Our Board’s Early Years Learning Strategy contains this important tenet of “Building Capacity, Learning Together”.
As a board, we believe that “if all individuals supporting children and families have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to meet the diverse strengths, needs and interests of each child then children will experience growth, success and well-being”.
This tenet will be a focus of our school’s learning next year for sure, but it has also been important over the past few months. As a new school staff coming together, we look for opportunities for us all to share in the learning together. Part of our work is getting to know “us” as a team and what strengths we each bring to the school as a whole.
I want to thank the staff who have already volunteered their time and demonstrated their commitment to learning together, specifically:
– sharing and facilitating our Family Engagement Evening in April.
– planning, organizing and facilitating our Welcome to Kindergarten Evening.
– participating in a “Vendor’s Fair” in May that allowed us to look at potential resources for our school and meet as a staff.
– participating in collaborative planning through online surveys and a virtual workspace through a Google Site.
– dialoguing together as staff both formally and informally.
At the end of June, we also met as a whole staff to begin planning for next September. During the meeting, we explored the Early Years Strategy, dialogued about our collective work and also considered norms for our work next year. From that discussion several themes emerged: collaboration, partnerships, safe and supportive learning environments and an understanding that all students can succeed given the right time and supports. This dialogue mirrored our discussions throughout the spring in many ways. Ultimately, our work is to support everyone in learning together collaboratively.
I am really excited about the staff who will launch our school year this September. Our team will be made up of caretakers, Educational Assistants, teachers, Designated Early Childhood Educators, office staff and Lunchtime School Assistants. Over time, we will also be joined by board professionals such as Speech and Language Pathologists, who will work with us to support student achievement and well being.
I look forward to us building capacity together in our work to support all of our learners.
Here’s to learning, together.