February 11

February 11, 2018

Principal’s Message

In these fast-paced days, most of us don’t feel there are enough hours in the day.  Trying to get some time as a family, attend extracurricular activities, put a healthy meal on the table and catch our breath seems to take us right to bedtime.  During the elementary years we often wonder how to balance homework in this schedule.  For all students, homework will vary from class to class and also from grade to grade.  One piece, however, is not only consistent but critical: reading.

While it is easy to shrug off the homework each night as “just reading”, it is in fact the most important homework.  Reading ability is correlated with life success.  Here is some research:

  • “Extensive reading was linked to superior performance on measures of general knowledge, vocabulary, spelling, verbal fluency, and reading comprehension.” – Cunningham and Stanovich, 1998
  • “In one of the most extensive studies of reading yet conducted, Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding traced reading growth to reading and reading volume. They found that the amount of time students spent reading was the best predictor of reading achievement.” – Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding (1988)
  • “Students not reading well in third grade are 4 times more likely to drop out.” – Students First, Statistics About Education in America

In a well-quoted study, Nagy and Herman (1987) showed the impact of reading each night and also the impact of skipping nightly reading.  The visual below, created by Drazil Kids Tea, graphically illustrates the exponential impact of skipping reading.  The consistent readers score the highest on school-based testing.  Twenty minutes a day can make a world of difference for all our learners.


How can we as busy families make reading a number one priority?  Try building it into the family schedule, be it book time at bedtime or family reading time after dinner.  Replace TV time with time to read. Instead of turning on the DVD player in the car, keep a basket of books for longer trips.  Waiting rooms used to be places to read.  Try turning off the games on handheld devices and tablets and offer a book instead.  Visit the library weekly and participate in library programs.  Take advantage of inexpensive sources of books such as the public library discards, Scholastic Book flyers, garage sales and book swaps.  All reading counts – French, English, shared reading, listening to reading, fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, reading to a younger sibling…what makes for school success is voluminous reading.  Put an emphasis on reading for pleasure and give your child the chance to choose their own books.  And don’t forget to be the role model for your child.  Parents who choose to read show students the value of reading.

Have a great week,

Beth Cairnie, Principal

Learning this week:

Ms. Keeley’s class have jumped in with both feet to learn about Kindness.  Here is a class list of kind activities to try and a compliment activity with string to show how kindness draws students together.


Mme Buchanan’s students have begun an inquiry study of penguins.  They are researching the appearance of Emperor Penguins with a partner, and writing down new facts to share with the class. Check out their collaborative learning!

Mme McCaig’s students have been very busy working on patterns in their classroom.  They are certainly proud of their creations, symmetry and work!

This week at Belmont:

Monday, February 12:

  • Family Day (no school in session)

Tuesday, February 13:

  • 8amGirls Team 2 Practice
  •  10:30amFiddler on the Roof (BSS) Div. 1,6,10,11
  • 3pm Girls’ Basketball: Belmont

Wednesday, February 14:

  • 8am Girls’ Team Practice
  • Hot Lunch
  • 3pm Boy’s Games

Thursday, February 15:

  • 7:45am Boys’ Team 2 Practice

Friday, February 16:

  • 10:30am Fiddler on the Roof: (BSS) Div. 2,3,4,5,7,8,9
  • 6:30pm PAC Movie Night


Information from the Belmont PAC

The Belmont PAC is excited to announce that Belmont Bulldog spirit wear is now available for ordering until February 21st.

Choose from a range of colours: white, grey, black, and red – all featuring the Belmont Bulldog logo! We are offering t-shirts for $10 and hoodies for $25!
Get a hoodie for the cooler days of spring and a t-shirt for the summer!

Order one for yourself to show you’re a proud Bulldog Mom/Dad/Grandparent/Aunt/Uncle, etc.

Samples are available near the office. Hoodies tend to shrink a bit in the wash, so we advise you to order a size up when ordering hoodies. We are unable to offer exchanges or refunds on spirit wear orders. 

Please try on sample sizes if you are unsure of sizing. 

Place your order on School Cash Online by February 21st!

Movie Night February 16  – Doors open at 6pm Movie Starts at 6:30

Please pre-order your pizza from the link for Munch a Lunch go to Fundraisers Open!
Order cut-off is Friday February 16 at 4pm pre-pay or pay when you pick up your food.

This is a family event, no drop-offs, entry is FREE. Please no outside food! Bring your pillows and blankets, lawn chairs are allowed at the back only.

We will be showing the Lego Ninjago Movie, channel your inner Ninja and join us for this fun movie night. Movie will be given away as a door prize to one lucky child!


Belmont Elementary

20390 - 40 Avenue, Langley
BC, 20390 - 40 Avenue
Phone: 604-533-3641
Fax: 604-533-8694