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BEATTIE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS MCGILL CAMPUS (K-7) JP CAMPUS (8-12) 492 McGill Rd, Kamloops BC V2C 1M3 1390 9th Ave, Kamloops BC V2C 3X5 250-374-0608 FAX 250-377-2242 250-374-3200 FAX 250-377-2245 December 2011 Newsletter Web site: <http://beattie.sd73.bc.ca/> MARK YOUR CALENDARS Principal’s Message DECEMBER 5 - Non Instructional Day Like the poet James S. Tippett, “I like the woods in autumn when 8 - Winter Celebration of Music, Calvary dry leaves hide the ground, when the trees are bare and the wind Community Church at 1:00 PM sweeps by with a lonesome rushing sound”. All of us, I am sure Winter Break are getting ready to settle in for winter, but we’ve also been very December 19 – January 2 busy in our classrooms. One of Beattie’s highlights occurred on JANUARY November 10 as both campuses converged at McGill to pay 3 - School Begins tribute to Remembrance Day. All 450 of us plus a number of FEBRUARY parents spent an hour witnessing students express their 24 - Non Instructional Day understanding of this day through music, art, drama and dance. 15 Parent/Teacher Interviews–Early Closure As I expressed at the end of the assembly, I was awed by their @ 12:20 (Secondary) collective effort and grateful that I am able to work with such a SPRING BREAK talented and creative group of students and staff. March 19 – March 23 MARCH Vice Principal’s Message 29 – Early Dismissal Our students inspire me to be a better administrator and human being on a daily basis! Their collective enthusiasm and warmth and willingness to be a genuine part of the Beattie ‘community’ often has me in awe. Our Remembrance Day assembly, which was a blend of performances from both our elementary and secondary students was a perfect example of our students striving to show compassion and consideration together in a highly respectful manner. Well done, students! I’m happy to report that we are sailing through November with flying colours and look forward to the festive season ahead! Please make sure to join us for our upcoming musical performances! REPORT CARDS We are approaching the time when parents would normally receive report cards. This issue has been brought before the Labour Relations Board. During this phase of job action, it has been ruled that teachers are not required to do report cards. If you require updates on your child’s progress, please either call the office to set up an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher or email them directly using their school district address. (first initial and last name @sd73.bc.ca For example: firstname.lastname@example.org) NEWSLETTER ONLINE We are online with our newsletter. Not only do you have access to the newsletter on our website, but we are emailing out the newsletter to all parents. We have most emails from the verification forms that were sent out in early September, but circumstances change, so will your emails. To keep us updated, please email us any changes to email@example.com . If you do not get the newsletter emailed to you, that means we do not have your email address. Please advise us. ELEMENTARY NEWS BEATTIE MCGILL-SAFE ARRIVAL PROGRAM You can now email early in the morning or on the weekend if your child will be away from school for sickness, late for appointments etc. Save this email on your iphone or email inbox to have handy when you need to let us know your child(ren) will not be at school. All I need to know is your child’s name and the child’s teacher’s name and the date they will be away. You can still phone the school, but here is another convenient option. firstname.lastname@example.org Choral Concert Our ‘Winter Celebration of Music’ concert will take place at the Calvary Church at 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 8th. Please watch for permission slips that will soon be coming home as all of our students will be travelling by bus earlier in the day in preparation for the performance. We hope that you will all join us for this wonderful musical feast for our ears. The PAC has arranged for a videotaping of the event and DVD’s will be available for purchase afterwards. FROM THE KITCHEN Shelley is reminding everyone who is on the Meals Program to get their meals form in on TIME. She will accept them anytime during any given month, but to help her out with the shopping, please be on time with the forms. And to even help you out more, you can go to Shelley’s website and print one off from there. http://www3.telus.net/lunchlady SD73 Battle of the Books is fast approaching! Battle of the Books is a reading motivation program which encourages reading fiction books from a variety of genres. Teacher-librarians select a list of quality books for grades three, four, five, six and seven to read and discuss. In the zone and district battles, students compete in teams of three to correctly answer questions about the books. The questions used all begin with “in what book…” so that the answer will always be the title of the book. We hope that Beattie will have much success at the Battle of the Books this year. The reading lists for Grades 3/4, Grade 5, and Grade 6/7 are in the library. Start reading now to be ready in January! Student Pick-up After School During the chilly winter weather, parents are invited to do their waiting and visiting with each other in the front hall and library prior to after school pick up time. We encourage you to get together and we’d like you to read all of the upcoming events on the overhead TV screen! Although we love having parents in our building, the halls get quite congested and very noisy with conversations. Our teachers need the halls to be quiet so that they can complete their end of the day activities with their classes and get students ready for dismissal. Also, the primary end door has three classes of students waiting to be dismissed plus a class of larger intermediate students leaving from the dance studio, so it is very hectic at that end! Primary students in Ms. Schleppe’s, Ms. Kawa’s and Ms. Wood’s classes will be dismissed outside at the lower ‘primary’ door at the front of the school and parents can walk around at the dismissal bell and pick up their child(ren) at the outside door. Ms. Norman’s students will be dismissed at the front door and parents are asked to please wait in the front foyer area for their child(ren). If you need a chance to speak to a teacher, please arrange for a meeting after all of the students have been dismissed. Many thanks. Parking and Student Safety We have to again remind parent drivers that the school parking lot is strictly limited to staff only. Students are to be picked up and dropped off on McGill or the Frontage Rd only. The daycare vans and the Special Needs bus are the only other vehicles allowed through the parking lot. Parents are encouraged to park in the designated areas on McGill or Frontage Rd. to avoid being ticketed by the bylaw officers or to park up at Safeway and walk down to meet their child(ren) accordingly. The handicapped parking spot may be used by parents with valid handicapped identification only who need to leave their vehicle to come in to the school. We acknowledge that the area surrounding the school is a very busy and hectic place during morning drop off and after school pick up and we request that parents use the utmost care and consideration when driving during these times in order to ensure student safety. **Parents are reminded to please review our traffic safety and parking informational pamphlet on the website under ‘News’. Snow Safety Yippee! It’s snow time! However, there are a few rules and regulations that go along with the snow at a public school, unfortunately! Students are not allowed to bring snow sleds (crazy carpets, toboggans, etc.) from home to use at school. They are however, allowed to slide on our hills under supervision as long as they have on the appropriate snow gear: snow pants, jackets, toques, and mitts. Snowballs are not allowed to be thrown under any circumstances but lots of snowman making and forts are always allowed! Let’s enjoy it and keep everyone safe! Inside/Outside Shoes All of our students are expected to have a pair of shoes (running shoes are recommended) to change into during snowy & wet weather. This is to help keep our floors clean and dry and reduce the possibility of any slipping accidents. We appreciate parents making sure that your child has some appropriate indoor footwear! Food Bank Donations Over 500 items of food donations were raised for the Food Bank, thanks to our caring and kind community of students & parents. Many thanks for our Me to We group for coordinating this important effort! Next on our Me to We initiatives is the Vow of Silence on November 30, 2011 and then our hamper building for Christmas Amalgamated. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you soon about a contribution to the hamper. Illness It’s that time of year again when the flu seems to be raging throughout the building. Parents, please do not send students to school if they are sick. Students who are sick will need to be sent home, so please ensure that we have all of the necessary emergency contact numbers for your child on file. Tier 1 Beattie Girls Volleyball We Won our first game and are on a hot streak going into the playoffs! It has been a great season for the girls with lots of bumps and volleys. Each game the girls have progressed and become more and more confident and competitive. I am very proud of what they have accomplished and am excited to see what is in store for the playoffs. The playoffs start this Thursday (Nov. 24 th) at Pacific Way Elementary. The Game starts at 3pm sharp. Come cheer your Beattie Blaze on! Mr. McBride TIER 1 Beattie BOYS VOLLEYBALL! The boys played hard all season long and lost in a spectacular tie breaker game to South Sahali on Tuesday, November 22! Congratulations, boys, on working so hard on your skills and trying to get in all three hits every game! Many thanks to the coach, Mr. Donovan Page, for his commitment to the team and to our great group of parents for all of their driving and game support! Lost and Found Our lost and found runneth over!! Our bin is filled to the brim after only 3 months of school! We will be displaying these items for a week before the Christmas break and then the items will be sent to the local Found4Kids program located in Sahali Mall. Please stop by at any time to have a look if your child is missing an item (or two!) of clothing! The L & F bin is located in the front entrance of the school. If you need a coupon for the Found4Kids store for admittance at any time, please see Ms. Wickes at the office. School Drop Off We have noticed that there are several students who have been dropped off at our school in the morning extremely early! This is a huge concern for us for the safety of your child(ren). We do not have scheduled supervision before school and expect all of our students to arrive as close to the bell as possible. The bell rings at 8:30 for students to enter the building and get ready for classes to begin at 8:40. Please make arrangements for your child(ren) so that they are arriving at school as close to 8:30 as possible. Secondary News Grad Updates Parents of students in grade 12 are reminded to check the school website for the latest grad information. As well, Carla Granberg is helping with the organization of commencement and the banquet and Shelley Jones is helping out with Dry Grad. Feel free to contact them with your GRAD questions. NEWS FROM THE DANCE ROOM! Both dance major classes were pleased to present their work in the recent Remembrance Day Assembly. The Jr. and Sr. classes did an excellent job performing their first collective dance pieces of the year. What's up next? All dance major and minor classes are now working on new dance numbers to be presented in the new year. Also, many of our students are sporting the new Beattie Dance Pants! Thanks to all of the support from our parent community, and the continuous work of our dancers! Senior Drama Carousel Arama Parents are hereby cordially invited to attend this performance by the Senior Drama Major students. A dizzying array of characters will be on display as we spin you through a variety of worlds where all manner of life’s absurdities, joys, questings, revelations, sorrows and transformations abide. Come and enjoy the ride! JP Campus Drama Room. Monday, December 12 at 1:50 pm and Tuesday, December 13 at 11:30. Note: Some mature content included. PLANNING 10 AND ONLINE MARKS Planning 10 is a graduation requirement and all SD73 Grade 10 students are enrolled in Planning 10 online. To successfully complete the course by June 1st, 2012, students must complete 10% of the course per month. A way to ensure success would be to add up all the assignments and forums and divide by 9, which gives the student the number of assignments to be completed per month. Our courses are delivered in two different formats, Moodle and Moodle 2. Planning 10 is in Moodle 2 found on our school website www.kool.sd73.bc.ca All students with @Kool are all on line and their marks may be seen at any time. Please ask your child to log into their course. On the left column the students will see Grades. This will show the student's progress as well as comments. If there are any questions please contact Corrie Macdonald, Planning 10 Coordinator at email@example.com or by phone at 778 471 6061 extension 206 or Cori Wickes her at Beattie-McGill. Students are to have completed 40% of Planning 10 by the end of November. Any who have not achieved this, will be asked to come in on the Pro D day on December 5th, 2011 from 8:30am- 12:30pm to get caught up. Join Beattie Secondary in spreading some Christmas Cheer Beattie Secondary Style We need: cash non-perishable food items new or gently used clothing & toys gift certificates for two needy families. Help us fill the hampers And give the gift of Christmas to families in need this winter. Donations may be dropped off at the office or Room 104 Community News Santa Arrives Dec 10 – come and get your photo taken! Safari Jeff’s Human Nature Exhibit is STAYING OVER THROUGH DECEMBER! Due to popular demand, the wonderful team in Safari Jeff are staying January. That gives everyone a chance to touch a snake, learn about a Bearded Dragon Iguana that insists on being social, find out how a tarantula pops its hatch and climbs out when it is ready to grow – and so much more. Jeff and Shannon McKay do an amazing job of hosting special needs groups. Open 6 days a week, closed Thurs: open Mon to Wed plus Fri. – 9:30 to 5:30, Sat and Sun. 12 to 5 PM. 25% of proceeds to Kamloops Autism Program. Kamloops Hospice Gift Shop and Tree of Life open Dec 1 Every item has been hand-made by Hospice Auxiliary members. Many one-of-a-kind items sell out within hours. While visiting you can commemorate those you love who are no longer here with a coloured light on the Hospice Tree of Life. It is a beloved ritual many people revisit every year. The Farmers’ Market Comes in out of the Cold Farmers clear out their winter produce, sells their preserves and offers their crafts inside the comfort of Sahali Mall. This hugely popular event will be open 9:30 to 2 Saturday the 3rd, 10th and 17th of December. Performers from the Long & McQuade Music Program See the students perform Sat Dec 3 from 11 to 1 and Sat Dec 17 from 12 noon to 4 PM. Parents, families, friends, everyone welcome. Long & McQuade brings the Christmas spirit into the mall. Kamloops Symphony Lead Cellist and His String Group Perform Martin Kratky and friends provide beautiful Christmas music to sooth the most harried shopper. It is an honour to have this group perform in our mall, Sat Dec 17 from 11:05 to 11:45. Enriched Daycare offers Christmas crafts and a Magic Show for Children Take a break from shopping chores to give your children a chance to play under the guidance of Enriched Daycare where play is always fun while it is educational. All ages enjoy a Magic Show and that will be part of it Saturday Dec 10 th, 11 AM to 12:30. The Pinegrove Residents Auxiliary Piñata Raffle Crafted by the residents, these piñata are too beautiful to break. But they will be filled with goodies none-the-less and 6 lucky winners will get to take them home. Every one of a kind and will be up for raffle Dec 8, 9 and 10 with the draw on the 11 th. You have to see these to believe them. Contact Marg Archibald: 250 374-3033; www.sahalimall.com; Sahali Mall: 945 Columbia Street West, Plenty of free parking. Christmas Hours: Mon to Thurs 9:30 to 8 PM, Fri open until 9; Sat 9:30 to 5:30, Sun 12 noon to 5 PM. Sahali Mall – Where community gathers! From the Board Meeting of: OCTOBER 3, 2011 The Board accepted the Superintendent’s Report on Class Size and Composition. The Board passed a Motion to adopt amended Policy 300.1 School Boundaries and Student Transfer Requests. Notice of Motion was provided to adopt new Policy 1018.1 Child Protection at the October 24th Board Meeting. All schools in the District will be closed on October 10, 2011, for Thanksgiving Day. The next regular public Board Meeting will occur on October 24, 2011, at Haldane Elementary School located in Chase From the Board Meeting of: NOVEMBER 7, 2011 The Board approved an out-of-province field trip request from Westsyde Secondary for 30 students to travel to St. Adelphe, Quebec, for a cultural and language experience. The Board approved an out-of-province field trip request from Barriere Secondary for students to attend the national E-Spirit Aboriginal Youth Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Board received the Energy Consumption report prepared by Art McDonald, Director of Facilities and Transportation. The report outlined the cost savings of the numerous energy reduction strategies that have been accomplished over the last 10 years. Overall, a reduction of 16% in Greenhouse Gas Emissions has been achieved. The Board received the Summer 2011 Capital Project report prepared by Director McDonald. This report summarizes the list of projects, as well as the budgets and status of each project completed over the summer. Notice of Motion was provided to the Board to adopt amended Policy 301.1 Ordinarily Resident at the Board Meeting of November 21st. All schools within School District #73 will be closed on Friday, November 11 th for Remembrance Day. School District # 73’s Honour Band and Choir Concert will be held at the Sagebrush Theatre on November 15, 2011, at 7:00 PM. Municipal Elections will take place on November 19, 2011. The next regular public Board Meeting will occur on Monday, November 21, 2011, at 7:00 PM at the School Board Office. From the Special Board Meeting of: NOVEMBER 10, 2011 1. The Board authorized the Superintendent of Schools to modify the school day in order to accommodate anaphylaxis training for staff. From the Board Meeting of: NOVEMBER 21, 2011 1. Trustee Joanne Stokes was recognized for her nine years of service to the District by Chairman Christian. Trustee Diane Dosch was recognized for her nine years of service to the District by Chairman Christian. Superintendent Sullivan recognized Chairman Ken Christian for his eighteen years of service to the District. 2. The Board received an update from Nicole Beauregard on the City of Kamloops upcoming Cities Fit for Children Provincial Summit to be held from May 10-11, 2012. Over 300 delegates from around the Province are expected to attend. 3. Superintendent Sullivan gave the Board an update on the anaphylaxis training that will begin this week. 4. The Board approved an out-of-province field trip request from Chase Secondary for students to compete at the E-Spirit National Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 5. The Board approved an out-of-province field trip request from Clearwater Secondary for students to compete at the E-Spirit National Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 6. The Board was advised that Boardroom will be renovated to improve the technological capabilities of the room. The board meetings will move to the Henry Grube Education Centre starting on December 5, 2011. 7. The Board passed amended Policy 301.1 Ordinarily Resident. 8. The Inaugural Board Meeting will occur on Monday, December 5th, 2011. at the Henry Grube Education Center at 7:00 pm.
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