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StrongStart re-opening information


Burnaby StrongStart Centres are looking forward to welcoming you back in person as early as October 26, 2020. Although we have been engaging with many families via emails, phone calls, Blogs, and Zoom it will be wonderful to see you face to face.

Burnaby StrongStart Centres will offer a blended model that will include 3 days a week of in-person programming at StrongStart centres, 1 day a week of outdoor exploration at local parks or on school grounds, and 1 day a week of virtual outreach to stay connected to families who aren’t quite ready to visit us in person. Schedules will vary at StrongStart locations and not all centres will be open for in-person programming.

In-person visits will be limited to four families per day (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum) in order to maintain safe physical distancing. Outdoor explorations will be limited to ten families per day (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum) to maintain safe physical distancing. All in-person programs will run from 9:30am to 11:00am to accommodate cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

There is no drop-in StrongStart. All families (new and returning) must register online for the 2020-21 year. The total number of registered families will determine the number of times per month families can attend an in-person StrongStart program. Burnaby StrongStart programs are available to Burnaby residents only. Families can attend at one location only.

Registration for StrongStart is now open!

How do I register?

What do I do when I arrive at the school?

  • Please arrive on time.
  • There will be clear StrongStart signage at the school when you arrive. Follow the signage to the designated outdoor entrance and wait on one of the markers for the StrongStart Educator to welcome you (please do not enter the school building on your own).
  • A Daily Health Check will be done by the educator before you come in to the school or classroom.
  • You and your child(ren) will be required to sanitize your hands prior to entering the school or StrongStart classroom.
  • All adults are required to wear a mask.
  • The StrongStart Educator will sign you in once you arrive.

What will StrongStart look like?

  • In each in-person classroom session there will be a maximum of four families (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum).
  • In each outdoor session there will be a maximum of ten families (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum).
  • We cannot accommodate childcare providers at this time.
  • All adults must physically distance from each other and children not their own.
  • Children will be encouraged to minimize physical contact with each other, unless part of the same family unit.
  • It is not necessary to attempt to eliminate close contact between children, recognizing the importance of children’s emotional, physical, and developmental needs.
  • Activities that encourage individual play and more space between children, staff, and parents will be organized.
  • StrongStart classrooms will have equipment and materials set up for you and your child(ren) to explore together.
  • Songs, stories, music, and movement will be organized to support physical distancing between adults.
  • Access to washroom facilities is limited but not prohibited. Please use your home facilities before coming to the StrongStart centre.
  • There will be no scheduled library or gym time.
  • Individually packaged snacks will be distributed at the end of each centre visit.

What about illness?

  • Children, adults, and staff should stay at home when they are sick and monitor symptoms for 24 hours or when new symptoms of illness develop, such as:

– Fever
– Chills
– Cough
– Difficulty breathing (in small children this can look like breathing fast or working hard to breathe)
– Loss of sense of smell or taste
– Nausea or vomiting
– Diarrhea

  • If symptoms include fever or difficulty breathing or if symptoms last for more than 24 hours or get worse, seek a health assessment by calling 8-1-1 or a primary care provider and follow their advice.
  • Children or adults who become sick while in the StrongStart setting will be asked go home as soon as possible.
  • Children and staff should:

– Cough or sneeze into their elbow sleeve or a tissue.
– Throw away used tissues and immediately perform hand hygiene (“cover your coughs”).
– Not touch their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands (“hands below your shoulders”).

  • Access the StrongStart Program Daily Health Check here

StrongStart BC Programs follow the Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Access the information at

StrongStart Locations will open as early as October 26, 2020.

StrongStart In-Person Classroom and Outdoor Exploration Session locations:

  • Cascade Heights Elementary
  • Edmonds Community School
  • Forest Grove Elementary
  • Lochdale Community School
  • Maywood Community School
  • Stoney Creek Community School
  • Twelfth Avenue Elementary

StrongStart Outdoor Exploration Session locations:

  • Chaffey-Burke Elementary
  • Kitchener Elementary
  • Morley Elementary
  • Second Street Community School
  • Stride Avenue Community School

Please register for the StrongStart Centre closest to your home. Families who register for locations that do not have in-person classroom sessions will be accommodated at another centre. All StrongStart Educators will continue virtual outreach to families.

Sign language – The colour song

In this weeks video we’ll sing the colour song  together. I went into the forest with the Kindergarten classes and laid coloured paper on the ground. We then invited the children to find leaves that matched the colours and place them on the paper. we had so much fun especially as there were fallen leaves everywhere!

This is an easy activity to do with your child outdoors, using construction paper see what colours they can identify. I have even done this activity indoors by laying construction paper on the floor then asking a child to look around the house to find something red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple etc. This is also a great learning opportunity as the children will get to see all the varying shades of the objects. To further this process ask some gentle “non interrogating” questions you may want to ask are; Is this the same blue as this? which green is darker? Which looks like the grass? which colour is the same as our car/ front door/bedroom wall etc.?  Or simply state “this colour reminds me of… ”

I wonder what the colours will remind your child of?

Now for our song:

Here are the signs first.

Red Move your forefinger from nose down to chin.


Orange Form the letter “C” with your hand then squeeze in front of your mouth twice


Yellow Little finger & thumb up then twist hand (at wrist) a couple of times


Green Looks like a baby bird beak. Use finger and thumb. Shake a couple of times


Purple Thumb touches second finger at knuckle (my thumb moved in the photo!) then stir the paint




Sing   Wave hand back & forth over forearm


Rainbow   Like pulling a rainbow arch from your hand

Now we’re ready to sing. together

For video click here


Zoom circle update

There will be no zoom circle on Friday 9th October because we have a 1st aid course and no Zoom circle on Monday 12th October (Thanksgiving).

Have a safe and fun long weekend. Will see you at our next Zoom circle on Friday 16th October. Link to follow

Ms. Roz

Raven makes a necklace

I am still enjoying the birds and wanted to share a story with you about a Raven who finds beads to make a necklace.

For the story I enlisted the help of my Raven.     Here is Raven.

He flies high and twirls in the sky, then looks on the ground to see what can be found.

Look! He  has found a red bead next to a leaf!

Raven flew above the leaves and look, there’s an orange bead!

Raven sat on a log to rest and there was a yellow bead. 

Raven looked on the ground and there he found… a green bead!

What’s hiding in here?    It’s a purple bead!

Raven brings all the beads back into the StrongStart room and takes a nap. While he is sleeping I hide all the beads on the storyboard   Can you name the colours of the beads? Do you remember where Raven found each one?


Oh! Raven has woken up.

Here is the book that Raven and Ms. Roz  will be reading.

For our story together Click HERE 

Hope you enjoy it

Ms. Roz




Circle Time Zoom


Circle Time Zooms are resuming Mondays and Fridays!!!

Ms. Good, the school librarian at Stride Elementary school, will be joining us for story-time on Monday October 5th at 10 – 10:20am. Then we’ll have lots of fun singing our circle time songs.  You can join by clicking on this link HERE

Bird Sensory bins

A fun an educational way to engage your child is with sensory bins. We often use sensory bins or trays at StrongStart as a way for you and your child to explore, create stories, investigate the materials and spark curiosity.

Today we’ll begin with a theme of birds.

Do you have any books or stories about birds?

Make sure to watch my previous videos on birds.

When creating a sensory bin start with a bowl or tray. It doesn’t need to be filled. Just add items you have at home or can easily get from a dollar store. Please be aware of choking hazards.

Some suggestions for sensory bowls/trays;

  • Sturdy flat bowl or tray
  • Birdseed, Gravel, sand, rocks, rice, dry pasta
  • Assorted containers
  • Assorted spoons, tongs
  • Sticks, twigs, leaves
  • Birds (Dollar store, Or child can draw & cutout their own or even paint / draw their bird n a rock)
  • Birdhouse (Dollar store)
  • Worms (cutup pipe cleaners or bits of wool)

I would love to see what else you add!

    Here is a sensory bowl that provides opportunities for filling and emptying. Add small and large spoons/containers for alternative play,

Add twigs and items you find on your walks.


  Here is a sensory tray specific to birds. All items are from a dollar store. Can you imagine the stories that live here?


How about making a nest?    Teach your child this rhyme.


After play the birdseed can be stored in a ziplok bag or container ready for next time or maybe you and your child can head outdoors to feed the birds!!

Please send me picture of your sensory trays  so I can be inspired and see what your children have created. Your pictures will remain private unless you want to share them on this blog.


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Ms. Roz

Bird Videos with Ms. Roz

Hello StrongStart families. Have you noticed how loud the birds are this year?!

When I sit outside I am in awe of variety of bird sounds. I think having time to just be and not rushing about so much , I have time to notice all of nature’s gifts.

Here is a rhyme for you to enjoy with your child  VIDEO

Here is a song for you VIDEO

September For StrongStart



Hello StrongStart Families


I hope you are all well and found creative ways to spend the summer time with your families

Was it just me or did you too find this to be the longest summer ever? I found myself thinking of you all often and remembering our special learning moments and singing together. There was even a time when I sang the clean up song to my husband and daughter at dinner time!! I love that the thread of our program is in my soul.

At the start of the school year I was blessed to be a part of the Kindergarten transition. It was lovely to see our StrongStart graduates move seamlessly into Kindergarten. They were ready and capable. I was left feeling like a mother hen! So proud  that they were familiar with their surroundings. I gave a lot of credit to the wonderful StrongStart / Kindergarten connection  we have and the many times we worked and walked alongside each other. The children were curious and excited for their new relationships and embracing the new health & safety standards.

As for our StrongStart, the question on most peoples mind is when is StrongStart open and what will it look like. I do not have these answers yet as we are still looking at creative safe ways to make this happen. We find ourselves adapting as we navigate through this new reality. That being said StrongStart will remain closed for the time being.

My hope is that we can stay connected during these uncertain times and share our news, excitements, concerns, etc. through email (, our facebook page (Forest Grove Families) and this blog You can subscribe to this blog to receive notifications when a new post is added. I will continue to post activities, information, singing videos and of course links to our zoom circle time

Here is an important message from our school district;

In September 2020, Burnaby StrongStart BC programs will continue to engage in outreach to families via emails, phone calls, and offering StrongStart services online.

There is currently no in-person StrongStart BC programs in Burnaby Schools.  

We are looking into a variety of options that will enable us to offer in-person StrongStart BC programs. Programs will be at reduced capacity that are consistent with Stage 2 of the K-12 Education Restart Plan. “Reduced capacity” means that we will limit the number of families attending in order to maintain safe physical distancing. We will also reduce the number of hours per day and/or days per week of StrongStart BC operations to accommodate cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  

Please look for updates on the Burnaby school district  website for future updates 

I miss you all. Stay connected

Ms. Roz

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