Jun 14
It Was a Year Like No Other

​ “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

It was a year like no other as we all pushed through and perservered through this Pandemic. Thank you to the parents/guardians, teachers, staff and students for having patience and understanding as we worked through the uncertainties of what this school year brought us. As teachers and students wind down for another school year, I am amazed at the learning opportunities that our students have experienced over the past nine months. The support of School Council and the support from many of you have given our children experiences that they will never forget.

Our Grade 6students are getting excited about finishing up their final month with us.

In June, teachers will begin to prepare class lists for next year. Our classroom placement process is very thoughtful, and staff members consider many factors before using their professional judgement to build classrooms that best meet student needs. To foster quality teaching and learning environments, we create classrooms with: A heterogeneous mix of students (achievement, citizenship and personal development), gender balance, a balance of children requiring additional support (i.e. special learning needs, English Language Learners, etc.) and positive social relationships for each child.

Occasionally, parents wish to provide additional information to us to consider during our placement process. If you have information that you believe is crucial to the learning needs of your child, I ask that you provide this information to myself, Mr. Adam Topp, in writing, by June 10th, 2021. Class placements will not always change as a result of this information, but they will always reflect our sincere interest in creating the best learning environment for all students.

At the end of the school year we will say good-bye to Mr. Barteski and Mrs. Harper, who will be moving onto another school for the 2021-2022 school year. It has been a pleasure having them teach at Cecil Swanson and we wish them the best in their new school. You will be missed.

As the weather gets warmer, we sometimes see students who are dressed more for the beach than for school. Please remember that students are expected to dress modestly (no short shorts, extra short skirts, bare tummies or tops that do not cover the shoulders). Students still require proper foot wear for physical education. If your child is inappropriately dressed, we may phone you to bring other clothes or we may provide a shirt to cover up.

We can’t thank you enough for your continued support and good will. We feel very fortunate to work with parents who are so deeply committed to supporting their children’s learning. Bouquets to you for modeling respect, responsibility, safety and kindness to our children.

As we wind down to the end of June, we hope you and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy some lovely evenings together and we wish you all a safe and happy summer. The first day of school for the 2021/2022 school year will be Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Sincerely,

Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

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