September 10, 2017 – News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
• CATPACK • STAFFING UPDATE
COURSE CHANGES PARKING & TRAFFIC • PAC MEETINGS
BREAKFAST • JR. LEADERSHIP BOOTCAMP • CHOICE PROGRAMS •
• COMMUNITY NEWS • BOBCAT DATES •

Bobcat Country Grade 8s, New Students & Catz Crew Ambassadors

This year’s challenges include implementing a new curriculum that includes a focus on new curricular and core competencies. Ultimately, our goal is to develop students that are self-directed learners able to take ownership and responsibility of their own learning. Schools and teachers are adjusting their practices to help personalize learning for students that pushes them to think deeply, critically and creatively across multiple subjects and disciplines. Below is the video we viewed during our opening staff meeting as we discussed the start of a new school year. It’s short. Enjoy!

Thank you to students, parents and staff for your hard work and patience as we worked through the first week of classes. It was a busy and eventful week but a good one all the same. Student schedules are gradually being finalized as we balance classes and complete student timetables. Orientation activities are done and students have begun to get used to the normal routines of the school year.

However, please be aware that we still have changes to make as three new Grade 8 classes were created to solve some scheduling problems and provide the appropriate classes for all students. This will result in changes to some Grade 8 and 9 schedules. Unfortunately, these changes are unavoidable. Students will be informed of changes during homeroom on Monday morning.  Additionally, we need to adjust our class composition and size as per the collective agreement. As a result, admin and counsellors will need to make some further changes at all grade levels. We will endeavour to minimize the effect on student schedules but some changes will be unavoidable.

Last week’s orientation for new students and Grade 8s on Tuesday, September 5th was a success. An assembly provided an opportunity for staff to meet and greet students new to Bobcat Country. A BBQ lunch was thoroughly enjoyed in the sunny courtyard and then our Catz Crew Ambassadors and Leadership students carried on an orientation with grade 8s and new students.

This coming week, we look forward to meeting with our Grade 9 through 12 students in assemblies on Monday and Tuesday morning. During this time we will revisit the key principles of Bobcat Country and set expectations for the new year. Every year is an important journey toward graduation for our students as they being preparing for Post-Secondary. On Friday, in addition to being Photo Day, we will be hosting Michael Bortollotto (see info below) who will be giving presentations to all students through three separate assemblies in our Theatre.

Michael Bortolotto, is a successful professional speaker who lives with Cerebral Palsy. For the past twenty-two years people of all ages have been inspired, motivated, educated, and entertained by his “CAN DO” attitude. By using real life experiences and examples, he encourages and persuades his audience to rethink, what they may believe is impossible to realizing anything is possible by being determined, persistent, and focus on 
the end result.


CAT PACK ORIENTATION

Our Grade 8 and 9 Catpack Program got off to a great start this week as all classes were brought together for an afternoon in the Library to learn about Catpack and the skills they will need throughout the year.

Ms. McGowan watches over Catpack students engaged in an team building activity.

Messages Mr. Jennens shared with the Catpack students:

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

“Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi


STAFFING UPDATE

As with many schools throughout British Columbia, we are continuing to work on staffing all positions within our school community. I am pleased to welcome Ms. Madison Klinck into our Multiple Needs Resource program. Additionally, I hope to have filled the English position on Monday. Four of our postings close on Thursday and enter the interview phase.

 

Postions currently available

English (fulltime) – interview phase
English/Socials (fulltime) – posting closes Sep. 14th
FI/FSL #1 (fulltime) – searching externally
FI/FSL #2 (fulltime) – searching externally
Jr. Mathematics/Learning Assistance (fulltime) – posting closes Sep. 14th**
Science (fulltime) – posting closes Sep. 14th
Sr. Resource (2 days per week) – posting closes Sep. 14th

**This position was initially posted as IE/Resource, but to the a shortage of Woodwork teachers, we have altered our timetable to include mathematics/resource. For more information contact Mr. Pusic.

 


COURSE CHANGES AND TIMETABLES

Our counselling department has been hard at work for the past week completing student timetables and accommodating course changes wherever possible. Course changes are to be completed before the end of September. Please call the school to make an appointment.


PARKING & TRAFFIC

Congestion in our parking lot at the start and end of the day has been significant during our first week of classes. Please note that vehicles that continue to come to the front of the school rather than turn right into the parking lot are likely to be backed up when trying to exit. Priority is always extended to traffic circling through the student parking lot. Please turn right immediately upon entering 37A Avenue. You will most likely be able to drop off or pick up your child and exit faster than driving to the front doors. 

Admin and Teaching staff will endeavour to assist with the flow of traffic but our priority is always student safety.

We are continually working with District and Township planners to improve the traffic situation and ask for your patience when coming to the school in the mornings and afternoons.

Additionally, parents of students who drive to school are asked to spend a few minutes talking to their young drivers about responsible operation of a vehicle. We have had numerous instances already this year of students driving too quicklyand in an unsafe manner in the parking lot and surrounding roadways. Students who are found to be driving unsafely will have their keys confiscated by administration and parents contacted. Repeated infractions will result in lost parking privileges at school. This would be unfortunate as it often causes hardship on other family members. Please note that our School Liaison Officer is frequently around the school and will deal with the majority of driving infractions. In the past students have been issued fines and tickets as per the BC Vehicle Act.


PAC MEETING

Below is a list of this year’s PAC Meetings. Please join us for these informative meetings where you will gain valuable information about the plans, events and issues related to Bobcat Country. There is minimal or no fundraising involved, but a chance to provide invaluable support to our students and staff at Brookswood.

Please note that the first meeting was initially scheduled for September 12th. This date conflicts with the upcoming Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan meeting and as such we’ve moved the PAC meeting to one week later.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – New Date
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
No meeting in December
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

For more information contact Ms. Susan Mercer, President or Ms. Toni Mitchell, Vice-President


BREAKFAST PROGRAM – UP AND RUNNING!

Bobcat Country is extremely fortunate to host the largest and most successful breakfast program in Langley. On Wednesday, September 6th, our Breakfast program volunteers served our first breakfasts of 2017-2018. We served over 60 students on our first day and the numbers have gradually increased over the course of the week! The continued success of this program is dependent on community volunteers and donations. Please consider giving some of your time to this valuable part of our community or if you have access to food or supplies that you think might be of benefit to our students’ breakfast, please contact Mr. Pusic or Ms. Line Therrien (Breakfast Program Coordinator).

 


JR. LEADERSHIP BOOTCAMP

Our Junior Leadership Bootcamp was held Aug 29st! Students had to initially create their own name tag at the “Maker Table.” with some goofy components on their name tag of course! We did some team-building activities, Helium Stick, Chicken Baseball and the Human Knot. Then some soul-searching about themselves and each other and finally a mini Dragons Den activity where small groups brainstormed on initiatives we should take on and they were each given 2 minutes to “pitch” their projects of choice. It was GREAT to see them connect, work on their communication skills and share their leadership passions.


CHOICE PROGRAM REMINDER

Families applying for first year entry into any choice program for September 2018 will need to apply online.  The online application system opens at 12:00PM (noon) Monday, October 2, 2017 and closes 12:00PM (noon), Monday, October 16, 2017. 

On December 8, 2015, the Board of Education adopted changes to Policy 5084 (Application to Enter Choice Programs).  Important information outlining these changes may be found here, under Programs & Initiatives, Programs of Choice.

These programs include:

  • Early French Immersion (Kindergarten – Belmont, James Kennedy)
  • Late French Immersion (Grade 6 – Alex Hope, Noel Booth, Betty Gilbert)
  • Montessori (Kindergarten – Uplands)
  • Fine Arts (Kindergarten – Langley Fine Arts)
  • Fundamental (Kindergarten – Coghlan, Langley Fundamental Elementary)
  • U-Connect (Kindergarten – Simonds)
  • Outdoor Education (K-3 – Fort Langley)

COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


CONSTRUCTION WARNING

The Township of Langley will be performing intersection work at 208th Street and 40th Avenue beginning in early September. Please give yourself more time for drop off in the morning.

Click here for more information – TownshipLetter


BACK TO SCHOOL FOR FAMILIES
it’s element@ry * social and emotional learning * sept 17

Click the photo below for more information


For more community event information, please visit the SD#35 Community Bulletin Board.



BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDAR


Sep 5:             First Day of School: Grade 8s & New Students
Sep 6:             All Students attend – Begin with Homeroom
Sep 12:           PAC Meeting – Everyone is welcome!
Sep 15:           Michael Bortollotto Presentation – All grades
Sep 15:           Student Photos
Sep 19:           PAC Meeting 7pm
Sep 22:           School Improvement 1/2 Day (Students attend morning only)
Sep 24:           1st Annual Brookswood Car Show
Sep 28:           Meet the Teacher BBQ — Note changed date!