June already - and what a great year we have had together!
As I reflect on the year; the learning, the celebrations, the interactions and the fun, I can’t help but be proud of who we are together. So many times people (substitute teachers, guest speakers, new parents or system support staff, etc.) come into our school and mention the great atmosphere here. I feel lucky to be a part of such a great environment and it is in no small part due to the wonderful children you entrust to our care. Thank you for supporting us as we teach your children and a big thank you to our hard-working staff who are nothing short of amazing.
As we begin looking at class scenarios for next year there’s a few things to keep in mind. Once we have determined specific class scenarios (i.e., combined classes versus straight grades), we will begin the process of placing students into classes. This is a complex process where we endeavour to balance each class in terms of gender, academic abilities, leadership skills, social competencies and peer relationships. Given the many diverse factors involved, meetings are held with past and present teachers along with non–homeroom based teachers and administrators to discuss each class combination for September. Our goal is to organize classes in a way that will best meet the needs of each learner.
If you, as a parent, have information about your child’s learning that might help us in this placement process, please present this information in writing. Unfortunately, requests for a specific teacher cannot be accommodated, partly because the actual grade assignment for each teacher is one of the last things we determine and also because things have a way of changing over the summer. If you believe a certain instructional style might benefit your child’s learning needs please complete a written request outlining your thoughts and forward it to the office before the middle of June. Your input will certainly be considered as part of our placement process.
As always, the end of a school year brings with it a few staff changes. We congratulate both Terryne Levine (Grade 4) and Carlos Miguens (Facility Operator) as they enter into a new stage of their lives called retirement. Both have given Deer Run many years of dedicated work and both will truly be missed.
Other changes for the 2017-2018 year include:
- Michelle Connolly (Kindergarten) has accepted a new position at Woodbine School.
- Tamara Kelly (Library) will be leaving us to assume a larger role in her work at Dr. Martha Cohen School.
- Charmange McKenna (Kindergarten) and Alexandria Gilbert (Grade 3) both have been working on temporary contracts, which expire at the end of June.
- And, unfortunately, the budget at this time did not allow us to maintain three other staff members, Svitlana Syomin (Lunchroom), Melanie Baird (Educational Assistant) and Cathy MacIntyre (Educational Assistant).
It is sad for us to see such talented staff members move on and we wish them all well in their new endeavors. Once again, a sincere thank you for all that you do for our kids. It is a privilege to work in such a caring and dedicated place. Enjoy a restful, relaxing and fun-filled summer!