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
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.
Re-Entry Plan 20-21 - Beddington Heights.pdf
BHS 2020 Meeting Places Map.pdf
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
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
Mr. Shackelton Grade
Mr. Mueller Grade 6
Ms. Winston/Mr. Sadowsky Grade
Mr. Sadowsky Phys.
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!
Proud Principal, Beddington Heights School
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
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
Learn and Share | CBE and school budget and school fees information and
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:
funding for the CBE comes from and how it is spent
the Resource Allocation Method (RAM) used to fund schools
we estimate, then finalize, RAM for our school
we establish school fees for some activities and services
§ 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
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.
Principal, Beddington Heights
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.pdf
General Principles for Talking to Children About COVID - CBE.pdf
WHO Helping Chidren Cope with Stress.pdf
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
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
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.”
Proud Principal, Beddington Heights School
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
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
a minute to answer our three question survey. I am looking forward to hearing
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
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.
Principal, Beddington Heights
We have had an excellent start to the school year here at
Beddington Heights that we think may be connected to a number of changes we
have implemented. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of some
changes we believe are contributing to our work around caring and wellness here
at the school.
Ignite: The Ignite program is now offered from 8:00 –
8:30 whole school on Mondays and upper floor on Thursdays. Beginning at 8 a.m.
sharp on those days, students are given a choice of activities they may
participate in with different teachers in the school. Activities are decided
upon by students and are open to them up to the maximum number of students
teachers are able to accommodate in their learning spaces. Some of the choices
include; mathletics, creative writing, gym related activities, dance, Makerspace
(building), board games, etc. Students are to check in with their teacher first
before making choices. Student punctuality helps support student choice on
these dates. Students are practicing walking calmly between classes and using
inside voice when transitioning between activities in the hall. Both Mr. Strum
and I are helping to supervise halls during transition times. Based upon the
success of the program additional days may be considered for Ignite.
5th Pillar: This year we have started a
fifth pillar that focuses on a different virtue each month. This is in addition
to our firmly established pillars focusing on Care for Self, Others, Place and
Learning. During staff professional development at the beginning of the year,
staff participated in an activity that helped to define important character
traits that they felt were important based upon personal feelings and traits
they appreciate in others. Through discussion and teamwork, these virtues were
examined for their importance. It was decided that the most important focus for
the month of September would be “Belonging.” Students will be honoured for how
they have contributed to a sense of “belonging.” Individual student ideas
on how to support belonging in our school will be posted on the wonderwall in
the Learning Commons. The September Pillars of Care assembly is on September 27th,
Unspecified Recess: Teachers will now be taking their
students out for recess during unspecified times during the morning or
afternoons. Recess will now fall during natural breaks during transitions
between learning. Teachers will not have to stop instruction due to
pre-set bell times. Teachers are excited about being able to provide proper
closure to lessons and to be able to refocus on learning objectives before
giving students a break from learning. An added benefit to unspecified recess
is that we are seeing less crowding in the halls and improved behavior as
students enter and exit the building.
BHS Care Check: you may receive a copy of a
problem-solving sheet called the BHS Care Check sent home with your child. This
will be forwarded to you for your signature if your child has been learning
about behavior during the day and has discussed this either with their
classroom teacher or with the office. You will be informed when a BHS care
check is being sent home and we ask that you review the incident with your
child and discuss possible solutions appropriate solutions to the problem with
your child or reinforce the work the school has done with your child around
problem solving. We ask that you return the Care Check with your signature to
the classroom teacher the following school day.
Lunch Club: Mr. Strum will be in the Learning Commons
each day at lunchtime to support student problem solving. If students are
unable to solve their issues with an adult outside during the lunch hour
period, they are encouraged to connect with Mr. Strum if they are unable to
wait to connect with their classroom teacher after the bell.
Please note we have two important dates in September: Meet
the teacher night on September 19th and orange shirt day on
September 30th. Additional information can be found on the back of
the blue monthly calendar information sheet previously sent home.
Thank you for helping to make our start to the school year
such a success.
Principal, Beddington Heights
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