Thursday 28 May 2020
Return to School Updates
Tuesday 31 March 2020
Dear Belmont Students and Families,
Despite the current circumstances, I’m so inspired by what is happening in the world around us. To see millions and millions of people adapting to the unprecedented changes we have been experiencing is incredible. In addition to see the outpouring of support for our essential workers and the courage they have demonstrated is amazing. I was further inspired yesterday by the efforts of our staff at Belmont and across the District.
Yesterday, staff spent the day in online meetings, wrapping our heads around new safety protocols and new ways to offer curriculum. All students and families should expect to hear from their A Block Teachers via phone or email in the coming days if not sooner. In quick succession, as early as Monday April 6th, other classroom teachers will begin reaching out to share learning intentions and provide resources to help students get into the rhythm of a new way of learning. Counsellors will also soon be sending home a message about supports currently available.
Given the current situation, we have also pushed our report card deadlines back by one week. Mid-semester reports will now be published on Wednesday, April 15th. This will accommodate not only the extra planning happening right now, but will also allow time for students to connect with teachers to complete any outstanding assignments. Teachers understand that everyone’s home learning environment looks different, and that students may need to submit their demonstration of curricular competencies in various ways. Students, please connect with teachers about your questions and concerns about outstanding assignments. Attached to this email is access for students and their families to the Belmont Library/Learning Commons’ s
We are sensitive to the fact that many Grade 12 students may be finding the current situation particularly unsettling. While we do not yet have all the answers (e.g. what Prom & Commencement will look like) we will let you know as soon as we have the answers. We are confident that we can ensure opportunities for learning, graduation, transition to post-secondary and scholarships. You will be receiving more information about these from teachers and counsellors in the coming weeks. We are committed to honouring your graduating year in the very best way we can!
As always, we are here to help in whatever way we can. Our office is receiving phone messages at (250) 478-5501 and emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your ongoing support and patience as we continue to do our best to support the “continuity” of learning.
Mr. J. Lamond
Monday 30 March 2020
All schools closed until further notice
A message to the Belmont Community from Mr. Lamond:
While the last two weeks were not the Spring Break any of us had planned for I hope everyone has remained healthy and you were able to find activities and routines to help pass the days as we have all worked through the variety of ways COVID-19 has impacted our lives. Today, we face a new set of challenges and learning as we step into the new reality of Education in the province. It is clear we are not returning to business as usual. Things will be different and we are continuing to work towards finding all the solutions.
At the school level, we will continue to work on developing a sustainable plan that supports the continuity of learning for students at Belmont. While this plan is being developed over the next week and as we address the many questions and concerns about working and learning remotely, the School District will be providing more information via the District’s website www.sd62.bc.ca. This week (Mar. 30 – Apr. 3) has been labelled a “planning week” for teachers and staff as we return from Spring Break and prepare lessons and protocols to engage students and families electronically.
We will communicate our plans to families as they are developed. It is important families are checking email, school and School District websites, our school app and social media channels for updates and information.
At this time, we ask that all students and families stay home and not come to the school to pick up belongings and items. If there is something you need immediately please contact us via email and we will do our best to help accommodate students and their families. If you need to access the school for something “essential” or if access to technology is an issue for your child, please email your sons’ or daughters’ alpha Vice Principal:
Student last names:
A-G – Ms. P. Joyce: email@example.com
H-P – Mr. R. Dubé: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q-Z – Mr. S. McHugh: email@example.com
To those Belmont community members that are providing and maintaining essential services for us all – we would like to personally thank you on behalf of everyone for the work you are doing.
We have appreciated everyone’s patience as we work through these extraordinary times and look to find answers to questions that have never been asked of us before. We will keep providing updates as they become available however if you have questions that haven’t been addressed please feel free to contact us via our general email account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. J. Lamond
Principal – Ecole Belmont Secondary School
I am both honoured and proud to serve the students, families and staff of Ecole Belmont Secondary School. With a rich history of serving generations of families on the “Westshore,” our school strives to provide all students with great learning opportunities in both curricular and extra-curricular settings.
As an entire staff including teachers, EAs, the clerical team, the custodial team, and the leadership team, we collectively strive to provide a safe, caring, and inclusive learning environment where all students are challenged by high expectations and incredible learning opportunities.
We are truly fortunate to have so many staff members volunteer as coaches, mentors, tutors, and as club sponsors for students in all grades. In addition, we also need to recognize the many parent and community volunteers who also support our students and staff.
It truly does “take a community to raise a child” and as a beacon in the community, Belmont strives to provide a caring learning environment for all who enter our school.
Mr. J. Lamond
- Archie Stephenson 1948 – 1971
- Wally Russel 1971 – 1973
- John Holt 1973 – 1983
- Leo Chaland 1983 – 1989
- Fred Pye 1989 – 1993
- Mike Dunne 1993 – 1999
- Daniel Horovatin 1999 – 2004
- Dave Felker 2004 – 2005
- Shirley McComb (Acting Principal 2005)
- Jeff Hopkins 2005 – 2006
- Don Grant 2006 – 2009
- Carl Repp 2009 – 2012
- Ray Miller 2012 – 2017
- Jim Lamond 2018 –