Students leaving school grounds at noon
We would like to remind all of our students who would like to take advantage of the local, seasonal businesses at lunch time that they need to provide a signed and dated note from a parent or guardian EACH time they would like to leave the school grounds at lunch. This is to ensure that student whereabouts are known at all times so that the staff and parents know who is where (and when they are there), and to make sure that student safety is maintained at all times. We would like to thank everyone for this level of cooperation. Enjoy the wonderful spring weather when outside, and remember to pay attention to vehicle traffic during the noon hour if/when leaving the school grounds.
Track and Field season
It is time once again for Track and Field season. Students who are age 9 (as of August 31, 2014) can participate in our competitive track meet, to be held on June 1 at the North Battleford City Track. Event winners will move on to the City Track Meet, also held at the track, on June 11. Please watch for notes and permission forms coming home.
Students and staff at BCS worked hard to plan, gather and build some fantastic creations out of canned and boxed foods, all in support of National Hunger Awareness Week and the Battlefords District Food and Resource Center. When all was said and done, nearly 8000 food items were used to create many different 3-dimensional builds. In all, 7274 lbs of food were used, and then donated to the Food Bank at the end of this event! Way to go everyone involved, it was a HUGE community effort. Check out the builds below:
Kindergarten Registration/Pre-Kindergarten Applications
It is time again for parents of young children to start thinking about Kindergarten for children who will be age 5 on or before December 31, 2015. Parents can contact the school at 306-937-2112 and have their child's name added to our registration list for the coming school year. We are planning to offer three classes again in the Fall: our Blue class on Monday's and Wednesday's (with some Friday's), our Red class on Tuesday's and Thursday's (with some Friday's) - both of these programs are full days. We are also planning to offer our Yellow class, which is Monday-Friday, mornings only. We will try to accommodate family needs with respect to placement of students into classes, however we cannot guarantee placement into a class. Parents will be contacted in late May/early June with more information regarding the orientation day held in late June.
Families with children who are 3 or 4 years old can also apply for a space in our Pre-Kindergarten program, which runs afternoons only Monday-Thursday, with family activities on Friday's. This is a targeted program, and applications can be picked up at the school office between 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Parents and guardians are now able to self-register for the HomeLogic system, which will allow access to your child(ren)'s attendance and academic progress. Please use the link on the top-right corner of this web page to access HomeLogic. For instructions on how to self-register, please click on the following link: Parent Instructions to HomeLogic Registration. We encourage parents and guardians to log on to this portal regularly, to check on student learning progress, and to see attendance records.
As a reminder, you will see two different types of assessments on HomeLogic: formative assessments, which will be marked as either C (complete) or Inc (incomplete), and summative assessments that will be marked on the 1-4 rating scale. Formative assessments are checkpoints on a student's path to learning a concept, and do not count towards report card marks. The summative assessments are such items as final tests, projects or other activities that provide evidence that a student has learned a concept, which will then be reflected on the report card that comes home at the end of November, again in March and finally in June.
Please keep in mind that some learning outcomes, such as those in English Language Arts and Math, are complex, with many parts to them. This makes assessing the complete outcome very difficult in Term 1, so marks might seem lower than you might expect, as not all parts have been covered, and a student cannot demonstrate full proficiency (a level 3) at this point. These are on-going, year-long outcomes that will be re-assessed in Terms 2 and 3, and should then result in a proficient rating for the end of the year.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's teacher at (306) 937-2112.
BCS Bus Lane and Student Drop-off's by parents
We are asking for parental cooperation in ensuring that students get to school in a safe manner by respecting the 8:00 to 9:00 restriction on the school's bus lane each day. BCS has more than 25 busses that arrive each morning between 8:20 and 9:00 every day. These busses often service multiple schools, both in Battleford and North Battleford, and run on a tight schedule as a result.
Parents are reminded that this lane is for busses only between 8:00 and 10:00, and again from 2:00 to 4:00 after school. Parents are encouraged to drop children off on 2nd Avenue West, next to the Tot Lot, or on 23rd Street, by the parking area between the playground and the Court House.
Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in ensuring that all students attending BCS get to and from school safely each day.
New Bell Times - Updated for 2014-15 School Year
Our school day consists of 317 minutes per school day, as per the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education's 2012 legislative change to the length of the day for students. Our bell times are listed below, and we have made one change from 2013-14 school year, moving our morning recess time back to 10:30-10:45 each morning. This was done to more readily facilitate timetabling of core subjects for all grade levels.
Warning Bell - 8:50
Classes Start - 8:55
Recess - 10:30 to 10:45 (*New to 2014-15 school year)
Lunch Bell - 11:45
Lunch Recess - 12:05
Warning Bell - 12:30
Classes Start - 12:35
Recess - 2:05 to 2:20
Classes End - 3:27
Please note the change in morning start time (5 minutes earlier), and the shorter noon hour (10 minutes shorter). Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring that your children are at school on time each day!
As we implement our new school data system (SchoolLogic), teachers are actively recording classroom attendance each morning by 9:00 and afternoon by 12:45. Students who are late to school, for whatever reason, are asked to stop at the Office before going to class to pick up an "Admit Slip", which will tell their teacher that the student's attendance has been updated.
As well, if your child is going to be absent from school, please contact the school at (306) 937-2112 as soon as possible. The Office staff will ask you for a reason for the absence, as we must record why students are not in school as part of the new data system. We would like to thank you for your cooperation and assistance in ensuring that all students are accounted for each and every day, and that we provide accurate information to teachers for report cards each term.
We are continuing to use the online calendar to share events. Please check regularly as we update this frequently. A paper copy of the calendar is also attached to the back of the monthly newsletter should you require one. Our newsletters are sent home with the youngest child in each family. As well, newsletters are also posted on our site on the Newsletters page (see the link on the left menu).