Principal's Message

Kelly Kuester   Principal -- Mrs. K. Kuester

Yippee! We are so excited that it is back to school time!
People may think the cartoon below explains how school staff feel on the first day back; often it is the exact opposite. Some staff say that they get the first day jitters and have difficulty sleeping the night before!

We are excited for a new school year, with some in new roles, new staff, and you may even see some of us trying out new approaches. John Dewey, an educator from over 60 years ago shared, “(I)f we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow”. Walking through Herald School in 2017 would provide many sharp contrasts from the halls of Herald School in 1997. Education has changed and is continuing to evolve as the world changes. Going from a rotary phone plugged into the wall to a cell phone that we carry with us everywhere is just one example of our changing world. We, as educators, are committed to provide an education that will equip students to thrive in a world that we cannot even imagine. That is a tall order! Herald has an extraordinary team of staff (teachers, educational assistants, service providers like occupational therapy, speech language pathologist, mental health therapists and coaches, office, custodial and MHPSD staff etc.) that work together to build an optimal learning environment for your child(ren).

James Comer, a child psychiatrist said that, "(N)o significant learning can occur without a significant relationship". This research shows that students need to feel a meaningful and emotional connection to the school material to learn; emotion does not get in the way of learning but instead it helps us to learn. This is why Herald staff focus on building positive relationships with the families and stakeholders that we serve. Learning is significantly influenced by their connectedness with the adults in charge, peers, and the larger community. Open communication between home and school is another vital piece of a successful school year. We want your child(ren) to have success and to enjoy being a part of the Herald School community. We will work through the misunderstandings, disagreements, and differences that might occur within a busy and diverse school community. Please come in and chat with either your child(ren)’s teacher or administration if any concerns arise.

Please take the time to read through this handbook so you can gain a better understanding of the Herald learning community. Staff will also be working through the various planning and policies and may be adapting some of the information as the year progresses. Please refer to the website or other social media to be become aware of any changes. Further, feel free to share any feedback that you also have that may strengthen our Herald learning community. Lastly, parent volunteers are important in making the learning experience of our Herald community even better. Consider joining our Parent Advisory Council, our Playground Committee, or being a classroom volunteer.

Thanks for being a part of the Herald School Learning community!

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