Parents are the foundation of IPS

Parents and guardians, thank you for supporting the IPS mission, our core values and the school philosophy. The following resources will help you stay connected with your child’s education at IPS.

Are you in decision-making mode about the next steps for your child? Check out Ted Spear’s 10 Big Questions to Ask Yourself  document.

Culture

IPS is first and foremost a community of families.  You can read about our IPS mission, our core values and the school philosophy,  but nothing replaces experiencing it for yourself. Come and get involved in the ever-evolving journey that is IPS.

Enrollment Documents
Student Registration Checklist  2017-18  Use this list to ensure a full package of documents is submitted.

 

New & Returning Students
New Students Only

See the Uniforms Section Below for links to the Uniform Order Form and details on the IPS Discount Week.

Uniforms

Order by July 15th.  Pay for your order between June 12-17 and you save the GST!

Required items:

  1. Pullover (green for grade 6, 7, & 8 navy for grade 9)
  2. Collared golf shirt (short sleeves)
  3. Hoodie (green for grade 6, 7, & 8 navy for grade 9)
  4. Gym Strip: Wicking Shorts and House T-Shirt

Optional items:

  • IPS Light Grey Bamboo Shirt, Track Pants, Track Jacket
  • We highly recommend purchasing the pre-printed name labels for your child’s clothing.

Gently used:

IPS often has used uniform items available and we normally have these available at the Open Houses and September Parent Orientation.

Fall Expedition

The IPS Fall Expedition is September 7- 9, 2016. The Expedition Consent Form must be submitted by August 26, 2016. Please review the Trip Information Safety Overview. Links to the Online Consent Form as well as the Trip Equipment List are provided at the end of the presentation.

IPS Parent Update Archives

Newsletters emailed weekly to parents.

Parent Update Archives

Volunteering

It’s only through volunteering that we really got to know how compelling the school was and how enjoyable it was to establish personal connections there. – Arlene Huybregts, Alumni Parent

An essential and valued contribution that parents and friends can make to the school is by giving your time. Contact our volunteer co-ordinator to find out how you can help.

Class Reps

Meet your Grade Reps

Thank you to our 2016-17 Grade Reps:

Gr 6 – Rebecca Salmon
Gr 7 –  Cindy De Connick
Gr 8 –  Helen West-Sadler
Gr 9 –  Donna Kreutzer 

IPS Grade Reps meet Wednesday afternoons. Ted typically gives the group an update on school developments, then hears from the Reps about any issues that may be of concern. The Grade Reps also work with the volunteers co-ordinator and the fundraising leads to connect with parents about opportunities to get involved.

If you have anything you would like to forward through your Rep, please contact them. .

Fundraising

Since opening its doors in 1995, Island Pacific School has always been committed to ensuring the broadest possible access to those who want to attend the school. The school is committed to assisting families with a demonstrated financial need to help cover the cost of tuition through a financial aid program. That program is created primarily through fundraising activities taken on by our IPS community of parents and alumni, and through their networks in the greater community.

In 2016-17 IPS is focussing on two big fundraisers that need your help.

The Gala – November 19, 7:30 – 11:30 pm

Save the date for you and your friends! This legendary dress up party happens on November 19th. The Gala is an annual event and our largest fundraiser. Proceeds help us to cover Financial Aid (student bursary awards) each year. The majority of our fundraising revenue at this event comes from our silent & live auctions and this is one of the ways where we need your help. Most families report that pitching in to pull this off is one of their volunteering highlights; a chance to get to know and socialize with other parents.

The IPS Family Golf Tournament – Bowen Island Golf Course, June 3, 2017

Formerly the “Happy Hackers” tournament, this low pressure, high fun afternoon is big on laughs and has legendary prizes; staff, alumni and current families all join in for a zany day on the links. In 2015 we added kids over 11 to the mix and turned it into a family affair. We seek out corporate sponsorship for each hole and work with families to generate prizes. Book this one on your calendar; it is a nice chance to reconnect with your kids and IPS friends before the busy month of June.

Please connect with our volunteer coordinator to offer your talents for these “all hands on deck” events.

Resources

These links are resources suggested to us by parents and staff. Do you have a great link to share? Contact us! 

Anxiety anxietybc.com

Cyber Safety safesmartsocial.com

Erase Bullyingerasebullying.ca

Decision Making Help – Are you in decision-making mode about the next steps for your child? Maybe these 10 Big Questions to Ask Yourself  will help.

Middle Years – Here is a great little article from Carman-Ainsworth Middle School in Michigan entitled What to Expect in the Middle Years

Google Apps

Google Apps for Education

IPS students are all issued an IPS Google Apps for Education account. During the first week of school your child will be given a Google Apps orientation to learn how their IPS email account is to be used for school purposes. Students will be assigned their own IPS email account, get access to Google Docs for document sharing, and will be added to Google Classrooms for their academic classes. Students are instructed to share their account login ID and password with their parents.

Getting Started

To learn more, we have short video tutorials for parents who would like an overview or reminder of how to start using IPS E-mail, the Google Calendar and Student E-Portfolios, just some of the Google Apps tools. Please be sure to take a few moments to review these.

Youtube playlist of Google Apps tutorials

Excursions

It’s only through volunteering that we really got to know how compelling the school was and how enjoyable it was to establish personal connections there. – Arlene Huybregts, Alumni Parent

An essential and valued contribution that parents and friends can make to the school is by giving your time. IPS families can consult the School Handbook to determine what volunteer opportunities exist. Community members can contact the office to inquire how your talents and interests can help make a difference in the lives of students and teachers. Contact our volunteer co-ordinator to find out how you can help.

We think it important that students get out and see the world around them. So, once a month we take students on an excursion, or field trip. These outings are meant to give students academic, cultural and fun experiences they could not get within the confines of a regular classroom setting.

Logistics for Parents & Students

  • IPS normally either charters a bus or uses the IPS School Bus to take the group from Horseshoe Bay (HSB) to their Excursion destination (sometimes they use public transit).
  • We plan to return to Horseshoe Bay at a specific time and to catch a specific ferry. Of course, there’s always a chance that traffic could delay the group’s return time. In that case, we will send an email to you to advise (or, get the phone tree going to spread the word).
  • Upon arrival in HSB, the group is dropped off in front of the terminal.
  • The off-island students are then dismissed and can catch their bus or ride home. Parents should plan and discuss the particulars of these logistics with their child prior to the Excursion.
  • Bowen students will travel back to Bowen together and are dismissed upon arrival in Snug Cove to walk or catch their bus or ride home.
  • The best likely meeting spot if you are picking up your child is the Bowen Library.
  • Again, please plan and discuss your family’s arrangements with your child prior to the Excursion.
  • If you wish to arrange to pick up your child directly from the Excursion location, you will need to contact the teacher acting as excursion coordinator in advance to advise her.
  • The bus cannot make stops along the way to drop off students.
  • The Excursion Uniform is required (unless otherwise notified): IPS collared shirt & v-neck sweater.
  • As the group leaves before the lunch break, a bagged lunch & snacks will be needed.

IPS Hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

8:45-9:00
9:00-9:45
9:45-10:30
10:30-10:45
10:45-11:30
11:30-12:15
12:15-1:00
1:00-1:45
1:45-2:30
2:30-3:15
3:15-3:30
Morning Stretch
Block 1
Block 2
Break
Block 3
Block 4
Lunch
Block 5
Block 6
Block 7
School Clean Up

Wednesday

8:45-9:00
9:00-9:45
9:45-10:30
10:30-10:45
10:45-11:30
11:30-12:15
12:15-1:00
1:00-2:30
2:30-2:45
Morning Stretch
Block 1
Block 2
Break
Block 3
Block 4
Lunch: Special
Programming
School Clean Up
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