Nelson Mandela Park PS
October 2016 Principal’s Message
We are now into our second month of school and by this time students and families have settled into the routines of a new school year. The first few weeks of school are not easy for parent and child alike as everybody gets use to getting back into the rhythm of being in school again. We want to ensure everybody understands what the routines are for their child and what school expectations are. If you have any questions about anything please connect with your child’s teacher and they should be able to answer your questions.
For new and returning families to help guide you through school routines and procedures we are in the process of creating a new parent handbook that will shortly be posted online. In the meantime, parents can peruse our already posted Parent Package we send home with all students the first day of school. You will find this document link by clicking on the lefthand side of the screen Parents Menu. You can also find a link on the same page to the agenda inserts we give to all students which lists further information about the school.
To help give some insight into the direction the school plans to take this year I would like to share with you that over the first few weeks we have been meeting with a team of teachers to review EQAO results, report card data and explore our own professional observations. After much discussion we have decided to focus on the following areas for this year:
1) Ensuring small group Guided Reading is happening in all classrooms from K-8.
2) Building the math skills of all students, enhancing the math vocabulary of our students, and giving students more practice in answering open ended math problems.
3) Looking to further integration opportunities for all our students receiving Special Education support.
We will be having our next School Advisory Council meeting on October 25th from 5:00-6:00pm and we would love to have lots of parents and caregivers come out so we can further explain our plan for school improvement and get more input from our parent community.
Also, a great way to keep connected with the school is to follow Principal Kandankery's Twitter account: @jjktoronto. Through twitter we post reminders and happenings at school. Thank you for your support and we look forward to continuing to work together!