Aug 31
Welcome Back!

Dear Beddington Heights Families, 

Welcome back to the 2022-2023 school year!  

We trust that this summer has provided time to enjoy the outdoors, to be with one another and to make some wonderful memories. On behalf of the entire staff at BHS, I am excited to welcome students back, and I am looking forward to working with our Beddington Heights families to ensure growth for all our students.

In my first year as Principal of Beddington Heights School I commit to being open and honest in all my communication with you and will work to ensure you are always in the loop when it comes to your child's education. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you as we begin this journey together. Please review the information below to ensure you have all the information you need for school start-up.

School Start-up Information:

Just a reminder that Thursday, September 1st is the first day back for students. A copy of our school calendar can be accessed here - 2022-23 BHS Calendar 

This year Beddington Heights bell times are as follows: 

Grades 1-6 Monday – ThursdayKindergarten (Morning)Kindergarten (Afternoon) 

(8:00 – 2:30pm) 

Friday  (8:00-11:50am) 

Monday – Thursday

(8:00 – 10:49am) 

Alternating Fridays

(8:00-11:50am) 

 

Monday – Thursday

(11:41 – 2:30pm) 

Alternating Fridays

 (8:00-11:50am)

AM/PM Friday Schedule is highlighted and available on the calendar linked above (AM is in Pink, PM is in Yellow).

First Day Back 

Please expect a higher volume of traffic around the school on September 1st. If you are driving your child, please be courteous of others also trying to get their children to school safely. I recommend parking a couple of blocks away which will ease the congestion around the school and allow for a little bit of extra quality time spent with your child walking the remaining short distance to school.

Grade 1-6 Students

Grade 1 – 6 families can expect an email from their child's teacher(s) by the end of the day on Tuesday, August 30th welcoming students to a new school year, as well as explaining the details of the first few days including:

  • meeting spots for the first day
  • lunchtime
  • materials to bring
  • any other pertinent information to ensure a smooth start

    Creating class lists is a very intentional process that staff members undertake to ensure the best possible learning environment for each and every child. This work began last June but is shaped by balancing many factors including gender, learning needs, complexities, as well as previous positive student connections. We know that sometimes this comes with disappointment as some students may have their heart set on being in a certain class. As a parent, your support in navigating this conversation with your child is appreciated. An essential part of growth in the early years is learning how to deal with obstacles or setbacks. These resiliency skills will serve them well in the long term.

    Kindergarten Students

    Kindergarten students will begin with a staggered entry and an early in-person meet the teacher opportunity.  You should have already received information regarding your child's first two days from the school. If you do not have this information, please contact Ms. Cumming at clcumming@cbe.ab.ca .


Additional Notes:

Structures & Routines 

As we begin the school year, there is a lot of excitement and anticipation. It can also be difficult for some of our students as they transition from a more fluid schedule to the structures and demands of a full school day. Teachers will be communicating various structures and routines that are being implemented in classrooms to support regulation and learning. We encourage parents to also set-up healthy routines around bedtime, reading, family time, physical activity and screen time. Throughout the year, we will continue to share resources that can support with these areas.  

New Attendance Code Communication:

As part of CBE's commitment to “acknowledge and support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action" (CBE Education Plan, 2021-24), a new attendance code has been introduced for the 2022/2023 school year. The new Cultural-Spiritual-Ceremonial (CSC) attendance code offers an excused absence from school to recognize and support Indigenous cultural revitalization for CBE students who self-identify as Indigenous, and their families. Many Indigenous students and families rely on their Indigenous culture, spirituality, and ceremony to support their health and well-being. This includes the right to traditional hunting and gathering experiences.  

While the CBE has introduced the CSC code as an act of reconciliation, the code can be accessed for all students and is intended to support participation in cultural, spiritual or ceremonial events. CBE recognizes that these activities may not be considered by many families as a Religious Holiday (RH), and the inclusion of the CSC code will allow for a more inclusive response to reporting these absences. The RH code will remain available when this more appropriately captures the reason for absence. 

Code Description Explanation 
CSC Cultural-Spiritual-Ceremonial Student is absent to participate in a cultural, spiritual or ceremonial event. 

Should you have any questions, please contact the office directly.


Beddington Heights Social Media Account

Beddington Heights School is now on Instagram! We will be posting information related to school events along with showcasing some of the learning taking place throughout our building!

Please follow us:

@BeddingtonHeightsSchoolCBE


Key Dates:

September 1st       First day for all students

                              Staggered Entry for Kindergarten

September 2nd      Staggered Entry for Kindergarten

September 5th       Labour Day (No school for students)

September 16th     Terry Fox Run

September 22nd     Meet the Teacher

September 23rd     Non-Instructional Day (No school for 

                                ​​​students)

September 26th -29th    Truth and Reconciliation Week

                                       Indigenous Dance Residency

September 29th             Orange Shirt Day

We're very excited to see everyone on Thursday and are looking forward to a great year at Beddington Heights School! Please do not hesitate to contact me at saross@cbe.ab.ca if you have any questions.

Take care, 

Steve Ross

Principal, Beddington Heights School​​


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