September 2nd, 2022
WRDSB shared on Thursday that School Day is not functioning. See more info here. This means that students in WRDSB schools, including Lester B Pearson, will not find out their teacher until they arrive Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday morning, at Lester B Pearson, as bus students arrive, we will direct our kindergarten students through the door near the bus directly to the kindergarten area where their teachers will be waiting to receive them. They will be accompanied by an educator and older student helpers. Please consider putting a first name and last initial label on their person. Bus students in grades 1 to 8 will walk around the school to the back tarmac where staff will be waiting. Siblings in grades 1 to 8 are encouraged to walk together as staff will have an alphabetical list of all students.
Walkers and students dropped off by car may arrive by 8:15. This is when supervision begins and when our staff will be on the back tarmac assisting students in finding their teachers and classes. Homeroom staff will have signs (red maple leaf) with their names and staff with clipboards will be helping students and families find their class. This includes kindergarten teachers who will greet kindergarten walkers.
All students in our ACE classroom will be met by their teacher at the front doors of the school and be taken directly to their classroom. All kindergarten students will be meeting their educators in the alcove outside (by the library windows). Look for Acorn, the kindergarten squirrel (large cutout) and the pylons that mark the meeting area. Meeting places for Grade 1 – 8 students will be located at the following locations:
Grade 1s and 2s at the back of the school near the Exit 3 doors.
Grade 3s and 4s in front of the portables.
Grade 5s and 6s in the natural area at the side of the school (outdoor classroom)
Grade 7s by the Creative Playground
Grade 8s at the side of the school near the Exit 2 doors.
It will be chaos but we hope it is joyful chaos! We have over 600 students who will be trying to seek information and head to the appropriate place. We ask that only one adult family member come to the back tarmac as you can see how our numbers could multiply rapidly if we have several parents, grandparents, aunties, etc. Where appropriate, older siblings are encouraged to assist younger ones and say goodbyes to caregivers at the front. Kindergarten students arriving on foot or by car must be accompanied by an adult. We ask that all canine family members say goodbye to students at the front of the school – thank you for respecting our no dogs rule behind the school where students gather.
Should it rain, we will move kindergarten students to their rooms swiftly and move the Grade 1 to 8 students to the gym. The weather forecast is currently not predicting rain.
To help you narrow in on the possible staff teaching your child’s grade, here is our homeroom list:
K1 Ms. Smith,
K2 Mrs. Osborn, Mrs. Kraehling, Ms. Bowman
K3 Ms. Schill, Mrs. Corrado
1A-FI Ms. Slonowski
1B-FI Mr. Murray
1/2A Mrs. Haase
1/2B Ms. Phillips
2/3A-FI Mme. Kay
2/3B-FI Mrs. Robertson
3A Mrs. Sims
3/4A-FI Ms. Gascon
3/4B-FI Ms. Berwick
4A Mrs. Vakil
4B-FI Ms. Jewson
5/6A Mrs. Steinmann
5/6B Mr. Kelly
5/6C-FI Mrs. Woods
5/6D-FI Mme. Miller
7-1 Ms. Elliott
7-2 Mr. Nickel
7-3FI Mr. Gatabazi
7-4FI Mrs. Chartrand
8-1 Ms. Teeter
8-2 Mrs. Resendes
8-3FI Mme. Faubert
8-4FI Mrs. Traverse
ACE Mr. Spiropoulos, Mrs. Ferguson, Ms. Hayes, Mrs. Kennedy
We look forward to seeing you Tuesday at 8:15. We know that students will be nervous with this change of practice due to School Day being shut down and schools being unable to post class lists in windows as was done in the past. We hope that along with nerves, students (and families) are feeling excitement, hope, and anticipation.
Our office is closed Monday due to Labour Day. Our office opens at 8:00 AM on Tuesday. Wishing your family a happy long weekend.
Alison Wardrop (Principal) and Samantha Hutchison (Vice Principal)
Lester B. Pearson Public School, WRDSB