Welcome back to Nellie...the most amazing school ever. I hope you all had a wonderful vacation, stayed warm, spent time with loved ones, rested, played and enjoyed all that life has to offer. As you all know the next variant of Covid is causing many challenges for our society. As we prepare to welcome your children back to in-person learning please know that the incredible team at Nellie are prepared to offer the Citizens of Nellie a safe, caring, supportive, engaged, enriched, demanding learning environment that will focus on student safety and learning. The staff at Nellie are eagerly awaiting the return to in-person learning. I wish you all a wonderful January and a very Happy New Year!!!
I am so grateful to be able to work at this great school. I am wowed each day by the giving spirit and thoughtfulness of the Citizens of Nellie. During this special time of year it is even more apparent what an incredibly caring learning community Nellie McClung is. Thank you all for leaning in, working together and finding ways to support our students and our families. This month you are helping each other through our Giving Tree, Food Bank, Caring Hands and Share the Warmth initiatives. You are volunteering for our field trips, in the classrooms and for the fundraising initiatives. You are being generous with your time and your resources and because of your generosity those in the Nellie Family are thriving. Thank you for all that you do.
We are in November already. Last week we honoured our Canadian Veterans as we held an outdoor service to remember the sacrifices of so many soldiers and their families over the years. This week we take a look at our Metis students and celebrate all that they bring to our school. Metis week reminds us of our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and how we might do our part to move healing and sharing forward. This month we also look at our Giving Tree. We look at who in our community is in need of support and we find ways to bring some joy and hope into their lives. Wow...November...full of so much emotion, pride and understanding.
The students and staff are so grateful for the many blessings in our lives. This week we spent a great deal of time thinking and working outdoors and connecting to the earth. We are thankful for living in such a great country. We are thankful for our parents, families, friends and elders who help support us each day. We are grateful for the exceptional weather we have enjoyed in September and October. We are thankful that we are connected to this exceptional learning community at Nellie. Happy Thanksgiving Friends and Family of Nellie.
I would like this opportunity to welcome you or welcome you back to your amazing school. As "Citizens of Nellie" our students, parents and staff work hard each day to ensure that great learning is happening in a safe and caring environment. Everyone at Nellie deserves to reach their full potential, be honoured and celebrated, develop strength and character and be able to thrive in our learning community. Our community will do amazing things this year despite the pandemic. We will focus on student well-being, math, writing and Indigenous learning. We will be engaged, proud, supportive and insightful. We will work together and we will be successful. Thank you all for making Nellie such a wonderful place to learn!!!
Hello Friends and Family of Nellie,
I want to thank all of you for working so hard during this very challenging year to ensure that our students came first and support and connection was the foundation of all that we do. This year has challenged us in so many ways. From on-line learning to in-person learning, from quarantining to cohorting, and through it all the Citizens of Nellie have held strong and stayed united. Nellie is a great school because of the connectedness of our students, families and staff. All year you have worked together, overcoming the challenges and ensuring that excellent learning opportunities were available for all Nellie students. Thank you for your strength and compassion during this trying school year. I want to wish you all a wonderful summer and I look forward to starting the new school year with a renewed sense of optimism and a renewed sense of opportunity.
See you all in September.
Happy Spring Break citizens of Nellie. It is hard to believe that it has been a full year since our world changed and the way we organize, structure and work in our school has shifted so dramatically. I feel so blessed to have walked this journey with the incredible learning community that we call the Nellie Family. Through this past year you have come together over and over again to support each other and provide exceptional learning opportunities for our students. Through your love, care, sharing and giving you have consistently put student learning and family support first. You have shared your time, talents and resources to ensure that your children/students have had the best opportunities despite all of the challenges and road blocks they have faced. Over the spring break please find times and spaces to celebrate with your families and take joy and comfort in the knowledge that you have not only survived this past year but you have been able to thrive as a community. Over this next week play with your children, walk your dogs, go outside on adventures and look for the many things we can be grateful for. I am grateful for a learning community who cares so much, who works so hard and who knows how very precious and important our young people are. I am grateful for all of you, for who you are and for what you have brought to improve the lives of our students at Nellie. Thank you all so much.
Please take some time to review the many exciting news stories and the grade team pages on this site. You will be amazed at all of the incredible work happening at your great school.
Nellie McClung School is truly a remarkable learning community. We have students, parents/guardians and staff who work together to ensure individual growth and achievement for each student. “Sparking Creativity/Growing Together is our school motto. At Nellie we strive each day to grow and develop by working closely with each other. We focus on learning opportunities that stem from and grow creative understanding. Fine arts, problem solving, academic rigor, writing and resiliency are pillars for the way we deliver programing and engage in the learning.
This year we have two School Development Plan Goals that we are focussing on. We are building strategies and opportunities to help students improve their writing and their ability to be resilient. Ask your children what they are doing in their classrooms to address these goals.
During this pandemic, we are noticing that many of us and our students/children are struggling with resiliency. A top Canadian researcher, Dr. Michael Ungar lays out a number of strategies that should be in place to help improve resiliency:
- Structure – Children and adults need defined structure and routines in our lives.
- Accountability – Goals must be set and we must hold ourselves and our children accountable to meeting the goals.
- Needed – Everyone needs to be needed. Children need to hear and know that they are needed at school and at home.
- Love From Others – We all need loving relationships.
- Supportive Relationships – In addition to close intimate relationships, we need relationships with others who support positive growth in our lives.
- Powerful Identity – We need to know what we stand for, what we believe and why.
- Sense of Control – Children are just like adults in their need to have a voice and a say over certain aspects in their lives.
- Rights and Responsibilities – We need to know our rights and our responsibilities in our relationships, our work and school places and society.
- Basic Needs – We need our basic needs met…food/clothing etc.
- Physical Well-being – We need to be healthy and know how to take care of our physical health
- Financial Security – We need a consistent income or understanding that financially we are going to be OK.
- Positive Thinking – The use of positive self-talk is very important.
This year Nellie is working with your children to improve their ability to be resilient. By ensuring that the 12 needs above are met at school and at home we will continue to be partners as we work to improve our students ability to manage this ever changing world. The past year has been challenging for everyone, but we know that our children/students don’t have the same life experiences to draw from to help them situate and understand all the changes. By regularly addressing these needs we will continue to help our students build their resiliency.
Thank you for walking this journey with us. We know that students are grieving the loss of field trips, performances, social events, parties, learning celebrations and the like. Together we will continue to make learning engaging, we will model for our students how to be resilient and we will look forward to days when we can play and learn in less restrictive ways.
Thank you for always supporting this great school.
Hello Friends and Family of Nellie,
Where did October go? This has been a very different year at the school but we all still hold up our vision for our school daily. Sparking Creativity/Growing Together is the motto we created two years ago and it is as relevant now as it has always been. We know that we have students in the Hub, students behind their masks and families feeling separated from the daily interactions at the school. We have a School Council wanting to be more involved. We have parents and communities missing their volunteer opportunities to read in classes, help students with math or go on our amazing field trips. Yes things have changed significantly, however, the meaning and the vision that we hold true continues to guide what we do and how we do it at Nellie. Today a parent who has a student working in the Hub emailed me and thanked me for connecting our Hub students to our Halloween Story Day and virtual parade of costumes. Two days ago a student who has never written or read before read me two complete sentences that he had just written in his writing journal. Last week our School Council started a clothing drive to help support those in our community who need some extra winter clothes. Our staff, students and parents are sparking creativity and we are seeing it in the excellent school work each day. Growing Together also looks different these days. Our spirits, wisdom, dreams and ambitions are still collaboratively working to support every student at Nellie. We now do it in virtual meetings, or wearing masks or staying 2 metres a part. The strength of this great school is our wonderful people. Our students, parents and staff consistently find new and better ways to support learning at Nellie. This year our School Development Plan is going to continue to focus on improving student writing and resiliency. We will be assessing student work and achievement through a number of different data collection tools and sharing the results with you. I would like to thank our new School Council who worked through our initial thinking about our SDP and I look forward to sharing last year's results report with them at the next meeting. Please remember that all parents and staff are welcome to attend our PAC meetings.
Have a great day, enjoy the math and writing challenges, have a safe and fun Halloween and thank you for making our school so special.
Hello Friends and Family of Nellie McClung School,
Thank you all for your kind and gentle support as we work together to come back to school. It has been a very different but a very exciting September at Nellie. We are learning new things in new ways and as always coming together as a Learning Community to support and care for our children and students. At Nellie we are so blessed to have so many talented staff, creative students and dedicated parents who are resilient and willing to work together to find new ways of reaching our goals.
Some of you have children learning in the Hub. You are still apart of the Nellie family. You are trying to balance the work, home, school life in a way where your child works primarily in the virtual world to complete their school work. Although technology is fantastic and has opened up so many opportunities for us, it also poses some significant challenges that you and your family are working through. Thank you Hub parents for your patience, persistence and your positivity as you try to navigate a landscape and a learning methodology that is so very new to all of us.
Many of you have chosen to bring your children to school. With the uncertainty of Covid, the restrictions and protocols in place and the possibility of having to keep your children at home for extended periods of time, you have found yourselves in a situation you have never had to live through. I know that you are feeling the pressures of school, family and work and trying to figure out how to juggle all of the pieces and keep your families safe. Thank you for being so diligent and following all of the safety measures in place while at the same time being exceptional parents, helping with homework and providing the needed support to your children.
School looks different this year but together we are finding ways to support our students and this great school. Our School Council is meeting, organizing and planning for our students’ future. On Oct. 6th at 5:30 you are all welcome to our on-line AGM. Whether you are interested in holding a position on council or wanting your voice to be heard, we need you to be a part of PAC. Please try to make some time on the 6th to join us.
As I talk to parents, students and staff the same theme returns over and over again. Our wonderful school is still filled with hope, love and care. We continue to reach for new opportunities and strive to ensure that each of our students are successful at school. Thank you for being a part of this community. Thank you for your positive contributions to our school. Thank you for believing that together we will work through the challenges as we provide an exceptional learning environment for our students.
(Hidden) Darren Dyck, Principal
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