- 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
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.
- UVIC will be hosting numerous virtual events that would be very valuable to prospective students and their families, who are exploring the University of Victoria as a potential destination. These events can be found on our “Tours and Events” page https://www.uvic.ca/undergraduate/tours-events/events/index.php and include:
- 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/
- Univeristy of British Columbia – Live Virtual Campus Tours
Tours are available for both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses
- Visit the website to register https://you.ubc.ca/tours-info-sessions/campus-tours/
- Tours are offered regularly throughout September and October
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.
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!
School District Job Posting
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 62 (SOOKE)
TITLE: SUPERVISION ASSISTANT
- 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
JOB GOAL: To assist in providing a well organized, supervised school environment in which students can take full advantage of their non-instructional time.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org