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School News

All of the Cedars Christian School weekly news is published here. Filter your news using the links below.

General News (for everyone Pre-K – 12)

Elementary News (more specific to Pre-K – 7)

High School News (more specific to 8 – 12)

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Cedars publishes an e-newsletter every week. Sign up here to get important updates and news about the school.

FOR ACTION: Volunteers and On-Call Subs

Thanks to those who have responded to our call for volunteer supervisors and submissions for our un-certified EA and teacher on-call lists! If you are a responsible, Christian adult who loves children, we are still looking to bolster our supervision and on-call lists. Contact our Principal, Shane Nelson (shanen@cedars.bc.ca), and/or visit our Careers Page for more details.

To submit volunteer hours, you can now use our online form which is located on our Volunteer page. It is set up so that you submit hours monthly. Example:

Jane Doe supervises at lunch hours 5 days a week, 1 hour/day. At the end of the month, Jane submits 20 hours for the month of September. Done! Rinse and repeat for October. 🙂

All volunteers need to submit a Criminal Record Check, which is valid for 5 years. If you have never volunteered before, you can get the link and code for the check on the Volunteer page.

FOR ACTION: Emergency Response Protocols

Although new health and safety protocols around COVID-19 have loomed large in our preparations for this year, there are a number of emergency protocols that our students and parents need to be aware of and practice throughout the year. This Fall, we will engage students and staff in fire and earthquake drills, and practice hold & secure and lockdown procedures. Whether you are new to Cedars or not, we ask that all parents review our current emergency response procedures. These are posted in every learning space as reference for staff in the case of emergency, and are reviewed each year by our emergency response team. Please contact our Principal, Shane Nelson, if you have any questions or concerns about our protocols.

Cedars Christian School Emergency Response Procedures

FOR INFORMATION: After School Options

Our staff and leadership team continue to work on a number of after school options for students, including: athletics, clubs, and study hall. We hope to have these up and running on or before the third week of September. Registration information for these extracurricular activities will be shared in next week’s Shake e-newsletter. Stay tuned!

FOR INFORMATION: Window-Only Service at Office

While we encourage parents to do business with the school online or by phone whenever possible, we do realize that there are times when you just have to be here in person! 🙂 When you do need to visit the school this year, we require that you sign in at the Main Office. Please come to the Main Office hall window, which is where we will be serving you from until further notice (staff only beyond the doors).

Visitors are are also required to sanitize hands prior to entering the building and to wear masks while inside the school.

The Business Office also has window-only service this year. Please let Karen Rogers know if you need to speak with Dave Rowland or Michelle Karpenko. Thank you for your cooperation!

 

FOR INFORMATION: After School Options

Our staff and leadership team continue to work on a number of after school options for students, including: athletics, clubs, and study hall. We hope to have these up and running on or before the third week of September. Registration information for these extracurricular activities will be shared in next week’s Shake e-newsletter. Stay tuned!

The Cedars Shake Articles, Sept. 2, 2020

Principal’s Update & Tonight’s Town Hall Information

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Less than a week to our 2020/21 school restart! We are looking forward to seeing you and your children in-person on Tuesday. All parents/caregivers are invited to tune into our virtual Town Hall event this evening at 7pm to hear and ask questions regarding our Restart Plan and Health & Safety Plan. The virtual Zoom meeting connection information is listed in The Cedars Shake email sent out today.

Some updates have been made to the Health & Safety Plan we shared last Wednesday. Links to revised plans can be found on our Cedars’ Home Page.

Elementary and High School Week One Schedule

Tuesday through Friday Mornings:
8:10am-8:25am Staggered Drop-Off, children go straight to classrooms

Tuesday Afternoon:
11:30am – 11:50am All-School Staggered Dismissal

Wednesday Afternoon:
1:30pm – 1:50pm All-School Staggered Dismissal

Thursday and Friday Afternoon:
2:55pm – 3:15pm All-School Staggered Dismissal

For details, please see our 2020-21 Restart Plan; Elementary schedule on Page 1, High School schedule on Page 2.

Preschool Orientation

New Preschool parents are invited to attend an orientation at the preschool on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 7:30pm-8:30pm. The preschool is located at the Evangelical Free Church at 4590 5th Avenue.

Recurring Payment Set-Up

Recurring tuition payments are required and need to be set up each year. Please call or email the business office (businessoffice@cedars.bc.ca) to set up payments on a credit card or on a debit card with a visa/mastercard option. Payments may also set up via Pre Authorized Debit (pdf). If you have any questions, please call Karen in the business office.

1:1 Technology Plan – High School Student Expectations

As we have communicated over the past couple of weeks, Chromebooks will be issued to grade 4-7 students with an annual $50 technology fee. Each high school student, however, will need to bring their own device or sign-up for our rent-to-own program. We still have about 10 laptops in stock to issue to students who have paid their first installment ahead of time. Mr. Nelson will meet with individual student users for a quick orientation on their new machine in the first week of classes.

Welcome Back Event – Friday, September 11

At the end of next week (Friday, Sept. 11), we would like to invite families to an on-site Welcome Back event between 5:30-7:30pm. In four, half-hour windows, we will have small groups of families pick up a dessert, have short meet-and-greet conversations with teachers, and do a walk-through of our new building. RSVP is required for this event. Please call or email the office to sign-up your family before 4pm on Wednesday, September 9th. First come, first served! Limited spaces available!

August 26, 2020 – Principal’s Update

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Today, we are sharing several pieces of important information regarding our return to school plan. Thank you for your patience! We have organized this week’s Shake e-newsletter into two sections to help you process information and action items. Please take time to review this information as a family.

All families are encouraged to participate in our virtual Town Hall meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, September 2. In this meeting, we will provide an overview of our Restart, Health and Safety, and Communication Plans; and give space to address questions and concerns from our community.

This year’s school theme comes from Psalm 121: “Our Help Comes from the LORD”. As we head into this school year, there continues to be uncertainty around what school, work, and family life will look like. May Psalm 121 be our “travelling” song in these times. Let us declare that our “help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth”. He is the One who keeps us. He protects us. He guards us. He does not sleep/slumber. His protection is day and night, in our coming and going, now and forever. He watches over us – body and soul. Amen – so be it.

As always, know that our doors (and phone lines and email inboxes) are open, and that we need your feedback as we establish new routines in our work together. We look forward to in-person experiences with you and your children in the coming weeks and months.

Shalom.

Mr. Shane Nelson
Principal

2020/21 Restart Plan

FOR INFORMATION

We are planning on a full, Stage 2 return to in-class instruction for all of our PreK-12 students in September. In Stage 2, the focus is on maximizing in-class instruction for K-12 students through the initiation of learning groups (cohorts). In a news release shortly before publishing this e-newsletter, Minister Rob Fleming affirmed this key focus of our Stage 2 return, and encouraged schools to continue working with families who have medical and health concerns related to a return to in-class instruction. As in all times, parents/caregivers are being asked to decide between three schooling options: in-class instruction (Cedars), distributed learning (DL), or homeschooling. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to keep Cedars apprised of their decision regarding schooling options. Please contact our Principal, Shane Nelson, directly by email if you need specific information to inform your decision making process.

In our Cedars’ 2020/21 Restart Plan linked below, we have outlined important information regarding elementary and high school cohorts and schedules. There are a number of key changes, including:

  • Playground closures before/after school
  • Staggered Entry (8:10-8:25am) and Dismissal (2:55-3:15pm) Protocols
  • Contingency plans for movement between Stages

Drop-off and pick-up windows will need to be strictly adhered to by parents/caregivers to respect increased supervisory duties of our school staff at the start and end of the day. Note the Parent Volunteer notice in the “For Action” section of this newsletter for our appeal for help in this part of our Restart Plan.

2020/2021 Restart Plan

Cedars Christian School
600 Preston Road,
Prince George, BC, V2K 1A8
Main Office: 250-564-0707
Preschool: 250-961-7495
Main Email: office@cedars.bc.ca
Business Email: businessoffice@cedars.bc.ca