Festival du livre

Starting Tuesday, October 9th, our annual Festival du livre (French Scholastic Book Fair) will take place in the Library.  A variety of French information books, picture books and novels will be for sale.  Students may also purchase bookmarks and posters.

The Festival du livre will run from October 9th to 11th, and be open to students and families during the following time:

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  • 7:45 to 8:05 am
  • 9:45 to 10:00 am (Recess)
  • 11:45 am to 12:15 pm (Lunch)
  • 2:05 to 4:00 pm

The Festival du livre will end at 3:00 pm on Thursday.

Students who purchase books will be entered into a draw, and the winner will win free books for him/herself as well as his/her classroom.

By purchasing books at the Festival du livre, families will be supporting the Bastion Library, as a percentage of the sales will be credited back to the Library, allowing us to purchase books and add to our French collection.  Thank you very much for you support!!

A BIG thank you goes to our Teacher-Librarian, Ms. Murrells-Allaway, for organizing this wonderful event!!

If family members have any questions, or you would like to volunteer to help during the Festival du livre (sales/support during open times  and clean-up on Thursday afternoon), please contact Ms. Murrells-Allaway at smurrell@sd83.bc.ca.  You can click on the link below to view the Volunteer Schedule, then contact Ms. Murrels-Allaway to sign-up for a time.  Thank you for your assistance!!

Volunteer Schedule for Festival du livre

Clean Up Volunteer Schedule & Tasks, Thurs. Oct 11th, 3-4:15’sih pm (pending # of volunteers)

Please note:  the English Scholastic Book Fair will take place during the first week of December.

Three Very Important Events

Bastion Elementary is very pleased to be participating in and supporting three very important upcoming events…

The Dancers of Damelhamid will be performing at our school on Wednesday, September 26th.  The performance will begin at 8:40 am and family members are welcome to attend.  The Dancers of Damelahamid are an inter-generational Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of BC. They share song, story and dance that reflects the richness of their ancestry. They have performed in New Zealand, Australia, China, Germany, Peru, Ecuador, across Canada and throughout BC. Their mandate is to revive their heritage for future generations and to foster cross-cultural acceptance and understanding of the richness of Indigenous arts and culture.


The Terry Fox National School Run will be held on Thursday, September 27th.  Our students will continue where Terry Fox left off, by participating in a run and by making donations to The Terry Fox Foundation.  We are encouraging each student and staff member to bring in a Toonie for Terry.  Families are welcome to join us for the run!  The run will begin at 11:15 am, on the upper soccer field.


Our final event of the week will be Orange Shirt Day on Friday, September 28th.  Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at a residential school, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Meet the Teacher – September 13th

mTTPlease feel free to stop by the school, with your children, on Thursday, September 13th.  Classrooms will be open between 6:00 – 7:00 pm, so your son/daughter can introduce you to his/her teacher and show you around the classroom.

Following the Meet the Teacher event, the PAC executive will be hosting the first PAC meeting of the school year.  Please join us at 7:00 pm to learn all about the wonderful things our PAC does to support our learning community.

The Big Day is Here!

Image result for school is almost hereWe hope everyone has been having an amazing summer, and that all of the children are looking forward to starting a new school year!!

Here are a few things to keep in mind, as we approach the first day of school:

  1. Office Hours.  The school office will be open from 8:30 – 2:30, starting Monday, August 27th.  Our secretaries, along with Mr. King (VP) and Mr. Menzies (Principal) will be in the school all week, preparing for a new school year and welcoming any parents/students who wish to stop by and say “hi”.  We do have some student report cards and personal items which were not picked up in June.  If you did not receive your child’s report card in June, feel free to stop by and pick up the report card.
  2. New Student Registration.  Registration for new students will take place on Tuesday, August 28th.  When coming to register your child(ren), please bring each child’s birth certificate, BC Services Card (or equivalent provincial medical card), and a document showing your home address (eg. driver’s license, utility bill, etc.).  Once the registration is complete, we will be more than happy to give parents and their children a tour of the school.  If you are not able to come to the school on August 28th, please call the school and we can make alternate arrangements.
  3. First Week of School.  The Grade 1 – 5 students will start school on Tuesday, September 4th.  When the Welcoming Bell rings at 8:02, the students will line-up at the exterior door of last year’s classroom.  The students will spend the first day in their last year’s classrooms, so we can determine who has moved away and who has recently registered.  On Wednesday (maybe even Thursday), the students will be able to go to their classrooms for the year and meet their teachers.  Kindergarten students will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 5th.
  4. School Supplies.  Families do not need to go out and purchase school supplies for their children.  The school has purchased school supplies for each classroom, and families are charged a School Supply Fee to cover the cost of the supplies used over the course of year.  In preparation for the first day, students will need to have a backpack and a clean pair of indoor runners (with non-marking soles).  To view a copy of the 2018-2019 School Fee Schedule, please click on the link below:

School Fee Schedule 2018-2019

Have a wonderful rest of the summer, and we are looking forward to seeing all of the students’ smiling faces, very soon!  Smiley