Principal Update

Our latest update from our Principal

Welcome back to all our Beiseker Community School (BCS) staff and students! The staff at the school are ready to go and we are looking forward to an excellent year at the school. Welcome to our new students and their families who have transitioned to BCS from Kathryn and to other new students and families who have come from other locations.

Please read the following as there are a number of information items to be aware of.

Staff Changes
We have a number of significant staff changes that we would like to announce.

First, we would like to welcome Ms. Stephanie Davis to the school. Ms. Davis will be taking over from Ms. Hempel (who is moving to learning support) and will be teaching middle/high school language arts as well as the Grade 7-12 Foods program. Also joining the BCS team is Ms. Kate Bollum. Ms. Bollum is taking over the Grade 6 class from Carman Murray who is on a one-year leave.  Welcome also to Ms. Jessica Dunn. Ms. Dunn has been hired using classroom improvement funding (CIF) and will be working part time helping with numeracy and literacy support. And finally, welcome to Lynita Ludwig. Ms. Ludwig will be our Child Development Advisor primarily working with student's in Grade K-6 in the social emotional realm.

Ian Tyson
We are very pleased to announce that Ian Tyson (not the singer) will be speaking to Grade 7-12 students this Thursday, September 6 at 1:00. Mr. Tyson is a top-rated international motivational youth speaker who will deliver a message of inspiration and striving for success through life.
For more information, please see the following link
here.

School Handbook
A reminder that our school handbook is posted on the school website under publications. Here you will find information regarding various policies and procedures pertaining to our school.

Bring Your Own Device Policy (BYOD)
This year we are requesting all students in Grade 5-12 to bring an internet capable PC, Chromebook or Mac with at least a screen and keyboard to school (Smartphones, Ipods, and mp3 players will no longer be acceptable as a “BYOD” device). The students need to be able to use their device to access Google docs, share files, word process, do slide presentations etc.

For those students who are not able to buy a small computer (PC, Chromebook or Mac device), the school will assign a Chromebook or PC laptop to them on a daily basis at no charge to the student.  The student will need to pick up the computer first thing in the morning at the learning commons and then return it at the end of the day. They will not be able to take them home.   All computers will be checked by our school tech at the end of each school day and any damage would be charged to the student.  Students will still be required to have a RVS Responsible Use and On-Going Consent Agreement on file here at the school as well as a BCS daily use waiver for the 2018/19 school year.

PowerSchool Parent Portal
A reminder to all parents of children at BCS that they need a PowerSchool Parent Portal login. This login allows families to access various forms and information regarding their children and Rocky View Schools. As well, the PowerSchool parent portal provides valuable information regarding student progress. Using PowerSchool, parents and students are able to see the assignments/projects that have been assigned to them as well as the marks that have been earned for these various tasks. Teachers do work diligently to keep their marks up to date so that parents can have access to them 24-7. If you have questions about the portal and logging in, please check our website for login instructions or call the office.

School Council
I would like to inform our parent community that our first school council meeting is Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the new Creative Commons (new addition). 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.

Nut Awareness
I would like to make you aware that at least two of our students have a severe nut allergy. This allergy can result in life threatening symptoms, including the closing of the airway and inability to breathe, if the student should come in contact with even small amounts of peanuts, peanut oil, and/or other nut products. While Beiseker Community School is not going to implement an outright ban on nut products, we would ask for your cooperation in making it a “Peanut Aware” school and refraining from sending nuts or products containing nuts with your children. Thank-you in advance for your consideration regarding this matter.

Communication
As stated in our handbook, “We have found through experience that when all stakeholders involved in the education of your children are communicating with each other, all problems or concerns are soon addressed or prevented. All of our classroom teachers offer an open invitation for you to call us at the school to discuss your child or concerns.” So please don’t ever hesitate to call us here at the school if when there is a need to.

In terms of communication from the school to you at home, please be reminded of our monthly newsletter; we also post school information regularly to our Facebook page, Twitter account as well as our blog (the link to the blog is on our website). You can also subscribe to the blog if you wish and be notified of new posts. As well, teachers communicate by a variety of means; not only should PowerSchool be updated consistently, you will see a variety of means in which teachers communicate to you including the use of blogs, newsletters, e-mail, Remind, and Class Dojo.

Grade K-6 Collaborative Goal Setting Meetings/Grade 7-12 Parent Teacher Interview Evening
On Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3, we are inviting all our K-6 parents to come in and meet with their children’s teachers. Not only is this a good time to touch base with the teacher, it will be an opportunity to set school related goals with your child(ren).

We are also pleased to inform you that an early parent teacher interview night for our Grade 7-12 students will occur the evening Wednesday, October 3. Stay tuned for an e-mail that will be sent you so you can schedule a time to meet with your children’s teachers.

Meet the Teacher BBQ
I would like to take this opportunity to invite all our BCS parents and students to our annual meeting meet the teacher barbeque the evening of Thursday, September 13 from 5-7. Come out and enjoy and burger or two, meet our teachers for the year and attend our information sessions. We hope to see everyone there!

Well, that is it for now. Do not ever hesitate to contact Mr. Keenan, me 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. BCS is a great school and we are looking forward to another year of learning and fun!!

Mr. Montgomery

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