Our Mission Statement: To build a safe, caring community that values, inspires, and challenges each individual to reach their full potential.
Davis Bay Elementary campus, situated on the tradition territory of the Shishalh Nation, is host to two distinct school programs: Davis Bay Elementary, a "regular mainstream" school that includes the Nature Education for Sustainable Todays and Tomorrows (NEST), and SPIDER
Elementary Home Learners Program. Together these schools enjoy sharing the learning environment that is the Davis Bay Elementary School campus and its beautiful natural surroundings. Davis Bay Elementary currently enrolls students from Kindergarten though grade 7.
We are officially designated as a WildB.C. Science in Action school with an ecosystems theme. Our learning is supported by a local biologist and takes us into the outdoors: to the forest, to the beach, to the nearby salmon spawning creek. With these rich surroundings it is not surprizing to learn that Davis Bay Elementary has science learning and environmental education and related learning opportunities at the centre of programming and learning. In addition, based on the Forest Schools design predominent in northern Europe, New Zealand and the U.K., Davis Bay is host to the Nature Education for Sustainable Todays and Tomorrows (NEST) enrolling 80 students in grades K through 6 from across School District No. 46.
At Davis Bay we value the participation of parents in our learning community in the classroom inside and outside, on field trips, and various curricular outings, and as part of the Community Reader Program which welcomes adults from the community, as well as a golden doodle named Phantom, to enjoy a good book with our students. We have an active Parent Advisory Council that supports our school through the Breakfast For Kids Program, Roots of Empathy Program, movie, games and activity evenings, clubs and sports, and with various fundraising events.
Our students have plenty of opportunities to involve themselves in the school. The student Leadership Club is open to all students grades 4 - 7; our grade 4 - 7 Volleyball, Basketball and Track and Field teams have done well learning skills, having fun and hosting competitions Academically our students perform well with solid growth in each learning domain.
The information listed below is intended to be of assistance to parents. Should you have any questions please contact the school office.
Morning Welcoming Bell: 8:40
Start of the day: 8:45
Recess: 10:20 - 10:40 (20 min.)
Lunch Break: 11:55 - 12:40 (45 min.) Students eat first and then head outside for some fresh air and play with friends at 12:10
End of day: 2:40
Bus: Drop off in the morning - 8:35
Pick up in the afternoon - 2:40
WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT OR LATE:
Attendance is taken every morning and afternoon by the classroom teacher. When your child is late or absent, the office calls home. If you know that your child will be late or absent, please let us know in advance (885-9523). This will help us account for all our students in a timely way.
If a student is late they must report to the office before they go to their classroom. A record of "lates" and "absences" are kept and noted on the report cards.
BUSSING: Some students who live at a distance make use of school bus transportation to and from school. This service is provided by the School District on the basis that students will be: responsible, cooperative, and mindful of the safety of others. Students who compromise the safety of others by poor behavior on the bus may lose the privilege of riding the bus.
BIKES, SKATEBOARDS AND SCOOTERS: It is fantastic that so many students are able to ride their bike, skateboards or scooter to school. For safety reasons, students are expected to walk their bikes and scooters when on the school grounds, except when a designated riding area is established - this is usually during the spring season. We do not wish any student to be hurt and the best way to guard against head injuries is to where a bike helmet. Helmuts are to be worn by our students when riding their bikes to school in the morning and home at the end of the day. Bikes are to be kept at the bike stand beside the school Annex. We have a scooter and skateboard rack in the school that students are welcome to use
(many thanks to a SPIDER student for building this for us) for storage during the day.
TELEPHONE USE: Students may use the phone in the office or their classroom, after receiving permission from the office or their teacher. The telephones are not for making social arrangements, like going to a friend's house after school; rather they are for calling home for help about such matters as having left homework at home or needing a lunch or other equipment for their learning.
CELL PHONES: Unless really needed for safety concerns, like having to walk some distance home alone - students should leave these devices at home. If they are brought to school, they need to be turned off and stored out of view: in the student's backpack
NOTE: We are not responsible for cell phones or other electronic devices and toys that go missing at school. Such devises and toys are best left at home.
Students in grade 1 - 7 use a school issued, personal planner or "Boomerang" folder. Planners encourage students to be organized and set goals. They also help with communication between home and school. Parents are strongly encouraged to read daily entries, and in most cases, initial once assignments are complete. Your child's teacher will guide you in the specifics of the planner.
In grades 4-7, students receive a grade for the Health and Personal Planning curriculum. Consistent use of the daily planner forms part of the criteria used to determine this grade.
Some homework activity is a necessary aspect of schooling. Your child's planner is meant to help him or her keep track of what they need to do.
Some ways parents can help are:
- Ask your child what homework he or she has to do that day
- Provide a place, with proper supplies, and regularly planned time when your child can study without the distractions of television telephone, or siblings
- Make a commitment to listen to your child talk about his or her school work and give your child some time each evening when he or she has your undivided attention
- Listen to your child read or read to them (a very powerful activity)
- Keep in touch with the classroom teacher as to the classroom routines, expectations, assignments, and projects etc.
- Encourage your child to ask questions about the assignment at the time it is made or before he or she leaves school
- Check with your child frequently on the completion status of long term assignments
- Help your child develop a system so that assignments will be remembered and completed