Year End Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As they say, all good things must come to an end…and the end is where we are.  It was a tumultuous start to the year for me, coming over from another school just two weeks into September: partially unpacking a classroom; juggling a combined class; new names, faces and staff…it was a lot to absorb.  Through it all, however, I had this wonderful, welcoming group of students easing me into my new home.  It wasn’t long before I felt a part of the community and I largely owe that to your children.  It was something of an ironic combination, all of us.  Fours and fives coming together from four different classes; an unknown teacher coming from somewhere else entirely.  Yet, it didn’t take long for the sense of “family” to kick in and the parts eventually become one whole.  I’ll look back on this year fondly, the year I became a Phoenix.

As your child moves onto the next grade, I hope he/she will also look back on this memorable year with a smile.  Constantly fighting time, I found it difficult to get to everything I wanted, nor did we consistently master things like I would have liked to.  I did, however, try to keep the learning fresh and fun.  I’ll leave it up to your child to decide if I made good on that one.  Despite the “lightened” report card, I trust there were no surprises.  Keeping parents in the loop has always been a mainstay of mine.

Please avoid the “summer slump” that many students fall into over July and August.  Keep your child’s mind sharp with active learning: read a book, write often, think about science and test theories, look at anything and consider the math that goes into it, and a personal favourite – look back on the past and know where you came from.  There’s plenty of opportunities to continue learning without a classroom, notebook or teacher.  To facilitate this, you can download a copy of the Ontario Fun Pass, which gives you discounts and free admission to several attractions around the province (including Provincial Parks, if you’re a camper).  Happy travels!

The blog is open all summer long so students are encouraged to pop in every now and then to share their holiday experiences.  Enjoy the summer break everyone!