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
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.