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May 24
Spring Photos
Good Afternoon Parents,

Last week you received a package from Lifetouch Studios with a sample of products and services they offer to our children and families as part of their Spring Photo Shoot Package.  There is no obligation to purchase the items and if you choose, they can be returned to the school, and we will in turn return them to Lifetouch for safe disposal.

Thank you,

Mr. Mattatall



May 24
Bessborough Kids That Care Program-May 25th
Good Afternoon Parents,

Today, you will find a notice in your child's backpack, or agenda, outlining a new student led initiative at our school called "Bessborough Kids That Care."  This initiative is modeled after the 100 Kids Who Care programs operating across Canada that are aimed at empowering youth to learn about the service and charitable organizations operating in their communities and empowering students to support a charity of their choice.  This program is led by students, coordinated by students and represents charities chosen by students.  This month, the Grade 6 organizing team has identified the Moncton SPCA, The Humanity Project, and the Three Dads Charity Run as charities that they have invited to each give a 10 minute presentation on the work they do in our community.  To participate, students are asked to bring a $2 donation and return the orange form sent home today.  Students will listen to three 10 minute presentations, then vote on which charity they choose to endorse.  The charity with the most votes will receive the funds collected.
I have attached the form for your reference in the event that it was lost or misplaced.  All presentations occur during lunch hour and results will be announced by Friday.  This program is voluntary in nature.

May 24
Spring Fling Update - See You On June 1st
SPRING FLING UDATE:

We are looking forward to another successful Spring Fling on Thursday, June 1st - we hope everyone has it marked on their calendar!

Time: BBQ 5-7:30 (hambugers and hotdogs) 
              Feel free to bring lawn chairs, footballs, frisbees, etc to enjoy before the event begins.

Games and Inflatables - 6PM-8PM

Punch Passes - They are still available for pre-purchase.
 
Online purchases- can be made today and until midnight on Monday, May 29th. 
 
Cash purchases - the envelopes that were sent home can still be returned to school.  Any orders received after today, will be available for pick up at the door.  They will be available at the office this week as well.
 
At-the-Door purchases -$10 punch passes as well as $5 passes will be sold.
  

Volunteers- We are still looking for volunteers to help run this event- if you are able to help out for 30 minutes at a booth and haven’t already volunteered, please email us at BessboroughSpringFling@gmail.com or send in the form that was sent home with the students.  This is a great way to see old friends and meet new ones.

Bake Sale - You spoke and we listened….Parents are asking for Treats!  We will have a bake sale with coffee/tea at the event.  If you are able to provide something for the bake sale, please email us at BessboroughSpringFling@gmail.com.  Thanks!

Book Sale - we are still looking for gently used children’s books for our Book Sale and to use for our prize table.  If you have any to donate, please drop them oft the office.


Thanks Everyone - hope to see you next Thursday night!


May 04
PSSC Update re:Proposed New School
Good Evening Parents,

Attached you will find a letter updating you on the most recent developments regarding the proposed new school to replace Bessborough.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of the PSSC members listed on our School Website.  A print copy of the letter will be sent home on Monday with all students.

Have a wonderful evening,

Mr. Mattatall

April 27
Grade 8 Trip Update

Good Morning Parents,

This email is to provide you with some updated information regarding our Grade 8 Year End Trip planned for June 12-15th. The goal of this trip is for our Grade 8's to have a unique and interesting trip to allow them to solidify friendships, make memories and explore new opportunities as a grand finale to their academic careers at Bessborough. This year, we have added a program called Mount Allison University Explore, which will give our Grade 8 students a chance to visit Mount Allison University and engage in a variety of learning modules facilitated by the Physics, Athletics, Biology & Chemistry, Drama, and Fine Arts Departments. Students will also spend a night in Windsor Hall Dorm and have all their meals at Gracie's Café in the Wallace McCain Student Center or Jennings Meal Hall. Following the Mount Allison experience, students will then travel to Camp Wildwood for a 3 day, 2 night trip.

We are currently working with Mount Allison and Camp Wildwood to finalize the itinerary, however, a general sequence of events at Mount Allison is laid out below for your reference.

June 12th 9:30am: Students board bus to Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB.

          11:00am: Registration and commencement of programming.

          11:30 - 12:30: Lunch in Jennings Meal Hall

          12:30-5pm: Learning Modules, Campus Tours and Activities in the Athletics Center

          5pm to 5:45pm - Supper at Jennings Hall

          5:45-7pm - Learning Module #3

          7-8pm: Swim at Mt. A Aquatic Center

          9-10:30pm - Quiet Time in Dorm.

June 13th  7:15am Wake Up Call

           7:45-8:15 Breakfast

           8:15-9am  Door Move Out

           9:15-10:30 am Learning Module #4

           11am: Departure for Camp Wildwood. 

The cost for the trip is $250 and includes all transportation, meals and accomodations.  There is no need for spending money; however, Camp Wildwood does have a canteen available if students choose.  Payments are broken into 3 scheduled payments with the first deposit due Friday, April 28th.  The deposit is non-refundable except in the event of a family emergency or significant illness.  If you require additional time to make your payment of your deposit, please contact the school to make alternate arrangements.

Currently we have 18 students who have committed to the the trip.  To make the trip financially viable, we require a minimum of 30 participants.

A comprehensive list of what to pack, permission forms and other related documents will be forwarded to Grade 8 parents via email by Thursday, May 4th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at nicholas.mattatall@nbed.nb.ca.

Have a great day,

Mr. Mattatall



April 24
Imagination League Cancelled Today
Good Morning Parents,

We have just received notice from our Imagination League Coordinator, Shelley Chase, that Imagination League is cancelled for today due to an unexpected event.  The Imagination League will resume as scheduled next Monday.

We apologize for the short notice,
Mr. Mattatall



April 21
Movie Night At Hillcrest School
Good Morning Parents,
Our neighbours at Hillcrest School will be hosting a movie night on Friday April 21st and have extended an invitation to Bessborough School Families to attend. The movie is Disney's Moana and the cost is 2$/per person.  The doors open at 6pm. The movie starts at 6:30pm and there will be a canteen.  Children need to be accompanied by an adult to attend.



April 12
Mental Health Speaker Series Tonight at 6:30pm
Good Evening Parents,

This is a reminder that Joe Grondin will be giving a keynote address tonight at Bessborough School entitled "Four Pillars of Permission" focusing on promoting your own wellness and happiness.  Admission is free of charge; however, donations of non perishable food items to support Food Depot Alimentaire are greatly appreciated.

This event is presented in partnership with the Bernice MacNaughton Family of Schools including Bessborough, Hillcrest and Evergreen Park Schools and the Bessborough Parent School Support Committee.

We look forward to seeing you tonight.  The event starts at 6:30pm in the gymnasium.



April 11
New School Committee Meeting Tonight at 7pm
Good Afternoon Parents,

There will be a meeting of the New School Parent's Committee this evening at 7:00pm in the Legacy Center at Bessborough School. The side door next to the parking lot will be open from 6:45pm to 7:15pm.  The Legacy Center (Library) is located on the second floor of the school.  Turn right at the top of the steps after you enter from the parking lot.

All parents and members of the school community are welcome to attend to be part of this process and share information.



April 11
Free Mental Health Speaker Sereis Tomorrow Night
Good Evening Parents,

As part of our Positive Learning and Work Environment Plan at Bessborough School, in collaboration with other members of the Bernice MacNaughton Family of Schools, including Hillcrest and Evergreen Park, we are proud to host Joe Grondin on Wednesday, April 12th in the Bessborough Gymnasium at 6:30pm.  Mr. Grondin will be delivering a keynote address entitled “Four Pillars of Permission,” focusing on The Four Pillars of Permission and how they help us develop insights on how to make sure we are mentally well by simply giving ourselves four permissions to do so. The most important word is “Permission”. The four permissions are to be active, to laugh, to be positive and, most importantly, to dream. If we can allow ourselves to practice these four permissions then we are guaranteed to live a life of happiness. The only prerequisite to this session is to give yourself permission to have fun.

We welcome all families from Bessborough, Hillcrest, Evergreen Park and Bernice MacNaughton to enjoy Joe’s energetic message.  Attached you will find a PDF document with Joe’s biography and brief description of his message.  Admission is free of charge; however, a donation of a non-perishable food item would be greatly appreciated as we work to help our friends at Food Depot Alimentaire meet the needs of families in our city.

Thank you to the Bessborough PSSC for their support with this initiative.

See you tomorrow night!



April 04
Grade 8 Graduation Trip Update
Good Evening Parents,

This email is to update you regarding our preparations for our upcoming Grade 8 Graduation Trip.  Based on some informal conversations we have had with the Grade 8 group, they have communicated that they would like to see the following themes in their year-end grad trip:
1) They wanted the trip to be inclusive and affordable so that all class members can participate.
2) They wanted the trip to be overnight and outside of the Greater Moncton Area.
3) They wanted to do a variety of activities that appealed to the diverse interests of their grad group.
4) They wanted a unique experience that other classes have not done.

To accommodate these requests in a financially responsible way, we have contacted Mount Allison University and Camp Wildwood to put together a trip from June 12-15th.  Students will travel to Mount Allison University on the morning of June 12th, spend 1 1/2 days and overnight on campus and be involved in the Mount Allison Explore Experience, which allows students to have a university experience, staying in residence, eating in meal hall, and doing a series of activities led by the Mount Allison University Faculty and students in the Sciences, Business, Arts, Drama, Music and Athletics.  Following the Mount Allison Explore Program, students will leave directly to go to Camp Wildwood near Bouctouche.  Students will stay at the camp from June 13th-15th and participate in a variety of athletic, team building and other activities.

All accommodations, meals and travel is included in the price of the trip.  The price per student for the 4 day trip is $250.  A payment plan will be set up via School Cash Online requiring a non-refundable deposit of $125 by April 28th, a second payment of $75 will be required by May 19th, and the final payment of $50 by June 2nd. Payments can be made by cash to Mrs. Lewis in the office, or using Visa, MasterCard or Debit using the School Cash Online System.

Limited financial assistance is available.  To inquire about accessing funding, please contact me via email at Nicholas.mattatall@nbed.nb.ca

A meeting will be held with Grade 8 Students this week to outline the plan for the trip and a contract/permission form will be sent home with students at that time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school for clarification.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Mattatall




March 31
2017-18 Out Of Boundary Application
Good Evening Parents,

We are currently starting to make preparations for the 2017-18 Academic Year, and as part of that process, we are currently accepting applications for students currently living outside of Bessborough School's geographic boundaries who would like to express their intent to attend Bessborough for the 2017-18 academic year.  When requesting enrollment as a student attending out of geographic boundaries, please insure that you are aware of the following conditions and that you have completed the attached form in its entirety. Also, please insure that you have read the attached form in its entirety and are aware of all of the conditions listed on the form prior to submission. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact the school at 869-6071.

Conditions for Application As An Out of Boundary Student:
1)  A new application must be filed with the out of boundary school each academic year.  Approval for the previous academic year does not result in continued enrollment.  Failure to submit Policy 346a will result in your child not being able to attend an out of boundary school regardless of how long they have previously attended.
2)  Applications are considered on a first submission basis.  Applications will be time stamped upon receipt. Incomplete applications will not be accepted until they are complete in full.
3)  Applications can be submitted to Mrs. Lewis in the office, or can be sent submitted by email to Nicholas.mattatall@nbed.nb.ca.
4)  Submission of a Policy 346a Application does not guarantee enrollment.  Decisions regarding offers of enrollment will be made at the discretion of school administration and district personnel pending enrollment numbers and other factors. 
5)  Approved Policy 346a Applications do not guarantee enrollment, and are subject to change pending changes in enrollment or school staffing and configuration.
6)  Students currently living within Hillcrest School boundaries that have submitted paperwork to enroll in the Grade 1 or Grade 3 French Immersion Entry Point for 2017-18, or who are currently enrolled in the Grade 3 French Immersion Entry Point do not need to submit an application to enroll in the Immersion program, or to continue their enrollment.


March 30
Imagine League Update & Spring Into Action Contest
Good Afternoon Parents,

Below are a couple of reminders of events happening at Bessborough School over the next few days:

1) Mad Science: Mad Science classes start tomorrow for students who have registered.  Registration forms were sent home on a bright yellow piece of paper and registration was online via Mad Science Atlantic.

2) There will be no Imagination League on Monday, April 3rd as Ms. Chase is out of town.  Please make appropriate arrangements for after school travel home.

3) Friday, March 31st is the deadline for submissions for our Spring Into Action Contest.  To enter, students or families can write a letter addressed to Mr. Mattatall or Mr. Williams outlining your plan to eat better or become more physically active this spring.  6 Prizes of Fresh Fruit or Veggie Trays, Yogurt Parfaits or Fruit Kabobs will be given to the homeroom class of contest winners during the month of April.  You can drop off your entries in the envelope on Mr. Mattatall's door in the main office.

Have a great evening!



March 28
Building Commitee Meeting Tonight 7:00pm
There will be a building committee meeting tonight in Room 205 to discuss plans for the building of a new school to replace Bessborough. All parents are welcome to attend.



March 26
Message From Bessborough Home & School
As mentioned in the Voice Connects a few weeks ago, one of the ways we plan to treat the staff this week is by providing small snacks for them to enjoy on their breaks Tuesday – Friday.  If you are able to contribute, please check the schedule below to know what morning to drop off your snack.
Here is the schedule:
TUESDAY 28th K, Gr.1 & Gr. 2 Parents
WEDNESDAY 29th  Grade 3 & 4 Parents
THURSDAY 30th Grade 5 & 6 Parents
FRIDAY 31st     Grade 7 & 8 Parents

Some ideas include: veggies & dip, fruit, muffins, cheese & crackers, sweets, chips & dip, etc.
Thank you for your support & generosity, we couldn’t do this without your help!!

Bessborough Home & School - Staff Appreciation Committee


March 21
Message From Bessborough PSSC
Good Evening Parents,
The Bessborough Parent School Support Committee would like to provide you with the following updates related the Town Hall hosted at our school to discuss the potential replacement of Bessborough School and the decision from the Department of Education and Early Childhood related to the mid-life assessment study done on our school in the Spring of 2016.

Attached you will find two letters contained in a PDF document.  One is a response to concerns or questions expressed or emailed by parents or community members related to items arising during the Town Hall Presentation on January 18th, and the second letter is a letter to the District Education Council drafted by the Bessborough PSSC formally requesting a motion to build a new school and also outlining questions and concerns arising from the January 18th Town Hall.

The PSSC would also like to inform you of the District Education Council Meeting being held on Tuesday, March 21st, and of the Bessborough PSSC Building Committee Meeting on March 28th.  Information relating to both meetings can be found in the attached PDF document.

A paper copy of the two letters will also be sent home on Tuesday, March 21st with all students for your reference.

March 13
Spring Into Action Contest At Bessborough
Good Morning Parents,

At Bessborough School, we are encouraging students to Spring into Action and make healthy activity and eating choices as we get closer and closer to spring.  To do so, we are launching a contest in partnership with Chartwells to give six prizes of fresh fruit trays, yogurt parfaits, veggie trays, fruit kabobs and other healthy snacks for classes.  Winning students will receive a prize for their homeroom to treat their classmates to a healthy recess snack.

To enter, students need to write a letter addressed to myself and Mr. Williams outlining what their personal, or family plan is to get active and eat healthier.  This can include choosing more fruits and vegetables, reducing their consumption of sugary drinks/snacks, plans for physical activity, trying new foods, or any other great ideas you may have to live a healthier and more active lifestyle as an individual or family.

For younger students, you may choose to write the letter with a parent if you want. 

Letters are due by March 31st and letters can be given to homeroom teachers, or dropped off at the office.

We look forward to reading all of the submissions and learning more about your ideas to Spring Into Action and make our school community healthier and more active.

Have a great day,

Mr. Mattatall



February 27
Message From Bessborough Home & School
Dear Parents,

Spread the word! Staff Appreciation Week is March 27th – 31st. Please join us in celebrating the people who make Bessborough School such a wonderful learning environment for our children. We are planning a week full of surprises for the staff and we need your help!

As in previous years, we will be having a gift card raffle each day of the week during morning announcements. We are looking for donations of gift cards from area businesses, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. If you are able to donate a gift card to treat our teachers, please drop it off/send it in to the office in an envelope or bag labeled “Staff Appreciation.”

To kick our week of celebration off, we will be hosting a staff luncheon on Monday, March 27th. If you would like to help out by providing a main dish (slow cooker dishes are great), side dish/salad, or dessert (no nuts please), please email bessboroughappreciation@gmail.com.

From Tuesday to Friday, we will be providing small snacks for the staff to enjoy during their breaks. If you are able to contribute, please check the schedule below to know what morning to drop off your treat. Some ideas include: veggies & dip, fruit, muffins, cheese & crackers, sweets, chips & dip, etc.

 
o Tuesday March 28th: K, Gr. 1 & Gr. 2 Parents
o Wednesday March 29th: Grade 3 & 4 Parents
o Thursday March 30th: Grade 5 & 6 Parents
o Friday March 31st: Grade 7 & 8 Parents
 

Please check out the Bessborough Home and School Association Facebook page over the next few weeks for more details on what we have planned for Staff Appreciation.

Thank you for your support!!

Bessborough Staff Appreciation Committee
bessboroughappreciation@gmail.com

February 22
Reminder: Welcome to Kindergarten Activity Feb23
Good Evening Pre-K Parents,

We are excited to welcome you and your children for their Kindergarten Kickoff activity tomorrow, Thursday, February 23rd at 4pm.  Tomorrow, your child will be engaged in a variety of activities with you using items from their Welcome To Kindergarten Bag.

Please join is in the gym at 4pm tomorrow.

See you then!



February 21
Pink Shirt Day Wednesday
Good Morning Parents,

On Wednesday, February 22nd, Bessborough will be joining other Anglophone East School District, and New Brunswick Schools to celebrate Pink Shirt Day.  Pink Shirt Day is an international movement to promote kindness and eliminate hurtful and exclusionary behaviours.  Students are encouraged to wear pink to support this event.



February 20
Drama Production Wednesday at 6:30pm All Welcome
The Elves and The Shoemaker Drama Production

Mr. Legge and other members of the drama production team have been hard at work with students to bring drama productions back to Bessborough.  This Wednesday at 6:30pm, they will present the musical, "The Elves and the Shoemaker."  There is no set admission fee for the production; however, a donation to the drama program at our school is greatly appreciated.  The main theme of the story of The Elves and The Shoemaker, is about taking care of others, generosity and paying it forward.  As a secondary project related to the play, members of our drama program have asked that people attending the performance bring gently used clothing or shoes, winter hats or mitts/gloves, or new personal hygiene products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, small shampoo bottles or samples, soap, feminine hygiene products, etc.) that the students can donate to Harvest House and the Ronald MacDonald Room at the Moncton City Hospital. Students will also be collecting recyclable containers (bottles and cans) as part of their Act 4 Global Change Challenge.

See you at the show!



February 19
Imagination League Cancelled On Monday
Good Afternoon Parents,

This message is to inform you that the Imagination League sessions scheduled for Monday this week have been cancelled as the coordinator is unexpectedly out of town.  The sessions are scheduled to resume on Monday, February 27th.



February 15
Rescheduled Events
Good Evening Parents,

This is an update related to events planned for the Bessborough School Community over the next two days.  The middle school dance scheduled for Thursday night has been postponed due to the pending weather.  The revised date will be announced Friday.  Secondly, the second of four mental health symposiums and workshops for parents organized for the Bernice MacNaughton family of schools, which includes our school, Hillcrest and Evergreen has been rescheduled to 6:30pm on March 1st at Evergreen Park.  The session is hosted by Heather McIntyre and Tanya Thibeau and focuses on mindfulness.  The session is free of charge for all Bessborough, Hillcrest, Evergreen Park and BMHS parents.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Mattatall



February 11
Bessborough Reconnect Event Tonight!!!!
The big day is finally here and we are excited to host you at the Bessborough Reconnect Dinner, Dance and Auction.  Tickets are still available for the dance and auction for $10 at the door; however, the meal service by Tide & Boar is sold out.  The doors open at 6:00pm.  Dinner is at approximately 6:45pm and the auction will start at approximately 7:15-7:30 depending on the dinner service.  If you have not received your tickets they will be available for you at the door.  Payment can be made on site using cash, Visa, MasterCard or Debit.  The dance starts following the live auction at approximately 8pm.  We have a great variety of auction items and each guest will have a handmade Appleton Chocolate Company truffle at their seat.  The Chocolates are hand made in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia and are a combination of candied blueberries rolled in maple cream, then covered in dark or milk Belgian chocolate.  Following the dinner service, there will be a dessert auction where your table can place a bid to select your dessert from the dessert table first.  Everyone will receive something tasty but be sure to pool your resources to get first pick.

We look forward to seeing you tonight!  All funds raised will support our goal of being a provincial and national leader in 21st Century Learning, skill development, project based learning and technology integration to prepare our students for BMHS and post-secondary education.



February 03
Reconnect Ticket Deadline Extended to Saturday
Hello Parents,

We know that the past two weeks have been very challenging for a lot of families and purchasing tickets to a school fundraiser has been put on the back burner while you were having power restored or assessing damages to your home or property.  Several families have inquired about tickets to the Reconnect Event on the 11th of February and we have been able to extend the deadline to Saturday, Feb 4th to book tickets with meals.  If you book a group of 2, 4 or 8 seats, please email me the names of the individuals attending and their meal choice so that I can provide meal numbers to our caterer.  Payment can be made at the school today until 3:30pm or via School Cash Online until 6pm, Saturday, February 4th.

We hope to see you there on February 11th!

Nick Mattatall
Nicholas.mattatall@nbed.nb.ca



February 01
Bessborough Reconnect Ticket Deadline Tonight
Hello Parents,

We would like to thank all the parents and community members who have purchased their tickets for the Reconnect Event on February 11th, and also remind you that tonight is the deadline to purchase meal tickets.  A $25 ticket includes your choice of Salmon, Herb Roasted Chicken or Vegetable Moussaka catered by Tide & Board.  We have had more great auction items come in and it should be a great night. We look forward to seeing you there!

Don't forget that if you have bought tickets in multiples of 2,4 or 8, please call the school at 856-3404 to indicate your meal choices by 4pm Thursday. 

If you have any questions, or want to reserve tickets, part of a table, or a full table, feel free to call the office, 856-3404, or email me at Nicholas.mattatall@nbed.nb.ca.

Have a great evening,

Mr. Mattatall



January 26
Environmental Science, STEM & Math Night Tonight
Good Morning Parents,

This message is to inform you that Bessborough School is open today and we will be hosting our Environmental Science, STEM and Mathematics Night in our gym tonight from 6:00-7:30pm.  We realize that a large portion of our school community still is without power so we hope you can stop by for some fund activities, a hot cup of coffee and a chance to recharge your cell phones at one of our charging stations we will have set up.  The event is free of charge; however, we are collecting recyclable containers in partnership with Gorber's Bottle Exchange, so if you can bring a couple of boxes or bags of cans, juice containers or bottles it would be greatly appreciated.

We hope to see you tonight,
Mr. Mattatall



January 25
Literacy Week & Imagine League Updates
Good Afternoon Parents,

This week will be a busy one at Bessborough School as we celebrate Literacy Week.  This year, we will be focusing on Scientific Literacy, Mathematical Literacy and traditional Literacy.  To do so, we have planned a variety of events and encourage you and your children to take part and expand your Literacy skills.  Please see the list below for a list of events at Bessborough this week:

1) The Elves and The Shoemaker Drama Production: Mr. Legge and other members of the drama production team have been hard at work with students to bring drama productions back to Bessborough.  This Wednesday at 6:00pm, they will present the musical, "The Elves and the Shoemaker."  There is no set admission fee for the production; however, a donation to the drama program at our school is greatly appreciated.  The main theme of the story of The Elves and The Shoemaker, is about taking care of others, generosity and paying it forward.  As a secondary project related to the play, members of our drama program have asked that people attending the performance bring gently used clothing or shoes, new personal hygiene products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, small shampoo bottles or samples, soap, feminine hygiene products, etc.) that the students can donate to Harvest House and the Ronald MacDonald Room at the Moncton City Hospital.

2)  On Thursday, January 26th, Bessborough has partnered with Science East to host an Environmental Science, STEM Demo and Mathematics Literacy Night.  Please see the attached poster for details.  There will be a variety of  Environmental Science displays from organizations like NB Power and Project Gaia, hands on STEM exploration modules and Math games for you to explore with your children.  This event is presented through funding obtained through the Environmental Trust Fund, and as part of the program, we are required to do two environmental projects.  There is no admission to the event; however, we are partnering with Gorber's Bottle Exchange to collect recyclable containers.  A donation of recyclable bottles or cans would be greatly appreciated.  Our previous bottle drive this fall raised $331 dollars for our Reconnect Technology Upgrade Program.  We hope to see you there from 6-7:30pm in our gymnasium.

3)  Literacy Lunch Picnic:  A blue notice was sent home last week with details related to our Literacy Lunch Picnic on Friday, January 27th at 11:40am.  Parents, grandparents and guardians are invited to bring a picnic lunch and join us in our gym to have lunch with your child and share a book.  Grade 6-8 Leadership students will be available to read with students who do not have someone available to attend.  Please return the blue form by Wednesday, January 25th.  We will also be accepting donations of recyclable cans and bottles on Friday at the Literacy Lunch. 

4) Imagine League Update:  The Imagine League will resume on Monday, February 6th and be held in the Art room every Monday in February from 1:45-2:45 for K-2 participants and from 2:45-3:45 for Grade 3-8 participants.

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Mattatall

January 25
Mental Health Speaker Series First Session Jan 17
Good Evening Parents,

The Bernice MacNaughton Family of Schools, which includes Bessborough, Hillcrest, Evergreen Park and Bernice MacNaughton High School, have formed a partnership with our Parent School Support Committees to identify topics focused on student mental health and family wellness and will be sponsoring a free of charge speaker series located at each school featuring local mental health professionals.  The sessions are open to parents from all four schools, and Pre-kindergarten parents as well, and will address the topics from a variety of perspectives related to various age groups.

The first session is being hosted by Bernice MacNaughton High School in their auditorium at 6:30pm on January 17th.  The focus is on techniques to help your child manage stress and anxiety.  The session will be presented by Lesley Smythe-Adams from the Atlantic Wellness Center.

Future sessions will be communicated to you via Voiceconnects.  The next session is scheduled to be hosted at Evergreen Park School and the focus will be on Mindfulness on February 15th.  Details regarding the presenter and start time will follow.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Mattatall



January 25
Important Message From Bessborough PSSC
Good Evening Parents,

On January 18th, at 7pm, the Bessborough PSSC invites you to join them in the school gymnasium for a town hall style meeting to discuss updates related to the Bessborough School Mid-Life Assessment, recommendations for a new school, and the process and potential timelines. 

Harry Doyle, District Education Council Chair, and Norval McConnell, District Education Council Member representing Bessborough School will be at the meeting, as well as members of the Bessborough PSSC and Nick Mattatall, School Principal to explain the current status, process and answer questions.

Please see the attachments for the initial invitation sent out December 22nd and for the meeting agenda.

We hope to see you there!

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