The Week Ahead for April 26th – 30th

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

Monday, April 26th

Fire Drill. The students and staff will be participating in a Fire Drill, just before Lunch. Watching almost 400 students and staff members quietly exit the building, in about 5 minutes, is pretty amazing. All of our Bobcats do a great job!

PAC Meeting. The April PAC meeting will take place at 6:30pm, via Teams. If you would like to join the meeting, please email Mr. Menzies before 3:00, as he will send out the meeting link shortly after 3:00. Along with our regular agenda items (eg. financial report, fundraising, etc.), one addition to the agenda will be a discussion around nominations and elections of PAC executive members, for the 2021-2022 school year.

Tuesday, April 27th

Division 4 Field Trip. Mrs. MacDermott’s class will be going on a field trip to the Allan Brook Nature Centre. At the Nature Centre, the students will participate in a variety of nature-based activities to engage their natural curiosity and allow them to reconnect with the joys of nature.

SMS Principal to Visit Grade 5 Students. The principal of Shuswap Middle School, Ms. Sydney Griffith, will be coming to Bastion to meet all of our Grade 5 students. There will be two presentations – one for the English cohort and one for the French cohort. Ms. Griffith will show the students a PowerPoint presentation about “A Day in the Life of a Middle School Student” and she will have a Q & A period. If students have any specific questions they would like to ask, this will be the perfect time.

Cross-Country Running. Many students have continued to run for 30 minutes at Lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Seeing the students strive to reach new levels of physical fitness, while having fun, is great to see!

Wednesday, April 28th

Administrative Professionals’ Day. We would like to acknowledge all of the amazing work our clerical staff does to help our school be a great place to learn and work. Mrs. Mohle and Jong-Ae work incredibly hard to support all of our staff members and our students. Whether they are helping teachers fix the photocopier, making sure Mr. Menzies is on top of the school’s budget, celebrating a student’s first time losing a tooth, or greeting guests at our school with a smile, we appreciate everything Mrs. Mohle and Jong-Ae do!! We are very lucky to have such wonderful Administrative Professionals!!

Thursday, April 29th

Poem in Your Pocket Day. Our Teacher-Librarian, Ms. Murrells-Allaway is promoting the national “Poem in Your Pocket Day”. Each class will have a chance to post poems on a display board in the hall – these can be poems the students write or find at home or in class. We may even have a little poetry reading at Lunch, where students or staff members could share a favorite poem.

Friday, April 30th.

School Spirit Day. Our Gr. 5 Leadership Team has put up posters to promote Hat Day. All of our students and staff members are invited to wear a hat on Friday. It could be a favorite hat, a unique hat, or a team hat – any hat that is brought to school can be worn all day!

Division 10 and 11 Field Trip. Mme Dollack and Monsieur Sorban’s classes will be walking to the Salmon Arm Foreshore Trail to explore the local ecosystem. We know our students will be great ambassadors for our school, as they respect all parts of nature and show their wonderful smiles to other people enjoying the trail.

Bobcats in the News

Here is another wonderful example of how one of our Bastion Bobcats is making a difference in our local community. We’re proud of you, Armaan!!

Please click on the photo to read the news story and learn about Armaan’s generosity.

The Week Ahead for April 12th – 16th

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: 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.