Principal’s Messages

MARCH 2021 MESSAGE:

A year ago I was writing this intro comment, leading into a time with so many unknowns. It is amazing how much things have changed and how through this year we have learned a lot about ourselves, our community and our world. Here at Gray, the students continue to amaze and inspire me every day. Their commitment to keep one another healthy, their maturity to follow the expectations and the support they provide to one another is beyond compare. We have an amazing group of individuals here and watching them grow gives me hope for our future.

As the second term wraps up and Spring break approaches,
remember to take the time you need for yourselves and for your family. As of right now, this Spring break we will still be following the restrictions set out and we encourage all families to follow these, but to also find alternate ways to engage with your family and enjoy the time together. We hope that you enjoy the next few weeks as we transition into Spring and we look forward to working with your families for the final term of the year.

 

FEBRUARY 2021 MESSAGE:

I am not sure about all of you, but I am hoping that the Groundhog tells us it is going to be a short winter, and brings on summer a little bit early. With all of us distancing, it would be great to get back
outside, get some vitamin D from the sun and just enjoy this beautiful province.

As we transition through the term, I wanted to remind everyone of our current school goal and the progress we have been making. Here at Gray, we have continued to make numeracy a focus for all grades. We are using the critical concepts in math to help develop and improve students’ understandings of numeracy and working with them to help make these understandings visible.

As professionals, the staff have been working hard developing their skills by participating in a math book club, as well as listening to  and learning from speakers, like Marian Small. It is very exciting for us to watch the students try new math routines, and experience and demonstrate their learning in new and various ways.

Throughout the year, even though we find ourselves maybe a little tired from the pandemic, we want to ensure students are continuing to engage with their learning and are provided with meaningful and authentic learning experiences. Through our development, we feel that we will be able to better target the needs of all students and we look forward to seeing their growth.

February is a short, yet busy month. There are many events that take place and lots of excitement that comes, as we move into the second half of the school year. Enjoy the journey that this time has taken you on, and remember to spend time on you and your families mental wellness.

 

JANUARY 2021 MESSAGE:

Welcome to 2021 and back to school! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season and were able to make the most out of this different year.

We are excited to continue working with families and to look into fun and exciting ways to educate the kids. I know the staff was working hard to get everything up and running and the school was sanitized and ready to safely welcome back everyone.

Now that we are back at school, we are continuing to follow our safety protocols here and encourage everyone to do their part at home as well. Together we can thrive and make it through these unique times. As we transition slowly into 2021, please give yourselves permission to find balance, support your goals and stay close as family units. We, as a school team, look forward to the second term and are excited to see what 2021 has to offer.

 

2020 YEAR END MESSAGE:

Hello Gray Families,

As we begin to wrap up December and head into the Winter break, I just wanted to personally wish each of you a very happy holiday season. May your break be filled with health, laughter and quality time with loved ones (even if it is virtual). May your new years be filled with opportunities for many happy memories, health and happiness. 2020 has been a very interesting year, and one that will most definitely be reflected on for years to come. Here is hoping that together, we can fight back, stay strong and continue to support one another, as the amazing community we are.

I wanted to share a little tradition from my family, with yours. So if you are interested, please view this video of me reading Twas The Night Before Christmas to my son. You can find the unlisted video on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/kXfNbDX-KKI

For all families interested in watching our virtual winter assembly, I have put together a video of the performances. This video is about 31 minutes long, so please settle in and enjoy. Thank you to all the classes who put on a special performance for their peers. You can find the unlisted video on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/fDK0XeOfhV0

Please be aware, that both videos will be taken down as of Friday, December 18th, 2020 afternoon.

Thank you all for being such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you all and working with your families in the New Year.

Cheers,

Mr. P. Klassen

DECEMBER 2020

The tree is up, the lights are out and the house is decorated for the holidays; well at least that is the way at my house right now. As I drive to and from work, I have started to notice people getting into the holiday spirit and diving into the festivities. As December has quickly arrived, it is important that we start to prepare for this typically hectic, but now different season.

Firstly, I would like to say THANK YOU! Thank you parents for your continued support, respect and follow through. Thank you PAC for finding ways to fundraise and bring some normalcy to the school with Hot Lunches. Thank you students for coming every day, working hard and making the most out of an unusual situation. Thank you staff for your daily dedication, commitment and spirit that keeps us moving forward. Together we are a brilliant community. Together we will make it through this and come back stronger. On that note, as this is a different kind of December, it may be bringing up hardship or a range of emotions and feelings, please know that we are here if anybody requires anything, or is in need of support. Please reach out and we will gladly do our best to support you and your family, or guide you to where you need to be.

We are going to be working hard here at Gray, to ensure all students are engaged in fun and light festivities to hopefully rejuvenate the spirit and take their minds off of the current world situation. We hope everyone has a relaxing, restful and peaceful winter break and that 2021 is filled with many happy experiences, to create lasting memories! Cheers Gray Families!

 

NOVEMBER 2020

Happy November Gray families! We hope everyone had a lovely and safe Halloween, however you chose to celebrate, and that your families not only enjoyed the blue moon on Halloween night, but the extra hour of sleep, due to the time change.

Last year at this time, we were discussing how Gray teachers had been working hard to meet the needs of your children, by professionally developing around the concept of numeracy and making our learning visible. Just because we are in a pandemic, does not mean we have stopped trying to improve upon our practice and provide the students with quality lessons. The teachers at Gray continue to go above and beyond. Our current school inquiry continues to be: How will making our learning more visible, with a focus on the critical concepts in math, using student friendly learning targets, the big three questions and success criteria, improve both teaching practice and student success? We will be reviewing and monitoring this goal at our next professional development day (at the end of November) and will be updating it, based on the data we have been collecting. Our focus will be to make the goal more succinct and accessible for families to discuss. We encourage you to talk with the teachers about their learning and your child’s learning and to stay tuned for further information throughout the year.

I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable November. As we approach the end of the first term, I just want to put out a huge thank you to all families for your continued support and trust in us here at Gray. We feel your support and we will continue to work hard to maintain everyone’s safety. Cheers!

OCTOBER 2020

Now that we are settling into the school year, it is time to get back to some sense of normalcy; including writing the monthly newsletter.
Although at school we can see many changes, and the educational setting may not be as it once was, please know that we have the right group of enthusiastic, dedicated and hard-working staff, who are here to ensure your children are safe and will continue to provide superior educational lessons.

It has truly been wonderful having the students back in the building, and having the school run as it is meant to – with kids engaging in learning and working alongside one another. As we transition into
October, it is the right time to take a second and reflect on the amazing community we are a part of. Through your support and encouragement, we have been able to safely navigate these uncertain times. Through your patience and understanding, we will continue to move slowly and adjust to the ever changing landscape we find ourselves in.

Through October, I encourage everyone to stay strong, physically distance and maintain self-care. It is only by respecting one another and demonstrating understanding that we will continue to safely
progress. As Coretta Scott King said “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

Gray Elementary is and has a wonderful and thriving community, with support around every corner. Thank you for being a part of it and for taking the time to continue making it a wonderful and safe place to be.