February 25, 2018–News from The Bobcat’s Den

In this edition

 • IN (AND OUT OF) THE CLASSROOM • PRINCIPAL’S NOTES •
• COURSE PLANNING  • SPORTS NEWS • FRENCH IMMERSION INFORMATION •
• BOBCAT DATES & EVENTS •

This is the last Bobcat’s Den of February, which means as of the end of next week, we will have 4 months left until the end of the year.  Term 2 has concluded for many of our teachers, and the opportunity to make up learning opportunities will have already been translated to student through their classes.  Please make sure that you are ready and able to log into MyEd to access your student’s report card when the time arrives.

This week, many of our Grade 10 and 11 students had the opportunity to have first-person accounts of the Holocaust, via a guest speaker here at Brookswood and the Holocaust Symposium, which occurred at DW Poppy.  Please read onward for important information from the Principal, Mr. Pusic, and other information surrounding upcoming events here at Brookswood.

IN (AND OUT OF) THE CLASSROOM

As mentioned above, our Grade 10 and 11 students had the opportunity to either hear a survivor of the Holocaust speak, or attend the Holocaust Symposium.  Hearing these first-hand accounts regarding the concentration camps and the Holocaust was a very real, and eye-opening experience for many of our students.

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PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

FSL 10/Frac 8/Beaux Arts 8 – Teacher Vacancy Classes

Once again, thank you for your patience in what has been a very challenging situation. A recent tally shows over 100 French Immersion positions are vacant provincially including our position at Brookswood Secondary. The good news is that we have hired a teacher from another local school district that we hope to welcome to our staff soon. This involves negotiating a release from the teacher’s current position. Our fingers are crossed that all goes as planned. In the meantime, we are working daily with District Human Resources staff to have a temporary French Immersion teacher in classes this week supported by Mr. Bruce and Brookswood French Immersion teachers. I recognize that this has been a lengthy and difficult experience for our students. Moving into the last term of the school year, we are focussed on providing as much support for students as possible to prepare them for classes for next year. As parents and students begin planning for next year, I recognize the uncertainty this situation has created. We are beginning the course planning process and to build our timetable for next year. At this point, I believe that our French Immersion programs will be fully staffed for 2018/2019.

 

Attendance/Tardiness

Hi everyone! We are three weeks from spring break and near the end of second term. At BSS we are noticing an increase in the number of classes students are missing and a significant number of students are coming to class late, particularly in the mornings when dropped off or arriving after the bell. Parents, this would be a good time to touch base with your son or daughter and reinforce the need to develop healthy habits of getting to class on time and avoiding absences whenever possible.

 

 

Research supports that attendance is an important factor in school success among children and youth. Studies show that better attendance is related to higher academic achievement for students of all backgrounds. Beginning in kindergarten, students who attend school regularly score higher and achieve more than their peers who are frequently absent or late.

Chronic truancy (frequent unexcused absence) is a strong predictor of undesirable outcomes in adolescence, including academic failure, dropping out of school, substance abuse, gang involvement, and criminal activity. However, chronic absence (regardless of reason) is increasingly identified as an important “early warning sign” that a student is at risk for school failure and early dropout.

Traffic Flow

This year we have been pushing for traffic to follow the loop around the student parking lot when dropping students off in mornings and picking students up in the afternoons. This has resulted in more efficient and safe traffic flow. This is good, but still not where we would like it. As we continue to review and plan in collaboration with the School District and Township of Langley, I would ask parents and guardians to exercise caution and patience when dropping off and picking up students. Some of the behaviours that worry me include:

  • Student safety at the south west corner exit of the school. Drivers should proceed very slowly and cautiously as students frequently cross through traffic to access parked cars or enter the school.
  • Vehicles stopping in the flow through lane. Vehicles should always pull to the right lane to drop off and pick up students. Please DO NOT stop in the flow through lane as it obstructs other drivers and puts students at risk.
  • Vehicles dropping students off too close to the student crosswalk. This occurs at the northwest corner of the school and impedes students who are crossing from seeing on coming traffic.
  • Vehicles cutting through the parking lot rather than driving around the entire loop. This results in many vehicles cutting into the line and slows the flow of the traffic loop making it take longer for everyone. Please stick to the loop as much as possible.
  • Vehicles that pull over to the right on 37A and then make a U-Turn across all lanes. This is actually ‘illegal’ and vehicles could be ticketed by our RCMP liaison officer. Enough said.

Admin and staff will continue to direct traffic daily focussed on keeping students safe. Priority will be given to traffic looping through the student parking lot and to School Bus, District Staff and school staff. Please note: Vehicles that access the front of the school or cut through the student parking lot will be delayed in favour of vehicles travelling through the loop.

Please do:

  • Use the student parking lot when dropping off and picking up students
  • Access the front of the school for students with disabilities, injuries or special circumstances (please let the traffic person know you need special access.
  • Be patient. We will get you on your way! 🙂

Please do not:

  • cut through the student parking lot to avoid the line
  • perform u-turns on 37A Avenue
  • access the front of the school during drop off or pick up (exceptions noted above)

Thank you for your efforts in keeping all of us safe!

 

COURSE PLANNING

As we near the end of February, it is almost time for course planning.  Students in grades 8-11 will attend a variety of different course planning opportunities, from assembles to a course fair to learn more about their options.  There are some changes happening at the Grade 10 level this year surrounding choices for English Language Arts, so please be aware that course planning will be slightly more complex for some students.  The great news is that with these changes, students will have more choice surrounding some of their core subject areas!  Parents are also invited to attend important informational meetings on Feb. 28th.  Grade 7 Parent evening begins at 6:00 pm, Grade 8-11 will be 7:30-8:30.

Assembly Dates:
Grade 8: Feb. 26th, Block B
Grade 9: Feb. 26th, Block A
Grade 10: Feb. 27th, Block F
Grade 11: Feb. 27th, Block E
Course Fair: Feb. 28th, FLEX

SPORTS NEWS

This weekend our Junior Boys basketball team was participating in the BC Provincial Championships, which is co-hosted by Brookswood and Mountain at the Langley Events Centre.  The tournament itself is run by most of our basketball coaches, which means that many of our PE Leadership students have the opportunity to be a part of the event as well!  Congratulations to our staff and students who are working to make this event a success, and good luck to our Junior Boys as they continue to play in the tournament up until Tuesday.

Our Junior Girls and Senior Girls will both be participating in the upcoming BC Girls Provincial championship, which is also held at the LEC.  Good luck to all of our teams!

FRENCH IMMERSION INFORMATION: DELF EXAM

ATTENTION ALL FRAL 12 and FSL 12 STUDENTS

Here is the link to the DELF online registration:  All FRAL 12 and FSL 12 students who are sitting the DELF exam this year in April must register themselves online using this link.  Students are responsible for their own online registration.

 https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fforms.office.com%2FPages%2FResponsePage.aspx%3Fid%3D74xl2ZICUkKZJWRC3iSkS-zVc-SR-W1NjWkjnN7K1d5UMTZJQk1IM0lONElMQkFLSFZJVEVQWjI3Ui4u&data=02%7C01%7Cebornowsky%40sd35.bc.ca%7Cc590c6913bae4b7e798d08d577d94d95%7Cfcabfaaef80a4f74b6a7ba15c2a4bb24%7C0%7C0%7C636546697544884754&sdata=pF9c8m5toeWM2tqSFJjAiuP7qtdGjJ%2FCk34c7yJAEEI%3D&reserved=0

The deadline to register is Friday March 2nd.  After 4 pm on March 2nd, the online registration will not longer work.

More information about the DELF exam can be found here:  

https://olbi.uottawa.ca/tests/delf-dalf-exam

UPCOMING BOBCAT DATES AND EVENTS

FEB 26        REPORT CARD PREP–AM ATTENDANCE ONLY
FEB 26        COURSE PLANNING ASSEMBLY (GRADE 8/9)
FEB 26/28   SHOWCASE AUDITIONS AFTERSCHOOL
FEB 27         COURSE PLANNING ASSEMBLY (GRADE 10/11)
FEB 28         INTRAMURAL DODGEBALL BEGINS
FEB 28         COURSE FAIR
FEB 28         GRADE 7 PARENT PRESENTATION 6:00-7:00 IN THE THEATRE
FEB 28          GRADES 8-11 PARENT PRESENTATION  7:00-8:30 IN THE THEATRE
MAR 13         PAC MEETING, 7:00 PM IN ROOM 126
MAR 14/15    PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
MAR 16         LAST DAY PRIOR TO SPRING BREAK