Dates/Info to Make Note Of…

October 11th – 13th is Bastion Festival du livre (French Book Fair). Festival du livre will be open to families during the mornings, between 7:30 – 8:05, as well as after school from 2:10 – 4:30. Students who are not accompanied by a family member can visit the Festival du livre during Recess and Lunch. For more information about the Festival du livre, including a sign-up for family members to volunteer to help at the Festival du livre, please click on the following link:

October 17th is our individual Student Photo Day. Each class will be called down to the gym, so students can have an individual photo taken by a photographer from Mountain West Studios. On October 17th, your child will come home with a QR Code card, which will give you access to view and order photos online. The photos will be ready for viewing on Monday, October 24th. On the Photo Day, please ensure your child does not wear green, as this colour conflicts with the green screen background.

October 20th will be our first Fun Food Lunch!! Families have the option of pre-ordering a hot food item for their child(ren). This year the PAC voted to go with Boston Pizza as our Fun Food provider, which offers pizza (gluten-free option), chicken bites, Bugs ‘n’ Cheese, or spaghetti (gluten-free option). Families can pre-order for the whole school year or pre-order month by month. Orders for October must be submitted by Saturday, October 15th. Please note… the school office is not involved in the ordering or processing of orders. If you have any questions, please contact our Fun Food Coordinator, Katy, at Please click on the following link for more information, as well as instructions on how to order Fun Food online:

October 21st is a Provincial Professional Development Day. Teacher across the province will be participating in various Professional Development conferences and workshops. Classes will not be in session on this day.

October 26th is School District No. 83’s Student/Family/Teacher Conference Day. All elementary and middle schools will be participating in conferences on this day, with a similar format to what has been done in the past. There are a couple of notable changes this year, we’d like families to be aware of. Conferences are now the first informal communication about student learning/progress. This means the conference acts as an interim report to provide families with an update on how the child is doing, with a specific focus on developing an action plan for a student-centered goal. With conferences being an informal communication of student learning, the students will now receive a formal written report card in late November. The second notable change is that classes will not be in session on Wednesday, October 26th. In the past, the students have been dismissed at Lunch, with conferences taking place in the afternoon. This year, conferences will take place all day. Students will attend the conference, with their family member(s). Additional information will be provided to families soon, including a link to sign-up for Student/Family/Teacher Conferences.

October 31st is Halloween. Students and staff members are invited to wear costumes to school on Monday, October 31st. Please click on the following link to view Bastion Elementary’s guidelines for costumes:

Online Consent Forms

Please note… several families have not yet completed the online consent forms. Below are two links, which can be used to complete the online consent forms. We would appreciate if families could complete these as soon as possible. Thank you!

Link to Instructions for Accessing Parent Connect & Instructions for Completing Online Consent Forms

ParentConnectInstructions2020_09v2.pdf (

Link to Parent Connect

CIMS ParentConnect – Sign In (

Festival du livre

Our Festival du livre (French Scholastic Book Fair) will be taking place, starting today, October 5th. Between October 5th and 7th, students will be able to look at and purchase books during their Library classes. Online sales will also be starting today. If families would like to purchase books online, please click on the following link:

Festival du livre Online Sales

On Tuesday, October 11th to Thursday, October 13th, students and their families will be able to look at and purchase books during the following times:

7:30 am – 8:05 am / 9:38 – 9:55 (Little Recess) / 11:23 – 11:55 (Big Recess) / 2:15 pm – 4:30 pm

A big thank you goes to Mme Murrells-Allaway and Mrs. White for organizing, setting up and facilitating the Festival du livre. Family members who would like to volunteer to help with sales in the Library, can contact Mme Murrells-Allaway ( In your email, please include your name and contact information, as well as your child’s name. Thank you in advance to those who are able to help make the Festival du livre run smoothly!!

FSA assessment

 This is the time of year when our students in grades 4 & 7 begin participating in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). This annual provincial assessment, measures students’ academic skills and provides the district with a snapshot of students’ foundational skills in literacy and numeracy. All students in grades 4 & 7 are required by the Ministry of Education and Child Care to participate in the FSA. 

The results of the FSA serve as an important tool to support student learning in SD83 which will be particularly important as we continue to determine the impact of COVID-19 on student learning. The district also uses the assessment data to support the alignment of resources during our annual budget discussions. FSA data is not part of the formal student evaluation process and is not included in student report cards. 

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Terry Fox School Run 2022

“Eighteen-year-old Terry Fox of Port Coquitlam, BC never saw himself as remarkable. Granted, he displayed an unusual determination to achieve the goals he set for himself but his orbit was local – family, school, sports and friends. But Terry’s cancer diagnosis of osteogenic sarcoma just above the knee, the subsequent amputation of his leg and experience in the children’s cancer wards changed all that. A newly nurtured reservoir of compassion, combined with a fierce determination to bring an end to the suffering cancer causes, set Terry on a path that, quite simply, changed the world.”

Bastion Elementary will be participating in the Terry Fox School Run on Friday, September 23rd. All classes will join the run, which will begin at 12:30. A special thank you goes to Mme Valerie and Mrs. Goshulak for organizing the event!

Students and staff are encouraged to bring a “Toonie for Terry” to school, and donations will be passed on to the Terry Fox Foundation. To help reduce the amount of contact with money, we will also be collecting donations online. The Terry Fox Foundation has set-up a website, specific to Bastion Elementary, to collect donations. Please click on the link below, if you’d like to donate online. Thank you for your support!!

Bastion Elementary Online Donations