Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are now in the home stretch of the school year. It is hard to believe that we have had 8 months fly by. April is a time for planning for the next school year, while simultaneously learning and moving vigorously forward.
This newsletter contains key information for parents. First and foremost, if your status has changed for next year and now you are moving, or alternatively you would now like to stay, please let the office know right away. School organization and class casting are dependent on numbers. A change of one student can cause an entire shift in school organization.
We strive at Lord Selkirk to make social emotional learning an important part of school. At this point in the year, as students get prepared for the next grade, we encourage increased independence and responsibility. Students are expected to show increasing ability to make good decisions, and to take responsibility for their learning. We are beginning several new initiatives here at Lord Selkirk to help improve children’s ability to navigate daily life. Grade 5 and 6 students will be trained by Ms Burton and the Changemakers Team as peer leaders and helpers. We are teaching students to learn how to problem solve and use kindness, open minded ness and critical thinking when dealing with conflict. This ability to navigate challenges is a life skill that will help students be successful across all environments.
At home you can encourage these things by giving your children small tasks and by talking about the processes they use to solve conflict and problems. This responsibility and reflection are important parts of learning.
I hope to see you soon. As always, my door is open if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.