March 11th, 2018–News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
 • IN (AND OUT OF) THE CLASSROOM • FI/FSL • YOUTH PHILANTHROPY PRESENTATIONS •
• COURSE PLANNING • PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS  • SPORTS NEWS •
• BOBCAT DATES & EVENTS •

We have almost made it to Spring Break, which is the marker we use for the last third of year here at BSS!  Course planning, YPI Presentations, and parent teacher interviews are included in this week’s issue!

SPECIAL FUNDRAISER: KUPCAKES FOR KENYA

Our Junior Leadership class has adopted the educational tuition of a young man named James, a 17 year old student from the Samburu tribe.  In Kenya, if a student can not pay for their tuition until graduation, they become very limited in life options.  The Junior Leadership students have chosen James as their “adoptee” as he is in Grade 12, and desperate to graduate.  Bring your loonies and toonies on Wednesday as we raise support for this young man with “Kupcakes for Kenya!”

IN (AND OUT) OF THE CLASSROOM

The past two weeks, the leadership classes initiated the call for “kindness ninjas” during block b, where one class would “adopt” another class to do a random act of kindness!  Many students were excited to not only be the recipients of these wonderful surprises, but also enjoyed doing them for another class.  Our Aboriginal program, with Mrs. Goldsack had the opportunity to make some new drums for our newest club at Brookswood, the drumming club!  We also had a few of our students volunteer at #pressforprogress at JIBC this week, where they met with Senator Mobina Jaffer.  Great job girls!  Also, congratulations to Hannah Billings, who has won an Exceptional Merit Scholarship to study at the University of France in Montpellier for the month of July!  She will be taking classes as well as going on cultural field trips in the surrounding area. The courses are taught entirely in French by doctors and academics in their fields.  Well done Hannah!

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FRENCH IMMERSION 8 / FSL 10 – Mr. Bruce’s Classes

This past week we have welcomed Mr. Peyman Mirmiran to our classes. Mr. Mirmiran is a native French speaker who has been hired temporarily to assist with our teaching vacancy until Ms. Janis Tancowny joins us right after spring break! Thank you Mr. Mirmiran and Mr. Bruce for supporting these classes!

YOUTH PHILANTHROPY PRESENTATIONS

Since the beginning January, our Career Life Education 10 classes have been working on their Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) projects (in both English and French Immersion streams), where they learned about social issues in our community and about local charities that support those social issues.  Student then chose a charity, visited with them to learn about how they work and what they do, then they presented to their classes.  Each class voted for one group to present at our finals, which took place this past Monday, March 5th.  YPI is based out of Ontario, and provides $5000 grants to charities via these presentations.  From the Brookswood Seniors Centre to Starfish backpacks (and even a visiting ROOSTER from the Semiahmoo Animal League!) there were so many wonderful presentations given, and we are very proud of ALL of our grade 10s for the important work they did for their charities.  The winning group was Brooke Balharry and Maria Peters, who presented on behalf of Pacific Assistance Dogs Society.   Thank you to the PAC for the pizza celebration lunch afterwards for all of our Grade 10 students!

“YPI is an amazing opportunity for students to learn about real issues impacting their community, to meet people who are working to make a difference and then share with peers about what they’ve learned.  The $5000 grant that they could win is just a bonus to the overall YPI experience.  This is practical, exciting and life-changing education at its best.”  –Mrs. Allen, YPI Coordinator at BSS

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COURSE PLANNING

Students will be asked to do their course planning through MyEdBC this year.  Students should log into their accounts (Note that this is done through student accounts and not through parent accounts) to complete their course choices.  If students are having difficulty, we will be helping students on Monday during Flex time in the library.

More information can be found here on our website: https://bss.sd35.bc.ca/programs-courses/course-descriptions/

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school for more information.

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEW APPOINTMENTS

 Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday, March 14th  from 2:00-4:30pm and Thursday, March 15th from 2:00-5:00 and 5:45-7:45pm.

Dear Parents of Brookswood students,

This year, we are once again offering on-line booking of Parent/Teacher Interviews.  This system allows you to select your appointments to suit your schedule.  It will also allow you to coordinate meeting times if you have more than one child.  This program is simple and easy to use.

You will be able to book your interviews online starting at 3:00 pm on Friday, March 9th  up to Tuesday afternoon, March 13th at 3:00pm.

Parent Instructions download here.

SPORTS NEWS

Congrats to our Junior Girls basketball team, who were named 5th in the province!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOBCAT DATES AND EVENTS

March 12-16      Munch Munch March w/ Student Council
March 14/15      Early dismissal for Parent-Teacher Interviews
March 16           Last day prior to Spring Break
April 4               First day back to Brookswood (Note that this is on Wednesday!)
April 10              PAC Meeting 7:00 pm room 126