Welcome to Battleford Central School

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From everyone on staff at Battleford Central School - have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  May the holiday season bring you the warmth, joy and fulfillment of friends, family and festivities.  We look foward to seeing everyone back at the school on Monday, January 5, 2015 (Day 4).

Coats for Kids Drive

This year, BCS was able to collect 102 winter coats for children the Battlefords area in need of warm, winter clothing.  A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped out with donations!!  As well as coats, bags and bags of toques, mitts, gloves and scarves were also collected.  This total surpassed last year's number of coats (96) - once again, our community shows its true colors by helping those in need of a little assistance during the winter and holiday season.

Christmas Concert

Our annual Christmas Concert was another success this year. Many thanks go out to Mrs. Fransoo for her work in organizing all the classes involved in learning their songs and choreography, to Mr. Ursaki for his work with the pre-show entertainment (Grade 6 Band, Grade 4 Recorders and Glee Choir), as well as his work with the Drama Club, who narrated this year's performance. A special thank you to Mr. Dolan and Miss Primas for their work and efforts in decorating the stage/gym for the event, and to Mr. Ellis, who provided us a last-minute sound system solution when the school's equipment failed right before the concert. Without these unsung individuals, the concert would not have been.

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the holiday season with us!  We hope you enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed putting it on.  Merry Christmas!

Bus Students

Winter is on its way, and the School Division's Transportation Department, First Student and Southland Bus Companies would like to remind everyone who rides a bus to school of a few things to help keep our students safe while they are on the road to and from school each day:

  • All students who ride the bus must wear appropriate winter clothing, in the event of a delay on the road.  Students should have proper footwear and outerwear, and have toques and mitts/gloves for the trip to/from school.
  • In the event of inclement weather or road conditions, parents have the right to decide if they feel that conditions are safe for their child to ride the bus.  If the decision is made to keep a child off the bus, parents are asked to phone the school and the bus driver to notify them of this decision.
  • The bus driver/company is granted permission to cancel or alter the route to ensure the safety of the students on that bus.  The following criteria may be used as a guideline:
    • If the temperature, including windchill, is at or below -40oC by no later than 7:00am.
    • Road conditions include severe drifting of snow or icy conditions.
    • Limited visibility due to fog or blowing snow.
  • All of the above conditions will be considered by the drivers in consultation with the Transportation Manager, Company Manager (or designates).
  • Busses that do not run in the morning due to conditions listed above will not run in the afternoon.
  • On those occasions when busses do not operate due to weather and/or road conditions, extra-curricular trips will be cancelled as well.
  • Those families where busses need to make turn-arounds within the yard need to maintain an adequate space for this to happen, particularly when the snow does fall.  Please talk to the bus driver to confirm the space requirements.
  • Finally, students are reminded to sit in their seats, talk quietly and allow the driver to focus on the road and their driving, rather than misbehavior and issues between students.  This will greatly improve the drivers' focus on road conditions and make for safer travel for everyone.

On behalf of the drivers and Transportation Department, we thank you for your cooperation and assistance in getting our students, your children, to and from school safely each and every day.

Tell Them From Me Survey

We would like to thank our Grade 4-7 students for their work on completing the annual Tell Them From Me survey.  We have gathered a lot of great information that we will be reviewing and using to plan for improving BCS.  This information will be shared with staff, our School Community Council and with students once we have all the information organized and put together into a presentation for each audience.

HomeLogic

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.

Inclement Weather Days

As we move into Fall, we would like to remind our students, and particularly our bus students, to dress for the weather.  We go outside for recess each and every day, unless it is raining or the temperature falls below -25oC (temperature and/or windchill).  These Fall days are often cooler and damper, so students should wear appropriate footwear to be outside, and should dress in layers when possible to allow for the significant temperature changes that we can see in this part of the province over the course of a day.  Fresh air and fun activities are vital parts of our day, and we want to ensure that each and every student has the chance to benefit from these breaks in the daily routine.

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!

Attendance Practice

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.

Online Calendar

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).

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