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Message from our Principal

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):

 

My name is Cheryl Miller-Martin and I am the Principal for the Wiikwemkoong Pontiac School.  I am very happy to be returning for another year.

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I hope that this letter finds your family safe and well.  Although our summer options this year were limited, I do hope that you had some time to enjoy the summer days.  I would like to welcome everyone to our 2020 - 2021 school year!  I am thrilled to welcome you back to school. It is truly an honor for me to once again be part of this community and experience with everyone the new learning we will all be going through.  I am privileged to work with an outstanding staff (returning and new staff) to make it a smooth transition for our students during this uncertain time. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all our returning students and new students.  I would like to assure you that their education will continue as we work to meet their individual and collective learning goals. I also believe that it is important that we—your child, you the parent, and I—work together as a team to help your children succeed.

We have been working hard all summer to plan for a safe opening of school and to implement best practices to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19. Our classrooms have been modified to increase social distancing, signage has been installed throughout the building to guide students, personal privacy screens and bins will be used by each student and our schedule has been modified to allow for more time for mask breaks, hand washing, breakfast and lunch and opportunities to access outdoor learning spaces. Finally, a stronger emphasis will be placed on social-emotional learning.

Together with our dedicated staff, we strive to make connections with students to help them feel valued, accepted, and safe. Whether we are learning in person or remotely at home, our goal is to encourage active student engagement to foster a lifetime love for learning.

Partnering with families will be crucial this year as we face many obstacles due to the global pandemic.  Many of you are returning to learning environments this fall in circumstances far different from those you left abruptly earlier this year. We encourage families to stay connected and informed by following our WBE website for important updates and information regarding our reopening plans and registration. 

Change can be unnerving, yet it can also serve to motivate. We need to appreciate the importance of adaptability and resiliency. Let’s do this together!

Stay safe! Sincerely,

Mrs. Cheryl Miller-Martin

Pontiac Principal