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.

REGULAR BELL SCHEDULE

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.

OPENING DAY

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.

FIRST WEEK

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.

SUPPLIES

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.

FACILITY UPDATE

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!”

STAFF UPDATE

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.

VOLUNTEERS

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.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

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!