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March is Fraud Awareness Month


Frauds and scams are prevalent in any given community at any given time. The commonality amongst all is that they are created with one goal in mind- to take your money! 

March is Fraud awareness month and each week the RCMP will outline frauds which are active in our community. Here is a link to their webpage 


Canada Revenue Agency Scam​


This involves an individual calling you at home impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), claiming a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed taxes. The caller states that repayment is required immediately. The caller will often threaten that failure to pay will result in additional fees and/or jail time or deportation. The caller then requests payment by a money service business or pre-paid cards / gift cards (i-tunes).


The second part of this scam involves consumers receiving an email indicating a refund is pending from the CRA. The email includes a link that directs consumers to a website that mimics the actual CRA. Consumers are told to input personal information before receiving the refund (email money transfer). Victims that input their information, including Social Insurance Number (SIN), Date of Birth (DOB), banking information, are subject to identity fraud. No refund is ever issued.


How to protect yourself


1.     The CRA will only use only registered mail to contact consumers and will never use email or contact you by phone.

2.    If in doubt, contact the CRA to confirm you owe back taxes or are entitled to a refund at

3.     Never provide personal information to anyone over the phone. Ask who is calling, document information and do your homework.

4.     The CRA would never request payment by money service business or i-tunes gift cards.

5.     For more information about fraud scams involving the CRA, visit Protect yourself against fraud.

6.     If you've shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account.

7.     If you've mistakenly shared banking information, contact your financial institution to place alerts on your account.

8.     If you receive a phone call or email from someone claiming to represent the CRA, it is a scam. Simply hang up on the call and if it is an email, delete it.

9.     If you were tricked into providing personal information, contact your local police agency. Otherwise , report the incident the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre does not conduct investigations but provides valuable assistance to law enforcement agencies all over the world by identifying connections among seemingly unrelated cases. Your information may provide the piece that completes the puzzle

FJ Ney expansion Project - Rutherford Closure Information

For more information click HERE​.​

On January 24, 2017, the Ministry of Education confirmed funding in the amount of $1.3M to be used entirely towards the construction of an addition at Frank J. Ney Elementary. The remaining funds needed to complete the project will be funded by the district. ​

Funding Announcement Letter, Jan 25th, 2017
To read the full letter click HERE.​

Rutherford Building Condition Report
To see the full report click HERE.

FJ Ney Project Report
To see the full report click HERE

Proposed Catchment Map (click on the map for a larger image)

FJ Ney expansion floorplan (click on floorplan for larger image)


Foundation Skills Assessment

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Rutherford PAC

The Rutherford Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a great opportunity to be more involved with the school, connect with other parents and provide some volunteer help for activities and events that make the students' school experiences deeper and richer. The PAC meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 and are held in the school library. Feel free to join us.

All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. This is a great way to get involved in your community school. The Rutherford PAC also has a Facebook page that you can join - click HERE for the Rutherford PAC Facebook link.

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Curriculum Changes
​The province of BC has implemented a new curriculum for BC students and the new program starts for elementary students in September 2016. For more information about the curriculum changes click HERE

 ​ Core Competencies

The core competencies along with literacy and numeracy foundations and essential content and concepts are at the centre of the redesign of curriculum and assessment. Core competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in deep learning and life-long learning. ​For more information about the Core Competencies click HERE​.

Stay connected with the 
SD68 Mobile App

Did you know that the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools District has a mobile app? To make sure you receive the most up-to-date notifications from our school or from the district, download the app on your Apple or Android device.

·         Parents Guide to Facebook (Revised 2012) - By Anne Collier and Larry Magid:
·         Parents: The Door That’s Not Locked (Canadian Centre):
·         eParenting Tutorials (Canadian Media Awareness Network):
·         Netsmartz for Parents (from blogging to web cams and sexting):
·         How Do I Set Up Non-Annoying Parental Controls on All My Devices?:  

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