I want to begin with a heartfelt thank you to all our families, students, teachers and staff. Through this unprecedented year, your support and student commitment to protocols and their cohorts have helped us at Dr. Oakley continue to provide a wonderful year of strong learning. Our literacy team has been reviewing all of the data regarding student growth. Students continued to show exemplary growth this year! Teachers were heavily involved in professional learning aligned with the science of reading. This evidenced based instruction supported students making amazing progress. We also worked hard to maintain a strong sense of community, belonging, and well-being for all members in Dr. Oakley. This was more important than ever this year as we faced challenges not faced before. We are extremely proud of the caring community and one reflection of this is the heart display on the fence by the playground. Students and staff created a beautiful display to honour the Indigenous children found. The empathy shown by our students during conversations about this tragedy is powerful in building acknowledgment and reconciliation.
We often refer to Dr. Oakley as a magical place and we watch students become not only readers and writers, but sometimes even more importantly is the transformation of children who are confident in who they are as learners, human beings and as self-advocates for what they need to be successful. Many of our students have been sharing some of their thoughts on their journey and here are a few of their testaments.
“Dr. Oakley has helped me so much and made me better and I can go on my own."
“I think I am ready to leave this school and go into the world. It will be hard but I can get through it."
“Dr. Oakley is a magical place, You can learn how to accomplish your goals."
We are excited about welcoming the 2021-22 school year! A few days before school begins please look on your “Mypowerschool" account for your child's bus route information. On the first day of school, all staff will greet the buses and welcome students. We know this can be a time of both excitement and trepidation and are committed to creating a safe, welcoming, connected community for all!
One of our students wrote in a poem, “Welcome to Dr. Oakley School. You will achieve unbelievable things. You need to work as hard as you can but in the end, you will be amazed. Teachers are always ready to help. You will read until your eyes feel like the sun. You will learn to read as fast as the speed of light. Reading and succeeding are just two things that are guaranteed to happen at this school. All your reading problems will disappear. Prepare to be amazed. In the end, it will seem like you never even had troubles with reading.
As we look forward to summer and hopefully some sense of normalcy, we wish you health, safe travels and time to rest and heal from the challenges of this year.
In the spirit of generosity and belonging,
Proud Principal of Dr. Oakley School