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September 18

September 18, 2017 

Dear Beaconsfield Parents/Caregivers, 

Please note the following important dates: 

Thursday, September 21st - Pro D Day – No school for students

Tuesday, September 26th – Photo Day – Individual student photos 

Thursday, September 28th – Terry Fox Run/Walk – 1:00-2:30 pm Trout Lake 

Wednesday, October 4th - Goal Setting Conferences - Students dismissed at 2:00 pm

Thursday, October 5th - Goal Setting Conferences - Students dismissed at 2:00 pm 

Monday, October 9th - Thanksgiving - Stat Holiday - School Closed

Thursday, October 12th - School Wide Walk-A-Thon 

Throughout the week of September 25 to 29th, students will be asked to bring in donations of loonies or toonies for Terry. All funds collected will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation which funds cancer research. Thank you for your support. 

Student Forms were distributed in envelopes to all Beaconsfield students last week. Please return all forms and monies by Friday, September 29th

We will have a special PAC event taking place in our library during our Goal Setting Conferences. More detailed information on this event will be available shortly.


Mrs. L. Morden


September 08

We are starting a new Safe Arrival Program at Beaconsfield and within the Vancouver School District.

Reporting Student Absences: 

When your child is absent from our school, please call 604-713-5159 extension 11, before 9:00 am on the day your child is absent. Leave a message on the answering machine with the following information: your child's first and last name, grade or division, date and length of absence and reason for absence. If you call our school office, we will ask you to call this number. 

Student Sign In/Sign Out: 

If your child arrives late or leaves early during the school day, please make sure that they sign in and out of the school office. Teacher take attendance at 9:00 am in the morning and afternoon at 1:00 pm at our school. It is our expectation at Beaconsfield that all students in attendance remain on school property during instructional time and at recess and lunch unless they are signed out by a parent or caregiver. Parents/caregivers need to notify Mrs. Morden in writing to give signed permission for their child or children to leave the school property to regularly go home for lunch. Please provide this signed note in writing to Mrs. Morden by Monday, September 11th.  

Thank you for helping us keep your children safe! 

September 07
On Changing Classes

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 

Dear Parents/Caregivers of Beaconsfield School, 

Students in Grades 1 to 7 at Beaconsfield moved into their new classes today! Our Kindergarten students moved into their new classes on Wednesday. Our Home Learner Program follows a different schedule and program for the month of September. 

Switching classes can be a time of mixed emotions for both students and parents. Please support your child and our school staff by actively listening to your child over the next few weeks and speaking positively with them about the change. Adjusting to change and new environments is a very important skill for school aged children to develop.  

Parents and caregivers - please remind your child that they can play with friends who are not in their class at recess and at lunch. Also remember that all of our teachers at Beaconsfield provide excellent educational experiences for students.  

Becoming used to change takes at least three weeks to a month. Your support with assisting your child with adjusting to their new class, and in some cases their new school, is most appreciated. If, after a few weeks, your child is still finding the classroom change a challenge, please discuss this with your child’s teacher. We look forward to being part of your child’s educational journey. It’s going to be a great year! 


Mrs. Lani Morden 


August 29
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

​Dear Parents/Caregivers of Beaconsfield School, 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. We sincerely hope that you and your child or children had a fun-filled summer. 

On Tuesday, September 5th from 9:00 am - 10:00 am (for one hour) we are very much looking forward welcoming your child or children to Beaconsfield School. Parents/caregivers, please make the necessary arrangments to have your child picked up at 10:00 am. Home Learners begin as per their program schedule. 

Although Tuesday September 5th is a short 'day' of school, it is important. If your child is not able to attend school on Tuesday, we ask that you call the school office by 9:00 am and report their absence. Our office number is 604-713-4605.   

On TUESDAY, September 5th, all students in Grades 1-7 who are NEW to Beaconsfield are to report to Room 101, beside the library. New students will be placed with their age appropriate peers until classes are finalized. 

All registered KINDERGARTEN students and their parent/caregiver (s) are to report to Beaconsfield's school gym from 9:00-10:00 am

All students in Grades 2-7 WHO ATTENDED OUR SCHOOL LAST YEAR are to report to their former classrooms (these may change but this is where we ask that they report). All RETURNING GRADE 1s are to report to our SCHOOL LIBRARY.

Wednesday, September 6th will be a full day (9:00 am until 3:00 pm) for students in Grades 1-7. KINDERGARTEN students will begin their gradual entry schedule on Wednesday, September 6th from 9:00-10:30 am. Kindergarten parents please check schedule mailed to your home in early July 2017 for details. The first full day for KINDERGARTEN students is on Wednesday, September 13th. Home Learners resume classes this fall as per Ms. Shannon's calendar/handbook.

See you on Tuesday, September 5th! 


Mrs. Morden


April 25

Beaconsfield Elementary School's PAC is hosting a Country Fair again this year on the evening of Friday, June 2nd, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Please save the date for this exciting annual event. 

There will be fun for the whole family - food, games, prizes, a photo booth and a bouncy castle. The event is open to the community so - Beaconsfield families - bring your neighbours, extended family members and friends. Final copies of the 2017 Beaconsfield Cookbook will be on sale at the event.  

This is one of the Parent Advisory Council's (PAC) most important fundraising opportunities so bring some money for dinner, games and the silent auction. You might win a cake or even an ipad! A live band will be playing so bring along your dancing shoes as well.  

The Beaconsfield PAC is still looking for volunteers to help out before the event and on the day of the fair. So, if you are a Beaconsfield parent/caregiver and you are willing to help out, please contact our school office at 604-713-4605 and we will put you in touch with our amazing Country Fair Coordinators. 

Hope to see you there! ​

February 06

Vancouver School District has procedures that are followed in situations where severe weather, like heavy snowfall or very high winds, might be affecting schools.

All schools in the Vancouver School District will remain open if at all possible during severe weather events. Any​ district-wide closure will be decided by 7:00 a.m. at the latest. Details of district-wide or individual school closures will be announced through the media and the district website front page (

Please note that no announcement will be made stating that schools are open. Only closures and delayed openings will be announced.

Information about any district-wide closures will be sent to Metro Vancouver radio and television stations. Please check the following stations for school closure information (but do not call them):



CBC AM 690 radio, 88.1 FM Global BC
CKNW AM 980 radio CBC TV
News AM 1130 radio CTV BC
Fairchild AM 1470 radio City TV

Individual school closures due to unique circumstances (e.g. power outages) will be announced as early as possible on the district website as well as on the affected schools’ websites. On occasion, schools may delay the start of the school day; if this happens, specific details will be posted on the school and district websites.

Student safety is the first priority of the Vancouver School District. Schools will be kept open except under extreme circumstances to provide the option of attendance for all, but the decision to attend is the responsibility of each family.

Parents/guardians are responsible for their children's safe travel to and from school. If, for any reason, a parent/guardian feels that a child cannot travel safely to school, then they should make other arrangements.

During extreme weather conditions it is also common for police and other authorities to advise citizens to avoid unnecessary travel. Parents should take this advice as well. Students will not be penalized for lack of attendance under such poor weather conditions. Students are reminded to wear appropriate clothing for the conditions. When sidewalks and roads are slippery students walking to school should take extra care.

We encourage you to review your own preparations for severe weather conditions and ensure that you are familiar with the city’s response procedures for those conditions. We request that you strictly adhere to parking restrictions in and around all Vancouver schools. Your child’s school will contact you about any changes to driving routes that may be put into effect on streets adjacent to the school.



VSB bus transportation will attempt to operate on their normal schedule during days with snow or other severe weather. Significant changes to the bus schedule as a result of weather conditions will be reported on the district website. Should the condition of side streets require a cancellation or change to the operation of school buses for students using the service, affected families will be informed.

February 06

Beaconsfield School is OPEN today, Monday, February 6, 2017.

Please use caution when driving and walking around the school. The side streets are icy and snowy.

There is VERY limited parking in the neighbourhood due to snow and ice piles on the sides of the roads.

Please WALK to school if at all possible and BE CAREFUL on the sidewalks, paths and stairs both around the school and on school property.

We have limited office support today so please be patient if you cannot get through to the school right away by telephone.

If necessary, contact Principal, Lani Morden, at

Please be sure to dress your children for the weather. It's cold outside!

Thank you!


January 26
Professional Development Day - Monday, January 30th

​On Monday, January 30th school will not be in session for all Beaconsfield students as it is a Professional Development Day. Please be sure to mark this on your home calendar. During this Professional Development Day, Beaconsfield staff will be focused on a variety of  professional development activities focused on literacy. 

The Beaconsfield Banter will be coming home with students today. Please take the time to read this newsletter to find out about the many things that are happening in our fabulous learning community. As mentioned in the newsletter, there are still spaces available in two of our Wednesday Gladstone Community School Team after school programs such as Bookworm and IncrEdible Science. Contact Valerie Wong at 778-384-0387 and for more information. 

Also noted in this issue of the Beaconsfield Banter is that our March Student Led Conferences will be taking place on Wednesday, MARCH 8th and Thursday, MARCH 9th (not March 7th as previously stated in calendars and newsletters). School will be dismissed EARLY on Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9th at 2:00 pm. Please make the necessary arrangements for your child or children for these two days. 

On March 8 and March 9th our school library will be open and we will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair. The fair will be open for families to visit together during our two Student Led Conference Days. Our Book Fair gives you and your children the opportunity to buy carefully selected, quality books for all reading levels. Plus, our Book Fair serves as a fundraiser for school library and literacy resources. Students will have a chance to take a sneak peek at the fair during our special 

A Scholastic Book Fair Preview Day will take place on Tuesday, March 7th.  Students will have the opportunity on March 7th to visit the Book Fair with their classes to create their own personal wish lists. They will also have an opportunity to visit the fair with their class during the week of the fair, March  8th – 9th, to make purchases. All students will be receiving a special flyer that features some of the hundreds of books available at our Fair. While parents may order from the flyer, we would love for you to come and make your choices in person during our family events. The PAC will also be putting on a fundraiser to assist in raising fund for the library.  Our Scholastic Book Fair will be a great event for everyone. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Thank you for noting these important dates on your family calendar. If you and your children are celebrating the Lunar New Year this weekend, have a wonderful time. 

December 13

​The children, staff, and PAC have been working hard to make sure this Wednesday's and Thursday's Winter Holiday Concert will be memorable.  For your information:

1.  On Wednesday night, all school doors will be locked for security, with the exception of the door at the back of the school, closest to the gym (coming in from the playground)

2.  Please check with your teacher what time the children need to meet in their classrooms

3.  No cell phones on during the performance

4.  PAC will be running Cafe Noel in the cafeteria. This will be open BEFORE and AFTER the performance on Wednesday evening.       Sales will stop once the performance begins, so please do not take anything from the tables.

December 09

All Vancouver schools are open.​

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