DWE Principal's Message, September 5, 2017
It is an absolute pleasure to be returning to the Ecole Dorothea Walker Elementary community!
With our growing enrollment, we anticipate having 8 divisions in the English stream and 13 divisions in French Immersion. We will be welcoming approximately 495 students this year from Kindergarten through to Grade 6.
The coming year will be an exciting one as we continue to work with our re-designed Provincial Curriculum which is available for you to view at www.curriculum.gov.bc.ca. I encourage you to explore this site and continue to learn about the changes and rationale behind them and to remain informed about current assessment and reporting processes.
Last year our staff engaged in an inquiry process to guide us in setting goals for the coming year. Through this work which involved our staff, our students and our Parent Advisory Council, we have identified three key areas of focus. One is to promote the development of personal and social awareness in our students, focusing on the Core Competencies detailed in the redesigned curriculum. Another is to develop a growth mindset in our students specifically in the curricular area of Numeracy as well as to deepen understanding of concepts and processes through application to problem solving. Because we recognize the importance of continuous professional learning to support our goals, as adult learners we will work in small groups on focused inquiry. We are committed to building an inclusive and innovative learning environment for our students, staff and parents.
It is our belief that we teach kind and respectful behavior through our own conduct and day to day interactions. In decision making it is our intention to make the most equitable decision for all involved, guided by what we believe to be in the best interests of our students. As a staff, we believe in restorative justice and will do our best to teach, model and practice this process. We appreciate your support as we work together to maintain a positive learning environment for all students.
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or phone. I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your children over the coming years!