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 jmenzies@sd83.bc.ca). 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

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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.

https://www.cbc.ca/music/events/canadian-music-class-challenge/challengeyour-kids-to-raise-their-inside-voices-in-song-1.5531690

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!

Easing children’s anxiety

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education and Health’s EASE team has been hard at work adapting EASE classroom activities for use at home by parents and caregivers to support children’s mental health and continuous learning.

EASE at Home is a collection of fun and practical strategies to help guide parents and caregivers in managing their children’s anxiety and worries in the comfort of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The links below include suggestions for fun and engaging activities:

EASE at Home – Grades K– 3

EASE at Home – Grades 4 – 7

For more everyday activities and resources to help support continuous learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, view the Ministry of Education’s Keep Learning BC website https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/ and First Nations Education Steering Committee’s website. http://www.fnesc.ca/continuous-learning/

More information is available at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/ease

Supporting essential services

Part of the government’s direction to school districts during this challenging time is to provide some support for the children of Tier 1 essential service workers who have no other child care options. This has caused some confusion with parents as many are on the essential services list, but not necessarily in the Tier 1 group. Hopefully the following information will help provide clarity.

Click on this link for more details.

Calling all families

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We just wanted to let parents know that with the unprecedented number of phone calls teachers are making to students and parents, many of these calls will not be coming from our school phone number.

Some of the calls may show up as No Caller ID.

Some will show up on your call display as (236) 600-9089.

Please answer as it will be a teacher attempting to contact you. Thanks!

If you missed Monday’s letter to parents explaining about the phone calls please click here.