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  • Our Philosophy & About our School

    Our Philosophy & About our School

    Our Vision: 

    Creating a positive school culture through opportunities for success, supportive relationships and high expectations.

    Our Mission:

    As a team, we build relationships with our students and community to foster a safe, supportive and creative learning environment that ensures each child successfully reaches their social, emotional and intellectual potential as lifelong learners. 

     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 but we welcome students from other communities into our Opportunity and Pre Kindergarten program. .

    We offer a great deal of support to our students and families through a number of community partnerships. Our Success Coach and our high school partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters will continue to support the social, emotional and academic growth of our students. We will be able to offer afterschool programming through Abbottsfield Youth Projects, Catholic Social Services volunteer program and Free Footie.  We will continue to be an Apple School which promotes a healthy eating, fitness and mental health.  We have an active School Council which has been incredibly supportive of the many initiatives happening at Homesteader.  


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Monthly Update


2017-2018 School Supply Lists: http://homesteader.epsb.ca/forparents/parentresources/


Welcome to December!  It has been an honour to work with your children and I can tell you that we have fabulous students at Homesteader.  As a school, we continue to work on encouraging respectful behavior and leadership skills.  Everyday, I witness students being kind to one another, being helpful, and being positive.  The interaction between staff and students is also amazing - we are really lucky to have such a hard working, committed team!  Progress reports were sent home last week.  Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.  As always, I am open to conversations with you about your child or the school community.


We spent our Professional Learning Day discussing writing and ways to improve both our instruction of writing and your child’s writing skills.  We will continue to discuss this throughout the year.  We also spent some time talking about our Makerspace.  In a classroom Makerspace, students have the freedom to explore their own interests and to come up with their own projects that they would like to create. Given this freedom, students direct their own learning by delving into topics that they need to learn about to make their project successful: Want to build an alarm? Time to review circuits and switches. It is a great space to learn problem- solving skills!  We are excited to “work” in this new space together!  There will be more information coming home soon!


If I don't chat with your beforehand, I hope your time with family and friends will be joyous, peaceful, and full of love during the Winter break. 


Yours In Learning,

Andrea Cooper, M. Ed