News From The Nest Feb 27 to March 3 2023

February 27, 2023

Spotlight on Learning:   Be More Than a Bystander Presentation

This past Monday, our grade 9 and 10 students had a special visit and presentation from members of the BC Lions football team.  This assembly was a part of our diversity week events and was particularly meaningful as we celebrated PRIDE day, Pink Shirt day, and cultural diversity.  The “Be More Than a Bystander” program designed specifically for youth in grades 8-12 and emphasizes the role everyone can play in promoting healthy relationships and creating more respectful, peaceful schools and communities. The Be More Than a Bystander program is based on the work of Jackson Katz, an educator, author and filmmaker, who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education.

The message was clear, bullying in all forms whether physical, verbal, or social, in person or on social media is one of the biggest issues students across the province face.  The presenters spoke of the tremendous long-lasting impact even one incident can have on an individual’s sense of self-worth, and connection to the school community.

The challenge posed was “don’t just stand there, do something.”  Presenters shared numerous ways that students could intervene and put a stop to the bullying they witness and provided resources for students to anonymously report an incident as well as local organizations that provide support for those who are victims of violence.  Our number one job as educators is to provide a safe and caring environment for students to thrive in.  If we don’t know what’s going on, we can’t stop it.  Come talk to us.  Send us an email.  Tell your parents, friends, youth pastor, grandparent, or counsellor. We all share the responsibility to do everything we can to keep Mouat a place that everyone wants to be.

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This past Friday night, we had the chance to celebrate this year’s graduating students with our annual dry grad event. The hallways here decorated in the Roaring 20s theme and the students showed up dressed to impressed with many beautiful dresses, bowties, and suspenders. A big thank you to all the parents for their hard work planning, decorating and supervising the evening.  A HUGE thank you to all the people and local businesses that donated some amazing prizes for the raffle including 3 pairs of Vancouver Canucks tickets, 4 VIP Abby Canucks tickets, a Yeti cooler full of goodies, hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards, blankets, backpack, gym memberships, and 2 Acer chrome books.  Our grads are so fortunate and we are so grateful.

Diversity Art Exhibit

As a part of this week’s diversity celebration, we were invited to an in-house art exhibit put on by our very own group of extremely talented artists.

About the Multi-cultural art show: We often associate culture with old traditions, but it is a living thing.  Culture is happening and evolving right now.  We live in a multicultural community and our students collectively speak over 40 languages at home.  Our schools is a microcosm of our community, country, and all of humanity.  The art in this show represents the interests, hobbies, aesthetics, mental health, spirituality, gender, identity, and ultimately the experiences of students whose ancestors who are from this land, students who were born and raised locally, and students who have come here more recently.  Each piece is an artifact of our current society and culture.

Erase Parent Session

erase is all about building safe and caring school communities. This includes empowering students, parents, educators and community partners who support them to get help with challenges, report concerns to schools, and learn about complex issues facing students.

Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in Our Communities – Student and Parent Session 

In these sessions, they will explore the topic of consent and the dynamics of gender-based violence. They will discuss the current state of gender relations faced by our children in both the physical and digital landscape and the potential for exploitation within these relationships. Trainers will provide Parents/Caregivers tips and tools on how to discuss these topics with their children to create positive family connections. There are two virtual sessions available and both sessions are geared towards high school students and their families.

Option #1: Date: February 27, 2023 from 6:30pm - 8pm

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Option #2: Date: March 8, 2023 from 6:30pm to 8pm

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Share your Feedback – Proposed Calendar for 2023-24

The Abbotsford Board of Education is currently seeking feedback from families, employees, students and the larger community on the proposed calendar for the 2023-24 school year. Feedback will be collected via the school district's Engagement Portal,, until March 1, 2023. 

Share Your Voice: Local School Calendar Survey 

Read the News Release: Abbotsford Board of Education seeks public input on 2023-24 School Calendar