Dear Eagle View Families,
What good fortune we all have in being a part of the wonderful Eagle View Elementary community! Eagle View is clearly a school where dedicated staff constantly go the extra mile for students, where parents provide lots of caring family connection and where students are free to play, to learn and to be the lovely children they are.
On Friday, December 15, you will receive the Term 1 report card for your child. Term 1 has been filled with opportunities to build skills, to work successfully both independently and in groups, to polish creative and critical thinking skills and to extend personal and social responsibility. In building a school culture, we have enjoyed the Terry Fox Run, the Walk-a-Thon, Tour de Rock, an Artstarts presentation, a PAC sponsored night of magic with Magician Donald Dunphy and a whole host of individual class initiatives.
Staff are learners, too. Over the 3 Professional Development Days in Term 1, we have addressed issues related to our two school goals:
1. To develop numeracy skills with a specific focus on computational fluency in the context of number sense. (In “plain talk” this means getting better at adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing numbers in a way that is both engaging and meaningful!)
2. To explore how a focus on Social Emotional Learning can best meet the needs of Eagle View students.
For example, related to Goal 2 , on November 24, staff participated in the “BC Blanket Exercise: Exploring Historical Relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.” This highly engaging experiential workshop helped us understand how colonization impacted the people who already lived in Canada. As we reflected on the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, we also thought about our responsibilities as educators when we assist students to develop understanding attitudes in working towards reconciliation.
On Thursday, December 21 (1:15 and 6:00) we celebrate the winter season, and invite you to join us in our Winter Concert performances.
Thank you to Eagle View community for the warm welcome you have provided for me at our school. I wish you and your families the very best throughout the holiday season.