Spring Break

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We hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break!!  Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling to somewhere wqrm, take the time to relax and have fun with family and friends.

We’re looking forward to seeing the students on April 1st, when school is back in session.


The Week Ahead for March 11th – 15th

We have a few big events taking place this week, so please read on to find out what is happening at ecole elementaire Bastion Elementary School…

Monday, March 11th
Magnificent Monday.
The students will continue to be magnificent!!

Tuesday, March 12th
French Immersion Film Festival.
French Immersion students will be walking to the Salmar Classic (busing back to the school) to watch a French film. The K – Gr. 2 film will be viewed at 9:30 and is called La guerre des tuques. The Gr. 3 – 5 film will be viewed at 11:30 and is called La course des tuques. There will not be a concession, but the students are welcome to bring a snack. Please ensure permission forms are returned by today at the latest. Thank you!
Grade 5 Girls’ Basketball. After a fantastic season, both of our girls’ teams will be participating in a year-end tournament, hosted by Shuswap Middle School. Thank you to our coaches, Mrs. Smith and Mme Valerie, for putting in the time and energy to help our athletes learn the game and develop their skills. We would like to thank all of the parents who drove our athletes to games and who cheered the teams on during games!!

Wednesday, March 13th
Grade 4/5 Talent Show.
The big day is here! Several of our Grade 4 and 5 students will be showcasing their talents and performing for the school. The Talent Show will begin at 10:10. Family members are more than welcome to join the school and watch our up and coming dancers, singers and comedians.

Thursday, March 14th
Grade 5 Boys’ Basketball.
Today, both our boys’ basketball teams will be heading to Shuswap Middle School to play in their year-end tournament. They will be playing in a round robin versus South Canoe and Hillcrest. Mr. Mueller and Mr. Menzies have been very proud of the players, as they have always worked hard and demonstrated great sportsmanship. Thank you to all of the parents who drove and cheered the teams on throughout the season!!

Friday, March 15th
Last Day Before Spring Break!
Report card envelopes and cover sheets (signed) are due today. We hope everyone has a wonderful two-week Spring Break!! The students and staff have been working very hard over the last few months and everyone deserves a fun and restful Spring Break.

Curriculum Information Night

Parents/Guardians of all Salmon Arm schools are invited to attend a parent information event hosted by School District No. 83.  The focus of the event will be the redesigned curriculum, including the Core Competencies.  There will be a presentation, followed by an opportunity for discussion.

The event will take place at Shuswap Middle School on Thursday, April 11th, at 6:00 pm.

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The Week Ahead for March 4th – 8th

Saturday night’s earthquake was an interesting experience! With all of the speculation about what had happened and experiencing what a minor earthquake feels like, Saturday evening was pretty entertaining!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already into the month of March… time flies when you’re having fun! Here is what the week looks like for our Bastion learning community:

Monday, March 4th
Magnificent Monday.
It will be a great day at Bastion!!

Tuesday, March 5th
Soccer Skills & Drills. Shuswap Youth Soccer has been touring to many of the elementary schools to promote the sport of soccer. Our students will be introduced to some skills and drills during a 30-35 minutes session, in the gym. Half of our classes will do a session on Tuesday, and the other half of the classes will do a session on Wednesday.
Grade 5 Girls’ Basketball. With the season coming to an end, the two Bastion girls’ teams will be playing each other in their final league game. Who do we cheer for?!?! We wish both teams the best of luck and we’re looking forward to a fun game.

Wednesday, March 6th
Soccer Skills & Drills.  The second half of our classes will participate in the skills and drills today.
Art Fair Workshops. Approximately twenty of our Grade 4/5 students will be participating in various Art Fair workshops taking place at Piccadilly Mall. Some of the workshops include: leather work, watercolor techniques, artist trading cards, and pottery. We hope the students enjoy this experience! A big thank you goes to Mrs. Rosman who organized all of the students attending the workshops, and for putting together the Art Fair displays that are currently at the mall. If you haven’t had a chance to walk through the mall to look at artwork from all of our district’s elementary schools, please be sure to visit the mall before Friday.

Thursday, March 7th
Fun Food Day.
It’s our monthly Fun Food Day where the students get a chance to munch on some pizza, veggies, and a cookie. We’d like to thank all of our family volunteers who come to help sort the food and deliver the food to our classrooms.
Grade 5 Boys’ Basketball. Both of our teams will be on the road this week. Mr. Mueller’s team will be traveling to Hillcrest, and Mr. Menzies’ team will be playing at Kings. Good luck, boys! Play hard and have fun!!

Friday, March 8th
Report Cards Go Home.
Please be sure to check your son/daughter’s backpack before the weekend begins, as all students will be bringing home their report cards today. Please spend time talking to your child about the teacher’s comment, and celebrate areas where your child has show growth and success. Discussing areas where improvement is needed is also important. Each child should know his/her parents and teacher will work together to help the child continue to improve and reach his or her personal best. Please remember to return the report card envelope, with the cover sheet signed by a parent/guardian. Thank you!

The Week Ahead for Feb. 25th – Mar. 1st

Here’s what’s happening at Bastion Elementary, this week:

Monday, February 25th
PAC Meeting.
All parents and guardians of our students are welcome to join us at 6:30 pm for the monthly PAC meeting. The meeting will take place in the Music room, and free babysitting is provided. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 26th
Ready, Set, Learn!
Our annual Ready, Set, Learn event will be taking place at 1:00 pm, in the gym. Ready, Set, Learn is a free early learning event for families with pre-school aged children who are 3 to 5 years old. All families who attend will receive free books and a kit of materials and resources to help support their child’s early learning experiences. Families are encouraged to pre-register for the event by calling the main office(250.832.3741) or contact Jennifer Findlay at jfindlay@sd83.bc.ca for more information.
Grade 5 Girls’ Basketball. Mme Valerie’s team will be playing at Bastion, against South Broadview. Mrs. Smith’s team will be travelling to Armstrong to play against Highland Park. Good luck girls! Play hard and have fun!!

Wednesday, February 27th
Pink Shirt Day 2019.
All of our students and staff members have been invited to wear pink on Wednesday to acknowledge Pink Shirt Day. The idea comes from two incredible Nova Scotia high school students in 2007. When a fellow student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, they decided to take a stand. They went out and bought pink shirts to give to fellow students to show their support for a boy who was being bullied simply for wearing a pink shirt. At Bastion, we have been focusing on kindness over the past couple of weeks, leading up to our celebration of kindness on Pink Shirt Day. All classes will be invited to attend the Pinknic at Lunch, where everyone can come to the gym and eat lunch together. #BEKIND #d’etre respectueux
Field Trip to Larch Hills. Mme van Varseveld and Mme Reid’s classes will be going to Larch Hills to participate in some snowshoeing and cross country skiing. We hope everyone has a wonderful time and dresses warmly!!

Thursday, February 28th
Grade 5 Boys’ Basketball.
Mr. Mueller’s team will be playing at Bastion, against MV Beattie. Mr. Menzies’ team will be playing at South Broadview. Both teams have been showing wonderful improvement over the last few weeks!! Keep up the good work, boys!
Fun Food Orders Due. If families have not pre-ordered for Fun Food Days, please be sure to complete an order online (or send in a form) and submit payment by today.

Friday, March 1st.
Art Fair.
From March 1st to March 8th, the annual SD83 Art Fair will be taking place at Piccadilly Mall. Artwork from all the elementary schools will be on display, so feel free to spend some time looking at all of the amazing art. Some of our Grade 4 and 5 students will be participating in Art workshops, at the mall, on March 6th.