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Principal's Message

Welcome to Sweet's Corners!

Principal’s Message

Welcome to Sweet’s Corners Elementary School. As a new Principal to this school, the very first thing that I noticed was the warm and welcoming feeling you have when you walk around the school. With our small student body, around 100 students, it is easy for all the staff to get to know everyone, and with this comes a sense of family. This idea carries into the day to day activities through our House points program. Students earn points for their colour for helping out around the school, which gets updated each month. At the end of the year, there is a large celebration of all the house points and champion house is awarded the grand prize. Last year, it was the Blue House that earned the title of “Colour House Champions”!

Another way that helps to bring this family feeling to the school is with our monthly Hot Lunch Feast, which is organized by our Parent Council. Each month, every student is treated to a free hot lunch with is sponsored by different community partners and businesses as well as the Parent Council. These Hot Lunches are not the traditional pizza but are harty, homemade meals such as Shephard’s Pie and Meat, Mac and Cheese.

Our staff work well together to support the learning needs of our students and regularly give up their extra time to provide intramural and extra currircular activities. Even our custodian helps during her time off to work with groups of children supporting their academic and artistic work. Staff collaborate with each other to share ideas and resources to help students achieve their best, and they are not just concerned with their academic growth, but the whole child. Our school uses Kelso’s Choices to provide a framework to help children get along with their peers, as well as using The Zones of Regulation, which provides students with tools to self reflect on their feelings and what strategies they can use to help them optimize their learning.

Another area that we focus on is using Grit. In a nutshell, grit = persistence + resilience. I have often heard students say that they can’t do something because it is too hard. When I hear this, I challenge them to change that phrase to “I can’t do it, yet!” The word ‘yet’ opens up so many possibilities and allows us to change our mindset. It is important, for us adults, to continue and model to our children that sometimes we must persevere and overcome challenges and recognize that learning something new is hard!

This is just a snapshot of the learning environment that we have here at Sweet’s Corners Elementary School. Please feel free to connect with us by email or phone or drop in anytime and we would be happy to answer any questions you have and show you around.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Morrison

 

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