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Lynn Valley Elementary

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. 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.

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

Core Team

Lynn Valley’s Core Leadership Team 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
  • Patricia Laursen – Intermediate Teacher
  • Janis Mann – Learning Services Teacher – Argyle FOS Leader
  • James Patterson – Education Aide
  • Jane Pike – Counsellor
  • Chanin Smyth – Principal
  • Angela Meule – Vice Principal
  • Anne Watson – Education Aide
  • Tania Watt – Primary Teacher
  • Mark Whitworth – Intermediate Teacher
  • STUDENTS: Ashley, Clara, Ella, Eva

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.

Strategic Action Plan

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

Next steps

  • Moving from AWARENESS to the INTENTIONAL teaching of Social Emotional Skills

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.

SELF AWARENESS: 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

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)

SELF AWARENESS: Individual Strategies

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

~Individual or small group direct

-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?

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. 

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)

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Communicating Progress

How do we Communicate our Progress?

Collaboration and Communication

Staff and students at Lynn Valley have identified a major area of focus for our School Action Plan: The intentional teaching of the 5 aspects of Social Emotional Learning. Staff have been working throughout the past few months on their own learning of these 5 components and are now ready to embark on the intentional and systemic teaching of these skills throughout the school community and within our classrooms.

Self Awareness

Self Management

Social Awareness

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision Making

Social Emotional Learning is one of the 4 Pillars of Educational Practice (Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Social Emotional Learning) and at Lynn Valley, 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 community resources for further information.

The first component 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 our stretches.

4. To show confidence that we can handle our daily tasks and challenges.

Parents at Lynn Valley are invited to attend a FOS workshop “EVERYDAY SELF-REGULATION: CALMING STRATEGIES YOU CAN TEACH YOUR KIDS.” This informative session will be lead by Elementary Counsellors from 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

This session was well attended by many Lynn Valley families. We will continue to keep you up to date with further offerings to help support your children with Social Emotional 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.

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

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

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 core team: Ella, Eva, Clara and Ashley. 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.