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Category Archives: Equity and Inclusivity
October 11, 2013Posted by on
As the Thanksgiving long weekend approaches, we have much to be thankful for at our school. Now is a perfect time to take a moment to look back at the last six weeks and give thanks for:
- Elder’s Mills students and families joining our team – what a great transition is has been.
- Our staff for their fine work launching our school year.
- Our students who have brought excitement, initiative, positive attitudes, spirit and focus to our school this year.
- New staff including teachers, special education assistants, child and youth workers, lunch supervisors and our new vice-principal!
- Our Terry Fox Walk in conjunction with Elder’s Mills P.S
- The newly elected school council and their commitment to our school.
- classroom programs up and running and showcasing a variety of talents, skills and strengths
- opportunities above and beyond the classroom that enrich our students’ lives including: Cross Country, the Sign language club, lunchtime and office helpers, the student tech team, the Girls’ Volleyball team, our Eco-Team, our positive climates for learning committee, and our school book fair. We thank our staff for giving their time to make these opportunities happen.
- A wonderful Meet the Staff event
- The launch of our school touchstone
At the beginning of the school year, I wrote about our story. It is magical to watch that story unfold.
Will there be more celebrations?
Be sure to join us for our Good News Assemblies; we think you’ll be impressed.
And finally, there is one last person to be thankful for: you. To our readers, parents and guardians who support our students and support the work we do with them, we thank you. We appreciate your partnership with us. It is a honour for us to work with all of you and your children each day; we are indeed thankful for that opportunity.
On behalf of all of school, we wish you and your family the very best for this long weekend. Please take time to be with friends and family.
Take time to give thanks for what is important for you.
September 3, 2013Posted by on
Welcome back to all of our students, staff and families. The new school year brings with it excitement and new learning. As a school community, we are excited to introduce our school touchstone that will very much help us to write our story this year as a school community. Our grand reveal today is the culmination of hard work that started last spring. During that time, we consulted with the students, staff and parents of both Lorna Jackson P.S and Elder’s Mills on what should be included in our touchstone.
Developing a common language of character and identifying the values and goals of a school community solidifies a school’s character initiative. When everyone — students, staff and parents– use the same words to describe behaviors and expectations, talking about how we interact becomes easier. A touchstone is a document which outlines these values, goals and behaviors.
This year, our touchstone will help us in our collaborative work together. The touchstone supports our board’s Safe and Caring Schools policy and it’s emphasis on Restorative Approaches. The touchstone complements our ongoing work in Positive Climates for Learning by providing all of us words to reflect on and draw upon in our work together. We have several ideas for supporting our staff, students and parents in learning about our touchstone and implementing it in our work this year. More to come.
Now, we are pleased to share our touchstone with you:
Lorna Jackson Touchstone
Lorna Jackson is our home away from home; a family.
Aspiring to become the best we can be, we take risks to achieve our goals.
Not afraid to accept the challenge of the harder path, our setbacks drive us to seek success.
Thinking before we speak and act, we are respectful of others and of ourselves.
We are dedicated to our learning as it paints the picture that is our future.
We live our core values:
We are unique individuals working collaboratively, and working together is a process.
When one of us falls, others will surely be there.
We are devoted to the improvement of our community, helping those in need.
We are not bystanders; we stand together.
STINGERS soar high.
June 17, 2013Posted by on
We are most excited about tomorrow.
Tomorrow afternoon we welcome students from Elder’s Mills P.S to our school to meet us and help them learn more about our school. This will follow a morning session working with grade 7s from Elder’s and Lorna Jackson P.S to help draft our school touchstone. Over the past month we have collected data from our students, our staff and from our community. Our touchstone will build on our ongoing focus on Character Traits, equity and inclusivity.
Developing a common language of character and identifying the values and goals of a school community solidifies a school’s character initiative. When everyone — students, staff and parents– use the same words to describe behaviours and expectations, talking about how we interact becomes easier. A touchstone is a document which outlines these values, goals and behaviours.
Going through this process of identifying these core values unites a community around the way we believe people should behave, interact, and be.
Tomorrow, the exciting work begins on capturing what we value in our touchstone.
We can’t wait to share the results.