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Burkevale Protestant Separate School is the only school of The Protestant Separate School Board of the Town of Penetanguishene, a publicly-funded School Authority. Burkevale PSS has a unique and dynamic learning environment, with a historic involvement in the Town of Penetanguishene, on the shores of Georgian Bay, that dates back to the 19th Century.
"Continue to think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected." (Phillipians 4:8 ICB)
My grandmother once told me that as you get older, time seems to fly – boy was she right! Remembering our 2015-2016 school year, I can’t help but reflect upon so many wonderful and exciting moments. In the classroom, it’s those “ah ha” moments where students are able to truly understand and articulate their learning. It’s those times when children are so engrossed in what they are doing, that they are not recognizing all of the learning that is happening within and around them. It’s those days when teachers have spent hours planning, anticipating and preparing for what is to come and are astonished about where the lesson has taken them and what they have learned from their students.
Our vision has always been to develop the whole child – spiritually, socially, academically and mentally. The collective work of parents, staff, students, community members and our Mental Health Lead have helped to move this vision forward. A huge thank you for helping to support and nurture students’ progress, critical thinking and creativity throughout the year! We are truly blessed at Burkevale to have such a wonderful school community.
Our school community has been, and will be, a buzz throughout April and May. From our Music Festival and playing events at Bayfield house and for the town, to our volunteer luncheon and spring concert, book, math and art fair, parents, staff and students have been actively engaged in school related events.
This year, Burkevale is once again hosting the Y’s Men’s Music Festival on May 2nd and 3rd where we are anticipating stellar performances by all Burkevale student entries. The students have been working very hard over the past couple of weeks to refine their musical pieces. A huge thank you needs to be given to Mrs. Gilchrist and Mr. Smith for their dedication to music.
Another exciting upcoming event is our 2nd Annual “Art is All Around” evening. This year, the school council and teachers have partnered together to add a math component to the evening. There will be engaging math activities set up in each class for families to participate in and enjoy together. Every student in the school will also receive a math bag of their own filled with activities and math tools for at home fun. Our evening would not be complete without our spring music concert and book fair. We look forward to seeing all of you on May 18th from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Our school community is also blessed with wonderful volunteers. In May, we take some time to thank these individuals for their selfless commitment supporting our students and school. Thank you for all you do!
A group of students also deserve special kudos for volunteering to play at a former Burkevale student’s celebration of life. My understanding is that they conducted themselves with the utmost respect and that the music they played touched many who were present. Great job students!
Our Scholastic Spring book fair will be open on Tuesday, May 17 to Thursday, May 19th. The fair will be open at recesses and during the Math/Spring Concert Night. Thank you for supporting our book fair and remember 50% of all the funds raised at the book fair go directly to buying new books for our school library. Don't forget to return the entry form from the flyers to win lots of great prizes!
Burkevale subscribes to a variety of websites for student use at school and at home. For a more extensive list check of our full list.
Google Classroom is where teachers display class activities, assign online assignements and share student work with parents (password required).
Typing Pal School is where students in grade 3-8 practice their keyborading skills (passwords required).
Glogster Edu is a site where students create inteactive poster projects for various subjects (password required).
BookFlix is a great site to read, listen and work with great books from scholastic for students in K-3 (password required).
Britannica School - Online Database categorized into levels to make research easier and more accurate for students (password required).
BitStrips is where our students use comics to improve their literacy skills (password required).
Mathletics.ca is where our students work on their math skills at their grade level (password required).
Sumdog is where students can work on their numeracy and reading skills by playing fun games against their classmates (password required)
Spelling City is a fun place for students to practice spelling and vocabulary.
Dance Mat Typng are the programs grade 1-3 use to improve typing skills.
TFO Kids to help improve students french skills at home.