September 8, 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back to school! I am truly excited about the upcoming year and the learning adventure we are about to embark upon. We have planned a great year filled with learning opportunities and memory making! I encourage all of our students to make the best of their education by committing themselves to doing high quality work, getting involved and immersed in our varied extra-curricular program and pushing themselves to be the very best that they can be. We want our students to be engaged in their learning and excited about their own development.
We are very pleased to welcome everyone to the 2015-2016 school year! To those students and parents who are new to Balaclava Public School, we extend a warm welcome and best wishes for a fun and productive year in your new school. We hope that you will quickly feel at home and that parents will become involved in the activities of our school through the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and/or the Home and School association as well as your child’s classroom program.
The staff has worked diligently to get ready for the opening of the school year. Our caretaking staff has been at the school during the summer months making the final preparations for the academic year to begin and the school looks fabulous! The teachers and educational assistants have been planning and working over the last couple of weeks and are excited to begin another dynamic school year. Balaclava is completely aligned with the HWDSB Strategic Directions of Transforming Learning Everywhere – Achievement Matters, Engagement Matters, and Equity Matters. The HWDSB is also involved in it’s Reimagine initiative to reflect on the boards past success and goals for moving forward in an increasingly technical and challenging world. If you would like to read more about the board’s strategic direction please visit http://www.hwdsb.on.ca/parents or inquire at the school office.
Over the next few weeks, your child will be bringing home information about school, board, and classroom policies and procedures. Please share these materials with your child. We also ask that you communicate directly with your child’s teacher concerning any questions or issues that may arise. It is vital that your child see that you support their education, and a positive communication link with the school can only benefit your child’s education. We are anxious to assist you in the growth of your child; academically, emotionally, and socially. Our shared efforts can ensure our students the opportunity to meet their full potential.
Included with this newsletter (and on this website) is some information about behavioural expectations and discipline policies. Please make sure you read over this information with your child so they understand all expectations.
I would like to welcome some new staff to Balaclava for the upcoming year:
Mrs. P. Pirie – Grade 4/5B
Mr. G. Hewitt– Grade 6,7, and 8 Math
Ms. J. Keyte – Grade 2
Mr. B. Soucie – LTO for Mrs. Marshall’s Maternity Leave
Ms. C. Roberts – Library/Primary Prep
Our genuine caring and concern for your child’s well-being is the driving force for all school decisions. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Principal – Balaclava P.S.