Summer Reading – July Check In!

IMG_2567I hope that this message finds our M.V. Beattie family somewhat better rested and feeling content after a few weeks of summer vacation.  I had sent a message to our families to encourage you to make reading a priority during this vacation.  While improving reading skills will help your children have greater success throughout their school years, it is above all else a great opportunity to explore the world – without even having a passport! Great ideas and adventures lie within a book.  So, if you haven’t made it to the local library yet, perhaps you will stumble upon one of these book exchanges (from the photo above) – where you can borrow a book or loan one.  The top photo is of Juliet who, by now, must think she is miles ahead of me in our “reading race.” The final photo is of my youngest son, Quinn, reading to his younger cousins.

Each summer our family chooses a book to read together: last year it was “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio – a great read for intermediate students.  This year the choice is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.  We will read and discuss the plot, themes and characters as they develop over the course of the novel.  It is more of a “book club” conversation and will lead in many different directions.  I hope that you and your family will give the “family book” a try.  Whether your children are at the Dr. Seuss, Captain Underpants, Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, graphic novel or young adult fiction stage, try to spend some time reading alongside them and discussing the ideas presented.

I had set a goal of reading eight novels this summer, and I am now working on my 4th after just finishing up “Ready, Player One” – a Young Adult fantasy novel.  This would be a good read for youngsters in gr. 6-8.  I know a few MVB students read it last year and recommended it to me…Thanks!

Please continue to send me photos of you and your children reading – and any recommendations that you may have for “good fit” books for other kids.

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Happy reading!


Game On!

Yesterday, we published our “Year End Newsletter” – and emailed it out to everyone, and apparently the last page has brought out the competitive spirit in a few of our kids.  For those that have not had a look at the full newsletter, here is the Reading Challenge that I posed.

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Well, I have heard now from students that like a challenge…many are the ones who keep trying to beat me in our cross country runs (and often do!).  I have said that I plan to read a book per week – so essentially 8 books – some work related, though mostly fiction.  A few have said that they will beat that number… I don’t know, it sounds like a big challenge, but if you can do it…show me! I will have to step up my game as well!!!

Here is the first photo of one of our dedicated Wildcat readers; she even dropped by the school with a book to show me.


So, upon the recommendation of a friend, I have selected my first book of the summer.  For those students who may be questioning the level of challenge, let’s just say it is a short (89 page) work related (and parent related) book to start me off – and I won’t even count it in my total.  Send me your photos, give a brief description, and I will update this site from time to time – especially when I am winning!

Game on people!


FUN DAY is coming…


M.V. Beattie will be hosting our annual “Fun Day” this Wednesday, June 26th.  Here is the shape of our day:

8:08 – Students will meet with their classroom teacher and have their hands marked for   team number and colour.

8:20 – Students meet in their colour groups:

  • Red will meet in the outdoor classroom
  • Green will meet in the gym
  • Yellow will meet on the asphalt between gym and music room
  • Blue will meet outside of Mr. Jones’ and Mrs. Hall’s classrooms

8:30 – Students will go to their first station (which is written on their hands).

8:40-9:55 – Students rotate through stations

9:55-10:10 – Recess

10:15 – Meet in colour groups.

10:25 – 11:50 – Rotate through stations

11:50 – Return to classroom for Pizza lunch (provided by PAC).

12:00 – 12:25 – Outside play time

Afternoon – Students will return to their classrooms for year end celebrations.

*Reminder: it is always a good idea to have plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle.  Also, your son/daughter should come home today/tomorrow with the knowledge of which colour group she/he is a part of – it is great if all students show up wearing the appropriate colour. 


M.V. Beattie Satisfaction Survey


Good morning, M.V. Beattie community! In an earlier newsletter I had mentioned that the Ministry of Education only surveys parents of gr. 4 students, and that we wanted to hear more from all of our parents/guardians.  I have attached a link that provides a shorter rendition of the Ministry Satisfaction Survey (it should take 5-7 minutes) for your consideration.  There are 14 scale type questions – some of which may require you to have a conversation with your child for the best possible answer, and also 1 open ended question that asks you to reflect on One Star and One Wish.  This provides more room for you to let us know what you (and your children) enjoy about being at MVB, and also a wish that enables us to understand areas that we can focus on for improvement.

The survey is open from today until June 21st.

Thanks for taking the time to help us improve!


Swimming, Field Trips and Fun Days!


While summer is a few weeks away, the recent hot weather has given us a glimpse of things to come.  As my “Aussie” friend would say, our students are often on “walkabout” as they travel from one field trip to the next.  Most recently, each division has enjoyed a week of swimming lessons, our gr. 6s have just returned from a wonderful three day trip to Eagle Bay Camp, the grade 4 class enjoyed a celebratory school sleepover, and there are trips to Haney Heritage, The Enchanted Forest, North Fork, and of course our annual trek to the waterslides to look forward to.  Although we continue to have “work to be done” – the transition to “celebration mode” is upon us, and there is a lot to celebrate.  Our students have worked hard inside and out of the classroom.  Yesterday, at our staff meeting, we discussed the many improvements we have seen in terms of student academic and social progress.  Each teacher had no trouble identifying individual and class successes.  There was a tremendous amount of pride as we heard stories of the struggles our students had to overcome on their way to success.

Some upcoming and important events:

On June 19th, our gr.6s will have their “grad luncheon” and dance.

On June 26th, we will host another rendition of a FUN DAY – and once again, a big thank you to our PAC for sponsoring a lunch for both students and staff.

“Please note: Students will be given ONE SLICE of pizza, veggies + dip, fruit, a cookie, and a juice box. If they don’t feel this is a sufficient amount of food, they are welcome to bring extra snacks to school that day.
PAC is always looking for extra help to serve on Pizza Days. If you are available to help, please contact PAC Hot Lunch Coordinator, Michelle Campbell, @ 250-938-1434 or on the MV Beattie PAC Facebook page.”
This would also be the appropriate time to pass on our appreciation to Michelle Campbell and her parent helpers who have provided us with a monthly “hot lunch” program throughout the year –  thanks for all of your efforts!
On June 27th, we have a shortened day (buses arrive for pick up at 10:00am), so it will be a day of goodbyes in the classrooms (and report cards to pick up) and then a final slide show assembly (which will begin at 9:00am).  We will wish our gr. 6s the very best as they transition to A.L. Fortune, and hope for a safe and happy holiday for all of our families.

There is something special about M.V. Beattie.  Whether I hear it from a bus driver, a substitute teacher (TOC), a parent, or among staff over lunch, there is something about being a member of the Beattie community that speaks to a culture of commitment and caring.  Even to a visitor, this feeling is palpable. Each member – from students to staff, parents to community volunteers – contributes to this feeling.  On behalf of our staff, I would like to pass on our thanks for all of the support our parents/guardians and volunteers provide to us on a daily basis.