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As I read over last year’s Principal’s message I was taken back to a simpler time before we were in a global pandemic.  The sun is still lower in the sky and the leaves are starting to turn their beautiful fall colours. The world is different but the nature around us keeps us grounded and reminds me that this is just the “now”, not the forever. We are excited to hear the laughter of students again and see the smiles of staff (even if they are behind masks). Please know that we are working hard to put in routines and structures that will be safe, healthy and calming for both students and staff. Although we are unable to have parents join us in the school this year our “virtual” doors are never closed. Please email or call to make an appointment to talk to either your child’s teacher or Ms. Henson and myself in the office.

It is still my goal to make sure all students, parents and staff feel welcomed, respected, and safe when they are at our school. We are still looking to the students, parents and staff to help us achieve this goal. We are a school that believes in supporting students to do their best, and that it is okay to make mistakes because that is how we learn and grow. We believe that important to take risks and that it is okay not to know something, but not okay to not try.

We are fortunate at Willway to have amazing grounds to play on, access to nature trails and hikes just a few minutes away and we are able to take our learning out and about into the community. School will look a bit different this year,  so if you have any questions about things we do or why we do them please feel free to ask.

I look forward to this new year and can’t wait to see the amazing things the students learn, experience and engage in. Welcome to Willway!

Kendra Laidlaw