I want to start off by saying a big thank you to everyone at Northlake Woods this year...staff, admin, students, families, everyone! I had a fantasic year and I will miss you all. I particularly want to thank everyone for the lovely gifts. My favourite was from one of my SKs on the very last day of school who said, "I don't have a present for you, but I can give you a hug!" and he gave me a great big bear hug. I have already read the cards, dug into the tasty treats, and made a trip to Chapters. What I appreciate the most are all of the kind words from parents and children alike, and all of the support from the school community throughout the year.

The end of the year was a bit of a whirlwind and I'm sure I'm forgetting about a few things, but I can always add updates later (so don't forget to check back through the summer). Jumping ahead for a moment, I know many people have asked what I will be doing next year. For those that don't know, the hiring process changed this year, for better or worse. This year, those of us on the 'LTO list' had to apply for jobs, then were placed by seniority into one of the jobs we applied for. When all was said and done, I was placed at Howard Robertson teaching first grade for the full year in an LTO (temporary contract). I am very excited to head to Howard and get to know a new group of students in the fall! I think grade one will be a good fit for me as I have already had some experience teaching this grade at Manchester and I'll get to start the year with my own class, with students who already have some experience with school. I think it will still be a bit of culture shock for all of us to move up to grade one though, with desks, a more formal curriculum, letter grades, and all of those sorts of things! I have a lot of professional reading that has jumped to the top of my to-do list for the summer and a lot of planning and preparing I will need to begin thinking about as well. I'm ready to take on this new challenge, but for now I will enjoy my summer! I hope you do too and take advantage of all the time to learn and grow and relax outside of the classroom. Cheers!


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