News & Notes, Volume 13, No. 9

Christmas Concert
Our Christmas concert this year will feature our super talented learners in grades three and four.  It is scheduled for 1:00pm on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Tickets will be on sale starting tomorrow (Wednesday) for $5 each on the basis of two per learner for now.  Families who would like additional tickets should check with us on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at which point any unsold tickets will be made available on a “first come, first served” basis.
To purchase tickets, please enclose the correct amount of money in an envelope/baggie with your name on it with a note indicating that it is for concert tickets and have your child pass it directly to your child’s teacher.
Christmas Vacation
Please note that our Christmas vacation commences at 12:30pm on Friday, December 22, 2017.  School will reopen at 8:30am on Monday, January 8, 2018.
Christmas Collection
Continuing our efforts to instill values around community service, we have selected the Thrive Community Network as our charity for Christmas giving this year.  The Thrive Community Network is a local organization that was established in 2001 as part of the province’s Community Youth Networks.  The mandate of this organization is to provide services and support to resilient youth and young adults who live in poverty with limited access to mainstream programs and services.
Thrive is looking for new personal care items and stocking stuffers in order to give holiday stockings to its members at their annual Christmas dinner.  They are specifically looking for men’s and women’s deodorant, body wash/soap, shampoo/conditioner, razors, shaving cream, men’s and women’s socks, individual tissue packs, warm hats and gloves, and of course, chocolate or other treats.
We will be accepting donations up to and including Friday, December 8, 2017 at which point we will deliver our collection.
Let’s show this organization our best generosity ever and support them in their efforts to shape the lives of these youth and young adults.
Eyeglass Collection Project
Congratulations to Mme Kennedy’s grade three class on winning the pizza party from our local Lions Club.  Mme Kennedy’s students brought in the most glasses from all of our classes here at Beachy Cove closely followed by Mrs. Tobin’s kindergarten class. Because the numbers were so high from each class, the very generous Lions from the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Lions Club decided to award pizza party to Mrs. Tobin’s class as well.
Our first annual read-in was a resounding success with more than two dozen guest readers in our classrooms, all of whom read high quality children’s literature selections to very eager audiences.  It was an incredibly warm and satisfying experience to watch everyone enjoy being read to at the same time throughout our school.  All of our guest readers expressed their pride in participating in this event.

(NTV’s Meteorologist, Eddy Scheerr, reading to our grade two class.)

Field Trips
We pride ourselves on supplementing classroom experiences with educational excursions to various sites within our region.  Please note the following as you prepare yourselves for these special events:

  • A signed consent form from parents is required in order for our learners to participate; we will no longer accept permission over the telephone.  In the interest of avoiding disappointment and having you come to the school to sign the form on the day of the field trip, please be prompt in submitting the required forms.
  • Should teachers require parents to volunteer as chaperones, we require a current certificate of conduct with the vulnerable sector check completed.  If this documentation is not in place, you may still attend the field trip; however, you may only chaperone your child.

50/50 Lottery
Our second 50/50 ticket lottery this year will take place on December 15, 2017, the tickets for which have already been distributed.  Funds raised from these initiatives will offset the costs associated with our ArtsSmarts program, BrainPop subscription, and our literacy and technology programs.

Thank you for your tremendous support of our first 50/50 lottery.  If you would like to purchase/sell additional tickets, please call us at the school (895-2241) and we will happily provide some if we have any on hand.  Conversely, if you have tickets that you cannot sell, please return them promptly as we have others who may be waiting on them.

We congratulate Gary Byrne who was the winner of our first lottery.  Gary walked away with a cheque for $4831.

Telephone Messages
We will happily deliver any telephone messages to your children as long as they are received by 1:00pm; we are unable to guarantee delivery of messages received after 1:00pm.

Beachy Cove Mascot
We were thrilled last week to introduce our school mascot “Pounce” to our school community. “Pounce” the Puma made his way to our school assembly and delighted everyone with his presence.  Our learners are now excitedly accumulating “Puma Paws” that they can redeem for a class visit by Pounce.

We have many learners with life threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Consequently, peanuts, tree nuts, and products containing them, including peanut butter, are banned schoolwide.

You should also be aware that soy butter products which have been formulated to have the same consistency and taste as peanut butter is also banned.  This is to avoid any potential for confusion and mistakes in consumption by our learners with allergies.

Another of our young learners has a life-threatening allergy to sesame seeds; however, while we don’t have a ban on sesame seeds and products containing them, we strongly encourage our families to bear this in mind when shopping for and packing lunches and snacks for school.

We have another learner who has a life-threatening allergy to kiwi fruit; however, it is not an airborne allergen.  Consequently, kiwi fruit, like sesame seeds and products that contain them, are not banned but we encourage caution when packing them. 

Finally, cooked eggs (i.e., boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, fired eggs, poached eggs, egg salad sandwiches or in any other stand-alone form) are also banned.

All of the families affected by these allergens extend their thanks and appreciation to our entire school community for adhering to these expectations.

Upcoming Events
Please note the following dates for various events scheduled for this year.  We reserve the right to change these dates with advance notice to you.

Grade 3/4 Christmas Concert – Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 1:00pm;
School Closes for Christmas – Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12:30pm;
School Re-Opens following Christmas Break  – Monday, January 8, 2018 at 8:30am;
Grade Four Immunizations -Thursday/Friday, January 11-12, 2018;
KinderStart #1 (no school for K) – Friday, February 23, 2018;
Professional Development Day (no school) – Friday, February 9, 2018
Mid-Winter Break (no school) – Friday, February 16, 2018;
Mid-Winter Break (no school) – Monday, February 19, 2018 (yes, both days);
Education Week – February 18-24, 2018;
Skating Sessions (details to follow) – February 20-23, 2018;
Term II Progress Reports Released – Monday, March 19, 2018;
Term II Parent-Teacher Interviews -Thursday, March 22, 2018 (closing at 11:00am);
KinderStart #2 (no school for K) – Friday, March 23, 2018;
School Closes for Easter Vacation – Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 2:40pm;
School Re-Opens following Easter Break – Monday, April 9, 2018 at 8:30am;
Earth Day Assembly (grade three) – Friday, April 20, 2018 at 1:30pm;
KinderStart #3 (no school for K) – Friday, April 27, 2018;
Art Day (details to follow) – Friday, April 27, 2018;
Spring Concert for grades ½ – Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 1:00pm;
Kindergarten Spring Concert – Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1:00pm;
Professional Development Day (no school) – Friday, May 18, 2018
Victoria Day (no school) – Monday, May 21, 2018;
KinderStart #4 (no school for K) – Friday, May 25, 2018;
School Leaving Ceremony for Grade Four – Friday, June 1, 2018 at 1:00pm;
K-2 Sports Day – Tuesday, June 19, 2018;
3-4 Sports Day – Thursday, June 21, 2018;
Alternate Day for K-2 Sports Day – Friday, June 22, 2018
Alternate Day for 3-4 Sports Day – Monday, June 25, 2018;
School Closes for the Year – Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 12:30pm.


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