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Principal's Message | December/January

“Resilience is the ability to meet and overcome challenges in ways that maintain or promote well-being.”

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the busy and exciting winter months of December and January! Although these have the shortest amount of daylight hours, Colonel Sanders TLC School continues to be a place of both academic and character learning each and every day.

I would like to express my appreciation to all families who came to our Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences during which students, their families, and teachers collaborated to communicate about learning. When students take an active role in learning conferences, they are able to reflect upon and discuss evidence of learning and identify personal strengths, areas for growth, and next steps in learning.

Our students here at Colonel Sanders work closely with their teachers so they can demonstrate to their parents through IRIS, work samples, checklists, self-reflections, and rubrics. Even the youngest of our learners is able to communicate how they’ve reached a success criteria and what they need to do next in order to continue to strive for excellence. Learning conferences focus on the student’s strengths, areas for growth, learning strategies, and next steps for improvement in relation to learning outcomes and success criteria. Parents were also involved in setting goals and determining the next right thing to do to achieve success. At Colonel Sanders School we are fortunate to have parents who have chosen us and have made a commitment to working together in support of learning for their children. This creates a very supportive and nurturing atmosphere for our students to grow and learn. We had just about all of our families attend scheduled conferences as well as those who dropped in to discuss learning with our specialists. Please expect a phone call or email from your child’s teacher if you missed this important event.

I continue to experience the joy of learning and teaching as the principal here at Colonel Sanders TLC School. I especially enjoy the times each day that I spend in classrooms as students often respond to the questions about learning intentions and their next steps in learning. Our teachers continue to reach towards excellence in collaboratively planning authentic rich learning opportunities for your children.

It is our goal that students are so excited by learning that they spend extra time and effort doing their work. We want students to derive excitement and pleasure from the work they are doing and grades are not their primary motivation.

The holiday season is fast approaching. This is a time in many cultures for celebration and family. Our staff wishes every family in our school community a safe and happy holiday filled with joy. The last day of school for students is Thursday, December 21. Students return to school on Monday, January 8, 2018.

As we enter the New Year, I would to thank you for your partnership and collaboration with staff. We value each child and his or her family for their involvement and participation in our learning community. We thank you for your continued support of our work together as we foster reflective thinking, continuous learning and responsible citizenship preparing our students to meet moral, technological and global challenges in our world today and tomorrow.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Harms