Douglas Road School opened its doors in 1928. We enrol students from Kindergarten to Grade seven. The school is located in Central West Burnaby and is approximately five blocks from Burnaby Central Secondary School. This school received a seismic upgrade in 2009 resulting in a fresh, new appearance inside and out, while maintaining the historical, brick exterior.
Douglas Road is a warm, welcoming school. Our mission is “meeting challenges in a changing world.” We do our best to educate children to be good citizens through our strong goal of Social Emotional Learning and we strive to create strong readers through our focus on Reading Comprehension.
Douglas Road School is proud of its strong academic program, multicultural atmosphere, genuine sense of pride and enthusiasm for learning in a fun, safe atmosphere. We try to create opportunities for students to grow in all aspects of their school career not only through academics but also through fine arts, extra-curricular sports and leadership opportunities. We continue to work with Burnaby Parks and Recreation to offer after school programs for students in our school.
We encourage parents to be involved in the school and welcome participation at our monthly Parent Advisory Council Meetings as well as through committee work throughout the school year. We want to hear from you as there are many ideas as to how to involve parents in the school as partners in creating rich experiences for children. Our efforts have enabled us to fund the school’s adventure playground, support programs for each classroom, such as field trips, and help update technology available to support student learning.
The PAC was very proactive in establishing an on-site Daycare which offers before and after school care. The Douglas Road Neighbourhood Care, a program of Burnaby Neighbourhood House, is integral to our school community. Through additional grants, we have been able to establish a grade 2 -3 and 4 – 7 friendship club on select days after school.
We hope you always feel welcome in the school as we all continue on our journey of life-long learning together.
With our opening week theme of creating connections & sharing feelings, returning this Fall has been a time to meet friends, build relationships throughout the school and focus on learning about our feelings and how they affect us. Among our school-wide activities was to talk about what makes us happy and share some of those ideas on our own paper quilt squares, which we pieced together for an assembly. It’s quite a demonstration of the diversity woven through our community and the connections that keep us together.
Technology in our school has always been just one among the variety of tools we use to support student learning. But it had become clear that our old computers were no longer the useful, versatile tools they once were. Replacing almost every computer in the building was not going to be easy, nor would making a plan that was going to match the tools to the needs of the students and teachers who would use them.
Thanks to cooperation and commitment from school staff and parents along with district IT Services and Learning Technologies staff, our computer resources finished a complete makeover this summer. Newer workstations in classrooms and in our laptop cart give us better tools to use in various learning areas and during different activities with groups of different sizes. The addition of a new lab gives students in all parts of the school access to a space intended for whole classes to use these tools together.
It’s a nice way to start a new year!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our first school Carnival on May 29th! What a great afternoon it was – in every way! It felt like our entire school community came out for a time of fun together (and raised some funds for our PAC in the process).
We were happy to see so many students and families; grateful for all the alumni who returned, particularly the high school students who volunteered at various games and booths; pleased to have staff (and their families) lend a hand & join the fun; thrilled to see some of our friends from the Beedie Group doing the same; ecstatic to have former Vancouver Canucks on hand; glad to have the Burnaby Fire Department around with a big red fire engine; and absolutely blown away by the amount of work done by parents and members of the planning committee over the school year and on the day to make this carnival such a hit!
If the first one turned out this well, we almost can’t wait to see what the next one will bring!
Thank you all!