Schools in Vancouver Will Open on Monday, Sept. 22

All Vancouver schools will be ready to welcome students to a new school year on Monday, September 22.

School next week will then begin as it would in early September, with a shortened first day on Monday and regular hours of instruction on the next day (Tuesday, September 23).

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School Not Opening September 2

School will not be opening September 2. For the latest job action update read the September 1st letter from the superintendent.

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August 29 Update on Provincial Labour Dispute and School Start Up

Here is the latest update from the Superintendent of the Vancouver Board of Education on the provincial labour dispute and its impact on school start up.

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August 20 Update on Provincial Labour Dispute and School Start Up

Click here to read the update on the provincial labour dispute from the Vancouver Board of Education.

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summertime-032Dear Families,

As our year abruptly came to a halt, we were unable to say our proper farewells. This week we are having a PAC Social, Staff Dinner and Family Barbeque in Gray’s Park to bring closure to our year together. No one could have anticipated the year end that we’ve had and I have greatly appreciated the generosity of our community during this challenging time. Thanks to everyone for supporting our staff and everything that they do for your children. The McBride Community is an amazing place to work and learn in!

On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone for welcoming me so warmly into your community and steadfastly supporting my leadership of the annex. I have had the pleasure to work with an outstanding staff and be supported by many phenomenal parents who continually give your time and energy to our school. As I’ve said many times, we are like a little country school in the middle of the city. What a gift it has been to work and learn here. It has been a great privilege to be part of your community. I will miss everyone here as I move to Lord Roberts Elementary in September.

I wish everyone a safe, happy and relaxing summer filled with laughter and good times with family and friends.

All the best to you,

James Chamberlain

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Letter from Superintendent – RE: Teacher Job Action – escalation to full strike

Dear Parents and Guardians,

RE: Teacher Job Action – escalation to full strike

As you are aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) are continuing to negotiate a new collective agreement and stemming from these negotiations, the BCTF began job action at the end of April and has now escalated this to a full strike involving a full withdrawal of service across the province.

All Vancouver Public Schools will again be affected by this full strike next week. On Monday, June 16, teachers will not be in their schools while attending a job action related study session. As of Tuesday, June 17 all Vancouver Public Schools will be behind picket lines. This full withdrawal of service will again impact the school district’s ability to offer educational services. While schools will remain open next week, we will not be able to offer our regular instruction as teachers will likely not be in schools starting on Monday and we do not anticipate that unionized support staff will cross picket lines. As a result we are encouraging parents to not send their children to school as of Monday June 16 and to seek alternate childcare arrangements as needed. We are hopeful that this labour dispute can be resolved before Monday and certainly before the end of the school year.

The safety and security of our students is our highest priority. Should any students arrive at school while picket lines are in place, our school administrators will ensure that they are cared for until they can be safely returned to their homes under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
Parents should also be aware that as a result of a recent Labour Relations Board ruling the Vancouver School Board plans to continue with Grade 10, 11 and 12 Provincial Examinations. We are reviewing the potential impact of escalated job action on report cards and summer school programs and we will advise you as soon as possible what to expect for the remainder of this school year and into the summer. We encourage all parents to visit the Vancouver School Board website at for further updates regarding the job action and keep up to date through the news media.

I am sorry that the normally exciting end to the school year has been reduced to this high level of uncertainty. I am sure that this is a frustrating, disappointing and worrying time for you. I am most concerned about the effect that this continued strike/lock out has on our students. I am proud of the hard work and support provided by all staff in this complex school district. It is my hope that the labour impasse is resolved quickly at the bargaining table and that our school district can soon return to normal operations and complete the school year on a more positive note.
Thank you for your understanding during this very difficult time.

Dr. Steve Cardwell
Superintendent of Schools
c. Vancouver Board of Education.

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Job Action June 11th

June 11th-Rotating Strike

Vancouver schools will be closed once again due to this ongoing provincial labour dispute. Thanks for your continued patience with this situation. LMOSC and the Smart Start preschool will remain open on that day.

James Chamberlain

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No School on Monday

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Re: Job Action on Monday May 26th

Due to job action by teachers on Monday there will be no staff in the school aside from Mr. Chamberlain. Therefore, parents are strongly encouraged to make alternate arrangements for their children on Monday as Mr. Chamberlain will not be providing direct instruction to students on that day. He will only be working in a supervising capacity on that day. The Start Smart Preschool and Little Mountain Out of School Care will also be closed on Monday. The front doors of the school will be unlocked from 8:30 to 3:30 on Monday.

School will resume as normal on Tuesday, May 27th. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding with this situation.


James Chamberlain
McBride Annex


We encourage parents to keep up to date by checking our website at You might also wish to follow information posted on the BCTF website at and the BCPSEA website at

Dr. Steve Cardwell
Superintendent of Schools


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McBride Annex Annual Community Spring Fair

spring_fair_2014McBride Annex Spring Fair
Saturday, May 24th from 11am to 3pm
Located at McBride Annex, 4750 St. Catherines Street (29th and St Catherines)

The annual McBride Annex School Spring Fair is a fun and exciting carnival with games for kids of all ages, delicious food, Bouncy Castle, giant slingshot, silent auction, face painting, music, prizes and fun…Don’t miss out!

Come celebrate the day at this family-friendly fun event. Rain or shine, we’ll see you there. Admission is Free.

Tickets for food, games and silent auction will be available for purchase at the Fair.

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