News & Notes, Volume 15, No. 3

50/50 Lottery
Our first of two 50/50 lotteries is set to roll out today in support of our literacy and technology initiatives as we continue to build on our leveled text resources and our ChromeBook resources.  We’re providing each of our learners with a book of ten tickets ($2.00 per ticket) and the prize will be as high as $5500 (50% of the amount sold). A letter with other details of the program is being distributed with the tickets. (If you would like extra tickets, please let us know at the office.) Thank you for your kind support.

Kids Eat Smart
Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL will hold the annual Radiothon on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. They will broadcast live from the Avalon Mall, 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. on all stations of VOCM/Big Land FM Radio Network. Please call in your donation on November 6th or donate online at Please designate BEACHY COVE ELEMENTARY to ensure that we receive your donation.

Thrashless Tuesday
As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment and in light of our recent participation in the global climate strike, we will host “Thrashless Tuesday” on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  On this day in pafrticular,  we are encouraging our families to minimize or eliminate “thrash” from packed lunches brought from home.  This might include a reusable sandwich container and reusable cutlery.

We are also contemplating a ban on some single-use plastics provided by the school in our cafeteria including straws and utensils.  We would ensure that we have reusable cutlery on hand for those who might forget (if you have some to donate, we’d happily accept them).  What are your thoughts on this initiative?  It may take a little period of adjustment but we believe it can work with time.  Send us your thoughts on how we can implement this successfully.

Spark the Conversation
“Spark the Conversation” is a creative contest where young people are asked to draw or design a picture of how the concept of accessibility makes them feel. It is hoped that these efforts will spark a broader conversation on how accessibility in the built environment benefits us all.

The contest is open to all young people (K-12) in Newfoundland and Labrador, with an easy online submission process for both young people and their families. You can view the prizes and information on the attached student flyer or at or

PCSP Minor Soccer
On-line registration for PCSP Minor Soccer 2019 – 2020 Metro League season opened on October 14, 2019. Divisions include U7, U8, U9, U11, U13 and U15 for both boys and girls.

For additional information, visit or email

Come join an amazing group of kids, coaches and volunteers and share in the love of the beautiful game.

Date Changes
Please note that the date for the Kindergarten Christmas concert has moved to Friday, December 13, 2019 at 1:00pmand the date for the Kindergarten year-end celebration has been moved to Wednesday, June 17, 2019.

Hallowe’en Parties
We will celebrate Hallowe’en on Thursday, October 31, 2019 during the last hour of the school day.

As you begin the annual process of sourcing costumes, please bear in mind that we cannot permit costumes of a violent or sexual nature in our school and any props should be small, safe, unobtrusive and not represent violence (i.e., guns, etc.).

We are not in a position to accept class sets of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, loot bags, treat bags, etc. at our Hallowe’en Parties; we spend far too much time passing them out and they cause a tremendous mess for our cleaning staff. And, most importantly, we can never be too careful with allergens – far better to be safe than sorry.

Scholastic Book Fair
Our Scholastic Book Fair begins on Monday, October 21, 2019 and runs until Friday, October 25, 2019.   The fair gives us an opportunity to bring our students, teachers, families and books together; it is a wonderful community literacy event!

Our special Family Event is Wednesday, October 23 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Please email Mrs. Byrne at if you are interested in volunteering for this year’s book fair.

Our classes are scheduled to visit the fair as reflected below; please feel free to visit the fair along with your child.

K-O’Keefe – Monday 1:40pm; 2- Rice – Tuesday 12:40pm; K-Toope – Tuesday 9:00am; 2- Barela – Wednesday 10:45am; K- French – Monday 12:40pm; 2- Smith – Wednesday 10:15am; K-Delaney – Monday 1:10pm; 3- Jewer – Wednesday 8:30am; K-McGrath – Tuesday 9:30am; 3- Wilson – Wednesday 1:10pm;  K-Dicker – Tuesday 1:10pm; 3- Hatcher – Tuesday 2:10pm; 1- Kiss – Tuesday 10:15am; 3-Barrington– Monday 2:10pm; 1-Adey – Tuesday 10:45am; 3/4 Kennedy – Friday 10:15am; 1- Sweetapple – Tuesday 1:40pm; 4- Filler – Wednesday 9:30am; 1-Mills – Wednesday 9:00am; 4- H. Dawe – Wednesday 12:40pm; 1- Slade (LeShane) – Wednesday 11:15am; 4- van Nostrand – Wednesday 1:40pm; 2- Cobb – Tuesday 8:30am; 4- Shoemaker – Wednesday 2:10pm; 2- Hillier – Tuesday 11:15 am; and, 4- S.Dawe – Thursday 12:40pm.

School Closures
Please be reminded about our first school closure for professional development for this school year; it is set for Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The next PD day for which our school will be closed is set for Friday, November 22, 2019 followed by Friday, December 6, 2019.

We will also close at 11:00am on Thursday, December 5, 2019 to allow for parent-teacher interviews (details to follow).

Calendar of Events

October 21-25, 2019 – Scholastic Book Fair

October 29, 2019 – School PD (Classes Cancelled)

November 7, 2019 – Remembrance Day Assembly at 1:00pm (Grade Four)

November 8, 2019 – Mid-fall break

November 11, 2019 – Remembrance Day holiday

November 22, 2019 – School PD (Classes Cancelled)

November 29, 2019 – Term I Progress Reports

December 5, 2019 – Parent/Teacher Interviews (School closes at 11am.)

December 6, 2019 – School PD (Classes Cancelled)

December 11, 2019 – Christmas Concert at 1:00pm (Grade One)

December 13, 2019 – Christmas Concert at 1:00pm (Kindergarten)

December 18, 2019 – Christmas Breakfast (Breakfast Club)

December 20, 2019 – School closes at 12:30pm for Christmas vacation

January 6, 2020 – School reopens at 8:30am following Christmas vacation

January 16-17, 2020 – Grade four immunizations

January 17, 2020 – KinderStart # 1

February 11-13, 2020 – Skating Sessions with the Town of PCSP

February 14, 2020 – KinderStart # 2

February 17, 2020 – Mid-winter break

February 26, 2020 – Pounce’s Birthday Breakfast (Breakfast Club)

March 6, 2020 – School PD (Classes Cancelled)

March 16, 2020 – St. Patrick’s Day holiday

March 20, 2020 – KinderStart # 3

March 20, 2020 – Term II Progress Reports

March 26, 2020 – Parent/Teacher Interviews (School closes at 11am.)

March 27, 2020 – School PD (Classes Cancelled)

April 8, 2020 – Easter Breakfast (Breakfast Club)

April 9, 2020 – School closes at 2:40pm for Easter vacation

April 20, 2020 – School reopens at 8:30am following Easter vacation

April 22, 2020 – Earth Day Assembly at 1:30pm (Grade Three)

April 24, 2020 – KinderStart # 4

May 8, 2020 – Spring Concert at 1:00pm (Grade Two)

May 18, 2020 – Victoria Day holiday

June 5, 2020 – School Leaving Ceremony for Grade Four at 1:00pm

June 11, 2020 – Beachy Tones Musical at 1:00pm

June 16, 2020 – Sports Day for K, 1, & 2

June 17, 2019 Kindergarten Celebration at 1:00pm

June 18, 2020 – Sports Day for Grades 3 & 4

June 19, 2020 – Alternate Day for for K and Grades 1 & 2 Sports Day

June 19, 2020 – Year End Breakfast (Breakfast Club)

June 22, 2019 – Alternate Day for Grades 3 & 4 Sports Day

June 25, 2020 – School closes at 12:30pm for Summer vacation

June 26, 2020 – Administration Day (Teachers & Administration)

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