Tuesday, Jan 6th, 2014
2014 has arrived, and the staff here at Beach Grove Elementary are excited to see what this new year has to offer. The months of September through January were filled with new beginnings. Students met their new teachers and began brand new learning journeys with new classmates and new challenges. Students traveled to the Vancouver Landfill to explore the changes that they could make to their own environments to make the world a healthier place. Students challenged themselves with a variety of Inquiry Projects, learning to become more self-regulated and independent in their thinking. The arts were also explored as some students learned in-depth about the works of Kim Sooja and visited her exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
If you have watched the video above, you have heard the theme song for our 2013 - 2014 school year (This is The New Year), and have seen staff and students engage collectively in dance. I believe that music and dance are universal languages, and bring out the positive energy in all of us. We will be exploring dance further, in January, as we bring in dance specialists to work with our students.
As many of you have heard through current media, changes are occurring in the area of assessment for students, as teachers and administrators alike have been struggling with making assessment and reporting authentic and valuable. As other school districts make changes to their practices, we as a school, are taking this opportunity to make connections and collect information. We will be asking for your input as we expand on this endeavour.
"Inquiry' and "Innovation"are words that you will continue to hear as we travel through the 2013 - 2014 school year. With the world around us changing rapidly, it is clear that we need to be teaching students skills to work with the mass amounts of information to which they are being exposed. The BC Ministry of Education has recognized this and is piloting a new format for all curriculums with a focus on the competencies that students are developing. Students also need to be aware of the effect that their actions have on the environment, and a strong emphasis at all grade levels will be continue to be placed on environmental issues and sustainability.
For students who like to run, the running/ cross country club has begun and will continue every Monday and Wednesday morning. I believe strongly that exercise supports positive physical and mental health, and like to take students out personally. We meet at 7:50 to warm up and stretch, and then head out to the dyke to run and watch the sun rise over the water.
As we travel through the 2013-2014 school year together, please remember that my door is always open. I am dedicated to ensuring that your children receive the social, academic, artistic and physical education that they deserve, and I welcome your opinions on the vision for Beach Grove. I look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that our students obtain the best education possible, allowing them to feel successful in the present and ready for the future that awaits them.
Principal, Beach Grove Elementary