How do we tell the story of resilience?
June 26th, 2021
Good morning to the Ian Bazalgette families.
Well here we are at the last parent message for the 2020-2021school year. I hope this finds you enjoying the weekend and the great weather that we deserve. It has been quite the year and one not to be forgotten. As we took up the work in looking to tell the story of resilience, our community has certainly had to dig into the resilience bucket many many times. It goes without saying that our collective resilience has been tested time and time again this year as we responded to this pandemic and the consequences of it. As a society we are not out of it yet, but we are grateful for all the support, patience, words of encouragement and understanding you have had with us this year as we have attempted to deliver a meaningful year of learning for your child. We know there has been impact and we know that the resilience of our students have been tested and reinforced. Our students can look back at this time in years to come and know their capacity to be resilient is there within and they can move forward with the conviction of knowing they can do it.
There are many activities of coming together and celebrating the year together planned for tomorrow. Some of those plans will be affected by the weather and the hot forecast that is predicted. Students will be reminded to drink lots of water and may be outside for limited time. Please help us by reminding them to drink water and if they have a hat to please bring it as these will help the students enjoy the activities much better.
Report Cards this year will be available in the Online “MyCBE" portal. Report cards are open for viewing by parents starting yesterday. If you do not have the “MyCBE" app or have not signed up for it you are encouraged to do so. We will have time on Tuesday June 29th from 8-12 if you need to connect with your child's teacher about any questions or concerns about their final assessment.
The end of June come with many good-byes. Our first and most significant good-bye is with our grade 9's. As they head off to high school, I want to wish them all success as they take the final stage of their time towards achieving a High School Diploma. I am saddened as I have gotten to know our 9's as I would have liked. Again one of the consequences of missing out visiting them often in class, seeing them in the halls, on sports teams, at clubs and most certainly without a mask. I know our teachers talk encouragingly of their knowledge, their compassion and their ability to be awesome in their learning. I know through talking with several of our 9's they are also sad to be leaving Ian Bazalgette, but excited about what next year will hold. We thank them and wish them all the best as they move on to grade 10.
Other moves will also be coming to us at Ian Bazalgette School. We work in a profession that enables teachers and staff to have much choice in the profession. Over the years due to many circumstances many teachers while looking to develop their careers have not had the ability to look for a move as the system was not in a place to support those moves. This year we have had opportunities as professionals to take up opportunities for growth as educators. So, as a result we will be saying good-bye to a few staff members as they move beyond Ian Bazalgette to other opportunities. Ms. Ballentine, Ms. Bowman and Ms. Pham will all be moving next year to other CBE schools and I want to thank them as they take on new learning in their new schools. Mr. Rhodes is moving beyond the CBE to a new adventure and we wish him all the best at his new school next year. Ms. Wallace, Mr. Segovia, Mr. Giminez, Ms. May and Ms. Gill due to their contract status at this point will not be coming back to us at Ian Bazalgette, but we are hopeful they will continue to have opportunities to teach as we have come to appreciate what they have brought to us at Ian Bazalgette. We also said good-bye this past week to Ms. Winslow one of our EA's who has decided to take on retirement and all the enjoyment that brings with it. As we head into next year we will assemble a great team to support some great teaching and learning for those returning to us.
I want to close by thanking you for trusting us with your child every day, while we support them along this very important journey. Have an amazing summer, I hope our students enjoy the well-deserved break and come back to school fresh and ready in August.
Important Upcoming Dates
June 26th – Report Cards available online
June 28th – Last day of school for students
June 29th – Appeals Day
June 30th – Org Day
August 17th – First Day of school for 21-22 School Year