Jun 28
June 2019 Year End

Another year has come and gone.  September seems so long ago, when we began our year.  Yet, in the blink of an eye, it is June and we have ended our school year.  Each day of this year was graced with a gift of one kind or another.  Excitement about new learning, laughter of students in the hallway, engaging conversations, unexpected hugs, random acts of kindness.  Monterey Park School has received many gifts in the form of the support of our School Council, our many volunteers, workshops, fieldtrips, in-line skating, and the generosity of our families to support other members or our community who are in need.  We have much to be grateful for and to celebrate!

On June 21 we celebrated our grade 6 students as they move on to the next chapter of their educational journey.  They have grown throughout the year as individuals, learners, leaders and community members.  Students explored the question ‘How do we live together?’ throughout the year.  The Legacy Trip this year was comprised of 3 excursions to support this learning.  Students invited Mr. Hal Eagletail to the school to address how the Tsui T'ina Nation governs, they then toured Clagary's East Village to come to understand how decisions are made in an urban environment, and completed their research by visiting the hamlet of Rosebud.  In Rosebud they met with local governing officials and town historians. 

We spent the later half of our school year dwelling in story.  First with Bob Barton and then a number of different grades with Jeff Stockton.  Both Bob and Jeff brought the power of oral stories to our students and our work.  We were all inspired!  We all know ‘that moment, when literature becomes accessible and a door of the world opens.’(Jane Yolen)  That moment is what we aspired to for each of our students this year.

Teachers shared the joy of reading daily through picture books, fiction, poetry and non-fiction, offering the joy of reading as just that, a joyful, precious gift. Volunteers and lunch supervisors read daily with our Kindergartens and our Grade Ones throughout the year to expand their experience with story.  As author Jane Yolen also states, “Stories pour into the hearts of children and help make them what they become.”

Monterey Park students are readers!  Take time this summer to share the love of reading with your child.  Let them choose the book they most love to read to you.  Pick your favorite childhood book to read to them.  Visit the public library.  Celebrate your child as a reader and share the love of reading in any language you choose! 

It is with fondness and appreciation that we say farewell to some staff members.  Each has contributed greatly to the learning environment and to the Monterey Park School community.  We send them off with all our very best wishes.

  • Ms. Hodgson announced her retirement
  • Ms. Braaten will be taking a year off to travel and spend time in different places in our beautiful country
  • Ms. Ashby has accepted a position at Auburn Bay School
  • Ms. Roger is moving into a System role as Indigenous Learning Leader
  • Ms. Retallack is the new teacher coordinator for City Hall School – Chevron Open Minds
  • Ms. McQueen, Ms. Scott, Ms. Wall, Ms. Innes, Ms. Murray and Ms. Bohnert all joined us on temporary assignments.  We know they will find success within CBE

Families will be contacted in late August by the school to advise students of their new teacher or their teacher to welcome them to the new school year. 

Thank you to all our families for your continued support of your children in learning.  For following up on homework, reading nightly, communicating with teachers and the school, participating in conferences, parent evenings, School Council, fundraising and fun lunches.  We couldn’t do it without you.  You, your children and your efforts on our community’s behalf are appreciated.  We look forward to our upcoming year with great excitement and anticipation of all the possibilities yet imagined.  Have a wonderful and safe summer break and we will see you again on September 3, 2019.


Lynette Zapp


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