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June 6, 2024

Abbotsford School District Expands Support Staff Appreciation Day

The Abbotsford School District is excited to announce the expansion of its annual appreciation day to include all support staff, now designated as Support Staff Appreciation Day. This special day, first introduced last year as Instructional Support Staff Appreciation Day, is dedicated to recognizing the invaluable contributions of Educational Assistants, Youth Care Workers, International Student Liaisons, Indigenous Support Workers, Custodians, Administrative Assistants, and all other support staff members that contribute to the success of our organization.

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June 5, 2024

Abbotsford school gets $195K for new accessible playground

An Abbotsford school is among 26 across the province that have each received provincial funding for new accessible playgrounds.

John Maclure Community School was among those that will receive $195,000, the province announced on Tuesday (June 4).

A total of $5.07 million is being distributed for the new playgrounds at 26 school districts.

Last year’s contribution of $5 million supported 25 new school playgrounds. Of those, 20 are complete, while the remaining are close to ready, according to the province.

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June 3, 2024

Fraser Health's Guide to Summer Health

The guide to Mental health and substance use impacts on youth is brought to you by Fraser Health.

Keeping kids healthy and safe this summer – tips for parents

As summer approaches, excitement levels rise in anticipation for outdoor adventures, sports and family vacations. Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it’s also a time to prioritize health and well-being. Below are some tips to help your kids stay active, healthy and safe during the summer months.

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May 31, 2024

Access zones now in place to protect kids at school

B.C.’s K-12 students and staff will be protected from harassing protesters as the Province enacts access zones around schools. 

“Every kid and teacher in our province has the right to go to school without being disrupted by aggressive or hateful protests,” said Premier David Eby. “Our government is taking action to protect kids and ensure schools remain safe spaces by establishing no-go zones for protestors. I want people who think it’s OK to intimidate or harass kids while they’re trying to learn or play at school to know that what you’re doing is now illegal.”

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May 15, 2024

2024 Indigenous Role Models Honoured at Semá:th (PHOTOS)

On April 18, 2024, at the Semá:th First Nation Longhouse, an Honouring Ceremony took place for the 2024 Indigenous Role Models. Organized by the Mamele’awt Community Indigenous Education Centre, the event brought together Indigenous and school district leaders, community members, students and many supporters of the Role Models keen to celebrate their accomplishments.

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May 14, 2024

Highlights - Board Meeting - May 14, 2024

The Abbotsford Board of Education regularly meets throughout the school year. Agendas and minutes from the public Board Meetings can be accessed through the District's Electronic School Board. Below is a summary of highlights from the meeting.

*Please note that we were experiencing audio/video issues during the entirety of this Livestream Board meeting.

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May 14, 2024

McMillan Elementary Students Dance Their Way to Support Local SPCA

McMillan Elementary School demonstrated its commitment to fostering leadership and community spirit with a successful fundraising initiative organized by the school's Joy & Kindness Club. Over two lunch hours on March 12 and 13, students and staff came together for a spirited dance party, raising just over $800 for the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Student holding a large cheq with Husky mascot and local SPCA representative 2024 SPCA Dance Donation by McMillan Elementary
Grade 2 students from Mountain Elementary School hold the cheque showing how much was raised for Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon.
May 13, 2024

Mountain Elementary in Abbotsford raises over $8,300 for Ronald McDonald House

Mountain Elementary School celebrated raising almost $8,400 for Ronald McDonald House on McHappy Day with an assembly and picnic lunch on Friday (May 10).

The initiative was all started in honour of Dhruv Agnihotri, a Grade 2 student at the school, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in October. Dhruv and his family have stayed at Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon while he has been fighting cancer at BC Children’s Hospital.

Grade 2 students from Mountain Elementary School hold the cheque showing how much was raised for Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon.
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May 8, 2024

Two Abbotsford students accepted into competitive House of Commons Page Program

Two W.J. Mouat Secondary School students have been accepted into the prestigious House of Commons Page Program in Ottawa.

Michael Donohue and Marianne Garza will work in the House of Commons while they complete the first-year of their undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa.

Only 40 upcoming graduates are selected from across Canada, so to have two from the same high school is remarkable.

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5 Students from Mathxwi Elementary, take part in the Reading Link Challenge Ruthless Readers 2024
May 7, 2024

Abbotsford students place second at Reading Link grand challenge

Mathxwí Elementary competed against teams from across Greater Vancouver after winning Fraser Valley system.

The Ruthless Readers from Mathxwí Elementary School placed second at the grand challenge level of the Reading Link Challenge competition.

The competition was held in North Vancouver on May 1 with teams from the Fraser Valley, Coquitlam, Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey library systems going head-to-head to determine an overall winner.

Owen Sekhon, Jay Sekhon, Nixon Fyfe, Pavel Baring and Stephanie Anderson made up the Ruthless Readers.

5 Students from Mathxwi Elementary, take part in the Reading Link Challenge Ruthless Readers 2024