Pillar of the month – Humility
Congratulations to our Pillars of Care winners for November. In addition to our winners for Care for Self, Others, Place and Learning, we also celebrated our winners who exemplified courage. This was our fifth pillar. In the month ahead, we will be focusing on the virtue of humility. When we honor our winners, their names, accomplishments and photographs are posted in the school as examples of students who deserve and receive our recognition.
For me, humility is one of the most difficult of all pillars. As an adult, I am still learning about humility daily and trying to make it a regular part of my character. I wish when I was young that someone had impressed upon me the importance of this virtue. Humility can make life simpler, relationships better and can make individuals better leaders.
Humility is symbolized in the Seven Sacred Teachings by the wolf. Our Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers tell us that wolves live in packs of three to seven. They must often give way to others to understand the needs of the pack may be more important than their individual need. It is symbolized in the sacred teachings as an important imparting of knowledge that occurs when there is an understanding that the reality of our actions has an impact on other humans or on the land. The following examples were shared with students at our pillars of care assembly:
- Humility is the loss of ego
- Humility is being humble and not arrogant
- Humility is a modest view of our own importance. It is shown by those that know the difference between self confidence and pride.
- Humility is shown by others that seek to add value to others and elevate them.
- Humility is shown by those individual who take responsibility for their actions and accept feedback
- It is shown by those that understand the limits of success and are filled with gratitude for what they have.
Students were given examples of how they might demonstrate humility
- Letting someone in line in front of you
- Letting someone else have the last piece of cake
- It is an athlete who credits her success to her teammates even though they themselves have a great skill set.
- It is someone who when they win an award credits their success to their relationships and their learning from others.
In the month of December we are looking forward to how humility will be modelled by staff and students at Beddington. Teachers and students will think about and share specific examples of humility in what they do themselves and in their classrooms. I look forward to hearing classrooms share examples of humility at our Pillars of Care assembly at the end of December.
Principal, Beddington Heights
Parents/Guardians, Nov 25, 2021
We have now received provincial Learning Disruption Funding in response to the COVID pandemic. This funding is meant to address learning gaps encountered by students related to absences and changes to learning that occurred during the 2020 -2021 school year. The distribution of funds was based on assessment information conducted during fall of this year and is focused on grade 2 and grade 3. We anticipate additional funding based upon the further assessment of grade 1 students in December and January of this year, which will see additional support for these students.
Beddington has now been able to add two additional teachers to our staff to specifically support grade 2 and grade 3 students. Please help me in welcoming the following staff members to Beddington Heights;
- Ms. Amanda Bankebabone who will be providing mathematics resource support.
- Mr. Kai Hsueh will be providing coverage for Mrs. Pokolinski's grade three class in order for her to provide literacy support to the grade 2 and grade 3 students.
These staff members will begin with us on November 29, 2021 and will continue with us until April 8, 2022. We will keep you informed of additional funding information as it becomes available.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.
Brian Hebert B. Ed. M.Ed
Principal, Beddington Heights
Good Afternoon Parents/Guardians.
Today we observed Remembrance Day from 10:00 am - 11:00 am here at Beddington Heights. Moments for reflection included the laying of wreaths by each grade in the Learning Commons; the Acknowlegement of the Land by Ms. Austin, honoring and recognizing the contributions of indigenous soldiers; the Last Post and the Call to Arms by Mr. Wiens. Mrs. Anderson also read the 11th Hour by Canadian author, Jacques Goldstyn. and a minute of silence was observed by staff and students. The school flag was flown at half-mast. We missed your presence today at our virtual assembly and are still looking forward to a post Covid welcome back for parents and the community. Due to your absence today, I have asked teachers to include a picture or two in their classroom blog, so that you will be able to observe students remembering this important day.
I have included my message to students from today's assembly:
Brenne Brown Educational leader and author stated, " choose courage over comfort, choose to be brave and scared at the same time."
Today we speak about courage. It is our fifth pillar this month, and we can easily see how it is connected to Remembrance Day and the courage that was needed and displayed in the face of fear. It must have been hard to do what was right. To stand up for what was right when it would have been easier to comply or walk away.
It takes courage to do the right thing. To be virtuous, truthful, and respectful. To pick up the gauntlet and say, "I'm not perfect, but together or apart, I need to do the right thing. To look for inspiration to have courage when it is needed.
Reflect and remember those who have gone before us tomorrow on Remembrance Day. Think about the courage you may have to call upon from deep inside yourself when facing adversity. Be brave and courageous enough to do the right thing when it is necessary. Tomorrow take some time to reflect together with your family or by yourself to remember this day above all others.
Principal, Beddington Heights
Please note: There will be no school on Thursday or Friday. Teachers will be participating in professional learning on Friday November 12, 2021
Re: Safety precautions at Beddington Heights School
The safety of all students and staff of Beddington Heights is of great importance. To that end, we have been working to establish appropriate safety measures for the various situations that may occur and affect our staff and students.
Fire drills are a long-standing expectation of everyone who congregates in a setting such as a school. We are required to have a minimum of six fire drills each school year. Our students and staff treat each drill as though it was the real thing and we are very proud of their performance during those drills. Teachers keep class lists with them during all drills and attendance is always taken. Parents or other visitors are expected to evacuate the building when the fire alarm is sounded.
It is a reflection of the changes in our society that we must add variations to our safety drills. We are going to practice a drill known as a “lockdown" on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.. The teachers will be instructing students regarding their role during a drill of this kind. No one is allowed to enter or leave the building during a lockdown procedure.
Our staff will be providing students with the following directions for our lockdown drill:
- There will be an announcement from the office to notify students and staff of internal lockdown
- All students will come in to a classroom with a locked door
- Staff and students wait quietly until the drill is over
As we continue to refine our school safety procedures, other safety precautions we now have in place include:
- Locking Exterior Doors, with access to the main office through a buzzer at the front door.
- Walkie-Talkies – have been purchased for communication when children are out in the school field
- A Fan Out Procedure – has been established to ensure clear and swift communication with parents in the event of an emergency.
- Visitors – are expected to register at the office
- Volunteers – must complete a security clearance and wear nametags at all times
- Substitute Teachers – are provided with emergency information upon entering the school.
- Teachers are trained in first aid and have thoroughly reviewed emergency plans with the children.
Please note: this lockdown practice will be in preparation for an unannounced lockdown drill to take place somethime after winter break.
If you feel that your child might become anxious or nervous during this drill, please provide them with the reassurance that lockdown drills and fire drills are regular parts of increasing safety for students in all schools. We appreciate your support in these very important matters. If you have any questions, please give me a call.
This past month at Beddington we have celebrated “respect" as our fifth pillar. This was the first pillar of the seven sacred teachings we have chosen to honour throughout the school year. In response to Beddington Heights commitment to truth and reconciliation, we pledge to acknowledge these teachings that many of our indigenous communities have adopted as important aspects of cultural growth. These are considered moral touchstones that can provide for admiration and understanding for all. Students received recognition of for their ability to show evidence of respect, as well as care for self, others place and learning at our first Pillars of Care assembly on Oct 1, 2021. This year students will be receiving new awards. Instead of ribbons, students will receive key fobs identifying the pillar they have excelled at. Look for these new awards as they begin arriving home.
Respect is symbolized by the buffalo. Respect is the first and foremost of the sacred teachings. This is particularly important as we celebrated Orange Shirt Day before the national Truth and Reconciliation day on September 30, 2021. Gloria Manitopyes, a CBE Diversity and Support Strategist was here to conduct a Smudge along with her colleague Deandra Nuefeld who performed a morning song, and read a story related to the meaning of orange shirt day at our outdoor assembly. Students continued their learning related to indigenous ways of knowing throughout the day.
In October we will celebrate honesty. In Indigenous culture, honesty is symbolized by the Sasquatch. Honesty comes from within and centers on being honest with ourselves. As we move through the year, it is our hope that students will continue to integrate these virtues into their repertoire and build upon their knowledge and skill sets for problem solving. We are very excited to see students practicing these virtues and we are very proud of the amazing individuals we see them continue to develop into. We have had a very successful month and start up in September and we look forward to your continue support in discussing these virtues at home with your child.
Unfortunately, due to enrollment changes in the school we have had to reorganize some classes. Mrs. Diduch's grade 5 glass will now be divided between Mr. Berry and the classroom shared by Ms. Sterne and Mr. Wiens. Students will remain in a grade 5 classroom but will be with new teachers. There may be a change to schedule. Teachers will inform you of different start, lunch and dismissal times. Changes will begin on Monday September 20, 2021. You should be receiving a message from your child's new teacher informing you of their placement by Wednesday September 15th, 2021. Please note that Ms. Diduch will remain in the school and will be teaching in grade 1/2 and will be available to provide support with your child's transition if required.
Thanks for your continued support of the important work we do for our students at Beddington Heights.
Principal, Beddington Heights
Welcome back to school!
Students first day is Sept 1, 2021. This will be a full day of instruction. Children will require a backpack, indoor shoes, snack, lunch (if children are staying for lunch) and a mask.
If you are new to Beddington and have registered by e-mail, please bring your proof of address and proof of your child's age (birth certificate, Canadian passport) to the school either on Friday August 27, Monday August 30 or Tuesday August 31. Ring the bell outside the main entrance and office staff will meet you at the door and arrange to photocopy your documents before returning them to you. We ask that you have the original documents to us before school begins on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
Tomorrow afternoon (Friday August 27, 2021) you will be receiving communication from your child's teacher regarding their homeroom, start time, lunch time and dismissal time. You will also receive information on where your child will meet their teacher on the first day, along with a link to a map of your child's meeting spots. If you have not received this information on Friday, please contact the school Monday, and we will support you in accessing this information. You should receive this information in a School Messenger notification similar to this one.
We continue to ask that you drop your child off at the edge of the playground and that parents support us by not entering the playground during the COVID pandemic. Myself, Ms. Austin, Ms. Trask and Mr. Wiens will help to direct your child safely to their teacher should support be required. All teachers will have a sign indicating their name and will be visible for students, parents, and other staff. Educational assistants will also be available to support student entry on these first days next week.
Please note we will continue to have staggered entry times and teachers will be escorting students into the building at the beginning of the day and out at the end of class. Your child's entry time will be 7:55, 8:00 or 8:05 a.m and their dismissal will be either 2:30, 2:35 or 2:40 p.m. Friday entry will be the same with early dismissal on Fridays at 11:50 a.m, 11:55 a.m or 12:00 noon. Please note, there will be no morning or afterschool supervision as we are continuing to follow COVID protocol and we ask that children arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before their start time. Children are being asked to go straight home after dismissal. Students will be asked to wear their masks upon entering the playground. Kindergarten students should have received their staggered entry schedule for the first three days of school at the end of June. Contact the school if you have any questions regarding this schedule.
Please see the website for the school calendar regarding important dates highlighted.
Lunch Supervision Services:
Families of kindergarten students going into Grade one utilizing lunchroom for the first time, please see information below regarding lunch supervision fees:
- Lunch Supervision is offered to all students in Grades 1- 6 for an annual fee.
- Registration is available using MyCBE / PowerSchool.
- More information for parents can be found on the corporate website under Programs - Noon supervision
Enhanced Cleaning and Ventilation:
Either additional hours or additional temporary cleaners have been added to all CBE schools for the beginning of the school year.
All CBE schools are mechanically ventilated with an operating mode set for both before and afterschool.
We look forward to seeing you on the most exciting day of the year!
Brian Hebert, Principal
Year end is quickly approaching and I wanted to connect with you to keep you informed of plans for the remainder of the school year and the upcoming school year.
We will be holding a “drive by" from 12:00 – 12:30 on Friday, June 25th from 12:00 - 12:30. Teachers will be outside on the north playground waving good bye and signalling year end to passing cars. You will be able to drive by at that time and will be able to see staff if driving along Bermuda Drive N.W.
On Indigenous Day, Monday June 21 we will be holding an at-school smudge as part of our school's commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. This will be a students only event due to COVID restrictions. CBE Knowledge Keeper, Prestion Huppie will be joining us outside to conduct this event. Students have been working to learn protocols regarding the event this week and will continue their in class learning next week during Indigenous Week.
While classes at Beddington will end on the 25th, other CBE schools are in school the following Monday. All CBE schools will have Report Cards available that day. All CBE students will have access to their report cards ONLINE through MyCBE / PowerSchool beginning June 28. Students can log into the MyCBE / PowerSchool using their student id # and password. Parents are strongly encouraged to create a MyCBE / PowerSchool in order to not only view marks and report cards, but to access the registration and fee payment system. If you do not yet have a MyCBE / PowerSchool account, please call the school office for assistance.
Bell times will see a slight change next year. We will be retaining our staggered bell times and staggered lunch. Beginning bell will be 7:55, 8:00 and 8:05. Dismissal will now be 2:30, 2:35 and 2:40 Monday to Friday, and 11:50, 11:55 and 12:00 on Fridays. Note that we will not have additional supervision in the morning and students are asked to come no earlier than five minutes before their scheduled bell time. Teachers will be connecting with you on their first day back August 27, 2021 to inform you that your child is in their class, and what the associated bell time and meeting spot will be.
There will be some classes participating in a number of outside activities this upcoming week, including walking field trips. Please remind your child/children to dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, a hat, and bring their water bottle.
The last day of school for students will be , Friday June 25th. It will be Hawaiian day at Beddington Heights. Students may wear Hawaiian clothes that morning. Please note that it is a half day and dismissal will be at 11:50 a.m.
Please note that Rapid COVID testing will be June 22, 2021 at Beddington Heights for students who are receiving face to face learning. If you are not aware of this opportunity, or have not received prior information from the school, please connect with your child's teacher or the school prior to Tuesday.
Brian Hebert, Principal
In keeping with our commitment to partner with you on matters of importance, I am writing to advise you of an important discussion that was held with students during class this week. The recent news of the tragic discovery of the burial site at The Kamloops Residential School prompted many questions by students and provided an opportunity to help students understand the issues and build compassion for one another.
Beddington Heights School students have been given an opportunity to discuss and explore issues connected to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and provided opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings, and reactions.This discussion included understanding the significance of National Indigenous History month, flags being flown at half-mast across the country and Orange Shirt Day. As a school committed to teaching care and compassion, the students were able to discuss what actions they could take in support of the children, families and communities suffering this tragedy.
Throughout the coming month, we encourage you to answer your child's questions in an open and honest manner and within the context of your families' beliefs and values. As a school, and a member of the larger Calgary Board of Education community, we are committed to fostering a safe, caring, and welcoming learning environment for all students. We are also committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action for a better Canada for all of us.
During the morning of June 21st, Beddington Heights students will be involved in a school wide, in-person smudge conducted by one of CBE's knowledge keepers. Students will be learning about smudge protocol and the significance of smudging to Indigenous cultures before the event. Upon teachers' return in the fall, we will be examining the Alberta Program of Studies in order to make curricular connections between indigenous ways of knowing and subject outcomes.
Please contact the main office at (403)-777-6610 if you have any questions regarding these conversations, or if you or your family require any additional supports.
Brian Hebert, Principal
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words can break my heart”
Posted on Ms. Baxter’s bulletin board outside room 9
CBE CARES has recently communicated a need to address racism and discrimination in schools. Chief Superintendent, Chris Usih has stated that “intent does not negate impact.” This implies that our approach needs to be proactive and driven by education. We know a lack of understanding, empathy, and knowledge is often what leads to discrimination. Next month at Beddington Heights, we will be adopting “inclusivity” as our fifth pillar combined with Care for Self, Care for Place, Care for Others, and Care for Learning. Our wellness work will be driven by our desire to promote inclusivity for all in the school and in our community. Recently, teachers were asked to use literature in their class appreciation/ sharing circles to address issues of racism and discrimination. Each class read an age appropriate text identified for each grade by Ms. Paolini, our library assistant at Beddington Heights. These books were then used as jumping off points where classrooms could discuss racism and our collective approach in the creation of an inclusive and welcoming community. Below is a list of the books that were used by various teachers and grades:
- “The Day you Begin” – Jacqueline Woodson
- “All Are Welcome” – Alexandra Penfold
- “I Am One” – Susan Verde
- “Happy In Our Skin” – Fran Manushkin
- “Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights” – Malala Yousafzai
- “Pies from Nowhere” – Dee Romito
- “The Invisible String” - Patrice Karst
- “We’re All Wonders” - R.J. Palacio
- “Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad” - Henry Cole
- “Why Am I Me?” - Paige Britt
- “What if Everybody Thought That?” - Ellen Javernick
- “I have a Dream Speech” – Martin Luther King (internet)
- “The Proudest Blue” – Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali
The staff has also been involved in professional development around the results of the work with appreciation circles. Part of our last professional development day was spent examining outcomes of that work. Teachers shared how they felt they were able assess student sensitivity to the issue using the assigned readings. They also shared how effective they felt we were in taking up this work with their students. Many expressed that we had an advantage at Beddington Heights due to the fact that kids here did not have any other experience other than a multi-racial context. We reviewed that our population was comprised of 41 self-identified Indigenous students, and that approximately 100 students were English Language Learners, which was comprised of 30 different languages. Even with our advantage, staff felt is was often difficult to differentiate between sympathy and empathy. What is the difference between being re-active and being proactive? We can often see differences but we cannot see experiences. We need to talk about feelings around the unknown and unpack those feeling and misconceptions. What is our collective and individual readiness and how do we promote inclusivity in our students and community?
Literature continues to be a starting point. Established print combined with individual story identifies a cornerstone from which we can build our foundation. One teacher shared that when reading the story “The Proudest Blue,” students were able to hear the experience of a girl whose eldest sister was wearing a hijab for the first time. She was observed being asked rude questions and taunted. How did our students respond? The teacher reported they made a connection to care for others and noticed that some people in the class wear hijabs and others do not. They did not want to be like the villains in the story “The Proudest Blue.” The class went on to determine why it is important to 1) be different and 2) why it is important to accept differences.
Staff have been working to determine next steps forward. We are looking to identify school wide approaches that will speak to identity and visibility. We were reminded to look for opportunities to incorporate languages into our celebrations and announcements and to share our capacity with both staff and students. We are now engaging in this work at beginning stages and will continue to keep you informed as we move forward with this work. Our hope is to keep this issue present and remind our students and staff that these are not just stories from the past but conversations that are important to have today.
Principal, Beddington Heights
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