Remembrance

Important Dates

  • November 17 – PAC meeting 7pm via MS Teams
  • November 18 – Semester 2/Block B ends
  • November 19 – Semester 3/Block C begins
  • November 19 – Student/Parent/Teacher interviews via MS Teams 1:30 – 3:30pm
  • November 20 – Pro D Day (no classes in session)
  • November 23 to December 4 – Grad Photos by Life Touch room B217
  • November 25 – Report cards published (MyEd)
Remembrance Day Assembly Virtually

Although this week were not able to host our annual school wide Remembrance Day assembly, Mr. Chan and our student hosts provided classes with a video

Youtube – https://youtu.be/j7MUINdr8es

Student MCs – Kyla K., Steven M., Ida S., &  Aisha A.

Student bugler – Alexa B.

Belmont Concert Choir – with Glynis Dawson directing

Our guest speakers this year are Elder Henry Chipps, Jim Lamond, and Officer Cadet Jeffery Corney (Royal Military College, Belmont Alumnus)

Memorial Window
Post-Secondary Information
  1. Post-Secondary BC (PSBC) events are happening, regionally, for students throughout the fall, and UVic will be offering four virtual presentations at each of these events. The upcoming PSBC events are as follows:
  • Victoria and South Island: November 16 (2-6pm) and November 17 (3-7pm)
  • North/Mid-Island and the Sunshine Coast: November 18 (2-6pm) and November 19 (3-7pm)

Registration is available, here: https://postsecondarybcvirtualfair.easyvirtualfair.com/prefair/

  1. Parent Nights will provide parents/guardians/supporters the opportunity to learn more about UVic. Attendees will  enjoy a presentation by the amazing Dr. Lisa Surridge, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, with some helpful tips on being successful in post-secondary studies. The focus of the talk is helping parents (and students) navigate the transition from high school to university.  The upcoming Parent Night is as follows:
  • November 22 at 5pm

Gr 12 students and parents are invited to join a virtual information presentation by UVic and Camosun on applying to post-secondary programs, Tuesday, Nov 24, 6:30 – 7:30 with a question and answer period to follow. A link to the Zoom event will be provided closer to the day of the event.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Interviews will be held on Thursday, November 19th online from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Here is how you book an appointment:

  1. Go to: http://belmont.schoolappointments.com/
  2. Register under login
  3. Follow registration prompts
  4. Book the appointment time
  5. Click view appointments to access virtual link during meeting time
  6. You may have to wait in the virtual lobby

If you are unable to book on-line please call our front office at 250-478-5501 beginning Friday, November 13th, at 10.00 am.

If you are unable to book an appointment with a teacher due to availability, please contact him/her to set an alternate time or book a phone conference. 

http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/teacher-contact-info/

Thank you for taking the time to meet with your son/daughters and their teachers.

Transportation

Next Thursday, November 19 is an early dismissal day across SD62. This means that school will end early for secondary schools, please see schedule below. 
 
If your child takes school bus transportation, please note that pick up and drop off times may be different for that day only. Please see below.

REMINDER: Please follow the current bus schedule which ends on November 20. The new schedule begins Monday, November 23.

Belmont

Morning CohortAfternoon Cohort
School 9 – 11 a.m.11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
AM Pick up as per usualPick Up (from stop) 1 hour early
Dismissal and bus home at 11 a.m.Dismissal and bus home at 1:30 p.m.

For bus pick up times, please see here and adjust accordingly as noted above, particularly for students who attend class in the afternoon.

Questions, please feel free to email our Transportation Department: bussing@sd62.bc.ca

Thank you for your attention to this.

Spanish Classes – Altar de Muertos Competition

Miss Pampin’s Spanish classes have been working on a Day of the Dead project / competition. Congratulations to # 1: In Honor of Dr. Seuss who received the most votes with #3: In Honor of Ant #7 being a close second. Honorable mention goes to the others. Well done students! See photos below.

Students had to build an “Altar de Muertos” (altar for the dead) which is a shrine-like surface in honor of someone that has passed.  An “Altar de Muertos” typically contains decorative elements such as festive tissue paper designs and flowers, as well as symbolic elements that were believed to serve a purpose. These include food, water, salt, candles, a photo of the deceased, and sugar skulls, to name a few. (Did you know that sugar skulls replaced real skulls which is what the Aztecs originally used?). 

Message from Elder Henry Chipps

Dear Students,
It’s an honor for me to be in your class with you. O’Siem Siam. I hope that this 2020 school year you will complete all your work and have a successful time in each class. I hope you excel in all your subjects that you are doing this year.
I am the Elder in Residence for Belmont Secondary which means that I will be here on Mondays throughout the rest of the school year. I will be doing various classroom activities with you and your teachers in certain subject matters and I really enjoy supporting these activities.
A lot of students talk to me in the hallway or in their classrooms. This summer I saw students at various stores and coffee shops in our Community and it is always great when students wave or stop to say hi! Please feel free to say ‘hi’ when you see me out there! It is important because Every Child Does Matter. It really doesn’t matter what culture or ethnicity one is, in the senses that each of you are children of the world and are important. You are in this school and I am too and it is good to open dialogue and talk with each other in a good way.
Always appreciate your teachers when you are in the school. Remember, one time they were students just like you. In fact, in my cultural way teachers are like Elders, they are knowledge keepers. In my culture too they are held in high esteem which means they respected. In old ways nothing was written down, it was all oral communication from one generation to another, now in the 21st century we write things down and your teachers who have studied these things are able to communicate their learning to you!
Sometimes we have special guests and role models in our school and they teach you special skills. I have met a lot of amazing people with unique talents and you can learn something from each person who comes into your life. Last year, for example, a role model showed students in Ms. Rachael’s class how to make roses of cedar bark for hair style accessories. It was quite something. The students really enjoyed it.
When I was young I attended Metchosin Elementary, Dunsmuir Middle School, and Belmont Secondary (in the old building). I graduated grade 12 in 1971. I wouldn’t have graduated without the help of some of the teachers. There was a teacher in my life, his name was Leo Beinder. In fact, he has an award in his name here at Belmont. He knew I was a good student from September to December. From January to the end of June I used to go off the grades! In March, he used to come to me and say “it’s time to pull up your socks”, so that I would be motivated to pass!
In ’71 I went to Kelowna and took pre-op Carpentry, I got my Red Seal, and worked all over Canada. When I came back here in ’87 I moved back to Beecher Bay and was on Council from ’87-2003. I also got into Treaty Negotiations for my Nation. We have been in Treaty
Negotiations 25 years. Soon we will have the Te’mexw Treaty Passed into Legislation by both
the Provincial and Federal Government.
In 1999 I went back to school, to University of Victoria. At the ripe old age of 35…hahaha. I took
Indigenous Governance Degree and Public Administration. I graduated in 2006! I was the first
Graduate of Indigenous Governance. It’s never too late to achieve your goals in life. Take up the
initiative to complete your dreams.
Please feel free to talk to me when you see me! If you would like to talk one-on-one please ask
your school Counselor or Natasha Parrish and they can arrange a meet up! I hope you have a
great year at Belmont Ecole Secondary, I looking forward to spending time with you this year.
Elder Henry
hchipps@sd62.bc.ca

“10,000 Tonight – Food Drive!

Food insecurities are a big problem in our community. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but especially those in need. All food and cash donations will go to the Gold Stream Food Bank. Belmont Leadership is hoping this event will connect the school to our community in these uncertain times. Together we can make a difference!

Does your family want to help the community this holiday season?  Belmont Leadership class is excited to announce that we are holding our annual 10 000 TONIGHT FOOD DRIVE in partnership with Royal Bay and EMCS secondary schools from November 30th – December 11th. 

There are two ways to donate:

  1. Classroom Hampers – Each classroom will have a box for non-perishable food donations.* Teachers will have envelopes to collect cash donations. 

There will be PRIZES!  For every item donated, students will receive one prize entry, and multiple entries are encouraged. Prizes will be drawn at the end of the food drive. 

  •  – As we are unable to do our normal house-to-house pick up, there will be four DRIVE THROUGH DROP-OFF EVENINGS. Student volunteers will be at Belmont and Royal Bay schools on Tuesday, December 1st and 8th and Thursday, December 3rd and 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The drop-off process will be fast and contactless! We hope to see you there!   

*All donations will be quarantined at the school before sent to the food bank. All volunteers will be following strict COVID-19 protocols.

Thank you in advance from Belmont Leadership!”

Safe & Healthy Schools

Program for Parents with preteens: Boys and Girls Club is offering a daytime group for parents with preteens. It will cover topics like Parenting and families, communication, self care, and more. Please share with your families. See attached called PWPS Wednesdays.

November Parent Meeting: Connecting with our Kids when Anxiety Leads to Social Isolation. The Victoria area date is Tuesday, November 24th at 4:00 pm. Please feel free to register for a date that works best for you. Registration Required for all communities: www.familysmart.ca/itk Date for Victoria: Tuesday, November 24 at 4:00 pm  Cost: Free of Charge  

Fall Back… time change

Important Dates:

  • November 1 – Clocks “fall back” – don’t forget to change your clocks!
  • November 3 to 5 – Graduation Literacy/Numeracy Assessments
  • November 10 – Remembrance Day video assembly
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day – no classes in session
  • November 17 – PAC meeting via MS teams 7pm
  • November 18 – Last day of semester 2/block B
  • November 19 – First day of semester 3/block C
  • November 19 – Student/Parent/Teacher interviews via MS team 1:30-3:30pm

The Belmont leadership team (Mr. Lamond, Mr. Dube, Ms. Horner, Mr. McHugh) is very grateful to our students, staff and families for the all the support you’ve shown during the September start up and through our first 2 months of classes.  As you know, the year has been divided up into eighths.   Each class in your child’s scheduled represents one eighth – A block/semester 1, B block/semester 2 and so on.  Reports for A block were published through the MyEd student/family portal on October 22.  As a school and district we have had to re-plan all of our schedules and daily routines so that we can follow the strictest safety guidelines.  I cannot express enough how proud we are of the students’ understanding of the safety protocols and their  ownership of responsibility in the school. 

By all accounts, A block/semester 1 was very successful.  Like you, we weren’t really sure what to expect, but the results are very encouraging and positive.

Attendance  Through reflecting on attendance data for the months of September and  October, our overall student attendance has been better than ever. This is in comparison to data collected in the same time frame from 2018 & 2019.

Course Completion More than 98% of our students successfully completed their course. After speaking with numerous students, staff and parents/guardians we have compiled some anecdotal information that we would also like to share.

Although students, staff and parents/guardians are feeling many different emotions about school at the moment, below are some of the consistent themes.

Student Feedback

  • A sense of great focus with only one class at a time to focus on
  • Increased understanding and engagement; increased support from teachers (individual time 1 on 1); greater sense of success
  • Easier to stay organized
  • Social and educational anxiety is down
  • Enjoying smaller classes
  • In some cases, increased sense of safety (socially as well as feeling they are in a calm school environment)

Teacher Feedback

  • Students have greater focus
  • Building relationships with students & families more than they have in the past
  • Negative classroom behaviours dramatically decreased
  • Experimenting with new forms of assessment
  • Sense of satisfaction in being able to assist students 
  • Enjoying smaller class sizes

Parent/Guardian Feedback

  • Pleased with the smaller classes sizes in terms of safety and H&S measures
  • Encouraged by the engagement and focus of their students
  • Pleased that extra-curricular activities are coming back line through a clear H&S protocol
  • Positive and grateful seeing their students back in school

While we recognize that this certainly isn’t a perfect situation, we are thrilled with how it is progressing.  Having the students back at school and breathing life back into the building has been incredible. 

Please make sure that you stay in close contact with teachers and have an ongoing sense of your student’s strengths, areas for growth, and ways that your student can be supported in their learning.

As we go through the year, we will keep you all updated.  It has been an exceptional year, but we have exceptional students, staff and community to rely on.

Pexsisen Elementary School & Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School

The busy site of our District’s new schools which will join the Belmont family of schools.

As many of you are aware, our District’s newest schools are currently under construction and will b ready for opening in September of 2022. It is incredible to see the transformation of the WestShores newest community.

Belmont Music Department:

Ms. Dawson leading choir in the Learning Commons…

Although our return to school plan has provided many challenges for all teachers, Ms. Dawson, Mr. Chan, and Mr. Rivollier have continued to find ways to offer great learning opportunties for our many talendted Belmont student musicians. In recognizing our teacher’s efforts to maintain our music program aliging with all of the health & safety protocols, they recenlty were featured on the cover of the BC Music Educators Journal.

A definite shout out our teacher’s efforts!

Grad Updates:
Graduation events are an opportunity for students, their families, staff, and the community to come together to celebrate our graduating students’ accomplishments and the transition from K-12 education. We want to recognize and celebrate our graduates in a way that keeps everyone safe. Last year illustrated that we can do this in our current context, as long as we are following the guidelines and are thoughtful in our approach.

In following the current guidelines regarding events and gatherings from our Provincial Health Officer, we will not be able to proceed with a Winter Formal celebration this year. We can, however, think ahead for Commencement and other grad activities and celebrations. We are looking to hear from students about what their hopes and dreams for graduation celebrations are. Graduates are encouraged to watch the Grad Google Classroom for opportunities to share their thinking and to ask questions.

Please contact Ms. Horner, mhorner@sd62.bc.ca, if you have any questions. 

Scholarship News:

Recently we received news from the University of Victoria that last year 27 of graduates received a variety of entrance scholarships totalling $143, 023.00. An incredible testament to the efforts of our graduates from just one post-secondary of many our grads are currently attending. A special shout out to Ms. Davis and Ms. Hoskins for their work supporting last year’s grads with their scholarship applications and awareness!

District News:

Our ThoughtExchange platform for families to contribute feedback is now LIVE! Here’s the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/407499254 The survey will remain open for two weeks and close on November 13 at 9 p.m. From there, we will share some of the common thoughts and opinions with families and staff in SD62 (by the end of November). Feedback will be presented to the Board for their consideration at their monthly Board meeting on December 15. All results will be presented to the SD62 community early in the new year.

Complete information about the Catchment proposals can be found on the SD62 website here: https://www.sd62.bc.ca/our-district/district-growth/catchment-review. There is a large list of FAQ as well. This list will inevitably change and grown as we start to see patterns and frequent questions. 

There is also an email address dedicated to the catchment review: catch62@sd62.bc.ca

PAC Meeting Nov. 17th:

Our next PAC meeting is on Nov. 17th at 7pm. If you are interested in attending the meeting on MS Teams please email your name and email address to belmont@sd62.bc.ca.

Yearbook Club:

Athletics:

Congratulations to Belmont grade 12 student and football player Riley Scheffer who commits to UBC!

1 class done, 7 to go!

Important Dates

  • Oct 15 – Great BC Shakeout @ 10:18am
  • Oct 16 – Semester 2 Starts (B Block)
  • Oct 21 – Photo Retakes
  • Oct 22 – Report Cards Published
  • Oct 23 – Pro-D Provincial

Good afternoon Belmont students and families. Wow the year has certainly flown by so far as we have just completed the 1st course. Today we began our 2nd semester/blk. B course as we welcomed students into their next class. By all accounts today’s transition to the next class went extremely well as students demonstrated an awareness of where their next class was located and the “zone” entrance they need to use in order to enter and exit safely using our face mask and hand sanitizing protocols. We’re incredibly impressed with our students’ abilities to support our health & safety protocols.

Yesterday we also participated in the Great BC Shakeout along with hundreds of thousands of Canadians across the country. At 10:15am and 1:15pm we stopped, dropped, and took cover for 60 seconds as we practiced what to do in the case of en earthquake.

A reminder to families that the 1st semester/blk A class report card will be published electronically via the MyEd family portal. Please ask your son or daughter to share it with you through the student portal if you have any difficulties accessing the family one.

Today we also an opportunity for Mr. Rivollier’s Drumline to perform during the transition time between the AM & PM classes. Although a little “misty” out, the rainbows made up for the fall weather.

Our awesome Drumline performs during the transition between AM & PM classes.
UVIC & VIU TEACHER CANDIDATES

Belmont is proud to host Teacher Candidates from UVic and VIU in different stages of their journeys in becoming a practicing teacher!

For the fall, we are home to a UVic Field Experience course where 20 Teacher Candidates come to our school all day to observe classes and then stay for an after school seminar course co-taught by Lauren Frodsham and Melissa Horner. This course is a wonderful opportunity for Teacher Candidates to become part of a classroom and help support students while learning from experienced Belmont teachers.

This fall, we are also proud to provide practicum experiences for seven Teacher Candidates; five from UVic and two from VIU. This is a time for candidates to experience planning and teaching, all while being supported by their Belmont teachers and University supervisors.

In the spring, we will provide a space for three long practicum Teacher Candidates to immerse themselves in the practice and teach up to 100% of a course. 

Supporting our early career teachers is a practice that Belmont school is deeply committed to, and our teachers truly enjoy. We look forward to welcoming them all back one day as an experienced educator!

Athletics News

XC News – The Belmont Bulldogs got out to a speedy start this year as students participated in a friendly & safe cross-country 3km run around the community Thursday morning and afternoon. In the morning, Mr. Allen, Julianne S. and Hailey S. led the runners with a quick pace. The afternoon race was fast with Evan W., Abbey B. and Naomi M. leading the way.  Special mention to the morning and afternoon basketball classes who displayed some impressive results.  Thank you Mr. Lowe, Ms. Sandberg, Mrs. Robertson, Mr. Allen, Mr. Toakley and the leadership students for making this happen!  Way to go Bulldogs!! 

Football, Volleyball, Basketball – As approved by our District’s Health & Safety protocols and supported by BC School Sport’s return to play plan, some of our students and coaches have begun to practice/train after school. In addition to yesterday’s XC race, our Football, Volleyball, and Basketball programs have all started to train with the hopes that inter-school competition will resume when safe to do so. Although things are not the same as they were pre-COVID, it is fantastic that our volunteer coaches have begun to provide training sessions for our student athletes.

Stay up to date through our Athletics Website

Spirit Week

Belmont Leadership is hosting a Spirit Week from October 26-October 30th! More information to come and yes there will be prizes! Reminder to students that masks (other than our PPE) are prohibited in Secondary Schools on Halloween.

  • Monday – PJ Day
  • Tuesday – Belmont Wear Day
  • Wednesday – Denim Day
  • Thursday – 80s Day
  • Friday – Halloween Costume Day (a reminder no masks except for PPE:)

Gr. 9 Immunizations

Watch for immunization consent packages for grade 9 students that will be sent home early in the fall. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students in Grade 9 will be offered immunizations through a booked appointment at the health unit. Please review the consent packages, fill out the consent forms and return to the school. Please then contact the Westshore Health Unit at 250-519-3490 to book your appointment. If you have any questions please ask to speak with a School Health Nurse.

A grade 9 student can make an informed decision about immunization regardless of their parent/guardian/representative decision to consent or refuse immunization. For more information visit HealthLinkBC: The Infants Act, Mature Minor Consent and Immunization.

Graduation Assessments

Graduation Assessments: Monday 2nd – Friday 6th November 2020

Please see our website for the latest information regarding the upcoming November Assessments:

http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/graduation-assessments/.

The Wellness Centre at Belmont… is open!

Students wishing to book an appointment at the Wellness Centre at Belmont, please call 250-519-3580. 

Grad 2021 news

Last week, information was given to the class of 2021 regarding a number of items including grad status, Scholarships, Commencement Ceremonies, Prom, etc. Please see attached video we shared with the grade 12’s.

https://soapbox.wistia.com/videos/XEybLhjrJi

PSI (Post Secondary Info) 2020 Updates

Hi everyone, here is a recap of upcoming events at UVic. Some are specific for gr. 12’s, other opportunities may be of interest to the AVID groups as well. Stephanie Parker from UVic is also available for virtual classroom presentations. I am also trying to schedule a live evening presentation with both UVic and Camosun in late November for students and parents. Stay tuned. Love all the opportunities they are providing for students and parents alike.

  1. Post-Secondary BC (PSBC) events are happening, regionally, for students throughout the fall, and UVic will be offering four virtual presentations at each of these events. The upcoming PSBC events are as follows:
  • General Event (open to students from all regions): October 21 and November 14 (3-7pm)
  • Victoria and South Island: November 16 (2-6pm) and November 17 (3-7pm)
  • North/Mid-Island and the Sunshine Coast: November 18 (2-6pm) and November 19 (3-7pm)

Registration is available, here: https://postsecondarybcvirtualfair.easyvirtualfair.com/prefair/

  1. Student Experience Panels will feature current students who will speak about student life at UVic and be available to answer questions. The upcoming Student Experience Panels are as follows:
  • October 17 at 10am
  • October 28 at 6:30pm         
  • November 7 at 10am
  • November 18 at 8:30pm (for international students)

Registration is available, here: https://www.uvic.ca/undergraduate/tours-events/events/#ipn-student-experience-panels

  1. Parent Nights will provide parents/guardians/supporters the opportunity to learn more about UVic. Attendees will  enjoy a presentation by the amazing Dr. Lisa Surridge, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, with some helpful tips on being successful in post-secondary studies. The focus of the talk is helping parents (and students) navigate the transition from high school to university.  The upcoming Parent Nights are as follows:
  • October 18 at 5pm
  • November 8 at 5pm
  • November 22 at 5pm

Registration is available, here: https://www.uvic.ca/undergraduate/tours-events/events/#ipn-parent-nights

  1. Sample Lectures will be delivered by expert guest speakers from across the UVic community on a wide array of topics from modern marketing to sociology in the age of Covid-19.

Students can register and find a complete list of upcoming sample lectures on our website, here: https://www.uvic.ca/undergraduate/tours-events/events/index.php#ipn-lectures-seminars

  1. Faculty-specific events will allow attendees to explore our faculties and the unique experiences they offer for UVic students.

Students can register and find a complete list of upcoming faculty-specific events on our website, here: https://www.uvic.ca/undergraduate/tours-events/events/index.php#ipn-faculty-events

Fine Arts

Belmont Music Fundraising

The Music Department is carrying on with fundraising this year, but everything is done ONLINE!

As usual, we are selling Hilltop Nursery Poinsettias (as local as you can get – their nursery is at the Saanich/View Royal border!) and Purdy’s Chocolates (a Canadian Favourite!)

If you go to our website – http://belmontmusic.weebly.com/fundraising.html  all of the order information & how-to videos are posted there.

If you do plan on ordering, here are the important dates;

  • Poinsettias Orders Deadline – Monday November 2nd.
  • Purdy’s Order Deadline – Tuesday November 24th
  • Pick-Up Date for ALL orders – Thursday December 2nd.

All fundraised money goes towards individual student accounts to help offset future travel/trip costs.  If you have a student that you would like to support, please indicate that in your online order forms (the instructions are listed).  If not, we can pool towards a student in need.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Ed students doing great work learning skills and experiencing the outdoors!

career & College/university fairs

Dream It.Be it

Youth at the booth

Fall Is Upon Us

Important Dates
  • Oct 5 – World Teacher’s Day
  • Oct 12 – Thanksgiving (school not in session)
  • Oct 15 – Semester 1 End
  • Oct 15 – Great BC Shakeout @ 10:18am
  • Oct 16 – Semester 2 Starts (B Block)
  • Oct 21 – Photo Retakes
  • Oct 22 – Report Cards Published
  • Oct 23 – Pro-D Provincial
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It is hard to believe with the wonderful summer weather we’ve had this week that September is behind us with many incredible “firsts” as we re-opened and welcomed students and staff back to school with our new protocols and 1/8th model of classes.

We have past the halfway point of the 1st semester/course and look forward to the transition to the 2nd semester/course. We will be sharing an updated course schedule, MyEd student/family login info, and an overview of the start of the next class on October 8. A reminder a formal report card will be electronically published via the MyEd student/family portal after each course is completed. The 1st course report card will be published on October 22 for guardians/parents to review.

A reminder to students and families that due to safety protocols and cleansing efforts prior to each class, we open the doors to the school approximately 15 minutes before the beginning of class. This is important to note with the weather changing as we head into the fall and winter months. Be prepared with the appropriate clothing for being outside if you arrive earlier than 15 minutes before class.

Considering schools and districts in other parts of our province have experienced positive COVID cases with students and staff, a reminder that Island Health provides Exposure in Schools on their website for updated info.

A reminder for students that the VIHA Wellness Centre is open for student self referrals Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. through the school day. In order for students to make an appointment, please

Although much of the freedom we used to experience in schools pre-COVID has changed due to protocols, below is an example of Ms. Dawson’s Choral class using the Learning Commons earlier today to finally rehearse as an entire group with physical distancing in place. It sure left many of us with “goose bumps.” A shout out to Ms. McKenzie and Ms. Court for supporting this and Ms. Dawson and her students for their efforts as well!

PAC (Parent Advisory Council) News

On this past Tuesday evening we hosted our first PAC meeting of the year via MS Teams. Our Executive is pleased to welcome parents to join our monthly meetings on the following days:

October 13, November 17, December 8, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8

We will send out invite info prior to each meeting which will be hosted via MS teams at 7pm. This year’s Executive is: President – Ms. Alexander, Vice President – Mr. King, Treasurer – Ms. Elder, Secretary – Ms. Bingham We sure thank them for volunteering for these positions.

GRAD 2021 News

There is a Grad Google Classroom in place for all of our grads to receive the most current information, please contact Ms. Sandberg if students are not part of this group. A Powerpoint presentation will be shared with grads and sent to parents on October 7 with more information.

We’re currently working with our District on direction for the major graduation events (Winter Formal, Prom/Dry Grad, Commencement) and their status. We recommend families do not start making major purchases in preparation until we have further direction to share. We do really appreciate the efforts of our Grads so far as they hosted a Grad Spirit week in style.

PSI (Post Secondary Info) 2020 Updates

Hello Gr 12 students and families,

As distant of a memory high school will be one day, we will all remember the very unique experience of Grad year 2021!

Gr 12 brings closure to a student career in public education, and a springboard to great adventures that await after graduation. To that end, for those students who are considering a post-secondary program in the immediate or distant future, they may want to tap into some of the following resources. Parents, there are some things for you too. Have a look, mind the dates (some are soon!), and jump into exploring these great virtual opportunities.

  • Discover UVic Info Sessions – Virtual presentation of all things UVic in addition to a Q&A session.
  • Student Experience Panels – Virtual panel of current UVic students sharing their experiences and answering questions about life at the University of Victoria!
  • Lectures and Seminars – Series of online lectures and seminars with guest speakers from UVic talking about a variety of topics and answering questions.
  • Registration is open now for all virtual student and parent events.

Canadian Universities Event

  • Live events feature representatives from universities across Canada providing information and answering questions
  • October 3, 10 am – 2 pm PST
  • October 6, 8 4 pm – 8 pm PST
  • Students need to register for this free event at https://cuebc.org/

Orange Shirt Day

This year Belmont classes participated in a school wide Orange Shirt Day activity in collaboration with the Aboriginal Education Department and Belmont Leadership to raise awareness of the history of residential schools in Canada and honour the survivors stories. The activities were completed in individual classes where each student created their own orange shirt to honour Phyllis Webstad’s story and display individuality and messages of listening, learning, and understanding”.

The Culinary Program at Belmont would like to share the wonderful work that the students have accomplished. They made sugar cookies with orange Royal Icing.

Cops for Cancer

Belmont Leadership welcomed Cops for Cancer- Tour de Rock on Wednesday, September 30th for a COVID friendly, socially distant ride through! We are so appreciative of these veteran riders and their commitment to raising money for paediatric cancer research. They are truly inspiring, and their visit meant a lot to all of us!  

If you would like to donate to Cops for Cancer on behalf of Belmont Secondary School please use the following link, choose any monetary amount, select “Belmont Secondary School” as the school, and add “Cops for Cancer” in the subject line:  https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/670/137/false/true

Thank you to everyone for their continued support”.

ISP/ELL Gr. 12

This the ISP/ELL Careers 12 class honouring the memory of our residential school survivors by wearing orange and also celebrating Gr.12 Spirit Week.

Learning Commons

Our beautiful Belmont Learning Commons is open! We are so excited to open our doors, put on some relaxing music, and have staff and students back in this amazing collaborative learning space. We have put new protocols in place to ensure that everyone is kept healthy and safe while utilizing the room. At this time, we still unfortunately cannot have students dropping in to work or browse the shelves, but teachers can book the Learning Commons for their classes to use. Stay tuned for more programs and resources on the way as we settle in. 

Students are also very much encouraged to still take out books! The easiest way to do this is to browse our online catalogue which includes all of our physical books as well as some digital resources (the link for Belmont online library catalogue is: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/45476) Students can sign in using the same credentials as they do for our Wi-Fi, they can look through all the books available or search for something specific, and then place a hold for whichever books they would like to check out. Then they can come down to the Learning Commons to pick them up at their convenience. We can coordinate a drop-off to their classroom as well.

If you have books, textbooks, computers, or any other materials to be returned to the Learning Commons you can drop them off to either Mrs. McKenzie or Ms. Court in the LC; you can also leave books in the Book Return bin just out front of the LC. We also have a book return box place at the front entrance of the school where you can leave materials (we check this regularly and bring it inside at the end of the school day). We appreciate your support with this! 

Becca McKenzie
Teacher Librarian

School District Job Posting

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 62 (SOOKE)

TITLE:                       SUPERVISION ASSISTANT

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Completion of Grade 11 plus additional vocational program of up to one year, or Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
  • Patience with, and care for, students and a demonstrated aptitude for the work to be performed.
  • An ability to work well with other adults.
  • A desire to help children.
  • Self-assurance and a well modulated voice with the ability to speak fluently and communicate well.
  • Appreciation of the confidential nature of all information relating to students, parents and teachers.
  • Holder of a valid Occupational First Aid – Level One Certificate.

RESPONSIBLE TO:            Administrative Officer

SUPERVISES:                      N/A

JOB GOAL:                          To assist in providing a well organized, supervised school environment in which students can take full advantage of their non-instructional time.

Performance Responsibilities:
  1.  Assists administration in duties relating to supervision of students during non-instructional time.

2.         Dispenses first aid and tends to children in sick room.

3.         Responsible for lunch, snack and clean-up routines.

4.         May assist children with clothing and dressing as required.

5.         Performs related work as required such as bus loading and unloading.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:       Ten months.   Hours may vary but work is required only when students are at school.

** If interested please send a resume and cover letter to disrael@sd62.bc.ca

Welcome Back Bulldogs!

A heart felt “welcome back” from all of our staff to our students and families as we begin a school year like no other. Our apologies this post is the 1st since spring break however we chose to use direct email for the information we needed to get to families as it unfolded through April, May, and June. Moving forward, we will continue to use this blog as our bi-monthly newsletter to share news and celebrations, direct email to parents for important reminders, and our school App and website for all other information. Our website will be the main source of reference for everyone.

Since the back to school plan was unveiled in late July by the Ministry of Education, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Provincial Health Officer, we have been working hard to create a plan that would ensure the safest possible learning environments for students and staff. In addition to these resources, families can get up to date info on COVID exposures in schools from the Island Health website.

We feel very fortunate our District has supported the “1/8th model” for our students and staff as this plan has provided the organizational structure which supports keeping learning groups well below the 120 student maximum as outlined by the back to school plan. Although, from a historical “time” perspective we have all experienced being in school where we attended 4-8 classes at a time, this model is far different. We truly believe taking one course at a time over a 5 week period (similar to summer school) will provide students and staff time to focus, reduce class size by using an AM/PM division, reduce the anxiety for students of having to take 4 classes at a time, and give students flexibility during the rest of their day to study and enjoy other interests or family commitments. This is the same model our neighbours Royal Bay Secondary and Edward Milne Community School are also using.

The 1st day…

On Thursday September 10, we welcomed our grade 9s in for their first full day of school in more than 5 months. Considering they had no orientation, school tour, or spring activities as they would have usually, the 355 grade 9s showed up ready to learn and easily found their way to their block A class. Wearing masks in common areas and hand sanitizing upon entry, collectively they sure seemed confident and aware of protocols. It was so incredible to finally have students back and our staff was extremely relieved that processes and protocols worked well so they could focus on welcoming the students.

Our teachers took the time to provide the grade 9s with guided tours of the various areas of our school while also discussing protocols we have to adhere to in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment. The grade 10s, then 11s and 12s followed on September 11 & 14 respectively and also demonstrated an understanding for how we have reorganized zones and entrance and exit protocols.

Overall, considering new organization, processes, and protocols, our students and staff started off the school year very smoothly. We really appreciate the patience and support from families and students.

2020/21 Course Schedule

Below is the finalized course schedule for the remainder of this year. Please note we will not be entertaining course changes. This is the same as in any school year. Any students with grad credit questions, please contact their Counsellor.

**Approved by our District on September 16, 2020

Scholarship Info

As in past years, we are happy to support all students, especially our grade 12s with Scholarship support. Ms Hoskins is our go to Scholarship lead and is always happy to help students. For more info see the info below.

Parking Lot Reminders

As we welcome students back, some reminders for families to consider in order to help ease traffic congestion:

  • If you must drop your daughter or son off or pick them up from school, please arrange to have a meeting spot off of campus. This will ease frustrations and congestion.
  • Please do not stop at D wing or Zone 1 entry to let you child out as this causes back up for other people entering the lot.
  • If the driver of a vehicle has a handicapped designation but does not need to leave their car as they wait for a student, please don’t park in the handicapped/accessible spots as those are used for students requiring the use of a wheelchair or crutches. If we ask you to move, please understand why:)

Safe and Healthy Schools Info

Healthy Schools, Healthy People Newsletter

Family Smart Webinar Opportunity for Parents: September Topic: Parenting when Anxiety Shows Up as Anger

Join us as we answer questions families have asked about the relationship between anger and anxiety.  We’ll share experiences and strategies that can help in hard moments and focus on strengthening our relationship with our children and youth when those have passed.  Connect and learn with other families for this online discussion. 

Video Guest Speaker: Karen Peters, MA, RCC, (Registered Clinical Counsellor)

Follow up Discussion facilitated by Lisa Tate & Wendy Safruik Parent’s in Residence  

Cost: Free of Charge – Date: September 29, 2020 – Time: 7pm -8:30pm

Registration Required: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1134168643535377165