It is hard to believe that we are already mid-October. Our classroom routines are in place and we look forward to our grade 8 portables being officially open. The lovely fall weather has been very much appreciated by all and we hope that the winter weather will be as nice. Indoor recesses can be very long! We are hoping to begin some lunchtime clubs when the weather gets cold.
We will be posting student stories and news on our website. Thank you to M. Mike and his grade 8 students who will be publishing stories on a regular basis. We already have two stories written by students on our website. We also have a nice story about a grade two student who is working hard at keeping our schoolyard nice and clean.
A reminder to parents that we do not have classes tomorrow, Friday, October 20th.
Early dismissal is next Tuesday, October 24. The students will be dismissed at 2h00 p.m.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.
We are looking forward to a new school year at Ecole Van Belleghem. Our school has undergone many changes over the summer months in anticipation of having our grade 7 students at our school. We want to thank all of the people who were involved in making this happen. Hats off to our custodians and to the division's maintenance team for your hard work over the summer months. The school is looking beautiful! It will be an exciting year for all of our students. We now have we new lockers in the grade 6 and 7 wing of the school and we have a mini-gym as well as our regular gymnasium. Students this year will be eating lunch in their classrooms and the leadership students will be helping the younger students during the lunch period. We will have lunch supervisors assigned to each classroom.
This year we have new staff members joining our team and we welcome them to the Ecole Van Belleghem community.
We will have our opening day conferences on Tuesday, September 6 from 12:30-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 7 from 12:30-4:00 p.m. If you have not yet scheduled your appointment please do so by signing up on line, under Conference Manager. Information for this was sent home with your child's report card in June. The link can be found on our school web page.
Do not forget to mark your calendars for the Grand Opening of our beautiful new play structure on September 7th, at 5:00 p.m. to be followed by a pizza and hamburger party. You will be able to purchase these at the event.
We would like to wish all of our students and families a wonderful school start up. We will see you next week.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Walmart to our community. We were invited to attend the Grand Opening of Walmart in Southdale Thursday morning, where they presented us with a cheque for $1000.00. Our PAC will put this generous donation toward our new play structure which will be coming this summer. We want to welcome our new neighbours and look forward to supporting them over the months and years ahead.
As you may be aware, over the next few years, Collège Béliveau will be transitioning to a grade 9 to 12 high school in order to accommodate the growth in the higher grades.
There will be a meeting with M. Christian Michalik, Assistant Superintendent in LRSD, at Ecole Van Belleghem Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the plans regarding our grade 7 students for September, 2016. We invite parents to join us for this meeting which will be held in the library. Although all parents/guardians are welcome to attend, we want to particularly extend this invitation to our families with children in grades 5 and 6.
If you're interested in attending this information evening, please register by mailing our school secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify who will attend in your e-mail response.
A reminder: We will be collecting items for the two Syrian families who have moved into the LRSD area until Friday of this week. We thank our school community for your generous contributions. Our Syrian Welcome Committee will be delivering the items to the families on Friday, January 15th.
Winter weather has arrived. We will continue to refer to the division weather website when making decisions about indoor or outdoor recesses. Students will remain indoors if the weather reaches a windchill of -28 or colder. We ask student to arrive at school dressed for the winter weather. Extra socks and mittens, ski pants etc.
Wishing you all a wonderful week.
We want to wish our Ecole Van Belleghem school community a very happy New Year 2016. Wishing you all the best. It was a delight to welcome all of the students and staff back to the school this morning. They all had so many stories to share and friends to see.
As this new year begins, we would like to share this message from our citizenship group who have formed a Syrian Welcome Committee at École Van Belleghem – the group consists of a group of students, Max, Meghan, Kyle, Sarah, Selina and a teacher, Mme Fajardo.
Our school community will be helping two Syrian families settle into the Louis Riel School Division.
They are in need of everything including household items, clothing, toys, books, food and more.
The two families we are helping at the moment are; a family with 5 children – ages 19, 18, 14, 12 and 7 years old (all boys except for the 14 year old daughter) and another family with two children ages 7 and 4 ½ (both boys).
Our committee is working with the René Deleurme Centre to welcome these families. If you have any donations for these 2 families please bring them to École Van Belleghem during the week of January 4th to 8th. Other ideas and dates for donations will be sent via email to our families.
It is hard to believe that the month of March is upon us. The school bells ring, the clock moves back this weekend and the days of the cycle seem to fly by so quickly.
Our grade 5 students enjoyed their winter camp this week. Wonderful memories were made by all.
Thank you to all who sent in milk jugs for our reading igloo. We now have enough jugs to complete the project. Stay tuned for pictures on our web site.
Mme McColm's classroom would like to thank everyone for their generous donations to Winnipeg Harvest. Our school met its goal by collecting hundreds of food items! Please see our school website for more information and pictures.
The weather will be warming up very shortly. We encourage you to pack extra socks in your child's backpack.
A reminder to move your clocks forward this weekend for daylight savings.
A meeting with M. Christian Michalik, Assistant Superintendent in LRSD, will be held at Ecole Van Belleghem on March 12 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss an eventual change to the grade configuration at École Van Belleghem and to provide context as to the reason for there being no change for September, 2015. We invite you to join us for this important meeting which will be held in the library. Although all parents/guardians are welcome to attend, we want to particularly extend this invitation to our families with children in grades 4, 5 and 6.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2015. As I was walking outside during the recesses yesterday, I was so pleased to hear the joyful sounds of the kids laughing as they ran around pulling each other on toboggans and as they worked collaboratively on building forts. The children in Hawaii certainly do not get to have this experience! This being said, the cold weather is upon us and we ask that all students arrive at school dressed warmly. Supervisors are outside as of 8:05 in the morning and will advise students if the recess will be indoor that day. On days 2, 4 and 6, we have our Jeux Bizou games during the morning recesses. Thank you to M. Cyr and our grade 6 Leadership students for helping with these activities.
January has always been my favorite time of the school year. Routines are well established, friendships have been made and learning is in full swing. I love to see the wonder on a child's face when they are working on something new. Did you know that we have students learning and teaching each others how to knit at our school? We invite parents and grandparents to let us know if they would like to run a lunch hour club.
Oh my, how time flies! We are already heading into the last week of November. It was another busy week at school. Children in grades 4 to 6 began filling in the Tell Them From Me Surveys. Thank you to Mme DeClercq for guiding them through this activity. Students were busy throughout the school getting their work ready to share with their parents next week. The kindergarten students made some delicious vegetable soup which made the whole school smell so good. With the arrival of snow, we have seen a mini town of forts being built in our schoolyard. It was so nice to see the teamwork involved in creating these forts! There is nothing I like better then to hear the happy sounds of children playing outside during recess! Bravo les amis! Report cards were sent home today.
On Monday, November 24, our grade 6 leadership students will be presenting some recess games (Les Jeux Bizou) to all of the students from grades 1 to 6 during the first recess. These games will be played every morning on days 2, 4 and 6. We ask that all students wear their ski pants as some of the activities will be on toboggans.
A reminder that we have parent teacher conferences next week. If you have not yet booked your appointment, please do so by going onto our school web-site and clicking on Conference Manager. Please note that Conference Manager was not functioning today therefore if you try to log in and it does not work, we ask that you re-try again tomorrow. This site will be open until Monday morning.
We will be having a book fair in the library on Tuesday November 25 and Thursday November 27 from 3:30-7:00pm. Please stop by the library to check out some great books.
The end of October is already upon us and as I reflect on how quickly the past two months have gone, it makes me realize that we really need to enjoy every day to its fullest. This morning, as I was greeting the students who were walking into the school, one little girl stopped me in the hall and asked me if I wanted to know what peace meant to her. She said, "Peace to me is when a leaf is falling off of a tree". Another student who stopped to join in on our conversation added, "Peace to me is when I smell pancakes in the morning. Yum!" When we see peace through the eyes of a child, life is actually very beautiful and simple.
If you could finish this sentence, what would your answer be? Peace to me is….
We had another exciting week at École Van Belleghem. Our Welcome Back BBQ was a huge success on Thursday evening thanks to all of the parent volunteers and staff who helped organize this event. The sun was shining which added to the outdoor fun. Thank you to M. Cyr and M. Paquette who once again accepted to be dunked in the dunk tank! Merci to our PAC for organizing this wonderful event.
A few reminders as we head into the next week:
We have a professional development day on Monday, September 22. There will be no classes for the students.
We have Early Dismissal on Tuesday, September 23. Classes end at 2h00 pm that day.
We will have our annual Terry Fox assembly and walk next Thursday, September 24 at 1h00 p.m. We are pleased to inform you that Terry Fox's brother, Mr. Fred Fox, will be attending our assembly this year. Mr. Fox will speak to our students at the beginning of our assembly. Parents are welcome to join us for the assembly and walk (weather permitting). If you can volunteer your time to help us with the walk, please call the school to give us your name and we will pass it on to M. Cyr. We will be accepting donations for the Terry Fox Foundation until the day of the walk.
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