Thank you for being so upbeat and positive with your students! I believe the two years my daughter spent in THRIVE have been life changing. She experienced acceptance, gained confidence and now knows that she is not alone. You made learning fun and contagious.

Rich B.


Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Top Section Last Updated: 09-25-2017

THRIVE kids copy part of a short note into their Communication Book almost every day. We offer three different formats (i.e. printed, on graph paper and in handwriting) and kids are encouraged to write as much as they can. Families are asked to read and initial each message and are welcome to write back to school, too. This is another of the many ways to keep in touch with us.

A lot of important information is shared this way and the kids' books are checked for signatures most days. This page of our website repeats all of the messages sent home over the past couple of weeks in case a book is misplaced or a child is absent from school.


A lot of the kids seemed very excited about the long weekend! Some of them talked about travelling to see family and friends. Others said they were looking forward to sleeping in, going swimming or watching one of the big new movies that has just come out. Have a safe and restful time — no matter how you spend it!


We have just run out of Kleenex again! Unfortunately, we still have lots of kids needing them! The school provides cheap paper towels and toilet paper but both are rather uncomfortable when someone needs to blow their nose! There's no pressure, of course, but please send in a box or two if you can!


We have found a bit of a bug in the way the Academy programs report how much "Time on Task" the kids earn. Put simply, kids may not always get full credit for their work until they pass the level they are working on. To address this problem, we are now marking kids every two weeks instead of every week. We are also paying higher rewards for passed levels!


I sent home three pages of information about our upcoming trip to Science World. The first page includes lots of important details about the day. Please keep it handy so you can review those details as we get closer to the trip. The second and third pages need to be filled out and returned to school.


We have three short weeks in a row this month. As you probably know, there will be no school tomorrow because it is a Professional Day. I will spend the day continuing to work on a project related to helping young children who are at risk of reading failure. Next Friday is a District Closure Day and the following Monday is Victoria Day.


The Government of BC has been asking for public input about how the education system is funded. In response, a friend of mine has written an excellent letter outlining how budget cuts over the past 20 years have affected kids with dyslexia. It is well worth reading and I'd be happy to send a copy to everybody who requests one!


As you may know, I read to the kids almost every day. We finished Kenneth Oppel's Sunwing last week and it seemed like a good time for something totally different! So now we're all listening to the audio book of Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. It's a wonderful story about a skeleton detective and his teenage sidekick!


An Open House for families that have been offered a spot in THRIVE for the Fall will be held after school this Wednesday. We would love to have a few of our current students there to meet the new families, share about their experiences and help out! If your child is able to stay, someone will need to pick them up around 4:30 that day.