor if there are any conflicts or
mistakes.

Contact:

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Ministry of Education Tips for Improving Studying and Literacy

INFORMATION BULLETIN
2011EDUC0072-001086
Sept. 1, 2011

Ministry of Education

Back-to-school tips to improve studying, literacy

As students get ready to head back to school, here are some
tips to help them have a successful year and get the most out of their
study time:

Parents of Primary Students:

* Let your children see you read, and set aside time each day for family
reading.
* Ask your children to read to you while you prepare a meal.
* Get your children excited about reading by taking turns reading pages
or acting out characters.
* Talk to your children about what they read. Ask them questions that
require them to read between the lines and think about what they have
just read. This will help improve their reading comprehension. For some
tips, check out this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WqFPWSBG18&feature=player_profilepage
* Introduce your children to a variety of literary genres and see which
one they most enjoy.
* Introduce your children to Aboriginal culture and history through
stories and other learning opportunities.
* Help your children get a library card and take weekly trips with them
to the library.

Parents of Intermediate/Middle School Students:

* Set up a daily homework routine. Designate a homework area away from
distractions like the television and Internet, and with adequate
lighting and supplies.
* When it is time for your children to do their homework, reinforce
strong study habits by also doing yours: balance your chequebook, pay
your bills or immerse yourself in a book.
* Let your children read comic books in their spare time because comics
can encourage positive reading habits and can play a role in improving
literacy.
* Help your children identify difficult and easy homework tasks and get
them to tackle the most difficult subjects first.
* Make yourself available to answer questions and offer help, but do not
do your children’s homework for them.
* Ask your children questions and have them explain what they have just
read or studied.
* Encourage your children to write stories, poetry and songs.
* Keep an assignment calendar on the fridge for quick reference of due
dates, exams and how they fit with other activities.

Parents of Secondary Students:

* Continue with an established homework routine. Make adjustments as
needed, such as after-school or weekend time set aside for working on
big projects.
* Encourage your teenagers to take 20 minutes each night to read over
their notes from that day or rewrite them using colours to highlight
important information so they retain it longer.
* Have your children take regular breaks to help alleviate eye, neck and
brain fatigue while studying. This will help them be more productive and
retain more of what they read and study.
* Encourage your teenagers to explore magazines or appropriate websites
on subjects that interest them to keep them reading. Most local
libraries carry selections of magazines on a variety of topics,
including sports, science, mechanics and politics.
* Keep an assignment calendar on the fridge for quick reference of due
dates, exams and how they fit with other activities.

Contact:

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect