Foundation Skills Assessment – Grade 7

The Foundation Skills Assessment is an annual province-wide assessment of British Columbia students’ academic skills, and provides a snapshot of how well BC students are learning foundation skills in Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Numeracy.

The main purpose of the assessment is to help the province, school districts, schools and school planning councils evaluate how well students are achieving basic skills, and make plans to improve student achievement. FSA is designed and developed by British Columbia educators. The skills tested are linked to the provincial curriculum and provincial performance standards.

The assessment is administered annually to Grade 4 and 7 students in public and provincially funded independent schools.

For Bert Bowes Grade 7 students, the administration dates will be scheduled between January 18th and February 5th.

For additional information from the Ministry of Education regarding FSA, please click on the following link;

FSA Information For Parents

Two Additional Non-Instructional Days

The Ministry of Education, with input from both educators and the public, has worked to define the essential elements of a great education. The result is the BC Education Plan and it is the basis for redesigning the approach and content of BC’s curriculum. Effective September 1, 2016, the redesigned curriculum will be implemented for all students in Kindergarten to Grade 9. In preparation for these changes, two Non-Instructional Days have been added to this school year; Friday, February 26th, 2016 and Monday, May 16th, 2016. There will be no school for students on these days as teachers and administrators will be using them to plan and prepare for the new curriculum.


A public meeting will be held at the School Board Office on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 7:00 pm. The meeting will feature a presentation about the new curriculum and give everyone an opportunity to ask questions.


Letter from Assistant Superintendent, Stephen Petrucci, regarding the Non-Instructional Days.


Links to more information regarding the curriculum changes;

Book Fair

The Bert Bowes Annual Book Fair runs from Nov 23 to 26 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily. The Book Fair is open during next week’s early dismissals for parent teacher meetings. Lots of books for all ages and great Christmas gifts!  Come out and support our library.  Every dollar spent puts more books in our library.

Coats for Kids Winter Gear Drive

The Leadership class is organizing a Winter Gear Drive to support the local Coats for Kids. Bring in new or gently used coats, snow pants, mittens, touques, or scarves to give to local people who need something warm to wear this winter. Drop off your items to the table set up outside the student lounge during lunch from Wednesday November 18 until Thursday November 26. For every item donated, your name will be entered to win a secret prize. THEN, on Monday November 30th we will have an assembly during TAG (8:50-9:15 am) to celebrate all that was donated and distribute the prizes. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from receiving any of these clothing items, please come see Ms. Carlstrom or email

Students for Change is at it Again!

These past two months have gone by so quickly and the Students for Change group has participated in the We Scare Hunger initiative and collected over 500 items of food for the Women’s Resource Society in FSJ, as well as, participated in the We Are Silent initiative which required them to not talk for an entire day to stand up for those who do not have a voice. Some of the causes they were passionate about were: animal rights, students who are unable to attend school, and children who are unable to play.  We are very proud of our Students for Change group and we are looking forward to their next initiative in December — We Bake for Change!   Please look up Free the Children to find out more about our program! IMG_9602


25 of our very lucky Bert Bowes students were able to attend WEDAY Vancouver on Oct.21! These students joined the Students for Change program at the school.  Please search Free the Children to see the program and initiatives that the students will be helping raise awareness for this year.  For more information please search the Students for Change student club on the website or email Mrs. Redford and Mrs. Morris for more information!



First Term Report Cards – November 23rd

A revision to our first reporting period was necessary.  First term report cards will go home with students on Monday, November 23, 2015.  Early Dismissal Days are scheduled for November 25 and 26 for the purpose of Parent/Teacher meetings.  Please contact the office if you are interested in scheduling a meeting.  November 27 is a Non-Instructional Day and Bert Bowes teachers will be unavailable for Parent/Teacher meetings.

Halloween Dance

The Leadership class is hosting a Halloween Dance October 29, 2015 from 6:30-9:00pm. Tickets are on sale from October 20-27 outside the student lounge for $5 or $4 + a non-perishable food item. There will be a haunted house, photo booth, and food for sale. Teachers and administration will be supervising. Please review the attached dance expectations before buying a ticket. BBMSDance Expectations