SD83 recently sent an email and survey to all our parents (with an email listed with their children’s school). By any chance did we miss you?
With the positive news about the decline in COVID-19 comes recent direction from the Ministry of Education to re-open our schools effective June 1, 2020, to provide additional in-class instruction. Parents will still have the option of keeping their children at home, and some home learning opportunities will continue on-line until the end of the school year.
Stage 3 of the Ministry plan allows for students in kindergarten to grade five to attend up to two to three days per week, with students in grades six through twelve attending up to one day per week. Schools will be open five days a week for children of Tier 1 Essential Services Workers and students requiring additional supports. Busing will be available with capacity limits in place.
We are following all Health and Safety Guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC and the Ministry of Education in order to ensure that our schools are safe places to learn and to work. These guidelines include having no more than 50% of students in attendance in grades K-5 and no more than 20% of students in grades 6-12 at any given time.
In order to meet all of the Health and Safety Guidelines, including the limits described above, we will need to know which students will be returning to schools in the coming weeks. Additional surveys for students in grades 6-12 will follow shortly, as will other surveys to gather more specific information as June 1st draws closer.
Today we celebrated the final day of our MV Beattie 30 day Lego Challenge – and like most good celebrations, cake was involved! It has been amazing to watch these two Lego Legends come up with a new way to take my likeness (and numerous staff members) on unsuspecting journeys, always ending in a laugh. Equally wonderful was the number of MVB Wildcats who participated in the challenge and sent us photos of their incredible creations. Whether through the Lego Challenge, a virtual Talent Show, Starlight Newspaper editions, slide shows, book tosses (still to come) or even “Singalongs” – our staff has been doing a remarkable job of keeping our spirits up during difficult times. School spirit at M.V. Beattie is alive and well!
I am so very proud of the staff and students of M.V. Beattie and feel incredibly fortunate to work with this team. Thank you for your commitment to our community!
In our continued effort to keep everyone’s spirits up, our Wildcat staff has put together an “awe inspiring” Mash Up rendition of Build Me Up Buttercup for your entertainment. However, we are also hoping that some of our families – and possibly even local businesses will take on the challenge of creating their own Mash Up to share with us.
We had some fun, loads of laughter at our own expense, and now we bring you the opportunity to laugh WITH us (and perhaps a bit AT us).
What is all this math that teachers are sending home? Where are all the worksheets? What is my child supposed to be doing? How do I know if they are on track? What happens if they don’t learn everything this year?
SD83 invites all parents to join us in a virtual meeting on May 12 at 6 p.m. to talk about the kinds of math that SD83 is hoping students can be working on during this home learning time and how that matches with the math we have included on our home learning opportunities pages.
We will talk about things to watch for as your child works on the math, and how you can support their learning. The focus will not be on how to actually do the math, although in the Q &A we can certainly help with that, but on questions you can ask your child to help them deepen their understanding of the concepts they are working on.
We will discuss the different types of math activities that you might be seeing sent home, including why these activities were selected and how your child can use them. We will also spend some time talking about ways to help them learn basic facts.
There will also be question and answer opportunities through the virtual meeting. Bring your questions and join us for a rich mathematical discussion. If you would like to email your questions ahead of time, please send them to email@example.com with Parent Math Night question as a subject.