Oct 01
October 2020

Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

Happy October!  At 24o this afternoon, it still feels like summer, but the 4o morning reminded me fall is here.  We continue to use the outdoors as much as possible so please be certain children are dressing for the weather.

Earlier today, some grade five students led the morning announcements with their observations of Belonging.  Belonging is one of the tenets of the Circle of Courage and fundamental to our work as a school community.  Our population is very diverse including students from 41 countries who speak 46 languages.  We deeply value the depth and breadth of the many cultures represented within our school and we are committed to maintaining and enriching the strong sense of community that helps define us. 

Teachers have begun work on our School Development Plan.  We will continue our focus on mathematics and literacy, along with their roles in all disciplines.  We are part of a CBE pilot using a new curriculum resource called MathUP.  This resource focusses on mathematical thinking and problem solving.  We are excited to ENGAGE with this resource, EMPOWER our students and teachers with rich mathematical challenges, and provide increased opportunities for students to EXCEL!  More information about the School Development Plan will be shared at the October School Council Meeting and on the school website in November.

Looking back on September, there are many reasons to smile.  We connected classrooms using technology, we engaged in the Terry Fox Run in small groups to maintain physical distancing and raise $813 for cancer research, and we recognized Orange Shirt Day as an important time to reflect on what we need to do to ensure that Every Child Matters.  Forty-three families joined us for our first Buffalo Rubbing Stone School Council (BRSSC) and Buffalo Rubbing Stone Parent Association (BRSPA) Meetings and most families connected with teachers during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Students have adjusted well to using only their designated doors to enter and exit the school.  Ms. Derby has made some beautiful door signs to remind them of the doors to use; I expect they'll be posted on Monday.  Please remember, learning begins at 8:00 am.  Students should be entering the building no later than 7:57 am and are welcome to come in at 7:45 am.  Please remember dismissal is at 2:40 pm Monday through Thursday and, on Fridays, we dismiss at 12:00 noon.

Recess and lunch look different this year.  To ensure that we maintain the integrity of class cohorts, the recess and lunch breaks are staggered throughout the middle of the day.  The playground is open for in-school learners during school hours; it remains closed for the 15 minutes before and after school.  Classes have access to the playground one day each week during recess and one day each week during lunch to support appropriate physical distancing.

In October, we are looking forward to the seasonal changes fall brings and the many learning opportunities our teachers have planned.  There will be more information about Halloween in next week's Buffalo Bulletin.

Have a wonderful evening!  Take good care,



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