May 26
May Message

We miss you!

It is almost the end of May, and we want you to know we are here at school planning and getting ready for the hopeful return of students in the fall. On-line instruction is meeting with some success, although we know many students, families and teachers prefer the traditional method. Please let the teacher and or the school know if there is anything we can do to support on-going learning as we continue to navigate through the Covid pandemic.

We are just finishing the budgeting process for the 2020-21 school year. Our school population is projected to be approximately 405 students next year. Through decisions around budget and planning for classroom configurations, we will be operating with two less classrooms next year. 

We will be saying goodbye to Mr. Mahon and Mr. Jackson, and want to thanks them for their exemplary service at Beddington. We will also be saying goodbye to Miss Cox who has made a big impact on the Beddington school community during her time with us. We will be welcoming Ms. Sparks, who has been on maternity leave and will be joining us in September. As Mr. Strum has gone on to his own principalship, we have recently welcomed Ms. Austin to our school community as our new Assistant Principal. The remainder of the staff will stay in place for next year, with some reassignment of teachers to new grade placements.

We will also be housing a Kindercare program beginning in the school in the fall. Kindergarten families should have received an expression of interest form by school messenger with contact information for those interested in accessing the program. If you did not receive the information, contact the school and we will provide the contact information for you.  Please be aware that this program is not run by the school, it is simply housed in our building.  There is presently a kindergarten survey, which we would like your feedback on. If you could complete the survey for us by May 29th, we would love to have your feedback for future planning.

 

Learn and Share | CBE and school budget and school fees information and online engagement

We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together. That’s why we’ll be sharing information about the CBE budget and how we develop our own school budget and establish school fees for some services and activities through an upcoming online engagement opportunity.

During this online engagement opportunity, you will have the opportunity to:

1.       Learn

§  Where funding for the CBE comes from and how it is spent

§  About the Resource Allocation Method (RAM) used to fund schools

§  How we estimate, then finalize, RAM for our school

§  How we establish school fees for some activities and services

2.       Participate

§  Share your perspectives on school budget and school fees

§  Active online engagement will be open from June 1 to June 14

We’ll send you a link to the online engagement, and post in on our website as well

Due to the pandemic, we were unable to complete student-involved conferences and the review of learning plans this year. Parents are welcome, and encouraged, to contact their child’s teacher if they have any questions or need any information or feedback on student developed learning plans. While this is not ideal, it may a good way to provide families with the opportunity for further feedback regarding transition planning for next year. Report cards will be posted electronically this year. If you have not set up your myCBE account, now may be a good time to do so in order to access report cards when they become available June 26th.  

We are looking at the possibility of having staggered lunch for Division 1 (grades 1,2,3) and Division II (grades 4,5,6). Division 1 would eat first (11:15 to 11:55 am), Division II eating second (12:05 – 12:45 pm), with a ten minute transition time in between.  This would allow for smoother entry and exit of large groups as they travel to lunchroom and in and out from playground to classroom. We are asking that you take time to respond to a questionnaire found on our new community engagement website: https://beddingtonheights.cbedialogue.com/en

If this plan creates some inconvenience for you, we ask that you contact us at the school to let us know.

There will be some foundation work being done on the exterior of the building that will take place over the summer and into fall. This will include open excavation happening on west side of the building which will be fenced off by environmental services. Please have some discussion with your children regarding safety and staying away from the area until complete.

I will be in further contact with you as plans are finalized for the next school year.

Hang in there. Hope to see everyone soon.

 

Brian Hebert

Principal, Beddington Heights

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