Student Technology at School
January often means that students have new technology that they got for Christmas, and the desire to bring to these devices to school is big. We would like to remind students that, while personal devices such as iPods and iPads, phones and tablets are allowed at school, these devices are the sole responsibility of the students to look after. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen devices. Parents are strongly encouraged to put some kind of tracking app on the device that can be accessed in the event of loss or theft. As well, we would like to remind all our students that the Acceptable Use Policy does apply to personal devices that are used at school - if the app or game is not appropriate for a school setting, the student will be asked to close that app/game, or put the device away. If this level of cooperation is not demonstrated, the device may be confiscated by their teacher and returned at the end of the school day. This may then result in the student not being allowed to have the device at school. We would like to thank our students for their high level of responsibility and cooperation in following these expectations so far this year, and look forward to this continuing to the end of the year.
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:
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.
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!
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).