Sept 3rd, 2014
At 4:00 this morning, it was confirmed that there is a potential deal between the BCTF and the BCPSEA. While we are still unaware as to what day will be our first, this news will become public fairly quickly. We do know that as teachers will be voting to ratify the proposal on Thursday, Sept 18th, and school will not begin until after this vote. The following information describes the procedures on the first day as they are different than they have been in the past. DAY 1 INFORMATION: On our starting date, STUDENTS WILL NOT YET BE ASSIGNED TO CLASSES. Instead, we will be grouping students according to their current grades. Signs will be posted explaining where each grade is meeting, and which teacher(s) will be meeting them. We will stay in these grade groups until we are confident that new classes have been created appropriately. On this first day, Kindergarten students will remain at Beach Grove with their parents until 9:30, and all other students will be dismissed at 11:50.
The 2014- 2015 school year is almost upon us, and we are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see what this year has to offer. September is a month of beginnings, with students meeting their new teachers to start new learning journeys with new classmates and new challenges. While the start up this year will be a bit different than most, we are certain that the school year will begin with much excitement from everyone. Please sign up for our twitter account @BeachGroveElem for updates on activities occuring throughout the school year.
"Inquiry' and "Innovation"are words that you will continue to hear as we travel through the 2014 - 2015 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 continue to be placed on environmental issues and sustainability.
For students who like to run, the running/ cross country club will begin shortly after the school year starts 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 2014-2015 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