And so ends another school year at Dr. Martha Cohen. The conclusion had us saying good-bye to our grade 9's who are off to high school. The June 27th farewell was a spectacular event marked by our first live farewell audience in a couple of years. The gym was packed, and hot, but the excitement was contagious as our 9's walked the stage and then danced the night away.
Today, June 28th we had our first sports day in a couple of years, all hands were on deck as the classes went through multiple stations enjoying the nice weather. It was a great event hosted by our amazing PE team.
I want to wish all of our returning families a safe and restful summer, we look forward to working with you in the new school year. To those that are leaving us we wish you well in your new schools and/or communities. Thank you for being part of the DMC family.
Remember, for those returning, grade 7-9 families can pre-order supplies on our website, check out the story in our newsletter. You are also welcome to purchase the supplies on your own. For grade 6, we will once again be purchasing most of your supplies.
Have an amazing summer and thanks for your ongoing support.
We are into the final two months of the school year, the weather is finally turning around and we are all excited to be able to get outdoors. Social media continues to be our number one concern for children and we asking parents to be diligent in monitoring what is happening at home. Most of the contact kids have is in the evening, and when it turns unkind parent and kids ask the school to solve the problem. We need your help in making sure your children are supervised and that you know who they are talking to and what they are saying. The phone is owned by parents, and ultimately it is the parent that is responsible for anything inappropriate that takes place on the phone. Those devices are awesome sources of power and incredible entertainment, but they can turn the school world upside down in a single text, Snap Chat or Instagram post. If we all just take a moment to ensure we know what our kids are doing, the cyber world becomes a much safer place.
With Spring Break upon us I wanted to take a moment to once again thank our families for your ongoing support. 2021-22 has again, not been an easy school year. We have had lots of ups and downs, changes and tight turns to navigate. We appreciate all of your support as we transition through each stage. As we head into the break I hope you can all take time to relax and enjoy time together as families. When we return after the break, there are only three months of school left until summer. The spring will be a busy time, many grades trying to plan field trip experiences, the track and field season coming up and the hope we can invite families to the school for a celebration of some kind, stay tuned. We know the pandemic can pop up at anytime to force us all to change course, we have proven over the last couple of years that we can all do it, we may not like it, but it can be done. I hope we have seen the last of many of these challenges, but I also know that if they arise we have amazing support from all of you. Enjoy the spring break, and we will see you on the other side.
I know, I am a bit late with this, but better late than never. We are two week into 2022 and it has been a crazy start. We are happy to have students in the building, learning is taking place and everyone is mostly settled. We have had a fair number of both student and teacher absences, in many cases when a teacher is away there are no substitutes to cover so we are managing that internally. This places a strain on our human resources, but we believe that it is better to have students in classrooms rather than online. Please remember to let us know if your child is going to be away and if it is an illness, this just helps with our planning.
We are hopeful that this pandemic is running its course so we can return to relative normal. Thanks to all of our families for your understanding around the Province's and CBE's mask wearing policies. If you could continue to support us by reminding your child to wear them properly we would greatly appreciate it.
I believe the future looks bright and we will clear this pandemic soon, at least that is what I am hoping for. Having been in many schools I can assure you we have an amazing student population and an outstanding staff, everyone working hard everyday to make DMC great. Having said that, if you do have any questions or concerns, please give us a call or drop us an email.
All the best in 2022!
Another calendar year has come and gone and we are heading into 2022! I want to take a moment to thank all of our families for their support and trust. Everyday the staff at DMC works hard to provide a safe and caring learning environment, it is not perfect, we have bumps, but we always strive to make things amazing for your children. We could not do what we do without your support. Thanks to all of you!
I hope all of our families have a safe and restful holiday season, that we all take time to reflect on the good things and be thankful for everything we have. Stay safe and we will see you 2022.
I was just reading an article that sums up what I as both a parent and educator have been struggling with for a long time. Kids are hard to raise in the best of times, and over the last few years it has not exactly been the best of times. How can we help get our kids back on track? At the school we focus on supporting students academic and emotional well-being, but the real impact will come from home. The changes parents make at home will support kids in all facets of their lives. Have a read, see you what you think, it changed my thinking on my parenting style.
It seems like an odd think to think about as we contiue to battle with the pandemic, the need to wear masks and social distance, but there are many things to be thankful for. I hope that as you observe Thanksgiving this weekend you can look for reasons to celebrate and give thanks. We at DMC are thankful everyday for our students and the supportive, caring community we are part of. From all the staff at DMC, we wish everyone a safe and restful long weekend.
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The 2021-22 school is up and running. It has been a smooth transition back to learning and as I visited classrooms there was lots of excitement and some sleepy faces at the same time. It takes a few days to brush off the summer routine and get back into the school routine. We had all hoped that by now COVID would be a distant memory, but it continues to hang on, we are committed to making this a great year for our DMC families despite the ongoing pandemic issues. I would like to welcome all of our new students and staff to DMC and their families as we embark on the learning journey together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at DMC if you have any questions, we would be happy to help. Two very important faces that are new in their roles are Karen Hunter, who takes over as our administrative assistant from Cheryl Boivin, we are happy to have Karen in the role. We also welcome Deb Mckee as our newest office support. These are the faces of DMC, the ones that greet everyone coming to the school.
Lastly, thanks to all of our parents for your continued support, you are greatly appreciated.
Once again, thanks to all of our families for all of the support you have given us during this challenging year. We hope everyone has a restful summer, enjoys family and friends and comes back for an invigorated, hopefully normal school year. As a staff we are already planning for the return of lockers, sports, clubs and regular complimentary programming. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer a wide range of opportunities for all of our students again next year. It is, however, highly likely that we will be starting the year in a cohort model that can be gradually released as restriictions hopefully disappear.
We wish you all the best over the summer and look forward to seeing everyone in the fall. To our departing grade 9's, we also wish you the best of luck as you move to high school.
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