This greeting continues to inform you about the busy month we have had since Midterm and about events soon to come (attached). As we enter into the last part of the term work a 15th Week of the Semester Progress Report will be e-mailed to parents//guardians for students who are experiencing difficulty in earning a credit and the support available for their success. The Final 30% for every course is quickly approaching; attached is a reminder of key dates for Performance Tasks and Semester 1 Exam Schedule.
Safety in our schools is of the utmost importance and I draw your attention to the Safe and Inclusive School Message attached. This information is an extension of information contained in our Student Agenda provided in September and posted to our school website. Please become more familiar about Fire Drills, Evacuations, Lockdown/Hold and Secure, Shelter-in-Place, Search and Seizure, and Video Surveillance. If you have questions please contact the main office.
The Program Accommodation and Review Process is underway for all HDSB Burlington Secondary Schools with the most recent establishment of the PAR Committee. Representing our school on the committee are Pearson parents Steve Armstrong (Expression of Interest Rep selected by the Board) and Cheryl DeLugt (Parent Advisory Council Rep). The first public meeting will be held Dec 8th; please refer the HDSB website for regular updates about these meetings. In addition, our students will be partaking in the Burlington Secondary Student Survey on Dec 6th so their voice can be presented to the PAR Committee; information was e-mailed to families from the HDSB on Nov 25th about this voluntary survey.
We continue to make learning more relevant to students through experiential learning opportunities; we encourage you to ask your child about how these experiences help them to better understand the curriculum they are learning. Our school wellness goal for this year is about being both mentally AND physically healthy. Look for further information in the coming year about:
1. Expansion of the SPARK Program to students of all grades
At Pearson we believe physical activity helps everyone to stay healthy AND contributes to enhanced student engagement, academic success, improved attendance and behaviour in class, and a lifetime of healthy habits.
2. Toronto Argonauts “Huddle-Up Program”
Through the support of our Parent Advisory Council (PAC), this student-led program will explore and implement strategies to counter the “bystander effect” of bullying. With a team of facilitators from the Argonaut’s Football Team, our aim is to empower those who witness different forms of bullying by standing-up and supporting those victims of bullying. Parents will also have opportunity to become involved in this program through the PAC come Spring.
Our student fundraising plans continue in response to requests from our community and abroad: Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation, Coats for Kids, Good Shepherd Holiday Food Drive, and Inside Ride for Cancer are well underway. Our PAC continues with their “Dough Raiser for Pearson High School” through COBS Bakery; a mention of LBP for every purchase made at the North Walker’s Line location results in a percentage of sales donated to Pearson. We are grateful and thankful for your support.
As the year comes to an end, thank-you for support of your child's education, both academic and co-curricular. On behalf of our Pearson Staff, I wish you a Happy Holiday full of peace and joy with family and friends. We look forward to everyone's return in January.
Loraine Fedurco, Principal
November Highlights/Upcoming Events
Safe & Inclusive School Message
Semester 1 Exam schedule