We want to acknowledge our appreciation for the countless hours of support provided by our parent and community volunteers. We have many volunteers helping with learning activities in the classroom, hotlunch, PAC, extra-curricular opportunities like basketball and track, winter activities, swim program ... the list goes on. The richness of our experiences comes from the time and care that our volunteers give so selflessly.
Before taking on the role of a volunteer, it is important that we support you in familiarizing yourself with our District Code of Conduct, SD8 Communication protocols, our school safety drill procedures, handling difficult situations that might arise in the classroom, as well as social media and the privacy issues related to sharing pictures of children other than your own. To raise our collective awareness about our shared responsibilities when it comes to the physical and social and emotional safety of our children, we will be introducing this new practice in that is aligned with the expectations of our District policies and safe schools procedures.
Our kids understand that the role of the Principal is to help them learn and to keep them safe; therefore, I am very mindful about the various layers of safety that I am responsible for. This not only applies to the safety of students but also the safety of staff, parents and community in our building and when we are out in the community. I encourage that you view the Volunteer Information/Application Package from this perspective.
I am open to respectful feedback either by phone, email or face to face conversations. It is understandable that is might feel uncomfortable and perhaps unnecessary; I ask that you respond in a way that allows for your concerns and feedback to be heard and understood. My intention is not to deter volunteers, but to encourage volunteers to step forward with the understanding that greater care needs to go into preparing and supporting you and our learners in having a positive experience.
Our mission at Brent Kennedy is to "provide a safe, cooperative environment in which success can be achieved by all. We respect and care for ourselves, each other, and our environment." Please accept this invitation to join us in a volunteer capacity at Brent Kennedy School to create an environment in which we can all feel successful.
Please see below the Volunteer Welcome Letter and Package.
Shellie Maloff | Principal
Brent Kennedy Elementary School