Pillar of the Month: mindfulness
Welcome back to school and the arrival of cold weather.
Start up has been great with the addition of our monthly pillar: mindfulness. Each
day from 12:20 – 12:30p.m., we are practicing resetting our activity level and
our focus. Lunch can be a very active time and with that comes a heightened
sense of internal noise and levels of activity. Through structured mindfulness
activities we are modelling techniques for students that will help them
self-regulate. This is an important skill for personal development as students
continue to practice readying themselves for learning. Each teacher is responsible for guiding
students through a variety of activities that range from meditation to tai-chi
or yoga. Low volume is strictly observed by both adults and students in the
building during this period.
The school accountability pillar is now open for students,
teachers and parents in grade 4. Our
goal is that every grade 4 parent will complete the survey. Alberta Education is sending a paper copy of
the survey to every grade 4 parent’s address.
You can complete the paper copy and send it to Alberta Education in the
stamped return addressed envelope provided or you can complete the survey in
the school office. Please note that it
is helpful if you do not use the N/A response when completing the survey as it
is equivalent to a negative response in the way that the survey results are
calculated. Your help with completing
this survey is appreciated.
Thank you for your responses to our school survey on parent
involvement. We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our questions and we
would like to share those with you. Responses are posted at; https://bhsparentsurvey.blogspot.com/2020/01/beddington-heights-school-parent.html
In response to a request for having parent nights on a day
other than Thursday, we are unable to meet that request due to facility
rentals. Beddington Heights School is rented almost every night after school
for community and sport programs. We are allowed to block book one night per
week for school functions, which has traditionally been on Thursdays. This is
established in June of the preceding school year. If there are other questions
you would like to discuss regarding parent involvement we will be hosting a
coffee with the principal on February 12 ,2020 in the staff room form 7:45 –
8:45. Please bring any questions you may have and join us.
Math night will be February 6th this year.
Teachers have requested that parent nights be more evenly distributed
throughout the year and we have moved up Math night as a result. Math night was previously in April, but with
report cards moved from end of January to end of December to give parents a
better idea of how their child is doing, the length between scheduled school
function was too long. Parents and families are still invited to the family
dances that occur in February and May.
School safety remains a priority at Beddington. We are
looking into having school signage outside the office directing visitors and
parents to check in at the office. While doors are locked during instructional
time, teachers have expressed their concern over individuals in the halls after
the bell who may not have checked in at the office. Unfortunately, we do have a
number of families who have protection orders and not all teachers are aware of
all families in the school community. Teachers are required to ask parents if
they have checked in at the office as a part of out emergency protocol. We are
looking into making sure we have additional badges for parents when they check
into the office to indicate they have stopped there. During instructional time
we ask that you check in at the office and we will call your child down to meet
you. This way we do not have interruptions when teachers are working with
students. Your help in supporting
keeping our students safe will be greatly appreciated.
Kindergarten registration is now open. There are new dates
for student eligibility. If your child‘s birthday is between January 1 and
December 31, 2015, your child can register for kindergarten for the 2020 -2021
school year (beginning in September 2020). If your child is born between
September 1, 2014 and December 31 2014, and has not previously attended
kindergarten, your child is eligible for either kindergarten or grade 1. If
your child has attended kindergarten they should be registered in grade 1.
There will be a kindergarten orientation to welcome you and your child to Beddington
Heights on June 4, 2020 at 6 p.m.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our pillars of care
assembly on January 24 at 8:15 a.m.
Principal, Beddington Heights