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
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
Learn and Share | CBE and school budget and school fees information and
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:
funding for the CBE comes from and how it is spent
the Resource Allocation Method (RAM) used to fund schools
we estimate, then finalize, RAM for our school
we establish school fees for some activities and services
§ 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
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.
Principal, Beddington Heights