Manoah Steves Elementary Seismic Upgrade

We wish to inform you that the Richmond School District has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Education for a seismic upgrade and partial replacement project for Manoah Steves Elementary. Should this project be approved by the Ministry, we are scheduled to move forward with construction in the fall of 2019. This is a very important project because it will significantly minimize the probability of a structural collapse in the event of an earthquake and will ensure that our students and staff are attending a seismically safe school. We are hopeful that the project will receive final Ministry approval very soon, however given the relatively short timeline, we wanted to reach out to parents now to inform you of what is happening.

If the project is approved, there will also be an opportunity to work with staff to create a new Montessori learning space at Manoah Steves that will strengthen the guiding principles of the program. Added benefits could include elements such as student-centered flexible learning spaces, enhanced collaboration opportunities and flexible access to technology.

The seismic project will require students enrolled in the Manoah Steves Montessori Program to be temporarily relocated to Grauer Elementary effective September 2019 to August 2021. The relocation of the Montessori program to Grauer Elementary will enable the program to remain intact in a location that keeps all six classes together. The Montessori teachers from Manoah Steves will have the opportunity to move with the program and students will receive the same quality learning experience that reflects the global, multi-age philosophy of Montessori.

The decision to temporarily move students was not made easily as we understand that this will impact many families. The Montessori Program at Steves Elementary is one of three locations that form the district program options for Montessori, which are located according to the criteria of space; geographical placement; and ability to provide a quality program. The programs are not intended to be neighbourhood specific which makes it possible to locate them in various schools in the District. The District studied a number of options and Grauer Elementary was the only school within the District that could effectively accommodate all the Montessori students from Manoah Steves.

Neighbourhood program students will continue to receive their education at Manoah Steves, however, during the seismic remediation, some classrooms will need to be moved as they are upgraded. We will continue to provide a quality learning experience and education throughout this process and endeavour to minimize any impact on our neighbourhood program students.

We understand that you may have questions about this process and as such have scheduled an information session at Manoah Steves Elementary on February 25 at 6:45 p.m.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we move forward with creating safe learning environments for our students and staff.

We wish to inform you that the Richmond School District has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Education for a seismic upgrade and partial replacement project for Manoah Steves Elementary. Should this project be approved by the Ministry, we are scheduled to move forward with construction in the fall of 2019. This is a very important project because it will significantly minimize the probability of a structural collapse in the event of an earthquake and will ensure that our students and staff are attending a seismically safe school. We are hopeful that the project will receive final Ministry approval very soon, however given the relatively short timeline, we wanted to reach out to parents now to inform you of what is happening.

If the project is approved, there will also be an opportunity to work with staff to create a new Montessori learning space at Manoah Steves that will strengthen the guiding principles of the program. Added benefits could include elements such as student-centered flexible learning spaces, enhanced collaboration opportunities and flexible access to technology.

The seismic project will require students enrolled in the Manoah Steves Montessori Program to be temporarily relocated to Grauer Elementary effective September 2019 to August 2021. The relocation of the Montessori program to Grauer Elementary will enable the program to remain intact in a location that keeps all six classes together. The Montessori teachers from Manoah Steves will have the opportunity to move with the program and students will receive the same quality learning experience that reflects the global, multi-age philosophy of Montessori.

The decision to temporarily move students was not made easily as we understand that this will impact many families. The Montessori Program at Steves Elementary is one of three locations that form the district program options for Montessori, which are located according to the criteria of space; geographical placement; and ability to provide a quality program. The programs are not intended to be neighbourhood specific which makes it possible to locate them in various schools in the District. The District studied a number of options and Grauer Elementary was the only school within the District that could effectively accommodate all the Montessori students from Manoah Steves.

Neighbourhood program students will continue to receive their education at Manoah Steves, however, during the seismic remediation, some classrooms will need to be moved as they are upgraded. We will continue to provide a quality learning experience and education throughout this process and endeavour to minimize any impact on our neighbourhood program students.

We understand that you may have questions about this process and as such have scheduled an information session at Manoah Steves Elementary on February 25 at 6:45 p.m.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we move forward with creating safe learning environments for our students and staff.

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