Welcome Back – September Newsletter & Principal’s Message (September 10th, 2020)
You can see our newsletter by clicking on the following link: MPS September 2020 Newsletter.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to school for the 2020-2021 school year! 2020 has been a year unlike any other so far, with many unprecedented events happening in our world. A big thank you goes out to everyone for their patience, flexibility, and understanding, as we have had to (and will continue to) adapt to new routines. Our school has developed plans that include both operational changes (how we manage the resources within the school) and health and safety changes (our response to the COVID pandemic). With this said though, what impresses me the most about Maryborough PS is the “community involvement” of our building. As we prepare to start the year, we will continue to look for adapted ways to involve all members of our school community; within the parameters of the current pandemic plan. Our Fall Open House will be completed virtually this year; with more information to come!
As a school community, we understand that everyone has had a different experience when it comes to life during the pandemic. With this in mind, as we start the school year, we will continue to focus on student and staff mental health. Staff will be developing activities in the classroom that promote classroom community and focus on helping all students to integrate back into the classroom. In addition, we will continue to listen to our students and we will help to support our students in the ways in which this support is required. Trusting relationships are key to a successful year, and our staff will be working hard to establish this foundation. If there is anything you feel that your child’s teacher or the office should know, do not hesitate to reach out.
Open and ongoing communication between home and school is another important component of success for students. The Maryborough PS Community is extremely fortunate to have such committed and caring individuals, working together to provide quality programs and activities to meet the educational needs of all students. If you have any questions regarding policies or programs, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, Mrs. Eberhardt, or myself. We are looking forward to working with you. There are many ways to get information about the things happening at Maryborough PS:
- Download the UGConnect app (more information later in this newsletter)
- Visit our School Website: https://www.ugdsb.ca/maryborough/
- Twitter: @MaryboroughPS
Over the summer, there have been a few additional changes to the Maryborough staff. Please join me in welcoming: Trish Kieswetter (LTO Early Childhood Educator in KB for Becca Behling), Sheena Bingelman (Educational Assistant), Megan Timmerman (Educational Assistant), and Desiree Frenette (CYC).
This is a reminder that classes are temporary until the district staffing committee finalizes our numbers and ensures we meet the Ministry of Education’s class size goals. If changes are necessary, staff will work hard to make sure that students feel comfortable in their new classroom. Please understand that teachers and staff consider your child’s class placement very carefully. Many things are taken into account (i.e., learning styles, learning needs, teacher fit, peer groupings, etc.). With this in mind, please do not phone the school and ask us to make class changes.
We are looking forward to a great year at Maryborough PS!
Tim Dickieson (Principal)