Dear Students, Staff and Parents:
We hope that everyone had a memorable summer and are prepared for all that awaits this year. Our staff have been busy over the past few weeks preparing for students to arrive and it is wonderful to finally see students fill the school, full of enthusiasm and eager for a new year of learning in our beautiful new building.
We would like to welcome all of our new students, parents and staff. This year, we have Mrs. Shannon Quapp joining our team teaching Social and Science 8, Language Arts 7 and Science 4. Mrs. Quapp is a familiar face in our school as she has been both a teacher and a substitute teacher in Bashaw School in the past. Welcome Mrs. Quapp! We also have Stacey McLennan joining our staff as a Family School Liaison Worker. Stacey brings with her a wide range of experience in working with students and families from across Battle River and we are excited to have her housed out of our school this year.
This year holds great promise. While the construction is still ongoing, the 2017-2018 school year is the first start-up in a building that serves as an everyday reminder of our shared commitment to an outstanding education for our students here in Bashaw.
Our mission at Bashaw School is "Excellence in Education for All" and we will support this through a focus on Battle River School Division's Everyday Four – creating Welcoming and Safe Schools, Literacy, Numeracy and 21st Century Teaching and Learning. This year, all Battle River Schools are making changes in the way they assess and report student learning. Included with this newsletter is information outlining the new assessment changes. We believe these changes will serve to benefit learning and communicate learning better with both students and parents.
A child's education is a shared responsibility between the school, students and parents. Our staff is committed to supporting students. In our first assembly with students we asked them to be advocates for their learning needs. We encourage you to talk with your child about their learning often. The more engaged you are in their schooling, as a parent or guardian, the more engaged they will be. We also encourage open and transparent communication between home and the school. If you every have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher.
If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am honoured to serve as your principal and wish you all a wonderful school year.