2016/17 Introductory Letter for Parents

Welcome to the 2016/2017 year at Bert Bowes Middle School. We are looking forward to a great year.  As a Middle School, we have an on-campus policy, which means that once students arrive at the school they are expected to stay on-campus throughout the day. This is to ensure the health and safety of your child, as we are not able to provide supervision for those who leave campus.

 

We believe nutrition is strongly related to good overall health and success in learning. Therefore, we are pleased to offer a quality food program for your child. The Ministry of Education requires all schools to follow their healthy eating standards. Please see www.bced.gov.bc.ca/health/ for more information.

 

We anticipate that this program will begin on September 14, 2016. Until this time, please plan on sending a lunch with your child through September as the School Canteen will only be able to make a limited number of sandwiches and wraps. There will also be a variety of healthy snacks for cash purchase. Detailed information regarding the menu will be posted on the school website at bowes.prn.bc.ca

 

If you should need to sign your child out during the school day, please sign them out at the office when you pick them up and sign them back in when you return them to the school.

 

We welcome parent involvement in our school, so let us know if you would like to volunteer. PAC meets at 7:00 the last Wednesday of each month. Your input would be appreciated. Whether you are able to attend these meetings or not, if you would like to receive the meeting minutes, please email Cheryl Ford (cford@prn.bc.ca) and ask to be added to the PAC email list.

 

Thank you.

School Opening Dates for 2016-17

The school’s office will re-open on Monday, August 29th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  The office will be open for the remainder of that week with the same hours.

The first day for Grade 7 students will be on Tuesday, September 6th from 8:45 am until 11:00 am.  Our Grade 9 WEB Leaders, under the direction of Ms. Carlstrom and Mrs. TeBulte, will help our new students transition to the school.  All other students will start on Wednesday, September 7th at 8:45 am.  School dismissal will be at the usual time of 2:54 pm.

 

Thursday, September 8:

  • School Fee collection begins at the office
  • School Pictures
  • Text Book distribution for Grade 8 and 9 students
  • Barbeque for staff and students

Friday, September 9:

Our regular school schedule begins with Day 1.

Spring Fun Day 2016

Spring Fun Day is scheduled for June 21st. Students have signed up for various afternoon activities. This event helps promote a positive school community and spirit. Much effort has gone into planning the event. As in any other school day, we expect all students to attend. As in any other school day, if your son or daughter is unable to attend for a valid reason, please notify the office. Students attending events off school grounds and/or requiring a fee, must hand in consent forms and/or payment to the office by Tuesday, June 14th. Consent forms were given to students on Tuesday, June 7th. As part of the morning activities, students will be participating in groups in a scavenger hunt. Each group has at least one adult supervisor and the scavenger hunt will involve walking to off school grounds locations in the vicinity of the school and central Fort St. John. Should you not approve of your son or daughter participating in this event, please notify the office as soon as possible and alternate activities will be arranged.

 

 

Schedule:

  • 8:45 – 9:00 – Activity Meeting – attendance
  • 9:00 – 11:30 – Leadership Scavenger Hunt
  • 11:30 – 12:15 – BBQ Lunch on West field.
  • 12:15 – 2:20 – Afternoon Activities
  • 2:20 – 2:57 – Transportation back to school, slide show in gym, dismissal

 

 

Afternoon Events Include:

  • Slowpitch
  • Pottery
  • Skateboarding
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Geocaching
  • Wide Field Games
  • Soccer
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Golf
  • Bowling
  • Archery
  • Tennis
  • Water Games

2015-16 Year End Schedule

June 21st is our annual Spring Fun Day and June 22nd is the last regularly scheduled day of classes for this year.  Students will return on Thursday, June 23rd from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm for the last day. Please see the schedule below:

 

  • 8:45-9:30 – Pancake Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:00 – TAG class
  • 10:10-11:30 – Talent Show, Final House Points and Student Recognition Assembly in Gymnasium
  • 11:30 – 11:45 – Yearbook Slideshow
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Report Cards

 

 

Our last day is designed to be a school wide celebration of the year that was. As you can see, there will not be a traditional awards ceremony. Rather, we will on a wide scale recognize improvement, growth, learning, effort, and group contributions to a positive school community. Parents are more than welcome to join us at 10:10 for this celebration.

 

Please click on the links below to see some related articles that helped us design our Year-end celebration.

 

http://chriswejr.com/thoughts-on-awards-ceremonies/

http://www.joebower.org/2013/10/abolishing-awards-ceremonies-and-honour.html

http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/1079

Thanks for the RAK

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These wonderful ladies from Shell brought in coffee and treats for all of our staff. Thanks for the Random Act of Kindness! Everyone here greatly enjoyed the afternoon pick-me-up.

New Grade 7’s Parent Orientation Night

All parents and students entering into grade 7 in September are invited to attend the Parent Orientation Night at Bert Bowes from 5-6 pm on Wednesday June 8th. Meet the teachers here at Bert Bowes and familiarize yourself with the school. The evening will start off in the gym.

Grade 7 Course Calendar

Student support teachers and WEB students will be visiting Taylor, Baldonnel, Charlie Lake, CM Finch, and Central during the next two weeks to meet with the grade 6 students coming to Bert Bowes next year. Grade 6 students will be receiving a course calendar booklet and registration forms to be reviewed and filled out with their parents.

Attached is a course calendar for future grade 7 students. Extra registration forms must be picked up at Bert Bowes’ office.
Grade 7 Calendar 2016 2017

Grade 8 and 9 Course Calendars

All current grade 7 and 8 students have now received course calendars and registration forms for next year. Please review the information and fill out all of the required information on the registration form. The registration forms should be completed and handed into the office ASAP. If your son/daughter currently attends Bert Bowes but will be moving next year, please inform the office. Attached are course calendar booklets for future grade 8 and 9 students.

Grade 9 Calendar 2016 2017

Grade 8 Calendar 2016 2017