Day One

To the Mount Albert Community,

Congratulations on helping to create such a memorable day for our community. I was so impressed with the spirit and positivity of the morning. It was wonderful to meet so many of you throughout the day. Hopefully, your child has shared some reflections from his or her first day at school. We look forward to building our partnerships with your family. Your child’s teachers and educators can help address questions or concerns that may arise during this transitional period.

I thought I would share a few updates for you from Day One:

Busing. Thank you for everyone’s patience. Student Transportation Services has worked hard to develop the routes, pick up and drop off times. We do know there are some issues. We thank everyone for letting us know and we have forwarded questions to STS. Please expect some adjustments over the next week or two as the bus drivers gain a clearer understanding of the routes and specific stops. If your child won’t consistently take the school bus (ex. attends childcare a few days a week) it is very important we have that information on file. Please capture any unique circumstances for us in a letter. I thank Mrs. White who has been in contact with many of our families already and has helped to capture this information.

Forms. Today, your child received a number of important pieces of information. Please read all the information and ensure you understand the contents of all documents. Where indicated, please ensure you sign and return the signed copy to our school as soon as possible.

Additionally, we will send home an emergency contact information sheet that needs to be updated for this school year. While this is a lot of information and a lot of forms to manage in the first week, they are all important for you and your family to understand.

– Meet the Staff evening has been scheduled for Thursday October 2, 2014. More information will be shared soon. Between now and then, you can certainly contact your child’s teacher(s) if you have questions.

– School Council inaugural meeting – Thursday October 9, 2014. This will allow us some time to come together as a new school community. If you are interested in putting your name forward for a position on council, there is a form in the package sent home with your child. More information will be shared soon on school councils.

Thank you again for helping to make our first day a great one.

Mr. Collins

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