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Vision to Goal Setting

What is our Vision for Learning?

VISION

Lynn Valley Elementary School is a vibrant learning community where all learners feel a sense of belonging, where diversity is honoured, and where all students are valued for their individual strengths.

All members of Lynn Valley Learning Community are committed to building a foundation of Social Emotional wellbeing for every student in order to enable personal and academic growth.

In alignment with the North Vancouver School District, we are guided by our core values of trust, respect, responsibility and collaboration and by the four pillars of educational practice. We also incorporate the First Peoples Principles of Learning into all of our decision making. At Lynn Valley we believe that Social Emotional Learning is the foundation for all learners’ success. These Social Emotional skills need to be modelled in our everyday interactions, intentionally taught in our classrooms and continually reinforced. We understand that Learning takes patience and time and should ultimately support the well-being of the self, the family, the community and the land.

Values

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Trust
  • Collaboration

Our Process: Engagement and Learning

  • School Wide Identification of Vision and Values
  • Appreciative Inquiry – 4 Pillars of Educational Practice (see link above)
  • School Wide Identification of School ‘Need’
  • School Wide Identification of School Focus – Goal
  • Strategic Action Plan
  • Dedication of all Professional Learning opportunities
  • Ongoing assessment and progress monitoring
  • Utilization of school structures to support growth (Staff meetings, Collaboration Time, Primary and Intermediate Teams) 

Core Team

Lynn Valley’s Core Leadership Team – Social Emotional Learning – represents the voice of all of Lynn Valley’s educational stakeholders and makes recommendations to guide our actions. It is a voluntary team who also provides leadership in the school planning process. The team currently includes:

  • Joanne Clemente – Primary Teacher
  • Susan Danieli – Teacher Librarian
  • Kendra Arkinstall – Vice Principal – Learning Services Teacher
  • Jane Pike – Counsellor
  • Chanin Smyth – Principal
  • Kate Montgomerie – Intermediate Teacher
  • Anne Watson – Education Assistant
  • Tania Watt – Primary Teacher
  • Sarah Dawson – Primary Teacher
  • Grace Beuk – Primary Teacher

Our Goal

To improve all learners’ sense of belonging, academic success, and positive behaviour through the intentional and systemic teaching of Social Emotional Learning skills.

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Planning & Implementation

What is our Action Plan?

LYNN VALLEY SCHOOL PLAN

All members of our learning community will have awareness and understanding of the five domains of CASEL’s Social Emotional Learning Framework.

All 5 domains of the CASEL Social Emotional Learning framework will be intentionally taught in every classroom and will be a priority throughout the school community.

To use Second Step school wide as a tool to support the intentional teaching of Social Emotional Learning skills.

Whole school commitment to learning about and implementing Compassionate Classrooms. All staff will be trained in Trauma Informed Practice. 

Strategic Action Plan

2017-2019 Action Plan

2019-2020 ACTION PLAN

ACTION PLAN 2020 - 2021

All staff at Lynn Valley Elementary are excited to begin a new year of learning. With the ongoing pandemic, we are more committed than ever to our Social Emotional Learning focus. Throughout the past number of months, staff at Lynn Valley have done significant amount of work to support the ongoing safety, connection and sense of belonging for all members of our Lynn Valley Learning Community. Our Action Plan for the 2020-2021 school year will be posted shortly. It will carry on with all the amazing work that has already occurred – the continued intentional teaching of the CASEL framework alongside the Second Step program school wide. We are particularly mindful that with this year being so incredibly different, we will need to be even more intentional with our action planning. With the many safety measures needing to be in place, often inhibiting our ability to connect, we will need to find different ways to create a strong sense of belonging for all, take care of each other and continue to thrive in our community. 

Where are we now

  • Whole school commitment to Social Emotional Learning Goal
  • Commitment to learning – Collaboration Time, Staff Meetings, Professional Development – all allocated to staff learning to increase our knowledge and understanding of the CASEL framework of Social Emotional Learning
  • Building a common understanding and language amongst the adults in our learning community
  • Training and incorporation of the Collaborative Problem Solving model
  • Commitment to the alignment of our Lynn Valley Code of Conduct to our focus on Social Emotional Learning
  • Incorporation of the Indigenous Worldview
  • Ongoing communication and resource sharing with parent community
  • Alignment with behaviour support strategies – focus on Collaborative Problem Solving
  • INTENTIONAL teaching of the 5 aspects of the CASEL framework for Social Emotional Learning
  • Whole school commitment to the teaching of Second Step in all classrooms
  • Implementation of SEL Student Leadership Team 
  • Staff commitment to Trauma Informed Practice training – all staff to be trained this school year (2020-2021)
  • Continued work with Collaborative Problem solving 

Next steps

  • Develop and nurture SEL student leadership team
  • Continue to deepen our Student Voice through strategic action planning by our SEL student leadership team
  • Data collection – How do we know what we are doing is working?
  • Deepening staff understanding of Trauma Informed Practice – to enhance our SEL work
  • Increase awareness of our new Code of Conduct – with an emphasis on Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Add an Objective that outlines our commitment to enhancing our instruction in the area of Literacy, particularly at the primary level (with the use of the Early Literacy Assessment and School Wide Write)

School Wide Teaching – SECOND STEP program

Lynn Valley is so excited about its role as a pilot school in the North Vancouver School District for school wide (K-7) implementation of the Second Step Program. This program aligns with our goal of intentionally teaching social emotional learning skills to improve our learning community’s sense of belonging, positive behaviour and academic success. 

Intentional Teaching of the 5 SEL skills

Staff have determined that we will focus on each of the 5 components of the CASEL framework. Self Awareness is the first of the 5 skills that we will be teaching. 

Self Awareness: Learning Targets

The first competency that we will be working on is Self Awareness. The learning targets for our students are:

  1. To accurately identify and name our emotions.
  2. To recognize that our emotions are temporary – they will and can change.
  3. To recognize our strengths and stretches.
  4. To show confidence that we can handle our daily tasks and challenges.

Self Management: Learning Targets

The second competency that we will be working on is Self Management. The learning targets for our students are:

1. To control our impulses and our actions.

2. To use learned strategies to manage our stress.

3. To be motivated to do our best in all our daily tasks.

4. To set goals for ourselves and make a plan to achieve them.

Social Awareness: Learning Targets

The third competency that we will be working on is Social Awareness. The learning targets for our students are:

  1. We will use perspective taking when communicating with others and problem solving.
  2. We will show empathy for others in all situations.
  3. We will appreciate diversity; understanding that we all have similarities and differences.
  4. We will show respect for others at all times regardless of our differences.

Relationship Skills: Learning Targets

Beginning in January 2021, Lynn Valley learning community will be intentionally teaching the 4th competency – Relationship Skills. The learning targets for our students are:

  1. We will communicate clearly, listen actively and cooperate with each other.
  2. We will work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively.
  3. We will demonstrate cultural competency by respectfully interacting in all situations, including those with diverse cultural and social demands and opportunities.
  4. We will provide leadership and seek or offer help when needed.
  5. We will resist negative social pressure and stand up for the rights of others.

SEL: School Wide Strategies

~Regular announcements – education, common language, celebration

~Standing item on Primary and Intermediate team agenda – sharing of ideas/successes/challenges

~Hallway Display – adding description and learning targets to the competency

~Community – sharing of common language/resources with parents

~Student Voice – SEL Student Leadership Team

SELF AWARENESS: Classroom Strategies

~Commitment of two teaching times a week build into all class schedules – SEL time (Classroom teachers to collaboratively plan with support from Core Team if needed)

~Staff provided with thorough resource list for ongoing use – updated regularly (picture books, websites, possible lessons)

~SEL Student Leadership Team to provide suggestions/ideas for increased sense of belonging

SELF AWARENESS: Individual Strategies

~SEL language to be used when preparing Positive Behaviour Support Plans

~Individual or small group direct teaching by counsellor/LST/EAs

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Monitor Evaluate & Adapt

What are our Indicators of Progress?

Strong home school partnership

Aligning our SEL language and goals with our LVE families.

Safe play and sense of belonging

Staff at Lynn Valley are looking for new and creative ways for students to play together! Supporting students' strong sense of belonging and healthy social emotional well being is a commitment of all members of our Lynn Valley Learning Community.

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL: TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER

Staff gathered in a large physically distanced circle to start the year off right. We acknowledge and express great gratitude to the Coast Salish People, specifically the Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation whose traditional unceded territory Lynn Valley School Resides on. Staff at Lynn Valley are committed to the safe return of all students and are so excited to welcome everyone back!

Staff Commitment to Learning

At Lynn Valley, 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 goal, make any adjustments that may be needed, and ensure that we are continuing to grow as a Vibrant Learning Community.

Evidence

December 2018 – Staff Survey – all staff indicated that they are confident in their awareness and understanding of the social emotional learning skills. This indicates a readiness to add Objective #2 to our strategic action plan.

The Core Team meets monthly to plan for all staff learning opportunities and next steps. Further to that, the core team has participated in one of three district planning sessions to align our plan with the district vision and priorities. The core team works in collaboration with the whole staff to provide ongoing recommendations and support. 

2019-2020 School Year

We have a few new representatives join our core team this year. In addition to our ongoing monthly SEL core team meetings, Lynn Valley will be participating again this year in three district dinner/dialogue sessions at the ESC. Our first session was on October 9 and proved very successful. The team met and reviewed the goal and the targets for this school year. We look forward to a great year of learning together and building upon our past success!

Lynn Valley has a NEW code of conduct. A small team of staff members rewrote our Code of Conduct to highlight our priorities with regards to Social Emotional Learning and Collaborative Problem Solving. The consultation is in progress and the following groups have provided feedback to date:

-District Staff – Jeremy Church, District Principal of Social Emotional Learning – Adam Baumann, Director of Instruction – Argyle FOS

-LYNN VALLEY STAFF

-LYNN VALLEY STUDENTS

-LYNN VALLEY PARENTS (date for consultation meeting – May 2019)

2019-2020 Update

Code of Conduct has been reviewed and completed. Please click on the following link to our website for the updated version of Lynn Valley’s Code of Conduct. 

https://www.sd44.ca/school/lynnvalley/About/CodeConduct/Pages/default.aspx#/=

September 30 – 1st meeting of the year! Recognition of the challenges that the pandemic has caused, with a positive excitement that we will continue to do great work and move forward in positive, thoughtful and calm way. Our commitment to SEL and the skills students need to be successful in all areas of their little lives is stronger than ever!

Highlights of the meeting:

-continued commitment to the CASEL framework – review of Self Management, Self Awareness and Social Awareness (now-December)

-begin the intentional teaching of Relationship Skills (January-March)

-begin the intentional teaching of Healthy Decision Making (April-June)

-Second Step to continue in all classrooms

-focus on Compassionate Classrooms (Trauma Informed Practice)

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Communicating Progress

How do we Communicate our Progress?

Collaboration and Communication

The first component of the CASEL framework of Social Emotional Learning is SELF AWARENESS. The learning targets for our students are:

  1. To accurately identify and name our emotions.
  2. To recognize that our emotions are temporary – they will and can change.
  3. To recognize our strengths and our stretches.
  4. To show confidence that we can handle our daily tasks and challenges.

Parents at Lynn Valley are invited to attend a Family of Schools Workshop “Everyday self-regulation: Calming Strategies you can teach your kids.” This informative session will be lead by the elementary counsellors from the Argyle Family of Schools (including Jane Pike – Lynn Valley counsellor and member of Lynn Valley’s School Planning core team).

May 8, 2019 – 7pm-8pm at Boundary Elementary School

UPDATE: Thank you to all families who attended this informative workshop. We will continue to keep you up to date with further offerings to help support your children with SEL skills and tools.

The second component that we will be working on is Self Management. The learning targets for our students are:

  1. To control our impulses and actions.
  2. To use learned strategies to manage our emotions and stress.
  3. To be motivated to do our best in all our daily tasks.
  4. To set goals for ourselves and make a plan to achieve them.

Please see the link below that provides valuable information on Second Step that will help deepen parent understanding of the program and its intention for the students at Lynn Valley.

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

December – February 2020 – Intentional Teaching of Social Awareness

Student Learning Targets:

  1. We will use perspective taking when communicating with others and problem solving.
  2. We will show empathy for others in all situations.
  3. We will appreciate diversity, understanding that we all have similarities and differences.
  4. We will show respect for others at all times, regardless of our differences.

Thank you kindly for your continued patience and understanding as we work through this online/hybrid learning model. Social Emotional Learning continues to be our top priority during this unprecedented time. We encourage all students and families to continue the amazing SEL learning and focus on taking care of each other and oneself. Please see the District Webpage for many SEL resources to support you and your children at this time.

We are so excited to welcome all students back to Lynn Valley! We continue to support all learners’ sense of belonging through the intentional teaching of SEL skills. We look forward to working collaboratively with families to continue to develop our collective understanding of students’ need for safety and belonging. 

This year, we will be continuing with our important action plan and reviewing the very important SEL skills we have learned so far (Self-Management, Self-Awareness, and Social Awareness). We will be adding our two final skills, Relationship Skills and Decision Making Skills in the late winter and Spring of 2021. 

As an added objective, we will be focusing our own professional learning on Trauma Informed Practice to ensure that our classrooms continue to be safe places for learning for all. Having compassionate classrooms is particularly important now, as well welcome all students back during this global pandemic. 

We are looking forward to a continued year of partnership and collaboration!

January – April 2021

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

Student Learning Targets:

1.We will communicate clearly, listen actively and cooperate
each other.

2.We will work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively.

3. We will demonstrate cultural competency by respectfully interacting in all situations, including those with diverse cultural and social demands and opportunities.

4. We will provide leadership and seek or offer help when needed.

5. We will resist negative social pressure and stand up for the rights of others.

Supporting Research

Benefits of Social Emotional Learning

Click on the picture above to find out more!

Community Resources

What is Social Emotional Learning?

https://casel.org/what-is-sel/

 North Vancouver School District – SEL – a district priority

 https://vimeo.com/303404280

 SEL Parent Handbook – a resource on Social Emotional Learning for home

 http://www.casel.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/schools-families-and-social-and-emotional-learning.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=Do1R67Ek0NI

Community Feedback

School plan updates are shared as a standing item at all PAC meetings. The school is always interested in feedback and would welcome hearing from you! Please email your thoughts regarding our plan to: lynnvalley@sd44.ca.

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Latest Progress & Updates

Staff at Lynn Valley are ready for you!

The 2020-2021 School Year is upon us and we are all heading back to school! We are so incredibly excited to see all our students back in classrooms. Staff at Lynn Valley have prepared incredibly well for this moment. We hope that our continued commitment to our students' safety, wellbeing, sense of belonging and academic success will make this unusual time one of happiness and joy!

REMOTE LEARNING AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Lynn Valley Learns and Cares from Home - Thank you for the amazing partnership between home and school to allow for great learning, development and growth during this very challenging time in the world. Students share gratitude and compassion with front line workers.

Dinner Dialogue Session: Student Voice - Thank you to our amazing SEL student leaders!!

Celebrating our Love of Reading and Inclusion: Camp READ 2019

Giving at Lynn Valley: The Mitten Tree

Welcome Back to Lynn Valley - Pancake Breakfast

Lynn Valley Pancake Breakfast is a wonderful community event welcoming everyone back to school. It aligns so beautifully with our school goal of increasing all members of learning community’s sense of belonging. Breaking bread together celebrates our connection to each other, to the land and to our shared commitment to Lynn Valley Learning Community.

We are all different and we all belong.

At Lynn Valley Elementary, we all have strengths and stretches that make us unique!

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Lynn Valley was honoured to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. We were joined by Tchilaqs7chila (Gord Dick) - North Vancouver School District Indigenous Support Worker - to help us celebrate the importance of this day. At Lynn Valley we believe in creating a learning community that is inclusive and where all members are celebrated and belong.

Lynn Valley Community: Family Ice Cream Social

Sense of Belonging: Track and Field

Learning Story - Outdoor Education and Self Awareness

Grade 6 and 7 Leaders team up with grade 1’s to explore the outdoors and connect their learning to SEL. Connecting our ability to self regulate and manage our feelings through learning outside. Awesome work!

Our student team!

A huge thank you to the amazing student members of our Student SEL Leaders:Tanner, Bella, Madeline, Sofi, Keaton, Conor, Sophie, Syona and Ana. They have contributed many great thoughts and ideas and continue to bring the student voice to the plans for our learning community!

Learning Stories

Student Voice

Tuesday, Jan 1st, 2019

A group of students at Lynn Valley have volunteered to be part of our Core Team to provide student voice to the School Plan. Student voice is essential to the success of our plan. We look forward to their contributions.

Learning Stories

Division 3 - Coast Salish Anthem

Tuesday, Oct 16th, 2018

Lead by NVSD Indigenous Support Worker, Tchilaqs7chila (Gord Dick), Grade 6 and 7 students from Division 3 opened the NVSD Board Meeting with the singing of the Coast Salish Anthem. Students Natalie and Kian shared words acknowledging Lynn Valley's commitment to Reconciliation and all students' sense of Belonging. Amazing work by classroom teacher, Patricia Laursen and all students.