Important News

Welcome Back News

Christine Knapp
Welcome Back News
by Christine Knapp - Monday, 26 August 2013, 1:27 PM

Welcome to the 2013- 2014 School Year

Classes will begin for our Grade 9 and 10 students ONLY on the Tuesday, September 3rdStudents will arrive for a 12:30 start and ending the day at 3:30 pm.

Grade 9 students will start the day in the Ridge Theatre for an assembly and our Grade 10 students will go directly to the Large Gym where they will receive timetables, invoices, agendas and forms to bring home.  Students will rotate with the grade 9’s moving to the large gym and the grade 10’s moving to the Ridge Theatre. This will be followed by a block rotation of all classes to meet the teachers.

Grade 11 and 12 students ONLY will begin school on Wednesday, September 4th arriving for a 12:30 start ending the day at 3:30 pm.  Grade 12 students will start the day in the Ridge Theatre for an assembly and our Grade 11 students will go directly to the Large Gym. Students will rotate with the grade 12’s moving to the large gym and the grade 11’s moving to the Ridge Theatre. This will be followed by a block rotation of all classes to meet the teachers.

All students will be in full day attendance on Thursday September 5th and Friday September 6th as per the class schedule.


School District # 63 Bussing will be provided for school start at 12:30 pm on both days.  School will finish at 3:30 pm with bus pick up to follow. Please check the SD63 Transportation Website for full details regarding bus schedules for opening day, bus registration and bus routes for 2013/14.  All students that will be riding the bus must register before the first day of school.  Please contact the Transportation Department at 250-652-7343.

Regular school will begin on Thursday, September 5th and Friday September 6th with all students in attendance starting at 9:00 am.  Regular bus transportation schedules will be in effect.

Payment and Registration will be accepted at the School Board office only.  The Claremont office would be happy to forward your completed bus registration form and payment to the transportation department only if they are in a sealed envelope addressed to the Transportation Department.  Forms must be completed in full and payment attached.    All questions and payments must be directed to the School Board Office.

School Supplies

A specific school supplies list is not provided for high school students.  Students should be prepared for all classes with a supply of the basics:  binder, loose leaf paper, or a supply of notebooks, dividers, ruler, writing supplies and a calculator with scientific functions, (graphing calculators are not required unless requested for a specific course).  Some classes or teachers may request specific items.  Students will be informed of any course specific supplies during the course introduction.

School Photos with Lifetouch – September 12, 2013

We expect students to dress appropriately for photos as per our School Dress Code.  All students must have photos taken regardless of purchasing a photo package or not in order to receive a student card and be in the school database.  Full details regarding photo packages will be given to students on the first day of school.

Invoices and Student Fees

On the first day of school, we will issue the student invoices for things such as the textbook deposit, activity fee ($25), the yearbook ($45) and optional PAC donation ($10).

We strongly encourage students/parents to pay fees prior to the start of school.  The accounts office will be open during the week of August 26 to August 30.

Older siblings can pay fees at the same time as the younger students.  Visa, Mastercard, Debit and Cash are all accepted at Claremont School.  Online banking is available through most major banks.  When making an on-line payment you must enter your child’s student number in the appropriate field.  Please make separate payments for each of your children.  Do not combine payments for children in separate schools.

The District has a Fee Waiver Policy designed to support those in financial difficulties.  If you need access to this policy please contact Christine Knapp or Wendi Marshall to request a confidential conversation with an administrator.

Please make all cheques payable to “School District 63”     

˜ School Code of Conduct

All Students will be given a copy of our Student Code of Conduct and we hope parents and guardians will also read this.  The information is also available on our website.  This document includes information about our expectations and routines and other significant topics.  It is very important for all students and parents to have an understanding of the Graduation Program. The graduating students should carefully read the section on our Graduation Ceremony.  If you have questions about any of the information please contact the school.            Click here to view the School Code of Conduct

Meet the Teacher

Mark your calendar for September 19, 2013.  “Meet the Teacher” night will be on Thursday September 19 at 7:00 pm.  This is an opportunity for you to come and spend a few minutes with each of your student’s teachers.  This will also be our first early closure day.  The school day will end at 2:28 (1 hour early)

˜School Calendar / Year at a Glance

Please have a look at our Year at a Glance to plan your schedule for the year.  We will also be updating and adding items to our monthly calendar as they come up during the year.  Stay in touch and be informed about what is happening.

School Locks / Lockers

Claremont students or students coming from Royal Oak Middle School must use school issued locks.  Students new to School District 63 including International Students will be issued a lock from the accounting office.  Returning students or ROMS students without locks can purchase a new lock for $8.00 or a used lock (if available) for $5.00.  Only locks issued from Claremont or Royal Oak Middle School can be used on lockers.  All other locks will be removed.

Lockers will be assigned to students and students must remain in the locker assigned to them for security reasons.  If a student has put their belongings in a locker not assigned to them the contents will be removed.  Please put a lock on your locker as soon as it is assigned to you. All lockers without locks on by Friday September 6 will have locks placed on them by the school.  We will only be able to assist you with removal of these locks when staff is available.   All students will receive a locker if they chose to receive one.  We discourage sharing of lockers.  Lockers will only be opened for the student assigned to the locker.

We will not be able to provide combinations to locks during the first two days of school.  Please remember your combination.

˜Class Timetables / Course Changes

Deadline to submit a course change request is Friday, September 6th.

Students will receive timetables on the first day of school.  If you submitted a course change over the summer we have done our best to make the changes you requested.  When you receive your timetable and any additional changes are needed please submit only 1 change request form.  Changes at this time may not be possible as the school schedule was built based on your selections last school year and classes may be full or not available.

Our counselors will not be available for booking appointments until September 9th as they will be dealing with urgent situations as required.  If a counselor needs to see you regarding your changes they will locate you.  If you have an urgent situation and must meet with a counselor please see Mrs. Pryer in the Career Centre and she will determine if a counselor or an administrator should meet with you.

Only course changes submitted on a Course Change Request Form will be completed.

BC Transit YouthPass Photo Shoot

Monday September 16, 2013   11:50 - 12:50         Click here for full details

Click here for the BC Transit YouthPass Application or pick one up from the Claremont School office.  The form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

˜Keep Us Updated.

If you move during the school year, get a new address, phone number or email address please make sure you keep us informed.  Has your emergency contact or work phone number changed? 

Students will come home with a demographic form and it is extremely important for the school to have up-to-date information on your child.  Please make any changes to this form and return it to the school as soon as possible.  If your demographic information changes during the school year please let the office know right away so we can keep your information current.

˜Criminal Record Checks

Are you a Volunteer?  Will you be driving for field trips or sports teams?

The Criminal Records Review Act requires the school district to ensure that a valid criminal record check is on file for volunteers in the school district. Volunteers who need record checks are those that work directly with children and have the potential to have unsupervised access to children in the course of their volunteer work.  Effective September 1, 2009, volunteers driving for field trips must have a valid criminal record check.

Volunteers are required to have a criminal record check completed by the local police department in the Municipality in which they reside. An originating letter must come from the Principal to the correct police agency requesting waiver of CRC fee.

Volunteer Criminal Record checks are valid for two years. Please contact the school office if you will be volunteering or driving on school field trips so that a fee waiver letter may be written for you.  Please request your letter as soon possible as it may take a few weeks at busy times of the school year.

˜Accidents Do Happen

The school district does not insure expenses for student injuries that happen on school grounds or during school activities.  You are responsible for these expenses as a parent or guardian.  However, the school district assists families to voluntarily purchase private accident insurance through the Reliable Life Insurance Company.  Brochures are no longer distributed to students in September however the information can be viewed on-line at

Important Notice to Parents – Student Accident Insurance