Balfour Preschool

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

Friends, I love our little school.  I really do.  I find my job and all its moving pieces here very life giving.  (that doesn't mean it is without stress!)  I have been working closely with my boss (the lovely Kevin Bernhardt) and another mentor to grow and set goals for myself, my school, and my students.  I'd love to share with you one of those goals today:  raising the bar.

If you'll allow me, I want to go a little deeper into what I mean by that.  I think that learning, and reading in particular, are of paramount importance.  Reading is a life skill which we all need to grasp in order to function in our world.  Knowing and believing this, I'm raising the bar for reading expectations at our school.  I don't just want our kids to read, I want them to be great at it!

Now, you might be thinking, "My kids can read.  They just don't do it very often." or, "My kid reads, she just doesn't like too."  I am fully aware that loving to read isn't everyone's thing.  Just because you don't love to do something doesn't mean you can't be great at it.  I don't love to empty the dishwasher, but man I'm awesome at it!  (#truth)

What will it look like for the bar to be raised, you wonder?  I'll tell you!  First, I've hired an exceptional staff who excel at language arts instruction.  I believe our teachers are the frontline in teaching students the skills necessary to be great readers.  Second, I'm working closely with Mrs. Milligan to identify struggling readers and create supports to help them gain confidence and skill.  Third, I am creating an atmosphere where reading is seen as fun!  Starting November 1, we begin an incentive program with our librarian Mrs. Nichvolodoff.  Students can check out books from the library, fill out a book review form, hand it in, and on November 27 a random draw will happen.  The chosen book review student will get to drop the puck at a Nelson Leafs game!  How fun is that?!?

There are several other steps to raising the bar for literacy that I won't mention here, but I'm very excited about where this is heading.  I'm confident that we will see progress across our classes as the year rolls on.  But wait, that's not all...

We need your help!  I have created a survey to gather data that will help guide some aspects of our literacy program here at NCCS.  Please take a moment to fill out the survey, it is only 15 questions long and should not take you more than 5 minutes.

Families, thank you for your ongoing support of NCCS and the students who learn here.  I am looking forward to celebrating our successes with you!

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