Fantastic News!!!!! School is BACK!!!!

I am excited to post that school will be starting on MONDAY September 22, 2014. Monday will be a normal shortened opening day. Full day instruction for most programs commences Tuesday.

School Starts: 9:00 am

9:00: All students and staff go to the gym for a school-wide assembly

9:20: All K-7 students will go with to their last years teachers home rooms.

9:45: Secondary students will remain in the gym and then do a rotation through their 4 classes, with the remaining time left.

Students will be dismissed at 11:00 am

Regular classes will begin on Tuesday, September 23rd at 9:00 am.


Full day Kindergarten will not start until Friday September 26th, 2014.

If you have any questions please call the school at 250-630-2241

Job Action Update

The following message is from the Superintendent of Schools, Dave Sloan.

Back to school is usually a time that everyone looks forward to with some anticipation. SD 60 staff have traditionally worked very hard to ensure that schools are ready for students the first Tuesday after Labour Day. Unfortunately, this year due, to the ongoing teacher’s strike it is unclear whether schools will be able to open as scheduled. Members of the Peace River Teachers Association are currently on strike and have served notice that they will not be reporting to work on Tuesday. Furthermore, the PRNTA has indicated that picket lines will be established at all, or most schools, and district offices from Tuesday September 2nd through Thursday September 4th. If these circumstances remain unchanged through the weekend, school principals will be unable to accommodate students on Tuesday September 2nd. No school buses will be running and parents are encouraged to make alternate arrangements for their students.

Like all of you, SD 60 staff continue to hope for a speedy resolution of the current labour dispute. Parents are encouraged to follow local media outlets  and to check the district website at for updates and further information about when schools will return to regular service. Parents may also check the province’s parent information website at for more information.

April Newsletter – Canteen/Meal Information

Is Spring Really Here?????????                 

The temperature is starting to climb, the snow is melting, the trees are starting to wake up and the MUD is appearing. Please ensure that you child has a pair of inside shoes so we can minimize the amount of mud and dirt brought into the school. This would be greatly appreciated.

 The April Panther News is out:

Panther News April 7

Canteen Information:

The Grade 11 students are running a canteen/meal program this semester. The students are creating fantastic meals that are being enjoyed by staff and students. Below is a schedule for the month of April.

Canteen- April Calander


The annual Rural Broomball and Hockey Tournament – March 13/14, 2014!

It is time for the rural schools to come together for a little fun competition at the Rural Broomball and Hockey Tournament. All games will take place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre located in Fort St. John.

Thursday March 13, 2014 – Broomball and Hockey

Broomball – Teams from Prespatou, Upper Halfway and the ELC will participating in different categories. All Broomball will take place, including the finals, on this day.

Hockey – The A, B and C teams from Upper Pine, Prespatou, Blueberry and Buick Creek will start competition this day

Friday March 14, 2014 – Hockey

Hockey – Semi-Finals and Finals will take place this day.

Reminder: School will be open both days for those students not attending the tournaments.



Early Dismissal Days – Report Cards to come home

Report Card Time for Elementary students!

Elementary Report Cards will be sent home on Tuesday March 11, 2014.

Early Dismissal Days!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 and Thursday, March 13, 2014 are early dismissal days. Students will be released early these days to give you, our parents, an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress. Please contact the office and/or your child’s teacher to set up a convenient time to meet. Students will be dismissed at 2:02 for Elementary and 2:05 for Secondary.


Outdoor Recreation Class Meets Camp Cameron!

Students recently visited Camp Cameron, SD 60′s outdoor site, for their Outdoor Recreation class. They spent time building shelters called Quinzees, which they used to sleep in overnight. They participated in some campfire games, practiced fire building skills, went cross country skiing, snowshoeing and learned some basic rescue techniques.

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February Updates

winterWelcome to the second part of winter!!!! Remember to send your children to school with appropriate clothing….that includes being prepared for the bus ride.



Family Day

There will be no school on Monday, Feb.10 as it is Family Day in BC!

Staples Items

Staples runs a program where customers donate money to help students who find it difficult to get the proper school supplies. This year our school was awarded with $675 to help students in need. Many school supplies have been purchased and if you are in need of almost any kind of school supply see Mr. Brownlee and we can see if we can help.

Snow Blower Auction

The winning bid for the old snow blower was $237! Those funds will be put towards paying for the new one.

Satisfaction Survey

It is very important to the growth of our school for parents to fill out a school satisfaction survey. This will provide us with data and let us know where we are strong and what we should focus on improving. Any parent can fill out a survey and you can fill one out for each child you have in grades 4,7,10,12. The website you go to for the survey is: access.htm

(use underscore between sat and survey)

You will need a log in code and can call the school to get one or ask your child to get one from Mr. Brownlee. If you need computer access to do the survey, please feel free to drop by the school and we would be happy to assist you. It will take 10-15 minutes to complete and will again be very helpful to shaping our school’s ongoing success.

Will you be here next year?

Now is the time to start making plans for classes and to do so we need as accurate numbers of students as possible. Please contact the office as soon as you are able to inform us of the following:

  1. You have a student registering in Kindergarten in September.
  2. You have a child registering in the school who was not here this year.
  3. Your child will not be returning to school, discontinuing or moving away

Please pass this message to anyone you know of that may not get this newsletter!

Report Cards

Secondary Report cards will be going home on Feb. 7, 2014. Please contact teachers or the school if you have questions or concerns.

Electronic Newsletter?

Please contact Mr. Koponyas if you would like to receive a digital copy of all future newsletters. This is a sure way for you to get the latest and greatest Panther News!

Please check out our Prespatou Website for upcoming events.