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Kindergarten Registration
by Petra Migl - Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 2:29 PM

Kindergarten Registration Dates for children who will be 5 years old on or before Dec 31, 2019 :

February 11th-15th, 2019

9am -12pm and 1pm-3pm at Barriere Elementary School

Please bring your child's Birth Certificate

Proof of Residency ( eg. utility bill)

BC Services Card

Any legal documentation concerning custody

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Christmas Concert
by Petra Migl - Monday, 26 November 2018, 2:31 PM

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Early Dismissal and Inservice Day
by Petra Migl - Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 8:39 AM

We are dismissing at 12noon on Thursday, October 18 due to Parent/Teacher Interviews in the afternoon. Buses will pick up students around 12:10pm. Friday, October 19 is an Inservice Day, so no school on Friday!

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New Lunch Schedule
by Petra Migl - Monday, 10 September 2018, 11:34 AM

New Lunch Schedule

This year Barriere Elementary will begin a new lunch time schedule that was developed as a staff to address several factors including supervision, behaviour, and timetabling.  The new schedule will have lunch begin at 12:20pm and end at 1:20pm. All students, will eat their lunch in the classroom from 12:20-12:40pm and then go outside for lunch.  As with any new schedule, there will need to be adjustments and time to reflect on the effectiveness of the structure. We appreciate your support and patience with this new schedule.

Bell Schedule 2018/2019

Warning Bell 8:20am

Second Warning Bell 8:35am

Start of Day 8:40am

Recess: 10:25am – 10:40am

Start of Lunch Break 12:20pm

Kids go out outside 12:40pm

Warning Bell 1:15pm

End of Lunch Break 1:20pm

End of Day 2:40pm


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School Supplies
by Petra Migl - Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 11:09 AM

A supplies and school fees form will be sent home with students in the second week of school.

If you are wishing to buy your own supplies, you will need to check with your child's teacher once classes are assigned

The office does not have a general supply list

If you would like to purchase your own supplies you will also require an agenda which can be purchased from the office for $7 and as well there is a $15 fee to attend the Young People's Concert performances throughout the year. 

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School opening
by Petra Migl - Thursday, 30 August 2018, 8:34 AM

September school opening for grade 1-6 students :

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 10:30am

Dismissal at 12 noon, bus pick up shortly after

Please note that all morning buses will pick up students two hours later than the regular time for pick up. 


Gradual entry into Kindergarten: Friday Sep 7, 2018 - Tuesday Sep 11, 2018. 

First full day for K-students: Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018

Further information for Kindergarten Families can be found HERE

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Safe Arrival
by Petra Migl - Thursday, 30 August 2018, 8:33 AM

To report a student absence please call the 

Safe Arrival Interactive Toll-free Phone (1-844-350-2647)

What is SafeArrival?

SafeArrival is an absence management system that improves student safety and makes it easy for you to let the school know about your child’s absence.

You are asked to report your child’s absence in advance whenever possible using one of these convenient methods:

1. SchoolMessenger app (free)

  1. If you haven’t already provided your email address to the school, please do so

  2. Get the app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at

  3. Tap Sign Up to create your account.

  4. Select Attendance from the menu, and then select Report an Absence.

2.  Web and Mobile Web:

  1. If you haven’t already provided your email address to the school, please do so

  2. Go to the website.

  3. Click Sign Up to create your account.

  4. Select Attendance from the menu, then select Report an Absence

3.  Interactive Toll-free Phone (1-844-350-2647)

  1. Call the toll-free, interactive telephone system.

  2. Follow the instructions to report an absence.

Absences can be reported in advance:

  • 24 hours/day

  • 7 days a week

  • For any school day in the school term

  • Up to the cut-off time on the day of the absence

  • Including multiple day absences

Whenever an absence is reported or updated, you will receive a confirmation notice by email and/or text message (assuming you have provided your contact information to the school).

If you don’t report your child’s absence in advance, the automated notification system will try to contact you (using the communication preferences if you have set them up in the SchoolMessenger app). This may include push notifications to the app, email, SMS text message, phone calls. You will be asked to provide the reason for your child’s absence immediately. You may do so using the phone line, website or mobile app.

If you try to explain an absence using SafeArrival, but are then told that it is past the cut-off time.  Please contact the school directly.

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School Closing and Opening
by Petra Migl - Friday, 15 June 2018, 11:25 AM

Last Day of school for students: Thursday, June 28, 2018. 

Dismissal at 12 noon, buses leave around 12:10pm.

September school opening for grades 1 to 6: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Please note that on the first day of school, all morning buses will pick up students two hours later than the regular time for pick up. 

Dismissal at 12 noon.

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New Safe Arrival Program
by Petra Migl - Thursday, 24 May 2018, 8:23 AM

Dear Parents/Guardians,

SD73 is converting to new Safe Arrival program owned by SchoolMessenger.  This software has its own Student Absence Reporting System that we will be transitioning over to officially on Friday, June 1.

What do parents need to do in this transition?

  • Be sure to download the SchoolMessenger app and create your account.  It should look just like the screenshot below.  This can be done now in anticipation of the June 1 startup.

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  • Continue to use the current app and then delete your old SafeArrival app after Thursday, May 31  (as we will no longer be using this application to collect student absences)

  • You can also create an account at the following website:

The absence reporting telephone number will continue to be 1-844-350-2647.

We look forward to working with all of you as we transition to the new attendance feature in SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival.  

For questions or further information, please contact the school.

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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)
by Petra Migl - Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 10:11 AM

SOGI 1 2 3 has launched new SOGI 1 2 3 Parent Videos that address questions about SOGI 1 2 3 and SOGI-inclusive education in schools. The videos are designed for parents and family members to view and learn about SOGI 1 2 3 in various grade-levels. The goal of the videos is to debunk some of the common misinformation in the media and to support parents in their understanding of SOGI-inclusive education. The SOGI 1 2 3 Parent Videos are available to view and download now on