October 2019 Principal’s Message

Posted October 1, 2019

October 2019 Principal’s Message

It was wonderful to see so many of our parents out for our Open House. It was good to say hello to familiar faces and to meet new parents. Although I tried to talk to as many people as possible, I know that there were people who didn’t get to say hello. Please know that you are welcome to drop by and say hello any time. Unfortunately, during our Open House a gas leak occurred on a property away and across from the school. The fire department was called and they assessed that the school was safe. Mary Street was blocked off for approximately 45 minutes until the leak was capped. To help with street congestion our Open House ended 15 minutes early. Open House attendees were informed about the status of the fire department’s directives throughout the evening on the PA system. A big thank you to our community partners and parents who helped manage this unusual circumstance.

Although we had some minor changes to classrooms, our start-up was very smooth. Thank you for trusting us with making the best decisions on where to place your children. Much of our staff is the same as last year, with some changes and a few additions. Due to board wide school reorganizations, ECE Kathleen Lush was reassigned to Jean Little PS as our FDK class was below the threshold ratio to keep an ECE. She is talented and dedicated educator and we wish her well. 

On another note, I’d like to congratulate last year’s grade 3 and grade 6 students, their teachers and all the volunteers who helped us to achieve a successful run at the EQAO standardized testing. Overall, both our grade 3 and 6 students are performing above board and province averages in all strands. Our grade 3 students did well in every strand and improved greatly in mathematics by achieving the following results for students at or above the provincial standard (levels 3 and 4): Reading 90%, Writing 70%, Mathematics 75%.  Our grade 6 students improved in every strand by achieving the following results for students at or above the provincial standard (levels 3 and 4): Reading 90%, Writing 85%, Mathematics 57%. We will continue to apply the same strategies moving forward and always look for ways to improve our methods in order to serve each cohort’s unique profile of needs. 

Although it’s hard to believe, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. I am always thankful for this time of year as I get time to connect and spend time with family. During the month of October, some of our families will recognize Navaratri (Hindu), Yom Kippur (Jewish), and Diwali (Sikh, Jain, Hindu). We also wish those families’ much quality time with their families during those celebrations.  If we get weather similar to the first three weeks of school for this coming month then we will be very lucky. 

As always, our first and most important commitment is to your children. We want them to love learning and enjoy their experience at Rockwood Centennial Public School. If there are problems that we can help with, please let us know. 

Olivier Cutz


B.A. (Spec. Hons), BEd, MEd

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