Our intention is:
"...to increase the life chances of every child, everyday, no exceptions."
Dear Students and Families of Mountain View and the Community that supports us,
The new school year is upon us and we are excited about the many fabulous learning opportunities that still await us in 2018. We will renew our efforts to expand upon each student's individual talents, knowledge and skills using a growth mindset emphasis. Each staff member is committed to this mandate as we believe in a school of attachment model that emphasizes caring, respect and responsibility. Our interior and exterior murals are reflective of that encompassing vision.
This past year learning initiatives have included : greater use of I-pad apps, opportunities to use 25 touch screen laptops in within classsrooms as well as in the lab, the greater use of assistive technology to address specific students needs, on going use of literacy strategies to increase language aquisition and reading comprehension, and further development of core competency self assessment in the areas of social responsiblity, self-regulation and cooperative learning. This year our school goal will be about increasing your child's ability to communicate their mathematical thinking through the development of vocabulary, number sense and problem solving skills.
Activities such as field trips, Hip Hop, Mad Science, Lego Animation, Martial Arts, golf and curling instruction, coding training, aboriginal studies, partnerships between classrooms and use of inquiry processes to increase inquiry, creative and critical thinking skills also are embedded into our practice. We continue to pursue active healthy living, socials and science revised curriculum initiatives in a variety of creative ways, all the while continuing to provide a varied, rich educational environment full of interesting and exciting possibilities.
Mountain View continues to host several school programmes as well as Parks and Rec soccer and other sports and recreation programmes. Dance, gymnastics, skating, swimming, music, science and various fields trips and cultural events are supported by PAC, public grants and community groups including transportation support. These generous grants have been obtained from caring individuals, Safeway, Staples, Rotary, Big Brothers, Cobbs Bread, the amazing Springbank Corporation, Do What U Lu organization and the Como Lake Presbyterian and Hillside Churches. Our Springbank Corporation sponsors have helped with the cost of breakfast and lunch programmes and the updating our PE, Music , technology and science equipment and kindergarten resources. Other community members have sponsored swimming, skating, new playground equipment, reading materials, visiting scientists and dance lessons as well as Place des Arts and the church sending 30 students to various summer camps. Several community volunteers read and help with math, reading, library and other projects during and after school. Together this collaborative 'village' is helping to make a postive difference to the lives and experiences of your children.
Parents please consider volunteering for various events and participating in our Parent organization called PAC which meets one Wednesday evening each month. Our ethusiastic PAC and the larger parent community are active in supporting learning activities, special events and providing essential resources that we may be unable to access any other way. From welcoming barbeques to hot lunch and book fairs , movie nights, candygrams, Pub night and Santa's breakfast, your PAC respresentatives are working hard to support each and every child to have a brighter future. We value your opinions and input as partners in your children's education and we look forward to making a difference in every child's educational experience here at Mountain View.