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Daily Schedule

  • Period 1 & Homeform: 8:30 am - 9:47 am
  • Period 2: 9:55 am - 11:10 am
  • Lunch: 11:10 am - 12:00 pm
  • Period 3: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Period 4: 1:22 pm - 2:37 pm

Monday

Monday, June 10th, 2019
  • The Limestone District School board is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee.  We acknowledge their enduring presence on this land, as well as the presence of Metis, Inuit and other First Nations from across Turtle Island.  We honour their cultures and celebrate their commitment to this land. 

  • BSS will be flying the PRIDE flag this week during PRIDE week.  We will be sharing information about PRIDE and LGBTQ+ history all week on the morning announcements.  2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  In 1969 in Greenwich Village New York, there was a gay establishment named Stonewall which was constantly being raided.  Patrons were arrested, assaulted and humiliated.  During a police raid on the night of June 28th, Marsha P. Johnson, a trans women of colour and drag queen, threw the first brick which started the riot.  From that point onward, Marsha and her friend Sylvia Rivera continued the fight for gay rights which eventually kick-started the movement all across the world. 

  • Emily Swaine finished 8th in discus and 14th in shot put at the All Ontario’s last week.  Grace McKenna was 17th in pole vault and Audrey Burggraf was twenty-first in javelin.  Congratulations to the girls for being in the top 24 in the province! 

  • As part of the 2019 Road Safety Challenge – let’s make our roads safer Blazers!  At highway speeds, a driver sending a simple text message travels the length of a football field without looking at the road.  When drivers take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds, their crash risk doubles.  Stop texting while driving!

  • Could all members of this year’s Whiz Quiz team and any students interested in Whiz Quiz next year, please come to Room 206 at the start of lunch for a very short meeting TODAY!

  • All lost and found will be outside Ms. Slate’s office this week.  Please take a look through the tables and take what is yours! 

  • This week at BSS has been dedicated as a Wellness Week by our Wellness Team!  There will be many activities throughout the coming days that fit into four categories: Fuel; Chill; Chat; and Play.  Each of these categories is important for improving overall health while reducing stress.  Fuel is about fueling your body and mind with healthy food; Chill is about finding ways to relax and disconnect from everyday stress; Chat is about being kind and having fun with friends and Play is about getting active, having fun and laughing with others.  Check out the posters around the school for specific dates and listen to announcements.  Our focus today is on CHILLING by being Mindful.  At the start of period 1, we will ask everyone to take part in a mindful minute.  At lunch today you can come to the main bearpit to visit with the therapy dogs and reduce your stress.  You can also enter your name to win a free hot lunch from culinary to FUEL your mind and body, or a free de-stress kit that will help you chill.  All you must do to be entered into the draw is to stop by the front foyer at lunch and write your name on a ballot along with 3 ways you take care of your own wellness.  Tomorrow – be sure to look for our book swap table in the front foyer.  Bring a book or take a book for your summer reading list!

  • Quote of the day:  Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now!


Tuesday

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
  • This week, BSS is flying the PRIDE flag in support of Pride Month.  Originally designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker, the flag’s design has undergone several revisions since its debut in 1978 but each of the six colours has a meaning: red means life; orange means healing; yellow means sunshine; green is for nature; blue stands for harmony; and purple means spirit.  Members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies commonly wear PRIDE flag pins to raise awareness and to show support for equity for everyone. 

  • Get your $5 ready for the last hot lunch Friday for this school year!  On the menu this Friday is a burger bar, garden salad with vinaigrette dressing, baked fries and an ice cream sandwich for dessert. 

  • All lost and found will be outside Ms. Slate’s office this week.  Please take a look through the tables and take what is yours! 

  • As part of the 2019 Road Safety Challenge, let’s make our roads safer Blazers!  Sending or receiving text messages requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver.  It is by far the most alarming distraction!  Is it really worth it?  If everybody leaves their phone alone, we will save lives!

  • EcoTeam, please come to a very brief meeting in Room 113 TODAY at lunch!! We have some news to share! EcoTeam – Lunch: Tuesday in Room 113.

  • Our wellness focus for today is on taking time for yourself and finding ways to relax. Did you know that the most effective way to increase your reading stamina is to read more? Stop by the main bear pit today to pick up a book for your summer reading or donate one that you think someone else would enjoy! You will also have the chance to make your own personalized book mark! In addition, every class will also take a body break during period 2 to get blood flowing which helps your brain work optimally! Get moving and reading today! Tomorrow, come early for fruit kebobs to fuel your mind and at lunch bring your friends to study in Room 134 with
    Mr. G and enjoy some free popcorn!


Wednesday

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

  • Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community comes with its difficulties but it’s even harder when you are treated in an unfair manner because of who you are.  There is a way that you can help – by being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community!  You can do this by not using homophobic or transphobic language and politely correcting friends when they do.  Don’t treat queer students any differently than you would anyone else, and most importantly, be sure to be educated about LGBTQ+ history and present challenges.  Your allyship is appreciated more than you know! 

  • It was a wonderful evening at the annual QSLMA Math Competition!  Our Grade 9 BSS team of Emily Legge, Michael Cox and Rinon Muto won the gold medal and Blazers Matthew Jaansalu, Carissa Cho-Lee and Nick Koss earned bronze in the Grade 10 contest!  Thank you to our leadership students for hosting the event and to our BSS math teachers who helped out behind the scenes to make the evening a success!  It was great to see Mathletes and coaches from around the district come together for this fun event! 

  • Bayridge Blazers – we have very exciting news to share!!  The EcoTeam is proud of our environmental accomplishments this year and we just found out that Bayridge has earned GOLD status for EcoSchools for the 2018-2019 school year!  Thanks to all students and staff who supported our many initiatives and helped us to achieve this distinction!  For LDSB, we are one of very few schools who earned EcoSchools status.  Congratulations! 

  • Hey Blazers – if you signed up to volunteer at the Lancaster Fit Night there will be a quick but important meeting TODAY at lunch in Room 130. 

  • As part of the 2019 Road Safety Challenge, let’s make our roads safer Blazers!  Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on Canada’s roadways.  According to the Government of Ontario, deaths from collisions caused by distracted driving have doubled since 2000.  Ontario data on collisions from 2013 show: one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every half hour; a driver using a phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver focussing on the road. 

  • Chess Club is TODAY after school in the Social Science bearpit. 

  • Get your $5 ready for the last hot lunch Friday for this school year!  On the menu this Friday is a burger bar, garden salad with vinaigrette dressing, baked fries and an ice cream sandwich for dessert. 

  • This THURSDAY is the final intramural at lunch in the gym.  It will be dodgeball and EVERYONE is welcome – students AND staff!  Come to the gym at lunch on Thursday for a fast paced body break! 

  • All lost and found will be outside Ms. Slate’s office this week.  Please take a look through the tables and take what is yours! 

  • Our wellness focus for today is Chatting with friends while getting some help with your classes.  At lunch, in the main foyer, you can enjoy healthy fruit kabobs to fuel your mind!  Then, you can go to Popcorn and Prepping in Room 134 with Mr. G or to EQAO Prep in math and enjoy free popcorn while prepping for upcoming exams!  We will be asking all students to do some quiet reading at the start of Period 3 so be sure to take a book with you to class after lunch!  Tomorrow – bring your running shoes and be ready for intramurals at lunch to get active which can help increase blood flow and improve your memory!

  • Quote of the day:  “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Frederick Keoing


Thursday

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

  • This year is the 30th anniversary of Pride in Kingston.  In 1989, Kingston’s very first Pride festival was little more than a small parade, but over the years it has grown from one day to pride week, then pride month and is now called the Kingston Pride Festival with not one but two boards: Kingston Pride and K-town Youth Pride.  This year the pride parade begins at 11am on Saturday at Alfred and Mack Street and ends at Confederation Basin where the Pride Fair will be held.  Check out the Kingston Pride website kingstonpride.ca for the complete 2019 pride guide! 

  • Reminder for all students to plan to return your textbooks during the exam period when you are writing your exams.  Carts will be set up in the cafeteria for book collection OR if you are writing your exam in classroom, leave your textbooks in the classroom that you are writing your exam in.  Thank you for treating our learning materials with respect. 

  • As part of the 2019 Road Safety Challenge, let’s make our roads safer Blazers!  If you endanger others because of any distraction, not just using hand-held devices, but anything that takes your focus off the road you can be charged with careless driving.  If convicted of careless driving you can receive a fine of up to $2,000, 6 months in jail and a 2 year license suspension plus 6 demerit points on your license.  It’s not worth it!    

  • Get your $5 ready for the last hot lunch Friday for this school year!  On the menu TOMORROW is a burger bar, garden salad with vinaigrette dressing, baked fries and an ice cream sandwich for dessert. 

  • TODAY IS THE DAY BLAZERS!!  It’s the final intramural at lunch in the gym.  EVERYONE is welcome – students AND staff for the most epic dodgeball game of the year!!  Come to the gym at lunch TODAY for a fast paced body break! 

  • All lost and found will be outside Ms. Slate’s office this week.  Please take a look through the tables and take what is yours! 

  • Our wellness focus for today is to PLAY and get active with friends.  Come out at lunch for a friendly game of intramurals to get your heart rate up and improve your fitness.  During the start of Period 4, we will CHILL by journaling about what we are grateful for in our lives.  Tomorrow – you can look forward to colouring in the art room or doing Zumba in the gym.  Remember – one day left to complete the homeform bingo challenge!

  • Quote of the day:  “The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.”


Friday

Friday, June 14th, 2019

  • THEY DID IT BLAZERS!  Congratulations to the Toronto Raptors for a momentous game 6 victory!   What an amazing team and a HISTORIC moment for Canada!  TORONTO RAPTORS – YOU ROCK!  WE THE NORTH!   

  • Kingston Pride 2019 will be the most inclusive yet with participation by people of all ages, including youth, Indigenous and multi-ethnic representation.  Tomorrow is the biggest Kingston Pride event of the year – the Pride Festival!  There will be a parade, community resource fair, live music and performances, and the first ever youth zone hosted by K-town Youth Pride.  This year the pride parade begins at 11am on Alfred and Mack Street and ends at Confederation Basin where the Pride Fair will be held.  Check out the Kingston Pride website kingstonpride.ca for the complete 2019 pride guide!  Thanks for taking the time this week to learn about some LGBTQ+ history and hope to see you at the parade and festival tomorrow! 

  • ZUMBA! ZUMBA! ZUMBA! Come out to the gym at lunch TODAY to dance and have some fun!  All are welcome – no coordination required! 

  • Blazers – please remember to return your textbooks during the exam period when you are writing your exams!  Carts will be set up in the Cafeteria for book collection OR if you are writing your exam in a classroom, please leave your textbook in that classroom!  Thank you for treating our learning materials with respect!

  • Don’t forget to grab your $5 and come down to the Culinary Room at lunch for the last hot lunch Friday for this school year!  On the menu is a burger bar, garden salad with vinaigrette dressing, baked fries and an ice cream sandwich for dessert. 

  • Let’s make our roads safer Blazers!  In Ontario, it is illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held cell phones and other hand-held communications and entertainment devices, EVEN WHILE STOPPED AT A TRAFFIC LIGHT!  If convicted of distracted driving, with your G1 or G2, you will receive on your first offence a fine of $615 and a 30 day suspension.  Check yourself before you wreck yourself (or someone else)!

  • Have you checked out the lost and found table in front of Ms. Slate’s office yet?  Come take a look and take what’s yours! 

  • Today’s wellness focus is CHAT with friends during lunch in the Art Room where you can do some colouring to distress.  Zumba is also being offered in the gym at lunch for anyone interested in getting moving and having fun!  Remember, being physically active gets your blood flowing which helps your brain work optimally!  The winner of the hot lunch for today was Jack McCullough and Nahonie Guindon.  Winner of the wellness kits are Violet Woodland and Samantha Burrow.  We hope you enjoy your prizes to fuel your body and mind!  Thank you to everyone who participated in our Wellness Week at BSS.  We hope you have been inspired to keep taking care of your own wellness!

  • Quote of the day: “As long as you give your best effort, I feel like that’s all you can do” Kawhi Leonard