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Welcome back! I trust that each of you had a good break and are now back into the swing of the school day and work day schedules.

I can’t help but think about the benefit that the process of feedback gives us in our lives. “Please put your laundry in the proper spot.” “Next time, can you please put the recycling container by the curb.” “That shirt and tie do not match.” Each of those statements has been part of my married life. I am thankful for each one.

In our school, we set aside significant time to give feedback to students throughout the year. Three times per year, we complete our formal learning reports to give the students and parents an idea of how the learning is progressing.

It is a great process and a great time of asking questions. Watch this week’s video to hear three of our grade 4 students answer questions about the anticipation and the reflection of what the learning reports will do for them.

I encourage you to use the report as a good time to take some moments to talk about goal setting with your child. Support them in any way possible. Encourage them through tough challenges and speak words of praise in areas where they have used their God-given gifts well.

May your child and you be blessed as you use the learning reports that are coming to your home on Friday, March 31 to encourage growth in your child.

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

A key part of our school is transportation. Not long ago, I found myself speaking with Mr. Cruickshank about our snow days and the new policy implementation. We discussed how important it is to keep our students safe each day, and who is responsible for canceling school on days when the weather dictates a cancellation. I now have that job.

Recently, Mr. Cruickshank and I discussed our end-of-the-day dismissal procedure. The number of cars that are now in our line-up at the end of the day has grown. We were concerned about the long line of waiting vehicles on Sheridan Garden Drive forcing some cars to remain on Ford Drive until the line moves forward. We encouraged people to offer suggestions about how to alleviate this potentially unsafe situation.

We have been so pleased with the way in which people engaged in the brainstorming process. We received many great suggestions for how to safely dismiss our students while efficiently moving 300 people off the property within a 15-minute window. We tried some of those ideas and are pleased to report some success.

Watch this week’s video to hear Mr. Cruickshank give you an update on our progress towards that goal.

Speaking of transportation, I wish you all a blessed and safe March Break as you travel and connect with family and friends. The Lord be with you.

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

Forgive me. I must really brag about some of our senior students. This week was the last time Mrs. Panza, our Director of Student Life and Leadership, and I met with our second term student Chapel Leadership Team. We will work with a new team of senior students during term three.

When I think about that great team, I look at them through the eyes of our theme verse from 1 Timothy 4:12. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” This team has certainly done that.

They have planned with us, led portions of chapel, acted, prayed, asked questions, and been a beautiful example of leadership. Watch this week’s video to hear each of them share their highlights of being part of this team.

Join me in thanking the Lord for our leadership teams and our senior students. I am so thankful for the ways in which our students are engaged to ensure that we are igniting wonder for God, neighbour, and creation!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

This month, we have been focusing on literacy development, iPad implementation, and raising funds for both initiatives. So far, it has been a very good direction. I have heard many good stories of our students reading.

I can vividly recall sitting on my bed when I was younger and enjoying a good book. My favourite childhood series was about the Hardy Boys. I would read books of the series and recall reading little else.

When I look back at that time in my life, I wish I would have read different genres; however, I do believe that my love for reading was nurtured because I read what I was interested in.

Reading affects many parts of our lives. It is a skill that you will use for a lifetime. That is why we are encouraging everyone to listen to a story this month. Watch this week’s video to listen to a story I read to an engaged grade one class.

Would you like to join us in the journey of promoting reading and iPads? If this area interests you and you would like to make a financial contribution, please talk to one of our students or feel free to give me a call should you need some more information. Thanks in advance for helping to advance our literacy and technology plans!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

This month, we are focusing on the part of the theme Bible verse that directs us to setting an example by our conduct. The letter that the apostle Paul writes to Timothy points out that we are to set an example to the believers with our conduct.

Our chapel leadership team did a great job of unpacking the idea that people can tell much about you by observing your actions. We watched a video of our Servant Team being a blessing to others through serving at a community breakfast to some Kerr Street clients.

Two of our senior students, Matthew Shelley and Colin Sharp, made the video at the Kerr Street event a couple of Saturdays ago. They ask our students about their experience and what motivate them to be a blessing to others.

You really must watch it. As you do, think about how our students are being challenged in their daily lives. Many of them have grasped the concept of serving others. One of the areas which is part of our graduate profile is the development of character traits. This event is a good example of how we as a school provide that challenge.

Please join me in giving thanks for our students who serve in an effort to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others. Also join me in giving thanks for our student-created video which gives a good account of the event. May we continue to find ways in which to challenge and encourage our students to develop their character traits.

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

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