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Blog: Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Principal's Message for December

Looking Back and Looking Forward

On November 26th, families received term one report cards from your child’s teachers, outlining their progress so far this year. School has been different these past months because of the pandemic. As a school we have a strong commitment to support the social-emotional wellbeing of students in addition to academics. With the disruption to regular schooling last year, it is expected that there may be gaps in students’ understanding of literacy and numeracy skills. Teachers are meeting your child where they are at, supporting them in their exploration of the competencies taught. Learning is a continuum, and student growth will continue into the next term. When I read over the students’ report cards, it was clear to me that steady progress across all grade levels is being achieved, despite the challenges that the pandemic continues to bring us. This progress is the result of all the hard work that the students, staff, and families have put into learning. Well done Upper Sumas Elementary!

Looking ahead, it is hard for me to believe there is only three weeks until Winter Break. As a school we continue to look for new and creative ways to build and celebrate community within the health and safety protocols we follow.  We will kick off the holiday season with our annual Grinch Day (a dress-up school spirit day) on Dec 1st and celebrate the last day of school with our annual Pajama Day on Dec 18th.  We are unfortunately unable to run our Christmas Store this year. Instead we will be doing a new Christmas Craft Day on Dec 11th.  A huge thank you to PAC for supporting is event. We have also found a COVID-safe way to do our annual cookie decorating. Cookie decorating will happen in conjunction with Pajama Day on Dec 18th. The pandemic is creating a lot of uncertainty for families this holiday season. The wellbeing of family and loved ones is everyone’s priority. The staff at Upper Sumas continue to care deeply for your children at school. Whatever the weeks ahead may bring, I wish our Upper Sumas community a safe and healthy December.

Erica Hopkins
Principal