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Message from Tom Babits, Head, Primary Division

Tom BabitsAs the 2014-2015 school year draws to a close I’d like to draw your attention to a few things:

Monday, June 8 is the final day of this school year. Monday will be a casual dress day. Students in SK to Form 5 will be dismissed at 1:40 p.m. on Monday. There won’t be an after-school program on that day and students should be picked up immediately following dismissal. Your son may have extra items to carry home on Monday. It would be helpful for him to come to school with an empty bag.

Three of our TAs will be leaving us at the end of this year:

Alison Lingenfelter joined us in September and has been our Form 1 & 2 TA this year. She has also run our before-school program and coached at the U10 level. An experienced teacher who came to us from Hong Kong, she will be moving on to the next phase of her career and pursuing other opportunities.

David Osorio was a student teacher and a tutor at UCC previous to this school year during which he supported 3F and Form 5. David will be moving on to teach Grade 1 at Sterling Hall School.

Alessandra Matera has been with us for seven years. She has supply taught, held a short-term art contract, been a Form 3 and 4 teacher, and is completing her final year as a TA by supporting 3C, SK, and Form 4. She has coached as well.

I know you will join me in wishing these three talented teachers all the best as they continue their teaching careers elsewhere. We extend a heartfelt “thank you” for their many contributions.

I’m pleased to confirm faculty assignments for the 2015-2016 school year. There are no changes planned. This is the first time I’ve written that! New TAs will be announced at the start of the school year.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Stephanie Coffey and Tania Martin and their dedicated leadership of the Prep Parents’ Organization. Their tireless efforts to co-ordinate and lead parent support of important initiatives and the day-to-day operation of the school has been invaluable.

As you might well know by now, our friend and colleague Don Kawasoe will be retiring from the College. Don’s contributions to the College cannot be summarized here. Personally, I am thankful for his leadership. His guidance and support have enabled us to develop the first-rate program we have in every area. We will all miss him tremendously and offer him best wishes in the years ahead.

At our special Grade 5-focused assembly today, we recognized the end of a great year. The boys in the audience were well-engaged and had fun. Don Kawasoe addressed the boys with a great story about a butterfly. Ask your son about it.

Congratulations to Mikey Thien for winning the “Iron Man Award” for attendance this school year. Mikey missed a grand total of zero days.

Warm regards,

Tom