Bundles of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to give to our MVB Families

Community Food Centres Canada and BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation with our MVB team are so very thankful for our wonderful Amy and all her work! We have multiple bundles of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to give to our MVB Families. If you would like to request a bundle, please call Amy or Mishel at 250-838-6434 to arrange for pick up. 5 lb bag of Pacific Sunrise Potatoes3 lb bag of Yellow Onions2lb bag of Carrots3lb bag of Red Beets5lb bag of Gala Apples.

Terry Fox Run

October 6th

Primary Students will stay on site and participate in cohort runs.

Div. 13 Shinoda & 12 Downs- 9:07 am

Div. 11 Pratt & 10 Hall- 10:04 am

Div. 9 Gadicke & 8 Jones- 10:48 am

Div. 7 Hooper- 1:05 pm

October 8th

Intermediate Students will be running on the following path.

Div. 1 Huntington & 2 Pyle- 10:04 am

Div. 5 Easthope & 3 Kolotylo- 10:48 am

Div. 6 Dell & 4 Reimer- 1:05 pm

A message from our Superintendent

Good morning,

Many of you would have seen the article published by Castanet, yesterday. Our Superintendent, Mr. Peter Jory, has responded to it from both a district and M.V. Beattie perspective. Below is the response in its entirety.

I want to thank our parent community for the support you have shown, but sadly we continue to see a decrease in enrolment. As I have mentioned before, these are difficult decisions. We have come to accept the fact that an effort “to save our division” would be to simply to pass the problem to another community. As a staff, we understand that is unacceptable given that we have lost more students than almost all other elementary schools in our district. While we are saddened by this situation, we are ready to move forward and create adaptations that will continue to show the support and caring that you have come to expect from our school. One thing that has not changed is the commitment we have made to create a great year for your children. I will be sending a letter home tonight with a timeline for these changes and any new developments.

Mr. Jory’s Response:

“The surplussing of teachers is a standard practice whenever there is a mismatch between our staffing as based on projections and the students who actually show up. 

We start considering student enrollment and classroom organization charts as soon as students are in our buildings, then begin to communicate with principals if we see numbers that are concerning. This year, we have had additional volatility in our enrollment, and we were forecasting surplusses in the range of 12-18 teachers, given our district budgets and typical Ministry enrollment procedures. 

With the recently announced flexibility of the Ministry’s transitional enrollment strategy and the infusion of Federal funding which can be used to support online staffing, we are in a much better place and have landed on just three reductions for now, at the schools with the largest enrollment drops. These decisions have limited the impact across the District, but they have come at substantial financial cost. Given the additional expenses required by our District Safety Plan and staffing adjustments mentioned, even with the additional provincial and federal funding in place, we expect to experience significant financial pressures this year. 

In the case of M.V. Beattie, enrollment has dropped significantly below projections so there now more than 30 spaces, even when we count students whose parents who have indicated their interest in returning sometime during the school year. If we do not count those students, which would be our normal practice, the number of available seats approaches 50. The two other schools experiencing a teacher reduction at this time are Shuswap Middle School and Highland Park Elementary. 

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District has enjoyed several consecutive years of increased enrollment prior to this year, and has added staffing through reorganization of classes each September as a result of those increases.

Happy New Year!

Good afternoon Wildcat Families,

After a lot of last-minute phone calls, registrations and health and safety preparations, we are now only one sleep away from a return to having our kids back in school!  I hope that most of you have already received a “Welcome Back” email from your child’s new teacher and have a sense of what is in store for the coming days (if you haven’t seen it, please check your spam folder – or even your child’s school email. 

Parents/guardians of our incoming kindergarten students have already received your Gradual Entry message a couple of weeks ago, so you should know the Group your child belongs to and what time you start tomorrow.

For all others (gr. 1-6), we will be starting at 8:10 (Welcoming Bell) and finish the day at 2:11pm.

Parent Connect (Sign off for Health Check and other forms)

If you are new to Parent Connect – or perhaps just forgotten your password – you can go to our website and under the Parent drop down menu you will find a “how to” tutorial for how to use Parent Connect.  Please do your very best to read the Health Check thoroughly and then by clicking on it you will have accepted responsibility for ensuring that you will follow these important guidelines to ensure student and staff safety.  While you are in Parent Connect, there are other forms (like Walking Field Trip form, internet access, etc.) that you may also complete in one sitting!  Thank you for doing this – it will allow a smoother entry to school tomorrow.

Arrival at MVB

For students who arrive to school by foot, bike or “parent/guardian taxi,” we ask that you please have your children arrive as close to the bell as possible – and also go directly to the line-up area outside of this year’s classroom. 

Staff will be outside helping students find their classrooms – feel free to ask any of us if you are uncertain of your destination. 

We ask parents to please be respectful of physical distancing – both around the children and among yourselves.  For the time being, we are unable to allow parents to enter the classrooms. We hope this will change in the not-too-distant future.

Friendly Reminders:

  1. Please go over the health check with your child, prior to arrival.
  2. Please have your child bring a water bottle (best if you put a name on it).
  3. Drop offs and pick-ups should be as close to the start and end of the day as possible, so that we can avoid big gatherings.

For many of our kids, tomorrow will be the first time they have returned since last March.  We share their excitement for the return to school.  There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in our building as we strive to turn a “different year” into a “memorable year.” 

I want to thank parents/guardians for the trust you have in our staff.  That is true every year – thought this year it takes on a greater significance. We have gone to great lengths to reduce risk and will continue to adapt to the changes that come our way.  While it is true that we are optimistic about the great year ahead, I don’t want you to believe we are guided by our hopes; it is in the imagining, predicting, problem-solving and planning that continues to boost our confidence in the year ahead.  

Welcome Back, Mighty Wildcats!

Regards,

Gene Doray

Principal

Welcome to a new school year!

Please check your email, spam or child’s school email for the back to school welcome letter from our teachers.

Welcoming Bell8:10
Morning Class Begins8:22
Recess Starts9:50
Recess Ends10:04
Lunch Begins11:32
Students go Outside to Play11:47
Outside Play Ends12:14
End of Day Dismissal2:11

We look forward to seeing our Wild Cats! Classes begin on Thursday September 10th. If you did not receive any emails from the school, please contact us.Parents of students in grades 1-6 will receive an email on Wednesday September 9th (today), informing you and your child which classroom to go to. Please know that as our enrollment numbers fluctuate that class placements may change.

We encourage all parents to review M.V.Beatties’s Return to School Safety Plan found on our website at https://mvb.sd83.bc.ca/

Please drop off your child(ren) as close to our morning bell at 8:10. The end of our learning day bell rings at 2:11 pm.

Happy New School Year Wild Cat Nation!😀

August 31, 2020

Dear M.V. Beattie families,

I would like to thank parents/guardians for taking the time to fill out the Return to School survey, and for the thoughtful consideration of what is in the best interests of your children and your family as a whole.  I know for many families this was a difficult decision.  I want to reassure everyone that we will continue to do everything we can to prepare for a healthy school experience.

Site Safety Plan-

Staff Preparation

The change to the start of the year will enable our staff to have a couple of days to make sure that we are all fluent in our health and safety processes and feel confident about welcoming our students back.

Health Tickets

Date:  Name:
Time:                     AM  ☐   ☐PM
Location:`
Do you have a fever?Yes  ☐            ☐No
Do you have a cough?Yes  ☐            ☐No
Do You have congestion?Yes  ☐            ☐No
Do you have nasal drip?Yes  ☐            ☐No
Are you Sneezing?Yes  ☐            ☐No
Do you have any difficulty breathingYes  ☐            ☐No
Is anyone in your household ill?Yes  ☐            ☐No

This past June, prior to sending your child to school, you were required to fill out a “health ticket” – in an effort to ensure a safe environment for our children.  Students entering a bus needed to show the driver that this has been filled out, and then they provided it to their teachers as they entered the classroom.  Students who were dropped off by parents or walked to school also needed to provide their tickets to the classroom teacher.  Students arriving late, needed to come through the main entrance to provide the ticket to one of our office staff. 

In September, 2020 parents will be able to go to Parent Connect and sign off that they understand/accept the rules regarding the “health ticket” and will NOT send their child to school if the answer is “Yes” to any of those questions.  This will mean that we won’t have the same need to handle up to 300 tickets per day – and will create fewer challenges that occur due to forgetting to have them signed each day of the week. 

Daily Hygiene

Students will line up outside of their classrooms – at a distance from one another. Upon entering the classroom, one at a time, students will go directly to a classroom sink to wash their hands. With any change of environment (back from recess/lunch, music class or gym, etc.) and prior to returning home, students will wash their hands.  Students and staff will also have access to hand sanitizer in every classroom. 

Physical Distancing

While our goal will be to reinforce the expectations of physical distancing, we know with younger children that it will be near impossible to maintain a 6’ separation at all times.  Throughout the province, in our elementary school environments, we have been told to focus on minimizing “physical contact.” Students will have daily reminders of the importance to “keep hands off.” 

Day Time Custodial Support

We will have day time custodians at M.V. Beattie which will allow us to maintain an effective cleaning routine.  Bathrooms, classrooms, desks, door knobs and other high frequency contact points will be a part of this routine.

Garbage/Recycling

In order for us to focus our custodial time on maintaining the cleaning schedules, we will be asking for students to bring their lunch/snack wrappers and recycling home in their lunch kits.

Staggered Drop Off/Pick Ups

Students who do not take the bus will be asked to report prior to the arrival of our buses – and will be dismissed slightly ahead of the bus students, as a way to minimize the number of people gathering at any time.  We will provide you with specific times as soon as we are able.

*We ask for your support in following your drop off/pick up schedules.  We want to avoid early morning/after school congregating in the playgrounds. 

**Also, for those families that have chosen to keep following the Home Learning Opportunities, we ask that you avoid MVB property during the typical school day hours as it will become problematic for supervision. 

Breakfast/Lunch Programs

We will no longer be able to provide plates of toast/fruit outside the office.  Instead, we will deliver food to classrooms, as needed.  For lunch, we will provide “brown bag” lunches for those in need.  It would be helpful if families can let us know if a child will be needing a lunch – though we will always make more to cover our bases if someone shows up empty handed.

Recess/Lunch Times

We will have staggered recess and lunch times in order to have fewer students in shared spaces.  Students will stay with their class groupings and be assigned a location (rink, playground, field, swings, etc) which will rotate each day. 

Students are not to share food or personal supplies of any kind. 

Student Behavior

In addition to the expectations we already have at school, students will also be expected to adhere to the new safety guidelines around distancing and physical touching. Students that cannot follow the rules we have put in place to ensure everyone’s safety will lose their opportunity to attend MVB’s in-class instruction.

Water Bottles

As a precaution, all of our water fountains will be shut off, so we are asking students to bring a personal water bottle to school.  We have a filling station near the gym entrance, as well as taps in each classroom to fill them.

Parent Volunteers/Meetings

At M.V. Beattie, we have been very fortunate to have so many parent and community volunteers.  However, at this time we will not be able to have more visitors in our building.  We still want to hear from you, so please send us an email or make a phone call.  We are also happy to find a time to meet in person, if that is preferable.

Regards,

Gene Doray

Principal

Hi Wild Cat Nation! Please check your email for a class placement welcome letter.

We look forward to seeing our Wild Cats! Classes begin on Thursday September 10th (tomorrow). If you did not receive any emails from the school, please check your spam folder, child’s email account or contact us. Parents of students in grades 1-6 will receive an email on Wednesday September 9th (today), informing you and your child which classroom to go to. Please know that as our enrollment numbers fluctuate that class placements may change.

We encourage all parents to review M.V.Beatties’s Return to School Safety Plan found on our website at https://mvb.sd83.bc.ca/

Please drop off your child(ren) as close to our morning bell at 8:10. The end of our learning day bell rings at 2:11 pm.

Happy New School Year Wild Cat Nation!😀

Thursday, June 25th 8:15-11:00

There will be a table set up at the front of the school

Last Name Pick Up Schedule

A to D  Pick up 8:15- 9:00 am

E to K Pick up 9:00 – 9:45 am

L to S Pick up 10:00 – 10:30 am

T to Z Pick up 10:30-11:00 am