Principal Update

Our latest update from our Principal

Hello Parent(s) of Beiseker Community School (BCS) Students,

This is an opportunity for me to communicate a few very important information items about things that are occurring here at BCS. As always, if you have any questions or concerns you can forward them to myself or Mr. Keenan, our assistant principal, here at the school.

Awards Night
On Friday October 27, BCS held its annual awards night. Thank-you to the Beiseker/Kathyrn Scholarship committee and staff (particularly Mrs. Hempel) for their efforts in putting on what was a very successful evening. Congratulations to all our awards winners!

Growing to Excellence
By the time you read this newsletter, you should have received an e-mail regarding our “Growing to Excellence” initiative. As stated in the e-mail, this initiative is a part of our School Education Plan for this year. Developing a students’ intrinsic motivation to do well and increasing personal responsibility toward their studies is a way we see students living our motto and experiencing greater success in school. Teachers have been working hard at supporting student completion and submission of work; a part of this process has been the need to create common routines and procedures regarding things like attendance, submission of work, deadlines and academic standing. The email outlines the routines and procedures for these areas. They can also be found in our school handbook which is found on the BCS school website under “publications”.

Importance of Attending Regularly
It is well documented and researched that a student’s attendance at school is critical to success. Empirical literature shows that students who miss more than 10% of instructional days are at an increased likelihood for high school dropout, substance abuse, self harm, mental health challenges, and a range of other negative outcomes. Regardless of whether or not the absences are excused or unexcused, students who miss more than 10%, are at risk. Here at BCS, we are once again participating in the RVS Attendance Innovation Campaign; this means we are focusing on education surrounding the importance of attendance and we are continuing our support in helping families eliminate barriers so their children do attend regularly. Please see more information about our attendance initiative in this newsletter.

BCS School Blog
A friendly reminder about our school blog. Viewing the blog is a great way to stay informed about some of the neat things that are occurring here at BCS. For example, recent posts share information about our recent awards night, our haunted classroom and our K-6 family numeracy/literacy night. In order to access the blog, families require a password which can be obtained from the office. We would ask that you do not share this password outside of families who have a student here at BCS; we do this to maintain the security of the blog. One of the features of the blog is to sign up and receive e-mail notification of new posts in order to keep up to date with what is going on in the school.

School Council
I would like to inform our parent community that our next school council meeting is Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the school learning commons (library). The formation of a school council at all schools in Alberta is mandated by the School Act.  I would encourage parents to come out to these meetings as it is a way to find out what is going on in our school. It is also an opportunity to have a voice in helping make our school a better place for our children. If you have an item that you would like to be included on the agenda, we would ask you submit the item by calling the office prior to the next scheduled meeting. Your item would then be forwarded to our school council chair, Dan Tucker.

Inclement Weather and School Closure Information:
Our school has procedures in place in the case of school closures due to poor weather. Please click here for information regarding school closures.

In terms of having indoor recess (K-6) when the weather is very cold outside, we will keep all K-6 students inside when the temperature outside combined with windchill is colder than -22 degrees Celsius. We will be using the Weather Network's Beiseker page to determine the temperature. Either way, it is imperative that all students come to school dressed appropriately for whatever conditions the weather is presenting. We do not normally have an indoor recess due to rain, so students should be prepared to spend time outdoors everyday, rain or shine.

Powerschool Parent Portal
A very important reminder to parents of all BCS students that you need to have an Powerschool Parent Portal account. Using the portal, parents and students are able to see the assignments/projects that have been assigned as well as the marks that have been earned for these various tasks. It also allows you to check absences and lates. As well, RVS has recently sent out an e-mail to all families asking to update demographic information and in order to do this, parents will need a Portal account. If you need help logging on, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Mid-term update – Reporting Period 1/Options Information
This year we will be continuing with a paperless mid-term update for Grade 9-12 instead of the traditional paper report card. If you wish to see your child's mid-term mark you can do so by logging in to the Powerschool Parent portal November 8th. Printed report cards for Grade K-8 will be coming home on December 8th.

On that note, new options for our Grade 7-12 students will be starting Wednesday, November 8. Parents can log onto the parent portal to see what option their child(ren) have. In order to see what option your child is taking, go into the parent portal, click my schedule and scroll down the page. Final marks for Grade 7-12 options will be available on November 8.

Interview Evenings
A second teacher parent interview evening for students of Grades 7-12 will be held the evening Tuesday, November 14 from 4:00 – 7:30. Please see the following link for information regarding the booking of an interview. Our next interview evening for students of Grade K-6 will be held the evening of Tuesday, December 12. We will notify parents when the link to book a time is open.

Click here to book a Grade 7-12 interview

School Fees
Just a reminder to parent(s) that school option fee invoices are now due. For those who do not have schoolcashnet accounts, invoices have been mailed home. The option fees cover consumables specific to the course such as food for home economics, camera equipment for photography, welding rods for fabrication etc. These fees can be paid by clicking Schoolcash Online.
If you need help with this process, please contact the office.

Well that it is it for now. Please do not ever hesitate to contact myself, Mr. Keenan or any BCS staff member if you have any questions or concerns. We are here with your children’s best interests at heart, and our goal is to give them every chance at success in a safe and caring environment.

Fraser Montgomery

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