Nelson Mandela Park PS
November 2016 Principal’s Message
We are now into our third month of school and by this time students and families have settled into the routines of a new school year. 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. If for whatever reason your child’s classroom teacher cannot answer your questions then please connect with your school Principal Mr. Kandankery or VP Ms. Fitzgerald.
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 two months of school 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 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.
4) Promoting mental health for students, families and staff.
We will be having our next School Advisory Council meeting on November 22nd 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.
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!