Dec 10
December Principal's Message

Beddington continues to show student growth in academics and makes gains around safe and caring schools, citizenship and school improvement.

In the fall of each school year schools receives a school report from the province, which provides feedback on provincial marks (Grade 6)_and provides teacher student and parent responses from grade 4 students who are surveyed regarding safe schools, student learning, work preparation, parent involvement, citizenship, and school improvement. These charts can be found on the school webpage and are titled School Learning Achievement, and the Accountability Pillar Overall Summary.

 Similar to report cards, schools are rated by indicators. The charts are color coded with yellow considered to be in the intermediate range, green in the high range and blue results considered to be in the excellent range. I can proudly say that Beddington has achieved results that are exceptional. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that Beddington Heights has received a ranking of excellent in continuous school improvement.

While results are exciting, we do have one area that we continue to work on. We received lower than average results in the area of parent involvement. As we work to rectify our community’s perception, I will be scheduling a coffee with the principal meeting early in 2020 to provide parents an opportunity to provide feedback regarding how we can improve this area on our provincial survey. I have attached a link to a survey monkey to give you the opportunity to respond to how you would like to see parent involvement highlighted at our school.

Please take a moment to send me your suggestions. We will close the survey December 20, 2019.   

  • ​As we move forward providing parents the opportunity to be involved the school, I would like to share the following information with you:
  • Parent council meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the learning commons of the school. All parents are welcome to join us at that time. There will be no parent council meeting in January but there is a meeting scheduled for February 4, 2020.   
  • Parents are invited to attend our Pillars of Care assembly held at the end of each calendar month. We have a high number of parents who continue to attend these assemblies. Parents continue to continue to support our student celebrations of learning, particularly if their child is receiving a ribbon. Even if your child is not receiving a ribbon, all parents are invited to attend.
  • The school calendar year is organized to invite parents into the school. Parent council works with us to provide a number of family functions. These include the family dances, breakfasts, and parent evenings. The school also provides 2 concerts for families in winter and spring. There is also a math evening in the last half of the year to celebrate and share student learning. The grade 6 farewell, our year end farewell assembly for staff and students and our sports day are all events families are invited to.
  •  Student involved Conferences are scheduled in November and May each year to discuss student learning plans. These precede delivery of report cards the following month and are designed and scheduled to share individual student achievement. If parent wish to have additional opportunity to discuss their child’s learning, all teachers are open to parent initiated conferences and the office staff will gladly schedule an appointment for you.
  • Fun-lunches for students are organized by parent volunteers monthly. Parents are in the school during that time and are involved in the distribution of lunches that families purchase. Amanda Muskego (a parent at the school and our fun lunch co-ordinator} is always looking for volunteers.
  • Parents are invited to apply for volunteer clearance. The process takes anywhere from a couple of weeks up to six weeks to process. Information is on our school website.

 We have had a higher number of parent volunteer requests returned to the school this year. These were included in the packages you received at the beginning of the school year. Brooklyn Shill, a parent at the school, and our parent volunteer coordinator, has informed me that we have 124 volunteers who have signed up.  We had 178 forms returned which allowed us to communicate directly with the parents (even if they didn’t sign up to volunteer). We also have 132 followers for our Facebook page.

We have recently become aware that “no comment”, or “I don’t know” as parent responses are counted as negatives on provincial parent response surveys. If you are not dissatisfied with any area of the areas listed on the provincial survey, we ask that you consider the positive end of the scale, rather than the school receiving an unintended response from your reply.

Please take a minute to answer our three question survey. I am looking forward to hearing your ideas.


Brian Hebert

Principal, Beddington Heights


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