Jun 30
Farewell 2020

Dear Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

When I was appointed principal, I told you I was looking forward to getting to know Buffalo Rubbing Stone’s students, staff, and parents. I said I would be focused on learning about our individual and collective strengths, gaining an understanding of our goals, and putting names to faces.  I’ve accomplished some of those tasks; the rest will need to wait until the fall.

In the grade five farewell google meet, I told the students and families that it felt peculiar to be saying goodbye when we’ve not yet had the chance for a proper hello.  While I’ve not yet had the opportunity to meet our students, I’ve been learning about them from our teachers.  I’ve learned that students at Buffalo Rubbing Stone School have strong relationships and participate in a vibrant learning community.  I’ve learned that risk taking is important here and that we count on one another for encouragement when we are learning.  I’ve learned that our motto: Engage Empower Excel and the tenets of the Circle of Courage: Belonging, Generosity, Independence, and Mastery provide a strong foundation for our work together. I’m excited to meet everyone in the fall.  

Today, Mrs. Neufeld and I met with the teachers to review the work of the year.  We discussed progress in reading comprehension as a result of the focus on making predictions, developing vocabulary, and using read aloud as a powerful strategy to engage in books.  We discussed progress in writing, particularly related to increasing detail through visualization and connecting with what we already know.  We discussed progress in mathematics due to a focus on math vocabulary, math energizers, and the concepts that are the foundation of the discipline.  Our teachers speak passionately and professionally about our students and the learning they are engaged in everyday.  We’re already making plans for September.

In closing, thank you for a very memorable school year – while other years will blend together in time, this year is one for the record books!  Students, I hope you’ve had a chance to reflect on your hard work and everything you’ve learned.  I hope you’ve thanked your parents for all they have done to support your learning – not just this year but every year.  I hope you feel proud of your accomplishments.  

Have a wonderful summer!


Mrs. Bobenic


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