May 20
It Takes a Village

Dear Parents of Sibylla Kiddle School,

You have likely heard the translated African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We can vividly see the truth of this statement when we end up teaching in an online environment. Your support and patience over the past two weeks has been incredible.

I had the privilege of dropping into classes over the past two weeks and I want to give a shout out to our teachers who have been teaching in an online environment, far removed from the settings they are used to teaching in. As I stepped into classrooms, I witnessed their compassion, listening ears and continued drive to keep learning at the centre of the work we do.

When teachers let students share pets, stories and objects from their home, they fostered a sense of belonging. When teachers  started the day with a similar activity from the day before, they fostered the security of routine. Some of our teachers  had newly hatched ducks living in their home, fostering incredible student engagement. When teachers developed multiple short learning chunks into the day, they fostered well-being by keeping the amount of work manageable. When teachers took time to develop small break out groups they fostered both connection and personalized learning. When teachers paused to listen to students’ voices and questions they fostered a spirit of empowerment.

Over the past two weeks, I hope you were able to see a glimpse of the passion, care and importance our teachers put into our students and their learning. We are all excited to see our students back in person starting on May 25 as we close out the final weeks of the school year.


Brad Emery


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