Jan 08
January Message

Return to In-Person Classes Monday, January 11 

As we continue to follow provincial direction regarding COVID measures, all schools will be resuming in-person classes on Monday, January 11.  The decision to move between scenarios is made by Alberta Education in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

Alberta Education provides approval for any requests to transition full grade cohorts online as a result of positive cases in schools.  

​Health and Safety Measures Continue 

All health and safety measures must continue to be followed at our schools. These include handwashing, face mask guidelines, physical distancing (where possible) and enhanced cleaning protocols. Please note that Beddington has been removed for outbreak status as there have been no cases connected to Beddington Heights in the last month. 

Staffing 

 Please note that Huilian Chen retired in December and will be missed. Thank you Ms. Chen for your years of support for students here at Beddington Heights.  We wish you the best in retirement.  

We have 4 new staff members to inform you about. We have hired two new Educational Assistants; Ms. Kaur and Ms. Mazereeuw. Ms Kaur joined us in Dec. and Ms. Mazereeuw has been hired in Ms. Chen's position and began with us on January 4th.  These individuals will both be working in various classrooms throughout the school.  

Ms. Steele has also joined us as lunchroom supervisor.  

Ms Garthus is presently subbing in a long-term capacity in grade 5/6 while Ms. Wallace is on medical leave. 

Please join me in welcoming these new staff members to our Beddington Family. 

Technology Return 

 Due to cost and the chance of loss, we are asking that all technology that was borrowed from the school be returned by parents the week of January 11, 2021. We are asking that all technology, regardless of working order, be returned by January 15th. When returning technology, please ring the front bell and someone will come to the door to retrieve the item. 

Kindergarten Registration begins Monday 

 Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year will begin Monday January 11, 2021. We are asking parents to register electronically where possible. Please refer to the Registration Process during a Health Emergency for Canadian Citizens New to CBE information document found on CBE webpage. The link to the registration form can be located under Step 2 of the document.  

Have a great weekend; we look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday,

​Brian Hebert, Principal​


Dec 16
December Message

Season's Greetings to All:

As many of you are aware, I am presently working from home and will be back in the building toward the week's end. Unfortunately, we ended our COVID free run with two non-connected individual cases happening in our school.  

  Two cases within a 14-day period, as defined by AHS, means that we have been classified as being in “Outbreak Status". You should have received a message from me last week explaining the implications of an outbreak. Rest assured, we are working closely with AHS to review our safety measures and keep our school safe.  I thank you for your ongoing support as we work through these challenging times.  

We are moving to on-line learning for the first week of instruction after the break in January. This movement is identical to what is happening in other CBE kindergarten to grade 6 schools. Teachers will be connecting with you regarding scheduled times for instruction. This differs from the emergency teaching that we were involved in last spring.  Each class will have Google Meets scheduled daily. Some sessions will be mandatory, while there will be an optional session to support student learning. In addition to receiving instruction in their core subjects, students will continue to receive Phys. Ed and music instruction throughout the week. Meets are scheduled at different times during the day to accommodate students in different grades who are using the same laptops or other technology. There will also be learning materials put into Google Classroom, so that students can work asynchronously. Attendance will be taken twice daily. Teachers should have reached out to families who may require technology last week to determine if all technology needs have been met. Please note that all technology must be returned to the school either in working order, or if you have encountered a problem while it was in your care.

We have now received word that there will be no opportunity for additional students to join HUB on-line learning in the new-year. There will only be one-way movement, with students having the option to return to school for face to face learning. The deadline to inform the school of your choice is 12:00 noon, Jan 8, 2021.  You must indicate your desire to return to Beddington Heights at that time in order for students to be in attendance here at school on February 1, 2021. The request can be submitted through your My CBE Account. 

Beddington Heights will be having an on-line winter celebration this year. You are able to connect on-line after 2:30 on December 16th.  Connect to your child's teacher's blog for the link. Student performances may be viewed by homeroom or you can choose to view the entire winter celebration. We will also be posting a virtual open house to the website in the new-year. We hope to have the open house ready for any families who are new to Beddington or any students moving from Kindergarten to grade 1 in September 2021. Once we have posted the open house to our website, we will contact you directly. 

Please note the Dec 17th, 2020 will be pyjamas day.

​Stay safe and best wishes for a healthy 2021. 

Brian Hebert 

Principal, Beddington Heights 

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

 

 

 

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