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Tuesday January 14th, 2020

School is open today!


The Ready Set Learn event scheduled for this evening at Colwood Elementary has been cancelled due to the weather.


Dear Parents/Guardians,


With the possibility of snow over the coming days, please take a look at our weather procedures. Schools remain open if at all possible, including during snowfalls. It is always up to you to decide whether or not to send your child to school during inclement weather.


Weather-Related Closures & Cancellations


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We will also post to the SD62 Website: http://www.sd62.bc.ca/


Thanks for taking the time to look through this,


SD62 Communications Team








Parent(s), Guardian(s),

Please find attached some links with important information regarding Kindergarten registration – including Nature Kindergarten and French Immersion Kindergarten registration!




*NOTE: Parents MUST attend an information session BEFORE they register their students for Nature Kindergarten. Two upcoming sessions are scheduled.

Also, we are including a video that talks about Late Immersion in the French Program at SD #62. For parents and guardians of students in grade 5 hoping to enroll in Late French Immersion – please note there will be an information session this Thursday evening. If you require additional information about Late French Immersion please email french.programs@sd62.bc.ca


Late French Immersion Information Evening
Thursday January 9th, 6pm
John Stubbs Memorial School, 301 Zealous Crescent, Colwood
Grade 6 Late Entry French Immersion is offered at École John Stubbs Memorial School in Colwood and is available to all interested grade 5 families. Registration is set to open the week of January 13th; come out ahead of this to hear from John Stubbs Late French Immersion staff as they present on the benefits and structure of this fabulous program! 



January 2020 SS Calendar


In the spirit of giving, our Colwood community, for the past few years, has been collecting items to create comfort kits for members of our community who need some extra comfort over the holiday season. In the past, we have donated our kits to Our Place. This year, we would like to collect the following items:

Day 1: Monday, Dec. 2 ~ Gloves

Day 2: Tuesday, Dec. 3 ~ Hats

Day 3: Wednesday, Dec. 4 ~ Scarves

Day 4: Thursday, Dec. 5 ~ Hot Pockets

Day 5: Friday, Dec. 6 ~ Chapstick

Day 6: Monday, Dec. 9 ~ Socks

Day 7: Tuesday, Dec.10 ~ Hand sanitizer/wet wipes

Day 8: Wednesday, Dec. 11 ~ Toothpaste and Toothbrush

Day 9: Thursday, Dec. 12 ~ Granola bars

Day 10: Friday, Dec.13 ~ word searches/puzzle books

Day 11: Monday, Dec. 14 ~ card making in class

Day 12: Tuesday, Dec. 15 ~ Leadership team to assemble Comfort Bags for Our Place




S.S. November 2019



ONLINE CONSENT PORTALhttps://consent.sd62.bc.ca

Phase 1, The parent page – This is where parents login to provide and/or review consents for their children.
• When using the system for the first time, parents must use the front page to request an access number (which acts as their password).
• Parents use the verification number to gain entry. From there, they can provide consent to the 7 activities. If your student is not listed, please make sure that the email address used is the same email address your students school has on file.

1. Freshgrade (online tool)-Colwood teachers will be starting to use this tool throughout the year.
2. GAFE (Student Access to Google Apps for Education)
3. Media Release
4. KEV School Cash Online-great tool to be used to collect funds for school payments. To be rolled out throughout the year. Currently used  in Middle and High schools.
5. Short (Walking) Field Trips
6. Internet Access –

  1. Aboriginal Education Self Identification form

When do the Consents expire?
• Some consents (namely GAFE, KEV, and FreshGrade) expire once a student leaves the district and/or graduates.
• Some consents last one school year
• The system tracks the expiry of these consents. To renew a consent year to year (for Internet access, as an example) a parent simply reconnects to the system next school year.  The system will note that the consent has expired and will give parents an opportunity to renew their permission.

How do you sign up for these consents?
Step 1 – go to: https://consent.sd62.bc.ca
Step 2 – Add your email address
Step 3 –  A verification number will be sent your email address within a couple minutes. Make note of your SD62 email verification number
Step 4 – Enter the verification number
Step 5 – Click on the Consents and choose, “I do give consent”.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 250-478-2332, nkowalko@sd62.bc.ca or in person in the front office. I’m happy to assist you when I can.

Nicole Kowalko





As we get ready for another exciting year at school, it is also time to get the Hot Lunch Program up and running. We will be doing online ordering for all orders to ensure accuracy with the orders and to make the process as easy for everyone as possible.


Here’s how to get started…


  • Go to colwood.hotlunches.net
  • Click on “Click Here to Register”
  • Enter Access Code: colwood
  • Complete the rest of the registration form. (Including your email address will ensure you receive reminder emails about hot lunch order deadlines, and your child’s hot lunch order for the upcoming week)
  • Click the “Register Now” button at the bottom
  • Follow the instructions to add each child in your family who attends Colwood Elementary. Once your child(ren) are registered, click on “Orders”
  • Proceed to order hot lunch for your child(ren)



We prefer to take hot lunch order payments through PayPal (www.paypal.com). NO cash payments will be accepted at any time.


We will accept cheque payments once in September (for lunches Sept-Dec) and once in January (for lunches Jan-June). If you want to pay monthly, you will need to use PayPal. No exceptions will be made.


You can either pay with a credit card as a PayPal guest (Visa, Mastercard or Amex), or set up your own PayPal account.


The hot lunch online order system requires a small amount of setup time at the beginning as you must register each child you have attending our school prior to ordering hot lunch. Once the initial setup process is complete, your hot lunch orders for the remainder of the year should be quick and simple.


If you have questions, feel free to contact the Hot Lunch team directly at colwoodhotlunch@hotmail.com. Please note hot lunch is run by the PAC and we are all parent volunteers. If you would like to help, we would love to have you! You can come once or as many times as you’d like.


**Please Note: Should you experience any issues with your PayPal account, you must contact PayPal directly to solve the issue.