Summer Months, 2015
While the dog days of summer are still in full swing, TV commercials and shopping malls are reminding us that the new school year will soon be upon us. The Beach Grove staff look forward to meeting up with our returning families and welcoming in those who are new. We have an exciting school year ahead of us! As the year progresses, you may view some of our past learning moments and keep up-to-date with what is happening at Beach Grove, by taking the time to view our school blog. Here you will find photos, videos, and our "Beach Grove Newscast", which was created and produced by students with our Green Screen. While there are some editing glitches, we are quite excited by the chance to highlight some of the learning experiences happening both within and beyond our school's walls. We would like to reach you with news in any way that we can, and will be providing updates on activities ocuring throughout the school year with our twitter account @BeachGroveElem.
Here is some information that may be of benefit as we begin the new school year: Sept 1st and 2nd: Registration for new families Sept 8: The first day of school. This day begins at 8:45 (the warning bell) and is a shortened day (to 12:18). Students will not be assigned to classes, but will instead be in "grade groups" with all students of the same grade together with teachers that may or may not become their classroom teacher.
With the new year, comes a renewed dedication to supporting students with teaching practices that we know to have the deepest impact on learning. "Inquiry' and "Innovation" are words that you will continue to hear as we travel through the 2015 - 2016 school year. We have five classrooms working with a Reggio inspired approach to Inquiry, and are very excited with the physical changes we have made to these learning environments, amongst others. Assessment and evaluation practices are changing to allow you, as parents and guardians, and your child, to have a deeper understanding of how he/she learns, and what they can do to do improve their approach to learning. Teachers are working together to discover new and better ways to teach math, and we are using the beautiful environment outside of our school walls to create more authentic learning experiences. Students are also being asked to become more aware of the effect that their actions have on the environment, and a strong emphasis will continue to be placed on environmental issues and sustainability at all grade levels.
As of September, 2015, the BC Ministry of Education will be unfolding a new format for all curriculums with a focus on the competencies that students are developing. We are embracing developments in education here at Beach Grove and are committed to offering students the best educational experience possible.
For students who like to run, the running/ cross country club will begin on the second week of school and will continue every Monday and Wednesday morning (students may join at any time and come on either or both days). 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 2015-2016 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