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Principal's Message

June 2018

We are already in the process of planning for the 2018 -2019 school year. Many people are unaware of the provincial guidelines we are required to follow with regard to planning. This month’s message is a simplified explanation of how we plan to meet instructional expectations and how it impacts out bell times and assigned instruction for children.
We have recently completed our school calendar and I am attaching it here for your convenience. Hopefully this will help you to begin to prepare for important dates and times in the fall. You will see on the scheduled times that the Friday dismissal has changed, and students will now be dismissed at 11:50 a.m. as opposed to 12:00.  This is to accommodate transportation and enable the CBE to effectively run bus schedules and service other schools in addition to Beddington.  In order to make up 10 minutes of instructional time each week, the lunch bell will ring 2 minutes earlier beginning in September.  Lunch period will be from 11:30 to 12:13. This may affect those of you whose children travel home during lunch. Please make note of this time change.
We are required to provide 180 days of instruction for students in grade 1 – 6. Teachers are required to work 198 days. With system wide professional development assigned to specific days during the school year, the principal can determine scheduling of any additional P.D. days as long as we maintain our 180 days. This equates to 3 professional development days that are unique to Beddington Heights. These days are October 5 and November 22, 2018, and June 27, 2019.
As principal I am responsible to ensure that instructional minutes are observed. The province requires that elementary students receive 950 instructional hours a year. In Area II, the Director Darlene Unruh has asked all elementary schools in to observe 960 hours of instruction. This buffer can cover unforeseen events to make sure students are receiving the instruction required to meet provincial standards. This would come into play when students are unable to make it to school e.g.: the 2008 flood, snow days etc. I have asked teachers that whenever possible we do not dismiss students early e.g.: 5 minutes at recess/lunch/day’s end to get ready. Even an additional 3 minutes a day to get ready works out to 9 hours a year and equates to just under two days of school.
Kindergarten requires 475 hours of instructional time to be provided. Due to schools that have early dismissal, alternate numbers of days are allowed. Instead of 180 days of instruction Beddington Heights will be providing 166 days of instruction. Instructional time for kindergarten will exceed the provincial expectation with both afternoon and morning classes receiving close to 480 hours of instruction. Fridays will see a rotation with afternoon and morning kindergarten attending on alternative Fridays. Please see the schedule below for dates and times. In addition to the calendar below, you can also reference our calendar on the webpage at  http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/beddingtonheights/about-us/calendar/pages/default.aspx​ 
 Kindergarten:    AM Kindergarten and PM Kindergarten will alternate attending school on Fridays from 8:00 am – 11:50 am on these days: 
A.M. Kindergarten Fridays:  Sept. 7 & 28, Oct. 19,  Nov. 9 & 30, Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 5 & 26, May 10 & 31, Jun. 14
P.M. Kindergarten Fridays:  Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 2 & 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 11 & 25, Feb. 22, Mar. 15, Apr. 12, May 3 & 24, Jun. 7 & 21​

Brian Hebert, Principal
Beddington Heights
2018-2019-BHS-Calendar-DRAFT.pdf


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Beddington Heights School

95 Bermuda Rd NW Calgary, AB, T3K 2J6
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School Contacts

Principal
Mrs Sandra Trumper
Assistant Principal
Mr Roy Strum
Area Director
Ms Darlene Unruh
Trustee
Althea Adams

School Information

Grades
K-06
Enrolment
464
Programs
Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
8:00 AM
Dismissal
2:30 PM
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