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 (roz.duchesneau@burnabyschools.ca), our facebook page (Forest Grove Families) and this blog https://sd41blogs.ca/forestgrove-strongstart/wp-admin/post-new.php 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