The Third Annual Parade of Pigs event is just around the corner! Parade of Pigs is a BCEF fundraising event aimed to help enrich the creativity and innovative potential of our students. Specially painted ceramic piggy banks will first be unveiled at the District's Celebration of the Visual Arts show at 1 p.m., March 9 at GIS. They will then reside at sponsoring businesses, and in all our schools, to collect money until May 19. On Friday, May 30 the banks themselves will be auctioned at a cookout on the patio at Island Bay Yacht Club. Monies raised will help fund each school's Fine Arts Department.
Calendar for 2014-15 Approved
At the Board of Education meeting February 24, trustees voted to approve the 2014-15 Official School Calendar. The first day of school for students is August 20, and the last day (tentative) is May 28. School Improvement Days have not yet been determined. Click here for the 2014-15 calendar.
At the beginning of the New Year, many of us set goals for ourselves. Our children are also capable of setting goals and working toward them. This is a good behavior to start as it will be repeated many times as our children mature. The key to goal setting is to be certain that the goals are appropriate, attainable, and there are not too many.
For example, the goal of attending college is laudable however a Kindergartener has no concept of the time or effort it takes to achieve the goal. There is also no immediate feedback which makes the goal less achievable and quickly disappears.
In our house, we are each setting a goal for being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe, three goals are easy to manage. This has not been hard to do. For Respect we found that two of us interrupt, one of us daydreams and isn't a good listener, and one of us makes faces when someone is talking. Our first goal is to be respectful through dinner. We are keeping positive feedback on a chart daily or weekly to help our children see their progress. And, a reward at the end prior to setting the next goal(s) usually increases interest and excitement. We will be setting goals for being responsible and safe in the same manner. Responsibility goals might involve cleaning up, helping with a sibling, setting a homework schedule, and/or helping with a meal. Goals related to being Safe might include learning a phone number, picking up items so people don't fall, or asking for help rather than climbing on something to reach it.
At school, your children will be setting individual and classroom goals. Ask your children what their goals are at school and discuss different ways of achieving those goals!
New Adult Lunch Procedure
We look forward to students bringing guests to lunch at CE and want to make you aware of our new payment procedure. All adult lunches will need to be paid in cash or check at the time of purchase. Adults may not charge lunch on their child’s account.
Below is the link to the School Attendance Calendar for the 2013 -14 school year.
Attendance Calendar 2013-14