Nov 13
November Message

Official Student–centered conferences will be scheduled this upcoming Thursday and Friday. Grade 1- 6 interviews will be Thursday evening and Friday during the day. Kindergarten will be slightly different as interviews will run both Thursday and Friday daytime.  Some teachers may be contacting you to make other arrangements to complete their interviews earlier in the week.

Interviews will be 15 minutes slots with 10 minutes of discussion.  A 5 minute buffer to accommodate for technology and other contingencies is in place to keep interviews running smoothly and recognize those who are waiting for their interview time. Interviews will focus on student goals in literacy, math and a personal well being goal.

We will be using Microsoft teams. You will receive the URL in your invite.  If you are using a laptop, you will not need the app as Microsoft teams can be accessed on your browser. If you choose to use your phone, you will have to download the app beforehand. You do have the option to call in. This will need to be arranged beforehand with your child's teacher. There is also a spot for administration if you choose to schedule an interview.

When you log in to Microsoft teams, you will be in a lobby that will ask you to wait until the teacher admits you. Please be patient and teachers will get to you when they are ready.

We are excited to bring this opportunity to you as a new method of conducting interviews virtually. While we do prefer to see you in person, we recognize this is necessary during our COVID health pandemic as we continue to focus on student learning.

 

Brian Hebert

Principal, ​Beddington Heights.

Oct 22
October Message

Halloween is around the corner. Due to the COVID pandemic, there will be no parent council Halloween sponsored dance. As a result, students will be allowed to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Thursday October 29th, 2020.   Students must observe the dress code found in the student handbook: BHS Student Handbook 2020-21, and COVID masks will still be required. COVID masks will need to be incorporated into the costume, or worn in addition to your child's costume. No regular Halloween face masks are to be worn. Your child's teacher may be planning a literary theme for costumes. If your child chooses not to wear a costume, they can choose to wear black and orange, or choose to not observe the day.. This will be a regular day of classes. Students are to dress comfortably, as there will be no changing in the bathroom.  CBE nutritional policy will still be observed and there will be no sharing of candy. October 29th is a full day of school. Students will be required to wear their costume all day. The following day is a professional day for teachers, and there will be no school on Friday, October 30th.

Meeting spots for grade 1- 4 will be changing this week. Many classes that were previously meeting on the hill will move down to the compound now that construction is finished. This change should make it easier for parents and students to see their teacher when dropping off and picking up. We ask that parents continue to wear masks on school grounds and that you drop your child off on the sidewalk or perimeter of the school ground. Attached you will find a new location map with meeting spots. Please check your child's teacher blogs for additional details. We thank you all for your consistency in following this safety precaution. While it is hard, we know this expectation is helping to keep our students and community safe. This is especially true for those with additional health considertions. There will be new CBE COVID protocols and updates coming out next week. We will keep you infomred of any changes.

We may still have some additional changes to staffing happening in November. These will be additions to our staffing compliment here at the school and changes to classroom configurations should be minimal. These changes will mostly be in the form of resource support and changes to Educational Assistant hours or the addition of a support teacher.

Many parents have been mentioning traffic concerns to me and we remind you to observe the policies found in the handbook. (link found above).  Parent council will be sending a traffic letter home shortly. This is just a reminder to keep intersections and crosswalks free, and to refrain from double parking and u- turns. Due to COVID and staggered entry and dismissal, there will be no student patrols this year. Should parents observe infractions, we ask that you phone 311 with your concerns. We have had Calgary Police ticketing happening as a result of your calls.. 

Please mark the date! November 19 and 20, 2020 are student involved conference dates for Beddington Heights. Kindergarten will be holding conferences over both days. Grades 1 - 4  will be holding conferences in the evening of the 19th and during the day on the 20th. Interpreters have been booked for some interviews. If an interpreter has been booked for your family, you will receive a call closer to the date.  Student Learning Plans will be reviewed with goals set for literacy, numeracy and personal well being. These goals will the be reviewed again in the spring. We are looking at a virtual format for these interviews. More information will be coming shortly.

2020 meeting spots - revised October 23.pdf


Aug 28
2020-21 Re-Entry Plan

​Dear Beddington Heights Families:

I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all our community members.

As you are aware on July 21, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that all schools across the province will return to classes under Scenario 1 – in-school classes resume (near normal with health measures). In response, plans are well underway in our school to welcome our community of students as we adhere to current health guidelines.

CBE's Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education's K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry Scenario 1.  We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE guidance.

Please visit our school website at: https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/BeddingtonHeights/Pages/default.aspx and our Back to School page for information on the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific context of our school. 

For your convience, attached please find our Re-Entry Plan, along with the meeting area map.

 

Sincerely,

Brian Hebert

Re-Entry Plan 20-21 - Beddington Heights.pdf 

BHS 2020 Meeting Places Map.pdf 


Jun 19
June Message

Here we are in the third week of June, and we are still facing uncertainty regarding what learning will look like in the fall. According to the education and health minister, there is optimism that we will be returning to school in the fall with all students in attendance, with some health restrictions in place. Scenario 2 may see staggered attendance, and Scenario 3 could see a continued online/paper package response, should the pandemic prevent students from returning to school. In the event of a full return to school, there will be changes to routines to keep cohorts of students isolated from larger contact with other classes. This measure may mean changes in daily routines including recess, lunch, and movement within the school. Most likely, we will be having lunch in classrooms, with recess scheduled at different times for different classes.  I will let you know what the schedule will look for the fall, as soon as it has been formalized. Thank you to those who responded to our survey regarding lunch times. Results can be found in the attachment.

Report cards will be available June 26th, 2020. This is a reminder that report cards will be available online. You will receive an additional message from the school outlining the necessary steps to sign up for a My CBE account.  If you have already signed up, please disregard this additional message. We felt it was important to send this message out a second time to support families who have not yet signed up.

Please note that report card comments will be listed under the Y1 heading. S1 comments are for first term. You will also see NATR and NER indicator on the report card. Please note that, due to the pandemic, topics that were not covered in the first term (NATR) may now receive a NER mark. This reflects the teachers’ inability to collect enough evidence of a student’s mastery of a topic to provide a numerical indicator. This indicator has been used especially in Math and is in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please know that grade teams have been working together to identify gaps in areas of study that students may have missed and have planned to identify those areas for next year’s teachers. This planning will help to guide initial instruction and year plans in the fall.

Classroom teaching assignments have been determined for the fall. The following is the list of teachers and teaching assignments for September 2020:

Mrs. Wu                             Kindergarten

Mrs. Young                         Grade 1

Ms. Byrne                           Grade 1

Mr. Lancee                          Grade 2

Ms. Sparks                          Grade 2

Mrs. Anderson                     Grade 3

Mrs. Pulvermacher               Grade 3

Mrs. Craig                           Grade 3

Mr. Fisher                            Grade 4

Mrs. Diduch                         Grade 4

Mr. Berry                             Grade 4

Miss Wallace                        Grade 5

Mr. Beechey                         Grade 5

Ms. Sterne/Mr. Wiens            Grade 5

Mr. Shackelton                      Grade 6

Mr. Mueller                            ​Grade 6

Ms. Winston/Mr. Sadowsky     Grade 6

Mr. Sadowsky                        Phys. Ed

Mr. Wiens                              Music

Ms. Austin                             Assistant Principal/Resource/English Language Support

Mr. Hebert                             Principal

 You should receive a call from your child’s teacher on Thursday, August 27th welcoming your child to their class and with instructions for the first day.

 Year End Information:

 Technology Return: June 22-June 26th

Return of assignments:  June 19th

Online learning/ No Paper Packages: June 22 – 26

Virtual Live Grade 6 Farewell: Thursday, June 25th p.m. (link sent to grade 6 students by teachers)

End of Year Farewell Video: Friday June 26th (Posted to teachers’ websites)

There will be an opportunity for students and families to say good-bye to their teachers and to the staff on June 26th. There will be a caravan drive by from 12:00 to 1 pm.  Families are encouraged to drive by the banner on Bermuda Drive where you will see teachers/staff standing behind it. There will be bins for teacher gifts/cards if you have one, and we ask that you label it with the teacher’s name and drop it in the bin. If you choose to walk by, there will be enough room between the sidewalk and the teachers behind the banner to provide social distancing.

We continue to miss you and are hopeful for the fall. I would like to wish everyone a safe and restful summer. While this has been a difficult year-end for us all, I am grateful for the sense of community and the small kindnesses we continue to share.  Beddington Heights continues to demonstrate resiliency and adaptability, and we continue to be thankful.

For those of you who are moving on, we wish you the best. We wish we had been able to say good-bye in person. For the rest of our families, we are hoping to see you on September 1st for the most exciting day of the year!

 

Brian Hebert

Proud Principal, Beddington Heights School​

May 26
May Message

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 grade placements.

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 planning.

 

Learn and Share | CBE and school budget and school fees information and online engagement

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:

1.       Learn

§  Where funding for the CBE comes from and how it is spent

§  About the Resource Allocation Method (RAM) used to fund schools

§  How we estimate, then finalize, RAM for our school

§  How we establish school fees for some activities and services

2.       Participate

§  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 June 26th.  

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.

 

Brian Hebert

Principal, Beddington Heights

 ​

Mar 20
March Message

Good afternoon students and parents of Beddington.  We miss you!​

 We are thinking about you and hope you are keeping well.  As we refer to our school pillars, I would like to think we will all take this time to reflect on care for self. With Spring Break starting there will not be teaching staff in the school this upcoming week. Yes, we have been here, although some of us are working from home and are connecting remotely. Ms. Cumming and I are in the building consistently and are able to take your calls if needed. 

The system has been providing us with updates all week and we will be able to update you on the potential for on-line learning after Spring Break. This will be communicated once we have a confirmed and consistent approach in place and direction is given to us from downtown. Updates will come in the form of school messenger and/or on teacher’s blogs. If needed, we will establish methods for coming in to pick up student personal items after break. Please keep in mind that a number of student school items will need to stay at school to support teacher completion of reporting. Hopefully we will be able to connect with you personally in the not to distant future. I have attached some information you may find helpful.


Covid Social Story for Children.pdfCovid Social Story for Children.pdf

General Principles for Talking to Children About COVID - CBE.pdfGeneral Principles for Talking to Children About COVID - CBE.pdf

WHO Helping Chidren Cope with Stress.pdfWHO Helping Chidren Cope with Stress.pdf

Brian Hebert

Proud Principal, Beddington Heights

Feb 25
February Principal's Message

Safety is about one’s physical and mental state of well-being. At Beddington Heights School we continue to support others well-being through how we demonstrate our care for others.

Pink Shirt Day tomorrow: Wear pink on February 26, 2020 to show that you will not tolerate bullying. Bullying in any form is unacceptable and everyone has a role to play in promoting healthy relationships. Let’s continue to make our school community welcoming, caring, respectful, safe and inclusive.

Two Nova Scotia high school students inspired Pink Shirt Day by organizing their fellow students to wear pink in support of a grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The Alberta Education website also has information posted on safe and caring school environments if you wish more information

Student and school safety:  After bell times, please make sure that you check in at the office, so we can call your child down to meet you during instructional time.  We still have a few parents making their way down to classrooms and would like to thank parents who help us to not disrupt instructional time. We are happy to call your child down to the office at any time. This will also assist you if your child is in music, with their buddy class, in physical education, or in the Learning Commons.

Lates and absences: We are required by Alberta Education to keep track of all lates and absences. A copy of these is provided to you in report cards. Please note that absences, other than those that are for medical reasons, are considered unexcused absences for CBE and provincial purposes. This also applies to cold days where the school is not closed due to weather concerns.

School Patrols: We would like to take this opportunity to thank all community members who continue to support the exemplary work of our school patrols. The school has been the lucky recipient of many honours from the Alberta Motor Association/Calgary Police co-sponsored program.  We are happy to see our patrollers doing such a great job. Thanks to all parents who abide by the safety expectations laid out by the patrollers who are sponsored at the Beddington Heights by the cooperating teachers Mr. Mahon, Mr. Lancee, Ms. Wallace, and by our School Community Police Officer, Constable George Kovacs of the Calgary Police Force. The community support and the support by each and every parent is what makes our school safety patrol program such a great success. Our students feel a great sense of accomplishment knowing they are appreciated and are giving their free time to keep their schoolmates and other community members safe.

Pillars of Care Assembly: Friday February 28, 2020 at 8:15 a.m Pillar of the Month for February: “Understanding.”

 

Brian Hebert

Proud Principal, Beddington Heights School​

Jan 23
January Principal's Message

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.

 

Brian Hebert

Principal, Beddington Heights

 

 

 

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.

http://school.cbe.ab.ca/School/Repository/SBAttachments/02b409d4-04b1-4ecd-96c2-38be25d17ebb_School-Results-Report-2018-19.pdf

 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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WQLXDK2

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

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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