Families of Kent Elementary:
I want to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation to the staff, students, and families of Kent School for all their efforts this year.
I wish all the best to students who are moving on to different schools as well as a safe, exciting summer for those who are returning. During the summer, please encourage your children to continue reading, learning and wondering. Time at the park, in the backyard, or at the beach can be a great place to get lost in a book or let the imagination run wild.
We have some changes to our staff for next year. We are excited to continue to have Mrs. Natasha Roste as our K/1 teacher again next year as she will be filling in for Ms. Urquhart until she returns in February. Unfortunately, due to variables outside of our control, we are losing some key members of our team: Stephanie Eckstein, Drew Martinson, Bob Penner, Jennifer Poole, Rochelle Ramsden, and Kathie Cardinal. Custodian Stephanie Eckstein has moved to AESS to continue her passion to make the school a beautiful place for the staff and students. Bob Penner has brought such a calm presence to our staff and the relationships he has built with students will be sorely missed. Jennifer Poole’s positive and upbeat character helped to create a welcoming environment for many of our students. Rochelle Ramsden’s patience and dedication provided our students with coaching that gave them opportunities to achieve new levels in their education. We hope to bring back many of these staff members in the fall. Mrs. Cardinal, who is retiring, will be moving into the next phase of her career – a phase that will include her love of books but instead of reading to students in a classroom, she will be on a patio overlooking her beautiful garden reading to her grandchildren. Mrs. Cardinal is not only leaving a legacy through the students she has taught but also in the natural learning environments she has helped to create for Kent School. Mrs. Cardinal was one of the key people involved in creating our school garden as well as our hill. We wish her all the best and will miss her ways of reaching each child on an individual level and her complete dedication to the students of Kent School. Our school will again look slightly different next year but we will continue to build on the legacies of the staff and students of the past and create lasting innovative changes for the future.
It has been an honour to be the principal of Kent again this year. On behalf of the staff of Kent School, have a great summer with your families and we look forward to seeing you next year. First day of school is a shortened day on September 3, 2013 from 8:32-10:05am. If you need anything throughout the summer, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our website at www.kentelementary.ca.
Chris Wejr, Principal