Welcome Back to School!!!
The start of a new school year is such an exciting time! I have always loved the start of a new school year and opportunities that going back to school offers - the opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones; the opportunity to learn, explore and challenge myself to try new things; the opportunity to have a fresh start, to begin again. And if you know me at all, the chance to do some shopping for new clothes and school supplies is always a highlight!
This year is no different – as a staff we have worked hard to create a place where students feel safe, valued and heard. A place where their voice is important. A place where our families feel connected. Our work is always built on a foundation of connections and relationships. This year we are taking things a bit further and looking at all of the circles of connection around us – starting with ourselves and working out to those people and places that are important to us and hold a special place in our hearts. This work of our hearts will weave seamlessly into our committment to Truth and Reconciliation and our work of learning from the land around the school and in the surrounding community.
The school looks amazing! Mr. Vik has worked tirelessly over the summer to ensure that the building is ready for students. Staff have been working hard, getting classrooms ready. We have some brilliant spaces and some fantastic plans in the works for this year. And we can’t wait to share all of this excitement with you. Please make sure you are checking the school website, The Banting Bulletin, and our Instagram page (@principaltuli) for updated information of the happenings.
On behalf of the staff, welcome to the 2022-23 school year! It’s going to be a tremendous year!
Payal Tuli, Principal
Dear B & B Families:
As another school year draws to a close, I wanted to thank you for an amazing year! As with the past few years, we anticipated that this year would bring its own set of challenges, and it did. We had many ups and downs: mask, checklists, isolating, online learning and all of the hand washing - but in true B & B fashion, students, staff and families approached each new challenge with perseverance, grace, flexibility. As frustrating as all of the challenges were, I am so proud of the kindness that was demonstrated by our school community!
I continue to be amazed by our students – they have all show such growth, both in their academic pursuits and in their humanity. They have taken such good care of each other this year! I am so proud of each and every one of them, and can’t wait to see the wonderful things yet to come! While staff work hard every day, a HUGE piece of the puzzle are our wonderful families. Thank you for sending students to school, ready to take risks to grow their brains. None of the great success that we had this year would have been possible without our home-school partnership.
A few other very important thank yous that I’d like to share:
To all of the parents who were able to sneak in a few volunteer opportunities: thank you!!! Fingers crossed that we can see you even more next year!
A HUGE shout out to our amazing School Council for all of their support; much of what we do and provide to students would not be possible without your tireless work and effort.
We are also extremely fortunate to be the recipients of grants from EducationMatters for many of our in-school and out of school field trips. Thank you for caring about our school and our students!
On behalf of the staff at Banting and Best, I wish everyone a restful, relaxing and safe summer! I can’t wait to reconnect in September and hear all of the stories of summer! For those students and families who are leaving our community, we wish you the best of luck in your new adventures.
Welcome to 2022! Covid continues to be interwoven into our lives, and this new year is already off to a bumpy start. January is always full of resolutions, things that we are going to do better to make our lives better. Eat healthier, get more sleep, be a better person… It may not be the new year that we were hoping for; not the fresh start and ‘back to normal’ that everyone longs for, but it does provide us with 365 days to make things better, even in our little corner of the world. A fresh start of sorts… If we’ve learned nothing over the past 22 months of pandemic schooling, we have learned that we need to find the light in the darkness, the good in the bad and the rainbows after the rain. What will you do every day to make things brighter? What small steps can you make to find the positive and see the light again? How will you not let the bad things keep you down?
When students return to learning, these will be the conversations that we will start with them and have them set some personal goals to support our community in moving forward. As staff, we also set goals, and we use our School Development Plan to review what we have accomplished thus far into the year. We reflect on the growth that we have seen, both in students learning and in professional practice and we work to establish next steps. Sometimes, the growth isn’t as evident. Sometimes, progress has been backwards or non-existent. While this can be frustrating, this is where the real work happens; when we lean in to the difficult, into the challenge, into the uphill battle, is where we really see the changes that can happen. Our job - as parents, teachers, role models, mentors – is support our learners in seeing that setbacks and obstacles are merely a speed bump and not a dead end. We all know that life isn’t easy, but helping our children to see beyond that, to see through the muck and really dig into the work, is where learning happens.
I’m excited to see what this year brings, and even more excited to welcome students back to learning!
Payal Tuli, Principal
I want to thank our B & B community for a great year! We knew that this year, and all of the restrictions in place, was going to be a challenge, but students, staff and families dealt with everything with perseverance, flexibility, grace and above all, kindness. From daily checklists to sanitizing to masks to cohorts and beyond, our community come together to ensure that everyone was safe and healthy. For this, I am truly grateful.
It is a true pleasure to be able to spend my days with your children- the growth that they have all shown, both as students and as citizens, has been tremendous. I am so proud of each and every one of them, and can’t wait to see them continue on their learning journey. Much of this has to do with how amazing our B & B families are – thank you for sending students to school every day, ready to tackle all of the challenges that this year had to throw at them. Our community to stronger because of our partnerships. I feel so honoured to lead this school community.
As the school year draws to a close, I wish each member of our B & B family a restful, relaxing and safe summer. For those who are leaving our community, I wish you the best of luck! For the rest of you – I can’t wait to reconnect in September.
Payal Tuli, Principal
May showers bring spring flowers!
It's hard to believe that we are already in May, and in the tail end of the school year. May is a busy month, with many activities on the go – Star Wars Day, Hats On! For Mental Health, Staff Appreciation and Teacher Appreciation Day to name a few. We are also in the beginning stages of our Roots and Shoots garden program, where all of the students will learn to plant and tend to outdoor classroom.
This is also an odd time of year in a school – while we finish off this year, we are already busy planning for next year! We have just finalized our school budget for next year, and while we are seeing a decrease in student population, we will still continue to offer the programs that make our school a great place to be. Registrations are ongoing, and we will be happy to accept students living within our boundaries. If you have friends or family with school aged children who have not registered, please encourage them to do so.
I hope you enjoy the warmer weather!
Payal Tuli, Principal
Welcome back to school!! We are thrilled to have students return to school – it was a lonely and quiet place in the spring.
This year, as you are well aware, is a bit strange, and students may feel nervous about returning to school. Staff have worked hard to prepare for students, and we will continue to make health and safety a priority. We have many new procedures in place to address health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, and staff will be supporting students to learn these over the coming weeks. Most importantly for us, is normalizing this experience for kids, and giving them power through knowledge. Life can be scary when things are unknown, and helping student learn the 'why' behind our actions, will hopefully, alleviate some nerves. More than ever, our strong relationships will be critical – we are one big family and we will do our best to take care of your children.
If you have not done so already, please take the time to read our school re-entry plan. This outlines specific health and safety measures that we are putting into place at B & B. Please pay particular attention to the sections on student illness – there will be zero tolerance for students/staff/visitors displaying COVID-19 like symptoms at school. We need to be mindful of the health of our building, and ask that you respect these expectations. Remember, we take care of ourselves, we take care of each other, and we take care of our fantastic school.
While classrooms and common areas may look different this year, staff will continue to provide rich learning experiences for students. Please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher with questions– they are your first point of contact.
Please check the school website and watch for the weekly Banting Bulletin for all the happenings. And as always, reach out anytime!
On behalf of the staff, welcome to the 2020/21 school year! It's going to be a fantastic year!
Payal Tuli, Principal
As the school year comes to a close, I wanted to take the time to thank you for a tremendous year. Although it didn’t end in a way that any of us could have imagined, I continue to be impressed with the perseverance and flexibility that our staff, students and families demonstrated during our period of online learning. It felt like we were adrift on the ocean – at times, there were calm seas and at other times, it felt like we were facing down the biggest wave ever. But in true B and B style, this community put their heads down, leaned in and rode that wave like a pro-surfer! Without getting too sappy (you know that I do have a flair for the dramatic!), I wanted to extend a few special thank yous:
B & B students – thank you for continuing to work hard, even during uncertain times. I know that these were scary and crazy times, but you all handled things like I never could have imagined. I am so proud of all of the hard work and the growth that you have shown since September and I can’t wait to see all of you – in person!! – in September!
B & B families – thank you for taking on the challenging work of supporting learning at home. I know that it was not easy and some days you questioned who these children in your house were!
B & B staff – thank you for your flexibility and your ability to adjust everything in such a short period of time. I appreciate your willingness to be learners of new technology, and your willingness to adapt your teaching to meet the needs of your students.
To those staff and students who are leaving us – best of luck on your new adventures!
I hope that everyone enjoys a well-deserved summer break! Take time to rest, relax and recharge – it’s going to be an interesting fall!
Payal Tuli, Principal
Hello B and B families!
Thank you for your patience
as we work through our new ways of teaching and learning. I am very proud of
the work that our staff has done to support families in moving learning
forward. We recognize that these are very challenging times, and our goal is to
provide activities for students that are purposeful, while being a reasonable
ask of families.
The Government has determined that this should be about 5
hours of work a week – some families may choose to do more or less. Please
determine what works best for your family. If you are feeling overwhelmed by
the learning or need other supports, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
No one could have imagined
what school would look like after Spring Break. We are in unprecedented times,
and we are all trying to piece together what our new normal will be. The school
is not the same without the hustle and bustle, and we miss our daily
interactions with students and families.
By now, the excitement of
classes being cancelled has probably worn off, and everyone is starting to go a
bit stir crazy – I know that this is the case at my house. But, if we flip our
thinking, and instead of focussing on what’s bad about being at home, focus on
what’s great about it.
Where can you
find gratitude in your daily activities? Is it the sun shining outside? The
first blooms of spring? The rabbits turning brown? The chance to reconnect with
family and strengthen those relationships? When we focus on what’s good, our
entire perspective shifts.
Payal Tuli, Principal
the last month of autumn, but the beginning of a new adventure; time to take risks and do the unexpected
We talk a lot in school about risk-taking, and moving out of our comfort zones.
There is a vast body of research that supports having a growth mindset and the changes in our brains when we try, fail and try again. But what does this actually look like on a daily basis?
Are we just letting students fail on purpose? The easy answer is no! Part of the work of schools is encouraging students to work with challenges and develop the skills to be resilient – to be able to bounce back from stumbles. In general, children do much better with this than adults.
The question is, how do we build resilient children? The foundation must start with adults who believe in them and set high expectations. In his book, “A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings.” Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg identifies the 7C’s of resilience:
- Competence – knowing that you can handle a situation effectively
- Confidence – a child’s belief that they are competent
- Connection – developing close ties with family and the community, and drawing strength from these connections
- Character – having a strong sense of right and wrong, as well as strong morals and values
- Contribution – a child’s understanding that the world is a better place because they are in it
- Coping – learning to cope with the stresses of life to be able to overcome challenges
- Control – children who realize the casual relationship between decisions and actions are more likely to bounce back
Resiliency is not a simple notion; it involves a complex set of skills that need to be fostered and supported over the course of a lifetime. As parents and teachers, we work with children to develop these skills every day. As much as we would like to protect our children from the stress, fear and uncertainty of the world, the reality is, we cannot.
The best that we can do is to be role models for our children and help them to view challenges as opportunities for growth. And who knows, maybe some of their resiliency will rub off on us! I invite you to read more about Dr. Ginsburg’s work and how parents can build resiliency at:
Payal Tuli, Principal
The start of a new school year is an exciting time. As a child, I always loved the start of school and the opportunities that going back to school presented – the opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones; the opportunity to learn, explore and challenge myself to try new things; the opportunity to have a fresh start, to begin again. And let’s admit it, I loved shopping for all of my new school supplies and especially my new lunch kit (I think my favourite was Fraggle Rock – Google it ).
But this year, I feel a bit different. I’m nervous, and worried and a bit anxious. For the first time, I have a child starting school – my daughter is starting Kindergarten this year. My excitement of a new year is clouded by this, and quite honestly, I’m a bit of a mess! Hands up if this is you… My mama brain is worried, but my educator brain knows that everything will be alright. Teachers are a unique breed of people – the capacity of their hearts to show kindness, love and caring is huge. Your babies become their babies. They will love them as much as you do; take them into their hearts and make them feel at home. Picture a mother duck and her ducklings – that is what happens in schools. It all comes down to kindness and connections.
The school looks amazing! Mr. Vik, our new Facility Operator, has worked tirelessly over the summer to ensure that the building is ready for students. Staff have been working hard, getting classrooms ready. We have some brilliant spaces and some fantastic plans in the works for this year. And we can’t wait to share all of this excitement with you. Please make sure you are checking the school website, The Banting Bulletin, our Twitter feed (@bantingbestcbe) and of course, backpacks, for updated information of the happenings.
On behalf of the staff, welcome to the 2019/2020 school year! It’s going to be a tremendous year!
Payal Tuli, Principal
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