Understanding the Teenage Brain

I know that many of our M.V. Beattie parents are hopeful to hang onto these “golden years” of childhood for as long as possible – but, it is always a good plan to educate ourselves about what to expect from the inevitable future.  I have been fortunate to work with wonderful teenagers, so I know that many fantastic experiences await you, and this presentation should help you gain a greater understanding about what science now tells us about the adolescent brain and what we can do to support our kids!  

A parent presentation on Understanding The Teenage Brain is being held on Monday, October 28 at 7 p.m. at the District Education Support Centre (DESC) in Salmon Arm.

Brain Coach Gary Anaka will lead this high energy, fun, surprising workshop which is full of hope and optimism for the future of all teenagers. This session is appropriate for parents, educators and students from Grade 5 – 12.

How can parents best support and meet the needs of their growing, changing adolescents? The teenage brain is different from any other brain in history, presenting many challenges. Discover why the adolescent brain is in turmoil, how to boost its plasticity, how the teen brain learns and works best, plus how to engage and communicate in relevant and practical ways. Learn leading edge, easy to apply ideas from Neuroscience to help unleash the potential of the teenage brain. Acquire skills on how to support them to become healthy, happy, life-long learning adults.

The more knowledge parents have about the adolescent brain, the more benefits can be passed on. If you want to help teenagers in today’s world, then you need to start with their brain.

Gary is a pioneer in Brain Health and Wellness. As a brain coach since 1997, he has presented over 1100 keynotes and workshops to people in all walks of life nationally and internationally.

Be Like Terry!

Terry Fox Run 2019Today was another example of how M.V. Beattie students can always be counted upon to bring their “Can Do” attitude to any challenge.  The rain arrived at just the same moment that we headed outside to assemble before the event.  I didn’t hear a whimper or whine – there was just an obvious excitement and anticipation for what was to come.  Our students had watched videos of Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope and had classroom discussions about his incredible accomplishments, in spite of the many obstacles that he needed to overcome on a daily basis.  There was no way that we would let a few raindrops stop us! Our primary kids ran their familiar school route while the intermediates followed Constable Ivany and her police cruiser.  Right behind the cruiser was the ever so speedy Mr. Pyle who was given hot pursuit by the masses nipping at his heels.  Early in the run, the sun came out to greet us, and by the time we finished there was no sign of a rain cloud.

For the past two years we have run in the rain…without a hint of complaint.  So, next year we are hoping for an early snowfall – so we can keep pushing ourselves through adversity – just like Terry! 🙂

Congratulations Wildcats, we are proud of you!

Terry Fox Run

Tomorrow – RAIN OR SHINE – our MV Beattie Wildcats will take to the road as we continue to support Terry Fox’s legacy.  Last year M.V. Beattie Students raised over $1000 to support cancer research, and we are hoping to match or beat that number tomorrow.  Our route returns to the familiar one (last year there was road construction that made us alter the route) from years gone by.  All of our students will do their very best to achieve their own personal best – which may be a full run, run-walk, or just walk.

Once again, Mr. Pyle will be our “rabbit” for the students to chase; while a number of MVB staff will be more like turtles; and several staff members will spread out around the course to guide and cheer our students on to success.  We will intend to begin the run at 10:50am sharp!  Please feel free to come out and cheer the kids on!Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 3.37.06 PM

Welcome Back – Update!

First DayFor one more day, our students will attend the previous year’s class as we prepare to add a 14th division! Our student population has risen to 300+ students, so the secret is out…Enderby is a great place to live and raise children!  We will be looking to hire a gr. 5/6 teacher – and will spend tomorrow and the next few days ensuring that our classroom changes create the least disruption to our current staff while also providing a smooth transition for our incoming teacher.   Tomorrow – at the end of the day – it is our intention to let our students know their classes for this year.

I would like to publicly acknowledge our teachers for the time and effort they put into creating these classes.  It is only through a considerable amount of dialogue between classroom teachers, learning resource teachers and administrators that we arrive at what we believe to be classes that best meet the needs of our learners.

Tomorrow we also welcome our newest members to M.V. Beattie.  Our Kindergarten classes will begin their Gradual Entry Program.  We look forward to meeting and greeting our kindies!  I would like to thank any of our parents and guardians – in advance – for taking the time to fill out the Kindergarten CHEQ survey tomorrow morning (or afternoon, depending on whether they are in group 1 or group 2).

Once again, thank you so very much for sharing your children with us.  We are proud to be your partners in this journey!

Welcome Back!

back to school. color pencilsI hope that this message finds you excited for the start of another great school year!  Our teachers have been working hard over the past few weeks to prepare for the return of our students – and there is an obvious excitement in the air.  We have a few updates for you in regard to our opening day/week, as well as some changes: both with personnel and facilities.


Our new bell schedule has an 8:03 warning bell, with class instruction beginning at 8:08. Recess is between 9:37 and 9:52; Lunch is slightly earlier, from 11:20-12:04; students are dismissed each day at 2:02pm.


Grades 1-6 will begin school on Sept. 3 (Warning bell 8:03) but will be a half day.  Dismissal will be at 11:00am and buses will pick students up shortly thereafter.

Kindergarten students will begin their Gradual Entry program on Sept. 4th.  A schedule was sent out to all parents last June.  Please give us a call if there is any confusion.

On opening day – and perhaps for the first few days – students will report to their last year’s classroom.  New students to MVB will meet on opening day in the foyer, and will be directed to an appropriate class.


Our enrolment numbers are currently higher than predicted (slightly above 300), so we are likely to have a 14th division.  Hopefully, we will know within the first few days.  As soon as we are given the go ahead to add a division, we will work to get our classes built so that we can embark on this year’s journey.  After our initial half day, our gr. 1-6s will spend full days (8:03-2:02) at MVB.


As mentioned in last year’s newsletter, we are adopting a school wide practice of purchasing supplies for each classroom, and passing on that savings of money and time to you.  There will be a $35 supply fee that will cover classroom supplies for the year – with the exception of backpacks, indoor shoes and earbuds (for intermediate).  So far, the feedback – both last year and this summer – has been very positive.


An unforeseen issue arose over the summer months: we returned in August to find that our gym floor had warped due to water being trapped underneath the floor (from the flood last May).  Our district operations managers and local contractors have worked swiftly to deal with the issue.  Unfortunately, this is not a quick fix.  We are still uncertain as to whether we will be able to patch the floor – or whether it will all be taken out and replaced…either way, we are anticipating around 3 months without access to our gym.  While there is never a good time for this type of issue, I am confident that our students will continue to actively participate in physical education and extra-curricular activities. “Where there is a WILL there is a WAY!”


The great news is that ALL of our classroom teachers have returned to MVB.  It is wonderful to have this continuity entering into a new year.  We will potentially have two more positions to hire: a 14th division teacher and a Remedy/Learning Resource Teacher.

So far we have two new faces joining our fantastic cohort of CEAs.  Please provide a warm welcome to Shelsey Ambrosi and Trina Baum.  We have two more CEA positions that should soon be filled.


M.V. Beattie benefits greatly from the contributions of our parents/guardians/community members.  If you are interested in helping out, please be in touch with your child’s teacher, or at the office.

  • We have a very active PAC that meets monthly (first meeting is Sept. 11th).
  • One to One reading is also a program helps our students immensely.
  • We are looking for a Hot Lunch coordinator (please contact our PAC if your are interested in helping out).
  • Driver’s: Like most schools, we rely on parent volunteers to safely get our students to both curricular and extracurricular venues.  The school district has new policy that has been put in place to ensure that students are safe; however, it will mean some additional preparation for you prior to being able to be a volunteer driver.  We now require:
    • A Criminal Record Check
    • A Driver’s Abstract (You can access this application via Driver’s Abstract Link
    • A photocopy of your Registration/Insurance
    • A photocopy of your Driver’s License

Thank you in advance for doing the additional work that this policy creates; the safety of your children is our first and foremost responsibility.


We will continue our new tradition of welcoming families back to MVB by luring you to our school with the promise of ice cream!  On Sept. 11th between 6:00-7:00pm, you are invited to meet our staff, explore the school and share some tasty treats!


If you are new to M.V. Beattie, WELCOME!  If you are returning to us, WELCOME BACK!  

We are excited to see you!