Parents, students, and community members,
I will open with a line that I have heard a million times over the last few weeks: “how great is it that spring is finally here?” It is amazing how you can feel the excitement building in a school when the days finally get warm and the snow disappears. Teachers are taking kids outside for Phys Ed, high-school students are choosing to play outside at recess, and everyone is practicing track-and-field events in preparation for the myriad of meets over the next month. It is clear that summer is finally just around the corner – something that I know we are all looking forward to!
Springtime brings many important events to Borden School – I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge a few of them!
Our oldest and youngest students are both almost ready to graduate, marking major milestones for two different groups of students who have both done a ton of learning this year. For kindergarten students, graduation is a time to reflect on the fun that they have had, the letters that they have learned, and the friendships that they have formed. For our grade 12 students, graduation is time to look back at all of the experiences that have helped shape them into the young adults that they have become. Both have exciting changes ahead, and I know that all of their parents and teachers are incredibly proud of them.
Spring also brings about some of our students’ favorite trips and activities. Over the next 2 months, students will visit Batoche and Wanuskewin, go swimming in Martensville, participate in cardboard boat races, and release a new batch of butterflies into the world. They will take part in badminton playoffs, track and field contests, and Special Olympics. We also have a chance to recognize student achievement and celebrate athletic accomplishments at our annual awards night – this is an event that I know staff and students look forward to all year. The calendar is full, and I have no doubt that May and June will be gone before we know it.
For those of us who work in the school system, spring is also a time of planning for next year. Although we will share a lot of information at the Parent Information & Appreciation Night on Tuesday, May 8th, there are a few key details that I want to share at this time. Mrs. Jackie Locke and Mrs. Jennifer Doratti have both accepted new teaching positions at Traditions Elementary School in Warman. Both have had an incredible impact on students during their time in Borden, and although Traditions is lucky to have them, they will be very much missed. We do know that Borden will be welcoming a new teacher this fall – Gina Smith is coming from Shellbrook, and will be taking over the Special Education role. She has already been out to visit, and is very much looking forward to getting to know the staff and students.
I decided to save the most challenging part of this letter for the end. After seven incredible years in Borden, I have accepted a new position as the principal of Rosthern High School in 2018/2019 and as principal of the new Rosthern preK-12 school in 2020/2021. Although this is an exciting new opportunity for me, it has been unbelievably difficult to think about leaving the community that I have come to love. Over the past seven years, Borden has been my second home – the students, staff, parents, and community members have welcomed me unconditionally and made this feel like so much more than a job. Over the past few days, I have had the chance to reflect on the people and memories that have forever changed the way that I see myself and the way that I think about education. Anyone who has the chance to experience the magic of Borden is in for the opportunity of a lifetime – as your new incoming principal, Mr. Brody Morris is perhaps the luckiest person I know.
As we finish off the school year (and enjoy the spring weather!), I hope that I get a personal chance to say thank-you to each and every member of our school community. There is still a lot of excitement to be had over the next couple months, a lot of learning to do, and a lot of memories to be made. Please join us on Tuesday for the Parent Information & Appreciation Night, and continue to support this school in the remarkable way that you have always done.
Mr. Mitch Luiten