Dates to Remember
January 22, 23, 24, Grade 9 Exams
February 1, School Development Day (No School)
February 7, Parent/Teacher Interviews (evening)
February 8, Parent/Teacher Interviews (No classes all day)
February 12, French Immersion Meeting for Incoming Grade 6 parents @ 7:00pm
February 18, Islander Day (No School)
French Immersion Meeting
Birchwood School will be holding our annual French Immersion Information Meeting
for parents on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 pm in our Library. Parents of
Grade 6 students who may be interested in the Grade 7 Late Immersion Program are
invited to attend.
Grade 9 Exam Schedule
Tuesday, January 22,
AM, Language Arts
Wednesday, January 23
PM, Social Studies
Thursday, January 24
PM, Make-Up Exams
AM: Periods 3, 4, 5, and 6
PM: Periods 7, 8, 9, and 10
Regular class Periods 1 and 2
Our Parents/Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday evening, February 7, and
Friday all day, February 8. There will be no school on the 8th for students.
To Parents in the Colonel Gray Family of Schools
There will be a presentation on January 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lecture
Theatre, at Colonel Gray High School. “Making the Connection" is a panel
presentation intended to provide information to parents about the influence and
risks associated with drugs on high school age students. We hope also to provide
a greater awareness of how students enter a teen’s life and the various paths
they can follow. We hope you are able to attend.
Once again this year Birchwood Christmas Miracle helped several families so our
own students could have a better Christmas. Each family received a food hamper
and gifts. A huge thank you extended to the many students and staff who
contributed items, fund raised, set up displays, wrapped gifts, etc. We
especially appreciated the contribution of gifts and money from groups and
individuals in the community.
Congratulations to coaches Mr. Murphy, Ms. terMeer and the Birchwood girls "AA"
basketball team who won silver at the Vernon River basketball tournament last
weekend! Players of the game were Adrienne Wright and Edna Nino-Esparza.
Tournament All- stars: Edna Nino-Esparza and Alleyiah Villard.
Good luck to the girls’ team as they travel up west this weekend to compete in
the Hernwood Invitational Basketball Tournament.
Athletes of the Month
Jordan Reid (AA Boys’ Basketball)
Alleyiah Villard (AA Girls’ Basketball)
Cameron Hoy (AA Boys’ Basketball)
Edna Nino-Esparza (AA Girls’ Basketball)
Birchwood wrestling will be starting next week in the cafeteria from 3-4:30pm on
Tuesdays and Thursdays. All girls and boys in grade 7, 8 and 9 are welcomed and
encouraged to join the school team.
We are off to a great start within our Music Department at Birchwood School for
2013! Our Christmas concert was a great success and we are going to be pushing
forward and using the next few months as a time for improving our skills. All
band students will be beginning skills testing this term. Home practice is a
must to achieve a high level of success with these skills. Each student will be
provided a skill sheet and due dates in which these skills will be tested.
Please talk to your students concerning this process and always be supportive to
students as they are practicing and preparing for these playing tests. Parental
involvement/support is very important at this time.
Rehearsal schedule for band students:
**these rehearsals are mandatory.
Monday @ lunch -- open practice for extra help and skills testing
Tuesday @ lunch -- Jazz band rehearsal
Tuesday after school -- Jazz band at Stonepark begins at 3:15 pm
Wednesday @ lunch -- Grade 7 band rehearsal
Thursday @ 7:45 am -- Grade8/9 band rehearsal
Thursday @ lunch -- Bucket-drumming rehearsal
Friday @ lunch -- Guitar Club
**Individual practice is also available before and after school each day. This
is a great time to get some extra help with your instrument, note-reading, or
other musical skill. Practice rooms are also available at lunch during other
rehearsal times on a first come/first serve basis.
**A home-practice schedule of 20 minutes per day, five days per week is also
very important. Please make this practice time part of your daily homework
routine. This home-practice time is essential to solidifying the concepts and
playing techniques learned in class. This "outside of school" practice time can
also be done in school before or after classes if practicing at home is
difficult. Please talk to Mr. Langille if you would like to organize an
individual practice time before or after school.
Thank you for your help and support in all these matters. If you would like to
discuss any of the above matters, please feel free to email or call Mr. Langille.
All contact information is available on the school website.
From the Library
The movie, The Hobbit, has just been released in the movie theatres. Suddenly,
students want to read books by Tolkien, which is not a surprise. The same thing
happened when The Hunger Games and Twilight came out. When you see that a great
movie is being made, which is based on a book, it is a way to encourage your
child to read. Reading it together will also give you another avenue for
communicating with your child. Pick up the book at the store or online (for your
reading tablets), then head to see the movie together. After you see the movie,
take time to talk about it together. This is a great way to foster family
Students are reminded to look for overdue books and return them to the library,
Ms. Poirier would like to thank the council members who have regularly attended
meetings and supported the school at events. It would be great if more people
could participate, so if you are interested, please, come to the meetings.
In January, we plan to start a recycling program, which we will need all
students and staff to help with, simply by sorting your garbage into the proper
bins. We will be collecting: juice packs, milk bottles, and juice cans. This
program has the potential to bring in some funds to the school, which would
benefit the students too!
We plan to have at least one Spirit Challenge per month until the end of school,
so stay tuned to find out about the different challenges. Your chances at
winning the Spirit Trophy depend on how many people (students and teachers) in
your class make an effort for each challenge. At the end of the year, the class
who won the trophy the most will get a pizza party and bragging rights.
A reminder that there are two contests: art and writing. The theme for both is
fantasy, and both are due Feb. 21st. The writing pieces may be a poem or short