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Blueridge Elementary

Vision to Goal Setting

What is our Vision for Learning?

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Traditional Welcome

We would like to thank the Coast Salish people, specifically the Squamish Nation and Tsleil Waututh Nation, whose traditional territory North Vancouver School District and Blueridge reside on. We value the opportunity to learn, live, and share educational experiences on this traditional territory.

Our Vision Statement

Our Guiding Beliefs
At Blueridge we believe in…

We believe that the personal and social development of each student can be fostered by a safe, respectful, inclusive environment. Every child is encouraged to engage in their learning and school community with accountability and a sense of empathy for others.

  • Creating a safe and positive learning environment
  • Teaching and practicing self-regulation
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Fostering a vibrant learning community
  • Strong student, staff and parent connections for the success of all students

School Goals

1. To foster the social emotional competency in our school community.

2. To increase school-wide reading engagement and build students’ essential literacy skills.

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Planning & Implementation

What is our Action Plan?

Beginning in the Fall of 2018 we collected data from students, staff and parents asking what makes Blueridge great. From this we explored our strengths and stretches as a community which lead to our Social Emotional Goal. This Summer our School Planning Team attended the Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support training where we learned how to implement common language and expectations for our community. PBIS is a great complement to our Second Step program which we launched in the Fall of 2019.

Our focus for the 2019/2020 school year is to continue building on our S.E.L and to create common language and expectations to improve school wide literacy.

School Goals

1. To foster the social emotional competency in our school community

2.To increase school-wide reading engagement through the teaching and learning of essential literacy skills

Goal # 1: To foster the social emotional competency in our school community.

Learning Target 1: Develop a sense of belonging.

Strategies:

  • Staff T-Shirts
  • Our Eagle Mural
  • Fun Day Teams
  • Blueridge Handshake
  • Regular Assemblies
  • School Wide Buddy Activities
  • PBIS Restorative Chat
  • Indigenous Ways of Learning
  • Student Leadership Team
  • Extracurricular Teams
  • Band
  • Social Justice Club

Learning Target 2: Use common language and strategies to support self-regulation and develop mindfulness.

Strategies:

  • Morning Announcements
  • PBIS
  • Second Step
  • Calming Environment (learning lounge, sensory room)

Goal # 2: To increase school-wide reading engagement and excellence through the teaching and learning of essential literacy skills.

Learning Target 1: To build up students’ reading strategy and stamina

Learning Target 2: To increase school-wide reading engagement

Strategies:

  • NVSD Early Literacy Assessment
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Book Clubs
  • Literature Circles
  • Home Reading
  • School Wide Read-a-thons

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Monitor Evaluate & Adapt

What are our Indicators of Progress?

At Blueridge, staff are continually learning and growing their skills in order to improve the overall educational opportunities for our students. Learning together on Professional Development Days, Collaboration Days, and at Staff Meetings are an essential way for staff to monitor our progress in relation to our school goals, make any adjustments that may be needed, and ensure that we are continuing to grow as a Vibrant Learning Community.

"I value the opportunity to live and learn from the land alongside my colleagues and friends at Blueridge."
Ira Mistry
Education Assistant
Paul Clarke supporting staff to develop coding skills through interaction and manipulation of Spheros. 

School Planning Team

Our school planning team is made up of teachers, education assistants and administrators. We meet regularly to plan for all staff learning opportunities and next steps. The team receives feedback from the whole staff to provide ongoing recommendations and support.

Blueridge Revised Code of Conduct

Our Blueridge Staff led by our School Planning Team, revised the Code of Conduct based on the core components of PBIS. Our Code of Conduct highlights our priorities in regards to universally targeting Social Emotional Learning and Collaborative Problem Solving.

Evidence

Indicators of Progress

  • Office referrals – decrease 45%
  • School Based Resource Team referrals
  • Anecdotal evidence – dialogue
  • Increase in student ability to identify needs/feelings
  • Increase in student self-advocacy
  • Increase in positive problem solving strategies
  • Increase in the quantity of “caught ya’s”
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Communicating Progress

How do we Communicate our Progress?

Collaboration and Communication

Staff at Blueridge have identified a major area of focus for our School Action Plan: At Staff meetings and collaboration times staff have been working on developing and implementing components of PBIS in collaboration with Second Step lessons. These skills are being taught throughout the school community and within our classrooms.

Social Emotional Learning is one of the 4 Pillars of Educational Practice (Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Social Emotional Learning) and at Blueridge we believe that the skills that students learn are the foundation for their academic success, their positive behaviour and their strong sense of belonging.

Please see the attached link to Second Step information videos that will help deepen parents understanding of the program and its intention for the students at Blueridge.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU3fYcLfSY30EhAFaB01afQ

Student Feedback

"We think that C. & F. should get a caught-ya for picking up garbage at recess!"
- Grade 3 Students noticing our kindergarteners helping to keep our grounds clean

Community Feedback

School Plan updates are shared at BPAC meetings. The school is always interested in feedback and would welcome hearing from you!

"We really love the caught-ya stickers. It is a great way to communicate what happens at school and what C.A.R.E.S. is all about!"
- Parent
BPAC Meeting
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Latest Progress & Updates

What makes Blueridge great?

October, 2019

Second Step at Home

December, 2019

These are examples of family activity sheets from divisions seven and nine to support Second Step lessons at home. The success of Second Step is dependent on our community’s support in reinforcing and debriefing strategies, concepts, and skills learned during Second Step lessons at school.

Second Step in Action

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

This photo shows grade 1/2 students during a Second Step lesson engaging in a Think, Turn, Tell. Classmates were taking turns in conversation to practise paying attention to others’ facial, body, and verbal clues to determine how they are feeling. They are really progressing with perspective taking and reading and responding to emotions.

The Blueridge Handshake

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Introducing the Blueridge handshake. Developed, perfected, and taught to the whole school by two grade 7 students.