Lochdale StrongStart

Learning in the spirit of wonder and joy

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?

  • All new and returning families must register online for the 2020-2021 year.
  • Please register for the StrongStart Centre closest to you home.
  • Click this link https://registration.sd41.bc.ca/Forms/strongstartregistration, fill out the registration form and submit.
  • Once your registration form is processed, a StrongStart Educator will contact you to schedule your visits (all visits need to be scheduled this year). Please allow time for your registration to be processed.

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 http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID_public_guidance/Guidance_Child_Care.pdf

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.

Hand Washing

Hands washing is very important nowadays.  However, washing hands is more than putting hands under the running water for 20 seconds and sing happy birthday twice.   It is important to wash the palm, back of hand, between fingers, fingernails and also the wrist.

So let’s learn this new hand washing song:

Please click on the Handwashing song video to sing along.     

Here is the lyric for the handwashing song.

Palm and back, palm and back,

in between, in between

Wash under the fingernails,  also wash the wrist

Now you’re squeaky clean, now you’re squeaky clean

To ensure washing for minimum of 20 seconds, sing the handwashing song twice.

Please remember to always wash your hands. Stay healthy!



Collage Activty

Do you have excess wrapping papers, calendars, magazines, photographs, fabrics or yarns around your house?  Add in some glue, scissors, paper, along with some creativity and imagination, it can become a great art activity: Collage Activity.

Collage is art made by gluing different materials such as leaves, wrapping paper or photographs to a flat surface.   It is a great activity to do using materials found at home, and suitable for children of all ages.   Keep in mind safety and choking hazards for young children, and to supervise children when using these materials.s.  

Start by gathering materials suitable for collage and encourage children to use their creativity and see what they can create with all the wonderful materials.  Collect materials of different textures, colours, and pattern, and invite children to use these materials for art expression.  Follow your child’s lead and give them  time to explore, sort and gather the materials and work on their collage.

Take time to sit and create the collage along side with your child.  Talk about what your child is doing, ask open questions, and encourage your child to appreciate the beautiful collage materials available.  Focus on the process of art expression and allow them to naturally create their art.  There is no need to create something specific and they may or may not glue down the materials.  It can simply be exploration and experimentation with abstract designs and sorting of materials.

When it comes to collage, the possibilities are endless.  So let’s start collecting and have some fun with collage ! 

Connect with Extended Families

Due to the global pandemic, connecting your children with extended family members such as grandparents can be challenging. While it might not be possible to visit or even make plans to visit those near and far, there are many ways that we can maintain meaningful connections.

Ways to connect

Explore virtual connections: There are many digital apps that families can use to connect virtually and spend quality time with loved ones. Some apps include features such as video calls, text messages and sharing images which can be very useful in staying connected. Even if it’s not real time, recorded video messages can brighten someone’s day.

Consider snail mail: There is something special about sending and receiving something tangible from our loved ones. While there might be an additional cost to mailing letters and packages, the cost is well worth it.

Plan an in-person visit: Are you fortunate enough to have your grandparents live nearby? If so, do follow public health agency recommendations to connect with grandparents in safe ways, such as meeting outdoors or sitting out in the backyard, when you go to visit. Whatever you do, practice social distancing.

For more activity ideas, please go to:  Maintaining family connections during the pandemic





Community Resources for Families

It is great to hear from you!  Some of you have inquired about other family programs in your community.  There are many great agencies who are providing support to families in Burnaby.   Do check out the Community Resources for Families for more information.   Below are a few agencies  in Burnaby that offer family programs and family support.

Burnaby Family Life Family Programs

#102 – 2101 Holdom Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5B 0A4

Phone: 604 -659- 2200



Burnaby Neighbourhood House Virtual Programs

Burnaby Neighbourhood House in North Burnaby (BNH North House)

4908 Hastings St., Burnaby, BC V5B 1P6 (Delta Avenue & Hastings)

Monday – Thursday | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and Friday | 9:30 am -3:30 pm

Phone: (604) 294-5444

Email: northinfo@burnabynh.ca

Programs in Burnaby Neighbourhood House North House


Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Anita Olson – Early Childhood Community Consultant (ECCC) – supporting parents/caregivers with children ages 0-5 years old.

Questions/concerns about behaviour, development, needing strategies or other resources call/text/email for a free virtual or socially distanced consultation.

604-723-9548 or email aolson@fsgv.ca

Join Monday’s Coffee and Chat parenting support group to get connected with other parents, learn some helpful tips about parenting and discuss your own parental celebrations and challenges. Meetings are via MS Teams – email aolson@fsgv.ca, subject line JOIN COFFEE AND CHAT, and an invite will be emailed to you. For assistance in MS Teams installation click here.


Information Children

Simon Fraser University, Dis2 #133, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6

Phone : 778.782.3548

Fax : 778.782.5846

Email info@informationchildren.com

September 2020

Hello Lochdale StrongStart families!
I am grateful to be back another school year at StrongStart.  I miss you all and I look forward to connect with you all.
Many of you inquire about the update about StrongStart program.
Please see the message from Burnaby 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 are 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 continue to visit our website for the latest updates. We look forward to when we can welcome you back in person!

In the mean time, I look forward to connect with you all remotely.  Please stay connected via phone, email, or on my blog.  I can be reached at Cheryl.Song@burnabyschools.ca

Take care and stay safe!



Have a safe and wonderful summer!

As we come to the end of another school year, I’d just like to thank all families who attended our StrongStart program in the Fall and Winter.   Due to the closure, we were not able to have proper goodbyes with you all, but know that you are missed.

​Please note that the StrongStart blog will not be updated, but you can still check out posts you may have missed.   While we are saying goodbyes to the Lochdale StrongStart blogs for now, but we will reconnect again in the Fall.

Please go to Burnaby School District website for all updates pertaining to StrongStart program in the 2020-2021 school year.  https://burnabyschools.ca/strongstart/

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful summer.  Take care!


Burnaby Public Libraries

While our local public libraries are still closed, remember that our public libraries and their staff members are still hard at work, providing support to everyone in the community.  Do check their website at https://www.bpl.bc.ca/

Burnaby Public Libraries are adapting their services during the challenging times, there are many great services and resources available. For more information about the services offered during Covid-19, please go to https://www.bpl.bc.ca/news/covid19

There is Paper Bag Pickup services where you can check out your favourite library resources online and safely pick up the resources at your preferred library branch.  Furthermore, there are many online resources that can be access with valid library card and pin number, such E-books, audiobooks, and many more great online resources.  And if you do not h ave library card yet, you can still get your library card so you can access the online services and resources available.

With summer approaching, time to register for Burnaby Public Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Club.  While this year’s summer reading club might be different, families can still join and reap the benefit of reading by signing up online.  For more information, https://www.bpl.bc.ca/kids/kids-events-and-programs/summer-reading-club

Playground Fun

Playground Fun

As local playgrounds are starting to open up, it is important for families to be prepared to ensure safety and fun for everyone.  While there are many social and health benefits for our children, there are several protective measures we need to be mindful of to protect ourselves and our community.

  • Keep children at home if they show any cold and flu symptoms, such as coughing, fever or running nose.
  • Check to make sure the facilities are open, such as the playground and restroom facilities.
  • Talk to children about rules and expectations in the playground prior to arrival, such as avoid touching their face, avoid sharing toys or snacks on the playground, and avoid direct contact with other children in the playground.
  • If the playground is very busy, find alternative activities to do and go back at another time when the playground is less busy.
  • Upon arrival, quickly check around the playground, making sure there are no broken equipment or dangerous objects such as broken glass.
  • Avoid sun related injuries by regularly applying sunscreen, wearing hat and sunglasses, and avoid playing during peak hours of the sun ray.
  • Remember to always bring your own water bottle, healthy snacks, sunscreen, sanitizing wipes, tissues, extra sets of changing clothes, diapers, and first aid kit.
  • For everyone’s safety, practice social distancing, put away cellphones or other distractions, and focus on supervising the children.
  • Besides playground equipment, have a picnic by the playground, fly kites, play with rocks and sticks, kick balls, or blow bubbles, and so much more.

With a little of preparation, playground etiquette, patience and respect for everyone, playgrounds are great ways to spend time with children.

StrongStart update

As our schools opening on June 1st, StrongStart centres will remain closed.  During the opening up of schools, parents will not be entering the school buildings thus making it difficult for StrongStart to run.

Until we hear further direction and guidance from the Ministry on how to make StrongStart work, we will remain closed.  As soon as we receive more information, we will update you.  For now, please know that even though we are apart, you are all in my heart.  I think of you and miss you all very much.  It has been so hard not being in my classroom and being with you all.

I will continue to do zoom sessions with families, as well as blogging.  Please continue to let me know how you are doing and how I can support you virtually.  Sending light and love to all our StrongStart families.  Stay safe and take care!


« Older posts