Hello, Bastion Families!! With the sunshine and warm weather forecast for this week, we’re looking forward to getting the students outside to exercise their bodies and their brains.
So many students and staff members participated in Creative Hair Day, on April 1st. The students had so much fun showing how creative they could be with different hairstyles, colours, and interesting accessories. Some parents must have gotten up very early to help their children with some amazingly creative hair! Here is a photo of some of our Creative Hair Day participants.
Here’s what’s happening this week at Bastion Elementary…
Monday, April 12th
We hope everyone has a Marvelous Monday!!
Tuesday, April 13th
Secwepmec Language Lessons. Ms. Sandra Eustache, our school district’s Teacher of Secwepmec Language, will be facilitating her final Secwepmec language lessons with five of our classes. She will be culminating her lessons with a display of Secwepmec cultural artifacts, to share with the students. We would like to thank Ms. Eustache for sharing her passion for the Secwepmec language and culture.
Cross-Country Running Practice. All of our students (K – Gr. 5) are will have the opportunity to join the Cross-Country Running Team. A big thank you goes to Monsieur Lazar, Mme Dollack and Monsieur Mueller for coordinating the Lunch runs and promoting fun and physical fitness. Lunch runs will take place every Tuesday and Thursday. If your child is planning on running at Lunch, please ensure your child comes to school with proper footwear for running.
Wednesday, April 14th
Principal Evaluation Survey Closes. Thank you to those parents/guardians who have already participated in Mr. Menzies’ Principal Evaluation Survey. The survey closes on Wednesday at noon. If you have not had a chance to participate in the survey, your participation would be greatly appreciated. Here is a link to the survey: https://forms.office.com/r/2thrxdriFt Thank you!
Thursday, April 15th
Cross-Country Running Practice. Even if your child did not run on Tuesday, they are welcome to join the team for Thursday’s Lunch run.
Friday, April 16th
SMS Grade 5 Scout Visit. Two of our Grade 5 students will act as “scouts” and visit Shuswap Middle School, along with some Grade 5 students from other Salmon Arm schools. The “scouts” will have a chance to explore SMS, take some pictures and ask some questions. Our “scouts” will then have a chance to report back to their Grade 5 peers, about what they learned during this initial visit to SMS. This is just the starting point, to help our Grade 5s have a successful transition to Shuswap Middle School.
As mentioned in “The Week Ahead”, the Bastion Leadership Team will be hosting a school spirit day on Thursday, April 1st. After some excellent conversations and with much thought and consideration, we have decided to rename our school spirit day to Creative Hair Day.
You may be asking, “why Creative Hair Day?” At Bastion Elementary, we want to ensure all of our students are feeling included in a safe and comfortable way. We would like all of our students and staff to have fun by coming to school with creative hairstyles, and not make anyone feel that their natural hair or hairstyle is “crazy” or “weird”. By promoting certain hairstyles as “crazy” or “weird” we may negatively affect students from different backgrounds and cultures. For example, a child of colour may wear his/her hair in a certain way on a daily basis, and we want that child to feel proud of his/her hair and the cultural significance of the hairstyle. We do not want a child of colour to feel his/her hair is “crazy” or “weird”.
There are many creative ways to style hair, such as:
Some hairstyles that can be considered culturally insensitive may include:
Thank you for continuing to help promote a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment, for all of our learners, at Bastion Elementary.
Joel Menzies (Principal)
Happy Spring to all of our Bastion families!! Seeing the children this morning was absolutely wonderful!! There were lots of smiles from the students (and a few even bigger smiles from the parents!), as the students were happy to be back at school to see their friends and teachers.
There are just a few info items, before I provide the outline for the week:
- I would like to welcome Mr. Jason Chambers to Bastion! Mr. Chambers will be teaching in the English Grade 3/4 class for the remainder of the school year, as Mrs. Fehr has begun her Maternity Leave.
- I would also like to welcome Ms. Jordan Kosinsky to Bastion! Ms. Kosinsky is a student teacher from the University of Calgary and she will be mentored by Mrs. MacDermott, in our English Grade 2/3 class.
- We had four new students begin at Bastion today. I would like to welcome Eva, Kaden, Isla, Tristen and their families to our Bastion Bobcat learning community!
- Very Important… the church across from the school is currently having renovations done. The church would appreciate if families would refrain from using the parking lot as a place to drop-off/wait for their children. With the construction taking place, the workers need the space and we do not want our students to be walking through any unsafe situations. Thank you for respecting this request.
Here is what is happening this week at Bastion:
Tuesday, March 30th
Purdy’s Orders – Sorting Day. The Purdy’s orders should arrive in the morning and some parents will be at the school sorting the orders, so families can pick-up their orders on Wednesday. Thank you to those volunteers who are making themselves available to sort the chocolates… this takes a lot of will power!
Wednesday, March 31st
Purdy’s Orders – Pick-up Day. Starting at 7:30 am, volunteers will be in the gym to help family members collect their Purdy’s orders. When coming to pick-up an order, please walk around to the east side of the school (upper soccer field) and make your way to the exterior gym doors. A volunteer will ask for the name your order is under and they will bring your order to you at the gym door. If you are waiting in line, please be sure to respect physical distancing of 2m between you and the next person in line. Orders can be picked up between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm. Thank you to our volunteers, and a special thank you to Allison who has organized this PAC fundraiser!! We appreciate the support our school’s families are providing the PAC and the school, by participating in these types of fundraisers.
Thursday, April 1st
Crazy Hair Day. Our Grade 5 Leadership Team is hosting Crazy Hair Day on April Fool’s Day, and that’s no joke! We’re looking forward to seeing our students and staff members be creative and come up with some interesting and crazy hair. Mme Jegues and I will be looking to see if any parents coming through the parking lot will be sporting crazy hair (and no, bedhead does not count!). Thank you to the Leadership Team for hosting this event!!
Friday, April 2nd
Good Friday. School will not be in session on Friday, April 2nd, due to the stat holiday. Monday is also a holiday, so we will look forward to seeing the students back at school on Tuesday, April 6th. Happy Easter, everyone!
Joel Menzies (Principal)
We hope all of our staff members, students, and Bastion families have a wonderful and restful Spring Break!! Enjoy some good quality family time, as you go for walks, work in the garden, read some books, or go for bike rides.
We look forward to seeing the students back on March 29th!!