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December 08
Bessborough Bengal News

The Bessborough Christmas Concert will be on December 12th, snow date December 13th.  There will be an afternoon show starting at approximately 12:15pm and an evening show at 6:00pm. Parents who ordered Pie’s, those orders will arrive on December 12th and be available for pick up from 3-5pm in the school Science Lab.  Thank you for your support of this fundraiser.  As well, Leadership students will be holding their annual WE Bake for Change bake sale during both of Bessborough's Christmas concerts. All proceeds go to support WE. Students have chosen to allocate their funds to providing clean water for families living in Kenya.


On December 4th at 10:30, all Bessborough students took part in the Annual Sue Stultz Moncton Fire Department Turkey Drive to support families in need this holiday season.  The Turkey Drive and Our Annual Turkey March are important traditions in our school community. Each year our students and families rally around this cause and have traditionally raised funds to purchase turkeys that we march as a student body to Station #2 on St. George Street.  This year, our student body was challenged to collectively raise funds to purchase over 200 turkeys.  The students surpassed this goal so our school principal, Nick Mattatall wear a turkey suit.


On Monday December 11th, another great Bessborough tradition continues. At 3pm on Monday, families from Bessborough School are invited to join Mr. Mattatall at the Moncton City Hospital to decorate the NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit and Maternal & Fetal Care Unit Christmas Trees.  For the past seven years, students from our school have made decorations for the trees and have gone to the hospital to decorate the trees.  Six years ago, Mr. Mattatall’s family was with their son in the NNICU and noticed their Christmas tree was in need of some new decorations.  He put out a call to our school and students created hundreds of beautiful handmade decorations that were delivered to the hospital.  Babies leaving the NNICU at Christmas often take home a decoration as a keepsake. 


On December 15th Bessborough students will be taking part in Popcorn and Crazy hat or hair day. Funds raised will support Bessborough Families in Need fund.


On November 27th Leadership students volunteered at the Ronald McDonald Room located in the Moncton Hospital. Each month two grade 8 students are assigned the "leads". They plan a menu with their team of 8 (teams are made up of students in grades 6, 7 and 8) that includes a main, a side and a dessert, they then prepare a grocery list and submit it to Mme Carpenter (Leadership teacher lead). Leads bring the food to the Ronald McDonald Room and assign cooking tasks. They also ensure that everyone takes turns cleaning while they are there. Diane McCaie, who runs the Ronald McDonald Room in Moncton, raves about how unbelievably well behaved, polite and hardworking our Bessborough Leadership students are every month when they volunteer.


On November 30th 30 Leadership students and 3 chaperones travelled to Halifax to attend WE Day Atlantic. Students said it was an incredibly positive experience for all who attended. Meera Joshi was presented with a Generation WE Award for her volunteer work both during and after school hours. She accepted the award in front of the 8000 people attending WE Day.

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