We typically begin the month of January by wishing family, friends, and colleagues a happy new year. As we close out the month, we again wish a happy New Year to those who observe the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year. Many of our international students celebrate the Chinese New Year, and I would like to wish all of our students a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020.
2020 is off to a running start! We are now into the second half of this school year, and it is now time to begin planning for the next school year. Here are some highlights of board happenings since our return from winter break.
Elementary Open Houses
During the month of January, our elementary schools hosted Open Houses, a chance to visit and find out more about the impressive services and programs we offer students from Kindergarten all the way through grade 6. I would like to thank all of our elementary administrators, teachers, support staff, volunteers, and parents who served as friendly ambassadors this month, offering a warm welcome into our wonderful elementary schools.
New Student registration for the 2020-21 school year began the week of January 27th. Parents whose children will enter our system for the first time next August are invited to register now at their local school. We look forward to having the opportunity to provide an outstanding educational experience for your child!
This is the time of year when we officially celebrate staff appreciation here at the Lester B. Pearson school board. Throughout the month of February, we will honour the dedication and hard work of all staff who work in our schools, centres, and at our Head Office. I would like to take this opportunity to salute all of our teachers, administrators, professionals, and support staff and express my heartfelt gratitude for the work they do on behalf of our students. I invite our parents, students, and community partners to also express their appreciation for our truly outstanding Pearson personnel.
LBPSB Job Fair
Thinking of a career in education? Want to join our friendly and dynamic team of talented folks? We will soon be hosting our first ever Job Fair. Join us at the PACC Adult Centre at 8300 George Street in LaSalle on February 5th from 3-7pm. We will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions. We invite you to come on out and see if a career with us is for you!
Wellness in the Workplace
Over the last year or so, we have paid increasing attention to the wellbeing of our staff. We have created a wellness in the workplace committee, and we are in the early stages of creating a plan of action to support physical and mental health. This year we used the Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign on January 29 to kick off a conversation with LBPSB personnel as to things we can do to improve wellness. Over the last 10 years, the Let’s Talk initiative has been an invitation to reduce the stigma of talking about mental illness and focus on building awareness and acceptance to promote better mental health. At Lester B. Pearson we also believe that the mental health of our staff and students is very important. The Mahatma Gandhi quote ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ inspires us to take action and to make a difference. We are challenging everyone to take action in support of their physical and mental wellbeing. I invite our staff to stay tuned for future information about our wellness in the workplace initiative.