Week 24 - Feb 12 to 16

Please take the time to share this information with your child/children.
It is a good way for families to connect with the school.

School Council Meets on the third Monday of each month.
All parents are welcome to attend.

The Week in Review…

Each year we run our School Lunches Fundraising Program (i.e., Pizza, Milk, Swiss Chalet and Lunch Lady).  The chart below outlines our fundraising plan for the 2017-2018 school year. The funds that are raised this year need to be spent this year.
School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement

School Fundraising Plan Items




Teaching & Learning
Math – Parent Night Supports
·         Math Presentation for Community

Modern Learning – Learning Commons (K to 8)
·         Forest of Reading
·         PebbleGo

Mental Health & Well-Being
·         Self-Regulation Bins (K to 8)
·         Resiliency Presentations for Kids and Parents
·         EQAO Snacks

Teaching & Learning Subtotal
$1000
$3400

$15,000
$2500
$900


$6000
$1700
$150


$30 650

Technology

Hardware – Cost-sharing (K to 8)
·         Refresh Older Tech

Technology Subtotal

$6250
 $12,000

$18 250
Equity &
Inclusivity
“Angel” Fund – Funds to support children who could not otherwise take part in school events/trips (K-8)
Angel Fund Subtotal
$3000

$3000


Engagement/
Well-Being
DPA Materials for each class (K to 8)

Basketball Nets/Posts in yard

Graduation – Awards, trophies, medallions, plaques, event support (Grade 8)
Council-Sponsored Evenings:
Movie Night (license & food) (K to 8)
Diversity Night (K to 8)
Basketball/Skate Night
Dance-a-thon (K to 8)
Carnival (K to 8)
Lice Crew (K to 8)

Engagement Subtotal
$1500

$3000

$4000


$750
$3000
$1000
$2000
$7000
$2600

$24 850
TOTAL

$76 750.00


Chinese New Year
Friday, February 16th marks the celebration of the Lunar New Year which is also referred to as Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Dog. Many students were away as they celebrated with their families, however, many students were also in attendance at school with several wearing festive clothing.

Cardboard Boat Challenge/Robotics



BHES participated in two separate skills challenge events in the last couple of weeks. The Cardboard Boat event saw students designing, creating and racing a cardboard boat in a 25m swimming pool while a separate BHES video team captured the process and created a video. The Robotics event used our Lego EV-3 units (purchased by School Council) to complete challenges against other teams.

The Week Ahead…

Date
Event/Activity
Monday, February 19th
Family Day – Holiday
First Day of Lent (Christianity)
Tuesday, February 20th
3:45-5:00 – Intermediate Boy’s Mini Basketball tournament at BHES
Wednesday, February 21st
9:00-3:30 – Intermediate Winter Electives
9:00-3:00 – Junior Winter Electives for Grades 5 and 6
Thursday, February 22nd
9:00-3:15 – Grade 4s to Medieval Times
Friday, February 23rd
9:00-12:50 – SK Vision Screening

On-going Events…

Yearbook
CIA
Intermediate Boys and Girls Basketball
Band
Choir
BHES Talent Show
On-line Chess club on Day 4
Grade 6-8 Dance Fitness Club
Student Council
Grade 4-5 Dance Club
Science Fair
Forest of Reading




Week 23 - Feb 5 to 9

Please take the time to share this information with your child/children.
It is a good way for families to connect with the school.

School Council Meets on the third Monday of each month (except in February).
All parents are welcome to attend.

The Week in Review…

En Garde!
Les Trois Mousquetaires have descended on BHES as the Grade 8's are completing their unit on famous Francophones of the 19th century. Students have been busy reenacting the Alexandre Dumas classic in an adapted ‘piece de theatre’ version of the novel in their French classes. They read the play, made elaborate props and makeshift costumes, and used drama all in a spirited attempt to capture the finesse and the chivalry of the era. The students rose to the occasion with lots of practice and verve, making this truly a fun learning experience. In the end, thankfully the heroic Mousquetaires saved the monarchy and the Queen’s 'collier de diamonds'. 

Tous pour un et un pour tous!

Rafiki Bracelets
For students who have ordered Rafiki Bracelets, they will be receiving them on Valentine's Day!
Make sure to Track your Impact using the code on the back on your Rafiki Bracelet package.






The Week Ahead…

Date
Event/Activity
Monday, February 12th
3:45-5:00 p.m. – Intermediate Boys’ Basketball at BHES
7:00 p.m. – School Council meeting in the Learning Commons
Tuesday, February 13th

Wednesday, February 14th
Valentine’s Day
2:00-3:15 p.m. – Intermediate Valentine’s Dance
Thursday, February 15th
3:30 – Reports Go Home
Friday, February 16th
Lunar New Year (Buddhism)

On-going Events…

Yearbook
CIA
Intermediate Boys and Girls Basketball
Band
Choir
BHES Talent Show
On-line Chess club on Day 4
Grade 6-8 Dance Fitness Club
Student Council
Grade 4-5 Dance Club
Science Fair
Forest of Reading



Week 22 - Jan 29 to Feb 2

Please take the time to share this information with your child/children.
It is a good way for families to connect with the school.

School Council Meets on the third Monday of each month.
All parents are welcome to attend.

The Week in Review…

Molly (a former BHES student) presented Helia, Cheryl .C. and Connie (Grade 6 students in Ms. Leder’s class) with certificates and letters from Sick Kids Hospital to acknowledge their leadership within the class to help Molly with her Sick Kids Book Drive. The books were delivered over the December break and helped to make a difference in the lives of many of the patients at Sick Kids. The entire class also received a certificate and a letter to thank them for all the generous book donations. A special thanks to the parents for supporting this initiative.





Message From Our Trustee

With report cards coming home, this is a good time of year to review your child’s progress and to set goals for the rest of the school year.

As trustees, our goals are set out in the Board Multi-Year Plan. In the coming months, trustees will be reviewing and updating this plan. This process will include opportunities for public input, and trustees will be out in the communities talking about this. More information will be shared about this in the spring.  

Developing and reviewing the Multi-Year Plan is just one of our responsibilities as publicly elected officials. Trustee responsibilities also include hiring the Director of Education, setting Board policies and the annual budget, and communicating with the public.

This is a good time to learn more about the role of trustees with the next municipal election taking place later this year on October 22, 2018. York Region District School Board has 12 trustees, elected by ratepayers. As a trustee, listening and communicating with families is an important part of my role. Students, families and members of the public are welcome to attend and observe any public Board, Advisory or Board Committee meetings and to share their views with us on policy and Board governance.  

As we move into the second half of the year, I hope that you are seeing evidence of your child’s learning and progress, and finding opportunities to get involved in their learning and the life of the school.

I wish you all the best for a successful second term.

The Week Ahead…

Date
Event/Activity
Monday, February 5th

Tuesday, February 6th
3:45 Intermediate Boys’ Basketball game at BHES
Wednesday, February 7th  

Thursday, February 8th

Friday, February 9th


On-going Events…

Yearbook
CIA
Intermediate Boys and Girls Basketball
Band
Choir
BHES Talent Show
On-line Chess club on Day 4
Grade 6-8 Dance Fitness Club
Student Council
Grade 4-5 Dance Club
Science Fair
Forest of Reading

Week 21 - Jan 22 to Jan 26

Please take the time to share this information with your child/children.
It is a good way for families to connect with the school.

School Council Meets on the third Monday of each month.
All parents are welcome to attend.

The Week in Review…
Student Safety
This is a reminder to all families that our supervision for students on the yard does not begin until 8:45 a.m. Please make sure that your children are not unsupervised by ensuring that they arrive on or after 8:45 a.m. In addition, students are to remain outside on the playground until the bell sounds for them to line up. School staff are assigned to supervise entry. During rainy days or extreme cold (i.e., -20°C or colder) we will bring the students in sooner, and follow our indoor entry process.






Parents of Kindergarten students who are arriving late to school are asked to bring their children into the school through the front doors and sign them in at the office. Please do not knock on the classroom door or walk them directly to class. All visitors, including parents, must report to the office and get a visitor pass.



Sports
The Intermediate Girls’ Basketball team played their first game against 16th Ave this week. The team played well and worked hard. Go Bengals!







The Jr. Volleyball team played in the Area Tournament this week which was hosted by Bayview Hill. The team has worked hard a group and have improved their volleyball skills. They placed third in their pool. Go Bengals!




The Week Ahead…

Date
Event/Activity
Monday, January 29th
10:40 – Grade 4 and 5 Silver Birch meeting in Room 215
Tuesday, January 30th

Wednesday, January 31st

Thursday, February 1st
Jr. Regional Volleyball Tournament
Cardboard Boat Challenge for 7C and 8D
Friday, February 2nd
PA Day – no school for students

On-going Events…

Yearbook
CIA
Intermediate Boys and Girls Basketball
Band
Choir
BHES Talent Show
On-line Chess club on Day 4
Grade 6-8 Dance Fitness Club
Student Council
Grade 4-5 Dance Club
Science Fair
Forest of Reading






Week 20 - Jan 15 to 19

Please take the time to share this information with your child/children.
It is a good way for families to connect with the school.

School Council Meets on the third Monday of each month.
All parents are welcome to attend.





The Week in Review…
School Safety
This is a reminder to parents that our drop-off and pick-up times are the busiest times around the school. All drivers are reminded to use extra caution when travelling through school zones. Students are reminded to use sidewalks, and not take short cuts through our parking lots. In the interest of student safety, we respectfully ask that parents do not enter the parking lot before dismissal as this only encourages children to walk unsupervised through the parking lot.

Recycling Awareness
In the past, we have used plastic bags in our recycling bins. Plastic bags have become a very large concern in our landfills and as a school we are trying to reduce our environmental footprint. To help diminish this problem, we are removing plastic bags from recycling containers in most classrooms.
In classrooms, the recycling bins will be used for paper products only! This will remove leaks and odours from the classrooms. Large blue recycling bins will be placed in the halls during lunch for wet recycling products (e.g., Swiss Chalet containers, coffee cups, pop cans). Please have a conversation with your child/children to help them understand the new process, and to appreciate the need to help the environment.

Social Media
I recently had a conversation with a parent who was concerned about their child’s online profile on a social media app called Sarahah. The app is a social networking service for providing anonymous feedback to users. The concern is in its potential for cyberbullying. As with all social media platforms, parents are urged to closely monitor their child’s incoming and outgoing communications, and report to the school any forms of on-line bullying.

Sports Update
Congratulations to the Jr. Volleyball Team. They played in a tournament on Wednesday and placed 3rd. The team played well as a group, and improved with each game. Go Bengals!









The Week Ahead…

Date
Event/Activity
Monday, January 22nd
Dental Screening
Tuesday, January 23rd
Dental Screening
9:00-3:00 – Grade 5 to Science Centre
7:00-8:00 Grade 8 Parent information session at Bayview Secondary School
Wednesday, January 24th

Thursday, January 25th
BHES is hosting the Jr. Area Volleyball Tournament – Be aware that there will be additional traffic congestion around the school.
6:30-7:30 – Grade 8 Quebec Trip information Night in the Library
Friday, January 26th


On-going Events…
CIA
Jr. Volleyball
Intermediate Boys and Girls Basketball
Band
Choir
BHES Talent Show
On-line Chess club on Day 4
Grade 6-8 Dance Fitness Club
Student Council
Grade 4-5 Dance Club
Science Fair

Forest of Reading

Week 19 - Jan 8 to 12

Please take the time to share this information with your child/children.
It is a good way for families to connect with the school.

School Council Meets on the third Monday of each month.
All parents are welcome to attend.

The Week in Review…

Happy New Year
I would like to take the time to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year. I hope that your break was enjoyable, and that you had time to relax with your family and friends.





Equity and Inclusivity
YRDSB's Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee's Anti-Black Racism sub-committee is inviting parents and community members to attend a community consultation. Please refer to the memo below for more details, and if you are interested in attending, please click on this link to register.

YRDSB's Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee's Classism Sub-Committee will be hosting community conversation with parents and community members who are advocates for those marginalized by low income and class-based discrimination. Please refer to the memo below for more details.


Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

Information Sessions
Information sessions for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place at French Immersion schools that have a Grade 1 program on January 18, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Please visit YRDSB’s website in January 2018 http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/fi/Pages/Program-Locations.aspx) to find the FI program location for your elementary school location.

Registration
FI registration will begin on January 19, 2018. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2018, and wishing to enroll in the FI Program, can visit or call their home school office and request an Office Index Card - short version. This Office Index Card must be signed by the principal of the home school. Parents or guardians then take this form, along with one piece of identification showing their address to the designated FI program location to register, between January 19 and February 9, 2018.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

Late Registrations
Late registrations are those submitted after February 9, 2018.  Late registrations will be treated on a first- come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.

Accommodation Plan
YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community's Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student's FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools.

More information is available on the Board’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.

CIA Bracelets
Children in Action (CIA) is hosting a Valentine’s fundraiser selling Rafikis. The Rafikis we are selling are in support of education, food and water. A portion of the money from each handmade Rafiki goes towards empowering women in Kenya to help them to earn money to send their children to school.
The word Rafiki means “friend” in Swahili, so buy one for your friend, and know that you’re making an impact AND getting a pretty bracelet!
Starting on Monday, January 15th, orders for Rafiki bracelets can be handed in to CIA members in the front foyer at morning recess until Thursday, January 18th. Payment can be made through School Cash Online or in cash.

Tamil Heritage Month
January is Tamil Heritage month, and prominent in this month is a harvest festival called Thai Pongal. The festival is similar in nature to Thanksgiving celebrations recognized in North America. Historically, Tamil culture was an agriculture-based civilization where farmers depended on their cattle, timely rain and the Sun for a bountiful harvest. Once a year during the Thai Pongal festival they celebrated the prosperity brought to them with a plentiful harvest.


Team Updates
Jr. Volleyball team played an exhibition game against Doncrest PS. The team played well, worked hard and made BHES proud. Go Bengals!

The Week Ahead…

Date
Event/Activity
Monday, January 15th
7:00 – School Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 16th
Talent Show Auditions begin
1:10 – Grade 4 and 5 Dancers meeting in Room 130
Wednesday, January 17th

Thursday, January 18th
Dental Screening
Friday, January 19th
P.A. Day – No classes for students

On-going Events…
CIA
Jr. Volleyball
Intermediate Boys and Girls Basketball
Band
Choir
BHES Talent Show
On-line Chess club on Day 4
Grade 6-8 Dance Fitness Club
Student Council
Grade 4-5 Dance Club