Orange Shirt Day at Bert Bowes

Today we honour Orange Shirt Day.  On this day we pay tribute to all those who have been affected by the wrongs of the residential school system and honour the survivors.  The big idea behind this day, is every child matters.  We will take time today to learn about the truth.  Learning about the history and legacy of residential schools is a positive step forward in moving from truth to eventual reconciliation.  At 1:45 pm, Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton will present to the student body with their own connections to the residential school system.  Margaret is a local author who published Fatty Legs: A True Story.  Parents are welcome to attend the event in our school gymnasium.

PAC Meeting – September 26 @ 9:30 am

The next Parent Advisory Counsil meeting will be on Wednesday, September 26 at 9:30 am in the Office.  All parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend.

To learn more about PAC, please click the link below;



Open House – September 13th; 4:30 to 6:00 pm

All Bert Bowes parents/guardians are invited to a Meet The Teacher Open House next Thursday, September 13th between 4:30 and 6:00 pm.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided in the student lounge by the PAC.  A guest speaker, Scott Graham, will also present in the gymnasium from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Scott’s presentation, “Courage; Who Do You Think You Are?”, is designed to develop leadership and anti-bullying solutions for youth.

  • 4:30 to 4:45 – snacks and mingling in Student Lounge
  • 4:45 to 5:00 – presentation from PAC and BBMS Administration in gymnasium
  • 5:00 to 6:00 – meet and greet with teachers in classrooms (demos or activities may be set up in various rooms, these will be announced at parent presentation
  • 6:00 to 7:00 – Scott Graham’s presentation in gymnasium

This is a perfect opportunity to connect with your child’s teachers, learn how to better support your child through the ‘middle years’, and start the year off on a positive note.  Come join us!

Link to Scott Graham’s Website

Grade 9 Leadership Training

Grade 9 Leadership Training is happening this week! Reminder that all selected leadership students need to be at Bert Bowes gym on:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Subway lunch)
Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Pizza lunch)

Lunch will be provided but WEB leaders should bring their own snacks. Please contact Ms. Carlstrom at if you have been chosen as a leadership student but are unable to attend the training. If leadership students do not attend this training, they will be unable to help on Grade 7 Orientation day. See you soon!

Introductory Parent Letter – 2018/19 School Year

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to the 2018/19 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 for more information.

We anticipate that this program will begin on September 12, 2018. Until this time, please plan on sending a lunch with your child.  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

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 9:30 am 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 Jennifer Cullen ( and ask to be added to the PAC email list.  Thank you.




Wade Hart