Bateman Bobcat Banner: November 14, 2022

Bateman Bobcat Banner: November 14, 2022
Posted on 11/14/2022

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Monday, November 14, 2022


Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, November 17: Progress Reports Available Online
  • November 22-24: Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday, November 25: PD Day (No school for students)
  • November 24-25: Parent-Teacher Interviews
  • Thursday, December 8: RBPS School Council Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 14: Photo Retake Day
  • Friday, December 23: Final day of school for 2022

Remembrance Day at RBPS

Thank you to the staff and students who organized and participated in this meaningful ceremony to remember the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve. It was particularly gratifying that so many parents were able to attend this ceremony: we look forward to welcoming parents back for many gatherings and events in the future.

Progress Reports Available on Thursday, November 17

At RBPS, our educators communicate with parents throughout the year.  This communication includes email updates, phone calls, and in-person meetings. 

Three times per year, educators send home written reports in accordance with Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines.

This week, parents / guardians of Kindergarten students will receive an ‘Initial Observations Report.’ This report has a summary of observations of your child’s learning since the start of the school year and provides early evidence of growth in their learning. More information on the Kindergarten Initial Observations and Communication of Learning is available here.

For Parents / Guardians of children in grades 1-6, your child will receive a ‘Progress Report’ this week.  The progress report is designed to share information with parents about their child’s general progress early in the school year, focusing on the development of the learning skills and work habits, as well as a student’s general progress in working towards their achievement of the curriculum expectations. Progress reports will not include marks or letter grades, but rather progress will be reported by indicating if the student is “progressing with difficulty”, “progressing well”, or “progressing very well”. This report is intended to provide parents with an early indication of their child’s progress.

For more information about assessment, evaluation and reporting, please see the OCDSB Parent Guide to Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting.

Parent / Teacher Interviews: November 24 - 25

Early next week, all parents will receive an email inviting them to sign up for a parent-teacher interview on either Thursday, November 24 between 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, or on Friday, November 25 between 9:00  AM - 11:00 AM. This is an opportunity to meet with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) to discuss the Initial Observations Report / Progress Report, ask any questions you may have, and discuss how you can work together to support your child(ren) moving forward. Please note that although this time is specifically dedicated for parents and teachers to meet, parents are welcome to reach out to their child(ren)’s teachers at any time throughout the year to discuss their child(ren)’s progress.

RBPS Scholastic Book Fair: November 22 - 24

Book Fair is Back!

Students will be able to shop in-person for new books and other fun items! All classes will have a chance to visit the book fair during school hours.

Family night will be on Thursday, Nov 24th 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

There is also a virtual option for families to shop from home.

All proceeds from the Book Fair help our school library to buy new books and resources for the Makerspace.   Thank you for your support!

OCDSB Menstrual Equity Initiative

While menstruation is a normal and healthy bodily function, for too many students, having a period can lead to feelings of shame and financial hardship. Thanks to the advocacy of students across the OCDSB, starting this month, RBPS (in addition to all schools in the OCDSB) will be providing students with free menstrual pads. The OCDSB Menstrual Equity initiative will focus on students starting in grade 4 and above, but anyone can take a pad if they need it.

Starting later this week, menstrual sanitary pads will be available in both of the girl’s washrooms on the 2nd floor, in addition to the private, gender neutral washroom on the 2nd floor.

There will be posters to clearly identify where these products can be found: students can privately take what they need. Product dispensers will also be installed in washrooms later this school year.

You can support our efforts by reminding your child that free pads are available at the school if they need them.

More information about the OCDSB Menstrual Equity Initiative can be found at This website also includes links to resources from health organizations should you wish to discuss this topic with your child.

Student Safety During Drop-Off and Pick-Up

The 15 minutes between 8:15 - 8:30, and again between 2:55 - 3:10, are very busy at the front of the school. When students are able to take the bus, or walk, it helps to relieve the traffic pressures. For parents who drop off and pick up their child(ren) by car, it may be necessary to park a bit further away and walk, as the area in front of the school fills up with cars, and the bus loop is closed to cars between 8:15 - 8:30 and again between 2:50 - 3:15 (cars are welcome to enter and park in the bus loop during the rest of the day). We would also ask that after dropping-off or picking up your child(ren), parents avoid making U-turns in front of the school, because the volume of vehicle and pedestrian traffic makes this potentially dangerous.Thanks for driving extra slowly in front of the school to keep everyone safe.

Walking School Bus - Spots Still Available

Please follow this link if you would like to register for the RBPS WSB. Walking to school is a safe, convenient, healthy and fun way for your child to travel to school with friends. It helps them get the daily physical activity they need to be healthy and concentrate better at school.

In-Person Breakfast Program at RBPS

The in-person breakfast program is up-and-running.  Breakfast is served from 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. in the small gym. Typical menus may include fresh fruit, cereal, juice, toast, jam, cheese, pancakes, milk and other dairy products. Research has shown that children who eat a good breakfast are better equipped to learn and to focus.

If you would like your child to participate in the Breakfast Program, please complete this google form. If you have questions, please reply to this email, or call the school at 613-737-3169. Please note that all students in Kindergarten - Grade 6, including students in the EDP program, are welcome to take part in the Breakfast Program.

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