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Three months

We have now completed our first three months of the school year and already have much to celebrate thanks to excellent focus and initiative by our students, staff and community, including:

welcoming our Elder’s Mills community to our team

The launch of our school touchstone

– Sharing a redesigned Learning Commons

Launching our Green Bin program through our school’s Eco Team

Implementing new technologies into our classrooms and classroom programs

Meeting with parents and guardians to review student’s Progress Report Cards

Our staff exploring professional learning in many ways

Starting to plan for the transition of our grade 8 students to high school

Starting our Roots of Empathy programs

Recognizing Bullying Awareness week

Starting our Healthy Snack program

We have developed a focused start in our classroom programs in the areas of academics, athletics and the arts.

We have had the chance to recognise the work of various employee groups at our school including: our Designated Early Childhood Educators, our care taking team, Educational Assistants and our Administrative Assistants.

Our staff have provided several student leadership and extra curricular opportunities such as our Cross Country Team, The sign language club, library and office helpers, the student Tech Team, our Eco team, Student Council, Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball, Floor Hockey intramurals, homework club, Lunch room helpers, and our Positive Climates for Learning Committee.

As school community we have given back through our Terry Fox Walk, The Count Me in Project, and our local food bank drive.

We also appreciate the work of our school council with our school this year. Their upcoming Dance-A-Thon will take place on December 13, 2013 and will surely be an enjoyable event. Remember that all parents and guardians are welcome to our meetings. Future meetings will be: January 14, 2014, February 20, 2014, April 22, 2014 and May 29, 2014.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Three short months…

remember when it was only 3 short weeks?

Remember when I asked us to write our story?

How do you think we have done so far?


Mr. Collins


What does kindness mean to you?

kindness3Room 125 has been busy this year exploring the notion of kindness in their classroom. Ms Abalos and Ms. Marcos have encouraged discussions around what kindness looks like and sounds like. As their discussions and inquiries have unfolded, the class read the picture book The Kindness Quilt. Through literacy activities, the class then decided to collaboratively design and build their own quilt. They each contributed a written and artistic piece on what kindness means to them. An important big idea from the Full Day Kindergarten document is that “children are connected to others and contribute to their world”. This work is an example of how children can connect to each other and understand how they also connect to the larger world.

Here are some of their reflections on their journey that I both heard this morning and saw represented in the children’s work:

“We show each other kindness in class.”

“High fives can show kindness”

“Kindness is not pushing.”

“Kindness is helping”.

Students brought in artifacts from home including clothing that helped provide fabric for the quilt. We thank our parents for supporting with some fabrics from around the world that help to highlight our diversity as a community and as a country. Mrs Daryanani joined the project by sewing the fabric together to create the quilt in our Learning Commons.


Now the students are very proud of their finished product.

The class is not done yet. They have now invited the rest of the school to add their own thoughts on kindness. You can drop by room 125 to add your thoughts in thought bubbles.

And so, let us know:

“What does kindness mean to you?


Over the last several weeks I have been tweeting out using the starter “I am a proud principal because…” I have aimed to find nuggets of our school work that are worth celebrating. There have been many moments, however this week has really stood out for me.


There has been wonderful spirit in our building this week.

We appreciate the work of Mrs. Guido on developing the beautiful mural we have created in our front foyer. So far, students up to grade 5 have added to the mural and our collective work. The event and work has really helped to bring us together.

danceWe also extend our appreciation to our School Council for their wonderful efforts with our Dance-A-Thon. This event also helped bring us together as a community in an enjoyable way. It was also an ideal way to celebrate healthy living at our school.

This spring, we look forward to continuing this work together as a community. We will also begin the process of welcoming Elders Mills’ English track stream students and families to our school. I look forward to this opportunity to welcome the newest members of our school team.

Our work together will be exciting and I know will embrace the spirit of collaboration. As we begin March Break I would like to extend best wishes to our community from our school. We wish everyone a safe and happy time with friends and family.

We will see everyone back on March 18, 2013 to renew our work together and continue the positive spirit that we have established.

Mr. Collins

It’s coming…to a conclusion

This year, we considered a way to bring us together as a community through art.
We imagined a place to gather and to bring us together.

We began with a blank canvas.
We thanked one of our parents who provided us with a beautiful base from which to develop our ideas.

Today, our own artists took over with their imaginations and inspirations. mural

Stay tuned for our final product.