News & Notes, Volume 15, No. 4

School Closures

Please be reminded that our school will be closed on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 for teacher professional development.

Lifetouch School Photography
Photo proofs from school photography will come home today via the backpack express.  Orders for packages can be done online (Our secretaries will thank you forever!) at using the portrait ID and Access Code printed on the proof sheets.  Online orders are eligible for a free photo book and a drawstring backpack from Shutterfly.  Orders will be shipped for free if you order by November 7, 2019.

Retakes have been scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in the morning session.

School Spirit Activities
Our School Spirit Team has organized the following activities for our le arners for next week:

Monday, October 28, 2019 – Wear your ‘spook-tacular’ halloween colors;

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – Wear your Hallowe’en inspired hat/headband; and,

Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Wear costumes during the last hour of the day.

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.

Breakfast Club Milk
Our teachers are reporting that many of their learners are throwing away their milk that they get from the breakfast club in the mornings.  Please have a conversation with your child about this as we want to avoid wastage.  They are certainly free to take a milk each morning but if they’re not going to drink it, we’d prefer that they not take one.

Pumpkin Walk
The Children’s Wish Foundation is hosting a “Pumpkin Walk” next Friday night, November 1, 2019 to raise funds to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses in our province.  It starts at 5:00pm at Rainbow Gully Park and all you need to do is bring along your carved pumpkins and a donation for the Children’s Wish Foundation.  Hot chocolate will be served and prizes will be awarded.  For further information, please send a note to Dave Walsh at the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Tall Tales
Our learners will participate in “NewfoundlandLand” presentations here at BCE from October 30-November 1, 2019. Each of our classes will visit three displays and have the opportunity to learn about Newfoundland folklore, puppetry, film making, and environmental responsibility. The displays are themed around fairies, giants and the “ugly stick”. This presentation complements presecribed curriculum and provides many opportunities for expanding the curriculum in our classrooms.

We are looking forward to learning through storytelling.

School Food Guidelines
Schools are important places for children to make healthy choices. Offering children healthy foods and beverages at school builds a foundation for life-long healthy eating habits.

To improve the types of foods and beverages being offered at schools across Newfoundland and Labrador, new School Food Guidelines (SFG) are being developed. These new SFG will take effect in all schools next school year (2020-21); however, our school is participating in a pilot of the new SFG this year. 

Canada’s Food Guide promotes healthy eating and overall well-being and is the foundation for the new SFG. These guidelines will focus on increasing the amount of healthy food and beverage choices available at school such as vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods, protein foods, and water. The SFG also reduces the amount of processed foods and beverages available to students.

Parents and caregivers play an important role in promoting healthy eating. We will continue to keep you up to date on this project as we implement these new SFG at our school.

If you have any questions about the intricacies of the guidelines being developed, please send an e-mail to Susan Barry, School Health Promotion Liaison Consultant, with our school district.

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