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Seasons of Change


As the saying goes "April showers bring May flowers"; May is a month of change where the grass turns green,  the flowers start to bloom and the animals shed their winter coats. At Menno we are also in a season of change.

I have had the pleasure of being the Principal at Menno for the last year and it has been filled with amazing relationships. I have come to know each and every child at the school (and I love them all!), I have had many great conversations with parents and have really gotten to know the amazing staff. 

The teachers at Menno bring many gifts and talents to their positions and I know from parent feedback that Menno has been a safe and caring environment for our students. We look forward to continuing to build community and academic excellence in the 2017/2018 School Year.

The recent changes in staffing have also been an opportunity for staff to evaluate areas of interest and opportunities that they would like to pursue, so I am pleased to announce some changes in roles for the upcoming year. Mr Wiebe is moving to Division 1 and will become the Grade 2 homeroom teacher; Ms Janz will be moving to Division 2 and will take on the role of Grade 4 homeroom. Mr Colgan is going to focus on the Math and Science core for Grade 5 & 6 and will also become the Grade 5 homeroom teacher. Melissa will be moving with her Grade 5 class and become the 2017/2018 homeroom teacher for Grade 6 and will be teaching LA and Social for Grade 5 & 6. Mrs Carpenter is going to be a Music and French specialist for the school while maintaining her role as Grade 7 homeroom teacher. Mr Grasmeyer will be taking on the role of homeroom teacher for Grade 9. Carmen Wallin will be coming on full time as the Grade 8 homeroom teachers in 2017/2018 and will be teaching humanities to the Junior High students.

There are still a few gaps and I am in the process of interviewing and figuring out the last few positions, but I know that the upcoming school year will be amazing for our students. I want to commend the teachers on their willingness to take on new opportunities and recognizing that "It takes courage to let go of the familiar and take on the new". 

Comments (2)

Tricia said on May 19, 2017 at 10:23 AM

Thank you Denise for updating us. I agree that it is amazing that the teachers are all willing to change and adapt to changes for our kids!

Hana Mancuso said on May 19, 2017 at 11:27 AM

Can you please provide information about the changes in time allotted for physical education for the 2017/2018 school year. Most parents are unaware of changes, however information about decreasing gym time has been suggested.
Thank you,

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