THE ONTARIO CURRICULUM
The expectations identified for each grade describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to develop and demonstrate in their class work, tests and various other activities on which their achievement is assessed. Teachers will use their professional judgment in deciding which instructional methods will foster the learning described in the expectations. Visit: www.edu.gov.on.ca.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
All HWDSB students will feel safe, supported and accepted. At the core of HWDSB’s Strategic Direction, we believe that people do well if they can. At Bellmoore, we are committed to supporting the Mental Wellness and Social Emotional Education of our students through; respectful and responsive approaches, equitable and inclusive practices as well as safe and accepting environments. Skill Building Curriculums are integrated into the culture and classrooms that teach our students to self-regulate, problem solve and think socially. Such programs focus to establish a common language for students, staff and the Bellmoore community that promote proactive skill building, expected behaviour as well as availability of tools, strategies and resources for all. In addition, direct instruction of mindfulness techniques and strategies are integrated into classroom programs and routines to enhance the social and emotional development, learning and engagement of participating students.
FIELD TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
Field trips are organized to enhance the curriculum and, as such, are part of the school program. Notice about all class trips will be sent home in advance. In order for your child to participate, written confirmation is required to ensure that parental permission has been granted and that parents are aware of the details of the trip. The cost for such trips is kept as low as possible and it is expected that all students will participate. Subsidies are available on request. Students who, with parental support, have chosen not to participate in a trip or activity that takes place in school time are still expected to attend school, as alternate activities will be provided. Parents should note that trip forms and payment cannot be accepted the day of the trip unless the student has been absent for several days prior to the trip or advance arrangements have been made with the teacher. We are required to provide the bus company and destination with the number of students attending and it is difficult to be accurate with too many late forms. You must have a Vulnerable Sector Police Check to volunteer on school trips. Police Checks are valid for 3 years with the HWDSB. An Offence Declaration must be signed at the School Office each year between police checks.