Winter Wonderful!

Over the past few weeks, M.V. Beattie students have been taking advantage of the opportunities provided through our Winter Rec. program.  The primary grades have been making the trek to the arena to participate in a skating program, while the intermediate grades have been heading to SilverStar mountain (and Larch Hills) to Ski, Snowboard, Skate, Tube and play winter games.  None of these events take place without the organization and support of our teachers and parent volunteers – Thank You!

It is amazing to see how quickly the kids learn.  For some primary students, taking their first steps on the ice can be intimidating, but in short order they will begin to glide.  Snowboarders and skiers go from bunny hills to more challenging runs – yet regardless of their levels, smiles are plentiful.

Today was a great reminder of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world! Whether our students were looking at the views from atop SilverStar or squinting from the glint of sunshine coming from the snowcapped Enderby Cliffs – it was magical.  Trips like these are important. We need to get our kids outdoors, away from screens, and be reminded that sometimes all we need is a little bit of snow, some imagination and a group of friends to have a great time.

Ready, Set, Learn @ MVB!

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A Ready, Set, Learn event will take place in every elementary school in the North Okanagan-Shuswap between January and March 2019.

• Ready, Set, Learn is a free early learning event for families with children who are 3 to 5 years old                                                                                                                                                                        • All families will receive free books and a kit of materials and resources to help support their child’s early learning experiences
All families are encouraged to pre-register for the event at their local school or contact Jennifer Findlay at 250-833-2095 or for more information

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A.L. Fortune Presents “Mary Poppins”


For the first time ever, M.V. Beattie’s gr. 5-6 students are going to have the wonderful opportunity to attend a matinee of an ALF Musical Theatre performance (Jan. 31).  This year ALF will present a memorable rendition of Mary Poppins.  If you have never had the occasion to view a performance at A.L. Fortune, don’t let another year go by without getting your tickets.  Mrs. Reed and her amazing students have provided our community with incredible musicals for the past 7 years – selling out most performances.  Each year we wonder how the following year could possibly live up to the expectations set from the current production…but somehow they find a way to raise the bar.


Tickets can be purchased from the A.L. Fortune School Office 250-838-6431

Show Dates: 

Jan 31-Feb 2 (7:00pm $15 )

Feb 2 (2:00pm $12)

Feb 5-9 (7:00pm $15)

Breakfast with Mayor and Council!

UnknownTo be a local politician, one must possess diplomacy, strength of character, patience, and the courage to make difficult decisions. Enderby’s Mayor and Council play pivotal roles in the development of a positive sense of community.  In some cases a “community” can merely be a group of people that share the same geographic region, yet a “sense of community” speaks to the bonds that we form and the shared feeling that we are a part of the same special family.  This morning, at M.V. Beattie,  we had an example of what building community is all about.  Our Mayor and Council (and a few special helpers) took on the daunting task of feeding our entire school within an hour.  Hot chocolate flowed in abundance, pancakes were flipped with ease and there was juice for one and all.  It was a wonderful example of organized mayhem.  Several parents, staff and students enjoyed the feast that was set before us…all in all, I would guess that over 300 meals were served.

We should also be reminded that local politicians are “regular folk” who have jobs and responsibilities like the rest of us, so for them to take the time to bring us their holiday cheer is something for which we are truly grateful.  From the staff and students at M.V. Beattie, thank you (Greg, Tundra, Raquel, Brian, Roxanne, Shawn and Brad) for all that you do for our community!


Winter Concert 2018

137The excitement is building! Our music teacher, Mrs. Peters, has been working diligently with all of our students in preparation for another wonderful celebration of the holiday season.  Our students are doing their best to memorize their songs, master the ukulele, and remember to smile for the camera!  I am sure they will not disappoint.  As a parent, I have many memories of my boys performing at similar events, and whether it was rescuing my youngest off the stage as he was about to faint, watching my middle child discover an interest in the drums, or seeing my oldest demonstrating his best lip synching talents, there were always lasting smiles, even days after the event.

Here are the particulars for this year’s celebration:

Date: December 19th

Place: The Splatsin Centre

Time: Doors open at 12:00pm for general seating; our program begins at 12:30 sharp!

In recognition of the countless hours they put into supporting our school, we will have some reserved seating for our PAC.

Transportation: Our students will be bussed to and from the Splatsin Centre and will be ready for pick up at the usual time (2:00pm) from M.V. Beattie.  At the end of the performance, we will ask families to allow the students and staff to exit the building first in order to ensure that we get back to MVB with time to spare…and “no child left behind.” Students who regularly bus to school each day will be able to catch their typical bus ride home.

Admission: Admission is free but donations and/or non-perishable food items are gratefully accepted.

Goodies: Our Lifeskills program will be holding a bake sale fundraiser at the site.  Plates of baked goods will be pre-packaged and on sale for $5.

How should I dress my child? There are no costumes or matching clothing to concern yourself with this year.  If students could wear their “concert best” – mostly to look good for the photos that parents/guardians and grandparents take – that would be fantastic!

Where will my child be sitting? 

The students will be seated on stage as follows:

Mrs. Shinoda’s, Mrs. Schipfel’s, and Mrs. Kolotylo’s classes will be seated on the far left of the stage.

Mrs. Downs’, Mr. Jones’, and Mr. Pyle’s classes to the left

Mr. Easthope’s class in the middle

Mrs. Dell, Mrs. Hooper’s, and Mr. Huntington’s classes to the right

Mrs. Pratt’s, Mrs. Hall’s, and Miss Reimer’s classes to the far right.

Thank you, in advance, for coming out to support your children.  We are excited to share this day with family and friends!