Bastion Family Movie Night

The Bastion PAC is pleased to present a Bastion Family Movie Night on Friday, December 9th! Please join us for a screening of the animated The Grinch (2018) movie, to held in the Bastion gym. Doors open at 6:00 pm, with the movie beginning at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be available, including popcorn, water and juice – or bring your own. Bring a blanket or a chair if you wish and get ready to enjoy the evening.

This is a family event – all children must have a supervising adult.

Thank you very much for joining us and we’ll see you there!

Flags at half-mast on Tuesday

Flags at SD83 school will be flying at half-mast on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to mark The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989). This act of violent misogyny shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

This day is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it. It is also a time to take action. Achieving a Canada free from gender-based violence requires everyone to educate themselves and their families and communities on gender-based violence, centre the voices of survivors in our actions and speak up against harmful behaviours.

More information is available here
Premier’s statement on National Day of Remembrance

The Week Ahead for Nov. 28th – Dec. 2nd

This will be a busy week at Bastion Elementary!! Below are some of the highlights that will be taking place.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open for families between Nov. 28 – Dec. 1.  Families are able to view and purchase books between 7:30 am – 8:00 am and 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm.  Online sales are open until Dec. 3rd (link on Bastion website).

There are several extra poinsettia plants available for purchase.  If you did not have a chance to order a poinsettia, and you would like one, please feel free to stop by the office and purchase one for $13.

Term 1 Written Learning Updates (aka report cards) will be available to view on Wednesday, November 30th. Written Learning Updates can be accessed through the MyEd BC Family Portal. Please click on the following link for the MyEd BC Family Portal and instructions on how to login to the Family Portal. I would like to suggest that families get set-up and login to the Family Portal prior to Wednesday, so you can easily login and view the Written Learning Update on Wednesday. Mr. Menzies will send an email out on Wednesday afternoon, to let families know the Written Learning Updates are posted and available for viewing.

LINK: MyEd BC Family Portal

Bastion’s Winter Concert will take place this week.  Please have a look at the chart below, to see which afternoon your child will be performing.  Each performance will be approximately 40 – 45 min. The school will be collecting items to donate to the Food Bank.  If you would like to support Bastion’s donation to the Food Bank, please bring non-perishable food items to the concert.

Performance A
Wednesday, November 30th at 12:30 pm
Performance B
Thursday, December 1st at 12:30 pm
Monsieur Mueller
Mme Jesse
Mrs. Webster
Mme Amber
Mme Valerie
Mrs. Ollinger
Mme Bartsch/Mme Heather
Mme van Varseveld
Mrs. MacDermott
Mrs. Williams
Mme Bird
Mme Nadine
Mme Candy
Monsieur Lazar
Monsieur Sorban
Ms. Mitchell/Ms. Matuga
Mrs. Chambers
Grade 3-4 Bastion Choir

Have a wonderful week, everyone!!

Photo Day

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 Tuesday, October 25th. On the Photo Day, please ensure your child does not wear green, as this colour conflicts with the green screen background.

Additional reminders for the week:

Monday, October 17th… PAC meeting at 6:30, in the Music Room. Babysitting will be available.

Thursday, October 20th… Fun Food Lunch (please ensure orders are submitted by October 15 midnight).

Friday, October 21st… Provincial Pro-D Day – Classes will not be in session.

Please be sure to sign-up to Student/Family/Teacher Conferences!!

Conference day coming up

Student-Teacher-Family Conferences play an important role in establishing student learning goals for the year. This year, in-person Student-Teacher-Family Conferences will take place on October 26th, 2022, at all Elementary and Middle Schools in SD83. Students will not be in attendance this day, except during their scheduled conference time. 

The Student-Teacher-Family conferences serve as an informal learning update (previously an “interim report”) and provide an opportunity to establish and build relationships where the student, teacher, and family collaboratively discuss meaningful goals for student growth. Areas of strength, areas for growth, and next steps will be identified for each student. 


  • Your child’s school will share information about how to book a conference time with your child’s teacher 
  • Conferences will be around 15 minutes in length for each student and will be held in your child’s classroom  
  • During the conference, opportunities will be provided to share examples of learning, reflect on areas of strength, and identify areas of further growth  
  • Student goals may be developed as part of the conference preparation in advance and then reviewed together during the conference, or discussed and completed together at the conference 
  • Any support required to meet the goals will also be identified during the conference 
  • Teachers will follow-up with all parents who are unable to attend on the October 26th Conference Day (options include: scheduling a conference meeting on another day, facilitating a virtual conference using Microsoft Teams, or discussing student growth and goals over the phone)  
  • Conferences will look and feel different based on the developmental stage and readiness of the child; for example, a student in Grade 1 may be more supported through the process than a student in Grade 8 
  • Student voice and participation are valued at all developmental stages; teachers and families will work together to support students as needed during these conferences 

The Ministry of Education and Child Care’s K to 12 Reporting Policy Framework provides an overview of the upcoming changes to the Student Reporting Policy, set to be fully implemented in the 2023/24 school year.