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Principal Message: September 2016


Welcome Back for Another Wonderful Year at Glendale School!

It is with a great sense of excitement that the new school year has begun at Glendale School!  Our administrative secretary, Ms. MacKenzie has been instrumental in making sure the school start-up was smooth.  All of the staff at Glendale School can’t thank her enough for all she does. 

We are so fortunate to have Mr. Zeng as our facility operator. Over the summer he has done an exemplary job of making the school look its best. His efforts have played an integral role in creating the necessary environmental readiness as we embark into the new school year.  

In addition, I wish to thank all of the incredible staff at Glendale School for working so hard to get their classrooms ready and for taking important first steps in planning for the children of Glendale School this year.  Our Assistant Principal, Ms. Jenik and I are so very fortunate to work amongst such talented educators.

Thank You to our Parents

There is nothing like arriving back at school to find that some incredible “garden fairies” have been hard at work in the Courage Garden in the front of our school over the summer.  A very special thank you to all of the parents who spent what must have been countless hours, weeding our garden beds and making things look absolutely amazing!  Our staff and students will be so fortunate to have such a beautiful outdoor classroom to learn in throughout the school year. 

This year’s “Muffin Mixer” is another wonderful reminder of how truly lucky we are to be amongst such supportive, caring and passionate parents.  It was indeed wonderful to reconnect with so many of you and to meet so many new families and students.  Each of you contributes so much to the Glendale School family and we thank you for all you do to support the work that we do together.  A special thank you to the school council for starting our school year off with such a thoughtful community-building event.

“When we listen to and learn from families, incorporate their cultural and linguistic funds of knowledge in curriculum, and develop with families ways they can be actively involved in their children’s education at home, we go beyond the good intentions of school-to-home communications and enter into meaningful dialogue that can lead to student learning.”
~Jo-Beth Allen

At Glendale School we strive to provide rich learning opportunities through an inquiry-based approach to curriculum. Our learners take ownership by discovering and developing their potential, passions and gifts. As life-long learners and deep, critical thinkers, they are able to make significant contributions within a complex and changing world.  Your ongoing input and support in this work as parents through school council meetings, student conferences and school events is critical to this work with our children.

Throughout its rich history, Glendale School has had a tradition of curriculum innovation and we owe much to the colleagues and the ongoing support of families who came before us. Today, teachers and parents who come to our school join us because they want to pursue an inquiry approach to curriculum The result is a strongly cohesive pedagogy, which grounds our work and supports the development of children who are capable of deep intellectual thought.

Thank you parents for your continued support at Glendale School.  We are all truly excited about the upcoming year together at Glendale School and all that it will bring.  We sincerely look forward to working with all of you in what promises to be an inspiring and rewarding year!

Michelle Speight
Proud Principal of
Glendale School

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