Every year as enrolments and professional goals change, schools must bid farewell to some staff members as they pursue other opportunities in their careers. This year is no exception at Katimavik and we want to officially announce the following changes for 2014-2015.
First of all, M Peltier, who has been teaching at Katimavik for 27 years, has decided to put the chalk on the shelf for the last time on June 28. He will be retiring from a successful career teaching hundreds of students and making a lasting impression on their lives. We will miss M. Peltier’s calm, effective and caring disposition: he truly embraces everyone he meets for who they are. M Peltier taught grade 8 for the first time this year, a testament to his professionalism and dedication to students. It is a fitting close to his career – he can graduate with his class this year! All the best in your retirement, M. Peltier and on behalf of your current and past students: Un gros merci!
Ms. Parker, who is currently looking after her two month old baby boy, will resume her teaching next year at Riverview Alternate School, teaching a grade 1 class. Ms. Parker’s thoughtful planning and collaborative spirit will be missed at Katimavik.
Ms. Milks, who has served as our Learning Resource Teacher, working with students in all grades this year, will be moving on to Grant Alternative School, also in a Learning Resource Teacher Role. Her deep understanding of the learning process and knowledge of supporting resources will be welcome additions to the students at Grant.
Ms. Hughson, like M Peltier, will be graduating with her Grade 8 class this year, but not heading to retirement! She has accepted a position teaching Intermediate students at Hopewell Public School next year. Students have been grateful for her work on PM8, Student Success and Science Fair, amongst other things.
Mme Rainville will be greeting a Grade 3 class at Berrigan Elementary School in September. Mme Rainville’s gentle and easy-going manner and interest in critical thinking will be missed here at Katimavik, but most welcome at Berrigan.
M. Amjoun will join the community at Huntley Centennial Public School in the fall, where he will be teaching Immersion and Core French students, drawing further on his training with the Common European Framework of Refence for second language learning and trying something new!
Mme Frechette’s energetic and up-beat personality will fill the halls at Lakeview Public School, where she will work with some of our former Katimavik teachers once again. Her passion for learning, penchant for trying new things, interest in environmental concerns and ability to make meaningful partnerships with outside agencies like the University of Ottawa have all been assets in our school community and will be dearly missed.
Mme Dallaire, who has been on leave this year, will return to her teaching duties at Castelfrank where she will be working with the Primary students she loves so much. Welcome back to school, even if it isn’t ours, Mme. Dallaire!
We also say good-bye to our Long Term Occasional Teachers who have been with us this year. Mr. Syed will be teaching Grade 6 at Avalon Public School, Ms. Singh will be on leave and looking after the newest member of the family, and Ms. DeBodt will be teaching Grade 1 at Forest Valley. We will await news about Ms. Kinsman’s next assignment and wish her every success in her future career.
Ms. Daisy Soderstrom will be meeting and supporting a new student with visual impairment next year, at Connaught Public School. We will miss her keen interest in learning. She states that she will miss everyone here at Katimavik.
Mr. Farmer, our Night Custodian who keeps us all laughing and smiling and maintains the spaces after school dismisses each day will be starting a new assiginment at Bridlewood in July. Thanks to Mr. Farmer for all of his work! We will miss your joie-de-vivre!
We would also like to thank Mrs. Sherry Ritchie for her service in the GLP class while Mrs. Beauchamp has been on leave. We will miss her quiet and steady influence and support for our students and wish her well in all future endeavours.
On behalf of the students, families and staff at Katimavik, I wish each of these professionals every success in their new roles next year, and beyond. We are grateful for their many and varied contributions to our school and community. Katimavik won’t be the same without them – it has been changed because of their presence here.
We will welcome one new teacher to Katimavik in the fall. Mr. Rob Hamm will be teaching a homeroom class at KES. He comes to us from Rockliffe Park where he has been teaching Grades 5 and 6 for the past three years. He brings with him an interest in physical education and athletics, and years of teaching experience. We welcome Mr. Hamm with open arms, as we do all newcomers to our school community. I know that staff, students and families alike will make him feel a part of the team very quickly!
Returning from pregnancy leave are Mrs. Lafleur and Mrs. Polowin to assume their teaching duties in homerooms next year. We are looking forward to welcoming both of these teachers back to Katimavik!