Greetings to all staff, students and families as we begin an exciting new school year in Salmo!
I’d like to personally welcome everyone back after a very enjoyable summer of rest and relaxation! We are preparing the school for the arrival of your children, and as a parent I know a new school year is a bittersweet time. On one hand, we are excited to have our children return to their old routines, settle into classes and schedules, and be reunited with friends and school staff. On the other, there is some trepidation; will they have a good experience? Will they come home happy? Will it all be OK?
Here in Salmo we’re doing a number of things to help ensure your child has a positive experience at school. From our youngest learners, the class of 2028, to those who will leave us this spring, we hope all students experience the deep personal commitment of our team to creating and maintaining a welcoming, nurturing and respectful school environment.
Our first priority is that all students, staff and families be safe. To that end, we focus on physical, social and emotional safety through a positive school culture focused on prevention. We aim to build community, foster respect for one another, encourage inclusion, and ensure their is equity and fairness in what we do. At the elementary school, you can see that in our ROCKS program, and the Positive Behaviour Support structures we use to teach and reinforce appropriate behaviours. And, of course, our staff reviews all of our emergency drill procedures, and as a staff we also highlight students with medical needs or other needs so they are appropriately cared for.
We pride ourselves in Salmo on the fact that we are a caring school. When we first dropped our boys off for kindergarten some years ago at Adam Robertson School in Creston, we were comforted by the warm, friendly smile of Mrs. Falck at the class door, welcoming us to the class and wrapping each child in a blanket of comfort. I’m very proud to say you can expect the same for your child in Salmo. Our staff are welcoming and friendly, and are doing all they can to foster respect, fairness, inclusion and dignity in each of our students. We have a wonderful PAC and parent community, and highly value the partnership and input we receive from them. We are also appreciative of the broader community connections we have, and how school events are so well supported and attended.
And finally, we are working hard to ensure the school experience is an orderly one. Schools are incredibly complex institutions which are governed by laws, policies, procedures and regulations, all of which operate in the background, invisible to the everyday observer. Each year, and at numerous points during the year, our staff reviews these regulations, ensuring the students are getting a high quality education comparable to any other school in the province. We also work as a team to build school level policies and guidelines such as our Code of Conduct and School Goal, which help us as a staff to keep focused on our commitments to each other and our community. If it seems to you like a smoothly running machine, we’re very happy for that! But please know, there is a lot behind the scene that makes it so.
Your child is about to start another chapter in the story of their schooling, and we’re very pleased to be part of that with them. And I am very proud to be part of the team that will work with them over the coming months, and excited for all the great things we’ve got planned.
All the best for you and your children, please drop by the school when you get a chance!
Mr. Ron Sherman, Principal
Salmo Elementary/Secondary School