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TLA Italy and Greece Field Trip – April 2018!

TLA invites students in grades 8-12 to explore Italy and Greece with a focus on Rome and Athens!

TLA has a long history of offering exciting experiences in educational travel, including amazing trips to England, Guatemala, Northeast USA, Ottawa/Montreal, Hawaii, and more.  We’ve waited until now to announce this year’s big trip so that new and returning students have an equal shot at signing up, and to give us time to interview various tour companies. In the end, we have decided on a local company called STS Tours, who have an excellent reputation and have worked with many Christian and Independent schools.  

Click here for draft itinerary.

Click here to express interest in the tour, and to ask questions.

We need to move somewhat quickly in order to secure the tickets and price. Please enter your expression of interest by October 24. If we have 20 or more students sign up, we will be able to run the trip. Once we have enough people committed, we’ll need to secure initial deposits to make the booking.

  • Total cost will be approximately $4000. Price includes airfare, hotels, any entry fees, taxes, and almost all meals. See the last page of the itinerary for more details.
  • Travel will be for 10 days, leaving April 3 or 4.
  • We will set up a payment schedule over the next five-six months so you don’t need to deal with a lump sum payment.
  • TLA will provide students with fundraising options that can be done as a group or individually. In the past, motivated students have been able to earn hundreds of dollars through fundraising.
  • As this is a learning adventure, students will need to complete pre-travel learning activities and will receive graduation program credits.
  • TLA staff will act as chaperones on the trip. STS Tours will provide tour guides.
  • We do not customarily invite parents on the major school trips, but given the unique opportunity to visit Rome and Athens, we are open to the possibility. If you are interested in traveling with your child or children, please enter a comment in the “questions” box of the expression of interest form linked above. As the price is based on quad room occupancy, the price for a parent with double occupancy (room with just a parent and child) will be a bit more expensive.
  • Students younger than grade 8 age will be considered but will need to be traveling with a parent or an older sibling.
  • Non-TLA students are welcome, as any student who signs up will need to cross-enrol with TLA for the course credit.

BC Lions Faith and Family Night

The BC Lions are hosting a Faith and Family Night for their game vs. the Edmonton Eskimos on October 21. Over 40 people have purchased tickets through TLA. Look for us if you’re watching the game! If you would still like to attend, it’s likely that we could still find tickets for you this week – just fill in the form here.

We’re pleased to see that the BC Lions are honouring, recognizing, and promoting the role of Faith and Family in society. Go Lions!

High School Symposium on Neuroscience!

This coming November, Let’s Talk Science will be collaborating with the Belkin Art Gallery and Brain Bee to bring Let’s Talk Neuroscience on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 10:00am – 3:30pm

Let’s Talk Neuroscience is a one day symposium on the topic of Neuroscience for students in Grades 9 -12. The symposium will feature getting hands-on experience in a neuroscience lab at the Centre for Brain Health at UBC, hearing from professionals in the field, and a tour of the Belkin’s brain cell exhibit! This event is completely FREE to all students (including a FREE LUNCH) but they must register by Nov 10! Space is limited. Students who register by Nov 1 will be entered for an early-bird draw for a gift from one of the symposium sponsors!

The registration system is found online at

Scholarship Opportunity | Due October 25, 2017

There are 80 $5,000 Scholarships available through the Horatio Alger Association of Canada Canadian and National Entrepreneurial Scholarship program. Applicants for both the Entrepreneurial and Canadian Scholarships are required to fill out only ONE application. The Association will use the one application to consider you for all programs for which you are eligible. Deadline: October 25th, 2017. Visit their website for full eligibility criteria:…/about-our-scholarships-progra…

Student Transcript Service

The Ministry of Education has just launched the StudentTranscripts Service (STS), a new online application for students to view their marks, scholarships, and transcripts, and send transcripts electronically to post-secondary institutions and third parties.

The Ministry is opening the ability to send transcripts to post-secondary institutions (PSIs) to all current grades 10, 11, 12, and adult students. These current students may access up to 25 complimentary selections (this represents the number of public PSIs in BC) – please note these 25 complimentary selections are not ongoing after graduation. Past graduates may access additional copies of their transcripts via this service for a fee of $10 per copy.

To access the service, students will go to the Ministry of Education’s transcripts and certificates website at

If you are in Grades 10-12, you should register on the Student Transcript service (STS) website.
You will need to create a Basic BCeID login to register for STS. BCeID is a common login used for B.C. government services. It is easy to do and important to have. To register for STS, you will need your 9-digit Personal Education Number (PEN), an email address, legal first and last name, and date of birth.

After registering for a BCeID, students follow the system prompts and register for STS. Finally, they log in to the StudentTranscripts Service using the BCeID. From a student’s STS Dashboard, they are able to make post-secondary institution selections, view their transcript and assessment results, and send transcripts immediately to post-secondary institutions and other third parties.

PLEASE NOTE THAT the ‘transcript send’ service is intended for grade 12 students.  Grade 10-11 students are discouraged from doing PSI selections unless they are applying for post-secondary studies.

2017/2018 Dogwood Planner

The Ministry of Education has released the 2017/2018 Dogwood Planner, an annual document published for B.C. secondary students that answers common questions students may have as they approach graduation. The Dogwood Planner is a companion document to the Grad Planner, which was released earlier this year. (see earlier posts)

The Dogwood Planner contains information on provincial assessments/examinations, receiving and sending transcripts, applying to post-secondary institutions, and much more.

The Dogwood Planner is only available online:

Registration Open for Education & Career Fairs 2017

Education & Career Fairs is back and better than ever for the 21st season!

Welcome to the 21st Annual Education & Career Fairs!

We hope that you had a fantastic summer and are off to a great start to the fall season. We are excited to launch registration to our 2017 events.  Make sure to check out the Education & Career Fairs website to learn more about what’s new this year! Highlights include:

  • Interactive Galleries – Get hands on experience of what it will be like to work in some of British Columbia’s hottest industries
  • Learning Lounge Presentations – Listen to the experts present on various challenges that all students and new workers have to face
  • Personalized “Plan Your Trip” App – Prepare for the fairs by researching what exhibitors will be present and which match your interests.  Details to be released shortly.
  • Job Skills Workshop – Practice your interview skills with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (Not available in all locations)

Book your free tickets by clicking on the Public Tickets (Individual) after you click the Register button.

Book Free Tickets for Nanaimo | November 23

Book Free Tickets for Surrey | November 28

Book Free Tickets for Vancouver | November 30

Book Free Tickets for Abbotsford | December 5

Book Free Tickets for Kelowna | December 7

Routines – boring or effective?

The truth of the matter may actually be “both!” Routines are enjoyed by all. None of us, no matter how spontaneous we might believe ourselves to be are without our routines. We use routine to help us cope with those things that are repetitive and for which we don’t want to expend a great deal of time and effort administering. We have our morning routine, our washroom routine, even our tooth-brushing routine. Establishing routines might well be considered a necessary tool in establishing positive mental and physical health.

Routine is essential in education, too ( (if the link doesn’t work for you, refer to the article pasted below). Establishing routines early in the school year will enable the entire family to cope better with the demands of acquiring an education. Routines will help a child grasp more information in a more organized manner thus resulting in more knowledge, and more usable knowledge.

Yet, a life of routine can also dull the senses, fatigue the mind, kill the desire to learn. Some resources are very repetitive always requiring a student to show understanding in the same way or presenting information in the same way. A balance needs to be struck between a learning plan full of routine and a learning plan novel, exciting, and daring.

Try establishing a learning plan with balance – some exciting learning, and some repetitive and routine situations. Talk openly with your child about the needs for routine and novelty. Even young children can grasp the basic concepts when communicated on their level.

And may your efforts be met with much success. See below for the article referenced above.


Routines: Why They Matter and How to Get Started
One of the most important things that you can do to make your young child feel safe
is to establish as much routine in his life as possible. Children (and adults) feel the
most secure when their lives are predictable. When adults provide environments
that feel safe, children learn that they can trust others to take care of them and meet
their needs, so they become free to relax and explore their world.
Young children do not yet fully understand the concept of time, so they do not order
their lives by hours and minutes, but rather by the events that happen. When events
happen in the same order every day, children have a better understanding of their
world, and therefore feel more secure. A regular schedule gives children a way to
order and organize their lives. When young children know what to expect, they
become more confident in both themselves and the world around them. They know
they will not be confronted with unfamiliar tasks that they are for which they are
A young child’s brain is still undergoing major development, especially the part of the brain that is able to plan
ahead and make predictions about the future. A routine helps kids practice making these simple predictions, as
well as understand concepts such as “before and after.” Routines also help children develop self-control
because they know they have to wait until a certain time to do a particular activity. A regular schedule fosters
responsibility and independence because children will be able to perform more activities on their own if they
have done the same activities many times before in the same environment.
A routine is especially important during particularly difficult times of day, such as bedtime or getting dressed in the
morning. When there is a routine in place, there can be little argument because the expectations for behavior are
taken for granted. Therefore, a major benefit of establishing routines is that you will cut down on stress for
yourself. Keeping to a routine may sound like an impossible task when you are overwhelmed with balancing a
constantly changing schedule for multiple members of your household. However, even implementing the
smallest routine can make a big difference. Here are 5 ideas for starting a routine in your home:
1. Plan at least one meal per day that you have together as a family. This meal does not have to be dinner;
even a 15-minute breakfast where everyone gets to share their plans for the day can be effective. Turn off
the television and do not answer the phone during your family time. This is a great way to start a routine
that allows children to take responsibility, even for something small, such as carrying the silverware to the
2. Have a bedtime ritual, which will help children slowly calm down, and allow them to associate certain
activities with getting sleepy. Think about what calms your child. Is it taking a bath? Reading a
story? Listening to soft music? Always do the bedtime preparation in the same order, and ask your child
questions such as, “What do we do after we put on our pajamas?” A great item to include in the bedtime
ritual is that of talking about your day. Let your child tell you what he did that day, and prompt him if he
forgets. This part of the routine not only helps children with memory, time orientation, and language skills,
but it also shows them that you care about what they did that day.
3. Include preparation for transitions in the routine. For example, say, “We have 10 minutes left before we start
getting ready for bed. When the big hand gets to the 12, it will be time to put on your pajamas.”
4. Work together to make pictures that indicate each step of the routine, put the pictures in order on a colorful
sheet of paper, and hang the finished product in your child’s room. You will not only be helping build
creativity in your child, but you will also promote self-sufficiency, as your child will be able to look at the
pictures to identify what step comes next.
5. Although routine is very important for young children, do not be too rigid. Children do need to learn how be
flexible and deal with minor changes. If there is an interruption to the routine, tell your child, “I know we
usually do x, but today we are going to do y because (reason). Tomorrow we will go back to our usual
schedule.” If most of their day is predictable, young children will be able to deal with small changes,
especially if they are prepared for the changes and see you modeling calm behavior as you deal with
problems that occur.
It is never too late to start a routine. You set a good example for your child when you tell her, “The way that we
have been doing things has not been working. We are going to try something new. Here is our new
schedule.” While you should definitely be open to the fact that the schedule may need some adjustment, you also
need to be firm in sticking to the new routine. At first, your child will try to get you to break the routine, but do not
give in to old habits. Young children need both consistency and limits. Know ahead of time that your child will
have difficulty adjusting, and be prepared with how you will handle this resistance.
The earlier that you begin to order your child’s life, the easier it will be. When you stick to a routine, you teach your
child how to arrange her time in a manner that is efficient, productive, and cuts down on stress. This sense of
order is not only important for making your young child feel secure at this moment, but it will also allow your child
to internalize an automatic sense of how to organize her own life as she grows up.


Upcoming Learning Opportunity for TLA LSS Families

September is flying by! We thank all of you for participating in the setup process for the school year. We hope that our collaboration with you this month will lead to a continued strong program for your child/children in the 2017/18 school year.

This blog will be updated throughout the year with information, educational material and learning opportunities in the province. We appreciate families sharing events that they are excited about! We can’t post every event, but we will try our best to post at least once a month!

A learning opportunity at the Pacific Autism Family Centre (Richmond) is coming up. ‘Nutrition for Autism’, presented by Kate Hutchinson, R.N., will be on Monday, September 25th from 6-8pm.  If you have not visited the new Autism Centre in Richmond, I would encourage you to do so! It is a beautiful facility that has brought together many of the provincial leaders in Autism and Autism Education.

Here is the full description and RSVP information from the PAFC:

Kate Hutchinson, BA, RHN, CGP, graduated with Distinguished Merit from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2009. For the past 8 years, she has worked with hundreds of children in her Vancouver-based practice, Whole Family Nutrition, where she specializes in nutrition guidance for behavioural concerns including children and adults with diagnoses of Autism, Asperger’s, OCD, ADHD, ADD, Anxiety, Dyslexia, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. She has taught at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition for the past six years, in addition to giving frequent educational talks for the public. Kate is thrilled to announce that she will be joining the clinical team at the PAFC, and will be giving an overview of her experience and approach in this introductory talk, as well as sharing valuable information on the gut-brain connection. This is a free event. For more information or RSVP: or 604 708-8205  *Thank you to the Bernas family for letting us know about this event*

A second upcoming event is the Annual  FASD Roundtable Conference, hosted by Asante Centre and FASD Collaboration Roundtable. This event will be held on November 25th at Douglas College. Please see the event poster for more information.