Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message
Posted on 12/18/2020

The year is drawing to a close. I want to start by thanking our amazing schools for the herculean task they have undertaken in providing continuity of education while the world witnessed Australian wildfires, earthquakes in Puerto Rico, monsoon floods across Asia, explosions in Beirut, civil unrest in the United States, and a global pandemic. 

 

During all of these events that have forever changed how we view ourselves and the world around us, our students and staff have continued to be the change that we need to see in the world. Transitioning to learning from home overnight in March was something unheard of until the moment that it was our reality. Our staff responded to the call and provided students with emergency learning from home for the remainder of the school year. When the 2020-21 school year started, we knew that our schools would be transitioning between in-person learning and learning from home at a moment's notice. Our schools did just that to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our students, staff, and school communities safe. 

 

As we move into the Christmas break, I want to thank everyone who had a part in making the work I mentioned earlier happen. Our incredible team of teachers and administrators, educational assistants, school bus drivers, librarians, secretaries, coaches, janitors, volunteers, and facilities, technology, transportation, and central office staff. Together, we worked collaboratively to create and follow a plan to take us through this pandemic with safety as our primary focus and continuity of education as our goal.

While we are still in the midst of the pandemic, I am delighted to hear news of vaccines being made available in our province. I cannot stress how grateful we all are for the incredible front-line staff working in our public healthcare system. Their hard work and dedication has allowed us to continue providing a quality, public education. We look forward to continued collaboration and mutual support in the coming year.   

 

I hope that over the coming weeks, everyone is able to take some time to rest and recharge ahead of 2021. In these times, I am reminded of the line inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

 

"to give up one's very self – to think only of others – how to bring the greatest happiness to others – that is the true meaning of Christmas".

 

While holiday plans have certainly changed from what they've been in previous years, the meaning of Christmas is captured in these words. Have a well-deserved Christmas break.

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