Communicating with your school

Staff in our schools are eager to address your questions or concerns. Education is shared between the home and the school, and good communication is an excellent starting point for resolving an issue.

Build a Positive Relationship with Your School

 Be Involved:

  • Support and work with your child’s teacher(s)
  • Participate in your school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
  • Attend school events and activities
  • Offer to help in the classroom
  • Support your child’s learning at home
  • Stay informed of your child’s progress in school

Communicate:

  • Take opportunities to get to know the people who work with your child(ren)
  • Ask your child about their school day
  • Keep the school informed about issues that may affect your child. Don’t wait for a small problem to become a large concern
  • See what social media options are available to keep up-to-date on school activities

Resolving Issues and Concerns

  • Arrange a phone appointment or in-person meeting so that your concerns can be heard without distraction (emailing to arrange a date and time works well).
  • Organize your thoughts before the meeting. The BCCPAC Meeting Survival and Problem-Solving guides included in this pamphlet are provided by DPAC for your consideration.
  • Keep focused on the issue. Remember, we are all here to ensure the success of your child.
  • Treat others with dignity and respect, and expect that in return.
  • Try to look at both sides of the issue and listen to everyone.
  • Work with people at each step in the process to try and address your issue or concern before proceeding to the next step.

Parents and guardians are urged to contact the school if they are unsure of a message, or have questions about an activity or issue.  It is usually best to begin with the classroom or subject teacher.  The vast majority of issues or concerns are resolved at this stage.  If you are not satisfied, then you may wish to contact the principal or counsellor to request assistance in dealing with the matter.  A child’s problem is best solved when the people closest to the problem work together to find a solution.

Issues or concerns that cannot be resolved through the school should be referred to the district office.  The District is divided into two areas of responsibility, Zone One and Zone Two, with each zone overseen by an Assistant Superintendent.  In addition, there are a variety of specialized staff at the district level with responsibility for areas such as special education, student services and transportation.  Your issue or concern may be best dealt with by one of these people.  Please see the list of “Key Contacts” on the back page.

Other sources of support and guidance are your Parent Advisory Council (PAC) or the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC).  Your school office can provide you with the names of your school’s PAC executive.  Contact the School Board Office or visit www.langleydpac.ca for DPAC contact information and other useful links, including the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Council’s “Speaking Up! – A Parent Guide to Advocating for Students in Public Schools”.

Parents are always welcome to bring an advocate with them when meeting with school and/or district staff.  PAC or DPAC members, other family members or even friends can be advocates when dealing with an issue or concern.  The DPAC website contains further information on “Advocacy” and links to other resources to help with problem-solving.

Guidelines for Parents to Follow

   when there is an Issue or Concern

Step 1:

Start with the person whose action has given rise to the issue or concern.

Step 2:

If the issue is not resolved, contact the school’s principal, vice-principal or counsellor.  Principals work hard to provide a learning environment where your child’s needs and the needs of other students are met.

Step 3:

If the issue is still not resolved, contact the School Board Office and speak with an Assistant Superintendent or District Principal.

Step 4:

If after working through the steps above you have not received a decision or you disagree with the decision, depending upon the nature of the issue you may be able to appeal to the Board of Education.  Section 11 of the School Act gives parents and/or students the right to ask the Board of Education to review decisions that school employees make, or fail to make, that “significantly affects the education, health or safety of a student.”  A copy of the District’s Appeal Policy can be found on our website at www.sd35.bc.ca under the “Board” tab.  Copies are also available at the School Board Office and your school.

District Contacts

Gord Stewart, Acting Superintendent of Schools             604-534-7891, ex 221
(Clare Pereira, Executive Assistant)

Woody Bradford, Assistant Superintendent                       604-534-7891, ex 221
(Clare Pereira, Executive Assistant)
Aldergrove Community Secondary                Alice Brown Elementary
Belmont Elementary                                         Betty Gilbert Middle
Blacklock Fine Arts Elementary                      Brookswood Secondary
Douglas Park Elementary                                DW Poppy Secondary
Fort Langley Elementary                                 Glenwood Elementary
H.D. Stafford Middle                                        James Hill Elementary
Langley Secondary                                          Nicomekl Elementary
Noel Booth Elementary                                   North Otter Elementary
Parkside Centennial Elementary                    Peterson Road Elementary
Shortreed Elementary                                     Wix-Brown Elementary

Mal Gill, Assistant Superintendent                                            604-534-7891, ex 225
(Alice Boyd, Executive Assistant)
Alex Hope Elementary                                     Coghlan Fundamental Elementary
Dorothy Peacock Elementary                         Gordon Greenwood Elementary
James Kennedy Elementary                           Langley Education Centre
Langley Fine Arts School                                Langley Fundamental Elementary                                  
Langley Fundamental Middle/Secondary     Langley Meadows Elementary
Lynn Fripps Elementary                                   RC Garnett Demonstration Elementary
RE Mountain Secondary                                  Richard Bulpitt Elementary
Simonds Elementary                                        U-Connect
Topham Elementary                                         Uplands Elementary / Montessori
Vanguard Secondary                                        Walnut Grove Secondary
West Langley Elementary                                Willoughby Elementary
Yorkson Creek Middle

Lisa Dolinski, Director – Learning Support Services         604-534-7891, ex 365
– Contact for Learning Support Services and Behaviour Program Inquiries

Renge Bailie, District Principal                                                  604-534-7891, ex 250
– Contact for Safe Schools and Counselling Inquires

Michael Morgan, District Principal                                              604-534-7891, ex 231
– Contact for Aboriginal Education Inquiries

Karen Beatty, District Principal                                                      604-534-7891, ex 241
– Contact for English Language Learner / Settlement Workers in Schools Inquiries

Patti Johnson, Supervisor – Transportation Services       604-534-7891, ex 330
– Contact for Transportation/Bussing Inquiries

Mark Leiper  –  District Principal – International Student Program                                                                  604-534-7891, ex 460
– Contact for International Student Program Inquiries

Vanguard Secondary School

3825 - 244 Street, Langley
BC, V2Z 2L1
Phone: 604-856-9192
Fax: 604-856-9328