Tuesday, Sept 24th, 2013
The Harvest Moon; what an alluring gift to help us travel from summer to fall. It seemed to signal the arrival of something special. Yes, fall is upon us, and as the crisp air lures us back into our close-toed shoes, we are reminded that we are no longer just beginning the 2013 - 2014 school year. Routines are being set and followed in classrooms, and teachers are engaging students in new and interesting projects and tasks.
If you have watched the video above, you have been introduced to 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. Our lovely choreographers, Hanna and Sophie worked diligently to both teach the dances and film them, and got to see what our staff are like when we all play together. Their smiles were contagious.
"Inquiry' and "Innovation"are words that you will begin to hear more of 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 placed on environmental issues and sustainability.
An exciting addition to our building is the "Innovation Room" that students and teachers are working together to design, using a former classroom. This will be a place for students to brainstorm new ideas and create in a different type of setting (I had the Google offices in mind when visualizing this concept - feel free to google this). This year we would like our students to reach beyond the walls of our school to develop their thinking and make our school, our immediate environment and ultimately the global environment, a better place.
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