“How do I use my resiliency to create sustainability for myself, my community, and the world?"
August 15th, 2021
Good morning to the Ian Bazalgette families. I want to welcome you to the first week of the 2021 – 2022 school year. Teachers and staff have been at the school this past week getting ready for the first day of school on Tuesday. We are excited to welcome our students back and to welcome those new to Ian Bazalgette with the anticipation of a great school year to come.
Above you will notice the guiding question that will guide our learning this year. We are looking to build on the concept of resiliency that was explored last year. We are going to be asking our students to consider what sustainability means to themselves and the world around them. I realize this is a term that gets used frequently, we want our students to see the real and conceptual applications of this concept in their lives both here at Ian Bazalgette and beyond. This term can be applied to so many aspects of life and we are excited to see where this will take the learning this year.
On Thursday and Friday teachers made phone calls to parents of students in their homerooms. If they did not connect with you, they will attempt again on Monday. The key messaging beyond welcome to another school year is that the homeroom teacher will be the point of contact for you and the school. If you have any questions, please start with them as they can then direct you accordingly. We also relayed that school starts at 8:15am on Tuesday with doors opening up at 8:00am. Students will be asked to go to their homerooms to spend the day there as we get the year organized and set. The day will end at 2:35pm. Students will have their school supplies at school so there is no need for students to bring supplies. Students only need to bring with them lunch / snacks / water bottle. Students will not have access to lockers while at school at this point. We are reminding students to ensure they leave their valuables at home.
With the news conference by the provincial government on Friday we have had several questions come to the school about COVID procedures. At this point the CBE is asking all students and staff to wear masks while at school. Students that need exceptions to this are asked to follow the exception process that was in place when we left in June. Students in grade 6 will be cohorted for the day including their PE and lunch time. Grade 7 – 9 students will be in their instructional groups for their core academic and PE classes, they will have mixed cohorts for their complimentary classes. We will have hand sanitizing stations set up in the classrooms and throughout the school and will be once again encouraging all students / staff to be using these or washing their hands frequently. If a student is not feeling well we will be calling home and going from there as far as whether the student should go home or stay at school. One aspect that we learned this past year was that when students and staff are not feeling well staying at home does help prevent the spread and does keep our school community healthier.
We are in the process of hiring our last staff member for the front office. After a year of being shorthanded in that space we are excited to have that support there. Once the hire is in place we will share with the community. In the meantime, we are asking our community to please be patient with Sheila there as she attempts to answer questions, support and keep us all organized. Sheila is amazing and if she doesn't have the answer she will forward on and we will attempt to get the information to you in a timely fashion. Our office hours Mon - Thurs are from 8:00am – 3:30pm and 8:00am – 2:00pm on Friday. If no one answers please leave a message and we will get back to you.
Lunchtime is always an interesting time in middle school. Our grade 6's are expected to stay on school grounds, while our grade 7 through 9 students have more freedom. Our grade 6's will eat lunch in their homerooms if they are in class 6-1 through 6-5. Our 6-6 class will eat in the bistro. Grade 6 students will eat from 11:30 – 11:45 and then they will be directed outside. There is dedicated supervision for our grade 6 students at all times. Our grade 7-9 students will be directed to head outside for lunch during this time. They will be outside until 12:04 when we will open the doors again to welcome them back in. There is always supervision outside on the school grounds as well for all students.
In two weeks we will begin, clubs and other activities for students to participate in while they are at school. Students will have many opportunities to get involved in different activities and I will be excited to share this comprehensive list with you next week as we finalize our clubs, teams and other activities. We know how important these opportunities are for our students and we will be excited to once again offer them while we can.
There is so much to share at the start of a school year and we do not want to overwhelm you with everything at once. We hope that as you send your child off to school on Tuesday that you can do so with the confidence and trust in us that we are here to help your child have an amazing learning year at school. We have assembled a staff that I have trust and faith in and know they will always act in the best interests of your child at all times. I look forward to seeing our students back and am excited to begin my 30th year as an educator with themJ.
Stay well out there to our Ian Bazalgette families.
Terry and Jamie-Dee
Important Upcoming Dates
Tuesday August 17th – Day 1 for students
Monday September 6th – No School
Thursday September 23rd – Meet the Teacher (Format to be determined)
Friday September 24th – No School for students - Organizational Day
Friday October 7th – Last of Classes Prior to Fall Break
October 11th – 15th – No School - Fall Break
Monday October 18th – No School for students – System Professional Development Day
Tuesday October 19th – Classes resume
Wednesday November 10th – Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences (Format to be determined)
Thursday November 11th – Remembrance Day – No school
Friday November 12th – No School for students – Professional Development Day
Friday November 26th – No School for students – Professional Development Day
Friday December 10th – No School for students – Organizational Day
Friday December 17th – Last Day of Classes prior to Winter Break
Thursday January 6th – Classes resume