School Picture Days
Our annual school picture days have been set for September 24 and 25. A note from Bannerman's Photography was sent home with the September newsletter with some important information about clothing color choices, need for retakes, etc. This note can also be printed from our Newsletters webpage. We will make every effort to ensure that our students are part of class photos, as there are a number of activities on those dates as well. Order forms will be sent home in the near future.
Report Cards and Invoices
As you pick up (or receive in the mail) your child's report card, you will find an invoice for student fees. This is for the 2014-2015 school year (next year), and is intended to help parents and guardians plan ahead for next year. This can be paid at the school office any time, starting on August 18, 2014, as our office will be open on this day from 8am to 4pm. We wanted to give parents the opportunity to avoid the annual first-day rush to get fees paid, children to new classes and the general hustle and bustle that is the first day of school. We hope this new practice has not caused too much confusion or concern, and look forward to helping ease the stress of the first day of school on Tuesday, September 2.
Kindergarten Registration and Orientation
We are now taking registrations for Kindergarten enrollment for the 2014-15 school year. Parents and guardians can stop by the school any time between 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday to Friday to pick up registration forms. These can be completed at the school, or taken home and returned during the business hours listed above.
Our Kindergarten teachers are hard at work scheduling the annual Kindergarten Readiness Screening appointments. If you have registered your child for Kindergarten at BCS, and have not been contacted for a screening appointment during the week of September 2-5, please contact the school at 306-937-2112, and we will be happy to make these arrangements.
Class Supply Lists for the 2014-15 School Year
We have posted the class supply lists for next year, in case the one sent home in your child's report card has disappeared. As well, local businesses will have copies available later in August to help ease the school supply shopping experience.
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).