Author Archives: Kirsten Tschofen

Q1 Art Student Showcase

This year having all students learn from home created a particular challenge for Steller Art students.  Jean made a request to the Steller Parent Group for support purchasing enough art supplies so that all students could have a kit to use at home.  SPG was pleased to offer $1165 to this project.

We are super impressed with the quality of work students did and very happy to showcase the work here! 

Students are welcome to submit their work to be highlighted here – art, poetry, short stories etc
are welcome! 

Steller Parent Group Draft 2020-2021 Budget

Steller Parent Group is a charitable organisation to which contributions are tax-deductible. In a typical year most money raised through Parent Group goes to four areas:

  • Operational expenses
  • School hosted events, activities and projects (Souper Steller, Ice Cream Social, Steller Olympics etc.)
  • Steller Parent Group hosted events, activities and projects (Welcome BBQ, Staff Appreciation etc)
  • Grants:
    • Steller Travel Intensives 
    • Intensives 
    • Program Support (Band trips, art supplies etc)
    • Passages & Special Projects

The DRAFT budget for 2020-2021 was presented at the SPG meeting, and to Steller Staff, on October 13.   The budget will be voted on and adopted at the SPG meeting on November 10.

All community members are invited to provide feedback by emailing 

2020 SPG Proposed Budget

Reminder: Steller Open House Today

Steller Secondary Open House is on Wednesday the 21st starting at 6:00pm.

Five reasons you should attend tonight’s open house:

  1. See the “classroom”.  It seems obvious, but we sometimes forget that our students are spending a considerable portion of their day in this online space.  This is your chance to learn about the platforms their teachers are using.
  2. Learn about work expectations. The new quarter system means that classes are moving quickly, and there is little time to catch up.  Find out how much work your student should be doing each night so you can support them.
  3. Hear it from the source. By the time our students relay information to us, something may have gotten lost in translation. 
  4. Network. Meet other parents, and meet the parents of your student’s friends. Just like our kids, it does help to have a buddy; someone we can call with a question about the project due on Monday or help with a tech question.
  5. Respect.  Attending Open House shows you respect your child’s teacher, value your child’s education, and put school at the top of the priority list. Having said that, it’s not possible for all parents to attend, and that’s ok. 

Tami has send an email with the zoom link from each teacher. To participate log into your student’s advisory zoom link at 6:00. You will then log into each of your student’s three classes via zoom. 

Adapted from “Five Reasons You Should Attend Back-to-School Night” by Wendy Kenner

October Calendar

Don’t forget to make note of the following dates in your calendar.

The Second Quarter starts Monday, October 19, 2020. Congratulations to all Students, staff and families for facing this huge challenge.  There are many stories of success to be celebrated, and a whole new quarter to grow for those who struggled.  

The Open House on Wednesday the 21st starting at 6:00pm. This is your chance to meet your student’s teachers, find out about their routines and expectations, learn about how they use canvas, and ask questions. Spending this time is an important way to help your student succeed during these particularly challenging times. It would be a real show of support to our students and teachers if every family made an effort to attend this time. 

Tami has send an email with the zoom link from each teacher. To participate log into your student’s advisory zoom link at 6:00. You will then log into each of your student’s three classes via zoom. 

Materials drop off and pick up will be Wednesday the 21st from noon to 6:00pm.  If your child has materials from this quarter that need to be returned to school please ensure you do so.  Second quarter teachers will have also informed all students if they need materials before Wednesday as well. 

Parent-student-teacher conference this quarter are by appointment only. Steller teachers are always very happy to speak with students and parents through out the term, and at conferences. But this year they have lots on their plate. One way we can support our teachers, and students that may be struggling, is to *not* book a conference unless you have a particular concern. Teachers will use this extra time to focus on supporting students that need it.

Finally,  can’t we all use some days off! Happy October!