professional development day of the year. We spent a very
productive day together in collaborative planning andcoordination to get the year underway smoothly. We areworking on a number of new initiatives and strategies to
Welcome back to a new school year! Every one seems truly
promote the achievement of our school’s strategic
excited to be back at school and catching up with friends
All our new students in grades 1 - 6 had a nice reception andorientation in the library on Tuesday morning. Mrs. Misener,
You may send in your child’s school supplies tomorrow. If
Mrs. Painter and others provided a warm welcome to our
you have not yet purchased school supplies, we encourage
newest families. The new students were placed in grade
you to stop by Cates Pharmacy for a copy of the school
appropriate classes pending the transition to the new classes
supplies list. All the necessary items are available from our
local pharmacy. Class supplies lists for all grades may alsobe picked up from our school office.
We want to extend a warm welcome to all our new schoolfamilies who are beginning this year at BICS. We have 47
Kindergarten students registered, which is second only tothe 1995-96 school year when there were 68 Kindergarten
students at BICS! In addition to them, we have ten newfamilies joining our school in grades one to five.
The new Kindergarten students will be having a ‘staggered
entry’ on Thursday and Friday in small groups to meet their
10:30 a.m. Morning Instructional Classes Resume
teacher. Mrs. Johnston and Mrs. Watson will be meeting newstudents and their parents to orient them and help the little
ones begin to feel comfortable in their new classroom. Thefirst regular day of classes for the Kindergarten students will
12:50 p.m. Afternoon Instructional Classes Begin
Staff has worked carefully and thoughtfully to finalize the
new classes for this school year. Creating balanced classeswas a top priority. It is also valuable for parents to note that
there are provincial class size and class composition
We would like to welcome the following students new to our
regulations that need to be adhered to and time must be taken
Staff work toward ensuring that each student is placed in a
productive learning situation with the students’ best interest
in mind. Today, after recess, all grade 1-7 moved to theirnew classes and were introduced to their new teacher and
classmates in a calm, caring manner .
The teaching staff began working together in preparation for
the new school year on Monday this week during our first
This is a reminder that Grade 6 and 7 Band will begin on
All schools in our school district have made the transition
Tuesday, September 15. A number of students as of June
now to ‘paperless’ newsletters to their families via email once
have indicated interest or have already enrolled in the 2009/
per month. Starting with the next newsletter, we will be
2010 band program. Mr. Santos would like to encorage all
providing electronic issues to e-mail addresses provided by
grade 6 and 7 students to sign-up for band to futher develop
your musical talent and to help strengthen and build the BICS
All BICS newsletters are posted on our website, as well. Go
Band program. Band forms are available at the office please
to www.sd45.bc.ca/bowen and click on the newsletter link
return all forms to the office by Friday September 11. I f you
to open the current and past issues of the school newsletter.
wish to rent an instrument, information is provided in the bandform package.
If you have any futher questions or concerns please contactLaurence Santos. E-mail: email@example.com
Every student is required to attend school daily and not todepart early without parental permission and notification to
the office. Bus students must remain on school grounds beforeand after school
Tomorrow your child(ren) will be bringing home a pack-
When a student must be absent from school, it is important
age of forms to be completed. Please complete all forms in
that the parent/guardian communicate with the office,
the attached package and return them to your child’s teacher
indicating the reason for absence and expected length of absence. Please report absences or late arrivals to the
as soon as possible. The deadline for returning all com-
Callback-Line at 604-981-1234 (3001).
pleted forms is the Parent - Teacher Conferences on Sep-tember 17 & 18.
If a student must be excused from school early, a note fromthe parent/guardian is necessary.
Parent / Teacher Conferences (Gr.1-7)Thursday / Friday, September 17 and 18
Your child’s teacher looks forward to meeting you at a scheduled appointment time on September 17 or 18. A
Mountain West Studios will be taking all individual student
parent / teacher conference near the beginning of the year
photos on Friday, September 25. The photographers sug-
allows for an early exchange of valuable information. Your
gest bright coloured clothing for the portraits. All families
child’s teacher receives insight into the unique qualities that
will receive a package for approval with 2 poses. There is
your daughter or son bring to our school. You benefit from
no obligation to purchase your child’s photo.
receiving important curriculum information and establishingpersonal contact with the teacher in the initial stages of theschool year. Meeting at this time helps all of us in our joint
effort to provide the best educational experience possible foryour child.
We have completely revamped our school’s webpage! Pleasecheck it out at www.sd45.bc.ca/bowen/
Sign-up sheets for all classes will be posted in the foyer byThursday next week. Please come by the school to find a
We will be using our webpage much more regularly to post
suitable timeslot for a conference with your child(ren)’s
news and announcements of school events and functions.
The calendar will be the authoritative source for confirmedevents. As well, there are many useful documents in the
Handbook section of our new webpage.
Do give us your feedback on the new webpage and any
All students in Kindergarten to Grade 7 will be dismissed
suggestions for documents, etc. that you wish to have included.
one hour early (at 1:40 p.m.) on Thursday, September 17
Send your ideas to Dr. Langmuir or Sarah Haxby. Thank
and Friday, September 18, to accommodate parent / teacher
conferences. School bus departures will also be advancedone hour on those two days. Community School Coordinator’s Corner
Sept. 9 BICS Action Groups PAC and CSA meeting, 6:30pmin the BICS library
Welcome back to BICS for another exciting school year!Fall is in the air, but the BICS school garden is still in full
Oct 3 Applefest –Bowen Island Heritage Preservation
bloom. The Teddybear sunflowers are a cheery new addition
to this year’s bouquet of flowers. Susan Ballou’s class plantedthe big sunflower in the middle of the garden and the perennial
Nov. 7 Community Health Fair at BICS 10:30am-3:30pm -
Beebalm was the favourite of a hummingbird who stayed at
tables & demo time still available
BICS over the summer. Thanks to a donation from BowFeast,there will be more improvements to the school garden soon.
Nov. 29 The Island’s Biggest Garage Sale, PAC fundraiser in
Can you guess how many pumpkins we will grow in the
Dec. 6 CSA Craft Fair at BICS 10 am – 4 pm –tables still
I am happy to report that there are many exciting plans for
the upcoming year. The BICS Community Learning Fall/Winter Programs have something for all ages! Check out the
Dec. 13 The music of the Nutcracker,West Coast Symphony,
new brochure which offers programs through to Feb 2010 to
Admission by donation at the door. Youth Q&A with symphony
Every year many Community Learning programs are offered
at no-cost to participants. These programs are supported bya wide array of funding and granting agencies andorganizations. Programs that are offered at no cost to theparticipants may cost the funders hundreds or thousands ofdollars to offer to the community. These programs include:Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program, Understanding Parental Influence(UPI) for parents of youth 11-18, The Gift of Dyslexia -Understanding a Learning Challenge, First Nations and FriendsArt Club, Rhyme Time on the Rock: A Parent-child MotherGoose program, Free Youth Art Workshop fundraiser,Homework Club for Grade 4-7 Tuesdays and Thursdays atthe BICS library and Homework Help Grade 8-12 * NEW!*on Wednesdays at the Bowen Island Public Library. (Homework club start dates to be announced soon.)
With the exception of a few drop-in programs, pre-registrationis required to ensure programs run, even the no-costprograms, so that preparation can occur prior to the program. A general rule of thumb is: programs will be cancelled if thereis insufficient registration one week before the programoccurs. So, if you are keen on a program, please tell yourfriends! It is impossible to individually promote over thirtyprograms individually, so we rely on word of mouth to get theword out!
For more information, to register, volunteer, rent rooms orequipment,
contact: Sarah Haxby, BICS School Coordinator, at 604-947-9337, firstname.lastname@example.org
· Regular cleaning of schools (wiping of hard surfacessuch as countertops, desks, and doorknobs) is a priority. InWest Vancouver School District, this will be carried out byboth day and evening custodians.
The Province of BC has produced a number of resources toensure people have the most current and up-to-dateinformation available to protect themselves against the H1N1
H1N1 Flu Virus Information
flu virus. Please check the website below regularly for thelatest updates on the H1N1 flu virus, including fact sheets
As we prepare for the fall influenza season, West Vancouver
School District is working closely with provincial healthauthorities to ensure measures are in place at schools to
protect students and staff from both seasonal flu and thepotential for a resurgence of the H1N1 flu virus.
The majority of H1N1 virus cases in British Columbia have
The school calendar is now online. Please go to
been relatively mild. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry
www.sd45.bc.ca/bowen/ and click on the calendar link for a
Kendall advises that schools in BC will not be closed in the
complete year of events and activities that are of broad interest
event of an H1N1 outbreak, which is of little benefit to
Instead, Dr. Kendall says the greatest defense against the
spread of H1N1 or any flu virus is prevention. Everydayactions in schools that can help prevent the spread of flu
Please keep in mind that children go outside to play every
day at recess. They need the appropriate coats and footwearfor the weather forecast for the day.
· Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for20 seconds, or use a gel or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when yousneeze. When you cough, do so into your upper sleeve.
· Students and staff who are ill are asked to stay home. Students who show flu symptoms at school will be isolateduntil they can be collected by a parent/guardian, and areadvised to stay at home until they are well. BICS Newsletter Bowen Island Community School Mission Statement
Tuesdays, if there is a holiday Monday. Community School Association (CSA):
Wednesday the week prior to publishing. Bowen Island Community School Call Back: 981-1234(3001)
Maliau Basin Trek (5 days / 4 nights) Description There is a good reason why the Maliau Basin is also known as the Lost World of Sabah. This very remote conservation area of primary rainforest in the heart of Sabah is currently being nominated for World Heritage Status. It is extremely rich in flora and fauna which makes a wonderful trekking environment. This 588 km² basin is alm
Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease Gastrointestinal disorders are among the most common problems encountered in feline medicine. Most vomiting and diarrhea episodes occur suddenly and resolve quickly. The causes are usually benign, such as eating an unfamiliar food. However, some patients may have vomiting and/or diarrhea over a period of weeks to months. In the diagnosis of these chronic