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Principal's Message 251
Principal's Message

Each school year, the month of September is filled with excitement. Our staff, supported by families, is committed to creating welcoming and caring learning environments in which students can thrive. We are excited to welcome students and staff back to school and are looking forward to a successful school year. Our entire school community work hard to give our students the best education possible and all staff are prepared to help students and families adjust to the school day routine.

Our staff and students are proud of the new school and are eager to make this school a vibrant part of the community. This new learning space will assist us in getting off to a great start and will benefit students for years to come. At Rick Hansen, we are excited to offer the full-day kindergarten program. A program where our kindergarten students will have the opportunity to be involved in many different activities designed to help young learners explore, discover and grow. The full-day kindergarten program helps children benefit from a stronger start in school, more time with classmates and a seamless integrated day.

Getting our students off to a good start is especially important. Parents can help their children adjust to a new schedule by planning ahead, being realistic and maintaining a positive attitude. There is a transition period as children embrace a new schedule, but a good night’s sleep combined with proper nutrition will go a long way in making their first week back a success.

The work we have done to engage with our community, parents and students began in March of 2012, well before we received occupancy. We have communicated through information posted on the board website, held an Information Session, Welcome to Kindergarten Night and Community Engagement Night. At our Community Engagement evening, the Rick Hansen staff visited Hartman PS, to meet with students and parents to gather more information about their preferences for our school this included mascot and school colours, hopes they have for the new school, what helps them to learn best, and what they would like to participate in at school (i.e., clubs, activities, etc.). The information from our parent and student sessions was shared with all staff and became part of our meetings.

Preparing for the beginning of the school year in a new school takes an incredible amount of hard work, commitment and involves the collaboration of many people. It has been wonderful to hear stories from families as they share the fun they had watching the school progress from the first time the excavator dug soil, to the beautiful building we now call our school. There are many architectural touches throughout the school and the learning environments are full of natural light. We have purchased media carts for each classroom along with 4 laptop carts containing laptops, ipads and a number of Mac books. We are excited about the possibilities with which technology will provide us with respect to our learning environment.

The Lion was selected as our school mascot! Students and staff were involved in the selection process in May and June and we are very proud to unveil our mascot. The lion represents courage, strength and pride—all of the qualities that we value and attribute to Mr. Rick Hansen.

We are looking forward to working together to provide a positive learning experience for each student at Rick Hansen Public School!

Yours in Education,

Steve Gardner Principal 

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