Oct 17
October Principal's Message

We want to thank the large number of parents who turned out to Meet the Teacher, the Parent Council Breakfast, and our September Pillars of Care assembly focused on belonging. We are truly lucky to have such a large committed group of parents to support student learning. While these events are scheduled to invite parents into our school, I would also like to thank all parents who have scheduled individual meetings either in person, or by phone, with their child’s teacher or administration to discuss their child’s achievement. We are here to work with you and we encourage you to contact us whenever you have questions. Teachers are always accepting of opportunities to optimize your child’s experience and your voice is an important part of ensuring their success.

October has been busy. The school learning team consisting of grade teachers and administration has been meeting at regularly scheduled times to review all children’s’ learning in the building. Class reviews have taken place and every teacher has been present to discuss learning concerns for individual students in their classroom. We have scheduled these meetings as early as 7 a.m. so that all student needs are targeted. School Learning Team meetings are scheduled numerous times throughout the week. It is important that you connect with your child’s teacher if there are concerns you are having in order for the teacher to bring new information forward.

Unscheduled recess continues to be a big success. We have also been diligently addressing noise in the halls through the identification of what “inside” and “outside” behavior looks like. This includes movement in the building and how we use our voices. The fifth pillar this month, as decided upon by teachers, has targeted respect. This is linked specifically to our Care for Place and respect for the building and the learning environment.  Next month, teachers have been asked, to work with their classes to determine what our focus for the month of November will be. We are looking for ways to involve students in the decision and look forward to hearing their ideas.

Please mark the date for our parent sponsored Halloween dance on Oct 24th at 6 p.m. We look forward to celebrating with students and their families.  Costumes are encouraged at the dance. We remind parents that students are to be accompanied by adults.  There are no “drop-offs” for this event. Please encourage children to be respectful of the building and others, and to refrain from entering and exiting the building unnecessarily while at the dance.

Early dismissal Fridays continue to be Bermuda shirt day. You will see teachers in the school wearing tropical shirts and we encourage students to do the same. Thanks to the teachers and students who worked together to bring about crazy hair day on October 16th.

We are in the process of developing our School Development Plan and should be prepared to share that information with you shortly. The plan this year will focus on our overall growth for this school year, specifically on literacy, mathematics and well-being. This will include specific learning targets for students and improvement in teachers’ instructional practice to meet these goals. Both our professional days in October have been dedicated to this work and we hope to have the plan finalized in early November.

Parent volunteer response this year has been amazing. Completed parent packages with volunteer information returned to the school has topped at over 100. If you have not completed your volunteer clearance, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Volunteer clearance must be completed for CBE even if you have completed this for an agency or service previously. Volunteer clearances are good for a five-year period and can be transferred to other CBE schools if families move locations.

Looking forward to seeing you in the school.


Brian Hebert

Principal, Beddington Heights​


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