The Networking Journal The Networking Journal Volume 1, Issue 1 March 2007 Principal’s Report By Marguerite Henderson In my experience as a teacher, the months of January, Febru- Welcome to the new staff members of our community – ary, and March – those months between Christmas and Sandra Woodside-Gothard (principal), Chelsea Grunert, Spring Break, seem to be the longest of the year. They are and Raahkee Nathoo (former BCSD student) – Educational dark, dreary, rainy and cold. You go to school when it is dark Assistants. We know that these three will bring new ideas and you go home when it is dark. Not this year! As you read and exciting strategies to our school. the following pages of this newsletter you will see what has been happening at the school to make it a welcoming, cheery Presently the staff is working on plans and ideas for our place for both the students and staff. School Plan for next year. We have looked at the stu- dents’ progress this year, examined the strategies we used Everyone at BCSD has been working (and playing) to improve in our classrooms, and are now discussing possible strate- their academic and social skills in a variety of activities. Our gies for next year. Some of the questions we’re asking our- two school goals of literacy and social responsibility are al- selves are: Did our direct instruction of inferencing im- ways present in our classrooms and extracurricular events. prove our students’ achievement in reading comprehen- You will read about how the BCSD community is involved in sion? Did our staff attending the Restitution workshop help student-led conferences, mime, art exhibits, ASL poetry, us with our goal of solving problems peacefully? We are work experiences, Restitution Training, the cyberage, sub- always looking to ways to improve our work with students stance abuse prevention, leadership of the Student Council, and their achievement. and transitions. All this, in addition to the student’s hard work in Language Arts, Math, Science, Socials, and P.E. for the second term of the school year. Which reminds me, please When we come back from Spring discuss your child’s report card with him or her and remind Break, there will be more sunshine, them how proud you are of their accomplishments and less rain and three months left in the achievements. Tell them that effort and work habits are just school year. Enjoy your holiday! as important as grades and if they are trying their best that is what you expect. Inside this issue: Elementary 2 Personalities Elementary Program News by Myrna Ziola, Vice-Principal Deaf Talent Contest 4 We have several new faces here at the ele- position. Both Chelsea and Raahkee are fa- mentary site. We have welcomed Sandra miliar faces as they both have done practi- Woodside-Gothard as our new Principal at cums at BCSD. Communication 7 South Slope. She brings a wealth of expertise We are pleased to have one new grade 6 Contest from working at other elementary schools student from Kamloops join our ranks. Cory and is excited about working at a school with Alphonse started classes in Div.15 on Janu- Cochlear Implant 6 Workshop Deaf staff and students. ary 8, which just happens to be his birthday! We also have had some changes in our Edu- We hope coming to BCSD was a good birth- Secondary Dept 9 cational Assistant staffing. Marilyn Loehr left day present for him. Upcoming Events us at the end of December and she has been replaced by Raahkee Nathoo. At the be- So You Think you can 10 ginning of February, Kim Block decided to The winter term has always been my favorite Dance Competition return to being a stay at home Mom and time in the school year. Routines and expec- Chelsea Grunert has been hired for her (Continued on page 2) Work Experience 12 Page 2 (Continued from page 1) They are all excited and nervous about going to school at Burnaby South. tations have already been established in the fall and after Christmas holidays both staff and students come back re- freshed and ready to work. This is the most productive pe- Our BCSD staff does professional development on an ongo- riod in the school year and our students have been busily ing basis. The teachers have been discussing many issues re- applying themselves. They were very proud to be able to lated to the school wide goals of improving reading and writ- display their skills and share their learning with family and ing skills. On Jan 19th we were lucky enough to have a special dorm workers during the student–led conferences in Febru- session with Barbara Nussbaum and Susanne Scott. Even ary. Thank you to parents/CCC’s were took the time to though it was a Friday after school session, our teachers and many Cupe staff attended. These two women are involved come in and validate the achievements your child has made. with schools for the Deaf all across America so it was inter- esting to hear their perspective on teaching Cochear Im- This term has been filled with many Deaf culture activities. planted children in a signing environment. On the January Late in December our students attended mime workshops Professional Day the elementary staff went with South Slope for 4 days with Max-i-mime. Max is a professionally trained staff on a retreat to Timberline Ranch. Although we did have mime and in addition to being an amazing artist, is a superb a break for walking and wall climbing, the majority of the day teacher. He is able to read children and seems to know intui- was spent looking at the Math curriculum and our Math se- tively what level they are ready for. The students loved his ries, Math Makes Sense. The February professional Day was workshops and we saw evidence of Max’s craft being prac- the District Professional Day. Cupe provided workshops for ticed all over the school during recess, lunch time and some- their staff and there were other workshops for teachers and times during classtime. Throughout December and January Administration. Staff chose workshops they felt benefited teachers taught lessons on Deaf visual art and students cre- them best. Some of the courses picked were: Restitution, ated their own original Deaf artwork. In addition to this, vis- Boys and Learning, Kids and Rocks: Geology and its Impact on ual artist Eugeniu Televco visited our school to share his art Our World, and Technology. work and do a drawing lesson on perspective with Div. 14 and 15. During January the focus was ASL poetry. Jennifer Zuvic returned for two mornings to do Deaf poetry work- shops with staff and students. All of these lessons came to a climax with our BCSD Deaf Art Contest. Our grade 7 students have begun to start doing some transi- tion activities to high school. They have picked out their coursework for next year and done a tour of Burnaby South. They have also had a chance to talk to some of the high school students and ask questions about high school life. Hi! My name is Priya. I am aged nine, My name is Destiny. Things I’m good at: drawing and but I will soon be ten. I have a family. I I am 12 years old. I making silly expressions. have a mom, a dad, a younger sister and have a Mom, a Dad, 1 My name is Terrance. I am an older brother. I like to chat with my brother and 3 sisters. twelve (12) years old. I have my friends, family and my teachers! I like to I like healthy food. I mommy, dad, a brother and a sis- draw pictures on my don’t like sour and ter. I like Chi- whiteboard. I like to bitter candies, I am good at art and nese food, ap- swim. I dislike baby printing. When I grow up, I want to ples and toys, strong smells and work with computers. games. I don’t rude people. I am good My name is Kyle. I am eleven years like popcorn, at playing hockey, read- old. I have a family, my mom and toys and stay- ing and ice skating. brother. I live in the dorm. I live with ing home. I am When I grow up, I’d like my mom in Squamish on weekends. good at read- to become a doctor. I like watching cartoons and com- ing. Cooking, puters. I don’t like school work. and at art. When I grow up I want to be a cook. continued on page 3 Page 3 Hello! My name is Chrissie Mar- Hi my name is Jade Fox. I am in Personalities Continued from page 2 shall. I am in Grade 6. I have an Grade six. My favourite thing to do older sister. She is hearing. I am is to play with my dog. I love art. I My name is Judy Khuu. I have a deaf and a bit blind. My favourite like to design clothes and learn mommy, a daddy and a brother. I hobbies are chatting with my about history. I dream all the time. like to eat Chinese food. I like friends, playing games and looking I always work hard in class. I like playing games on the computer for wonderful facts. I moved here to chat with children. I don’t want to and visiting Hong Kong and China. from Calgary, Alberta. I am a very be silly. My parents are always I don’t like dolls, playing baseball, friendly and cool person. I love to proud of me! and football. I am good at ice skat- make many new friends. My par- ing and playing badminton and ents are deaf and they graduated cooking. When I grow up I was to from Gallaudet University. Hope work in the Food Fair at the mall. you enjoy my biography! Division 15 Field Trip to the George C. Riefel Bird Sanctuary On Monday, January 22nd our class went on a field trip to the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island in Delta. We learned about aquatic biomes in Science and we wanted to see what kind of plants and animals lived in an estuary. The Bird Sanctuary is on the Fraser River Estuary. It rained on our field trip. The rain did not stop us from having a good time though. When we arrived, we met John Ireland who kindly showed us around. Our teacher gave us bird food to Jade Fox , Ms. Anderson, Michael Hsi and Sulieman Noor pat an owl feed the ducks. The ducks followed us everywhere because from the sanctuary they wanted more food! Mr. Ireland told us that we had just missed seeing the snow geese. They had already left to go back home to Russia. We saw black American Coots. They are very awkward birds be- cause they have loped webbed feet so they walk funny. We also saw Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees. They ate food from our hands and flew away. We saw bald ea- gles and hawks sitting on top of trees. We also saw beaver dams and chipped tree trunks. John took us to the museum where we saw many dead, stuffed birds and animals. We touched the dead body of a trumpet swam. Its feathers were soft and fluffy. We also saw the bones of a swan, a whale and rodents. It was very interesting! We all had a great time and enjoyed having Mr. Ireland show us around. Thank you, Mr. Ireland! Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 4 Audiology Corner By Tom Braasch, Audiologist And Kim Harrison, Technician the child also qualifies for the disability amount, know Disability Tax Credit as the Disability Tax Credit. The Disability Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit that reduces the amount of income tax that may be owed by people with disabilities or the Form T2201- Disability Tax Credit Certificate, explains people who support them. the eligibility criteria and is included in the RC4064 guide. For families of students enrolled at the B.C. School for the Deaf, Form T2201 must be completed The Government of Canada has introduced the and signed by your child’s doctor and/or audiologist. Child Disability Benefit (CDB). The Child Dis- ability Benefit is a tax-free benefit for low to mod- To get copies of Form T2201, or Information Concern- est income families caring for children under the ing Persons with Disabilities, visit the Canada Customs age of 18 who have a severe or prolonged mental and Revenue Agency (CCRA) website at: or physical impairment. The CDB will be included www.ccra.gc.ca. You can also get copies by calling 1- as a supplement to the Canada Child Tax Bene- 800-959-2221 or by visiting your local Canada Customs fit (CCTB) payments. Families who are eligible to and Revenue Agency. receive CCTB for a child will receive the CDB only if BC Deaf Talent Contest Submitted by Terry Gardiner facial expressions, the students developed confidence and began to create their own ASL poetry. Many students chose to pro- duce poems about topics of their own choice but those who This winter the staff and students of the BCSD once again en- were interested in competing in the MJP( Marie Jean Philip) com- tered the (MJP) Marie Jean Philip contest in Northeastern Uni- petition at Northeastern University in Boston, had to follow versity in Boston. They began preparing for this event at the contest guidelines. Entries needed to be related to Deaf His- start of the school year. Students have been studying about as- tory, Deaf culture and the Deaf community. pects of Deaf history since the fall. In December classes pro- duced Deaf artwork. The younger students needed to incorpo- rate handshapes in their artwork and the older students were On Feb 9, the students gathered before four judges, who were required to produce art about some aspect of Deaf history. We members of the Deaf community. Our thanks to Bunnie Munch, thank Susan van Gurp and Paul Munch for judging these visual Vincent Chauvet, Julie Martin and Leonor Johnson for giving us artworks. their time and skill to act as our judges. Congratulations to all the students! The performances went well and everyone en- joyed watching the poetry. It was hard for our judges to choose In January, we were fortunate to have Ms. Jennifer Zuvic, who is the winners. on maternity leave, return to lead some ASL poetry workshops. After doing exercises to practice using physical movements and Deaf Poetry Name Title Suleiman Noor Peddling Handshapes: 1ST 5, P,E,D,L,I,N,G Priya Sadher Where are the Clothes? The following are our winners. First place poetry and artwork has been forwarded to Boston to further compete with other 2ND Handshapes: 1,5, flat 0, North America Deaf children. Open B Chrissie Marshall Chautauqua Salute Handshapes: 3rd 5, D, E, A F Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 5 Special Needs Name Title 1st Kyle Huff The Annex is Gone 2nd Kelvin Wu Car from the Top 3rd David Gale Playing Video Games Age 9-12 Name Title 1st Priya Sadher Deaf Children Kyle Huff and his winning artwork 2nd Chrissie Marshall Peddling 3rd Judy Khuu Deaf School –A Long Time Ago & Today Age 8 + Under Name Title 1st Sofia Khadem My House 2nd Teoren Duck- Earthquake Chief 3rd Beth Joe Flowers in Vase Arts Alive 2007: My Story Elementary Student Art Exhibition their artwork on our walls. Congratulations to the fol- The Burnaby Art Gallery had a district-wide art competi- lowing students who have had their work selected to be tion using the theme My Story as a starting point. The displayed in the Burnaby Art Gallery: aim was to exhibit a selection of artworks that clearly Ethan Alexander (KG) explored the theme of ‘My Story’, and included a variety Loveleen Bhandari (KG) of materials, concepts, schools, and ages. Selection Kurtis Engel (KG) Criteria included: Shaniya Haines (Gr. 4) • Originality and creativity in concept, materials and/ or Levi Lamontagne (Gr. 7) Caption describing picture or graphic. process as they relate to ‘My Story’. You can bring your family and friends to view this ex- • Good craftsmanship. hibit. There will be a special opening ceremony with the mayor on April 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and the • Clear communication of concept and theme. artwork will remain on exhibition at Ceperley House in a. Visual communication is of primary importance. Deer Lake Park till May 20th. b. Written communication of intent or process plays Gallery hours are: Tue-Fri: 10:00 am- 4:30 pm, Sat and only a supporting role. Sun: noon till 5:00. Audrey Cameron, Danielle Griska and Lynley Lewis decided to have their classes participate. The BAG/BTA jury came by last week to make their selections of art- work they will display in the gallery. We’re thrilled for all our students who participated. It was lovely to have Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 6 From the Outreach Office DSCB rotartsinimdA hcaertuO ,rolyaT neraK yB "In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children Some districts (students) but what you have taught them to do for them- have limited or no selves that will make them successful human beings." Ann access to qualified teachers of the deaf and hard of hear- Landers ing. It is encouraging to see these districts exercise their The Provincial Outreach Program staff has been working options to obtain every available resource to support the diligently to produce the Provincial Outreach brochure learning needs of their students. As always, I am grate- and the Provincial Outreach Newsletter soon to be ful to be welcomed by parents, students and district staff viewed on the new website we are in the process of alike with warmth, enthusiasm and wonderful hospitality. building. Watch for these new items and for the launch ICED 2010: of the website in late Spring! The committee co-chaired by Susan van Gurp and Claire Provincial Outreach Visits: Anderson continues to meet regularly in planning this major Since the last newsletter, many requests have been gen- event. The next meeting is slated for April 27th, 2007. erated by school districts for support and consultation services. Many districts in the Lower Mainland: Surrey, UPCOMING EVENTS: Vancouver, Abbotsford, to name a few are consulting with Outreach to ensure their students receive the ac- 2007 Itinerants Conference Victoria, BC April 20th @ James Bay cess to all available resources. On-going support/ Community Centre consultation has been provided as well to Terrace, Ques- nel, Dawson Creek, Vernon, North Okanagan-Shuswap, For further information contact: Pam Guilbault SD #61 Arrow Lakes, Cowichan Valley, and Cranbrook. Cochlear Implants: Workshop January 19th, 2007 by: Helen Armstrong, Speech-Language Pathologist “Optimizing Development of Communication for Chil- parents and associated professionals are excited to learn dren with Cochlear Implants: Sign and Spoken Lan- about new strategies to work with children who are deaf guage” Workshop, Jan 19, 2007- Burnaby, BC and hard of hearing. The BC School for the Deaf provides an educational program for students with cochlear im- plants who use sign language and staff were pleased to realize that they already provide many of the recom- Presented by: Debra Nussbaum-Coordinator (CIEC), mended support services as outlined by the presenters. Clerc Center, Gallaudet University Susanne Scott, Outreach Specialist (CIEC), Clerc Cen- The presenters began the workshop by describing the ter, Gallaudet University mandate and communication philosophy of the Cochlear Implant Education Center at Clerc Center-Gallaudet Uni- versity. The workshop was then divided into three mod- ules: Reviewed by: Helen Armstrong, Speech-Language Pa- I. Review of CI Technology and Research Highlights - thologist, BC Provincial School for the Deaf This section began with a review of cochlear implant tech- nology and new trends. Debra and Susanne then dis- cussed the rationale for using sign language. Early sign The BC Provincial Outreach Program in collaboration with language use coupled with early age of implantation posi- the BC School for the Deaf and the BC Provincial Re- tively impacts vocabulary development, thinking skills and source Program-Cochlear Implants co-sponsored this literacy for children with cochlear implants. workshop on cochlear implants. Cochlear implants are II. Planning and Implementing a Comprehensive Com- assistive listening devices that are implanted directly into munication Program- This section included the ‘nuts and the inner ear to help deaf people hear. Two hundred par- bolts’ of planning a program incorporating spoken lan- ticipants attended in person at Byrne Creek Secondary or guage and sign language. The presenters recommended via videoconference. The presenters also toured the BC developing a language plan which included a summary of School for the Deaf and gave a presentation to the staff. (Cochlear Workshop Continued on page 7) Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Educators, Page 7 (Cochlear Workshop Continued from page 6) the student’s abilities in receptive and expressive sign and COMMUNICATION spoken language. They included a “Student Communica- tion and Language Profile” as a guideline in their handout. The different communication requirements for academic vs. CONTEST 2007 social language were reviewed. For example, a student may require American Sign Language when receiving com- plex academic information vs. using spoken language and The Burnaby Optimist Club on be- audition alone during informal discussions. Each student’s half of Optimists International - communication needs may change over time as their de- Pacific North West District, the BC velopment of skills in each modality changes. When con- Provincial School for the Deaf and sidering an educational placement for a student, the pro- the Provincial Outreach Program gram should match the student’s unique communication invite Deaf and hard of hearing profile and required range of supports (including device students in grades 6-12 to participate in the 2007 monitoring, auditory/speech development activities, spoken Communication Contest. and sign language in class,counseling services, family sup- port, and involvement of Deaf professionals in all aspects This exciting event will take place on Tuesday, of services) April 17, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at III. Integrating Sign and Spoken Language in all Envi- the Michael J. Fox Theatre, 5455 Rumble Street, ronments- This module addressed the ‘how to’s’ of imple- Burnaby. The four-minute topic is “ My Biggest menting the program. Video clips of the bilingual model at Challenge is ………. ” the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center Nursery Classroom demonstrated successful implementation of All human beings face varied and unique chal- sign and spoken language. The presenters provided ex- lenges in life. This year’s topic presents a wonder- amples of activities to develop auditory skills, American ful opportunity to share and to express those chal- Sign Language skills, and spoken English skills. Examples lenges in a creative, eloquent and reflective man- included the teachers, speech-language pathologist and ner! Deaf professionals involved in classroom activities. Finally, extensive resources provided on the Cochlear Implant Edu- cation Center website were recommended: http:// As is the tradition, the planning committee is work- clercenter.gallaudet.edu/CIEC/resources2.html. For further ing hard to make this contest a memorable event information, the presenters welcome inquiries- for oral and signing Deaf and hard of hearing stu- Debra.Nussbaum@gallaudet.edu,Susanne.Scott@gallaude dents. We urge you to take risks and to remember t.edu. that “..to try is to learn. To fail to try is to suf- fer the inestimable loss of what might have Please note some of the important rules/criteria for this year’s been!” (Chester K. Bernard) Optimist Contest: Participants have an opportunity to win one of • Students must have a bi-lateral hearing loss of 40dB or three prizes: greater • First place prize winner receives a scholarship • The hearing loss must be significant in the ‘speech banana’ of $1500.00 towards a trade school, college, or range post-secondary education of their choice. • The contest is open to oral/signing students grades 6-12 Second place prize winner receives an i-Pod Video • Students with unilateral hearing losses are not eligible; Third place prize winner receives a portable DVD however, students with a unilateral hearing loss are encour- player + DVD aged to compete in the Oratorical contest held by their local Optimist Club in their region/municipality. For further infor- The deadline for submitting applications is 4 pm, mation on who to contact for the Oratorical contest, con- tact: Ken Ryan, Burnaby Optimist Club April 10th, 2007. email@example.com Telephone: 604-671-1000 Take a risk and go for it!! We look forward to see- ing you on April 17th! IMPORTANT REMINDER: Please note that an up-to-date audiogram (done within the last 2 years) should accompany the application form. Thank you and the best of luck to all participants. Please feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for further informa- tion/clarification on contest rules. Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 8 News from the Secondary Department By Susan van Gurp, PhD Secondary Vice Principal It’s almost March and the snow flurries were olds, showing them that ASL involves facial coming down this morning! It has certainly expression, voice off, and signing, while English been a strange winter in the Lower Mainland. is expressed through voice, reading and writ- ing. In the later years, Deaf teachers use ASL and hearing teachers use a mixture of ASL or I just got back from lunchtime supervision, a spoken English with sign support for the stu- time when I get to chat with the students and dents who use their residual hearing. catch up with what’s going on. Today there was a meeting, chaired by Grace Szakun, with Deaf student artists and BCSD staff members. The enrollment at many Schools for the Deaf We have quite a few very talented artists, so in Canada and the USA has dropped and they Grace decided it was time to start showing are struggling to meet the needs of a smaller their work. She has paired students with staff student population. The model we have at “mentors” who will help them organize their BCSD has provided us with the best of both work and prepare for a Deaf Art Show this worlds. Unlike Deaf students at small segre- spring. The show will be on for two days, with gated schools, our students are fortunate to an opening event on May 15th. More details to be able to choose between Deaf classes and follow. integrated classes with interpreter support. “We have quite Because we have access to the hearing pro- gram, our students can take a variety of a few very Across the hall, a group of Deaf students were classes like wood working, dance, physical talented artists” gathered in the Multi Purpose Room for a ping education, weight training, catering, to name a pong tournament. Our students have become few. While other schools struggle to maintain very skilled at ping pong and it’s great to see facilities when their student numbers are low, the students in the Access Program joining in we do not need to worry about keeping the on the competition. Ken Heavyside supervises buildings operating. this lunchtime activity. If you have visited the secondary program you know that we have a “Deaf Friendly” area where the students have Professional Development their lockers. This is where the students “hang This year, the Secondary School (hearing and out” and socialize. Visitors are always wel- Deaf programs) has begun three year Literacy comed and when Deaf students from other Training with Faye Brownlie. Although the schools visit they are amazed to see so many sessions are designed for teaching hearing stu- Deaf teenagers in one place. There are few dents, the BCSD teachers use many of the schools like BCSD in Canada, as many prov- same strategies and make adjustments when inces have moved toward full integration. needed. With the renewed emphasis on read- ing, we are noticing an improvement in many I recently attended the Association of College students’ reading levels. In the area of Social Educators of Deaf and Hearing (ACEDHH) in Responsibility, many staff attended Restitution Pittsburgh and had the opportunity to visit the Training, an approach that gives the students Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (a more responsibility in dealing with behavioural private school funded by state and private do- issues. You can read more about these initia- nations). They have 202 Deaf and hard of tives in Jennifer Murn’s submission. hearing students, including many with cochlear implants. It is a signing program which strives Another topic that falls under the topic of to meet the needs of all students, including Social Responsibility is bullying. While it is not hard of hearing students and those with im- a huge problem at BCSD, we are being vigilant plants. They start teaching the differences be- about dealing with this behaviour. Young peo- tween ASL and English with the three year ple often tease each other and say it’s just in Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 9 fun but they do not always realize the impact teasing can have on others. Teenagers are especially self- conscious and what may seem like just a joke can have a big impact, so we are not tolerating any kind of harassment or bullying. The school coun- selor will give a few sessions to the BCSD students on the ef- March 12 – Term 3 starts fects of teasing/bullying and what action to take when you are a victim or witness. We want our students to feel comfortable at March 13 - Parenting in the Cyberage - @ MJFox Thetare, school and in their community and have the knowledge and Burnaby South 7-9pm confidence to handle any kind of bullying behaviour. March 19-23- Spring Break March 28 – Report Cards issued Parent Information April 6 – Good Friday We are looking forward to a good turn out on March 13th April 9 – Easter Monday when there will be a presentation on Parenting in the Cyberage. Our young people are very connected with the internet and May 15 – Deaf art Show @ the Gallery, Burnaby South MSN, but most are quite naïve about the dangerous aspects of May 18- Professional Day internet usage. Parents need to also be aware of what is safe May 21 – Victoria Day and what to do to protect our children. ASL interpreting will be provided and we are looking into using video-conferencing so that parents of Deaf students around the province can par- If you are not on the school listserve and wish to have your ticipate. email address added, please send an e-mail to Susan Pazdzior- Lee at email@example.com. Later in the spring we will have a presenter share information with parents about Substance Abuse .Most of our students do I wish you all a wonderful, sunny spring and don’t hesitate to not use drugs or alcohol but the temptation is there and par- contact me or your child’s teachers if you have any questions ents need to be aware of what drugs are available and how to or concerns! recognize the signs of drug use. We have had sessions for stu- dents on the dangers of drug use and will continue to educate them on this topic. BCSD Secondary Student Council Submitted by: Greg Desrosiers Another parent presentation in the works is information about The BCSD Student Council is pleased to announce a new pair the Youth Transition Program. This program, funded by MCFD of officers: Hilary Potter as President and Cody Schmidt as and operated from the Provincial Services for Deaf and Hard of Vice President, effective January 25, 2007. The Student Council Hearing, has been in place for a few years and is designed to is holding its meetings during lunch on Thursdays in Mr. Des- offer support to students from age 17 to 21, as they move from rosiers' classroom. The latest items carried are as follows : secondary school to higher education or the workforce. The young people contact YTP and arrange an intake meeting when • purchasing a new ping pong table for deaf competitors in they go through an assessment to identify how the YTP can the multipurpose room help them. More information about dates and place will be coming out. • ordering a stack of new hockey sticks for floor hockey in anticipation of a local tournament • establishing a BCSD Flag committee to prepare flag con- Future Planning tests, and We are starting to plan for next fall and students have received their course selection forms, met with teachers, and submitted arranging the next assembly, sometime before the spring break. the forms to the office. There will be three graduates this year and a new group of bright faces moving up from South Slope in The council members agreed to create a new recreational/ the fall. The grade seven students have made their first visit and study atmosphere in the social room by adding special desks will be returning throughout the spring so that they start to get and drawers for recreational equipment. As an observer, I an idea of what next year will offer. would like to mention that the students are improving parlia- mentary procedures. Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 10 From Jennifer Murn, Secondary Department Head: Reading assessments for most of the secondary students have Restitution now been completed. Many of the students made gains in their reading comprehension and a few students made quite Creates conditions for the person to significant improvements. I met with each student following Fix their mistake and their assessment and reviewed the assessment, showed gains Return to the group they had made and discussed ways they can improve. Please encourage your son or daughter to read daily as that is one Strengthened. of the best ways to improve both reading and writing skills. If you would like more detail about your child's assessment, It was a great workshop filled with lively discussion and we please contact me at would strongly encourage other staff to take the course next 604-664-8560 loc 4228 or time it is offered. Jennifer.Murn@sd41.bc.ca Literacy: Faye Brownlie is a Literacy Consultant who has been presenting ongoing workshops on Literacy and Assess- Restitution: During the recent professional day, Gregory ment for groups of teachers throughout B.C. Many Burnaby Desrosiers, Linda Desrosiers, Grace Szakun, Kerry teachers, including some from BCSD Elementary, have taken MacLaren, Jennifer Murn, Sonja Horvat, Lesli Dunn, Margie the Literacy course from Faye in the past. Grace Szakun, Vlug and Ken Heavyside participated in the workshop, Resti- Dawn Middleton ( a teacher from the Oral Program) and tution Level 1. We discussed the five basic needs we all have Jennifer Murn have taken 3 of the 4 workshops and are im- - survival, belonging, power, freedom and fun - and how we plementing many of the reading strategies. It is important for should deal with misbehaviour in a restitution framework. students to have a variety of reading strategies at their dis- The first question to ask is what need is not being met and posal so they can learn to choose the appropriate strategy in how can we meet the need. specific situations. So You Think You Can Dance Competition two teams will go on to represent Meet Roberto Espinoza, BCSD’s Dance Burnaby South at the district wide Sensation! competition which will be held at the MJF Theatre on March 15th at 7pm. Roberto Espinoza (RJ), a grade 8 student, recently participated in the "So You Think Congratulations for a great perform- You Can Dance" competition at Burnaby ance, RJ! South/BCSD. RJ was the only Deaf stu- dent to enter, but since he is always danc- ing around during lunchtime, it was no surprise that he wanted to compete. The show had five performances by stu- dents, and RJ performed a solo Hip Hop routine. Everyone was blown away when they saw him up on stage. The results have not been released yet, but the top Roberto Esponoza (RJ) break dancing at Burnaby South competition Page 11 We are very excited at BCSD because we have had many successful work experience placements so far this year. Finding work placements for our students is important for many reasons. Our students can use the knowledge they gain to determine what their strengths are and what they might like to do after they complete Grade 12. Kyle Whitelaw spent two weeks at Ikea Patrick Caldicott has been a hockey fan since he Richmond late last year. He had a posi- was a little boy. So working at the skate shop at Kil- tion in the As-Is Department building larney Community Centre was a very exciting oppor- furniture for re-sale. Kyle has always tunity for him! Patrick really loved skating with the liked working with his hands and tools, younger children and helping them up when they fell. so it was a perfect fit! He settled into the He also learned a lot about how an ice rink operates, Ikea routine quickly and impressed his from the skate rentals to the ice-cleaning. The staff at co-workers and supervisors with his Killarney was happy to answer all of Patrick’s ques- great work ethic and positive attitude. tions and give him a tour of the community centre. They even gave him his very own tool Patrick working at the skate shop Kyle working with the nail gun James Burns recently completed his first work experience placement. He had the chance to work at Make Scents Flower Distributors in Burnaby. He learned how to bundle and package flower bouquets, and make labels and boxes. His supervi- sor was impressed with how focused James was throughout his time at Make Scents. Good job, James! James arranging flowers Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 12 Devon Aslin-West spent some time at one of the businesses in the neighbour- 3H was very grateful to have her help dur- hood, Milani’s Plumbing. Devon enjoyed ing the busy pre-Christmas season! his tasks and was a hard worker. He was Jeff Skelton and Connie Bowring have responsible for filing invoices and sorting both just started a new work experience paperwork for the staff at Milani’s. He through Aunt Leah’s Restaurant Training made a great impression on everyone! Program, which will last until June. Connie and Jeff will learn about food safety, how to set and bus tables, serve food, and wash dishes. When they graduate from the program in June, they will have some great work experience skills to put on their resumés! Maria Gelsinger will soon start a new work placement at Safeway Canada. She will work at the Seafair Safeway in Rich- mond on No. 1 Road. Maria hopes to gain enough experience to possibly work at Safeway after she finishes school. Devon filing the many invoices Robyn busy gluing all the pieces Robyn and her co-workers were very busy! Robyn Osorio spent a few weeks at the 3H Craftworks store last November. Robyn has a very positive attitude, so it was no surprise that the other volunteers gave her a warm welcome. Robyn proved to be especially adept at gluing, and there was a lot of gluing to be done. Page 13 The Networking Journal Any Questions? The British Columbia Provincial School for the Please E-mail: us: Deaf 4446 Watling Street firstname.lastname@example.org Burnaby, British Columbia Susan.email@example.com Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 604-664-8300 Myrna.email@example.com Fax: 604-664-8308 Your business tag line here. Do You Want a Fun Job This 1. Send your resume and cover letter to Summer? firstname.lastname@example.org In your cover letter, please include the fol- lowing: Parks Canada wants to hire 30 Deaf and hard of hear- ing students to work at different National Parks and His- a. Your communication mode: ASL, LSQ, Oral, or Sign torical Sites for the summer. and Speech b. Deaf or hard of hearing You will get great work experience, learn a lot of new Language of preference: English or French skills, and explore different career opportunities. Plus, you will be helping to protect and celebrate Canada’s heritage! Register online with the Public Service Commission, Federal Summer Work Employment Program (FSWEP) at: Work terms are anywhere between 8 and 16 weeks and will take place May to September. You might work http://www.jobs-emplois.gc.ca/fswep-pfete/ weekdays or weekends, days or evenings - it depends student/index_e.htm on what is needed. Use code “800” for Young Canada Works in section E How Do I Apply? You must be at least 16 years old and a full-time student at a secondary or post-secondary school.