Parenting in the time of COVID-19

To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, we have added a drop-down menu item to our “Parents” tab (above) with some tips for parents that cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.

Some Quick Tips for Supporting your BBMS Student at Home

We know that this is the start of the second week of learning at home, and there are possibly some things that might need some ‘tweaking’ and/or fine tuning! Here are 10 quick tips for supporting your student at home:

  1. Identify and share with your child the non-negotiable items that must be done for the day or the week.
  2. Create a daily schedule.
  3. Break the day down into 20 minute tasks. This helps make the day go by faster.
  4. Beyond the assignments given by the school, have your child work on other critical skills.This can include manners, kindness, writing Letters, cooking, creating a game to play, sewing, ironing, and basic car repair.
  5. As hard as it might be, limit gaming time.
  6. Set up a daily reward system for completed task.
  7. Find funny videos and share them as a family and/or do 10 positive things a day.
  8. Keep tasks short and easy to accomplish.
  9. Be honest and open about what is going on and why.
  10. When things are crazy just ask “Do you want me to Listen, React, or Solve?

COVID-19 Wellness Resource For Families…or just food for thought!

We wanted to remind parents that we have a variety of resources for parents located in the “Parents” tab at the top of the page. Today, we have included a new resource which is more of a ‘food for thought‘ article shared by a US psychologist ~”Mental Health Wellness Tips For Quarantine”. There are lots of useful tips to consider…for you, your child(ren), for all of us really!

Spring Break is over, now what?

Just a quick check in to let you know what’s happening this week. Staff will be working together to come up with plans to continue providing learning opportunities for our students. This will be challenging and your patience is greatly appreciated. You can expect to hear from your teacher/teachers towards the end of this week and you will be receiving a phone callout later today. There is a lot of conflicting information so please use this website and/or our Facebook page to stay up to date on what’s happening in our Bert Bowes community. The district website also continues to post up to date information from the Ministries of Education and Health. Staying connected is really important right now and we are here to help support our students and families.

Final Week Before the Break

Just a quick note to parents that this week will have an alternate bell schedule attached to Wednesday and Thursday, as teachers will host Parent-Teacher Interviews. The schedule is posted below:

Grade 7

TimeMarch 11 Day 1March 12 Day 2
8:45 (5)Warning BellWarning Bell
8:50-9:50 (60)11   8:50-9:50 (60)
9:50-9:55 (5)AM Class ChangeAM Class Change
9:55-10:55 (60)2  2   9:55-10:55 (60)
10:55-11:40 (45)LUNCH10:55-11:37 (42) LUNCH
11:40-11:45(5)PM Class Change11:42-11:57 (15) Gr.7 TAG
11:45-12:30 (45)3 and Locker Cleaning 3   12:02-1:02 (60)
12:30-2:07Talent Show4    1:07 – 2:07 (60)

Grade 8 and 9

TimeMarch 11 Day 1March 12 Day 2
8:45 (5)Warning BellWarning Bell
8:50-9:50 (60)18:50-9:05 Gr.8/9 TAG
9:50-9:55 (5)AM Class Change1   9:10-10:10(60)
9:55-10:55 (60)210:10-10:15 Class Change
10:55-11:40 (45)LUNCH2    10:15-11:15 (60)
11:40 – 11:45 (5)PM Class Change11:15-11:57(42) LUNCH
11:45-12:30 (45)3 and Locker Cleaning3     12:02-1:02(60)
12:30-2:07Talent Show4      1:07-2:07 (60)

Those families departing for their holidays earlier than Friday are asked to update the office for attendance purposes. Thank you for your help with this!