News & Notes, Volume 12, No. 3
Posted on 10-24-2016

News & Notes

Volume 12, No. 3, October 24, 2016


Financial Appeal for Team Broken Earth

Haiti has been dealt another devastating blow. Hurricane Matthew, a massive category four storm, has destroyed fragile infrastructure throughout Haiti, including a bridge collapse that isolated the capital from the southern region. There has been severe flooding in coastal areas and a loss of life and now the country is now bracing for a potential outbreak of disease caused by the resulting poor sanitary conditions.


The aftermath is sure to be heartbreaking. Haiti still struggles to recover from the 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people.  Over 50,000 people in Haiti live in makeshift homes and tents. Healthcare professionals continue to treat diseases like Cholera while 80% of the rural population lives in poverty and the World Bank calls Haiti “the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.”


Team Broken Earth is committed to getting a team on the ground as quickly as possible to provide the medical relief needed.  Dr. Andrew Furey, CEO of Team Broken Earth, has watched the storm with a heavy heart saying “We have so many partners, colleagues and friends on the ground in Haiti.  We have seen so much progress.  It is almost impossible to think about what a setback this will be for the country and its people.”


The hurricane is bound to make a bad situation in Haiti even worse. “So many people have no shelter against this and, in some cases, had no way of knowing how bad it would be.” Dr. Furey adds, “We all need to pull together and do what we can as soon as we can.” Relief efforts are already rallying, including Team Broken Earth, determined to be proactive in response to what guarantees to be yet another punch for a place that’s already been hit enough.


The Beachy Cove Elementary school community has a long and proud history of opening its hearts and wallets for natural disaster relief efforts like this and we are hoping this time will be no different.  We are collecting financial contributions that we will present to Team Broken Earth to assist in its relief efforts and any contribution will be warmly welcomed.


If you are in a position to make a financial donation, please send it along to the school in an envelope marked “Team Broken Earth” by Friday, October 28, 2016.  We will proudly present our contributions to Dr. Furey who has three children here at Beachy Cove. 



We will celebrate Hallowe’en during the last hour of the school day on Monday, October 31, 2016 during which time students will be permitted to wear their costumes.  As we are an elementary school, we kindly ask that costumes and props of a violent nature be left at home.


While we appreciate your past kindness in preparing cupcakes, cakes, loot bags, and other treats for your children’s classes, we are asking that this year you send along a lunch or treats for your child only.  Experience has shown us that simply too much junk food is sent along for distribution and often times ends up in the garbage.  Again, thank you for your thoughtfulness; however, at this time we think we should be sensible in our approach and ask you to provide only a lunch/snack for your own child(ren).


Food Drive

Thank you very much for opening your cupboards and grocery bags for our annual food drive.  An immense amount of food was collected and distributed to local families in need.


School Closure

Please note the following date on which our school will be closed for teacher professional development:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


There are two more days that will be scheduled throughout this year; however, it is very unlikely that these will occur prior to Christmas.


Birthday Party Invitations

While we prefer that birthday party invitations would be distributed outside of school, we will allow for their distribution in school according to the following rules:


ü  If only boys are being invited, ALL boys must be invited;

ü  If only girls are being invited, ALL girls must be invited; and,

ü  If boys and girls are being invited, ALL boys and girls must be invited.


When children are left out at this age, it causes tremendous issues for those left out and for us having to deal with the fall-out.


And, please note that we do not distribute “Birthday Party Reminders”.


Juvenile Diabetes Awareness Day

Monday, November 14, 2016 has been declared as Juvenile Diabetes Awareness Day.  As we have a number of our learners who are living with juvenile diabetes, we invite our school community to wear blue on this day to demonstrate our awareness and support.  We will also be inviting our learners to make a small financial contribution on this day which will be collected and donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


50/50 Lottery

Our 50/50 lottery tickets are very popular and for that we are incredibly thankful.  Good luck to all who have purchased tickets – the winning ticket for the $8000 (potential) prize will be drawn for this coming Friday, October 28, 2016,


If you have unsold tickets, please return them to the school as we have some families who wish to purchase extras.  In any event, all ticket stubs and money should be sent along to the school by this coming Thursday, October 27, 2016 if possible in preparation for the draw on the afternoon of Friday, October 28, 2016.


All funds raised will go towards our literacy, numeracy, and technology resources here at the school.


Cans for Kids

Our Environmental Agents are excited and proud to announce that our school community raised $2000 during our “Cans for Kids” campaign as the last school year came to a close.  This money will be sent to Smile Train to provide free cleft lip and palate surgeries to eight children in developing countries.  Since beginning this fundraiser in 2014, our school community has actually given 22 children a reason to smile.  Thank you to our learners and their families who donated their recyclables and made monetary donations.  And, hats off to our environmental agents who promoted this initiative, proving once more that Beachy Cove Elementary School is truly the greatest school on earth!


School Photographs

Proof packages for school photographs have now been distributed for your perusal.  If you wish to place an order for prints, please follow the directions for online ordering or send along your orders to the school by Wednesday, November 2, 2016.


Recycling Blitzes

We accept donations of recyclable beverage containers every Tuesday morning in our drop-off lane.  Just pull up to the shed and personnel (Environmental Agents) will be on hand to assist in placing your donations in our recycling shed.  Thank you very much for your continued support.







School Calendar

You may wish to note the following dates in your family schedules:


Tuesday, November 1, 2016              School closed for teacher professional development;

Thursday, November 10, 2016           Remembrance Day assembly hosted by grade six learners (1:30pm);

Friday, November 11, 2016                School closed for Remembrance Day;

Monday, November 14, 2016             Juvenile Diabetes Awareness Day (details to follow);

Friday, November 25, 2016                Jersey Day (details to follow);

Monday, November 28, 2016             Term I reports released;

Wednesday, November 30, 2016        Annual BCE Night at Chapters Bookstore, Kenmount Road, St. John’s;

Thursday, December 1, 2016             School closes at 11:00am to facilitate Parent-Teacher Interviews;

Wednesday, December 7, 2016         Christmas concert (grades 1&5 and Beachy Tones, 1:00pm);

Wednesday, December 21, 2016       School closes at 12:30pm for Christmas vacation;

Wednesday, January 4, 2017            KinderStart orientation for parents at 3:30pm (not for children);

Thursday, January 12, 2017              Grade four immunizations;

Friday, January 13, 2017                   Grade four immunizations;

Friday, January 20, 2017                    KinderStart # 1 (no school for current kindergarten learners);

February 13-17, 2017                         Skating sessions sponsored by the Town of PCSP (details to follow);

Friday, February 17, 2017                   KinderStart # 2 (no school for current kindergarten learners);

Monday, March 13, 2017                    Term II progress reports released;

Thursday, March 16, 2017                  School closes at 11:00am to facilitate Parent-Teacher Interviews;

Friday, March 24, 2017                       KinderStart # 3 (no school for current kindergarten learners);

Thursday, April 13, 2017                      School closes at 2:40pm for Easter vacation;

Monday, April 24, 2017                        School re-opens at 8:30am following Easter vacation;

Thursday, April 27, 2017                      Annual Earth Day assembly hosted by grade four learners (1:30pm);

Friday, April 28, 2017                          KinderStart # 4 (no school for current kindergarten learners);

Thursday, May 4, 2017                        Grade six immunizations;

Friday, May 5, 2017                            Grade six immunizations;

Thursday, May 11, 2017                      Spring concert (grades 2&3, Beachy Tones, and strings group, 1:00pm;

Friday, May 12, 2017                          Spring concert featuring our kindergarten learners, 1:00pm;

Friday, May 19, 2017                          KinderStart # 5 (no school for current kindergarten learners);

Monday, May 22, 2017                       School closed for Victoria Day;

June 6-8, 2017                                    Provincial Assessments (grades three & six);

Tuesday, June 13, 2017                      K-3 Sports Day;

Thursday, June 15, 2017                     4-6 Sports Day;

Friday, June 16, 2017                          Alternate date for K-3 Sports Day;

Monday, June 19, 2017                       Alternate date for 4-6 Sports Day;

Thursday, June 22, 2017                     School closes for summer vacation at 12:30pm.


We reserve the right to change the dates for these events; however, we will provide ample notice to our families.

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