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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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Welcome to Homesteader School


2016-17 School Supply Lists: http://homesteader.epsb.ca/forparents/parentresources/


Dear Families,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to a new school year at Homesteader.  The beginning of a new year is always so exciting!  There are new friends, new teachers and new things to learn! There is also a new Principal at Homesteader to meet!  I am delighted to have joined the Homesteader team as your new school principal.  

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.  - Martin Luther King, Jr.


I am lucky to be part of a school that has such a strong reputation for being a welcoming, inclusive community.  This fits well with my own beliefs!  I believe that Homesteader should be a place where we learn, work and play together everyday! I believe your child should feel welcomed, cared for and a have a sense of belonging everyday! I believe every student will feel happy and safe while being challenged to do their best.  I believe that as a staff, we will work collaboratively to ensure that Homesteader is a place where this will happen!  


Develop a passion for learning.  If you do, you will never cease to grow.  - Anthony J. D’Angelo


To get our year started, we spent some time thinking about the amazing opportunities that already happen at Homesteader: Literacy intervention, leadership opportunities, authentic learning activities and access to technology and supports to enhance learning. Our students are part of a school community where passion, imagination,and striving for our personal best is valued.  I am looking forward to learning more on this educational journey . . . come walk with me!


If we would just support each other - that's ninety percent of the problem.

-Edward Gardner

The children and families of Homesteader bring beauty to our school through their diversity.  I am  looking forward to coming to know your children and your families in the weeks and months ahead.  Parents and caregivers place tremendous trust and faith in our school and those who care for their children.  Your children will always be at the heart of every decision we make as a staff.  You are the best advocate for your child and their success depends on all of us working together!  I am always open to conversations about the school or your children. Please feel free to contact me any time!


Yours In Learning,

Andrea Cooper, M.Ed