Dear Varsity Acres Families,
I want to begin by wishing you a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to 2022 with your students— thank you so much for sharing them with us. I know that this year has started out in a different way than anticipated and I appreciate that sudden shifts are challenging for families. To that end, we will do everything we are able to communicate about changes to in-person learning and transportation as early as we are able. Please check your email frequently as this is how we will be communicating with families, and as always feel welcome to contact our office if you need more information.
We look forward to welcoming students to the school as we return to in-person learning on Monday, January 10, 2022.
The school year is off to a great start, and it's hard to believe that we're nearly at the end of September already. Our staff team has worked together to create routines for students and to help students and staff establish relationships with friends, each other and with families. It is important that our students staff, and families feel welcome in our learning community to ensure a fresh positive start at such a challenging time in a child's life and we encourage families to reach out to their teachers or our school office if they need information about our learning community and how they might connect to it.
We hosted Student Learning Conferences last week, and I hope you had an opportunity to connect with your child's teacher so you could share your child's strengths, interests and aspirations. The information you share in these conferences helps us get to know your children even better and enables us to design learning for them so that they feel safe, respected, welcomed and cared for. Please be sure to continue to connect your child's classroom teachers as needed so we are aware of how we can support your children both at school and at home.
This coming week marks many important moments for Canada. We're recognizing Terry Fox's accomplishments in his bid to run across Canada. We're also recognizing Residential Schools and their influence on Canadian Indigenous people through Orange Shirt Day. This year, we will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation for the first time. Students are asked to wear an orange shirt or something that is orange to help mark this important day and remind us that every child matters. In everything we do, we want to continue being and becoming a community that is safe, caring, respectful and welcoming for all. Teachers will continue the community-centered practice of class meeting as students discuss important issues, and strengthen the community connection they have built throughout the first few weeks of school. Thank you to our teachers and families for coming together to ensure that our students are cared for and engaged in important learning.
It is hard to believe that there are just a few days left of our school year. We are so grateful to all of our families who have supported students to have a successful and safe school year despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for taking care of our students and our team of teachers and staff this year!
Teachers and the school leadership team have spent this month organizing classroom configurations for next year. We appreciate your trust in our professionalism as we create class groupings, taking into consideration multiple variables, that ensure an optimum learning environment for every child. Your child's teacher will send a welcome email on or just before August 31, 2021, so you will know where your child will line up and who will greet them on the first day of school. Thank you for your ongoing support for Varsity Acres School and its students this year—it has been a pleasure to work with this community as we ensure all of our students are set up to thrive. .
Each school year brings changes in staffing as we add new staff members and say goodbye to others whose career choices take them in different directions. This year, we would like to congratulate Mme Guylaine McTague on her retirement and wish her all this best in this next chapter of her life. We would like to welcome Mme Kelley Ireland to Varsity Acres School as our new Physical Education specialist as M. Trevor moves into the classroom. Should there be any other staffing changes, we will update you in the fall when we return to school.
We anticipate that the year will start with many of the same COVID-19 protocols in place. Students are familiar with them so adjusting in the fall will be easier this year. We will have more information about what protocols will remain Closer to the first day of school. We will communicate that with you as information becomes available.
Our school office will be open until June 30, 2021 at 1:30pm and will re-open for email or phone inquiries on August 27, 2021 at 8:00am
On behalf of the staff at Varsity Acres school, I would like to wish all of our families a safe, fun and relaxing summer. We look forward to seeing everyone again when we return to school on September 1, 2021.
Have a wonderful break!
Meghan Morden, Principal
Varsity Acres School
As we head into our winter break, I would like to extend a warm thank you to parents, students and staff for their kindness to each other and for working collaboratively to keep Varsity Acres School a safe and welcoming place to learn, despite the many challenges that the pandemic has presented. It has not been easy, however working together toward the common goal of helping our students thrive is a worthwhile endeavor, and I am so grateful for each of your contributions. It is an honor to be a part of this community.
I continue to appreciate everyone's quick adaptation and continued commitment to new pandemic protocols. I'm thankful that learning has continued for our students whether it has been at school, through the online HUB environment or at home when students were ill or required to self-isolate. This is no small feat, and I would like to highlight the work of our facilites team, our office admin team, our cleaners and Facility Operator and our lunchroom team who work to ensure that our building is and organized a safe place for our students to learn and grow.
The final week of school before break included some festive in-school activities including our Winter PJ sing-along on Microsoft teams and screenings of Storybook Theatre's Annie in some classrooms.
On behalf of everyone at Varsity Acres school, I wish you a restful winter break and hope that you can take as much time as possible to recharge and enjoy yourselves. We look forward to re-connecting online with all of our students on January 4, 2021.
All my best to all of you,
Weekly Updates will continue to be sent out via School Messenger at the end of each week to inform you of what has been happening in the school, and keep you informed about upcoming events. The News Centre above will contain portions of the Weekly Update for future reference.
As well as being emailed out through School Messenger, our Weekly Updates can be found on our home page.
Varsity Acres School is a caring community and a dynamic place to learn where students come first and are encouraged to stretch to their full potential. We offer a quality French Immersion program from Kindergarten to Grade 6.
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