Dear Students, Parents and Employees:
Welcome to the 2016-17 Public Schools Branch (PSB) school year!
The buses ran and the school bells rang yesterday morning as approximately 19,000 students in kindergarten through Grade 12 entered for the first time or returned to class for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The beginning of school is an exciting time not only for our students and parents, but also for all our PSB’s employees at our 56 Island schools. Our employees are highly qualified professionals who care deeply about the success of children, and the tremendous support from our parents, volunteers, and community partners makes our schools even better.
The summer months are always a very busy time for school staff and Branch based staff, and this summer was no exception. To prepare for the new academic year, school buildings were cleaned thoroughly, buses were inspected, new employees were hired, teachers and other employees participated in professional development, and repairs and improvements were made at many schools. Thank you to everyone involved in the important efforts to get us ready for school yesterday.
With the new school year getting underway, we invite parents to learn more about the Public Schools Branch schools by visiting the PSB website and your child’s school website for the latest school news and information.
Everyone at the PSB is looking forward to the 2016-2017 academic year with enthusiasm and optimism. Best wishes to all students, parents and employees for a successful school year filled with many excellent learning opportunities. When educational partners work together, we have the best chance to succeed in providing high quality educational experiences for our students.
Public Schools Branch