Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents:

The BC Ministry of Education and School District No.  83 are continuing to develop curriculum and reporting documents that better meet the needs of families.  Our goal is to provide parents with a better way of understanding where their children are at in their learning journey.

Part of this change involves increased opportunities for parents to meet formally with teachers to discuss their child’s progress. As a result, for the third year in a row elementary schools in SD83 have scheduled an early dismissal day to facilitate Student/Parent/Teacher conferences.

On Thursday November 21, 2019, students at Hillcrest will be dismissed at 11:24am so that Student/Parent/Teacher conferences can take place.

Daycare pick-up and school bus pick-up will take place at this time. If your child is riding the school bus, please expect them to be dropped off at their usual drop-off location approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes early. If you usually meet your child at the drop-off location, please arrive 5-10 minutes early just in case the bus is a bit early.

These conferences will provide an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to discuss the child’s areas of strength, areas where development is needed, as well as set learning goals for the child’s continued academic and behavioral growth. Research indicates that this method of reporting was found to be more meaningful and informative for teachers, parents, and students. We also know that community-building and establishing strong relationships between home and school are what promotes learning in the most fundamental way.

Please note, an information letter explaining how to sign-up online for a Student/Parent/Teacher conference time slot will be sent home soon. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the office. We look forward to meeting with all of you to discuss your child’s progress and set goals for the remainder of the school year.


Gord Ritchie


ATTACHMENT: Early Dismissal Letter Nov 2019

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