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February 14
Bessborough Reconnect Event February 24th
Good Evening Parents,

I am writing to update you on our upcoming Reconnect Fundraiser, and to appeal for your support to make this event a success.  The Reconnect Dinner, Dance and Auction is our primary fundraising event, and is the backbone of fundraising efforts to allow us to fund our Reconnect Technology and Learning Environment Upgrades to coincide with our 60th School Anniversary in November 2019, as well as day to day enrichment and learning opportunities for our 530 students.

For the past two years, we have enjoyed tremendous support from the local business community and generous donors who have furnished amazing auction items to help raise funds for our school.  This year is no different as we have collected an amazing array of auction items including a beautiful vacation home rental in Cap Pele, hotel vouchers, gift cards to popular local restaurants, jewelry, amazing artwork, gift certificates for esthetic and other services and a variety of other electronics, clothing, artisan crafts and much more.

Our team has been working hard for the past three months, and planning for close to a year, to create a top quality event for our school community, and to transform our gymnasium into a gala for our school community to come together, Reconnect and raise funds to enrich our children's learning experience and give our teachers access to the best resources, tools, technology and enrichment opportunities to support our children.

We are appealing to our parents, alumni, staff and community members to support our event by purchasing tickets to the event, and by donating services or items to our live and silent auction. Event Tickets are $25 per person and include a Salmon, Roast Sirloin or Vegetarian Moussaka meal catered by Tide & Boar.  If you are unable to attend the meal portion, we encourage you to join us for the dance and auction.  Tickets for the dance and auction without a meal option are available for $10 per person and a cash bar will be available for the duration of the event. Tables seat 8 people and options are available to purchase individual tickets, pairs of tickets, a half table for $100 (4meals) or a complete table for $200 (including 8 meals).  If you are interested in sponsoring a corporate table for your business to treat employees or clients to a great evening, tables can be purchased for $200 each and include 8 meals. Your corporate logo will be prominently displayed at the event and on your table to showcase your brand and business. Please contact Mrs. Lewis at 856-3404 to arrange to purchase tickets in person using cash, or you can use the School Cash Online System to purchase tickets using Credit or Debit Cards.  For details regarding corporate table sponsorships or purchases, please contact Mr. Mattatall at 856-3564 or Nicholas.mattatall@nbed.nb.ca.

We are also still collecting items for our live and silent auction.  Private donors, small businesses and corporate donors will be featured in our social media posts, recognized on our Reconnect Donor Board, and your donation of goods or services will be featured during the auction with a variety of promotional materials and contact information to allow our 530 students and their families to recognize the generosity of our school and corporate community.

Our deadline to communicate the number of meals to our caterer is Tuesday at noon.  Our goal is to host a well-attended and successful event to bring our school community together for a great evening and raise funds to enrich the learning of the students at Bessborough School.  To do this, we are appealing to our parents to purchase tickets, share the event with friends, neighbours, colleagues, alumni, or acquaintances to make this event a success and raise much needed funds to enrich our children's school experience.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at Reconnect to celebrate our school and community!

Nick Mattatall
Principal, Bessborough School and Proud Bessborough Bengal Parent!



February 14
Thursday February 15th 1/2 Day Reminder
Good Afternoon Parents,

This is a reminder of the 1/2 day for students on Thursday, February 15th.  Students will be dismissed as per the directions below.  If students are leaving prior to their dismissal time noted below, they must be signed out by a parent or guardian.  Please remember that all K-2 bus students must be met at their bus stop by a designated parent or guardian.

Kindergarten to Grade 2 Bus Students will be dismissed at 11:30am.
All Walking Students will be dismissed at 11:40am.
Grade 3-8 Bus Students will be dismissed at 12:00pm.



February 13
Power Outage Update at Bessborough School
Good Morning Parents,

This morning there was a temporary power outage at Bessborough School occurring at approximately 9:50am.  The outage was temporary in nature and service has been restored to the school.

Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Mr. Mattatall



February 06
Grade 1,3&6 French Immersion 2018-19
Good Morning Parents,

Today you will receive an orange confirmation sheet in your child's agenda to confirm your program selection for your child for the 2018-19 Academic Year. 

Current Kindergarten students have the option of selecting English Prime or French Immersion for Grade 1.  Grade 1 at Bessborough and Grade 6 Late Immersion at Hillcrest are the only two entry options for the current Kindergarten students.

Current Grade 2 students have the option of selecting English Prime or French Immersion for Grade 3.  Grade 3 at Bessborough and Grade 6 Late Immersion at Hillcrest are the only entry options for the current Grade 2 students.

Current Grade 5 students have the option of remaining in English Prime for Grade 6 at Bessborough, or entering Grade 6 Late Immersion at Hillcrest.

The orange sheet sent home today indicates information entered on the Anglophone East School District Database prior to January 31st.  If you did not complete the online form, your child was automatically registered for English Prime Programming.  To make changes to your child's registration, please use the weblink on the orange sheet prior to February 8th. We also ask that you sign the orange sheet to confirm your child's registration, and initial any changes made on the orange sheet before returning it to your child's homeroom teacher.

We apologize for the short turn around time with this registration, the forms and registration information were provided to us during weather related closures and this is the first opportunity we have had to send the forms home with students.



February 05
Reconnect Early Bird Ticket VIP Table Draw
Good Evening,

Due to today's weather related closure, we have extended the deadline to qualify for the early bird VIP table draw until Tuesday at 4pm.  If you purchase your ticket before 4pm tomorrow, you will be entered in a draw to win a VIP Table including reserved parking for you and the 7 other people at your table, a bouquet of flowers, priority meal service and other surprises.  Tickets can be purchased from Mrs. Lewis in the office by cash, or using Visa, MasterCard or Debit via our School Cash Online System.



February 04
Reconnect Early Bird Ticket Deadline Extended
Good Evening Parents,

The deadline for purchasing Early Bird Tickets for our Reconnect Dinner, Dance & Auction to qualify for the Early Bird Ticket VIP Table Draw has been extended to 4pm Monday due to Friday's weather related school closure.  Tickets to the event on February 24th are $25 per person and include your choice of a Roast Sirloin, Salmon or Vegetarian Moussaka dinner.  If you are interested in attending the dance and auction, without the meal option, tickets are available for $10 each.  Tickets can be reserved in person via Mrs. Lewis in the office at Bessborough, or via the School Cash Online System.  Proceeds from the dinner, dance and auction support technology upgrades at our school to coincide with our upcoming 60th anniversary in November 2019.  If you are a business owner, your employer is interested in making a donation of goods or services, or if you would like to personally make a donation of goods or services, please contact Mr. Mattatall at 856-3404 for information on how your donation will be recognized and promoted to our 580 current and pre-registered students and their families.  Stay tuned for updates this week outlining the many great items that have already been donated including gift cards, services, and vacation packages.



February 04
Email Correction for Popcorn and PJ Day
Please note that the PJ and Popcorn day is scheduled for Monday, February 5th, not January 5th as noted in the previous message.



February 04
PJ & Popcorn Day Monday
Good Evening Parents,

This is to notify you that this past Friday's PJ & Popcorn Day that was cancelled due to the weather related school closure has been re-scheduled for Monday, January 5th.  Popcorn is available for $1 per bag and students are encouraged to make a donation to wear their pajamas.  All funds raised are used to support local and global charitable initiatives by our Student Leadership Group.



January 30
French Immersion Registration Deadline Today
This email is a reminder for Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 5 parents that program selections for your child are due today.  If you choose for your child to remain in the English Prime Program, you do not need to complete the online registration form.  If your intentions are to enroll your child in French Immersion for the 2018-19 Academic Year at the Grade 1 or Grade 3 Early Immersion Entry Point at Bessborough School, or the Grade 6 Late Immersion Entry Point at Hillcrest School, please use the following weblink to do so:

https://secure1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/fsl/Pages/default.aspx

For current Kindergarten students, the only French Immersion entry points available are Grade 1 at Bessborough School, or Grade 6 at Hillcrest School.

For current Grade 2 students, the French Immersion entry points available are Grade 3 at Bessborough or Grade 6 at Hillcrest.

For current Grade 5 students, the only entry point available is Grade 6 at Hillcrest.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 856-3404.



January 26
French Immersion Registration Gr K,2&5 Students
This email is a reminder for Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 5 parents that program selections for your child are due by January 30th.  If you choose for your child to remain in the English Prime Program, you do not need to complete the online registration form.  If your intentions are to enroll your child in French Immersion for the 2018-19 Academic Year at the Grade 1 or Grade 3 Early Immersion Entry Point at Bessborough School, or the Grade 6 Late Immersion Entry Point at Hillcrest School, please use the following weblink to do so:
https://secure1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/fsl/Pages/default.aspx



January 23
Family Literacy Day Friday
Family Literacy Day will be celebrated at Bessborough School on Friday, January 26th.  We will be hosting our Literacy Lunch from 11:40am-12:20pm.  Parents or grandparents are invited to join their children, with a picnic lunch in our gymnasium and share a book.  Also, Jason Tremere, will be onsite to sign copies of his book "BeccaToldMeToo," which tells the story of Riverview's Rebecca Schofield and her mission to spread kindness as she faced a diagnosis of brain cancer.  All proceeds from the book are directed to the Schofield Family to assist them during this challenging time for their family.



January 16
News and Upcoming Events at Bessborough School
Good Morning Parents,

We hope that you and your children have had a good first week back at school.  Below you will find information regarding upcoming events at our school.  Please feel free to contact the school at any time for any questions or clarification.

1)  Deanna Musgrave, a local New Brunswick Artist will be at Bessborough this week as part of the VanGo Art Exhibit showcasing the work or New Brunswick Artists.  Art is on display outside of our school art room and features a variety of paintings and sculptures.

2)  Our PSSC will meet Wednesday Night at 6:30 pm in the Legacy Center at Bessborough School. All members of our school community are welcome to attend.

3)  Family Literacy Day will be celebrated at Bessborough School on Friday, January 26th.  We will be hosting our Literacy Lunch from 11:40am-12:20pm.  Parents or grandparents are invited to join their children, with a picnic lunch in our gymnasium and share a book.  Also, Jason Tremere, will be onsite to sign copies of his book "BeccaToldMeToo," which tells the story of Riverview's Rebecca Schofield and her mission to spread kindness as she faced a diagnosis of brain cancer.  All proceeds from the book are directed to the Schofield Family to assist them during this challenging time for their family.

4)  The Reconnect Dinner, Dance and Auction is scheduled for February 24th at Bessborough School.  The event features a Roast Sirloin, Salmon or Vegetarian Moussaka meal catered by Tide & Boar, a live and silent auction and a dance.  Tickets are available for $25 per person via School Cash Online or from Mrs. Lewis in the office.  This event is our major fundraiser for our Reconnect Technology Upgrade Program that coincides with our 60th Anniversary in November 2019.  To date, funds raised have allowed us to purchase 66 iPads, 12 Sphero coding robots, a variety of hands-on learning kits, Nearpod Virtual Reality Learning Software, and build a Makerspace in our Legacy Center featuring a 3D Printer.  Our goal is to provide our students and staff with access to the best tools, technology and learning opportunities to develop the 21st Century skills they need to be future leaders and realize their potential.  The support of our community is integral to the success of this event and we greatly appreciate all of the businesses and individuals who donate goods and services to the auction portion of this event.  If you are a business owner, are willing to approach your employer, or have goods or services you would like to donate, please contact Nick Mattatall at 856-3564 or Nicholas.mattatall@nbed.nb.ca.  All donations are greatly appreciated and allow us the ability to fund innovative learning projects for our staff and students.  Letters of inkind donation and or tax receipts will be issued by request for any donations of goods or services greater than $20.  Tax receipts are only issued for financial donations greater than $20.
As an added bonus, if you purchase your event ticket before February 2nd, your name will be entered in our Early Bird VIP Table Draw.  The winner receives 4 guaranteed parking spots, priority dinner service, a bouquet of flowers and other great surprises. 

The Reconnect Dinner, Dance and Auction is a 19+ event and a cash bar is available on site.



January 16
Half Day for Students Thursday, January 18
Good Morning Parents,

This email is to remind you of the 1/2 day of school for students on Thursday, January 18th.  Kindergarten to Grade 2 students will be dismissed at 11:30am.  Grades 3 to 8 will be dismissed at 12:00pm.  For a student to leave prior to their designated dismissal time, they must be signed out by a parent or guardian from the office.

Thank you,

Mr. Mattatall



January 16
Call for Applicants: Casual Bus Driver Positions
Good Afternoon Parents,

Please see below for information regarding a posting for casual bus drivers.  Anglophone East School District is currently seeking applicants for these positions with the next training session February 5th-9th.  If you are interested in applying for the position, please follow the instructions below.  If you are interested in applying and have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 856-3564.

Thank you,

Mr. Mattatall


Casual Bus Driver – Moncton, NB
Logistics / Distribution / Transportation
 
Anglophone East School District
Moncton, New Brunswick
About the Job
Competition: 1718-132 Apply To Education Job Code 2330337
Closing Date: January 26, 2018
Group:  Support Services – CUPE 1253
Title: Casual Bus Driver – Moncton, NB
Description:
This is a responsible position in the operation of a heavy motor vehicle to safely transport students to and from schools and activities. The position includes: the safe, efficient operation of a school bus; some knowledge of the mechanical operation of a bus and the responsibility for maintaining a mechanically sound vehicle.
This is not for permanent employment.  The names of successful applicants (once trained) will be placed on a replacement driver list and may be called to work on an as-required basis.
Qualifications:
Qualifications will include a High School Diploma, driver’s license with a clear driving record, a good medical record with no heart conditions, a strong orientation towards safety and good interpersonal and communication skills.
We reserve the right to contact present and former employers for reference purposes.  The successful candidates will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check, provide a driver’s abstract as well as three work-related references.
Selected candidates will be required to complete a District training course.
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Salary $16.06 per hour- In accordance with the current collective agreement between CUPE and NB Board of Management
Applying:
A complete application must include:
• cover letter and comprehensive resume
• copy of driver’s abstract
Applicants must apply online through the Anglophone East School District website http://asd-e.nbed.nb.ca.  (Click on the “Employment” icon, click on Canadian Union of Public Employees – CUPE 1253 under “external” click on Job Search” button.


January 08
MADD Canada Presentaton for Grades 7&8
Good Evening Parents,

On Tuesday, January 9th at 1pm, Kahli Douglas will make a presentation to our Grade 7 & 8 students on behalf of MADD Canada on the risks and dangers of driving under the influence or with those who may be under the influence.  Based on feedback provided through our PSSC Committee surveys from parents, experimentation with alcohol and other substances were identified as an area of concern.  This presentation is designed for a Grade 7 & 8 audience and aligns with Grade 7 & 8 Health curriculum related to risk taking behaviours and substance use/abuse.

Given that each student has a variety of experiences, and may react differently to this presentation, we wanted parents to be aware of the presentation, so that you can discuss the presentation with your children tomorrow evening and monitor their reaction to the content.  Even though the content and presentation is designed to be age appropriate for a Grade 7 & 8 audience, the content of the presentation may be shocking for some students, therefore, we suggest that you take time, if possible, to discuss the presentation with your child.  Additional follow-up will occur during Health and Personal Development classes.



January 07
Cafeteria Closed This Week
This message is a reminder that cafeteria services at Bessborough are closed for this week and will resume on Monday, January 15th.  Students will be required to bring a lunch to school this week.



December 13
Immunization Record Updates
Good Morning Parents,

Periodically, we are audited by Public Health for updated immunization records for our students.  Notices were sent home in early November with any students requiring updates to their immunization records.  Also, if there are any of our current Kindergarten students who have updated their immunization records following completion of their 4 year old immunizations, we require updated records for your child's cumulative record.

Thank you for your support,

Mr. Mattatall



December 13
Chartwell's Christmas Dinner Update
Good Morning Parents,

This message is an update regarding the Christmas Dinner offered by our cafeteria service provider Chartwells.  The dinner is $6.75 per student and needs to be pre-ordered by December 15th.  There will be no other cafeteria service available on the dates of the Christmas Dinner.

The Christmas Dinner for K-3 students will be served on Wednesday, December 20th, and the dinner for Grades 4-8 will be on Thursday, December 21st.

Cafeteria service will resume on January 15th following the Holiday Break.



December 13
Popcorn, Crazy Hat & Crazy Hair Day Friday
Good Morning Parents,

This Friday will be a popcorn day to support local charities.  Also, students may choose to wear a crazy hat or a unique hairstyle and any donations will be used to support our Bessborough Family Support Fund.
Popcorn is $1 per bag and will be delivered to classrooms by Leadership Students.



December 13
Water Main Break on Bessborough Ave
Good Morning Parents,

We have been informed of a water main break on Bessborough Avenue close to our school.  The City of Moncton is working on the repair at this time and it will not affect operations at the school.  Access to the school via Bessborough Avenue is limited at this time, therefore, we are asking parents to use Bissett Avenue to access the school.

Further communication will be sent as updates are provided.

Thank you for your understanding,

Mr. Mattatall



December 12
Pie, Apple and Cider Order Pick-up
Good Afternoon Parents,

This is a reminder that orders for the Belliveau Orchards Fundraiser have arrived and are available for pick-up from 3pm today until the end of the concert.

Any unclaimed orders will be delivered to local food banks.

Thank you for your support,

Mr. Mattatall



December 11
Bessborough Christmas Concert Tomorrow
Good Evening Parents,

This email is a reminder of our two Christmas Concert performances happening tomorrow in our gym.  The first show is at 12:15pm and the second show is at 6:00pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  To support the Anglophone East Fill The Bus Campaign, we ask that you please bring a non-perishable food item to support families in need.  We will also be having our 50/50 draws to support the Bessborough Family Fund and our Leadership Students will have their annual bake sale.

Please don't forget that our pie fundraiser is also delivered tomorrow and items are available for pickup any time after 3pm.

Last but not least, thank you to the families who purchased VIP Raffle Tickets.  We raised a total of $250 to support our Bessborough Family Fund.  Congratulations to the LeBlanc, MacDougall, Steeves, Wilson, Sanford and Munro families.  We hope you enjoy your VIP experience!



December 08
Christmas Concert VIP Seating Raffle on SchoolCash
Purchase a raffle ticket to win one of six prizes to experience the Christmas concert from the comfort of a leather couch in the front row, with reserved parking, and couchside service of apple cider and baked goods on December 12th. Three winners will be drawn for the afternoon show at 12:15pm and 3 winners for the 6:00pm show. Funds raised support our Families In Need Fund to sponsor school families at Christmas. Ticket sales end December 10th at Midnight. Winners will be notified during the afternoon  of December 11th.



December 08
Cafeteria Re-Opening & Christmas Dinner
Good Evening Parents,

This email is a reminder of key information from our cafeteria provider, Chartwells.  Chartwells will be offering a Christmas Dinner for $6.75 per student on December 20th.  Orders need to be submitted by December 18th.  Also, following the Christmas Break, Chartwells will remain closed until January 15th.

Have a good evening!



November 23
Popcorn Day, PJ Day, Pies and Christmas Concert
Good Morning Parents,

This email is a reminder of upcoming events at Bessborough School.  Please see below for a list of events and details:

1) Popcorn and PJ Day to Support The Sue Stultz Turkey Drive
Tomorrow (Friday, Nov 24) Leadership Students will be selling popcorn for $1 per bag and hosting a PJ day by donation to raise funds for the Sue Stultz & Local 999 Moncton Firefighter's Association Turkey Drive.  All proceeds are used to purchase turkeys to support families in need in our community and will be marched to the St. George Fire Station and part of our annual turkey march.  If students and staff are able to raise $1200, I will lead the march in my turkey suit down Milner Avenue to the fire station.  This is an annual tradition at our school and we are very appreciative of generous corporate sponsors like McInnes Cooper who support this school tradition and the many families that donate to this very worthwhile cause.  Last year we delivered over 280 turkeys as a school community thanks to your support.

2) Sue Stultz Turkey Drive Kickoff Assembly
Bessborough School is proud to host the annual kickoff event for the Sue Stultz & Local 999 Moncton Firefighter Association Turkey Drive.  The assembly will be held on November 29th at 10:45am in our gymnasium.

3) Belliveau Orchards Pie, Cider & Apple Fundraiser
Fundraiser order forms went home earlier this week for our annual pie, cider and apples order from Belliveau Orchards.  All pricing is listed on the order form and orders are due on or before November 30th.  Payment via school cash online will be active by noon on November 24th.  Delivery is scheduled for the afternoon of December 12th during the Christmas Concert.

4) Christmas Concert Date
Our annual Christmas Concert will be held on December 12th at 12:15pm and 6:00pm.  The concert will showcase the talents of our students and is a great community event.  Further details about our annual couch/VIP raffle will be sent in a future VoiceConnects.

5) Ring A Bell For Mental Health Event
On Monday, November 27th, we will be kicking off Ring A Bell for Mental Health Week with a visit from our local MLA and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Cathy Rogers. Minister Rogers will also take some time to visit classes to discuss her role in government and the importance of mental health.

6) Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent teacher interviews are scheduled for November 30th from 6-8pm and on December 1st from 1-3pm.  Teachers may schedule additional times at their discretion outside of these times as well.  Information on how to access an interview time will be sent home by your child's teacher.  There will be no school for students on December 1st as there is Professional Learning led by the Department of Education and Early Childhood during the morning and parent teacher interviews in the afternoon.

7) WE Day Trip For Leadership Students
On November 30th, 30 Leadership Students and 3 teachers will travel to Halifax to take part in WE Day Atlantic, an annual celebration of student leadership and volunteerism.  Congratulations to the 30 students who have earned their ticket by being amazing volunteers and leaders in our community and a special thank you to Ms. Carpenter for her leadership and dedication as the teacher lead for our program.  Her dedication to promoting citizenship and volunteerism are an integral part of our school community and culture.  Also, a thank you goes to our Home and School Association for their generous donation to help pay for a portion of the bussing costs associated with this trip.



November 23
Chapter's Night To Support Bessborough H&S Tonight
Good Morning Parents,

This email is to remind you of the Bessborough Home and School Fundraiser tonight at Chapter's in Dieppe from 6-9pm.  15% of all regular price sales will be donated to our Home and School Association to support the many initiatives they fund to enhance learning and extracurricular activities at our school.  Please notify the cashier that you are supporting Bessborough School with your purchase.  Regular priced items are eligible for this fundraiser; however, purchasing gift cards, collecting Plum Rewards or sale merchandise is not eligible.

If you want to boost your fundraising effort, you can pre-purchase Indigo Gift Cards via www.flipgive.com and 15% of your e-gift card purchase will be donated to Bessborough School and the additional 15% will be donated to our Home and School when you shop at the Dieppe Store.

To purchase gift cards via www.flipgive.com., access the website, create a profile and select Bessborough School as your team.  Each time you log-in through www.flipgive.com and purchase online from a FlipGive vendor such as Amazon, Gap, Old Navy, Walmart or Under Armour, or gift cards from Starbucks, Indigo, The Ultimate Dining Card (Swiss Chalet, Montana's, East Side Marios), Bessborough receives a rebate in the form of a percentage of your purchase at no cost to you.  For a complete list of eligible vendors, visit www.flipgive.com.  Also, if you activate your profile and complete a purchase within the first 7 days, a $5 bonus will be paid to the school.

Thank you for your support of our Home and School Association and our school.



November 02
New School Committee Meeting Tonight at 5:30
Good Afternoon Parents,

There will be a New School Building Committee Meeting tonight at 5:30pm in the school's Legacy Center to discuss items from last night's Policy 409 meeting at Hillcrest, and to discuss new plans moving forward.  All parents are welcome to attend.



November 01
Message From Bessborough PSSC
Please see below for an update from the Bessborough PSSC that was sent home today on pink paper.

Tuesday, November 1, 2017

New Bessborough/West End Community School Update

As follow up to our previous communication/survey last March, 2017, here’s what has happened since: 

April 24, 2017 - The new school committee met with MLA, Minister of Finance Cathy Rogers at Bessborough School - Minister Rogers was very supportive of the District Education Council (DEC)’s request for a replacement school for Bessborough. 

May 21, 2017 - the DEC formally requested a new replacement school for Bessborough within its Major Capital Projects Requests for 2018/19.  Included in this request was a provision that should Hillcrest choose to join the New School request, they have the option to do so.  The DEC has also requested a new elementary school for Salisbury.  More information regarding the AESD Multi-Year School Infrastructure Planning Review and Capital Funding requests for 2018/2019 can be found at:

http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/dec/DEC%20Reports/ends-policy-1_5B.pdf

Spring 2017 - Surveys were sent to Bessborough parents within children’s backpacks.   One hundred and fifty were returned and all were in support of the existing Bessborough site being given the first consideration for a new school. (Note: Many factors will affect this decision and the final decision is made by the Province of New Brunswick). 

July 2017 - A copy of survey information was given to MLA, Minister of Finance Cathy Rogers at another meeting with the New Bessborough/West End Community School committee.

Summer 2017 - The committee and representatives of our PSSC met with a developer who would be interested in selling land north of St. George Boulevard for our new school.  It was determined that in respect of the preference voiced by parents, and to maintain a high walking student population, this project would be further entertained by the committee ONLY if our request for a new school is approved, AND if the existing Bessborough School site is deemed unacceptable by the Province. 

September 27, 2017 - The first of 3 public meetings was held at Hillcrest School, as part of a Sustainability Study for that school.  The results of the study will indicate whether or not Hillcrest joins Bessborough in its request for a new school, or remains status quo.  The request for a new school for Bessborough will stand regardless of the Hillcrest outcome.  Superintendent Gregg Ingersoll presented information regarding Hillcrest School that would be taken into consideration by the DEC in determining the future of their school. Next a pre-scheduled public forum will take place at Hillcrest School on November 1, 2017 and the final decision regarding the status of Hillcrest School will be delivered at the DEC meeting scheduled for November 21, 2017, 7:00 pm, at BMHS.  For more information and to see Mr. Ingersoll’s presentation, see the link below on the Anglophone East website:

http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/Sustainability/Pages/Home.aspx

October 2017 - The new school committee convened after summer and discussed possible strategies that could help support our position among other provincial projects seeking funding.  Potential action items were discussed should we be approved for a new school.  It has recently been indicted by our DEC representative that the decision on Hillcrest has been pushed to January 2018.  It is uncertain whether or not the government will approve funding for Bessborough’s new school within the next Provincial Budget announcement. 

The next new school committee meeting will be announced to all Bessborough parents so interested persons can participate. 

If you have comments or questions that you would like to send to the committee and/or the Parent School Support Committee (PSSC), please do so via the following email address: 

pssc.bessborough@gmail.com. 



October 25
Upcoming Events At Bessborough School
Good Morning Parents,

Please see below for a list of upcoming events and important dates for our school.  Please feel free to contact the school for clarification at 856-3404.

Have a great day!

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, October 26th: Halloween Dance for Grades 6-8 Students from 6-8pm.  Admission is $4 per student if they bring a non-perishable food item.

Thursday, October 26th: Congratulations to our boy's soccer team who will be playing in the district final on Thursday at the 4-Plex!

Thursday, October 26th at 4pm: We will be Welcoming our 2018-19 Kindergarten Parents for our Welcome to Kindergarten Parent Session in the Gymnasium.  If you have a child who turns 5 before December 31st 2018, or know of a child with a 5th birthday before December 31st, 2018, please encourage them to contact Donna Lewis at 856-3404 to make arrangements to register their child for Kindergarten so that they can take advantage of the pre-Kindergarten readiness programming.

Friday, October 27th will be Popcorn and Retro Day. Funds raised will support non-profit organizations.

WE Scare Hunger! From now until Friday, November 3rd, Leadership students will be collecting items for our local food bank. Last year, over 500 pounds of food was collected during our WE Scare Hunger campaign!

Leadership students are collecting small items, such as school supplies, toothbrushes, flip flops, hair elastics, etc., which will be delivered by a Bessborough Leadership student and staff member during their upcoming trip to El Salvador.

Monster Trot and Bar-B00-Que! Join Leadership students on Saturday, October 28th, as they support the Atlantic Wellness Center at the annual Monster Trot. Donations of small chocolate bars (Halloween size) would be greatly appreciated as Leadership students will be running a booth.

October 31st will be Orange and Black clothing day at Bessborough.  Leadership students will organize the annual Spooktacular Event for our K-2 students, a sock hop for Grades 3-5 and our middle level students will participate in a PRAISE team building activity.  We ask that no students bring or wear costumes to school on October 31st.

November 9th at 11am will be our Annual Remembrance Ceremony.

November 10th: No School for Students due to Staff Professional Learning Sessions.

November 24th: Term One Report Cards Go Home




October 18
Emergency Evacuation Drill - Friday, October 20th
Good Afternoon Parents,

On Friday, October 20th, we will be practicing our Emergency Evacuation Drill.  Students will practice their Fire Drill procedure and then proceed to Mount Royal Church via Athlone and Tweedmuir.  This drill is practiced to insure that procedures are in place that allow us to safely evacuate the school and proceed to a safe site in the event that an emergency prevents us from re-entering the school.



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