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Bags of produce items loaded in the back of a truck Little Green Apple - February Superintendent Newsletter Image
February 28, 2024

Building Bridges for All Students

In the pursuit of fostering a more equitable and inclusive society, schools play a pivotal role. We envision leading a school that values equity, diversity, and inclusion, emphasizing the importance of providing comprehensive student support. Drawing inspiration from "The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger" by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson (2011), we believe that creating an equitable educational environment contributes to a stronger and more cohesive society.  

Bags of produce items loaded in the back of a truck Little Green Apple - February Superintendent Newsletter Image
Sunrise light at the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on a foggy morning, suspended walking bridge in middle of forest, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. iStock - Capilano Suspension Bridge
February 1, 2024

The Bridge to Anywhere

There are no guarantees in life, but wherever you want to go or can imagine going, education is probably the best way there. How does a child in Kindergarten one day become an architect? How does a grade nine student become an arthroscopic surgeon or an agriculturist? How does one become an electrician or a chef? You guessed it - education. This is why I often describe education as the bridge to anywhere.

Sunrise light at the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on a foggy morning, suspended walking bridge in middle of forest, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. iStock - Capilano Suspension Bridge
Students working within the classroom McMillan - Raelene's Classroom
February 1, 2024

Gentle Starts, Giant Connections

As we start each school day at McMillan Elementary, we seek connections with colleagues to chat about how we are feeling, the Netflix show we watched the night before, or how our kids' team performed at last night's game. We seek a morning connection to ground us for the emotional, social and mental demands of our day. Our students are no different. They, too, need this foundation to set them up for a successful day of learning.

Students working within the classroom McMillan - Raelene's Classroom
January 29, 2024

Registration Link now Live!

 

Our registration link for those interested in grades 1-5 for the fall is now live.  Please follow this link to our registration link.  All entries are kept in our system, in order.  For more information, please contact our office!

November 30, 2023

King Christmas Concert Tickets

 

The King Traditional Christmas Concerts will be taking place on December 7th.  Please find attached here the email that has already been sent to families with instructions about ticket distribution.  See you there!

November 28, 2023

Parent Memo: Nov 22 to Dec 22

Hello families of King Traditional Elementary School!  Throughout the year, one of the ways we communicate with our parent/guardian partners is by sending home regular information memos.  These memos are created in both English and Punjabi so that we can communicate with as many families as possible.  These memos are sent out electronically to all the emails we have on file.  We also post these memos here online just in case you missed them!  You can find the November 22 - December 22 memo

Group of diverse learners gathered together for a photo with smiling faces 28June2023 - Superintendent Newsletter - McMillan
June 29, 2023

Ready for Middle School! Why Inclusion Matters

Jayde and Skyla are twins in grade 5 who started school at McMillan in Kindergarten. The girls have a designation, due to cerebral palsy, and are confined to wheelchairs. They were nonverbal when they started school, and their learning and growth over the past six years has been remarkable to watch. Even more inspiring, though, has been watching them grow in their relationships with their peers.  I sat down with Jayde, Skyla and several of their friends to talk about their learning journeys as they get ready to move on to middle school.

Group of diverse learners gathered together for a photo with smiling faces 28June2023 - Superintendent Newsletter - McMillan
June 29, 2023

Outgoing Superintendent's Message of Gratitude

With my last blog post as superintendent (I still have a few more to write in my retirement), I would like to close with gratitude and appreciation for the many people with whom I have travelled this thirty-six-year path. I mentioned in my last post that it was because of the inspiration and encouragement of teachers, and one in particular, why I chose to become an educator. The journey to finding and fulfilling my purpose, particularly in leadership, has been filled with meandering adventures and learning. What resonates most with me are the people who have been on the journey with me.