Principal Update

Our latest update from our Assistant Principal

Hello Beiseker School Community (BCS) Members,

With our spring break upon us, we continue to wait for an end to the white stuff and hope to see more melting and rain coming soon. Inside the school, we are reviewing our projects and work through the year to showcase at our annual Celebration of Learning which will be held this year on April 26th. Planning is in full swing, but we have even more to tell you about this month; please take the time to review the following highlights.

Student-Led Conferences (K-6)
Mark in your calendars the evening of April 12th as we will be opening the doors for our annual Student-Led Conferences. You can sign up for a 20 minute time slot on our school website, and your student will showcase some of the great learning happening in his/her classroom. Families will also have time during the conference to connect with teachers and ask questions about progress and learning. Hope to see you there!

Celebration of Learning
One of the highlights of our school year, is our annual Celebration of Learning Thursday, April 26th from 5-7. This event is open to all families K-12 and will feature some very exciting projects, demonstrations and treats for all who attend. Of particular note will be our dedication of a ‘little library,’ donated by Equs and a musical performance by Grades 1-3. We may even have an appearance by an RVS celebrity. Overall, it is always an exciting night.

Spelling Bee
We hosted our 4th annual spelling bee on March 29th for Grades 1-6. The competition was broken into Division 1 and Division 2 and this year we used the formal Scrips National Spelling Bee words for competition. As always, the competition was fierce and ultimately in division 1 we had Kaydence in Gr. 2 as our champion, Jackson in Gr. 3 was runner-up and Josey in Gr. 3 was our third place winner. For our division 2 competition, Chloe in Grade 4 was the champion, Tatum in Gr. 4 was runner-up and Drew in Gr. 5 placed third. Congratulations to all students who participated in the spelling tests and competitions; this was a major fundraiser for our school through School Council and raised over $3000 to support the resurfacing of our tennis courts!

59 Minute Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Also in support of our tennis court resurfacing, student leaders in High School joined with a fundraising group to hold a ’59 minute fundraiser’ selling cookie dough. Again, our community was highly supportive of the effort and we raised over $1500. Our thanks to Ms. Nixon, Mrs. Hempel and Mrs. O’Neill for their support in organizing and supervising students during the event. As a ‘thank you’ we provided dinner for everyone involved in this exciting event!

Kathyrn Grade 9 Transition
In preparation for the arrival of our Kathyrn students next school year (2018-19), we are going to have the future Grade 9s come to Beiseker Community School for an orientation, Thursday, May 3rd from 9:00 - 11:00 am. During this orientation, students will participate in a school tour led by BCS leadership students and have a chance to connect again with the current group of BCS Grade 8s. We are very much looking forward to once again seeing the new members of our BCS community! :)

Grade 9 Parent Information Night
We are also pleased to inform you that we will be holding a parent information night the evening of the same day, Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm in the creative commons (new addition) for all prospective Grade 9 parents (students are also welcome to attend this meeting). In this meeting, parents will receive an overview of the Grade 9 year including information on course offerings, the timetable, and graduation requirements. There will be plenty of time for us to answer any questions that you might have; we will also be offering tours of the school for those interested. Both BCS and Kathyrn community parents are welcome to attend!

Breakfast Program
A significant portion of our funding to support comes from the Breakfast for Learning and Breakfast Clubs of Canada programs each year. We wanted to take a moment to recognize the essential benefit of these groups to ensuring that our students are ready to learn with the needed sustenance and healthy food options. It is only through the contributions of these groups and donations from community businesses that we are able to provide free food options for any of our students who need it daily.

Homework Hotel
In order to support students in Grades 4-6 who are struggling in keeping up with their studies, teachers have organized “Homework Hotel,” a space for students to work on and complete assignments during morning recess throughout the week. Students may be assigned to the room by their homeroom teacher.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about what is happening here at BCS, please feel free to contact myself or Mr. Montgomery. We are always here to support our school community!

Derek Keenan
Assistant Principal

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