Final June 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Bedford’s 50 year now comes to a close and we will mark the moment on Friday at our year end assembly. We will say good-bye to some staff members. We will celebrate the amazing volunteers who come out and help on a regular basis and make our school the amazing place it is. Each class will place something in the new time capsule that will be buried alongside the old one. Many of our memories will live on.

It has been a great year with lots of learning and plenty of fun to go along with it. The staff at Bedford wish all our students, and their families, a restful and safe summer holiday. Enjoy your family time.

Ruth Lovell
Principal

Saying good-bye

On Thursday we will say farewell to the following staff:
• Mr. Gleadall, who was here for the year filling in for Mrs. Jezard.
• Mr. Powers, who will be teaching at Bluewater Coast (Hensall) in the fall
• Mme. Ilowski, who is transferring to Anne Hathaway
• Mme. Glenn-Lynes, who will be spending the next school year at home with her new little baby.
• Mlle Bishop, who has been filling in for Mr. Powers this month.

We are welcoming back:
• Mrs. Jezard from her maternity leave
• Mrs. Carnegie who has been on a leave of absence for a number of years.

We also want to acknowledge the students who are leaving our school. We have a number who are going to other schools as a result of the boundary change that takes effect in the fall. We will miss them and wish them all the best in their new schools.

Medical management plans for the fall

Avon Maitland DSB schools are committed to supporting students with prevalent medical conditions such as asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes and epilepsy to fully access school in a safe, accepting, and healthy learning environment. Because these conditions have the potential to result in a life-threatening medical emergency, we want you to be active participants in supporting your child’s medical condition at school. Prior to the beginning of the new school year, please inform us about your child’s medical condition and help us create, review and/or update their Individual Medical Management Plan of Care.

First Day of School

School starts back on September 4th! (A school year calendar can be found on the AMDSB website.)
Our first day routine will be similar to this previous year.
Class lists will be posted on the outside of the school near the entry doors at 8am on the first day of school. Teachers will be on hand to help students find their way and will help them line up at the bell, and then go straight to their classes.

Calendar

For upcoming events, please see the school website calendar.

Report Cards

Final report cards are issued Tuesday, June 26. Please sign and return the tear-off right away. All students who return theirs on Wednesday will have their names put in a draw to win the use of the gym for their class on the last afternoon of school. (Merci Mme. Garner-Flood for offering this treat.)

Looking ahead

The following class organization for the fall is considered tentative as adjustments may be necessary due to student enrollment changes at Bedford and relative enrollment changes across the district up until actual enrollment is known in September.

We have four Kindergarten classes again in the fall: KA, KB, KC and KD
Letter are sent out in JK report cards regarding the schedule for the first week of school in September.

Kindergarten
KA
KB
KC
KD
English Stream Gr. 1/2
Gr. 2/3
Gr. 3/4
Gr. 4/5
Gr. 5/6
Gr. 6
French Immersion Gr. 1
Gr. 1
Gr. 2
Gr. 2
Gr. 2/3
Gr. 3
Gr. 3/4
Gr. 5/6
Gr. 5/6

Grade 1-6 Class lists and teaching assignments will be posted on the first day of school, September 4.

Every June the principal, in consultation with the staff, considers the most effective groupings of students (class placements) for instruction, for all students, for the upcoming school year. We consider a range of factors, including, but not limited to, the academic, emotional and potential social benefits or concerns when placing a child in a given class. Individual changes in class placement after school has started in the fall are not made unless under extreme extenuating circumstances.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will be open July 3-6, 8:30 a.m-4 p.m.  We will then re-open August 28-31.  We do recommend you call ahead to be sure that we are not away on lunch or in another meeting.

School day times for the fall

Our school day will be exactly the same as this past year: Entry bell at 9 a.m. (yard supervision at 8:50) and dismissal at 3:25 p.m.

Bus times for the fall

Bus times can change, and are updated continuously over the summer as routes get adjusted so be sure to check in August, and recheck during the last two weeks. You can do so at the Huron Perth Transportation Services Website.

You will need to know your child’s OEN to check their bus stop time. This number is found on their report card that comes home this week.

School Council

The first School Council meeting is set for Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m. At our first meeting we will have a tour of the school, answer questions parents may have, discuss the role of School Council and do some visioning for the coming year. All parents are most welcome to attend!
We will hold our fall elections on October 2nd.
We welcome everyone’s input, insight and enthusiasm.

Outdoor Learning

A brief synopsis of where we are at this point in the year:

  • Thank you to the parents who took the time to complete the online survey. We are reviewing your comments as we plan for the fall.
  • We regret that a number of trips had to be cancelled this year. All bussing fees paid by parents for these trips were either refunded or put toward another year end trip for their child.
  • At the end of last year we had set aside $5000 to put toward creating an outdoor classroom space at Bedford, to allow greater access to outdoor learning right in our own backyard. This year we raised enough to cover all trip costs and have a balance of $8400, which can now be added to our school yard fund.
  • We are currently in the process of gathering quotes and plans for this Outdoor learning space.

Our hope is to begin the work with what we have raised as we continue in the fall to fundraise to finish the project.  Funds raised next year will go toward both the onsite space and to subsidize outdoor learning field trips for all students at the school. Specifics will be discussed and decided when the committee gathers in the fall.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help coordinate various fundraisers and move forward with our vision. If you are interested in being involved please contact the committee chair, Natalie Crinklaw at natalie.crinklaw@gmail.com.

Bequest Fund

Through the Elizabeth Klockman Bequest Fund, Bedford has been fortunate to purchase a large number of board games for various ages and abilities to support inclusion at Bedford School. Our school was also granted additional funds to purchase items to create “Zones of Regulation” kits for a few of our classrooms. The late Elizabeth Klockman was a long-time resident of Mornington Township. She taught in Waterloo and Perth County. In 1971, after a lifetime of teaching, she retired from the former Perth County Board of Education. Throughout her life she was keenly interested in the education of young children, particularly those with special needs. Elizabeth was known for her generosity to the children in her neighbourhood and was highly respected in the community. She died on December 15, 1997 and left part of her estate in trust to the AMDSB.