June 1, 2017

“ Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

It is hard to believe that I am already writing the final newsletter of the year.  I can still remember vividly back to this time last year, when I found out that I would be joining the Rideau community.  I was nervous and excited, anxious to know what the upcoming year would bring.
        I have truly had a wonderful experience in my first year as Principal at Rideau.  Getting to know the students, staff and families has been wonderful, and I am very appreciative of the warm welcome that everyone gave me in the fall.  I am proud of the work we have accomplished together, focusing on moving every student’s learning forward, building a stronger community between school and families, and providing opportunities for every student to thrive at Rideau, whether it is in the classroom, on the playing field, or in one of our many clubs.  A school must always work towards realizing its vision in order to be successful, and I believe that together, we are on our way. 
        June continues to be a very busy month for us; we won’t slow down until the last day!  This week we wrap up EQAO for our grade 6 students, then, we have regional and district track meets, followed by many end-of-year activities and celebrations.  We finish June with Report Cards and our Grade 6 graduation assembly, two final opportunities to celebrate our accomplishments.
       We hope that everyone has a happy, safe, and restful summer.  If you are not returning to Rideau in the fall, we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.  Thank you for everything you have brought to Rideau in your time with us.  If you are back with us next year, school starts on September 5 – we will see you then for another great year of learning and growth!