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Aug 31, 2022

School Hours:

Mon – Thurs: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Fri: 8:30am – 12:30pm

There is only one Choice

Welcome back!

We are thrilled to welcome you and your children back to our school and restoring our raison d’etre with their energy and inspiration.


After years of disruption due to the pandemic, this will be the first “normal” school year since the pandemic began. We welcome both our returning and new families to the 2022/23 school year which promises to be full of fun, and a lot of learning. As we come out of the pandemic, many of the school activities that we associate with regular schooling will be re-introduced. Our goal is for each student to be successful and to learn, grow and inspire, together. We want students and their families to feel excitement and anticipation as the year begins and to be active and engaged in the learning taking place.


During this week, staff have been busy participating in professional development and administrative activities to prepare for next week. The summer has been a time for a slower pace of life and our hallways have been too quiet. We are now ready for the sounds of laughter and the smiles of our students. 

Upcoming events

Tuesday Sep 6

First day of School (see details below)

Wednesday Sep 15

Parents as Partners - meet with the teachers and understand the curriculum (see details below)

 Tues Sep 20 - Thur Sep 22

Fir class to Loon Lake camp trip

Wednesday Sep 28

Immunizations gr 6 & 7

Thursday Sep 29

Orange Shirt Day

Friday Sep 30

Truth & Reconciliation Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday Oct 3


Friday Oct 4

Terry Fox Run (details to follow)

Wed Oct 5 - Thur Oct 6

Grade 6 class to Camp Squeah

 Friday Oct 7

Open House

First Day of School

The first day of school is very exciting for children. It is the first day when they re-unite with their friends and also meet new students. It is also the first day when they meet with their new teachers. As a result, the first day of school can also cause some anxiety. We want to make this day a fun and exciting day for our students. We must not forget that this is an exciting day for parents as well. 

Please follow the following schedule for Tuesday September 6, 2022:

Students and parents arrive and assemble in the gym 8:20 - 8:35 am

Mr. Bolina welcomes and introduces staff                    8:35 – 9:00 am 

Classroom teachers take students to classes                9:00 am

Students are dismissed                                                11:00 am

Please note that there is no school bus service for this day. 

 Class Names

Every year, the composition of our classes changes. This is due to a number of factors, including number of students and the varying needs of our students. For the 2022/23 school year, we will be using the following class:

Oak          Kg and gr 1

Cedar       grade 2 & 3

Hemlock  grade 4

Birch        grade 5 & 6

Pine         grade 6

Fir            grade 7 & 8

Our new Staff

We are delighted to have an amazing staff to educate and look after our students. Please welcome the following new members to the Choice School family.

Stephanie Jackson

Music teacher  

Ms. Jackson believes in holding high standards for students and giving them the tools to pursue music to any level. She believes that music is an essential system for understanding our cultures and the world around us. Ms. Jackson enjoys lifting students up through music and developing efficacy and confidence along the way. She strives to create opportunities for real-life performances while focusing on student-led composition, recording and collaborative projects at all levels.

Ms. Jackson has diverse experience in music including professional composing, arranging, performing, recording and assuming the role of musical director to community bands, community and auditioned choirs. She performs professionally on guitar, piano, bass and percussion and has experience with brass and woodwind instruments. She has also studied Pipa, drum kit, flute and violin for many years each. She has performed and played in many groups that cover a wide range of music styles including jazz, folk, heavy metal, classical, neo-soul, funk, hip hop and pop. She performs regularly solo and in small ensembles.

Ms. Jackson studied Jazz guitar at Capilano University in Vancouver and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as two Masters' degrees in Curriculum design and Music. She has facilitated guitar ensembles, rock school, percussion ensembles, jazz bands, choirs and has taught in independent and public school in British Columbia and China.

When not playing music she loves to spend time with her family, go kayaking, walk dogs, grow vegetables, travel anywhere and study just about anything. Ms. Jackson looks forward to meeting you at Choice school and sharing music together. 


Susan Rodriguez

Visual Art and Humanities teacher

Susan is excited to join Choice School this year as the designated Art and Humanities teacher. She has had the pleasure of working with numerous students from diverse backgrounds and various cultures. She has worked overseas as an ESL teacher in South Korea and has been a public school teacher in Ontario for the last couple of years. Susan completed both her B.Ed. and Bachelor of Fine Art at Western University in London, Ontario. She specializes in traditional art mediums such as drawing and painting as well as photography and videography. Outside of teaching, Susan enjoys going longboarding, playing the drums, going to the beach, and cheering on the Toronto Raptors. 


Nidhi Chawla 

Elementary school teacher

Ms. Chawla is a certified teacher with more than 15 years experience, working with different grades and subject. She has taught in India, Toronto and Surrey. She is excited to join Choice School as an elementary teacher. 

In her free time, she enjoys watching series of movies with her family. Ms. Chawla believes that communication skills, which we learn in our school days is the important tool for solving all the challenges in life.

 Braelynn Cooke

Educational Assistant

Braelynn has been an education assistant for 7 years! She enjoys going on hikes with her dog, spending time near the water as well as practicing yoga! Braelynn has been practicing yoga for 5 years. She also has her 200-hour yoga teacher training! Braelynn is very much looking forward to creating genuine connections with your children and helping you and our teachers every step of the way. 

Sangeeta Venkatramani

Educational Assistant

Sangeeta is excited to be joining the Choice School staff in Sep 2022 and glad to continue her passion for helping students. She has an experience of 9 years working with an independent school specialized in learning disabilities. She worked in different roles as a cognitive teacher helping students strengthen their brain through cognitive exercises and an academic teaching assistant teaching Middle School Math and elementary English. She has guided variety of different learners with varied age groups ranging from 7 years old to adults.

In her spare time, Sangeeta loves to spend time with friends and family and enjoys cooking. 

Jackie Lee

Educational Assistant

Jackie is excited to return to Choice School to work with all the incredible staff and students. She has been working with children and youth who have varying skill levels for the past three years. As a result Jackie has developed a love for interacting, encouraging, and helping children learn new strengths. In her free time, Jackie enjoys bouldering/rock climbing, hiking, traveling, spending time with family and walking her dog Mimi. 

Maya Sian

Educational Assistant

I’m excited for my new role as an education assistant at Choice schools. I did my studies in Sprott Shaw college. I’m a certified early childhood educator and an Education assistant. I love working with kids I’ve worked at a day care for 2 years and as a behaviour interventionist for 1 year. I love being around kids because they have so much potential that the world is yet to know. I’m very excited on starting my new journey at Choice schools. 

In my free time I love travelling to different places such as, Europe, Switzerland and Alaska. I’m also very passionate about nature. I love going on nature walks, looking out for beautiful plants and wonderful greenery. 

All our staff

Annual General Meeting

Please note the Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday October 3, 2022. There are Director's positions open on the Board and we invite parents and community members to submit Statements of Interest in serving on the Board. 

This is the perfect opportunity to have a say in the direction and policies of the school and have a positive impact.

For more information, contact:

Board Chair

Parents as Partners

At this event, parents would have been invited to attend the school and meet with the Principal and the teachers and discuss the curriculum. It is currently scheduled for Thursday Sep 15, 2022 from 5:45 pm - 6:45pm.

We truly believe that parents are important partners in education. Therefore, this is a very important evening and at least one of the parents from each family will be required to attend. During the evening, you will gain a lot of information about school policies and procedures. 

We look forward to meeting you all!

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Choice School

20451 Westminster Highway North

Richmond, BC,V6V 1B3

Tel: 604.273.2418

Fax: 604.273.2419