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3 months

aug26It has been 3 months since our launch on September 2, 2014.

Can you believe it?

Now is a perfect time to celebrate the work we have accomplished collectively, including:

Coming back to school in a brand new building.

– Developing classroom programs for our learners.

Developing spaces for learning in our school.

Establishing our first school council.

Building collaborative culture with all of us.

Working with our families in partnerships.

Welcoming our youngest learners in our Full Day Kindergarten program

Opening our Discovery Hub

– Beginning various committees including: Healthy Schools, EcoSchools and Parent Engagement

Meeting our wonderful team

– Celebrating special events like Dot Day and Take Me Outside.

You can see even more examples of our work through our school twitter feed.

3 short months that have helped to create many memories.

December is a wonderful month for us to give thanks for all we have and we have much to be thankful for.

We look forward to the final 3 weeks of school in 2014.

Mr. Collins





welcometoourschoolWe would like to take this time to thank everyone for attending our school’s Open House last night. It was a wonderful opportunity for us all to celebrate the new school and our work together.

Can you believe it has only been four weeks? The atmosphere in the school last night was incredible. The evening says a lot about “us”.

Our students

Many families shared how happy their children were. We saw many smiling faces last night and this is reflective of the positivity they have brought to our school. Our students faced many unknowns that first day of school in September. Everything was new for them. Some were nervous and some were hesitant. Now however, they come to our school filled with enthusiasm, excitement and hope. Be sure to take time this weekend to congratulate your child on the work they have accomplished in such a short time. I must give a special “high five” to our JK students. Bravo to all of them on their first important weeks in school. I am amazed at how well they have adjusted to the transition to school and are embracing learning.

Our community

A special thanks to the Mount Albert Lions Club for hosting our community BBQ last night. What a stellar job! The night was indicative of the strong community connections our town share. The outpouring of support for our new school has been incredible. Your feedback to us last night, and over the past several weeks is welcomed. Thank you for your appreciation, your time and your partnership with us at our school.

Our Staff

As I walked the hallways this past week I was so impressed with our team. Each time I saw grade teams consulting, planning and collaborating around our Open House it was inspiring. I saw our staff prepare their classrooms, bulletin boards, communication packages and displays. Your feedback to our staff is greatly appreciated. We love reading your thoughts on twitter such as:

“thanks for creating an exciting and safe learning environment for our kids!”

“Thanks to @rmpsyr for inspiring my children to learn. It is obvious that the staff are passionate and committed”

“Thank you for hosting us! And for creating a such an exciting learning environment for my kids!!”

“Loved seeing all the great goings on @rmpsyr. You’d never know the school had only been open a month. Except for the new school smell.”

We are most grateful.

I know this has been a long journey for our community. There have been many meetings, many questions, many unknowns. I know that it takes time to build trust between a school and it’s community. In four short weeks, we have come together as a community and have taken many important steps together to fostering that trust. Our work will continue.

4 short weeks…..

….where will we be in four months?

Here’s to the journey.

Here’s to us.


Mr. Collins


Congratulations to everyone on completing our first week together. There were so many highlights for myself, but I would like to share a few:

– Our staff….Incredible. Our staff spent hours of their own time in August preparing classrooms and learning spaces. As a result, our school was in great shape for our opening this past Tuesday. At our June staff meeting one of the ideas I asked them to reflect on was the notion that in our work, “everything counts”. Every small effort matters. This week was the culmination of a lot of efforts, big and small. They all counted in our opening.

– Our students. Amazing. I have now had the opportunity to visit each classroom and to meet with all the grade one, two and three students. Next week, I will meet with all the Kindergartners. The meetings allowed us the chance to welcome them and to review expectations for our school. They came this week with enthusiasm, wonder, excitement and ideas. Our grade three students in particular really impressed me with their ideas and keenness, around how they could be leaders in our building….yes!

– Our community. Outstanding. The feedback to me personally has been warm, positive and encouraging. We thank you for your support of our work through the busy pace of what the opening week always brings in any school. Our caregivers have been so supportive of our efforts and of our school. As I shared last week, it takes a village to raise a child. What a supportive community we have.

One week completed.

Where will we be one month from now?

I can’t wait to see.

This weekend, be sure to ask your child how they felt their beginning of the year went.

We look forward to hearing their feedback.

Here’s to us, and here’s to beginnings.

Mr. Collins