Oct 24
Weekly Updates | New Location

​For easier access, the weekly updates are now posted as News items at the top of the page.  

Oct 14
Principal's Weekly Update | October 14, 2022

Good afternoon,

I hope you are all doing well. After a couple of busy weeks here at BHS, it was nice to slow down a little bit this week, and wrap things up with our first Celebration of Learning assembly. Our Grade 6 students did an amazing job sharing the things they have been learning about this year. A special thanks to Mr. Lancée and Mr. Shackelton for supporting their students in preparing for this event, and a thank you to all the families who were able to join us.

I have a few additional items to highlight today:

Secret Path Week

Next week students will be engaging in “Walk for Wenjack" in PE classes. This event commemorates the legacy of Chanie Wenjack who passed away in 1966 at the age of 9 as he attempted to run away from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. Our students will be discussing this legacy and walking the community during some of their PE classes this week upcoming. More information on the history of Secret Path Week can be found here.

Hallowe'en

As we look forward to Hallowe'en, we are excited to have our first “normal" celebration in a few years. Students are encouraged to give their costumes a practice run on October 27th at our Hallowe'en Dance that is happening from 6-8pm. This event is being put on by our Parent Council. On Monday, October 31st, we encourage students to dress up in orange and black (as opposed to costumes) and will celebrate the day by engaging in learning activities that have a Hallowe'en theme!

If you like Mrs. Cumming…

And I know you do, please help save her some time! Our deadline for having Demographic Verification Forms completed has been pushed back to October 28th. Any that are not completed require the school (ie. Mrs. Cumming) contact families to have them completed. Currently we have approximately 200 families who have not yet completed these. If you have not completed these online, please see the information at the bottom of this message to help complete yours in order to help out our amazing front office staff! 

Speech and Language Support

AHS is now providing Speech and Language Support. See below for more information if your child requires this support as the amount of speech support that has been allocated to schools has been drastically reduced over the past couple of years!

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I hope everyone has a great weekend, and as always, if I can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me at saross@cbe.ab.ca.

Take care, 

Steve Ross

Principal, Beddington Heights School


Key Dates:

October 17-22                        Secret Path Week

October 18th                            School Photo Day

October 27th                            Halloween Dance (6-8pm)

October 28th                            Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students)

 

Recurring Relevant Messages


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


Speech and Language Support

Alberta Health Services is providing Speech Language Support, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy support which can be accessed through parent referral. To get started, parents contact AHS: (403) 910-2070. A quick intake will be done through a phone conversation. An appointment will also be scheduled for the child to see one of the professionals. Appointments are now being booked for early November. Sessions can be done in person or using Zoom. The nearest in person location for Beddington Heights would be at their Ranchlands location. Children between the ages of 0-18 are accepted. The visits are covered by Alberta Health Services. The number of visits will be determined by the needs of the child.

Demographic Verification Forms

Many forms will now be completed online through your MyCBE Account including the Demographic Verification form and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy form. To locate these forms, please log in to your MyCBE account and select Online Forms and School registration on the left-hand side.


Oct 06
Principal's Weekly Update | October 6, 2022


Hello Beddington Heights Families,

I hope you are all doing well. It has been such a treat to have true fall weather in Calgary and teachers have been able to get outside with students which is great for their learning. This week has been a busy one at BHS. Our Safety Patrols are looking awesome and doing a great job manning our crosswalk. I am very thankful to all parents who have been using the crosswalks to help teach all of our students how to be road safe.

Today we wrapped up Literacy Week at BHS. Literacy week included daily read alouds by the leadership team, daily reading buddies, a whole school created story, our book fair and many other activities. I have attached the following document that shares some easy ways you can help your child continue to develop as a strong reader at home. TipsForParentsReadingAtHome-1.pdf 

On Wednesday, Mr. Shackelton read “If you give a pig a pancake…" for the whole school during our daily read aloud. As a follow up, our entire school worked together to write their own book titled “If you give a student a Beluga…". I have attached it here as it is definitely worth a read! If you give a student a beluga.pdf 

A reminder that there is NO SCHOOL TOMORROW or MONDAY!

I have a few additional items to highlight:

Mr. Fisher is returning

Mr. Fisher will return from leave this coming Tuesday. Ms. Scharlach will be with us on Tuesday and Wednesday to support a smooth transition for students. Our students have been very fortunate during Mr. Fisher's absence to have such an amazing, competent and kind teacher fill in and she will be missed dearly.

Celebration of Learning Assembly

We have made some adjustments to our assemblies for the 2022-23 school year. Our assemblies will be a time for each grade team (once per year) to showcase and celebrate the learning they are engaging in. We encourage parents to join us for these Celebrations of Learning. Our first one will be next Friday, October 14th where our Grade 6's will be sharing their learning with the school from 8:30-9:00 am.

Our plan of how to recognize students showing various Pillars of Care is currently in the process of being revamped. We will not be including them as part of our monthly assemblies, but are in the process of discussing as a school how we can continue to recognize students who show care for self, others and place in an authentic and meaningful way. Once we have developed a plan, I will be sharing this with families via my weekly updates. I hope to have this information to you within the next couple of weeks.

Terry Fox

Thank you to everyone who donated money to the Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research. As a community, we raised a whopping $2359.47. You all are simply amazing!

Winter and Spring Concerts

As we move back into more normal times following covid, we are looking forward to our winter and spring concerts. For the 22-23 school year, students will all have the opportunity to perform for their families in one of our two concerts.

Our Kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 students will perform for their families at our Winter Concert on December 8th (there will be a daytime and evening performance). This performance will be a showcase of the skills they have been working on in music throughout the year presented through a winter theme.

Our grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 students will perform for their families at our Spring Concert on May 4th (daytime and evening performances). This again, will be an opportunity for them to showcase a year's worth of music learning through a spring theme.

We are looking forward to sharing the amazing things that are happening in our music program with you all!

I wish each of you a great extra-long weekend, and as always, if I can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me at saross@cbe.ab.ca.

Take care, 

Steve Ross

Principal, Beddington Heights School


Key Dates:

October 7th                             System Professional Learning Day (No School for Students)

October 10th                            Thanksgiving Day (School Closed)

October 14th                            Grade 6 Celebration of Learning Assembly (8:30-9)

October 18th                            School Photo Day

October 27th                            Halloween Dance (6-8pm)

October 28th                            Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students)

 

Recurring Relevant Messages


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​


Sep 29
Principal's Weekly Update | September 29, 2022

Hello Beddington Heights Families,

It has been a productive week here at BHS as we recognized Truth and Reconciliation Week in a variety of ways including an Indigenous Dance Residency with Elder Shirley Hill, our Grade 3/4's did some land-based learning at Confluence Park as well as a variety of other activities that took place in classrooms around the school. Check out our social media for some photos of the learning that took place.

I have a few additional items to highlight:

School Council

We will be hosting our first School Council meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams on this coming Tuesday, October 4th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Click here to join the meeting

Literacy Week: October 3-6, 2022

Next week, Beddington Heights School will be celebrating Literacy through a variety of activities. Please check out our social media to see all that is happening!

International Walk to School Week: October 2-8, 2022

Did you know that Canada held its first national Walk a Child to School Day in 1998 with participants from five provinces? Today, schools from all thirteen provinces and territories join millions of students worldwide as they walk to school during the first week of October.  This year, International Walk to School week is October 2-8, 2022. International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 5, 2022. BHS encourages you and your children to find creative ways to get active and walk to school!

 

I wish each of you a great long weekend, and as always, if I can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me at saross@cbe.ab.ca.

Take care, 

Steve Ross

Principal, Beddington Heights School


Key Dates:

September 30th                       National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (School Closed)

October 3-6                            Literacy Week

October 4th                             School Council Meeting (Virtual: 6:30-8:30pm)

October 5th                              International Walk to School Day

October 7th                             System Professional Learning Day (No School for Students)

October 10th                            Thanksgiving Day (School Closed)

October 14th                            Grade 6 Celebration of Learning Assembly (During the day)

October 18th                            School Photo Day

 

Recurring Relevant Messages


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​


Sep 22
Principal's Weekly Update | September 22, 2022

Hello Beddington Heights Families,

I hope everyone is doing well and keeping healthy as we move into a long weekend for our students! We are hoping to see many families at our Meet the Teacher event from 6-7:30 tonight. We will have staff available in the Learning Commons from 6:30-7:30 to assist any families who require support in either creating a MyCBE Account or completing paperwork that has been sent electronically (FOIP/ Demographic forms).

Today marks Fall Equinox, a time when, like us, earth and all its inhabitants are preparing for winter. Today we also recognize the 145th anniversary of Treaty 7 Day as it was signed on this day in 1877 at the Blackfoot Crossing of the Bow River (present day Siksika Nation Reserve located east of Calgary).

Next week is Truth and Reconciliation Week and I wanted to highlight a few things for you:

Indigenous Dance Residency

As part of our ongoing learning, commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 will be participating in an Indigenous Dance Residency from September 26-29. These activities will be led by Blackfoot Elder Shirley Hill, from the Siksika Nation, who is a mother and grandmother. She is also a fancy shawl dancer who has over 35 years of experience sharing Blackfoot knowledge in an age appropriate manner about the buffalo, residential schools, and reconciliation, while also teaching hoop dance. Each class will have the opportunity to learn some Indigenous teachings, Indigenous dance, and participate in a small group traditional smudge. More information about this residency and smudging can be found here: Indigenous Dance Residency on Letterhead.doc 

Orange Shirt Day

Beddington Heights School will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 29th. Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 when residential school survivor Physllis Webstad shared how her orange shirt was taken away on her first day at residential school. Our learning community will reflect on the history and legacy of residential skills and share ways that we can work together toward truth and reconciliation. Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to school on Thursday.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

With Friday, Sept. 30 being the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the intention of the day is to recognize and honour residential school survivors, their families and communities. Recognizing this day ensures that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process. A reminder that the school will be closed in honour of this day.

We are excited to continue moving this important work forward alongside our students. 

Additional Notes:

Weather

In alignment with Fall Solstice, this week gave us our first glimpse of the winter ahead as Monday was quite chilly. Please ensure students are dressed for the weather each day as they do go outside twice a day, every day, unless it is -20 or colder.

 

I wish each of you a great weekend, and as always, if I can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me at saross@cbe.ab.ca.

Take care, 

Steve Ross

Principal, Beddington Heights School


Key Dates:

September 22nd                       Meet the Teacher (In Person: 6-7:30pm)

Fall Equinox

                                                Treaty 7 Day (145th Anniversary)

September 23rd                       Non-Instructional Day (No school for students)

September 26th -29th              Truth and Reconciliation Week

                                                Indigenous Dance Residency

September 29th                       Orange Shirt Day

September 30th                       National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (School Closed)

October 3-6                            Literacy Week

October 4th                             First School Council Meeting (In-Person: 6:30-8:30pm)

October 7th                             System Professional Learning Day (No School for Students)

October 10th                            Thanksgiving Day (School Closed)

October 14th                            Grade 6 Celebration of Learning Assembly (During the day)

 

Recurring Relevant Messages


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


Meet the Teacher Night

Meet the Teacher Night will take place on September 22nd from 6-7:30pm. Homeroom teachers will provide two repeat presentations so you will be able to catch both should you have multiple children in the school. We will begin with a brief gathering in the gymnasium before branching out to homeroom class presentations.  


Forms

Online forms:

As communicated through a system wide School Messenger, many forms will now be completed online through your MyCBE Account including the Demographic Verification form and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy form. To locate these forms, please log in to your MyCBE account and select Online Forms and School registration on the left-hand side.

Hard Copy Forms:

Your child should have come home with two forms earlier this week.

  • Admirable Use Policy form – Students need to have a signed copy of this form returned to their homeroom teacher in order to access the school's technology (Chromebooks, iPads etc.)
  • Brown Baggers Program form – Allows you to identify which foods should/should not be given to your child in the event they have forgotten their lunch on a given day.

Printable Forms (attached):

The following forms are either informational or are available to be printed off and returned to the school. Should you require a hard copy of the form, please contact the office, and we will ensure one is sent home with your child.

  • Student Health Plan - This form must be:
  • completed if a physical or medical condition may affect the student's attendance at school
  • completed if medication is to be taken at school
  • reviewed and updated annually or sooner if there is a change in the student's health concern or school registration.

This form may not need to be completed by all families. It is only required if any of the above conditions apply for your child.

  • Walking Field Trip Form – Teachers organize short walking field trips during the course of the year. The attached letter outlines the rationale and process for these trips. Please contact the school if you have any questions about this process.

Annual Volunteer Registration Form – Needs to be completed every year in order to volunteer within the school or on field trips. Also requires a current (within the last 5 years) police check on file with the school. Contact the office if you have any questions.​


Sep 16
Principal's Weekly Update | September 16, 2022

Good Afternoon Beddington Heights Families: 

I hope this message finds you all doing well on National Trades Day. Our tradespeople have often been considered the backbone of the nation as they are responsible for ensuring we have the infrastructure to survive and thrive. For more information on National Trades Day, click here.

I have a few items to which I would like to draw your attention:

Terry Fox Run

Today we hosted our Terry Fox Run at BHS and it was a huge success! Our students began with a brief assembly in the gym highlighting Terry's legacy and followed it up with a 30 min run in our school field. The kids did an amazing job, and I wanted to thank our teachers Mrs. Young, Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Sterne for organizing the event. Donations to the Terry Fox Foundation continue to be accepted until the end of the month, and depending on how much is raised, Mr. Shackelton has offered some incentive if certain limits are hit. Check out our Instagram page for some photos from today's events!

Hug and Go Zone

Please note that Bermuda Drive on the school side of the street is a “Hug and Go" zone from the lamppost (marked with a Hug and Go sign) to the crosswalk. If you would like to stay and watch your child until they enter the school, please park somewhere outside of this zone.

CPEP

I have attached information below regarding the Community Parent Education Program offered for FREE by Hull Services. The next parenting course will be held September 27th on-line via Zoom. Each course involves 8 evening sessions running once a week from Sept. 27 until Nov. 15. Please see the information below if interested.

Student Code of Conduct 

As a school, it is our responsibility to ensure a positive learning environment for all students. It is our responsibility to ensure that staff and students are provided with a caring, welcoming, respectful, and safe learning environment. The Student Code of Conduct outlines these principles and identifies the roles and expectations related to student conduct. 

Bridge Club

Bridge Club program is a safe and fun space where immigrant, newcomer, low income, and Indigenous children positively engage with peers and their leaders. This program is offered to grades 1-6. Our activities encourage participants to practice English language skills, gain self-esteem and confidence, work on physical literacy, and make new friends. Participants will learn through various arts and crafts, STEM projects, recreational games, and problem-solving activities. Bridge Club will run afterschool, once a week on Thursdays. Program runs from October 6th to December 15th 2022. Participants of the Bridge Club program will leave feeling connected to other children and youth who work to overcome language, cultural and social barriers together.

 

I wish each of you a great weekend, and as always, if I can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me at saross@cbe.ab.ca.

Take care, 

Steve Ross

Principal, Beddington Heights School


Key Dates:

September 22nd                    Meet the Teacher (In Person: 6-7:30pm)

Fall Equinox

                                                Treaty 7 Day (145th Anniversary)

September 23rd                       Non-Instructional Day (No school for students)

September 26th -29th              Truth and Reconciliation Week

                                                Indigenous Dance Residency

September 29th                       Orange Shirt Day

September 30th                       National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (School Closed)

October 3-6                            Literacy Week

October 4th                             First School Council Meeting (In-Person: 6:30-8:30pm)

October 7th                             System Professional Learning Day (No School for Students)

October 10th                            Thanksgiving Day (School Closed)

October 14th                            Grade 6 Celebration of Learning Assembly (During the day)

 

Recurring Relevant Messages


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


Meet the Teacher Night

Meet the Teacher Night will take place on September 22nd from 6-7:30pm. Homeroom teachers will provide two repeat presentations so you will be able to catch both should you have multiple children in the school. We will begin with a brief gathering in the gymnasium before branching out to homeroom class presentations.  


Forms

Online forms:

As communicated through a system wide School Messenger, many forms will now be completed online through your MyCBE Account including the Demographic Verification form and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy form. To locate these forms, please log in to your MyCBE account and select Online Forms and School registration on the left-hand side.

Hard Copy Forms:

Your child should have come home with two forms earlier this week.

  • Admirable Use Policy form – Students need to have a signed copy of this form returned to their homeroom teacher in order to access the school's technology (Chromebooks, iPads etc.)
  • Brown Baggers Program form – Allows you to identify which foods should/should not be given to your child in the event they have forgotten their lunch on a given day.

Printable Forms (attached):

The following forms are either informational or are available to be printed off and returned to the school. Should you require a hard copy of the form, please contact the office, and we will ensure one is sent home with your child.

  • Student Health Plan - This form must be:
  • completed if a physical or medical condition may affect the student's attendance at school
  • completed if medication is to be taken at school
  • reviewed and updated annually or sooner if there is a change in the student's health concern or school registration.

This form may not need to be completed by all families. It is only required if any of the above conditions apply for your child.

  • Walking Field Trip Form – Teachers organize short walking field trips during the course of the year. The attached letter outlines the rationale and process for these trips. Please contact the school if you have any questions about this process.
  • Annual Volunteer Registration Form – Needs to be completed every year in order to volunteer within the school or on field trips. Also requires a current (within the last 5 years) police check on file with the school. Contact the office if you have any questions.

 

CPEP Zoom Press Release Sept. 2022[2].pdf September 27th CPEP Schedule (2022)[2].pdf ​


Sep 09
Principal's Weekly Update | September 9, 2022

Good Afternoon Beddington Heights Families: 

I hope this message finds you all doing well. We have come to the end of our first full(-ish) week of learning, and, so far, things are moving along and students and staff seem to be settling into their new routines. I have a few items to which I would like to draw your attention:

Terry Fox Run: Next Friday we will be hosting our annual Terry Fox Run. For many of us, Terry's story is well known. If, however, you would like more information on Terry's story, you can visit the Terry Fox Foundation website here. To date, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised over 850 million dollars for cancer research. As a school, we will be hosting a brief assembly at 10:45am on Friday before proceeding to the field to participate in a school wide Terry Fox Run. More information can be found in your weekly update from your child's homeroom teacher.

Meet the Teacher Night: Meet the teacher night will take place on September 22nd from 6-7:30pm. Homeroom teachers will have two different presentation times so you will be able to catch both should you have multiple children in the school.

Forms: Please see important information below related to school forms that need to be completed.

I wish each of you a great weekend, and, if I can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me at saross@cbe.ab.ca.

Take care, 

Steve Ross

Principal, Beddington Heights School​


Sep 02
September 2 Message


Good Afternoon Beddington Heights Families: 

I hope this message finds you all doing well. Our first two days of the 2022-23 school year have seen us all settling into our routines, and we are excited to get started with the new school year! I have a few items to which I would like to draw your attention:

  • Class Sizes and Support: Planning for any school year begins in the previous spring. Last spring, we had a projection of 395 students, and we staffed our building based on this projection. As of today, we sit at 386 students. We expect our numbers to fluctuate as we get settled into the school year, but I wanted to let you know where we sit as of today. Currently our class sizes are as follows:
    • Kindergarten- Two classes (22 and 24 students)
    • Grade 1 – 3 classes (16, 17 & 18 students)
    • Grade 2 – 3 classes (19, 19 and 20 students)
    • Grade 3/4 combined – 4 classes (22, 23, 24, and 25 students)
    • Grade 5 – 3 classes (26, 28 and 28 students)
    • Grade 6 – 2 classes (27 and 28 students)
  • Teacher on Leave: Currently, Mr. Fisher is on leave. Filling in for Mr. Fisher will be Ms. Scharlach as part of the grade 3/4 team.
  • Away for the Day Cell Phone Policy:  Beddington Heights School has an away for the day cell phone policy. If students choose to bring their cell phones to school, the expectation will be for them to remain in their back packs on silent or turned off for the duration of the school day. Should you need to connect with your child during the school day, please contact the main office and we will ensure the message gets to your child. It is always our recommendation that students do not bring valuables like technology to school as we do not accept any responsibility for loss or damage of students' personal devices.
  • Admirable Use Policy: The school's Admirable Use Policy related to technology will be coming home with students on Tuesday. Please sign and return this form as students need to have a signed form before they are able to access the school's technology (Chromebooks, iPads etc.).
  • Current Staff List for 22-23: Please see below for a full staff list for the 2022-23 School Year. You can find photos of our grade teams and administration on the school's Instagram page.
KindergartenPauline Wu-Wright
Grade 1James Beechey, Richelle Watson and Heather Young
Grade 2Laurie Anderson, Aleasha Diduch and Saralyn Winston
Grade 3/4Melinda Pokolinski, Lyndon Fisher (Mackenzie Scharlach), Mandi Pulvermacher, Lisa Craig
Grade 5Wilma Schwarz/Sarah Sterne, Josh Berry and Catherine Vessey
Grade 6Max Lancée and Matt Shackelton
MusicWilma Schwarz
Physical EducationSarah Sterne
Resource/ ELL SupportLinda Trask
Admin AssistantCorey Cumming
Library AssistantMonique Mills
Education AssistantsWendy Chow, Jacky Ibrahim, Gurjeet Kaur, Rose Mazereeuw, Olga Ruiz
Lead Lunchroom/ Office AssistantWanda Potter
Lunchroom StaffApril Boutin, Tracee Fraser, Stefanie Steele, Ping Wu
Behaviour Support WorkerEun Jeoung Kim

 

I wish each of you a great long weekend, and, if I can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me at saross@cbe.ab.ca.

Take care, 

Steve Ross

Principal, Beddington Heights School


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 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​


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​​


May 04
May Announcement


Dear Parents and Students,                                                                    

​I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the past nine years. It has been an honour to serve as Beddington Heights' principal. I would like to inform you that I have made the decision to return to the classroom for the 2022 – 2023 school year and as a result, the school will have a new principal in the fall. It has always been part of my long-term plan to return to the classroom and I am making the move as my career continues to march toward retirement.  It is now or never.  I am looking forward to being in a classroom again and connecting with students in a more frequent way, supporting their learning and growth. It is an exciting prospect to return to where I started after spending the majority of my career in administrative roles. 

Parent support in the Beddington community has been unparalleled, and it has truly been a pleasure to work with members of this community. I have appreciated the connections made over the years and am grateful for how open and approachable the parents have been in support of students. In addition to the support of the general parent community, I am thankful for the support of my parent council members past and present. In particular, I would like to thank the present Parent Council Chair Leisa Kwan and Co-chair Stefanie Steele. 

I can honestly say every student has brought me joy during my time at Beddington. I enjoy the student daily greetings and interactions. The halls at Beddington have been a place of connection with students. The students give their best each and every day, and it has been a bright spot to support them as I have seen them grow academically and socially. Their potential is noticeable, and I am pleased to have been part of their journey. 

I am leaving Beddington Heights with a very capable staff in place for next year. Our staff here is committed to student learning and to professional development in order to move practice forward. Students are their first priority. This is evidenced every day in the work I observe in classrooms. It has been a pleasure to be part of this amazing group of professionals. I would like to thank my administrative staff: Ms. Austin (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Cumming (Administrative Secretary) and Mrs. Potter (School Secretary) for their loyalty and support.  

In order to inform the selection of a new principal at Beddington Heights School, Area 2 Education Director, Tori Healing, will be seeking input from staff, students and parents of Beddington Heights School regarding the leadership attributes you value in a school principal. A survey will be conducted by the Area 2 Office through a link that will be sent out sometime in the next couple of weeks.  It will be shared via School Messenger and posted on the website. This feedback will be considered in the selection of a candidate and your input will then be shared directly with the successful candidate. 

I look forward to our continued work together during the last few weeks of May and June. 

 

Brian Hebert 

Proud Principal, Beddington Heights


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