Superintendent's Message - February
And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together. ~Robert Fulghum
February is my favourite month of the year. It is filled with friendship, kindness and the hope of spring. As we all know, there is more to teaching and raising children than reading, writing and arithmetic. Research suggests that qualities such as kindness, empathy, friendship, sacrifice and compassion are the foundations that truly dictate how well our students and children succeed, but even more importantly, how happy they are.
Although February is my favourite month, I do remember that childhood was not easy. As an adult, I often thought, "I should have been more assertive and stood up for myself," but I wasn't the confident adult I am now; I was an eight-year-old child who people were bullying. Part of my healing process was being able to put the past behind and vow to make a difference in children's lives and ensure that they did not experience bullying. In speaking with others, I know that I am not alone when I talk about the experience.
The Education Act sets out responsibilities for school authorities and principals around welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environments and Clearview takes these responsibilities seriously.
I am incredibly grateful and proud of the many character education programs in our Clearview schools and classrooms. Our students spend a significant portion of their time acquiring behaviours, skills, and words that contribute to good conduct, ethical decision-making, and rich learning environments. Clearview schools foster the language, culture and climate of good character. I want to take this opportunity to also thank our Family School Liaison Counsellors and CARS program staff for being instrumental in fostering the culture and climate of good character.
Like all other skills, kindness can be learned. Unless we teach children to be kind, it won't become an integral part of their being. Being kind is crucial for establishing and maintaining good friendships. They go hand in hand!
We never stop learning. Though we may need a refresher from time to time, even our earliest life lessons – sharing, communicating, listening, caring, and balancing work and play – are essential and remain relevant in our professional lives. So please take this reminder and, as Fulghum said, "go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together."
The song "Undivided" by Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard comes to mind when I think of kindness with lyrics like;
I think it's time to come together
You and I can make a change
Maybe we can make a difference
Make the world a better place
Look around and love somebody
We've been hateful long enough
Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021. Please join us and wear a pink shirt symbolizing a stand against bullying. This idea originated in Canada and began in 2007 when a Nova Scotia student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. It has since been recognized annually worldwide as a day to stand against bullying. Bullying Helpline: 1-888-456-2323 to get help anonymously.
Early Learning and Kindergarten and Start Right Playschool
Early child development sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour, and health—children's experiences. The experiences children have in early childhood shape the brain and the child's capacity to learn, get along with others and respond to daily challenges. Registrations will be opening soon!
The Board approved the calendar for 2021-2022 has been slightly modified because the teacher's convention is February 17 and 18, 2022. Changed calendar.
February is Heart Month, which provides an opportunity to focus on the steps we can take to improve our heart health. We can reduce our risk of heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices. Clearview Workplace Health Champions will be meeting this month. Health Champions use their own experience and training, and support to positively impact health and well-being in the workplace. They are responsible for planning and delivering initiatives to their colleagues and directing school and well-being plans.
Clearview values all members of our educational community in which everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
Superintendent Clearview Public Schools