Important Return to School Reminders

Monday was an excellent first day of our return to in-class learning!  Seeing the students smiles and hearing them laugh and enjoy themselves was a wonderful way to start the week!!

Below are a few reminders, to help ensure things go smoothly throughout the day:

Morning Health Checks, at Home:

  • Before the students come to school, we would appreciate if all families could complete an initial health check.  It is extremely important that all children who enter the school are healthy and symptom free of any type of illness.  Please click on the link below, which lists questions you should be asking each day.
  • Daily Health Check at Home
  • If the answer is “yes” to any of the questions in the document, please keep your child at home.

Morning Drop-off :
Drop-off Times

  • Please remember to give your children a hug,  a kiss, and say good-bye at the school gates.  The children can then walk onto the school grounds independently.
  • Our goal is to minimize the number of adults on the school grounds, at the beginning of the day.
  • Hopefully, children will be on time, so they can do the Health Check with their classroom teacher.  If a student is late due to an appointment, please have your child come to the main office, knock on the door, and an office staff member will complete the Health Check and the student can then walk to class.

Afternoon Pick-up:
Pickup Times

  • Teachers will be parking off school grounds to open up parking spots, so parents can park, walk to collect their children from the class pick-up spot, and then immediately head home.  At the end of the day, we are working towards keeping the school grounds free of groups of adults.  Please only use the drive-thru lane if you see your child waiting at the fence.
  • Children who ride their bikes or walk, will be dismissed at 2:05.
  • Playgrounds will be closed at the end of the day, until 2:30.

General Reminders:

  • Continue to encourage your children to practice the healthy habits of hand-washing and physical distancing.
  • Provide your children with a couple of filled water bottles and easy to open food containers.
  • Parents, caregivers and guests will not be allowed in the building, unless they schedule an appointment with Mr. Menzies or Mme Jegues.  If you need to give your child a message, please contact the main office (250.832.3741).
  • We would like to keep to the weekly schedule of which students will be at school as firm as possible.  If you decide to have your child attend school or you choose to have your child stop attending, please contact Mr. Menzies or Mme Jegues.  A survey will be sent home each week, so families can indicate whether they would like to keep the schedule the same or make a change to the schedule, for the following week.
  • If your children are not attending school, please refrain from having your children come to the school to visit with friends at Recess, Lunch or the end of the day.  Only students who are scheduled to be at school should be on the school grounds.

Thank you very much for your continued support!!!

Does your child ride the bus?

As planning continues for school re-start on Monday, June 1, School District No. 83 (North-Okanagan-Shuswap) transportation department has important information for the parents of any child who will be riding the bus.

Student pick up and drop off times will remain the same for their return to school on June 1st. However, due to lower ridership, parents are requested to please have their children at the bus stop a minimum of five minutes early in the morning.  In addition, some high school students may return home a little earlier in the afternoon because fewer people are riding the bus.

Parents who have indicted their child will be riding the bus to school will be receiving an email directly from the SD83 Transportation Dept. with finalized information, later today or early Saturday. Please keep an eye out for it.

Drivers please be aware school zones are in effect. For the safety of all, we ask that everyone remember the importance of stopping for a school bus with red lights activated (We Stop – You Stop), please don’t rush the bus, and ensure you not driving distracted around our students or the bus.

Thank you!

Return to In-class Learning at Bastion

With many student returning to Bastion Elementary during the week of June 1st – 5th, we would like to share our new protocols and procedures to help reduce the chance of our students or staff members becoming ill.

Our goal is to implement various practices and procedures to maintain a safe and healthy learning and working environment.

Below is a video for parents to watch with their children, so our students can see what to expect when they are at school. 


Please click on the link below to read a document that outlines the various safety measures we are implementing at Bastion Elementary.

Letter to Families_Regarding School Health and Safety

Class Placement Requests

A Note About Class Placement Requests…

We would like to start off by saying, Class Placement Requests are not a necessary part of the process.  Bastion has a history of accepting numerous placement requests, and moving forward we would like to work towards minimizing the number of requests received.  Class placement requests should focus on the child’s placement based on educational reasons.  Please read the following carefully prior to submitting your request.

In June, the School-Based Team (SBT) will meet and discuss the class placement of each student. Tentative classes for September 2020 will be created in June, then finalized during the first week of September. The SBT consists of the outgoing and potential receiving classroom teachers, Learning Resource Teacher, Vice-principal and Principal. The SBT looks at the strengths and needs of the children and the team will make decisions based on the following:

High Priority Considerations
• Instructional groupings;
• Class composition, including special needs requirements;
• Social/cultural issues (independence, interactions, leadership);
• Behavioural/social concerns;
• Diversity in development (academic, social, emotional).

Middle Priority Considerations
• Groupings in previous years;
• Dominant grade grouping;
• Physical/social maturation;
• Learning style;
• Siblings and relations.

Lower Priority Considerations
• Friendships (Please note… requests based on friendships must be reciprocated and submitted by all families involved in the specific request);
• Teacher-learner compatibility;
• Class size (room to accommodate new students).

Student placement requests for September 2020, will be accepted starting May 13th. Requests must be submitted by May 29th, in order to be considered.

If parents or guardians have a specific request for their child(ren)’s class placement for September 2020, please submit a letter to Mr. Menzies (emailed directly to Mr. Menzies at The letter must clearly outline the request as well as provide specific educational reasons for the placement request.

When creating tentative classes, parent requests will be considered. However, we are unable to guarantee that requests can be fulfilled.  We are unable to guarantee specific placements, as we must consider what is best of all 380 students and we cannot guarantee that all teaching assignments will remain the same.

Thank you.

CBC Inside Voices


Join other Canadian children in song with professional vocal coach Jasmine
Denham in this CBC Project Inside Voices. It’s easy to participate. Simply go to
the website below and watch the latest video that will guide your family through
the project. Each week a new video will be added to move you along. Be sure to
be extra-creative and CBC may just decide to broadcast your video if you choose
to share it.

Video 3 (May 1): Learn the Song
Video 4 (May 8): Record and Share Your Song
May 13: Upload your project

At the end of the project you will have the option to upload to social media using the hashtags #CBCMusicclass and #cbckids. Remember that you will need your
parents’ permission to share any of your work online.

Please feel free to send your project to our Music Teacher here at school as well!