Community Update - February 26

Posted On Sunday February 26, 2023

Good afternoon, Bellwood Community, the home of the Bobcats where we Belong, Believe and Succeed!!

Thank you to Mr.  Tarun Chaudhary and Mrs.  Samidha Saggu for volunteering their time to help us on Pancake Tuesday.  We could not have had such a successful day without them. We would also like to thank Farida Chhangur who is a parent at our school but who also works in the childcare at the school and David Calanchie who is our evening custodian.  They were here early in the morning getting everything ready and set up. It was such a wonderful day!

We will be having another Special Event on Friday March 3, 2023.  It will be a Bellwood Walk to School Day.  Anyone participating by walking to school on Friday March 3, 2023, will receive a ticket that will be entered into a draw for a prize.  If you take the bus to school, there will be an opportunity for you to participate in a walking activity at recess time.

We would like to Welcome Mr.  Alan Savage to our Bellwood family.  He is our new grade 7/8 teacher.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Krispy Kreme Donut SCC Fundraiser

Don’t forget to order your Krispy Kreme Donuts for our SCC fundraiser.  Tell your friends and family and take their orders so you can order using school cash online.  The deadline to have your orders in is Tuesday February 28, 2023.  The cost for a box of Krispy Kreme donuts will be 11.00 dollars per box!!  Orders will be ready for pick up at the school on Wednesday March 8, 2023!!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give our school office a call!!

School Climate Survey Closes Tuesday February 28, 2023

The surveys will be open from Monday, January 9, 2023 – Tuesday, February 28, 2023.  Please click on the link to complete the School Climate Survey for Bellwood P.S.

Survey Instructions:

  • Responses from this survey will be used to enhance school safety and bullying prevention plans and their support is greatly appreciated.
  • The information being collected is anonymous, it is not linked to individuals unless personal information is voluntarily written in the open comment sections.
  •  It is very important that surveys be completed to the last page as carefully as possible.
  • While taking the survey, respondents are able to go back to previous pages and update existing responses.
  • Respondents must click the ”Done” button at the end to complete the survey.
  • Do not close the browser by clicking on the “X” in the top right – be sure to click ”Done” first.
  • When ”Done” is clicked, the survey will close and the browser will go to the DDSB website

Ontario Tech University – 2023 Virtual Spring Break Camps

Ontario Tech’s Office of Continuous Learning, in partnership with the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is pleased to offer virtual spring break camps March 13 to 17.  Our spring camps cover educational subjects, including STEM, coding, and gaming! 

For more information about our camp offerings, please visit our camps website:

March School Spirit Days

  • Monday March 6 – Hat Day
  • Tuesday March 7 -  Twin Day
  • Wednesday March 8 – Pajamas Day
  • Thursday March 9 -  Beach Wear/Tourist Day

Kiss and Ride

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making our Kiss and Ride a safe drop off zone for our students.  There are just a few reminders.

  • Drop off and pick up should only be done in the Kiss and Ride unless you have parked and are walking your students to their line ups
  • Please do not cross in between the cars in the Kiss and Ride.  This is a safety hazard and we want to keep everyone safe especially our students, your children.
  • Please do not park in front of the kindergarten enclosure at the front of the school or in front of the garbage hut, we will be asking you to go back through the Kiss and Ride
  • The parking lot in front of the school is for parents 
  • The parking lot at the east end of the school is for staff only.  Please do not park in the staff parking lot as this causes issues especially for our supply staff.

Save the Date

  • Friday March 3 Walk to School Day
  • Monday March 6 School Spirit Week begins
  • Friday March 10 NO School beginning of March Break
  • Friday March 10 – Friday March 17  March Break
  • Monday March 20  Welcome Back to School

Dates of Significance 

A Moment in Canadian Black History Did you Know about Africville?

Africville was an African Canadian village located just north of Halifax and founded in the mid-18th century. The City of Halifax demolished the once-prosperous seaside community in the 1960s in what many said was an act of racism. The mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality apologized for the action in 2010. For many people, Africville represents the oppression faced by Black Canadians, and the efforts to right historic wrongs.

Lent February 22 – April 6, 2023

Lent, in the Christian church, a period of penitential preparation for Easter. In Western churches it begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter, and provides a 40-day period for fasting and abstinence (Sundays are excluded), in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry.

March is Bangladeshi Heritage Month

Ontario is home to a large and vibrant Bangladeshi community. Bangladeshi Canadians from across the province have made significant contributions to Ontario's scientific, athletic, cultural and political development, and they continue to help foster growth, prosperity, and innovation throughout Ontario.
The month of March is an important one for the Bangladeshi community. Every year on March 26th, Bangladeshis around the world celebrate Independence Day in commemoration of their nation gaining independence in 1971. This day is often marked with music, parades, fairs, and various other public and private gatherings held to celebrate the history and traditions of Bangladesh. 

March is Hellenic History Month

More than 270,000 people of Hellenic descent live in Canada today and over half of them live here in Ontario. Canadians of Hellenic descent have contributed to every field of life in Ontario, have enriched our culture and have strengthened our economy. Hellenes, also known as Greeks, began to arrive in Canada in the early nineteenth century, with the vast majority coming after 1950. They have made significant contributions across many fields, including education, law, medicine, science, politics, business, sport and many more.

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