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Parenting is very rewarding and enjoyable. It is also often challenging, frustrating and exhausting. Parents have the important role of raising the next generation, yet most people begin parenting not prepared for what lies ahead. There is no "right" way of raising healthy, well adjusted children.

It is up to you as a parent to decide which values, skills, and behaviours you want to encourage in your child and to develop your own approach to dealing with your child's behaviour.

Triple P is helpful f​or many parents, making parenting easier and more enjoyable.

Whether you want a quick tip on how to handle a specific problem, or you want some ideas on how to promote your child's development, or you have more complex family issues, a Triple P trained practitioner in your community can tailor Triple P to suit your needs.

For more information visit the Triple P Parenting website or click HERE.

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The BC Healthy Kids Program helps low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eye wear for their children.

Eligible clients include dependent children under 19 years of age who receive Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance through the Ministry of Health.


For more information about this program, and how to apply  for service click HERE.


School Security information for parents:

At Rutherford safety is our PRIORITY

We take safety seriously at Rutherford and as part of our program we offer safety education, conduct regular safety drills plus we maintain First Aid and emergency safety supplies.

Building Security Drills:

Students and staff practice building security drills where we control outside access to the building  and keep students safely sheltered inside the school and their classrooms. Click HERE​ (or click on the PDF file below) to go to a brochure that will give you an overview of how the school staff provides for student security to keep everyone in the school safe.

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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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