Sunday, 11 June 2017

Week of June 12th

A Message from the Administrative Team:

"Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in."
                                                                                                       ~ Bill Bradley

It was a warm weekend and we will have some warm days this week.  Please remember to send along a water bottle to school with your child for them to refill and hydrate during the day.  

Please check the Lost & Found tables in the primary hallway near the front doors. There are many items that are looking for their homes.

We would like to wish our Grade 8 students a safe and fun trip to New York City!  Parents can follow teacher's tweets as well as updates sent from Ms Rosenbloom.  Ms Broderick will be joining the staff and students to NYC.  Ms Rosenbloom will be at Bessborough so please feel free to contact her if needed.

Have a fun week!
~ Ms Broderick and Ms Rosenbloom

Welcome Eva Camp!

We would like to congratulate Ms Jain who gave birth to Eva Camp on Wednesday June 7th!  Anika is loving being a big sister!  We wish the whole family many special moments with their new expanded family.


Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: 
Monday June 19th @ 8:15 am

In appreciation of all our wonderful volunteers, the staff at Bessborough invites you to our annual "Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast" on Monday, June 19 at 8:15 a.m. in the library. 

We hope that you can join us for some food and conversation and to help us celebrate all your contributions to the school.

To sign up, please go the following link: 


On June 27th, the roof above the large gym will be replaced and the gym will not be in use. 

Appropriate Dress:

As the weather turns warmer, we want to remind all students of the importance of maintaining our Dress Code. We expect all undergarments to be covered up at all times. Footwear should be supportive and secure to prevent injuries. If you have any questions please contact the school. 

Hats, sunscreen and water bottles are encouraged throughout the spring and summer. We also remind students of the importance of good hygiene especially with the warmer temperatures.

Yearbook Thank You!
Thank you very much to everyone who sent in photos for our Bessborough Yearbook 2016-17. It’s going to be a great yearbook! 

We will be distributing them to students during the last week of school. 

The Yearbook Committee

School Clubs

Many staff have dedicated their time to provide opportunities for students to be leaders, have an impact at the school or community. Please see the schedule below for the clubs and times these are available.

Name of Club
Teachers Involved
Student Grade/Division Applicable
Day of the Week
Time of Day
Tech Committee
Ms Surdivall
Ms Collins
Ms Rosenbloom
Rm 10
All year - lunch (Mondays)
Smoothie Chat (Aka Girls’ Group)
Ms Angheloni
Ms Ho
Staff Room
Wed All year- before school
Movie Making Club
Mr King
Ms Reid
Wednesday after school starting in January
Ms Thurow
Rm 17
Wednesdays after school
We Club
Ms Ciobanu
Ms Angheloni
Rm 31
Every Friday at lunch
Ms Cook
Ms Willoughby
Tues lunch Feb - May
Primary STEM
Ms Ho
Mr King
Rm 1
Wed October-May
Library ambassadors
Ms Surdivall
Rm 10
Tuesday, all year, lunch
Thursdays, all year, lunch
Junior Boys Club
Mr Baker
Rm 11
Thursdays @ beginning of lunch
ECO club
Ms Gamm
Ms Pornaras
Rm 2
Thursday @ lunch Jan-May
Concert Band
Mr McMillan
Ms Collins
Music Room
Thursdays after school (3:25-4:25), all year
Student Engagement
Ms Angheloni
Ms Ciobanu
Ms Wong
6 to 8
Rm 31
Thursday @ Lunch
Wellness Group
Ms Buksner
Rm 9
Wednesdays, Lunch
Junior Girls Club
Ms Wong
Ms Azodi
Rm 12
Tuesdays @ Lunch - 12 pm start

Last H&S Meeting - Save the Date!
Our last H&S general meeting for this school year is THIS Tuesday June 13th at 7pm in the library.  We will vote on next year’s operating budget, review our projects from this year and as always, look for feedback and ideas from the membership.  There will be babysitting provided in the mini gym.  The agenda is now posted on our website or you can see it here:

See you there!

Social Series
Don’t miss your chance to meet new friends, have fun with old ones and give back to the school!  

You can still get tickets to many of our amazing Social Series events for parents and kids.  Ladies Night is THIS Thursday June 15th.  It is always a fun night and a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other moms at the school.  This year it’s being hosted by Lori Heller on Leacrest.   

Also happening this week … The Kindie PJ Pancake Party - on Friday June 16th at 8:15am.

There is limited space for grades 1 and 2 to attend their lunch time Ice Cream parties next week.  You can also still get a ticket to bounce with Bessborough at SkyZone on Monday June 26th.

Look forward to more fun in the fall with the Street Crawl on Saturday September 23rd and Men with Axes on Saturday October 14th.  

Again, there is limited space left in all these events so contact Cabrina at to check availability and to get tickets.

Lost & Found Look Through
All Lost and Found items are now being displayed on tables in Bessborough’s main hallway for all parents and children to look through.  There are LOTS of clothes, shoes and accessories so be sure to go by and reclaim your things.  Everything will be on display until this Friday June 16th.  After that, items will be donated to a local charity.

Traffic Meeting
It’s a hot topic in the hood these days.  If you’re interested in attending a community meeting on Leaside traffic, Northlea is hosting a meeting on Wednesday June 14th at 7:30pm in their school gym.  

Look Ahead
We are already starting to plan for next year and are looking for a volunteer (parent or teenager in need of volunteer hours) who could run the movie for Movie Night on Friday September 8th.  If you are interested or know someone, please contact Robyn at  Thank you!

Appreciation Corner
A shout out to a whole bunch of people who have been on our H&S executive - some for many years - who will be stepping down after this school year.  Gieselle Baerveldt, Saba Al Mathno, Liz Speller, Tanya Grant, Carolyn Armstrong, Nancy Maycher, Andrea Bee, Elvira Chew, Carolyn Duckworth, Michelle Iwata, Rebecca Handford, Kyra Gurney and Lindsay Blakely.  THANK YOU for the many, many hours of work you have devoted to make Bessborough better!

Visit now for details on all of this and more!

Trustee Gerri Gershon

    Community Coffee
    These meetings are held in the mornings in a local restaurant (often Longo's on Laird). They are attended by the Supervisory Officers for our area, parents and community members.  There may be a report from the Board but there is no Agenda and attendees raise issues they would like to discuss.
    • Next one:  Friday, June 16th, 2017 
    For more information visit