Our First Week at School
A lot went into my decision to move my son to KBS, knowing full well that he is not a child who welcomes change. As a thinker, he seemingly had quite a lot of anxiety surrounding starting at KBS and some fairly “creative” preconceived notions about what it would be like. Throughout the summer we had many discussions about KBS and by the end of August he was excited and looking forward to the new adventure. Come the first day of school as we pulled into the parking lot, I watch all of the summer discussions and excitement drain from his face as reality set in.
As a parent my heart ached for him, realizing the potential challenges that lay ahead of him that day. After a quick parking lot pep talk he (and I) put on a brave face and walked the path to the school. Immediately we were greeted by yourself, and the entire grade 8 class. We were shown to his class room and the friendly welcoming energy of everyone we passed was contagious. The organization and enthusiasm that went into that first day, that first impression, was invaluable!!
That afternoon when I picked him up, to my surprise and relief I found a smiling content boy. He was genuinely happy and had a wonderful first day.
Now, when I ask him who some of his friends are, he names classmates and then includes his teacher Mr. Wagner “because he’s my friend too”. He tells me how Mr. Wagner reassures him with feedback on his work and tells jokes in the class. As a parent hoping to provide opportunities to inspire the best in her child, I want to sincerely thank you and everyone at KBS for a great start to a new adventure!
Mrs. Wallace has been an invaluable resource as well, she is so kind, approachable, and always has an answer to any of my many questions. The level of communication from the school is very welcomed and definitely provides a sense of security. I am grateful for the opportunity of our family to be part of this community and as the year goes on.
All of this to say a truly heartfelt thank you to you and the entire KBS community for a seamless transition to new opportunities, experiences and a new school year!”
Hoping you had a nice long weekend!
We had several interactions with different “new” people this weekend, and noticed each time how comfortable our son was in expressing himself with each new year person and situation. He was both engaging, and interested in each interaction, and was articulate (and interesting) in his comments.
In contrast, just a few months ago, he would have been much more reserved and to himself, and I think this is for the most part due to your efforts at KBS with the JK class. It cannot be easy to connect with eighteen 3 to 5 year olds, to make each of them comfortable, and help them come out of their shells, yet you have done it!
Before we met with you or visited KBS, we watched a video on their website, of your JK/SK classes, and immediately felt KBS and your homeroom would be the best place for Mika to start his academic journey, and it has proven to be an excellent choice.
Thank you for all your efforts! We appreciate it, and are grateful for everything you do.
Thank you and she and I are so excited!
I would like to share, that after we came to see you, she was so happy and then she woke up the next day and told me , “Kindergarten?”
For a few days she mentioned it and was giddy. It left an impression and made us smile.
We can’t wait for next September.
My daughter has been at KBS for her entire education. Through JK, SK grade 1 the solid foundation was laid with her marvellous educators.
In Grade 2, she became super engaged with the kindness and belief Mrs. Taylor had for her. Mrs. Taylor’s openness to my thoughts about, and for her were openly received and her belief she could do better provided her all the confidence in the world. This began the dramatic change!
Building on that came Ms. Ahern in grade 3. Ms. Ahern’s sense of humour combined with her “no excuse” practice really built on Mrs. Taylor’s work. Ms. Ahern continued nurturing her confidence by giving her public speaking practice, a firm and gentle guide and sense of humour she could relate to. She was now off and running and truly loving school. Her maturity really shone through by the time she left the doors of grade 3.
Now we are once again blessed!
Mr. Wagner has been able to quickly identify her strengths and areas for improvement! I don’t know what is happening in grade four but she is not just DOING homework without an argument but she’s DREAMING of homework -“Mom, I dreamt I had five pages of C-Skills for homework!!” All the time laughing. This tells me she is becoming mindful and aware of her own responsibilities to her education! I am so incredibly excited and pleased. Mr. Wagner has been another fabulous contributor to her education.
Mrs. FitzGerald, your belief in River, the teams’ belief in River has truly overwhelmed me. All too often we forget to thank the people who change our lives because we don’t recognize it soon enough, or we didn’t take the time to observe it.
Thank you so very much to your teaching faculty and to you and Mr.White! You have all created open doors to me for my worries or concerns for, or about my daughter. I can confidently say every day is a joy.
THANK YOU!!!!!! :):)