With the lingering days of summer slowly fading away, our attention turns to the hopes and aspirations that are part of beginning a new school year. For students it’s often about seeing a new classroom and sharing summer stories with friends. For parents it’s about re-connecting with school staff and getting a sense about the year ahead. And our teachers are immersed in visioning and planning great learning spaces and experiences for our students.

Here’s a short video clip taken by parent Jenny Redpath showing the warm welcome offered by Principal Shelly Johnson and Learning Assistance Teacher Cat Lightfoot, to children and parents as they arrive to their first day of school on Tuesday. I know this was repeated at schools across our district.

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In the Gulf Islands we are truly fortunate to have such a strong partnership — parents, teachers, students and our community — to support our students on their learning journey this school year.

Check back regularly to this space where we will share and celebrate our successes, both large and small, as we move through the 2015-16 school year together. When you see notable things happening at our schools, please contact me at dlivingston@sd64.bc.ca so we can share the good news with our community.

Best Regards,

Doug Livingston
Director of Instruction — Learning Services