Watching the weather change and seeing the days getting longer, I am reminded about the resiliency of our school community. We started the year off with uncertainty; our schedule switched to the Octa model, our classes were split in half, our sports programs were put on hold with practices only, and our music and drama programs were not able to perform as usual. The pandemic transformed how the school ran and how you as a family interacted with your learner’s education. However, now that we are a year in to the global pandemic and emerging recovery we can take a look back and be proud of how we (you) reacted.
In a word, I am grateful. As a learning community you kept up with your child’s educational journey, while making sure that those around you were safe. The school did not need to be the voice of reason, reminding you of safety guidelines; you took these obligations to heart and took care of your community on your own. Our school was able to flourish despite incredibly challenging times because of the maturity and sense of community of our wonderful students. I think that it is fair to say that these qualities emanate from caring homes. The students persevered and adapted. The school is a great place to be because of them.
I am grateful for you as parents, who took up the very challenging task of schooling your children at home in the spring. You supported their learning, kept your family safe, and looked out for one another. You took the risk to send your children back to school, and we are grateful for the trust you have in us to keep your children close and safe.
I am often reminded of just how incredible our staff is; each and every one of the RBSS team of teachers and support staff are here to support the students. Despite the challenges of the last twelve months, the RBSS staff have provided safe and thoughtful learning opportunities. I am also very thankful to school custodians and district facilities staff. Their hard work, attention to detail and student advocacy has made our school a safe and beautiful place to be
While we are proud of our beautiful new school, it is not the bricks and mortar that make a place special but rather, it’s the people that breathe life into the space that make it a place where students can follow their dreams. Our students and staff have made this school a truly amazing place to be. I am, along with our staff, the fortunate people who get to witness this on a daily basis.
I hope that you all find time over the Spring Break to enjoy the warmer weather, and to reconnect with family and friends. It has been a long twelve months, but I hope that you can all share in the sense of pride that we have for the students at RBSS. Your children have done a wonderful job navigating and rising above challenges and obstacles.
Have a great Spring Break!!