Scholarship Application

‚ÄčThe April 3rd Scholarship Application submission date has been cancelled, an alternate date will be provided as soon as possible. ‚ÄčOnce the submission date is confirmed, instruction on how and when to submit scholarship applications will be provided. Information will be posted on the Ballenas website and will be sent to students through Xello and Remind (for students enrolled in PSP).

In the meantime students should have their scholarship application package ready to submit anytime after April 6th.


March 29, 2020 Message to Ecole Ballenas Families from the Principal

Sunday, March 29, 2020


To our √Čcole Ballenas Families, 

First and foremost, we hope that you and your families are doing well during these challenging times. We are certainly missing all of you, and wish that tomorrow could be filled with the excited sounds and buzz of our school community coming back together. However, we will have to wait for that, and we know that things will need to be done differently for a while. While ‚Äúin-class‚ÄĚ learning has been suspended for now, it is our intention to continue to be a supportive and active part of your family‚Äôs life.

If you haven’t done so already, please read the communications that have come from the Ministry of Education and from our Superintendent, Dr. Keven Elder. They can be found on the School District Website, or on the Ballenas Website.

Over the break, we have been working with our district leadership team, and will be working with our Ballenas staff next week to address the following Ministry of Education priorities: 

1.  Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students, families, and employees 
2.  Provide the services needed to support children of our essential service workers in the community 
3.  Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance 
4.  Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students 

While we know things are in flux and are constantly evolving around us, here are our initial steps and thinking for next week and beyond related to these priorities:

Next Week (March 30 - April 3rd):

*Teachers will be making email contact with the students/families in their CLC/Homeroom classes. Our goal is to establish an initial connection and check in with our families as we move forward with our planning around the continuity of educational opportunities and learning for all.

*We will establish a procedure for students/parents to retrieve any essential items from the school. This will likely occur after April 6th. Until this is determined, we ask that students/parents do not attempt to access the building or come to the campus.

*Counseling staff will be available via email and can connect over the phone to support our families - please also check out their counseling website for additional resources and tools to support mental health and well-being:

Grade 8/9: Norberta Heinrichs (nheinrichs@sd69.bc.ca)
Grade 10 and 11 (A-K): Shannon Confortin (sconfortin@sd69.bc.ca)
Grade 11 (L-Z) and Grade 12: Greg Meredith (gmeredith@sd69.bc.ca)

The intention for this week is focused on supporting families and determining needs. We will also be providing updates on the COVID-19 situation and how it is affecting education

April 6th - and beyond (stay tuned for updates): 

*Teachers will work towards connecting with students in their respective classes and providing suggestions and support for continuity of learning. Ideas and suggested learning may involve subject area explorations and inquiry, but this learning will not be a continuation of class-specific curriculum or assessment - please remember that no student will lose out on graduation, promotion, or transition as a result of this pandemic

*Counselors will remain available to support families; please contact them via email to arrange a time and way to connect

Information from the District: 

Information is being updated regularly - the best source of information remains on our School District Website or our Ballenas Website.  You can also email us if you have any questions or concerns (please see contact information below). Ballenas is active on social media via Twitter and Facebook and we will do our best to keep these sites updated with the latest information

We know that this time is filled with much uncertainty and many unknowns, but the one thing we do know is that even when we are apart, the Ballenas learning community is strong, and we will all need to draw on that strength during the coming weeks. Our plan is to take things slowly, one day at a time, and to communicate with as much clarity as we can. We thank you for your patience during this time and please reach out to us when needed.

Rudy Terpstra, Principal: rterpstr@sd69.bc.ca 
Heather Deering, Vice-Principal (Grades 8-9): hdeering@sd69.bc.ca 
Trish Cathrine, Vice-Principal (Grades 10-12): tcathrine@sd69.bc.ca 

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones; we will navigate these times together.

Rudy Terpstra, Principal √Čcole Ballenas Secondary Secondary 



MARCH 25 COVID-19 Continuity of Learning/ Childcare Planning/ Ministry FAQ
‚ÄčMessage to all Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, Families:
MARCH 25 COVID-19 Continuity of Learning/ Childcare Planning/ Ministry FAQ

‚ÄčMessage to all Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, Families:

Message to all Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, Families: 

We hope you and your families are keeping as well as can be during these unprecedented times. We are in a time of change each day and wish to share with you what may happen next week as we know it today.

¬∑         Teachers will be connecting with families at some point during the week via email, telephone or other electronic means.

¬∑         Please know we are working on how to support students with their ongoing engagement of learning, including resources on how to talk to children about COVID-19. Please note this is not an expectation of a continuity of curriculum or instruction, but an engagement of learning.

¬∑         We will communicate information as we receive it from the Ministry under the direction of the Health Authorities. We will share information and update our website on a regular basis.  An FAQ from the Ministry has now been posted to the District's website

As part of our planning we are trying to collect information as to how many families  would need to have child care support for children who are too young to be at home alone during the school day and their parents/guardians are working in essential services. The school district needs to know how we can support the planning for this need. 

Please reply to COVIDUpdates@sd69.bc.ca  indicating the school your child currently attends and the type of  child care support you would need so you would be able to continue with the essential work you are doing to support the community.

Thank you and take care,

SD69 Senior Leadership Team


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