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    Our Philosophy & About our School

    Our Vision: 

    All students will learn to their full potential and develop the ability, passion, and imagination to pursue their dreams and contribute to their community.

    Our Mission:

    We work with families and community partners to provide safe, caring, healthy, diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning experiences that engage students to achieve their full potential in an increasingly interdependent world.

    We believe that Homesteader is a safe, supportive school which fosters social, emotional and academic growth. We understand the importance of providing our students with an environment of trust, co-operation and respect. We recognize that each child is unique and special with their own potential for growth and success. At Homesteader we celebrate our cultural diversity and promote a sense of community in all classrooms. Students are engaged in their learning through the use of technology, hands-on activities and co-operative learning activities. Homesteader staff members are committed to continuous professional improvement and model life-long learning. We value our relationships with our school community and recognize the importance of open communication among parents, students and staff.

    Homesteader School is located in the south Clareview area. The community contains a mixture of single family homes and high density housing. We are an optimal enrolment school, offering programming for our community students and we welcome students from other communities into our Opportunity and Early Education programs. We are experiencing an increase in our Aboriginal population and in the number of ELL students. Several of our students come from single parent families and we qualify for full-day kindergarten due to the socio-economic needs of our community.

    Homesteader School is a district site for Early Education and Opportunity programs. Our plan is to have seven classes of grade one through six students, one full-day kindergarten class, one Division II Opportunity class, and four preschool Early Education classes. All Division I and II classes will use the Balanced Literacy Program to support our work in the areas of reading and writing. The Leader in Me program, Home Reading Program, Student Leadership, Character Education, Intramurals and other extra-curricular clubs help to promote school spirit and provide students with additional opportunities to develop sportsmanship and positive social skills. Our high school partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters will continue to support the social, emotional and academic growth of our students. For the 2015-2016 school year, Homesteader School will be in year 6 of the "Leader in Me" program. As we continue to focus on leadership, our goal is to become a school recognized for character, academics, and community service. The 2015-2016 year will be our fifth year as an " Apple" school. The Homesteader School Council/PAA will continue to enhance programming by supporting technology, special activities, performances and incentive programs.


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September Message


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Dear Families,

Wow, September is almost over and it has been an awesome month! We have had a great start to a new school year!  I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the families, students, and staff who have made me feel so welcome at Homesteader.  I am so excited to be part of this amazing, positive, and strong school community.  Our Welcome Back BBQ was well attended and it was lovely to see all of the families chatting and spending time together! Together we are going to see great things happen this year!

2c87edcc004ede81297ce2c9ef24ced5.jpgHomesteader is a school environment that promotes literacy.  We want to make literacy available to all students and have created a number of “spaces” throughout the school where students can access books.  The school library will also be open for families to access each morning at 8:15 am.  Parents who would like to bring their children to the library at this time to read with them are welcome to.


I want to thank you for placing your trust and faith in our school; we will strive to ensure that your children will always be at the heart of every decision we make.  Having said that, I would love to have your input so that the decisions we make are also reflective of the school community.  Please consider joining the Homesteader School Council or the Homesteader Parent Financial Advisory council.  A note will be coming home with more information, but our first meeting will be on October 3rd at 6:00pm.


This month, I have had the privilege of being in your children’s classes every day and I have seen learning environments where students are settled, happy, and learning.  September has been an exciting month in classrooms. We have been working on learning new routines, getting to know each other and finding out where students are at in their learning so that we can make sure students are getting what they need.  I strongly believe that when we create an environment where students feel a sense of belonging and work is challenging and supported, students will feel happy and safe.  


Your child’s teacher will share the exciting things happening in their classroom in a variety of ways. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher anytime if you have questions or concerns.  I am also open to conversations about the school or your children; please pop in and see me or feel free to call me.   Again, thank you for the awesome start to the year!   


Yours In Learning,

Andrea Cooper, M. Ed