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News: Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Pod Lists

Thank you for your patience!

Our Welcome Week was a success! We tried something different this year because of the enrollment uncertainty we experienced last year. You may have noticed that Pod lists were posted alphabetically for our Gr. 6 & 8 students and our plan was to have these teachers complete a number of welcome activities for the first week. Our Gr. 8 Pods were completed on Friday, Sept. 7 and students were placed in their permanent Pods.

Unfortunately, we were unable to complete this task with our Gr. 6 classes until Friday, Sept. 21. The reason for this delay was a result of Abby Middle not having space for all of their students and the 'extra' students were added to our enrollment. Because the District made this decision, we had to prepare for these 46 students by contacting parents, arranging transportation, and developing Pod lists which included these new students. We welcomed these students Friday, Sept. 21 with our WEB Leaders providing a tour of the school and doing welcome activities upon their arrival.

We must thank our teachers and our parent community for their support and understanding during this transition time. Our teachers worked very hard, under difficult circumstances, to keep our students engaged and feeling welcomed during our Welcome Week activities. Our Gr. 6 teachers, in particular, developed an extra week of activities prior to welcoming students into their Pods for the year. This is no easy task and they should be commended for the work they have done.

Our parents' patience and support were also appreciated as we know how difficult the transition to Middle School can be. Our Abby parents have had an extra stressful time during this transition and we are thankful for their flexibility.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to connect with your child's teachers.