NCDES Newsletter January 2014

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Kiri Represents Canada at the Taiwan International Science Fair

Congratulations to Kiri Daust, a former Science 10 student at NCDES, who is currently representing Canada at the Taiwan International Science Fair! After participating in several regional and national science fairs, Kiri now gets to explore the world and participate at an international event. We wish Kiri all the best; he will be a great ambassador for the Pacific Northwest. If you’d like to check out the Team Canada Science Fair blog, here’s the link: The team is posting something each day.

For more information about Kiri, click here.Kiri Daust

NCDES at a glance!

Here is a video about NCDES, our students and our partners. We hope you like it.

We also have a video of the student experience, and we hope you find it informative.

Elementary News

Image 4 courtesy of David Castillo Dominici  FreeDigitalPhotos.netImage courtesy of David Castillo Dominici

It is hard to believe that we are reaching the half-way mark of the school year! Elementary interim reports will be sent out Friday, January 31st, to give you an update on how your student is progressing through their learning plan. Term 2 Elementary report cards will be sent out on March 14th. Any work received by February 28th will be included on that report. Term 3 work will be sent out at the end of February.

Most students have been working hard and making lots of progress in our online Math program, Mathletics. If you  haven’t tried it yet, check it out! Please contact me, or look in our Moodle Elementary Math help course, for videos you can use to help your student understand Math concepts. I always enjoy listening to students’ recorded reading from RAZ Kids and am happy to see so many students actively reading there. These are two good programs you can use to supplement your student’s learning.

The rain on snow is making outdoor activity a little more difficult. If you need some ideas for indoor physical activities, let me know. I have some good CDs to get you active!


Science with Commander Chris Hadfield

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield performs a science experiment, designed by grade 10 students, on surface tension in space using a wet washcloth.
Credit: Canadian Space Agency/NASA

For more information about the experiment click here.

You may also enjoy this Commander Hadfield Quote Turned Into Cartoon by Zen Pencils


Participate in a Science Fair!

NCDES encourages science exploration and investigation through participation in science fairs, and many wonderful opportunities exist, both online and within your home community. Two science fairs that will be taking place soon in the Pacific Northwest are:

  1. The Northwest Science and Innovation (NSIS) Science Fair (please note the dates and locations on The 2014 Northwest Science Fair Extravaganza poster below)
  2. Pacific Northwest Regional Science Fair: Click here for the PNW Science Fair Brochure 2014 (April 11-12, NWCC, Smithers)

Also, you may want to check out: Science Fair Foundation BC.

Please let us know if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions. We would love to help you explore the sciences!


Click here for more details on preparing a science fair project.

For further information, contact Christine Slanz, Executive Director at

Registration is FREE. Click here to pre-register!


Clerical Tips

Our clerical team reminds adult students that NCDES must have ID on file. Picture ID is preferred, such as a BC driver’s licence, BC ID card, Status card, or Passport.  ID can be emailed, faxed, mailed, or copied at NCDES.  Please ensure you have provided ID to complete your registration.  Thank you!



Secondary Term 2 Report Cards

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Secondary Term 2 Report Cards will be emailed on Thursday, Feb. 6th.

Please contact our office staff to update your email if there has been a change. If you are of school age, NCDES must have an up to date parent email on file.

Thank you!

January Provincial Exams

This is a reminder that the January sitting of Provincial Exams will take place January 27 – 31, 2014. Please see the exam schedule for specific dates and times:
Feel free to contact our office should you have any further questions.


if you are looking for the 2013 January newsletter, please click here.

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