Topham News

Friday February 26th, 2021

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

School Messenger

We have successfully been using School Messenger all week for attendance and all seems to be going well!

Report Cards

Second term report cards will be posted to your parent portal on myedbc on Friday, March 5th.

Parent teacher interviews will be hosted on Teams or by phone on Wednesday March 10th (2-4:30pm) and Thursday March 11th (2-7:30pm). *Please note some teachers are doing different days*

An online scheduling link will be sent to families next week in order for you to book appointments with your child’s classroom teacher/s. Some teachers may connect with you directly.

New Playground

The new playground is almost complete!! They have finished assembly of the playground, the spreading of the wood fiber, and have completed the perimeter edging. They have poured the first layer of the rubber surface in one section and had hoped to pour the second coat this week, but the weather was too cold. We are booked for Monday to have the second and final layer of rubber coating poured, weather permitting.

Once everything is complete, we need to pass a safety inspection from both Habitat and the School District, then we will be ready to PLAY!!

Water Bottles

Just a reminder to please ensure that your child has a refillable water bottle to use at school each day. Our water fountains are closed due to Covid so the students can only use the refillable water station which they need a refillable water bottle for.

Car Idling

You may have noticed that we have added “Idle Free Zone” signs outside the front door and along the drive through lanes. Please remember to turn your engine off if you are waiting here to drop off or pick up your child. This way we can ensure all of the kids coming out of the classrooms at the front of the building are breathing clean air. Thanks for your support of this new detail.

Daily Health Check

Health and safety continue to be our top priority. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe. The form is available in multiple languages on the District website here: https://bit.ly/2Mw0jo5

District News

Rainbow Crosswalk

The Langley Board of Education is pleased to announce it has successfully reached its fundraising goal to support the installation of a rainbow crosswalk in our community. The rainbow crosswalk will link the School Board Office to the Langley RCMP detachment. The Board believes the rainbow crosswalk is a symbol of diversity and inclusion which will ensure everyone in our community feels safe, seen, represented, and that they belong. Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who have supported this initiative. You can learn more about the project on our District website here.

Thank you to the Topham PAC for donating to this initiative! So proud to have our school name included on the donation list!

Friday February 19th, 2021

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Monday February 22nd – Design and Assessment Day – No School for Students

Wednesday February 24th Pink Shirt Day

School Messenger

Today we started using the attendance feature of School Messenger. Families of any students marked absence will now be contacted by an automated calling message system. Over the next few weeks I will begin using School Messenger as well for the emails I send instead of MYEDBC.

Thank you for your patience as we start to use this new system.

Diversity and Respect Week

Next week throughout the district we will be highlighting many different things that we do every day in schools but during this week we really want to bring awareness to these important topics. These will include:

  • All kinds of Families
  • Race and Cultural Backgrounds
  • Inclusive School Communities for students with diverse needs
  • Anti-Bullying – Pink Shirt Day Wednesday Feb 24th
  • Indigenous Perspectives

Every class will do this in different ways, and we hope you can continue these important discussions at home over dinner, in the car, while brushing teeth, etc. We want our school district to be a place where every child feels welcome and belongs.

New Playground

The new playground is almost complete!! They have finished assembly of the playground and the spreading of the wood fiber, they now need to pour a rubber surface in one section and finish off the perimeter edging. Once everything is complete, we need to pass a safety inspection from both Habitat and the School District, then we will be ready to PLAY!!

During this time of construction, the physical space has become a bit tighter due to the fencing, thank you for being mindful of physical distancing and mask wearing in this space during the next few weeks.

Friday February 11th, 2021

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Friday February 12th – Pro D Day – No School for Students

Monday February 15th – Family Day – No School

School Messenger

Thank you for your patience these past few as weeks we started to test this new system. We have now tested both email and text.  If you have not received either of these, please connect with Mrs. Finley in the office.

New Playground

The new playground started on Monday and has been a source of entertainment all week for the classes on that side of the building! They are moving along and weather depending will be complete in a few weeks.  During this time of construction, the physical space has become a bit tighter due to the fencing, thank you for being mindful of physical distancing and mask wearing in this space during the next few weeks.

Water Bottles

Just a reminder to please ensure that your child has a refillable water bottle to use at school each day. Our water fountains are closed due to Covid so the students can only use the refillable water station which they need a refillable water bottle for.

Car Idling

You may have noticed that we have added “Idle Free Zone” signs outside the front door and along the drive through lanes. Please remember to turn your engine off if you are waiting here to drop off or pick up your child. This way we can ensure all of the kids coming out of the classrooms at the front of the building are breathing clean air. Thanks for your support of this new detail.

Daily Health Check

Health and safety continue to be our top priority. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe. The form is available in multiple languages on the District website here: https://bit.ly/2Mw0jo5

 

Friday February 5th, 2021

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Valentine’s Day

This year, due to Covid19, we ask that students please do not bring Valentine cards from home to exchange at school. Instead, classroom teachers will be working with students in class to make cards or celebrate and recognize friendship in different ways. Thank you for understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times.

School Messenger

Thank you for your patience this week as we started to test this new system. This week we tested email and Monday February 8th at 1:30pm I will test email again but also add SMS (text) messages. I have added the information package again to this email for you to read in case you missed it earlier.

New Playground

The new playground is slated to begin on Monday! Yippee! It will be so fun to see it all finally coming together.

Water Bottles

Just a reminder to please ensure that your child has a refillable water bottle to use at school each day. Our water fountains are closed due to Covid so the students can only use the refillable water station which they need a refillable water bottle for.

Car Idling

You may have noticed that we have added “Idle Free Zone” signs outside the front door and along the drive through lanes. Please remember to turn your engine off if you are waiting here to drop off or pick up your child. This way we can ensure all of the kids coming out of the classrooms at the front of the building are breathing clean air. Thanks for your support of this new detail.

Daily Health Check

Health and safety continue to be our top priority. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe. The form is available in multiple languages on the District website here: https://bit.ly/2Mw0jo5

District News

Enhanced provincial COVID-19 health and safety guidelines

Enhanced Safety Measures for K-12 Schools

The District appreciates all the hard work from students, staff, and families in helping keep our community safe. We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education and Provincial Health Office. This week the province announced changes to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for schools. Mask requirements for middle and secondary school students and K-12 staff have been amended. Guidelines have also been strengthened for physical education and music classes.

It is important to note, our schools will need some time to implement these new changes; all changes will be in effect as of February 26, 2021. Your continued patience and support are appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

Please read below and full details found in the province’s news release located on the District website here.

Changes to Mask Wearing

All middle and secondary students and K-12 staff will now be required to wear non-medical masks in all indoor areas, including when they are with their learning groups. The only exceptions are when:

  • sitting or standing at their seat or workstation in a classroom;
  • there is a barrier in place; or
  • they are eating or drinking.

For elementary students, wearing masks indoors remain a personal choice.

It is important to note, as advised by the province, these changes above do not apply to grade 6 and 7 students attending an elementary school.

Changes to Physical Education and Music Classes

High-intensity physical activities are to be held outside as much as possible. Shared equipment or items, such as weight machines, treadmills or musical instruments, can be used only if they are cleaned between use, according to strict school sanitization guidelines. Students using equipment or playing instruments should also be spaced at least two metres apart and masks are to be used when singing.

Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will begin on January 18 and continue through to March 31, 2021. All children who will be five years old by December 31, 2021 are eligible to register for Kindergarten classes that will begin in September 2021. This year you will be able to register either online OR in person. Please contact our school office at 604-888-6111 for further information.

Friday, January 29th, 2021

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Valentine’s Day

This year, due to Covid19, we ask that students please do not bring Valentine cards from home to exchange at school. Instead, classroom teachers will be working with students in class to make cards or celebrate and recognize friendship in different ways. Thank you for understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times.

School Messenger

The district will be using this new platform by the end of February.  We will be sharing more information in an upcoming email so you understand the full scope of how this new system will work.

Daily Health Check

Health and safety continue to be our top priority. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe. The form is available in multiple languages on the District website here: https://bit.ly/2Mw0jo5

District News

Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will begin on January 18 and continue through to March 31, 2021. All children who will be five years old by December 31, 2021 are eligible to register for Kindergarten classes that will begin in September 2021. This year you will be able to register either online OR in person. Please contact our school office at 604-888-6111 for further information.

Friday January 22nd, 2021

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Valentine’s Day

This year, due to Covid19, we ask that students please do not bring Valentine cards from home to exchange at school. Instead, classroom teachers will be working with students in class to make cards or celebrate and recognize friendship in different ways. Thank you for understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times.

School Messenger

Some of you received a text message from the new School Messenger program our district will be moving towards over the next few weeks to share school based information with families. Today it was activated before we had a chance to share all the information with families, so it likely caught you off guard. We will be sharing more information in an upcoming newsletter so you understand the full scope of how this new system will work.

In the meantime, if you respond “Y” to the text message it means you are subscribing to receive information from Topham via text message.

If you responded “N” to the text message you will be given another opportunity to subscribe at a later date if you wish. It is totally optional, and we will share further information with all of you in an upcoming newsletter.

Daily Health Check

Health and safety continue to be our top priority. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe. The form is available in multiple languages on the District website here: https://bit.ly/2Mw0jo5

 

Friday January 15th, 2021

School News:

Daily Health Check

Health and safety continue to be our top priority. As we start this new year, we want to remind students and families to complete the Daily Health Check. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe. The form is available in multiple languages on the District website here: https://bit.ly/2Mw0jo5

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Outdoor Classroom

We are pleased to announce that the school district has chosen our school to receive an outdoor classroom! We are super pleased with this decision as the staff at Topham have been using the surrounding forest for years as an outside classroom, sharing the amazing outdoors with our Topham kids. So much research has been completed about the positive effects of time spent in nature, not just for kids but for everyone. So many topics and skills can be learned by exploring our outside world. We are very excited!

We are just in the process of choosing what this classroom will look like (within in the allotted funds provided) and where we would like to have it built. Stay tuned.

Spirit Day

Friday, January 22nd is Crazy Hair Day!!

District News

Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will begin on January 18 and continue through to March 31, 2021. All children who will be five years old by December 31, 2021 are eligible to register for Kindergarten classes that will begin in September 2021. This year you will be able to register either online OR in person.

If you choose Online:

Please email Mrs. Finley (sfinley@sd35.bc.ca) and submit copies of documents as attachments and not images inserted into the body of the email. This will streamline the process for both parents/guardians and staff. Registration may be delayed if the required documentation is not provided

If you choose In-person:

 Please call the school ahead of time to arrange a time to drop-off or complete your child’s registration on site. Mrs. Finley will meet you at the school entrance or foyer to receive your child’s registration and documents. Staff will make copies of any documents required. Registration may be delayed if the required documentation is not provided. Please abide by COVID-19 health and safety protocols, which include completing a health check upon arrival, sanitizing hands, maintaining physical distancing, and wearing a mask.

Please check our school website 2021-Kindergarten Registration for specific information about how to register beginning January 18. YOU MUST REGISTER AT YOUR CATCHMENT SCHOOL.

Proper documentation is required at the time of registration. YOUR CHILD’S REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION.

Following is a list of required documents:

  • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate, Passport).
  • Proof of Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status for both child and parent (Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Landed Immigrant documentation, Permanent Resident documentation/cards)
  • Proof of residence (Driver’s License, utility bill mortgage statement, subject-free purchase agreement, municipal tax bill).
  • Immunization Records (if available – school does not retain a copy)

Although your child’s Care Card is not a required document, it is an important piece of information for the school to have. Please make sure that you have indicated any medical concerns or information that the school should be aware of (i.e. asthma, allergies, etc.). If you have copies of any medical documents or diagnostic reports for learning or physical needs, please also have a copy or the original (a copy can be made at the school). Please also have a copy of any court orders regarding custody so the school can have a copy on file.

 

Friday January 8th, 2021

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

As you may have noticed the playground on the east side of the school was removed over the Winter break and they have been working on preparing the ground all this week. So much excitement with backhoes and dump trucks!

The new playground is currently in manufacturing and Habitat hopes to be onsite Feb 8th to begin installation which they feel will take 2 ½ weeks. So perhaps by the end of February we will be ready to explore our new play area! A huge thank you once again to the Topham PAC, and to all of you for supporting the school fundraisers, the funds raised are paying for the bark mulch. Who knew cut up trees were so expensive!

District News

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration across the Langley School District runs January 18 – March 31, 2021. If your child will be five years old by December 31, 2021, you will be able to register through your neighbourhood school. Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the process for registration and collecting documents may be different this time. For information on what documents you need and instructions on how to register, please visit the District webpage here: https://bit.ly/3ajqfNF

Daily Health Check

Health and safety continue to be our top priority. As we start this new year, we want to remind students and families to complete the Daily Health Check. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe. The form is available in multiple languages on the District website here: https://bit.ly/2Mw0jo5

 

Friday December 18th, 2020

School News:

Happy Holidays Topham Families!

Thank you for all your support and warm welcomes over the past four months as I began my journey as the principal of Topham Elementary, your kind words and open hearts have made my transition easier. I feel very lucky to be with your children each day and am proud to be your principal.

I hope that you all have a safe and happy winter break. That you are able to take time as a family to be together and create memories. I know this holiday season will look different for many of us, but I hope that it is still special and filled with joy. See you back at school Tuesday, January 5th.

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

District News

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration across the Langley School District runs January 18 – March 31, 2021. If your child will be five years old by December 31, 2021, you will be able to register through your neighbourhood school. Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the process for registration and collecting documents may be different this time. For information on what documents you need and instructions on how to register, please visit the District webpage here: https://bit.ly/3ajqfNF

Developing Digital Citizens – Microsoft Teams Chat Use Guidelines

 We have experienced some challenges with younger students “chatting inappropriately” with other students, including students outside of their own schools, but within the District. We are not planning on doing a full shut down of “chat” functions in TEAMS. Instead, we would like to inform parents about the positive opportunities that the MS Teams platform provides, and request that they work with us on our goal to develop good digital citizenship skills. Please click here  Developing Digital Citizens – Microsoft TEAMS Chat Use Guidelines 2020Dec2

 

Friday December 11th 2020

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Sorry no updates this week. Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Spirit Day

December 18th will be Pajama Day – the best day ever!!

Report Card
Report cards were posted today to the MyEDBC website. Thank you for taking time to access your child’s progress report on the Parent/Student Portal in MyEDBC. Below are two video links created by the school district that may help you access your child’s report if you are unfamiliar with MyEDBC or need a refresher.

The first video is a general overview of how to access the MyEDBC Parent/Student portal including how to access the Report Card but also shows how to access other information on the portal such as attendance and schedules for secondary students.

https://storage.googleapis.com/sd35-myedbc-support/video/parent-portal-intro-FINAL.mp4

The second video is specifically regarding forgotten passwords.

https://storage.googleapis.com/sd35-myedbc-support/video/parent-portal-forgot-password-Final.mp4

Reminders:

Health and Safety Protocol’s

In light of the Health Minister’s recent announcement, reinstating more stringent health and safety protocols, your support is even more important than ever. Thank you for wearing masks during pick up and drop off and when approaching staff or your child’s classroom teacher to chat.

PAC NEWS

Would you like to contribute to a group gift for a Topham staff member organized by the PAC? Find out more here:  Gift

Get a sweet treat and help the Langley Food Bank. Please click here for more information: Topham Parent Letter sweet treat(1)

If you don’t want the sweet treat but would still like to donate cash to help the food bank, there is an option for that as well on munchalunch

 

 

 

 

Friday December 4th, 2020

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Free Gravel

Over the Winter break, the school district maintenance staff will be dismantling our old playground and preparing the site for the installation of our new equipment. They will be removing all of the gravel that is currently in this location and is willing to give it to any Topham family if you are interested! There are of course some guidelines! Delivery must be close by in our community, they won’t drive it to 100mile and you must accept the full dump truck load, around 16 yards. If this is something that you would like, please contact me, vjaggi@sd35.bc.ca, for further details.

Christmas Concert

As you may have already concluded, there will not be a school Winter Concert this year due to Covid19 and the need to follow the Provincial Health and Safety protocols. Each classroom will be sharing special activities in class over the next few weeks to create fun and a festive spirit for the kids. We will share as many of these moments with you as we can either on classroom TEAMS or on our school blog.

Report Cards

Our elementary and middle schools are shifting away from assigning letter grades on report cards. Instead, teachers will use Proficiency Scales as a component of communicating student learning with families. We strongly encourage families to read the following information here.

What does this mean for you and your child?

We believe it is important families receive meaningful information about their child(ren)’s learning.

This shift will:

  • Focus on learning as a continuous process
  • Support a better understanding of learning; focus on next steps
  • Encourage student reflection and goal setting
  • Empower students to take ownership of their learning
  • Foster hope, efficacy (belief in themselves) and a culture of learning

Why the shift in communicating student learning?

This change in reporting practice can be seen across the province, as school districts work to better align themselves with the Ministry of Education’s reporting policy and with BC’s redesigned curriculum.

Research is clear that traditional letter grades signal the end of learning by suggesting that a particular subject is mastered or completed, but learning is actually a continuous process. The use of Proficiency Scales will allow teachers to share where a student is currently at in their learning, as well as where they are going next. This model fosters a

growth mindset for students, the empowering confidence that our abilities will continue to develop with hard work, effort and determination.

Proficiency Scales, as seen above, describe student learning based on widely held expectations for the grade level and time of year. Proficiency Scales, and the language of ‘Emerging’, ‘Developing’, ‘Proficient’, and ‘Extending’, will be used to describe student progress in all subject areas within a

model of communicating student strengths, areas for growth, and ways to support learning at home and at school.

 

Portraits in studio

Photo Expressions offered 3 days of portraits in their local studio in November, for those students who were unable to do so at school. There was great demand with over 100 portraits taken! They will be offering more sessions if you are interested please book on the following link. https://photoexpressions.ca/portraits/booking/studio-school-portraits-2020/

Here are the upcoming photo session dates:

Fri Dec 4: 2 – 6pm

Sat Jan 23, 2021: 10am – 2pm

Mon Jan 25, 2021: 12 – 4pm

Reminders:

Health and Safety Protocol’s

In light of the Health Minister’s recent announcement, reinstating more stringent health and safety protocols, your support is even more important than ever. Thank you for wearing masks during pick up and drop off and when approaching staff or your child’s classroom teacher to chat.

Before and After School Playground Usage

Just a reminder that we are working very hard to have the student cohorts separate all day during school hours and we hope that you can support our efforts at the end of the day by not having your child use the playground equipment. Thank you.

Change of Clothes

The fall weather is upon us! Please pack your child (of all ages) an extra set of clothes as then we can just have the student change and not have to bother you.

PAC NEWS

None this week

Community News

For registration information regarding North Langley Softball click here:

NORTH LANGLEY SOFTBALL REGISTRATION DOC 

Friday November 27th, 2020

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Topham Virtual Book Fair will end at 8:59pm on Sunday, November  29th. All purchases benefit our school and earn Rewards that can be redeemed for books and Education Resources for our school’s classrooms and library.

When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:

https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5152219

Thank you for participating in our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!

Happy reading!

Portraits in studio

Photo Expressions offered 3 days of portraits in their local studio in November, for those students who were unable to do so at school. There was great demand with over 100 portraits taken! They will be offering more sessions if you are interested please book on the following link. https://photoexpressions.ca/portraits/booking/studio-school-portraits-2020/

Here are the upcoming photo session dates:

Fri Dec 4: 2 – 6pm

Sat Jan 23, 2021: 10am – 2pm

Mon Jan 25, 2021: 12 – 4pm

Reminders:

Health and Safety Protocol’s

In light of the Health Minister’s recent announcement, reinstating more stringent health and safety protocols, your support is even more important than ever. Thank you for wearing masks during pick up and drop off and when approaching staff or your child’s classroom teacher to chat.

PAC NEWS

“My Art Card” by Topham Students brings art into the classroom while fundraising for your PAC in a fun and rewarding way.

Families can purchase their own child’s art on Greeting Cards or Year at a Glance Laminated Calendars. Your child’s art makes the perfect gift for family, friends, or as a keepsake for yourself.

Orders are due by November 27, for a December 11 delivery. Order online through Munchalunch today. 

Contact your PAC on Facebook if you have any questions! Thank you for your support.

Neufeld Farms Fundraiser

Delivery Date and Time: Monday Nov 30th @ 6:30 pm 

Pickup Location: Topham Elementary School front doors

***Please note that we are unable to keep any items at the school so you must arrange to pick up at that time or have another person do it for you if you are unable to make it.***

Any questions please email tophampresident@gmail.com

Friday November 20th, 2020

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Picture Day Retakes – TUESDAY Nov. 24th

Student Mental Health Support

We are noticing that for some students covid19 is impacting students in different ways. The Vancouver School Board in conjunction with BCCH is putting on webinars for parents whose children are struggling with school attendance. There is a webinar specific for elementary students, as well as for middle/high school students. Check it out here: https://keltymentalhealth.ca/VSBWebinarSeries

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

We are excited to be hosting a VIRTUAL Scholastic Book Fair. Our Book Fair is taking place now until Sunday, November 29th.

Plan to also attend our Virtual Family Event on Wednesday, November 18th & 25th.
Scholastic is offering Free Shipping on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm!

School Immunizations Notice – Fraser Health Authority

The District has been advised by Fraser Health that school immunizations are expected to take place in January. As in previous years, students in grades 6 and 9 will have the opportunity to be vaccinated. Fraser Health will also provide catch up immunizations to students who did not complete their immunizations last year or over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact the Langley Health Unit 604-539-2900.

Reminders:

Health and Safety Protocol’s

In light of the Health Minister’s recent announcement, reinstating more stringent health and safety protocols, your support is even more important than ever. Thank you for wearing masks during pick up and drop off and when approaching staff or your child’s classroom teacher to chat.

Before and After School Playground Usage

Just a reminder that we are working very hard to have the student cohorts separate all day during school hours and we hope that you can support our efforts at the end of the day by not having your child use the playground equipment. Thank you.

Change of Clothes

The fall weather is upon us! Please pack your child (of all ages) an extra set of clothes as then we can just have the student change and not have to bother you.

PAC NEWS

My Art Card by Topham Students brings art into the classroom while fundraising for your PAC in a fun and rewarding way.

Families can purchase their own child’s art on Greeting Cards or Year at a Glance Laminated Calendars. Your child’s art makes the perfect gift for family, friends, or as a keepsake for yourself.

Orders are due by November 27, for a December 11 delivery. Order online through Munchalunch today.

Contact your PAC on Facebook if you have any questions! Thank you for your support.

Neufeld Farms Fundraiser

Delivery Date and Time: Monday Nov 30th @ 6:30 pm 

Pickup Location: Topham Elementary School front doors

***Please note that we are unable to keep any items at the school so you must arrange to pick up at that time or have another person do it for you if you are unable to make it.***

Any questions please email tophampresident@gmail.com.

 

Friday November 13th, 2020

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Picture Day Retakes – Nov. 24th

Poppy Donations

It is a long-standing tradition for schools to support our veterans and the efforts of the Royal Canadian Legion. Due to our COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the distribution and collection of funds for poppies will be different. Please note that our school will be receiving a poppy for every student. We will be distributing them to classes in a safe manner. We will continue to collect funds this year in support of the Legion’s Poppy Campaign but kindly ask students and their families to donate online via School Cash Online: https://sd35.schoolcashonline.com/

Thank you all so much for your generous donations to support our veterans. It has not gone unnoticed.

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

We are excited to be hosting a VIRTUAL Scholastic Book Fair. Our Book Fair will take place on Monday, November 16th to Sunday, November 29th.

Plan to also attend our Virtual Family Event on Wednesday, November 18th & 25th.
Scholastic is offering Free Shipping on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm!

Spirit Day

Friday November 20th is our next school wide spirit day. Something close to my heart seeing as I have a precious set at home!! TWIN DAY!!

Reminders:

Before and After School Playground Usage

In light of the Health Minister’s recent announcement, reinstating more stringent health and safety protocols, your support on the playground is even more important.

Just a reminder that we are working very hard to have the student cohorts separate all day during school hours and we hope that you can support our efforts at the end of the day by not having your child use the playground equipment. Thank you.

Change of Clothes

The fall weather is upon us! Please pack your child (of all ages) an extra set of clothes.

PAC News

Neufeld Farms Fundraiser

Our most anticipated fundraiser is underway!  This year is a little different as we will be requiring all orders and payments for the Neufeld’s Fundraiser be made through Munch-A-Lunch.

See attached order form.

Start Date: Now

Order Deadline: Nov 19th @ 12 am (midnight)

Delivery Date and Time: Monday Nov 30th @ 6:30 pm 

Pickup Location: Topham Elementary School front doors

***Please note that we are unable to keep any items at the school so you must arrange to pick up at that time or have another person do it for you if you are unable to make it.***

Any questions please email tophampresident@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Your Topham PAC

Follow us on Instagram @tophamelementary to keep up to date with PAC news!

 

Friday November 6th, 2020

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog.

Picture Day Retakes – Nov. 24th

Remembrance Day

As a school we will be recognizing our Veterans on November 10th. We cannot all gather together for an assembly, but we will have students sharing poems over our PA System. We will listen to the bagpipes “Flowers of the Forest” and observe a minute of silence. Each class has created poppies which we have assembled in the hallway in recognition of our veterans. Classroom’s have also discussed in class the importance of Remembrance Day and of the sacrifices our Veterans have made. November 11th – No school.

Poppy Donations

It is a long-standing tradition for schools to support our veterans and the efforts of the Royal Canadian Legion. Due to our COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the distribution and collection of funds for poppies will be different. Please note that our school will be receiving a poppy for every student. We will be distributing them to classes in a safe manner. We will continue to collect funds this year in support of the Legion’s Poppy Campaign but kindly ask students and their families to donate online via School Cash Online: https://sd35.schoolcashonline.com/

Please do not send any cash or cheques with your child to school. We appreciate your generosity. As always, our school is committed to educating our community about the meaning of the poppy and Remembrance Day.

Reminders:

Before and After School Playground Usage

Just a reminder that we are working very hard to have the student cohorts separate all day during school hours and we hope that you can support our efforts at the end of the day by not having your child use the playground equipment. Thank you.

Change of Clothes

The fall weather is upon us! Some days this week the rain was sideways! We had to phone a few parents this week and interrupt their day to ask for dry clothes as their child fell on the wet ground. Please pack your child (of all ages) an extra set of clothes as then we can just have the student change and not have to bother you.

Student Safety Around Schools – Weather

With the days growing shorter and the weather changing to rain, fog, and frost, the Langley School District is reminding all our students to take extra precaution when walking to and from school. Please be aware of your surroundings, walk on the sidewalk and with someone whenever possible, and avoid wearing headphones. We also ask drivers in our school community to be vigilant on our roads. Student safety is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping everyone safe.

 

Friday October 30th, 2020

School News:

Principal’s Blog

Check out the weekly activities happening around our school at the Principal’s Blog. Each week I try to capture moments around the school in order to share with you. I know as a working parent, I feel sometimes like I miss out on what’s going on with my boys at school and when I ask them about what they did in their day, surprisingly they always say “nothing!” Creating this blog has always been my practice but I feel it is especially important this year as we are missing our connections with parents in our school and classrooms.

Picture Day – Monday November 2nd

Picture day will be this Monday November 2nd.  An information flyer was sent home electronically on Tuesday Oct. 27th on how to go about ordering this year. Paper information will not be sent home and all orders will be processed online due to Covid19 restrictions. Retakes will be held Nov. 24th

Please note, photographers will be following provincial health and safety protocols:

  • Physically distancing
  • Wearing a mask
  • Handwashing/hand sanitizing
  • Completing the Daily Health check

PAC Fundraiser Success!

A big thank you to the Topham PAC for organizing the Fruit and Vegetable fundraiser, selling bags of fresh produce. The Fundraiser was a huge success selling 66 bags of produce! What you may not be aware of is that means that the Fruit and Vegetable program will donate 66 free bags of produce to our school.

“We will supply a complimentary Caring Bundle of fresh fruit/vegetables for every bundle sold by the school. Sell 40 bundles, get 40 bundles FREE. Your school can then give those 40 bundles to families in need in your school at no charge. The Caring Bundles are filled with $25 of fresh produce.”

Reminders:

District Reporting Changes

Changes are being made to communicating student learning (report cards) this year across the district. The school district hosted an evening parent information session on October 15th. If you were unable to watch the live streamed event, please check out the recording here: Recorded Video Session

Information About School Status During Inclement Weather

Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So, where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or www.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.

Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

 

Friday October 23, 2020

School News:

Our school is getting a new playground!! Topham Elementary was awarded a provincial grant for $120,000 in order to replace the older playground on the east side of the school by 96th. We are currently in the process of working with the Langley School District Maintenance Department and a company called Habitat-Systems to plan out what the new playground will look like.

Terry Fox Fundraising

I wanted to say thank you to the Topham Community for raising $425 dollars towards cancer research. All of your donations were greatly appreciated. Way to go TOPHAM!!

October 27th & 28th – Parent Teacher Interviews

This year interviews will be help on held on October 27th (2:00-7:30pm) and October 28th (2:00-4:30pm). Teachers will be holding interviews on TEAMS or by phone. The online booking system was closed at 3pm Friday October 23rd. If you missed booking an appointment, please call Mrs. Finley in the office.

Spirit Days

The grade 7 students are leading our school in Spirit Days. Next Friday is the first SPIRIT DAY, being Halloween costume day! Please remember that if your child’s costume has a weapon, to please keep it at home for your evening plans. Remember that masks can be scary for some of our little people so we will remind kids to be sensitive while wearing them during school hours. Unfortunately, due to Covid19, we will not be able to welcome any outside treats for students like we may have done in the past as a class treat. Thank you for understanding.

Oct. 30th – Halloween Costumes (following school district dress code)

Reminders:

District Reporting Changes

Changes are being made to communicating student learning (report cards) this year across the district. The school district hosted an evening parent information session last week on October 15th. If you were unable to watch the live streamed event, please check out the recording here: Recorded Video Session

District News

Information About School Status During Inclement Weather

Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So, where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or www.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.

Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

Friday October 16, 2020

School News:

Our school is getting a new playground!! Topham Elementary was awarded a provincial grant for $120,000 in order to replace the older playground on the east side of the school by 96th. We are currently in the process of working with the Langley School District Maintenance Department and a company called Habitat-Systems to plan out what the new playground will look like.

October 23rd Professional Development Day – students not in attendance

The Topham staff and educators provincially will be busy learning new things to benefit students.

October 27th & 28th – Parent Teacher Interviews

This year interviews will be help on held on October 27th (2:00-7:30pm) and October 28th (2:00-4:30pm). Teachers will be holding interviews either face to face, on TEAMS or by phone. Please watch for booking information coming home soon.

Spirit Days

The grade 7 students are leading our school in Spirit Days and have planned a really creative bunch of ideas for the different days! We will share the first one but you will have to wait and see for the rest!!

Oct. 30th – Halloween Costumes (following school district dress code)

Dec. 18th

Nov. 20th

Jan. 22nd

Feb. 11th

April 23rd

May 28th

June 18th

Friday October 9, 2020

School News:

We are hiring a noon hour supervisor. Please see the attached job description for more info. Required to help supervise students each day during lunch play time from 12:00-1:00pm. $23.45 an hour. If you are interested, please connect with Vanessa at vjaggi@sd35.bc.ca

District Reporting Changes

As you read in my email earlier this week, changes are being made to communicating student learning (report cards) this year across the district.

In the attachment, you will find detailed information about the upcoming changes and also an invitation and link to a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on October 15th at 7pm, where you will be able to log in and hear further information from the leads in our Instructional Services Department.

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a great long weekend (no school Monday) filled with great food and family. This year there will be a few less bodies crammed around our dinner table due to covid but we still have so much to be thankful for. I know that teachers were talking this week with their classes about all the things the kids were thankful for such an important idea to keep in our minds.

Latest PAC News:

Family Photo Session Opportunity

PAC is hosting a photo session with Sarah Amaral on October 25th beginning at 9am.

Book a 10 minute photo session held at Derby Reach park. You receive all originals plus 5 edited photos for $75

To book an appointment please text or email Susie (Topham Parent) at 778-552-0907 or susie1332@hotmail.com

Halloween Community Carve

During the month of October, send a photo of your family’s carved Halloween pumpkin to tophampresident@gmail.com See the attachment for further details.

Friday October 2, 2020

School News:

District Code of Conduct and District Dress Code Guidelines

At the start of each school year we are asked to share the following documents with staff, students and families. Please take a minute to review the following links:

Code of Conduct

Dress Guidelines

School Photos

Just an update on school photos – they will go ahead this year and our scheduled school date is November 2nd. Further information regarding how ordering will happen will come home prior to the date.

Terry Fox Run

Today’s run was a big success!! Each class went out and ran laps for Terry Fox. It was a sunny day filled with great enthusiasm from all of the kids! So proud of them! Thank you to everyone who brought in a Toonie for Terry or donated online at http://www.terryfox.ca/TophamElementary

Reminders:

Outside Recess and Lunch

Kids work hard at school and their brains and bodies need a break. Therefore, students will be going outside at recess and lunch for fresh air and exercise unless the weather is atrocious! A little rain won’t hold us back from going outside and having some fun! Please ensure your child has a raincoat/warm coat, boots, hats, mittens, and a dry change of clothes. I know often times we think a change of clothes is only necessary for the little ones, but sometimes even big kids can get wet. If they already have an extra set of clothes, then we do not have to call home and bother you throughout the day for something dry. Thanks in advance for supporting our outside explorations.

School Calendar

The school calendar on the Topham website has been updated. You can check here for all upcoming dates. On the pdf calendar I sent earlier this week some of the dates had the wrong day of the week attached. Please see attached corrected school calendar for your reference.

District News:

Langley Environmental Awareness Program (LEAP) – Fort Langley Elementary

Information Session for Future Kindergarten Students

Imagine your child’s classroom in the open air! Join us on Monday, October 5th, 5:00 pm at Fort Langley Elementary for our Langley Environmental Awareness Program (LEAP) Info Session. This meeting is for families with children interested in entering the program in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. Due to limited capacity, registration to attend the meeting is required.

To learn more and register: https://bit.ly/2HxBANJ

To get a sense of the culture and program, you can watch this video here: https://bit.ly/33bF0OH

Friday September 24, 2020

Orange Shirt Day – Wednesday September 30th

We will be encouraging students to wear an orange shirt next Wednesday and we will be discussing with students the importance of this day. Thank you for continuing the conversations at home with your children.

What does Orange Shirt Day mean?

Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools.

Why do wear orange shirts on Orange Shirt Day?

Wearing an orange shirt and promoting the slogan, Every Child Matters, is an affirmation of our commitment to raise awareness of the residential school experience and to ensure that every child matters as we focus on our hope for a better future in which children are empowered to help each other.

To learn more about the significance of the orange shirt click here: Phyllis’ Story

Terry Fox Run – Friday October 2nd

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and Topham is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes. Please join us and support this wonderful cause by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/TophamElementary. Together, we can all make a difference! #terryfoxschoolruns @terryfoxfoundation

We will be running for the cure on Friday October 2nd. We will start the day with a virtual assembly and then each cohort will run laps for a twenty minute period scheduled throughout the day. Students are encouraged to bring a Toonie for Terry or online donations can be made at: http://www.terryfox.ca/TophamElementary

To learn more about Terry’s legacy and the Terry Fox Foundation click here: Terry Fox

Outside Recess and Lunch

Kids work hard at school and their brains and bodies need a break. Therefore, students will be going outside at recess and lunch for fresh air and exercise unless the weather is atrocious! A little rain won’t hold us back from going outside and having some fun! Please ensure your child has a raincoat/warm coat, boots, hats, mittens, and a dry change of clothes. I know often times we think a change of clothes is only necessary for the little ones, but sometimes even big kids can get wet. If they already have an extra set of clothes, then we do not have to call home and bother you throughout the day for something dry. Thanks in advance for supporting our outside explorations.

School Calendar

The school calendar on the Topham website has been updated. You can check here for all upcoming dates. On the pdf calendar I sent earlier this week some of the dates had the wrong day of the week attached. Please see attached corrected school calendar for your reference.

 

Friday September 18, 2020

It’s been a great first week! We were all so happy to have kids back in the building! Having their voices and energy have filled our hearts with joy.

Staff and students have been taking time to get settled into class, getting to know each other and the new school routines. But we are back in the swing of classroom teaching, gym class, music class and library.

Some up coming information:

Meet the Teacher Night:  Due to the many restrictions for schools as a result of Covid19, we will not be having a traditional Meet the Teacher night. Instead classroom teachers will be reaching out to families to connect, share expectations for the upcoming school year and most importantly, open lines of communication with you. This is the very first step in a very important relationship between school and home to ensure student success. If you haven’t already, you will hear from your classroom teacher no later than Friday, October 2nd.

School Photos: Individual student photos will be held Tuesday, September 29th. Further information to follow as to how that will look this year due to Covid19.

Form Completion: Two packages of forms will be coming home for your completion…brace yourself, there are a lot! I apologize but they are School District forms that are required to be completed by each student in our district. We tried to keep them easy to keep track of by putting them in two stapled packages, so I hope this helps. Thank you for taking the necessary time to complete and return them to your child’s classroom teacher.

Closed Playground: Just a reminder that the school playground is closed before and after school until 3pm. We have put things in place during the school day to ensure students are not intermixing with students from other cohorts so we just ask that you can support that as well before and after school.

Principal’s Blog: Each week I like to do a blog entry celebrating activities around the school. I do a brief blurb about happenings in different classrooms and try to include pictures. Student names are never included. It may be about a grade 1 class painting or about the grade 7’s doing science experiments. It’s always been my way of letting parents be part of what we do each day at school as often times I know when you ask your children what they have done all day the reply is often “nothing!” I think this window into the school will be especially important this year as we aren’t able to physically welcome you into the building.  We want you to be part of all of the great learning we do each day! Once I have the returned media forms, I will be able to begin. If you decline publication of your child’s photo, I will ensure they are not included in any of the photos I may take.

Friday September 11, 2020

Parents please note emails were sent to all families Friday night (Sept. 11) informing them of their child’s classroom for Monday morning.

 

 

 

Topham Elementary

21555 - 91 Avenue, Langley
BC, V1M 3Z3
Phone: 604-888-6111
Fax: 604-882-9378