SFX Open House

Hello Prospective and Current Parents,

Our St. Francis Xavier Open House is on January 20th, 2016 from 10am to 2pm. Tours will be hosted every 15 minutes and parents will have a chance to meet with the principal and selective teachers to inquire about more details. Unfortunately, our admission forms will only be available at the end of the tour. If you cannot attend the tour, the admission form will be made available online (under Admission … Forms) at the end of the day. Should you have more questions, please feel free to call us at (604)254-2714.

Thank you for your interest!


New Professional Days added to Calendar

The yearly school calendar is produced by the Administration at the beginning of every school year so parents have the opportunity to arrange care for their children on Professional Days or even family holidays. At the bottom of the calendar are the words “The above dates are subject to change.” This is to inform you of such a change.
At the end of this August, the BC Ministry of Education announced the Redesigned Curriculum. It is an all encompassing and challenging reform as every grade and every subject has been revised in terms of content, skills, and assessment.
In recognition of this, in October the BC Ministry of Education announced that public schools would have what amounts to two extra Professional Days for school staffs to work together on managing and planning for the widespread change. Just two weeks ago, a similar provision was made for Independent Schools as well.
We have decided as a teaching staff to use the two extra days on Monday, January 4th 2016 and Monday May 2nd 2016. On the January date, we will be joined by Christine Younghusband, an instructor from St. Mark’s College and a contributor to the Redesigned Curriculum. She will work with the staff to review the main changes contained in the document and delve into some of the issues around its implementation. In May, the focus will be on allowing our teachers to spend time revising their plans and working together to design shared methods of planning and assessment.
This is an exciting and challenging time to be a teacher in British Columbia. The Redesigned Curriculum is centered on giving all students the skills and knowledge they will need to take on the challenges of the 21st century. In many ways, the current way of teaching is still based in 19th century thinking and beliefs about education and its purpose. These dates will help prepare our staff for the challenges of making certain our students will be fully prepared to meet the requirements of this new approach to education.
Thank you for your understanding and support.

Halloween Spirit Day Reminder

For this Halloween Friday, all students must come to school wearing their uniform as there will be Mass at 9:00 am. Kindergarten classes do not yet attend Mass so they are allowed to come in their costume if you so desire. Students will be allowed to change into their costume during Lunch Recess.


A quick reminder that masks or costumes promoting evil or violence are not allowed; This includes witch and devil costumes. (Some students have asked if they can dress as a “good” witch; I am afraid I will have to say No to that; a witch is a witch.) Students could be creative by wearing a costume that represents a favourite storybook character, a character from the Bible, or current figure of the Church (Pope Francis, Mother Teresa, etc.)  Wearing fall or Halloween colours (e.g. brown, orange, black) is also acceptable instead of a costume.


There will be a costume parade at 1:15 in the gym and parents are most welcome to join us for the event.  Prizes for the best costume in each class will be awarded.  Students are also asked to bring canned goods for donation for the Food Bank and candy for the Agape Street Ministry (hosted by the Leadership Club) as in previous years in the week after Halloween. The Leadership group will be sponsoring special Halloween activities in the Gym at Lunch.

Professional Day – Community Helping

On Friday January 30th 2015, Saint Francis Xavier staff had the opportunity to volunteer their time at both Covenant House and The Door is Open Vancouver:

“The Door Is Open is a drop in centre located at 255 Dunlevy Avenue, in the heart of East Vancouver. The Centre supports the needs of hundreds of less fortunate people in the downtown east side. Many of our guests have compounding difficulties such as drug and alcohol addiction, physical and mental handicaps as well as maturing life stages and many other impairments.”

– The Door is Open

“Covenant House helps homeless, runaway and at-risk young people between the ages of 16 and 24 for short-term residential care through our Crisis Shelter and longer term care in our transitional living program Rights of Passage (ROP).”

– Covenant House

For more information about these organizations, please visit their respective websites at the links above. Photos of the staff volunteering can be found in the full post below.
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Earthquake Warning System

[Repost from October 2014]

Dear Parents,

As mentioned in the October school newsletter, St. Francis Xavier School is now part of a special Early Earthquake Warning system. For some details on how it works, please watch the following YouTube video: