Principal's Blog

Friday, September 8, 2017
Dear Pauline Johnson Families,

I am very thrilled to be introducing myself to you as the new administrator at Pauline Johnson. I have had the opportunity to meet most of the teachers and some of the PJ families and students and I couldn't be happier or more excited to be sharing this journey with all of you. Prior to coming to Pauline Johnson, I have just spent a wonderful year looking after my young granddaughter who turned 2 in June. It was a joyous and memorable experience, but I am now refreshed and more ready than ever to return to my role as school Principal. Prior to last year, I was the Principal at Gladys Speers in Oakville for 3 years and also spent 5 years as Vice Principal at CH Norton and Orchard Park. I look forward to getting to know your child(ren) and as many of you as possible. Please know that my door is almost always open and that I do like to be very accessible to our whole school community. 

Open communication is key to building an open and inclusive community. One way that I will communicate with you weekly is through a weekly Friday blog. In this message, I will recap some of the highlights of the week and let you know what is coming up. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child's teacher and/or myself directly. I find that responding to small issues/questions can be a very proactive way to work together.

Tuesday will be a very exciting day for all of us! We hope that any nervous tummies will be quickly calmed as students settle into the classrooms that their teachers have so carefully prepared. Almost all of our staff will be out on the blacktop by 8:25 a.m. on Tuesday. All classroom teachers will have clearly visible signs to indicate their name and class number. Hopefully, most families will have the opportunity to check the class lists by student OEN numbers over the long weekend, but if you are new to an Ontario school, several support staff will be available with alphabetical listings to help you find your child's teacher(s). Look for the staff with the orange vests! The school bell will ring at 8:40, but teachers will remain outside until they have gathered their class or 8:50, whichever comes first. I will remain outside for a few extra minutes.

Any late comers should report directly to the office.

All kindergarten students will be collected at the gate by the kindergarten play area at the back of the school. We request parents to remain on the outside of the pen area and to try to make the "good-bye" quick and cheery. Often the parting with our little JKs can be a lot tougher on the parents!

Dismissal is at 3:00. If your child is going to the YMCA program at the school, they will be collected by the Y staff. All kindies not going to the Y will be handed off directly to caregivers as communicated by their teachers and Gr. 1-6 students will be collected by caregivers or will head home as directed by their parents. If your child is travelling home independently, please instruct them to head out right at dismissal. There is daily supervision on the blacktop to assist with dismissal from 3:00-3:15.

Enjoy the final weekend of the summer and I can't wait to begin our journey together on Tuesday!!

Lori Waugh
Elementary School Principal, Pauline Johnson Public School

Friday, September 15th

Happy Friday, P.J. Families!
It has been a gorgeous couple of days and the weekend promises to be glorious! I hope that each of you enjoy some fun and relaxation with family and friends.
This has been a second wonderful week within the Pauline Johnson school community. I am feeling more settled and am starting to put names to faces, turning the right way as I try to locate something or someone, and am learning more and more about your wonderful children. I can assure you that they are in a good place! Our school is filled with warm, knowledgeable, and creative people who are fully committed to providing the best possible educational experience for your kids. With your help and connection with us, I am so excited to see what we will accomplish together. I look forward to meeting many more parents during our October 4th Open House!

That's right...our annual Open House/Meet the Teacher evening will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4th. Please be sure to put this on your calendar. It is a very important opportunity for you to see your child's school environment, connect with other parents, and also chat with their teachers.

There is another wonderful opportunity for you to build connections with your child's school on Wednesday, September 27th. The following is a message from your current School Council Chairs: 

Consider joining this year’s School Council! As a voting member, you could bring a voice of the parent community to each meeting, providing valuable insight and ideas that will ultimately help improve all students’ experiences this school year. 
All are welcome – whether you wish to become a voting member or not, please join us! 
Those interested in being a council member, please see the attached nomination form and elections/roles sheet. 
We look forward to seeing you on the 27th!
Patti Chandra and Jennifer Cooper-Cabral

I do hope that many of you will join us! The role information and nomination forms for becoming a council member are attached to this email.

The council is already busy getting ready to run weekly pizza days and additional special lunches. Stay tuned for council activities through school communications and also through the Pauline School Council Facebook page which can be found at the following link:

I met with another wonderful parent volunteer this week - Nancy Collins. Nancy takes a lead with our nutritional snack program that is subsidized through the Halton Food For Though grants. This program will begin on Monday. The school office will be stocked with fresh fruit and healthy snacks (e.g. hummus, carrots, yoghurt, applesauce) for students who have eaten their food from home and are still feeling hungry. Please let your child know that this is available to them daily, but remind them to tell you if they do need more food packed for them.

One final thing... It has come to my attention that many families are bringing their dogs along on the morning and afternoon walks to school. I LOVE dogs and have two of my own, so you won't find me banning their presence, however, I do need to ask you to please keep the dogs on the grass and off of the blacktop. This will ensure that our children and your dogs will all feel comfortable and safe. Thank you!!

Enjoy the weekend and please remember that I am here and available for you. 
Lori Waugh