I have attached a one page summary of our findings from our bi-annual school climate surveys completed by students in grade 4 to 8, parents and staff. In looking at the data overall from all of our stake holders, Prince Andrew continues to be a very positive school in which to work and learn. Students have reported that they feel safe and welcome at school and have developed good strategies to deal with problems and issues when they arise. Parents feel that communication (thank you Edsby) between home and school is strong. Areas in need of focus include more opportunities to learn within our Ontario curriculum about our diverse population including our Indigenous people and providing healthier snack opportunities to our students, who report eating less than 2 fruits and vegetables per day. Overall the reports are very positive and I encourage greater participation next time from all parties to ensure all voices are heard. If you wish to see the full results of our surveys please contact the office to arrange an opportunity to view them. Thank you for the input into what makes Prince Andrew Public School a great place to grow and learn!
For parents of students in Grade 7 or 8-
I received the following message about an event this coming Wednesday, November 14, 2018 regarding experiences in secondary school, what it is like, what can you expect. If you are in attending, I have attached the flyer.
I have attached the flyer for our annual Night of Inspiration for Families Navigating High School. It has been created by families for families. The evening includes having a panel of families, students and/or graduates share their stories about their experience with high school and their vision for the future. We have gotten great feedback over the years about how helpful the evening is.
The families who have attended in the past have been those who have students in grade 7 or 8, as well as people already in high school and some in the later years looking at what next as they think about post-secondary. For the most part it is families of students who are 13 to 18 in age. Often times the students come with their families. Typically the attendance is about 50 people.
Occupational Therapists (OT) are health professionals who work with children in many different settings and understand sensory, fine, and gross motor skill development. Throughout the school year, OTs visit classrooms to work with teachers to help students having difficulty with fine motor (printing, cutting), gross motor (jumping, throwing), self-care (putting on coat, zippers, opening packages), and self-regulation (being able to control emotions and actions).
An OT may observe students in their classrooms, the gym, or playground. The OT will assist teachers and school staff with activity ideas, trying different materials, tools, and ways for students to participate in classroom activities and routines. The OTs will also support teachers during the year to monitor progress and provide more suggestions. The OT may trial different types of pencil grips, scissors, or active seating (movement cushion, wobble stool) to see if these items help a student learn in the classroom. Teachers may also share ideas with you that they are using in their classroom to help your child.
If through this program your child appears to need more help with their fine motor, gross motor, self-care, or self-regulation skills, the teacher will ask your permission to share your contact information with the ESC LHIN; then a Care Coordinator from the ESC LHIN will call you to make a plan for additional OT services. The OT will follow-up with you to discuss your child’s needs and recommendations.
Please see the attachment for more information.