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Dear Parents and Guardians,

School may be done for the students but there are so many exciting things happening at SJB through the summer and into the 2019 - 2020 school year! As some of you may be aware, there is some classroom movement taking place in preparation for our building expansion project; which is getting closer!

  • The South Portable (Band and Art Portable) is being decommissioned, and will be taken down in the next few months. It has been here since the school was very young, and has given us excellent service, but it is getting old, and maintenance is becoming more and more difficult.
  • The Art Room will make a temporary move into the north half of the Library, until the new Art Room is built in our Building Extension.
  • The Learning Resource Room (401) is being converted into the Music Room, in preparation for the new Choir/Drama classes. This will be a temporary move, until our new Music Room is built in the Building Extension.
  • The library has been dismantled.  As we move further into the digital age, teachers and students rarely make use of the books or this space. Mini libraries that are subject specific have now been created in each classroom.  This will allow the library space to be split and serve as a temporary Art Room and as another classroom. Once our Building Extension is complete, the this space will undergo a further exciting change--stay tuned!!!
  • The IT lab is being converted into our new Learning Resource Center. Our new Learning Resource teachers, Mrs. Fricke and Mrs. Sousa are working diligently to make this a welcoming space for our students.
  • Mr. Calzavara is working hard to convert the mini-IT lab into the new IT lab.
  • The MPX will also be getting a refresh over the summer, to better suit our needs as a school.

Special thanks to Mrs. Lindenbach and Mr. Woitowitsch and Mr. Calzavara who worked so hard in cleaning out their rooms to make these changes possible. Special thanks to all the staff and some parents who worked like crazy in making these changes happen.

Regarding our Building Extension: Your SJB Building Committee is working hard to push the plan forward. We are at the stage now where our architect is working with the engineers and survey teams to prepare detailed designs to bring to the City of Abbotsford. Once the City has given the permits we need, we can approach the Archdiocesan Building Commission for final approval, then we go through the tendering process to hire a general contractor, and we are on our way. We are realistically looking at a start date within the latter half of the 2019 - 2020 school year. Very exciting times at SJB!!

Wishing you all a restful and safe summer.  We'll see you back in September.

Mr. Gianni Bittante
Principal
St. John Brebeuf Secondary School

New Staff 2019 - 2020

Moira Fricke--Mrs. Fricke comes to St. John Brebeuf from a varied background in Education. She has a Masters Degree in Educational Studies from Trinity Western University, and began her career teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas in North Vancouver. She has spent time working in the Langley School District and at Langley Christian, centering her efforts in Special Education. Most recently, Moira has done contract work with Columbia Bible College and with KPU, training and educating Educational Assistants. Mrs. Fricke will be working with Mrs. Sousa in the Learning Resource Department. We are very pleased to have Mrs. Fricke join our SJB team.

Melissa Godbout--Mrs. Godbout is joining us in the Media/Promotions and Project Development position at SJB, vacated by Mrs. Fronteddu. Mrs. Godbout has significant experience in communications, social media/web management, and media promotions. She brings enthusiasm and positive energy to everything she does. Mrs. Godbout is married with 4 daughters, all of whom attend St. Mary’s School in Chilliwack. We are excited to have Mrs. Godbout as part of our SJB family.

Ania Neuls--Mrs. Neuls grew up in Chilliwack where she and her family have been actively involved in St. Mary’s Parish and the Archdiocese of Vancouver. After completing her Arts and her Education degrees at UBC, Mrs. Neuls worked at OLPH Elementary in Vancouver as an Educational Assistant, as a Teacher On Call, and as a Grade 4 teacher. She then moved to St. Thomas Aquinas in North Vancouver where she taught senior English, French, and IT. Mrs. Neuls comes to St. John Brebeuf with a multitude of extra-curricular experiences, and a willingness to get involved in a variety of aspects of the school. She will be working primarily in the English Department. We are very pleased to welcome Mrs. Neuls to our SJB team.

Frank Foster--Mr. Foster is a graduate of St. John Brebeuf High School, and recently served as an Educational Assistant at SJB for the 2017-2018 school year. Mr. Foster completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at UFV, and recently finished his teaching program also through UFV. He will be teaching Sciences and Math at St. John Brebeuf, and is excited to be a part of the SJB community again, and to get involved wherever he can. We welcome Frank back home to SJB.

Susan Sousa--Mrs. Sousa spent 16 years teaching English and Religion at Holy Cross High School in Surrey. During those years she gained significant experience in supporting students with learning challenges, and planning methods and adaptations to help those students achieve to the best of their abilities. Mrs. Sousa will be working with Mrs. Fricke in the Learning Resource Department. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Sousa to our SJB Family.

Scott Van Vliet--Mr. Van Vliet is also a former student of St. John Brebeuf, graduating in 2015. While at SJB, he was involved in a variety of activities, including drama productions, athletics, and Life and Justice. Mr. Van Vliet completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at UBC, and has experience in working with people with special needs. He will be joining us as an Educational Assistant, and we welcome him back to SJB.

 

Exam results will be available for the June English 12 exam at the end of July. Transcripts are mailed out the same day from the Ministry of Education to Grade 12 students. Students can see their provincial exam results via the internet at http://www.StudentTranscripts.gov.bc.ca. They will need their PEN number.

Students in Grade 12 should have now completed their Post-Secondary Institution Choices online at the above website. This will allow their final transcripts to be forwarded to the post-secondary institutions of their choice. Grade 12 students who have applied to a post-secondary institution must log on to the above website and complete the PSI selections section if they have not already done so. Otherwise, the university will have no proof of graduation and the student may lose their admission.

If any data is incorrect on the final transcript from the Ministry of Education, students should contact me, Mr. Fraser and NOT the Ministry of Education. They cannot make changes to your transcript without us being involved. Good luck to our grads!

Sincerely, 
Mr. Dan Fraser
Academic Advisor

EduTour will have two Australian students attending SJB in September for the semester until January 2020. One female and one male student.  They will arrive September 1st. If your family would like to host an Australian student, please contact Margot Olah for more information. Thank you!

Mrs. O. Bryson
The SJB office will be open 8:00am - 4:00pm until July 5 and back open again on August 19.  If there any emergencies, please contact Mr. Bittante or Mrs. Bryson by email.

Thank you and have a wonderful summer break!
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