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Principal's Message | April/May

““Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. A few simple tips for life: feet on the ground, head to the skies, heart open…quiet mind.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

Welcome back to the spring term at Colonel Sanders. I continue to be honored to serve as your principal here. In this learning community, each of us as parents, teachers, school support staff, students and administrators care for each other, show empathy, learn in productive ways, and are mindful of our ways in learning and working together.

As I look back on the past winter term, I am proud of our learning community. As parents, you continue to amaze me as you nurture and support us as a staff and how you are engaged in learning and encouraging your children who come to school ready to learn and celebrate their learning. We appreciate your willingness to work in partnership with our staff as together we strive to personalize learning, understand unique situations and circumstances, and solve problems together. During the recent Student-Parent-Teacher Learning Conferences, it was noticeable to see parents taking the time to have their children read to them, explain how a project demonstrated their understanding, and showing a genuine interest and care for learning here in our school. Thank you for your trust and your support as together we strive for excellence in each of your children. Thank you to each student and parent for participating in the conferences prior to the break. It was evident that students had worked hard to determine their goals, their strategies in reaching them, and assessing the success in achieving them. It was apparent that many parents learned much about their child’s learning successes by listening to them as they showed and described their projects, and writing and work samples.

Our youngest learners celebrated their learning at the spring learning celebration with exuberance, confidence and abilities under the very remarkable leadership from their teachers. It is exciting to see their growth throughout this first year and I look forward to our continued work together.

I would like to welcome Ms. Rita Dickson to our school as our Acting Assistant Principal for the remainder of this school year. She comes with a tremendous amount of expertise in understanding learning, teaching, building strong relationships, and accountability. She will often be seen greeting students and parents as you arrive at school. She looks forward to working in classrooms alongside teachers to advance learning and teaching. Be sure to welcome her.

We are excited for all of the special learning and spring events during this final term. The spring term is an important time of learning for students. During the final term teachers provide the needed next steps in learning according to both formative and summative assessment.

At this time of year, we begin setting the stage for the 2018-19 school year. We know that you send your children to us and we as a staff provide you with the assurance that we provide a learning environment in which they are happy, learning and engaged, as well as part of a community of support. As always, our decisions are based on the values of “Students come first”, “Learning is our central purpose”, and “Public education serves the common good”. As we consider the impending financial challenges, we know that you as parents trust us to make decisions based on these values and priorities. Our school is very full and there is little room to invite new students although we have a strong commitment to communicate with interested families as soon as there is a space. We know that together we continue to strive for excellence, for academic rigour, and for strategies to remain consistently integral to this Traditional Learning philosophy. Teachers are committed to a high quality of instruction and dedication to our students. We thank all of you for working together with us to do so.

I hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break, enjoying the beginning of the fresh new season of spring. Spring daffodils, tulips and baby animals symbolize new life. May you all experience the joy of rejuvenation and new growth as we enter the spring term and season.


Mrs. Harms