In the Loop…

Hey BPS Families!

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to School Council last night. It was a fair size group and a number of new parents joined us. We welcome anyone to come when they can, the more representative the council is of our community, the better!

Student Leadership – last week our grades 6-8 students had an opportunity to hear about possible leadership roles throughout the school. So many of our kids showed up to join that we had to move the meeting from the classroom space to the gym! This speaks to the great opportunites that staff are creating wtih students and to the need for this type of thing for our kids since school closures of 2020. We will continue to look for ways to engage our students this year and bring back the ‘other’ parts of school!

Progress Reports – reminder that progress reports are going home the week of November 15th. EDsby sent notification out yesterday morning for you to set up a time to meet with teachers. Please make sure to sign up when you can – we look forward to speaking with you!

Healthy Snacks – We are continuing to offer students healthy snacks at recess time. This week is bananas, mandarin oranges, apples and mini carrots. All food is washed and if not in its’ own skin… individually packaged. We are grateful for the ability to support our students this way and for School Council for helping fund this initiative.

THIS WEEK:

This week we are acknowledging the 6th annual Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario. We are recognizing the importance of treaties and increasing awareness of the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Ontario. Students will be hearing announcements, reading books, and talking about this in class. More information can be found here.

The week of November 1st to 7th marks annual Holocaust Education Week (HEW). This year’s theme is Holocaust Distortion, Myths and Misinformation: Dispel the myths and misinformation that fuel antisemitism and hatred. The Holocaust was the systemic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jewish people by the Nazi regime and its allies, and it’s critical that we not allow this cruel chapter of modern history to fade from memory. Today we had our first announcement about this and will hear more later this week. Our older students have the opportunity to hear from a Holocaust survivor in a zoom presentation. #neveragain

THIS MONTH:

This month is Hindu Heritage Month. Did you know that about a half a million Hindu’s call Canada home? This month we celebrate and recognize the contributions that Hindu people make to Ontario and beyond. This week is Diwali, or Dipawali. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. Learn more here. We will be learning about Hindu Heritage Month over the coming weeks here at school.

Be Kind. Be Proud. Be Bakersfield.