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Mr. Mikel Brogan

September 17th, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians;

I just want to reach out and update parents on a few important items. Before doing so, I want to thank our wonderful groups of parents, families, staff members and students for all of the hard work and vigilance in helping our school towards the remarkably positive start up that we have enjoyed.

Just a kind reminder that the playground is closed before and after school to the public (7:30 am to 4:00 pm) every day due to Covid-19 safety restrictions. Also, please take students to school at or as close as possible to 8:20 a.m. We kindly remind parents to try as best as possible to social distance when on school grounds and to limit your time on the premises.

Also, please make sure students come to school with water bottles. This is very important that students have the ability to stay hydrated, particularly when the air quality is this poor.

Regarding air quality, we have been keeping students in doors when the air quality reaches 150. If your child should need to stay inside because of air quality at lesser levels for health reasons, please let your teacher know.


As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have. I can be reached at 604-826-6401 or at mikel.brogan@mpsd.ca.

Thank you very much and have a great day! 😊

Kindest regards,

 

 

Mikel Brogan

Principal of West Heights Community Elementary School


September 8th, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Here is the completed version of our Site Based Safety Plan in Powerpoint Form. It has been reviewed by our Joint Occupational Health and Safety Team and the entire staff at West Heights Community School. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions you may have!

!West Heights Site based Safety PP.pptx

Please feel free to contact the school at 604-826-6401 with any questions you may have.

Kind regards,

Mikel Brogan-Principal of West Heights Community Elementary School


September 4th, 2020

September 4th, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of West Heights Community School;

Our first day of school is just around the corner! We are welcoming student back next Thursday starting at 8:25 a.m. and ending at 2:23 p.m. as per our regular school day schedule.

This year, please bring your child to school as close as possible to the start of the school day to avoid large gatherings in front of our school. If you arrive early, please wait in the car with your child(ren) to make sure you are socially distanced at all times. Arriving between 5 and 10 minutes before start time is okay. Please also be reminded that our playgrounds are closed before and after school. Thank you for you understanding as we work with our COVID-19 safety protocols.

I have attached an updated draft copy of our site based/MPSD restart safety plan. Please be advised that this is only a DRAFT. I will be meeting with our school’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee on Tuesday and will have a finished version available for parents prior to the start of school next Thursday. 

I am very pleased to announce that all teaching and support positions have been filled for September. I would like to welcome our new librarian, Mr. Joe Huffman and our new LST teacher, Mr. Mark Holland.

As this year is very different that past years due to the Pandemic, we appreciate your patience and understanding as things change and evolve throughout the year.

I would like to ask parents to please review the attached email sent by our Superintendent, Mr. Angus Wilson. In his email, he clearly outlines options for students who may not be attending our school at the start of the year. If you decide to enroll in Designated Learning through the Summit Learning and want to save a seat in our school, it is imperative that you contact our school and inform us.

We are excited to welcome our new Kindergarten students who will have a gradual entry to our school during the first two weeks of September. A separate letter has been emailed and posted to our website outlining Kindergarten start-up details. As an important reminder to Kindergarden parents, please make sure to come to the school on Tuesday, September 8th to book your interview time. Interview slots are 25 minutes long and will be held on September 10th and 11th with your child's Kindergarden teacher. A table will be set up out front of the school with Ms. Schweers welcoming parents. Below are start-up instructions for our Grade 1 to 6 classes.

As noted above, our first day for students to attend is September 10, 2020, from 8:25 to 2:23. Students will report to their new classrooms/teachers on the first day of school. Please make sure to come on September 9th to see class lists so that we do not have a large gathering on the first day of school. You may also call the school to acquire your child’s class if you cannot attend in person.

A school map will also be posted next to the class lists so that students and parents know what school entrance to line-up at in the morning. Students are expected to line up at their appropriate school entrances and wait until the 8:25 school bell to enter the school.

Please note that your child’s classroom/teacher may change in the first week of school. Please be prepared for this. We may have unexpected changes in our school population that impact our classroom configurations.

I am looking forward to meeting seeing everyone next Thursday! Have a nice long weekend! 😊

Sincerely,

Mikel Brogan-Principal of West Heights Community Elementary School

September 2nd, 2020 

Click here to see our SITE BASED SAFETY PLAN DRAFT: DRAFT !West Heights Site based Safety PP FOR PARENTS.pptx (This is a draft!) 

September 2nd, 2020

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR KINDERGARTEN PARENT:

Dear Parents/Guardians of New Kindergarten Students at West Heights Community School:

Our Kindergarten students participate in a gradual entry program during the first two weeks of September; however, due to the delay of start-up this year because of Covid-19, gradual entry has been extended to Sept. 22nd. Please see details and dates below regarding our revised gradual entry program. We have also included a visual schedule (attached to email) summarizing the information below:

β€’ Tuesday, September 8th: Parents only (if able) are asked to attend the first day of school to sign up for interview times with your teacher. There will be a table set up in front of the school. Ms. Schweers will be there to greet you and sign you up for a time. This should only take a few minutes. Please come between 8:30 am and 10:30 am if you are able.  If you are not able to come and sign up that morning, you can visit the office later that day in the office or call the school. It is very important that you sign up for a time that day. Essentially, you will come to the front of the school and sign up for an interview time with your Kindergarten teacher. Interview slots will be 15 minutes and the interviews will be held on Thursday September 10th or Friday September 11th.

During your interviews on September 10th and 11th, gradual entry schedules will be explained. Parents will also learn about classroom supplies, comfort necessities and yearly activities. We will also do a "Welcome to Kindergarten" in which parents will be given learning resource bags by their teachers.

β€’ Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th, Parent/Student Interviews: Interviews between teachers and parents/students are used to help our Kindergarten teachers learn about your son or daughter. This information helps our team learn of any unique learning needs or strengths. It also gives parents a chance to ask questions in a smaller setting. Parents can sign up for an interview time on September 8th at the front of the school between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. Ms. Schweers will be there to greet you!

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β€’ Monday, September 14th to Tuesday, September 15th: Students will attend school for approximately 1.5 hours only in either an early morning or early afternoon session (8:30-10:00 or 12:45-2:23). Your child's particular timeslot will be communicated to you by Friday, September 11th. During your time slot, we will also be doing a welcome to Kindergarten at the same time. Your teacher will have pre-prepared learning resource bag for you to take home. Parents will also explain the contents of these learning resource bags so that you are able to use the contents at home with your child.  Each family will get a learning resource bag to take home with them. Your Welcome to Kindergarten timeslot will be communicated to you on Friday, September 11th.

β€’ Wednesday, September 16th: Group A 8:30 – 11:00 (need recess snack) Group B 12:00 – 2:23(need lunch)

β€’ Thursday, September 17th & Friday, September 18th: Students attend school for 2.5 hours, either from 8:30 to 11:55. Everyone will attend!

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β€’ Monday, September 21st: Students attend school from 8:30-11:55. This will be their first whole class experience. Please be sure to pack a snack for your child.

β€’ Tuesday, September 22nd: Students attend school from 8:30 to 1:00. Please remember to pack a whole lunch (in addition to a snack) for your son or daughter as this will be the first day they have a full lunch with us at West Heights.

β€’ Wednesday, September 23rd: All students begin full days from 8:30 to 2:23. Yay! 😊 -------------------Other Important Start-Up Information

β€’ Your child will need to have a backpack, lunch kit, inside runners (student can put on by themselves please!) and a change of clothes at school by September 23rd. Please make sure to label all of your child's belongings including their runners.

β€’ If your child is feeling nervous about attending Kindergarten, please come and visit during the last week of August; have a picnic at the playground, practice walking to school or phone to set up a meeting with one of the Kindergarten teachers.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school at 604-826-6401. We look forward to having you as part of our flock this upcoming year and for many years to come! 😊

 

See you soon,

 

The Kindergarten Teachers at West Heights School

 

 

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August 28th, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians;

To follow up on the previous email, I would like to re-iterate that we plan on taking ALL steps necessary to make sure our school is as safe as possible for the commencement of school in September. As mentioned, we are in the process of creating our SITE-SPECIFIC SAFETY PLAN for West Heights Community School. This plan will be specific to our site and have features specific to our school.

In the interim, below is a glance at our plans for September and some of the safety measures we will be taking as a school to maintain the utmost standards of health and safety for our staff and students. Please be advised that some things may change as provincial standards change and evolve.

As previously mentioned, homeschooling or distance learning are available alternatives to families. However, it is very IMPORTANT to note that if you decide that homeschooling or distance learning is best for your family, if you decide to return to our school, it is by availability only. This mean that spots will be offered to students as they apply, and spots may not remain available for students wishing to return to school later in the year. As we unfortunately cannot guarantee that there will be room available after September, please contact me with any questions you may have that will assist in making this decision with care.

Here are the basic safety procedures and basic plan for the start of September:  

Learning Groups (Cohorts)

All students and staff will be placed into Learning Groups (maximum of 60 people per group). While the vast majority of students' time spent at school will be in their classrooms with their teachers and classmates (class size limits from 18-30 depending on grade), students may intermingle more intimately with students in their larger Learning Groups for things like: group learning opportunities, lunch and recess breaks, fields trips, outdoor learning, and small events.

Each Learning Group will consist of students and staff from 2 or 3 classrooms and will be organized such that each learning group consists of similar aged children. Students and staff that are not in the same cohort must always maintain a minimum of 2 meters distance from each other both inside and outside of the school.

First Day of School Procedures, September 10th

Students will be placed into their new classrooms (and Learning Groups) on the first day of school, September 10thClass lists will be available two days before starting school so that we do not have a crowd of people gathering on the morning before school starts. Class lists will be posted on bulletin boards or tables at the front of the school for all to view. The following information will be provided:

 

Β·        New Classroom (teacher name, division #, room #)

Β·        Learning Group (what other class(es) are they paired with)

Β·        Daily Schedule (what time does the day start and finish, what time are breaks)

It is essential to find out the class and schedule for your child prior to the first day of school as this will limit crowding at our entrances. On the first day of school, please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your son or daughter's start time.

School Supplies: Students do not need to bring any school supplies for the first week of school. On the first day of school, teachers will give parents their school supply lists for gathering or purchasing. Teachers will have supplies in their classrooms for students to use until parents have the opportunity to gather their students' supplies.

Drop Off and Pick-Up

In the morning, students must line up at their designated entrances. Parents may not bring their children to their classrooms through the main entrance. Students must line-up on markings on the ground at their designated entrances in order to maintain physical distancing (think grocery store line-up).

 If parents are waiting with their children, they must maintain 2 meters physical distance from other parents and children. We have provided black tape outside of classrooms clearly indicating safe distance markers.

If a child is late, they will need to enter the school at the main entrance and report to the office.

In the afternoon, parents are asked to wait for their children at their designated exit points (same as the entrance point in the morning). Parents may not wait for their children inside the school. At the end of the day, children will be released to their parents by their teachers at these exit points. If a parent is going to be late for pick-up, please inform the office as soon as possible.

Lunch and Recess Breaks

Health and Safety: 5 Protective Factors At West Heights

 Staying Home When Sick:

  • Parents will need to complete a self-assessment of their children each morning. If your son or daughter is sick they must not attend school.
  • Staff are required to complete and submit a daily health self-assessment. If a staff member is sick they will need to stay home.
  • If a child gets sick at school, they will be moved from the classroom and supervised in an alternative area of the school until parents are able to pick them up. Our custodian will make sure any touch points get thoroughly cleaned.
  • If a staff member gets sick while at school, they will need to go home right away.

Performing Diligent Hand Hygiene:

  • On the first days back (with continued reinforcement), teachers and EAs will be educating and modeling how (and when) to wash hands effectively.
  • Both students and staff will wash their hands when they enter the building, before and after using the washroom, before and after moving to a new part of the building, before and after eating, before and after going outside, before and after starting new learning activities, when their hands are visibly dirty, and at the end of the day.
  • All classrooms have sinks and hand soap, and have signs indicating how to wash handing appropriately.
  • Staff will have access to hand sanitizer when there is not access to a sink and soap (for example, when going on a walking field trip).
  • School offices that do not have sinks will have hand sanitizer available.

Practicing Respiratory and Personal Hygiene:

  • Staff will educate and model to students how to sneeze or cough into their elbow sleeves or a tissue.
  • Masks will be available for staff and students upon request. Wearing a mask is optional.
  • Staff will educate and model to students how not to touch their face with unwashed hands.
  • Staff will instruct students not to share food.
  • Students will be supervised by teachers while they eat snacks and lunch in classrooms (food will not be permitted outside during recess or lunch).
  • Students will wash their hands if they accidentally cough or sneeze into their hands.
  • Our water fountains will be closed. Students can fill up their water bottles at our water bottle filling station (touchless system).

Physical Distancing and Minimizing Physical Contact:

  • Physical contact will be avoided within Learning Groups.
  • There will be no educational activities in the classroom that encourages close contact or touch.
  • When on breaks or engaging in learning opportunities, students must be within their Learning Groups.
  • Students and staff must maintain 2 meters physical distance from anyone that is outside their Learning Group.
  • Only two students will be permitted in bathrooms at one time with only 1 student permitted to wait at a time outside.
  • Only one student will be allowed out of the classroom at a time.
  • Student will not be allowed to socialize in hallways and must walk to their intended destinations on the right side of hallways to allow others to pass by.
  • Assemblies will not be permitted (principal may hold virtual assemblies).
  • Large school gatherings will not be permitted.

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

  • We will have a day-time custodian each day.
  • High touch point areas will be cleaned at least twice a day.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned twice a day.
  • A deep clean will be done each evening.
  • EAs that work with children that have a hard time with touch and putting hands in mouth will have spray cleaner or disinfection products readily available to clean touch points regularly.
  • If a student or staff member gets sick at school, that person's touch point areas will be deep cleaned immediately.

For the full list of safety procedures outlined by the district, please see the Mission Public School Website or read the documents that were sent in previous emails.

As previously mentioned, we will continue to update families as information evolves. As news is constantly changing and developing, we thank families for your understanding and patience. As always, please feel free to contact me anytime at 604-826-6401 or at mikel.brogan@mpsd.ca.

Have a wonderful day!

Kindest regards,

Mikel Brogan-Principal of West Heights Community Elementary School


August 27th, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope everyone has had a nice and relaxing summer! As we approach the final few weeks of summer vacation, I wanted to give a brief update to keep parents in the loop. If you haven't yet, please check out our school district's website that includes a letter from our Superintendent who provides an update on September start up plans. In short, his letter outlines the following:

Β·        The first day of school for children is Thursday, September 10th.

Β·        All students will be attending in-class instruction on a full-time basis.

Β·        Virtual/Remote learning options will not be available as they were in the spring.

Β·        Parents wishing to educate their children from home can enroll in distributed learning or home school programs (please email me if you'd like information about our District's distributed home learning program).

As we get closer to start-up, I know anxieties about what things will look like are naturally growing. I'd like to assure families that our district and school team are working extremely diligently to make sure our school will be as safe as possible as we welcome students back into our school.

I have attached our school districts safety and return to school plan which will give some additional understanding of how we will be returning to school in September. Also, our school team is in the process of creating a site specific safety plan which will be made available to families prior to the start of school which is on September 10th.

If you need additional information, I am personally back in the school full time as of today and can be contacted at 604-826-6401 or at mikel.brogan@mpsd.ca.

Both myself and our School District will continue to update families as information comes available. I am very enthusiastic about the upcoming school year and look forward to seeing many of you at the start of September. Enjoy the fantastic weather and have a great day!

Kindest regards,

Mikel Brogan

Principal of West Heights Community Elementary School

 


June 24th, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians;

 I hope this finds you and your family well. 

As this has been an unprecedented year, I am extremely proud of our entire educational team and community for all the wonderful persistence everyone has shown. To mention a few of our successes this year, we successfully created an amazing school wide art project that now welcomes people to our school! You can read all about it in today's Mission City Record: https://www.missioncityrecord.com/community/community-art-project-unveiled-at-mission-school/. If you missed the unveiling ceremony, please see our website to watch the video that was streamed live using the Zoom platform. 

 Also, I am thrilled to announce that our inclusive playground was put in this week. We will be waiting until September to officially unveil it so to be able to properly honour everyone that helped make this project such an amazing reality! We can now be proud that we are the first playground in all of Mission to have an inclusive playground. Congratulations to everyone for your hard work in making this vision become a reality. There will be an article in next week's Mission City Record that you can read outlining this amazing achievement.

For next year, some of our exciting projects include creating a school community garden complete with an outdoor classroom attached to the project. We have already raised $3,500 towards this fantastic project!

Alongside my joy for all our school's accomplishments this year, I am sad to say that we will be having numerous staff members leaving our school next year. Sadly, we will be losing our librarian Ms. Dickson and LST Teacher Ms. Delaney. We are also unfortunately saying goodbye to the following wonderful Educational Assistants: Ms. Madison, Ms. Dhaliwal, Ms. Sidhu, Ms. Chapman and Ms. Confiss. We wish all these staff members all the very best in their future positions. Your new schools will be lucky to have you!

A quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to come to the school to pick up report cards. We will have a team of staff members located in the front of the school between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm handing out report cards.

I want to take this opportunity to welcome all our kindergarten families who will be joining us in the Fall. Please check our website for the Kindergarten schedule for September and please watch your emails for additional information on welcoming you to our school next year.

Finally, I want to extend a huge CONGRATULATIONS to all of our grade 6's who will be moving on to middle school next year. We want to thank all of you for your wonderful contributions and leadership over the years. We will miss you ALL and wish you all the very best in your future endeavours!

I hope that by September, we will be back to session as per normal. Updates will be provided closer to the start of the new school year. I will provide updates as the Fall approaches. If you have questions anytime, please feel free to email or call me at mikel.brogan@mpsd.ca or at 604-826-6401.

I want to wish all of you a fantastic and safe upcoming summer! 😊

Kindest regards,

Mikel Brogan

Principal: West Heights Community School


May 27th, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this finds you well.  Below I have outlined some measures that our West Heights staff are taking to ensure that we comply to the Provincial Health Officer's recommendations around the re-opening of schools. I realize that this is a lot of information and please know that it is not to add "stress" but, to keep you informed. Please be reminded that in person school is completely optional and students will be going through to the next grade regardless. It is imperative that if you plan on coming into school next week that you please contact your teacher and let them know so they can plan accordingly. Please contact me if you have any further concerns or questions. 

Important points:

  • School will be re-opening for small groups on June 1st.
  • Groupings will be sent in a separate email by teachers for those families that have expressed interest in coming back. Please understand that a lot of time went into these groupings and I kindly ask that you understand they are not easily changed. Currently, changes are not possible, however, if there is a concern please email your teacher
  • Groups have been confirmed as Group A: Monday and Tuesday and Group B: Thursday and Friday with the remote learning day on Wednesday
  • School will be regular hours which is 8:25-2:23
  • Only one parent is allowed in the front foyer to talk to the secretary at one time. Besides one parent talking to secretary, absolutely no other parent/guardian is allowed in the school. We will have social distancing line-ups clearly marked. If you want to be in contact with the principal or a staff member, please contact them directly or call the school phone to make an appointment (604-826-6401)
  • With the return of in class instruction, remote learning for students will look different then it currently does. Teachers are looking at how they will adjust their time, and this could look different from teacher to teacher. This is new to all of us, and the staff and myself really appreciate your patience as we navigate these new waters. 
  • We will use regular entrances to school. Hence, in most cases, this will be classroom doors from the outside
  • The office is a restricted area, if your student is late have them "check in" at your classroom.  Late slips will not be given out. Since access is still restricted to "visitors; this includes parents/guardians", you will not be able to walk them to the class, just safely drop them at the front doors. Thanks for your understanding.
  • School will look different for students in the month of June. Please talk to your child about the changes in advance. Thank you! However, we are all working hard to maintain some sense of "normality" during this time. 
  • At this time, playground equipment will remain closed. However, equipment may be shared among their class cohort (this has been approved by Public Health Authority). For example, your class can play soccer, but tag may not be an acceptable game at this time.
  • We ask that when you drop off or pick up your student, you do not socialize on school property. I realize that you have not seen each other in a long time and, you too, need the socialization; but, we are still required to maintain social distancing, especially with adults, and we need to minimize congestion outside.  
  • We will be closing our water fountain and limiting it to the bottle-filling option only.  Please send your child with a water bottle.
  • Please do not send your child to school if they are displaying any flu-like symptoms.  We realize it is difficult with allergy season, but please do remain mindful.
  • All students will be visually checked for any flu-like symptoms.  If your child has any symptoms, they will be asked to go home.  Instead of remaining in the class for pick-up, they will wait in a designated "isolation" room
  • All staff will also be visually checked for symptoms when they enter the building.
  • When entering the building, all students and staff are required to wash their hands using the proper hand washing technique.  Students will be taught this on the first day back; however, I am sure they have it down pat already. 😊
  • All staff and students will be required to follow the hand washing protocol whenever they re-enter their classroom (for example: if the class went outside they must wash their hands upon re-entering their classroom, or if they went to the washroom they must wash their hands once re-entering the classroom even though they washed them upon leaving the washroom.
  • When leaving the building to go home, all students and staff will be required to wash their hands using the same protocol as when entering.
  • There will be no sharing of school supplies.  We ask that supplies be brought to school on the student's first day and taken home on the second day.  If the students have forgotten their supplies, we do have extras.
  • There will be no garbage cans provided. All lunches packed into the school and the associated garbage must go back home each day
  • Our morning breakfast program and lunch kitchen will be closed until further notice
  • Student workstations will be physically separated and the student will use the same work area for the remainder of the year.  All workstations will be sanitized nightly.
  • Students will be asked to remain in their class as much as possible (leaving for the washroom, water refill, recess and lunch, and if their class is doing an outdoor activity). We are trying to ensure that the hallway does not become a gathering place. 
  • At this time, our gym will be closed. Physical activity will be completed outside. 

 

Some Health and Safety protocols are still under review. We will keep you informed as updates are available and if information about the above points need to be adapted to follow the new protocols. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move through these uncharted territories.

Again, please contact the school with any questions you may have. I can be reached at 604-826-6401 or by email. Have a wonderful day!

 

Kindest regards,

Mikel Brogan

Principal: West Heights Community School 



May 21st, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope everyone is well. I am excited to announce that we will be re-opening the school on June 1st for families who want to attend. Please be advised this is completely voluntary and optional.

At this point, we are working hard as a district and school to iron out the details. We will have more definitive details to share early next week. At this point, it is looking like we will have two days of in school learning for families who want to attend the school and one day of online learning for families who do not yet feel comfortable returning. Please be advised once again that in school learning is completely optional. We have already been contacting families and have a good indication of those who will be attending and are in the process of planning to make sure everything is as safe as possible for everyone.

On another note, as we are not able to do our annual "Volunteer Appreciation Tea" this year, instead, our staff made a video for all of you amazing parents who do so much for our school community. Please see our website to access the video. It is now up and ready for viewing! 

I want to extend my appreciation to everyone for your understanding and patience as we continue the planning process for the next stages. We will be in touch as soon as more details are available.

Enjoy the rest of your week! 

Kindest regards,

Mikel Brogan-Principal




COVID-19 UPDATE

March 26th, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians;

I hope you and your families are safe and well during these unprecedented times. As the principal of West Heights Community School, I just wanted to reach out and share the limited information that I have at this time. Understandably, as things are in constant flux, any plans that are in place today may change at anytime so please do not take any information shared at this time as concrete.   

At the moment, the Mission Public School District's (MPSD) leadership team and teachers have been, and will continue, working hard to create a plan to facilitate some form of education for our students starting on Monday, April 6th. What this may look like for each class will depend on a variety of factors. I have attached an email with important information shared by the superintendent, Angus Wilson, earlier today. Also, your input is greatly appreciated. Please go to the following link to give to give your valued information and input which will help with planning going forward: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/educationalcontinuity

As you will be aware, face to face instruction has stopped in all BC schools as of March 17, 2020. As Mission Public Schools prepares for what post Spring Break continuity of instruction might look like for our students and families, we wanted to send out this brief survey to collect some information.
www.surveymonkey.com

Although I have already began working remotely, I plan to be physically back in the school starting next week.  However, we ask that you do not come to the school until we have contacted families letting them know it is safe to do so. However, please feel free to contact us next week with any pertinent questions you may have. Rest assured, either myself or Mr. Wilson will send out a letter to families as important information becomes available. Also, please make sure to keep your eyes on the MPSD website as it will also share important notices as information unfolds. 

I hope you and your families continue to stay safe in these difficult times.  We look forward to working in partnership with you to provide a continuity of education for your children. 

Warmest regards,

Mikel Brogan

   I am very enthusiastic about my second school year as principal of West Heights Community Elementary School.  We have had a great start to the 2019/2020 school year. I am excited to see the great things we have started as a school community as they come to fruition moving in to 2020!

    To name some of the exciting projects that we are working on so far this year: we have already raised around $18,000 for our inclusive playground. We plan to put in our first phase early in the New Year. We also have everything in place to start our school wide project early in the New Year. Moreover, we plan to have our school inclusive community garden operational by late spring. I cannot extend enough thank you to our entire school community (parents, PAC, students and staff) for contributing to all of the great things we are working to achieve this school year. 

   To give a little background on myself, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University (S.F.U.), and I pursued my Bachelor of Education through the University of British Columbia (U.B.C.). I believe strongly in life-long learning and completed my Master of Education in Leadership and Administration, with a partial focus in counseling, through Gonzaga University. I have over a decade of experience as an educator that spans from Kindergarten to grade 12. I have also taught both internationally and locally. As many of you know, I was the vice principal and acting principal of Heritage Park Middle School before commencing at West Heights last spring. Before that, I was a vice principal and principal at various elementary schools in the Cariboo.

   My mission as an educational leader is to help students become industrious, confident and creative builders of their futures. My vision is focused on developing the whole student so that they can become well balanced, healthy individuals, who will contribute positively both inside and outside of our community walls. To achieve this, I promote physical activity, emotional well-being, proper diet and a strong sense of belonging. 

   I strive to facilitate an educational environment that helps students meet academic challenges with an openness to taking risks with enthusiasm, while learning to solve problems strategically. I strive to support the development of children who are thoughtful individuals that actively contribute a sense of community and compassion for all.

   Here at West Heights Community Elementary School, we have a proud group of educators and students who are continually doing great things! I believe it is important to celebrate and acknowledge the developments and achievements our school. For this reason, I have created this blog so that parents and guardians can be updated monthly on the fantastic things that are occurring in our school. Please see the photos under my principal blog page to see some of the great things we are doing on a monthly basis.

   Please feel free to contact me at mikel.brogan@mpsd.ca or call the school with any questions you may have. I look forward to a great 2019-2020 school year ahead!

Kindest regards,

Mikel Brogan-Principal