Programs & Services
Additional Programs Include:
Montessori Alternate Program
Fleetwood-Bawden is proud to house a Montessori alternate program for students in Grades 1 through 5. Although there are many similarities between our regular elementary classrooms and that of a Montessori classroom, some of the distinguishing features that make it unique are as follows:
- a teacher educated in Montessori philosophy and methodologies appropriate to the age level of the students;
- a program which is characterized by the teaching of subjects in an integrated fashion wherever possible;
- a schedule which allows large blocks of time to problem-solve, observe and understand interactions and connections in knowledge to create new ideas;
- a diverse set of Montessori materials, activities and experiences that foster physical, intellectual, creative and social independence;
- multi-age classrooms to foster a sense of community.
The staff of Fleetwood-Bawden work closely with the Lethbridge Montessori Society to ensure quality Montessori programming and community support.
Early Education Program
In the fall of 2011, Fleetwood-Bawden opened a morning and an afternoon Early Education Program. It focuses on language and speech development while meeting the physical, social, intellectual, emotional and creative needs of three and four-year-old children.
This program is provided to students identified by their teacher as slightly below grade level, particularly in reading. Students are pulled from various classes for ½ hour per day in order to receive extra instruction in this area. Instruction for identified grade 1 and/or 2 students generally takes place in the fall and for grade 1 students from February to June.
Additional Services and Supports Include:
Universal Breakfast Program
We are very excited to continue our school-wide breakfast program, which is available
to all students, if they chose, during the first 20 minutes of the day. All food options
follow the Canada Food Guide. Fleetwood has a food permit and our kitchen is
inspected regularly. Breakfast Program staff have training and follow all food safety
The Lethbridge Food Bank also provides lunches to students as needed.
Thank you to Type 3 Homes for donating $10,000 in labor and materials to create a new kitchen to provide this service to students!
Speech and Language Pathologist
Speech and language services are available to students on a rotational basis. Our speech assistant is overseen by a speech language pathologist from Children's Allied Health. Students must be tested by a registered speech language pathologist to show qualification for speech services.
School Counselling/ Elementary Liaison Counsellor
Our counselling program involves the entire teaching staff of Fleetwood-Bawden and all staff members, as a team, counsel students regarding social, academic and behavioral issues. When more in-depth counselling is necessary, a consultation is arranged with the Elementary Liaison Counsellor and a decision is made in conjunction with Administration to offer further counselling services.
Our Counsellor provides universal support and instruction to all students as well as facilitates groups and individual sessions to provide support and/or work on skill building. The Counsellor also acts as a liaison between home and school regarding counselling issues and acts with outside community agencies when a need is identified. Referrals to our counsellor may be made by staff members, parents and students on a voluntary basis or through Learning Team Meetings.
The Counsellor is available for consultation with any staff member or student upon request.
First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) Liaison
We are fortunate to have a FNMI School Liaison Worker scheduled to be in our school twice a week. The liason worker assists our school to be responsive to the needs of Aboriginal students, supports Aboriginal Education through programming, community partnerships and culturally relavant education and leraning atmosphere.
The liaison worker supports individual students, families, facilitates FNMI groups, supports classroom programming, school-wide FNMI events and supports authentic partnerships between our FNMI families and the school.
What is Making Connections?
Making Connections is a school based family support program available in all Lethbridge School District #51 elementary and middle schools. The purpose of the Making Connections program is to ensure that all children, youth and families have equal opportunities for healthy development leading to physical, social and emotional well-being.
Who Do We Serve?
Making Connections supports students, parents, guardians, and caregivers in a welcoming and compassionate setting.
What Do We Do?
- Connection to community resources
- Supported referrals
- One-to-One support for families
- Small group programming for specific student needs
- Special interest parent groups
- Economic intervention programs
- The Ready, Set, Go Fair
- This is a collaborative effort between community partners, Lethbridge School District No. 51, and the Holy Spirit School Division. It is designed to ensure that all students are both emotionally and physically prepared to start the new school year. Components include school supplies, haircuts, and registration in extra curricular activities.
- School based initiatives for community building and character shaping
- Menu of services available to all Making Connections Schools
A district psychologist spends one half-day at our school each week. The psychologist is part of our school-based learning team to identify and support the implementation of necessary strategies, supports and services for students to be successful academically and socially/emotionally.
All schools within the Chinook Health Region are assigned a health nurse. Our assigned nurse has always been an excellent resource for promoting optimal health for staff, students and families through consultation and collaboration within the school and community. The role involves a variety of activities and responsibilities, including:
- education support/resources;
- prevention and control of communicable diseases;
- consultation/case conferences/home visits for at-risk families;
- liaison/referral to community agencies.
All Grade 5 students are immunized against Hepatitis B, which involves a series of three injections given during the school year. Grade 5 girls and boys are also immunized for HPV. It is necessary that a student return a signed consent to the school in order to be vaccinated.
School Resource Officer
A school resource officer connects with our school weekly to establish positive relationships with students, support with safety programming in classrooms and is a valued member of our Violence and Risk Assessment Team if a student engages in worrisome behaviour.
Health Curriculum Units
Health Theme V
Lethbridge School District #51 trains teachers to deliver a special program on Human Growth and Development to students in Grades 4 and 5. Parents shall be advised, prior to the commencement of any human sexuality instruction, of their right to exempt their child.
Child Abuse Prevention Unit
Lethbridge School District provides a unit on Child Abuse Prevention and trains teachers to deliver the unit to students in Grades 2 and 5. The goal of the unit is to help children assume some responsibility for their own safety by trusting their feelings, acting assertively and effectively in problem situations, and seeking help from within their support systems. Parents shall be advised, prior to the commencement of instruction, of their right to exempt their child.
Fleetwood-Bawden School provides instruction in programs defined by Alberta Education and Lethbridge School District #51.