I picked up the Vancouver Sun today in my local coffee shop, and I read three articles related to teachers and public schools.
The issues mentioned in the articles (extra-curricular activities & repot cards) are certain to be key topics of discussions over the next few days.
I have been asked recently what impact these issues will have on Cleveland. While I have some thoughts and ideas about what comes next, the most honest answer right now is, “I don’t know.”
At this time, I have to wait to hear from my school board. Then I have to consult with Carla Orr (my Vice-Principal) and review what some options are. I also have to meet with teachers (their union reps) to hear what they are planning, and then meet with our Cleveland PAC executive.
To students (including student council) – I am sorry that you may be feeling uncertain about what comes next. Can the talent show happen? I don’t know. Can clubs continue? I don’t know. When I do know, I will let you know.
To Parents – please be patient. As soon as I can, I will send information home. I hope you have kept in touch with teachers all year long, and once we have clarity on the LRB ruling about report cards, we will share the plan with you.
To parents of grade 7 parents – please don’t be anxious. Grade 7 issues are part of our discussions.
To staff – I ask that you also be patient. I know for teachers and support staff these are confusing times, but time passes quickly,and things will get better.
To everyone – please remember that one of the beautiful things about schools is how people develop and maintain positive relationships. Student make friends and connect to caring adults. Parents make friendships with other parents (often thanks to who their kids play with). Staff connect with one another and also develop friendships.
Schools create memories, and it is up to us to help one another stay connected to the positive experiences. We can acknowledge those negative feelings that people have about the current political issues, but please do not let those feelings harm our relationships.
Have a good weekend, and enjoy some time outside.