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Please Help One of Our Families Who Recently Lost Everything

Image credit: Jess Peters of The Observer http://bit.ly/1bY3Sd1

Image credit: Jess Peters of The Observer http://bit.ly/1bY3Sd1

Families of Kent and beyond,

This was originally posted on Facebook but with the outpouring of support and shares, I felt it would be best to have one place in which we could update the status of the family.

Original message:

Important message – please read and share. One of our families needs our help. Yesterday, one of our families’ homes on a farm burnt down. They are all safe but sadly lost everything. They are currently living in a hotel until Thursday but are looking for a place to live/rent on a farm. Also, they are in need of clothing and household necessities. The family has 4 children: a 9 year old boy, twin 7 year old girls, and a (big) 4 year-old boy. Please drop off any gently used clothing and household items at the school and we will pass on to the family. Please share on your page and contact the school if you have any questions. Thank you. CW

You can see the original post on the Facebook Page by clicking here. You can also read the article from the local media here.

I do want to share a comment by a gentleman in Langley that shows that the support extends beyond our wonderful community of Kent School and Agassiz:

From Facebook

From Facebook


  • I spoke to the mother today (December 11) and they are still looking for a home.  If you know of any homes on a farm that are for rent, please let me know (as they do have animals – chickens, a pony, dog, and cat).
  • The children’s sizes: The twins are a size 7/8, the older boy is a size 10 and the younger boy is a size 6/7. (update: no more clothes are needed at this time)
  • The parents’ sizes: father – 38 pant, XXL shirt; mother 11/30 pant, M shirt (update: no more clothes are needed at this time)
  • They will likely be needing household items.  At this point, please hold off on large donations as once they find a home, we will know more (but they will need everything).  We will then create a list of needs and have people sign up to donate so we better know the needs of the family.
  • We have been accepting cash, gift cards, and cheques at the school.  The family will be popping in to collect each day.  I will ask her today about setting up and account as people have been asking about transferring funds through their bank.
  • Dec 12: I have set up an online fundraising page (accepting paypal and credit card).  Click here to donate.
  • Dec 13: Please note that we have  had many bags of clothing donated so we are good for clothes right now.  The family is still looking for a home.
  • Dec 14:  The family has found a home and will move in on Sunday/Monday.    They will then go through the items and create a list of needs that will be shared with us.
  • Dec 15:  The Province wrote an article to try to gain more support for the family.  Click here to read.

Please comment below if you have any questions or thoughts you would like to share with the family.  To contact the school, email cwejr@sd78.bc.ca or call 604-796-2161.

Thank you again and please check back here for updates.


Chris Wejr (on behalf of the community of Kent School).

10 Good Things to Talk About – Dec 6

Winter view from atop our hill

Winter view from atop our hill

  1. Michael Bortolotto

    Michael Bortolotto

    Apples and Pineapples:  Our intermediate students had the complete honour of listening to Michael Bortolotto share his message on the importance of respect and friendship. Michael grew up being teased and bullied because of his disability (cerebral palsy).  His life changed when some classmates reached out one day and asked him to play football with him; from that point on, people started to see him for the person he was on the inside.  He used the analogy of being a “pineapple” compared to an “apple”… different on the outside but equally wonderful on the inside.  Please check out his book that is on display in our library.

  2. Choir:  Mrs. Di Rezze and our choirs are gearing up for a busy and entertaining Christmas schedule.  The intermediates are performing in Harrison at the Memorial Hall tomorrow (Sat.) from 9-10:15am.  They will also be participating in the Community Carol Festival on the 12th. Both choirs will be travelling to care homes to share the joy of music with the elders in our communities.
  3. Paper mache

    Paper mache

    Paper Mache Insects:  Miss Martinson’s class teamed up with Mrs. Peters’ class to expand on their science unit on insects by using paper mache art to create their own insects and demonstrate their knowledge of insect body parts.

  4. Eric Wong of FNESC

    Eric Wong of FNESC

    Treating Others With Respect:  Eric Wong of the First Nation Education Steering Committee (FNESC) was here to work with Mr. Mills and Mr. Gallamore’s students on understanding and treating others with respect.  He shared stories of his upbringing as well as some stories of others on the impact of judgments from others.

  5. Cereal Drive  Our annual cereal drive is underway.  Please bring any unopened boxes of cereal and drop them off outside of the library so we can donate these to those in need this Christmas.
  6. Space in Division 5

    Space in Division 5

    Spaced Out!  Space is everywhere in Ms. Exley’s class.  They are learning about the solar system in science and the interest in this carries over into their art, math, writing, and reading.  Be sure to check out Venus in the sky tonight as it is at one of it’s brightest phases.

  7. Canned Food Drive  Ms. Home’s class is collecting donations of canned food in their classrooms so they can donate to community services.
  8. Kent Staff Learns!  On November 25, we had our staff in the library working with educator and presenter Jim Skinner on how to work with students with challenging behaviours.  A key message from Jim was that students want and need to belong; therefore, we need to reflect on how we can help them with this.
  9. Inclusion is how we do it.  At Kent, all our students are in classes for the majority of the day.  Students with a variety of physical, emotional, social and academic needs are purposefully placed with support in our classrooms.  We all know this is supported by strong research as the best for the development of all students as this helps to build understanding, empathy, and, most importantly, friendships.
  10. “Meet the new principal” night  On Wednesday, December 11 from 6:30-7:30, we invite you to stop by the library for some desserts and refreshments and a chance to meet our new principal, Stan Watchorn.

Please note – due to some family illness, report cards will go home on Tuesday, December 10.  Have a great weekend!


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