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Principal's Message - June

The arrival of June reminds us that we are in the home stretch of the school year with preparations for the upcoming year well under way. We wish our grade 4 families and students moving on to grade 5 all the very best in the future. The farewell celebration for grade 4 students and their families is on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 28 from 2 to 3 PM. We are very excited to welcome new students and their families to the school! We had a wonderful celebration on June 9 for our Canada 150 Fence Art Celebration with our Artist in Resident, Tracy Franks. Thank you to the School Council and FSSF for their support and sponsorship of this legacy project and the many volunteers for their assistance. Thank you to School Council, Friends of Somerset School Foundation and our volunteers for their tremendous support throughout the school year. Special thanks to Charlotte for her leadership of the Spring Carnival that brought our learning community together to nurture our sense of belonging and connections. Thank you to our past executive for their service, for members continuing on and our new volunteers for getting involved to continue the wonderful tradition of support for students and the school. Our next Somerset School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation meeting is on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 PM – we encourage you to attend, everyone is a member! Your voice and involvement makes a difference and supports us in doing our best for students and learning. Babysitting is provided free of charge in the gymnasium courtesy of the Council and FSSF.

Maximizing Resources for Student Learning and Classroom Organization in 2017-2018

We are doing our best to maximize the resources we have to best meet the needs of all students. Thank you to everyone who returned their form stating their intentions for their children’s school for the 2017-2018 school year. All our plans are subject to change depending on student need and enrolment. Please update us if your plans have changed. We understand the importance of a well-balanced class composition and keeping class sizes at a reasonable level for all grades. In early September 2017 we will re-evaluate the learning needs of the entire student population. We will determine if the configuration (classroom organization of students and use of our teaching & learning resources) continues to be the best approach, based on a variety of factors, for all students. Factors such as a change in student enrolment at a particular grade level may bring about changes in the learning organization in September in class composition and/or the re-assigning of teachers and support staff to different assignments. Should our enrolment go through a significant change it “may” also require a class(es) to be combined into a multi-aged group(s) to best meet student needs with the teaching and learning resources we have. We will notify you if such a change is required at that time. Thank you for your understanding and support as we do our best to meet the needs of all students with the resources we have.  

Creating Class Lists for 2017-2018 and Organizing for Learning 

We are in the process of creating our 17-18 class lists. Please understand that teaching assignments may also need to change depending on emerging circumstances such as unexpected leaves, staff transferring to new positions or a change in enrolment numbers leading to a change of class configurations and teaching assignments. In working very closely with all teachers and staff we carefully consider a number of factors in creating the most positive and balanced learning environment for each student such as: past and ongoing conversations with parents/guardians, current teacher and school learning team input, learning styles, learning needs, friendships & past concerns, teacher relationships, different abilities, special needs, English language learning, social and behavioural aspects, gender, curriculum and best practice for a safe, caring and effective learning environment for each student. As a result of our background work and understanding of student needs: 

  • We are continuing our practice of not taking requests for a particular classroom and teacher for next year. Our decisions are based on organizing for teaching and learning. We thoughtfully involve the current grade level teachers, future grade level teachers and the school learning team, to consider the learning needs of each student at Somerset School and what the most effective placement would be for the coming year. ...

Read more in the June Principal Message

Yours in learning

Jim Gibb, Principal
Mrs. Wright, Assistant Principal