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June Newsletter

 
Beaconsfield Middle School
630 Fundy Drive Saint John N.B             E2M 2S5          
Phone: 658-5333
Principal: Mr. Art Sisk                                                                          
 
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JUNE 2017
Dates to Note:
May 31st – June 2nd                              Grade 6 Provincial Assessments                                               
June 8th             12:00 PM                     SJEC Track and Field Meet
June 9th – 13th                                      Ottawa Excursion
June 19th                                              School Wide Clean & Resources collection
                        10:00AM                     Extra-curricular Award Assembly
June 20th                                              Team Excursions
June 21st           5:00PM                        Grade 8 Dinner
                        6:30PM                        Farwell Dance
June 22nd                                              Academic Awards Assembly
June 23rd                                              Last Day For Students
June 26th & 27th                                   Administrative Days for Staff
 
 
We are very proud to report that our students did very well at the UNBSJ Math Competitions held on May 12th.  All students performed very admirably according to the feedback from organizers.  Special thanks to Mr. Clark for coordinating this extended learning opportunity and to UNB staff and students for organizing the event.
 
Many thanks to Mrs. Kennedy-Fulton, Jill Roberts and the planning committee for coordinating the Career Fair held at the school on May17th. This was an excellent opportunity for the school community to come together to share interesting information about potential careers. In addition very special thanks to all of the presenters that volunteered their time to be with us for the morning. The students certainly appreciated the efforts from all involved in this tremendous endeavor.
 
                                                                                                             
Parents are reminded to reinforce the School District Policy for cell phone, cameras and electronic device usage at school (306.6) as these devices are a serious distraction to learning in schools. It is important that students not have these items out or in use at any time during the hours of instruction which is basically from the time of arrival at school until the time of dismissal and photos on personal devices at school are not to be taken at any time.  Your support is greatly appreciated.
 
Very special thanks go to all those generous individuals who took their time and energy to track down “Pat On The Back” prizes for the students of the school throughout the school year. Your efforts in giving to the community are certainly honourable and very well appreciated by all.
 
The school based “Baby Think It Over” program is a unique learning opportunity for grade 8 students at the school and is offered to students interested in participating.  School staff, students and parents are reminded that these “Beac Babies” are a real asset for our school’s learning community and they must be taken care of so that we can continue to offer this program as part of our personal development curriculum. Your support in helping supervise these in the community is very well appreciated by all involved.
 
Our school drama club members under the careful supervision and support of Mr. Lawrence did a tremendous job with this year’s production of “The Lizard of Oz” that was presented to the local grade 5 students from the feeder schools (St Patrick’s School, Havelock School and Seawood School), the student body of Beaconsfield and the grade 3 & 4 classes from St Patrick’s School in the afternoon at 1:30 and then to the parents and community in the evening at 7:00 on May 10th.  The support for set construction, dance, props and costumes by parents, staff and the community is very well appreciated.
 
We would like to give a big shout out and thank you to Mrs. Campbell and the flag football team on representing BMS for the second straight year. The past weekend our teamed joined seven others in a Friday/Saturday tournament at Shamrock Field. Congratulations to all those involved!
 
The Grade 8 Farewell Celebration consisting of a Grade 8 POTLUCK Dinner and Dance is scheduled to take place on the evening of June 21st. The Grade 8 Student & Staff Farewell Dinner is organized by the parents and PSSC, and is followed by the year end dance which is open to all students in all grades. Students and parents are reminded that this is a semi-formal celebration that requires dress to be casual-dress (No jeans, shorts, or t-shirts) as we are celebrating the grade 8 students moving on to high school. All students must be dressed accordingly in order to attend. The theme this year is ‘The Red Carpet’.
 
All parents/guardians of students that have medical conditions should review with the school the expectations with regards to emergencies. This is of particular concern for students with life threatening allergies this time of year, with the threat of insect bites, for planning purposes for school excursions. Please advise the school of any changes in your child’s condition or treatment expectations.
 
We have many students in our school who signed up for our ‘Plant It Forward’ – Foster Plants initiative, where students signed up to have ‘foster plants’ they take home, care for, and bring back June 9th. The students will be embarking upon a gardening project that will take place at the Carleton Kirk Senior Housing Development on this date. This is a great opportunity for students to develop a sense of citizenship and ownership in their community. Our school will be working in partnership with the Carleton Kirk Lodge as part of our efforts to expand our student’s opportunities to be global citizens. Just as we did last year, we will be planting flowers throughout their front court yard as well as around our school. Students are asked to bring forward the flowers to school for this event.
 
The community is in need of some good homestay families for September's international student arrival. Mrs. Maggie Power, coordinator of homestay arrangements in our area is reaching out to families for some help in acquiring more homestay families within a local radius of west side middle schools.  This is a great opportunity for families and further information can be obtained by contacting Mrs. Power at 693 7447 (h) 343 3575 (c) for further information.
 
There is a very important meeting on May 30th at the School for all parents and students that are participating in the trip to Ottawa from June 9th – 13th. Whereas the trip coordinators will be going over the trip itinerary in detail along with packing list, rules and expectations, attendance is mandatory for all involved.
 
Teacher teams have been busy researching opportunities for yearend excursions and details will be made available very soon. The teams intend to participate in school educational excursions on June 20th as a team celebration activity and we hope that all students are able to participate.
 
Parents are asked to please check around the bedrooms of their children for school uniforms, t-shirts, school equipment and text books as these items should be returned to the school as soon as possible. Your support is very well appreciated.
 
The Staff of BMS would like to wish our students and their families a safe and fun summer! We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!
 
A fond goodbye to our Grade 8’s who are moving on to high school. Have a great summer and good luck next school year!
 
 
The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self- respect springs”.                                   Joan Didion
June 01
Season for Ticks

​Expectations/Protocoal for tick situations

As our students are enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather, please keep in mind that this is tick season in New Brunswick.   While we may feel a sense of urgency when a child comes to the school office with a tick-like organism protruding from their skin; however, it is not the school’s role to remove the tick. The parent/guardian is to be notified that their child has a tick embedded in their skin, and needs to have it removed by either the parent or a health professional. In the meantime, discourage the child from touching the site, and use a marker to make a small circle on the child’s skin to indicate the tick’s location. In the event that the tick falls off before the parent gets to the school, they can still have the skin inspected for residual embedded parts, and can monitor the site for rashes. Unfortunately, in spite of our best efforts, sometimes a school is unable to make contact with the parent or guardian, or the guardian is unable to retrieve the child from school. When situations like this occur, please accompany the child to the nearest health center or hospital to have the tick removed.
 
April 28
May Newsletter

 
Beaconsfield Middle School
630 Fundy Drive Saint John N.B             E2M 2S5          
Phone: 658-5333
Principal: Mr. Art Sisk                                                                          
 
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MAY 2017
 
Please take note of the following dates:
 
May 1st                                               PSSC Monthly Meeting
May 4th                                               NBTA (AGM) (No School for Students)
May 5th                                               Subject Council Day (No school For Students)
May 10th                                             Drama Production “Lizard of Oz” (7:00PM)
May 22                                               Victoria Day (No School For Students)
May 29th                                             Grade 6 Provincial Assessments begin                                                                                                                                                          
           
Congratulations to the following students for their participation and placement in school and district competitions:
Science Fair School finalist invited to attend Provincial Science Fair:
7/8FI    Caleb I.
7/ FI     Anna C.
Heritage Fair finalists invited to the Regional Heritage Fair:
7/8FI    Anna C.
8A       Scott P.
Oratorical Competition school finalist invited to attend Saint John Education Center competition:
English           
7/8FI    Astrid W.         3rd place in the Saint John Education Competition
7/8FI    Lauren D.         represented the school at the Saint John Education Center Competition
7/8FI    Anna C.           1st place at the Saint John Education Center Competition
French - participated in the Saint John Education Center Event on April 18th:
6/7FI    Casey F.          2nd place Grade 6
6/7FI    Kara M.          1st place Grade 7
7/8FI    Lauren D.         2nd place Grade 8
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #69 - Winners of the 2016 Literacy & Poster contest.
67FI -   Casey F.
6/7FI – Grace M.
7/8FI -  Astrid W.
 
It is common for the school to receive calls from parents regarding communicative diseases and these situations are taken very serious by school staff members. As in past years we have received calls about head lice, scabies, pink eye, chicken pox, measles, and scarlet fever as well as others. When these issues come to our attention, they are handled to the best of our ability with homes being contacted to request that the situation be investigated by health professionals and treatment provided before the student(s) return to school. Should there be an outbreak of a particular condition that is identified; a message will be sent home to families so that precautions can be implemented. Your support in communicating with the school regarding this situation is well appreciated.
 
Notice to everyone in the community that the Brent Kelly Memorial Run/Walk takes place this Saturday at the Irving Nature Park at 9:00. Registration begins at 8:00 and participants should be there well in advance of the 9:00 departure. As most of you know Brent was a student of Beaconsfield and there is usually a large turnout of Beaconsfield staff and students for this event. We hope to see you there. Registration can be done on line or at the walk/run on the day of the event.
                                                                                                             
Parents are reminded to reinforce the School District Policy for cell phone, cameras and electronic device usage at school (306.6) as these devices are a serious distraction to learning in schools. It is important that students not have these items out or in use at any time during the hours of instruction which is basically from the time of arrival at school until the time of dismissal and photos on personal devices at school are not to be taken at any time.  Your support is greatly appreciated.
 
Very special thanks go to all those generous individuals who took their time and energy to track down “Pat On The Back” prizes for the students of the school. Your efforts are very well appreciated by all in our school community.
 
The school based “Baby Think It Over” program is a unique learning opportunity for grade 8 students at the school and will begin very soon.  School staff, students and parents are reminded that these “Beac Babies” are a real asset for our school’s learning community and they must be taken care of so that we can continue to offer this program as part of our personal development curriculum. Your support is very well appreciated by all involved.
 
Our school drama club members under the careful supervision of Mr. Lawrence are fine tuning things for their production scheduled to take place on 10th. This year’s production is “The Lizard of Oz” and will be presented to the local grade 5 students from the feeder schools (St Patrick’s School, Havelock School and Seawood School) on the morning of May 10th the student body of Beaconsfield and the grade 3 & 4 classes from St Patrick’s School in the afternoon at 1:30 and then to the parents and community in the evening at 7:00.   The support for set construction, dance, props and costumes is very well appreciated.
 
Parents and caregivers are advised of an upcoming events.  On Thursday, May 4th the PSSCs of the four high schools will host their third and final It Takes A Village to Raise A Teen parent session for the year at Harbour View High.  The focus of this session is Youth Anxiety for parents and our guest speaker Dr. Daniel Chorney will provide an informative session on anxiety and parenting strategies.  There will also be a very good mix of professionals from local organizations who provide services for youth who will be on hand before and after to answer any questions specific to access and service.  Some of these include Cdn Mental Health, Gentle Path, Teen Resource Centre, PEER SJ, LINK Program and ISD.  The target audience is of course to the parents of middle and high school students but would welcome parents from any level if they have interest in attending.
 
The community is in need of some good homestay families for September's international student arrival. Mrs. Maggie Power, coordinator of homestay arrangements in our area is reaching out to families for some help in acquiring more homestay families within a local radius of west side middle schools.  This is a great opportunity for families and further information can be obtained by contacting Mrs. Power at 693 7447 (h) 343 3575 (c) for further information.
 
There will be a very important meeting in early May at the School for all parents and students that are participating in the trip to Ottawa in June. Whereas the trip coordinators will be going over the trip itinerary in detail along with packing list, rules and expectations, attendance is mandatory. Details about the date and time will be available soon.
 
Parents are asked to please check around the rooms of their children for school text books, uniforms, t-shirts and equipment as these items should be returned to the school as soon as possible. Your support is very well appreciated.
 
We are asking that parents help support a safe school environment by reminding your child/children of the following expectations:
  • Schools are scent free areas as colognes and perfumes do cause serious breathing issues and headaches for students and staff. All students and staff must comply with the policy. Please remind your child(ren) to avoid these products when coming to school and please ensure that they do not bring the products to school.
  • Confrontations between students are always a serious matter and must be addressed by all in our community. Please advise your child that physical confrontations will be reported directly to school administration and the Police.
  • Attendance at schools in New Brunswick is mandatory and every effort to support students and their families with this expectation will be made by the school. It is very important that parents/caregivers communicate with the school when their child(ren) will not be in attendance for any reason
  • Students are not to hang around the school grounds after dismissal unless waiting for a bus in the designated area at the front of the building.
 
 
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
-Vincent T. Lombardi

 
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April 20
It Takes A Village to Raise A Teen

Parents and caregivers are advised an upcoming events.  On Thursday, May 4th the PSSCs of the four high schools will host their third and final It Takes A Village to Raise A Teen parent session for the year at Harbour View High.  The focus of this session is Youth Anxiety for parents and our guest speaker Dr. Daniel Chorney will provide an informative session on anxiety and parenting strategies.  There will also be a very good mix of professionals from local organizations who provide services for youth who will be on hand before and after to answer any questions specific to access and service.  Some of these include Cdn Mental Health, Gentle Path, Teen Resource Centre, PEER SJ, LINK Program and ISD.  The target audience is of course to the parents of middle and high school students but would welcome parents from any level if they have interest in attending.
April 04
Newsletter April

 
Beaconsfield Middle School
630 Fundy Drive Saint John N.B.            E2M 2S5          
Phone: 658-5333
Principal: Mr. Art Sisk                                                                          
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APRIL 2017
 
Parents are advised of the following dates to take note of:
April 7              School Wide Oratorical Competition
April 12            High-5 Club Opportunity
April 14            Good Friday      (No School)
April 17            Easter Monday (No School)
April 21                        District 8 Oratorical Competition (Forest Hills School)
April 25                        Grade 7 Immunization
April 28                        Professional Learning Day (No Classes for Students)
April 29                        Brent Kelly Memorial Run/Walk (Irving Nature Park)
 
 
As part of our efforts to make the school a safe and orderly environment for learning, students have been informed that compassion is not something that just happens, it must be learned. We teach each other compassion by treating others with respect. When we learn to respect others it is more likely that we will find people much more respectful to us. Bullying is not an issue when we learn to demonstrate compassion and respect.
 
Thank you to all parents that support their children with the term 2 celebration of learning and student led conferences that took place on Mach 30th and 31st. Both sessions were very well attended and this opportunity really set the stage for students to meet with success as we move throughout the remainder of the school year. For any parents or care givers that were unable to attend, teachers can be available at 8:00 or 3:00 on most days to support the student led conference process with you.
 
All parents are advised that the report card process will change for the school year 2017 – 2018. Preliminary information on the new reporting process was available through teachers during the recent reporting period and student led conferences and we have attached a copy of the Report Card Key with details about the scale and codes that will be used. More details will be available as we proceed towards the next fall.
 
The staff and students are progressing well with the school wide Math challenges designed to improve motivation and math results for all students. The staff of the school use professional development sessions to develop plans to help students gain a better understanding and appreciation for math. The teachers will be providing extra math opportunities to support student learning in a variety of forms. There are events such as the TWOKAM (Talk with Our Kids about Money) and the Math Olympics at UNBSJ as well as school based events planned as enrichment.  These strategies and activities will target curriculum math skills so that students become more confident when facing more complex math challenges. Math concepts can be well supported at home by demonstrating how math is used in our daily lives. Students can help with day to day tasks that use math concepts such as shopping, cooking, measuring, estimating, using shapes, space, statistics, patterns, etc. It is our hope that Math becomes more appealing and students learn to appreciate the inherent challenges that math offers along with recognizing the importance of math in our lives.
 
It is common for the school to receive calls from parents regarding communicative diseases and these situations are taken very serious by staff members. As in past years we have received calls regarding concerns about head lice, scabies, pink eye, chicken pox, measles, etc. When these issues come to our attention, they are handled to the best of our ability with homes being contacted to request that the situation be investigated by health professionals and treatment provided before the student returns to school. Should there be an outbreak of a particular condition, a message will be sent home to families so that precautions can be implemented. Your support in communicating with the school regarding this situation is well appreciated.
 
Parents and visitors to the school are advised once again that the front of the school is designated as a bus loading area for students. Vehicles should not be parked in this area in the morning between 8:00 – 8:30 and after school between 2:30 – 3:00. All vehicle operators must also yield to all buses in the area and refrain from all movement while the buses display the red flashing lights. The school staff and Police will monitor this area to ensure the safety of all students.
 
The safety and privacy of all students is of utmost importance in schools and it is understood that cell phones are now part of everyday life as many parents want to be in contact with their children but the school district is obliged to implement a policy with regards to the use of cell phones, phone/cameras, cameras and musical devices in school. The expectations have been very well explained and reinforced to the students of Beaconsfield that cell phones, cameras and musical devices should not disrupt learning or impede the safety or privacy of students at any time.  Any use of a camera or phone that comprises the privacy of another student or staff member will lead to immediate confiscation of the device and consequences up to and including a suspension from school. Parents will be required to pick up devices removed from students. The reason for this policy is that cell phones and cameras can be used to violate privacy rights of students, their families as well as staff members. This policy reflects the issue of safety and security of students as cited in the Education Act Information and Technologies (ICT) Use, Policy 311 and the Positive Learning Environment, Policy 703. Should you wish to contact your child during the school day, please call the school office at 658–5333. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated. To further support concerns about cyber safety Community Police Officer Constable Corey Jamieson of the Saint John Police Force has done presentations with all classes of the school and he can be available to support students and families with individual and community concerns.
 
 
 
Our community of students benefited from a very powerful presentation from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) Canada on Monday, March 27th. This was a very informative session that provided some very good information and tips about this very serious issue. Thank you to Mrs. Ackroyed for arranging this opportunity.
 
Parents should realize that the teachers at the school are available every day after school to help students get caught up on missed work or to clarify issues regarding assignments or assessments. The school is also very interested in arranging support for any student that requires additional help. It is our hope that these measures will help all students meet with success this academic school year.                                    
 
Our grade 8 Students will be soon notified by mail as to the status of their placement and/or their placement on a wait list for high schools. This would mean that they really have to focus on learning and leading as they prepare for this transition into high school. It also means that we will be soon planning for our year end, ”Farwell” celebrations. We hope that parents will get aboard as soon as possible and help plan this great celebration.
 
The drama group has been working extremely hard under the direction of Mr. Lawrence with their upcoming production of “The Lizard of Oz” (written by Mr. Lawrence). The play is scheduled to take place in early May.  As usual the production requires the assistance of many volunteers for stage design, props and costumes. Please contact the school if you are interested in contributing your time and/or resources.
 
A big shout out to Mr. Patterson for coaching the girls and boys basketball teams this school year. Both teams developed very well throughout the sport season and the girls progressed into the final rounds in their perspective division. Mr. Patterson has also offered to co-coach the volleyball teams with Miss Bouchie. With this type of leadership to support development, the players are sure to have a great season.
 
For all those interested in outdoor challenges, the Brent Kelly Memorial Race will take place this year on April 29th at 9:00 at the Irving Nature Park. Staff and students are strongly encouraged to participate in this event in memory of Brent. As most of you are aware Brent was a grade 6 student at Beaconsfield Middle School who passed away unexpectedly in 2004. The cost for this event is $25.00 (Families of 3 or more $60/family). 
 
As part of the health curriculum students will be learning about human growth and development.
Topics taught will include: endocrine system, changes of adolescence, male and female anatomy and function, fertilization, and healthy relationships. Teaching a child about the facts of human reproduction is only one part of a growth and development unit. The development of a child’s attitudes, emotions, character and values is also important. Parents have the primary responsibility to provide guidance in these areas for their children.
By law, you may excuse your child from participation in classes that include content that is contrary to your religious or personal beliefs. Your child may be exempted from one or more lessons. We encourage you to contact the school before considering this option. If you have questions and/or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher. If non-participation is your choice, your child will be required to complete an alternative unit of study.
The school is always in need of Pat On the Back prizes. If you have any coupons, tickets, items or ideas that would be popular with our students, please let us know.
 
We are asking that parents help support a safe school environment by reminding your child/children of the following expectations:
  • Confrontations between students are always a serious matter and must be addressed by all in our community. Please advise your child that physical confrontations or incidents of cyber bullying will be reported directly to school administration and the Police.
  • Attendance at school is extremely important and we must all work closely together to ensure that students are in attendance as much as they possibly can. Please advise the school when your child(ren) is absence and provide a note or email for filing purposes.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to remain after school to participate in school activities but hanging around the school yard after the 2:45 PM dismissal is not permitted. Students are to exit the school yard at immediately at dismissal.
  • The school also works in partnership with Parks Canada Staff at the Martello Tower Historic Site adjacent to the school and students are not to be in that area unless under the direct supervision of school or park staff.
  • Bikes and skateboards can be brought to school but students are never to use them in the school yard. Wearing of helmets for your safety is also necessary.
 
 
 
 
A Healthy Attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be A carrier.                   Tom Stoppard-British Playwright
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