Principal's Corner

  • November 5, 2019

    Bear Families,

    What a wonderful start to the year! We have had so many exciting events and experiences already and we still have over half of the year left! I would like to give my personal thanks to all the parent volunteers who have been such a huge part of our school events this year! Below are a couple of house cleaning items for your review:

    Jeff Jones holding certificate for perfect score on school safety
    School Safety: Congratulations to our Custodial team Jeff Jones and Adrian Alverez for scoring a PERFECT score on our school safety audit this year. It is through the incredible efforts maintaining our school that we can keep students safe and Ready to Learn! Way to go!

    Reunification Drill in November:
    This year we will be attempting our first school-wide reunification drill. A reunification drill is designed to reunify parents and students in the case of an emergency. Students may be required to evacuate the school to an alternate location (Bell Mountain Elderly Home). At this location students and parents will be reunited with one another through the help of school personnel and local emergency services.

    This drill will require some brave parent volunteers to help us practice. Volunteers will pick up their child at our reunification location at Bell Mountain Elderly Home on the day of the drill to help us exercise our reunification systems. We will also have first responders and law enforcement to help out as well. We will have a parent participation letter and sign-up coming home this week to help provide further coordinating instructions if you would like to participate.
    Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures: Thank you all for your continued efforts to make our pick up and drop off areas safe and as efficient as possible. As a reminder, if you need to wait for longer than usual, please use our three designated parent pick up and drop off parking spots located just behind the bus unloading area or find parking in designated areas.

    Attendance Update: Currently, attendance at BES is hovering around 95%. We appreciate all you do to make sure students are arriving on time and ready to learn each day. Last year our average overall attendance was around 95% and we would like to improve this to 96-97% this year. Every day a child is at school is an opportunity for learning. Thank you in advance for your support in this goal.

    Did You Know: New studies confirm that even short-term absences negatively impact student achievement.

    * Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
    • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
    • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
    • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
    • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch

    What You Can Do:
    * Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
    • Layout clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
    • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
    • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
    • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
    • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
    • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
    • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

    Mark Sauvageau
    Principal, Bear, and Lifelong Learner