At Ellengale Public School we place a high priority on families, school and community groups working together for the success of our students. When we all work together to support student learning, we believe that our students tend to do better in school, stay in school longer and like school more. Our partnerships include the Parent and Family Literacy Program – a site based drop-in program for caregivers and preschoolers, as well as The Big Sisters and Brothers tutoring program, liaisons with UTM education and medical students and Peel Police education programs. Opportunities for parents to engage in school activities include school council, various volunteer opportunities in classrooms and helping with our parent assisted reading program.
As educators and parents, we strive to help our students develop as innovative problem solvers, critical thinkers and respectful individuals who will work collaboratively with others. A daunting challenge, but one that we are committed to.
Our character education program will incorporate caring, honesty, being encouraging and inclusive, sharing, teamwork and cooperation, enthusiasm, respect and responsibility. We look forward to seeing many of you at the school for our monthly Chester assemblies, where we will celebrate the character development that helps our students become the good citizens of tomorrow.
Also, in the spirit of good citizenship we are excited to announce that we have been selected to participate in the Ontario EcoSchool program. This program will highlight the importance of stewardship and global responsibility, as we work together to care for our environment.
In the areas of academic achievement, our teachers have developed specific grade appropriate goals to further enhance our students’ reading and numeracy skills. Our overall school reading focus will be helping students further develop the ability to make connections and to understand the author’s hidden messages. In mathematics we will focus on problem solving skills and effectively communicating about mathematical processes.
We also feature a music, drama and dance program. Infusing literacy and numeracy with the arts has been well supported by research as an effective way of engaging students in learning and enhancing student success at school. We look forward to the many ways that our students will share their learning through the arts.
Our dedicated staff includes teachers, teaching assistants, early childhood educators, office managers an office assistant and our custodial staff, all working together to support our vision of a school that will be an inclusive and caring community of staff, students and parents fostering the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of each child.
We consider ourselves the small school making a big difference!