Sunday, 4 June 2017

week of June 5th

A Message from the Administrative Team:

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."
                                                                                                       ~ H Jackson Brown, Jr

We want to congratulate our Grade 3 and 6 students for their focus and time on EQAO this past week as well as all the teachers who helped support them!  Students had to focus on a concentrated schedule and did great!  Thank you students and staff!

Just a reminder that Monday is our last Sub day!  Any subs that are not picked up are brought to the office.

Friday June 9th is a PA Day - No School!

Have a fantastic week!
~ Ms Broderick and Ms Rosenbloom

Did you know... 

... that Bessborough offers over 15 clubs and over 20 sports teams that run during

morning, lunch, recess or after school?

To run these clubs teachers provide their extra time to provide enriching activities.  Parents volunteers also contribute their time and resources to support and collaborate with teachers.

To run these sports teams, teachers volunteer to coach and run practices.  Supply teacher costs are made to release teachers every time there is an event outside of school.  Parent volunteers also offer their coaching expertise, time to assist and drive students to their games and tournaments.

Thank you teachers and parent volunteers for helping provide these great opportunities.

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: 

New Kindergarten Orientation: June 7 & 8

Hello new Kindergarten Parents!  We are looking forward to your child's arrival to Bessborough!

Kindergarten Orientation:
We have two orientation days to choose from for you and your child to visit and see the "Day of a Life of a Kindergarten student".  Please sign up at the following link.

Bessborough Kindergarten Teachers

Grade 6 to 7 Orientation: June 7

Grade 6 students from our feeder schools will join us for the morning at Bessborough for some team building activities.  We look forward to meeting our future grade 7s coming in.

There will be a parent information session on June 7th at 6:30 pm for all parents who have children going to Bessborough for Grade 7 next year. We will also have our Bessborough Coffee House full of music and art which begins at 6:00 pm.

We hope you can join us!

ECO Club's Cyclecolour Program:

This year, the Eco Club set a goal to reduce the amount of landfill we generate as a school. A few months ago, the students started an initiative to recycle all dried up markers. Crayola will pick up all brands of dried up felt markers free of charge and recycle the materials for other products. So far, our school has recycled over 1,000 markers! 

Way to go Bessborough!

Ms Gamm & Ms Pornaras

One More Chance to Order a Yearbook:
If you haven’t ordered your yearbook yet, you have one more chance! 
Order your Yearbook to commemorate the 2016-17 school year at Bessborough with the attached order form.  
Just drop it off with a cheque to the office, or to your child’s teacher by June 6th. Yearbooks must be pre-ordered from the printer, so don’t miss out!!

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

Sub Lunch Day
This Monday June 5th is our last Sub Lunch day of the year!  Thanks to Cabrina Skillen and Lauren Morgan for organizing this initiative. It was a great success with the kids so you can look forward to it returning next year.

Kilometer Club Still Running
4 more days to participate in Kilometer Club and start your day off right!  The fun run is in the south yard from 8:10-8:30am.  It goes until Thursday June 8th.  Thanks to Triina Forbell for once again running this great program at Bessborough!

Social Series
You can still get tickets to many of our amazing Social Series events.  Ladies Night is next Thursday June 15th and promises to be a blast… there is also space to attend the Street Crawl, Men with Axes and more.  Don’t miss out on a chance to be social and give back to the school!  Contact Cabrina at for tickets.

Lost & Found Look Through
Reunited and it feels so good ….. ♬♬
Please be advised that all Lost and Found items will be laid out on tables in Bessborough’s main hallway beginning next week for all parents and children to look through.  Everything will be on display until June 16th.  After that, items will be donated to a local charity.

Last H&S Meeting - Save the Date!
Our last H&S general meeting for this school year will be on Tuesday June 13th at 7pm in the library.  We will vote on next year’s operating budget, review our projects from this year including Mayfair, and as always, look for feedback and ideas from the membership.  There will be babysitting provided in the mini gym.  See you there!

Appreciation Corner
A shout out to Kristine and Jason Locklin for hosting the Lawn Bowling Social and also to Christine Hanlon, Lauren Morgan and Cabrina Skillen for their help putting on the event.
Also, more Mayfair shout outs this week - to Mary Holmes for getting all the candy and to the Gagnon Family for handling the BBQ.  THANKS ALL!

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