Category Archives: Eagle Parents

Thank You Eastwood Community: A letter

Eastwood Eagles

The most important thing is to be kind.

Dear Parents, Students and Eastwood Community Members

It is with profound happiness that I address you this last time as your Principal in saying thank you from the bottom of my heart for 6 years of absolute joy working as your school’s lead learner.  As you may have heard I have been asked to move on to support the learning and work of another great community in Kingsville at Kingsville Public School.  I am happy to announce Principal Nick Arundine (Ah-run-din-ay) as Eastwood School’s newest Eagle.  Principal Arundine is ecstatic to join the team!

 I have always asked our teachers and students to embrace change and view each change as an opportunity to grow and learn.   I will model that philosophy by using the skills I have honed here and the strength taught to me by Eastwood students in making a successful and enthusiastic transition to my new school.  I will take with me the fond and everlasting memories of students at Eastwood School.

Eastwood has been my home for 6 academic years.  I have raised my own children through my time here.  We have added a family member from the very student population at Eastwood.  The parents and teachers in the Eastwood community have helped shape my parenting and my life.  The students of Eastwood have trusted me to help cultivate a positive vision of their futures.  I am eternally grateful for the trust given to me to work with every child and every adult in an effort to bring a vision of a great and successful future to our community and to each individual.

We made kindness the most important part of being an Eagle.  We walked together on the sweet grass road and reminded and helped each other when we fell or forgot.  We were always there for each other, apologizing, picking each other up, supporting and listening to our understandings.  I witnessed incredible acts of kindness and courage at Eastwood and was inspired daily by our children and our leaders.  Often our children were our leaders.  Their voices and thoughts brought honesty and integrity to our work.

In the time that I spent at Eastwood school I always did my best.  I stepped up to challenges and made decisions based on the needs of our students.  I relied on the experiences and observations of our great teachers and our parents.  It is in working collaboratively, reflecting and dialoguing with each of you that we were able to make great things happen for kids.  Our work together was not without failures, mistakes and missteps.  These were essential to our learning together.  One might say that if we weren’t making mistakes we just weren’t trying hard enough!

Eastwood is a safe and kind school.  It is this way because of you.  Every member of the Eastwood family contributed to its greatness and will continue to shape its future and define its culture.  I am a better man, principal, parent and human because of my time at Eastwood among the Eagles.

I wish all of you the best in life.  I am only a tweet away!  Follow my learning and let me know about yours.

Wake up each day be your best self and remember that it is a great day to be kind.

My Sincere Thanks,

Mr. Cowper



Eastwood’s Safe Welcome Procedure



Please enjoy an introductory YouTube video about our new Safe Welcome procedure at Eastwood this fall.

Check out this video on YouTube:

Progress Reports are for Learning

What does an Elementary Progress Report Card Communicate?

The Elementary Progress Report Card gives parents/guardians/caregivers an early indication of your child’s general progress.

The Elementary Progress Report Card is designed to show:

• a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during the initial weeks of the school year,
• a student’s general progress in working toward the achievement of the curriculum expectations. This report is not an evaluation of your child’s achievement. Rather, the purpose is to give students and parents early and specific feedback regarding general progress during the first two months of the school year. Instead of assigning a grade at this time, teachers will indicate how well your child is progressing: “very well”, “well” or “with difficulty.” The report also highlights areas of strengths and areas that need to be improved. Evaluation or marks are included on the Term 1 and 2 reports in February and June.
Assessment for learning is used by teachers and students to determine what students know and can do, their interests and strengths, what they need to do next to improve achievement, and what strategies will help them achieve the identified learning goals.

We know that you, as a parent or guardian, are vital partners in your child’s education and that children do better at school when parents are involved. 
The intent of the Progress Report Card and the Parent Interview/Conference is to provide information about how your child is doing at school and to facilitate a home and school partnership for ongoing communication throughout the school year.

Welcome to a New School Year Students and Parents!

This short video was created to help you start your days out great at Eastwood each morning! Enjoy.

We will see you back on September 4th, 2012 at 8:15 am!

$4000 shopping spree

Sunday, May 29th 2:00pm
Indigo Lakeshore
Be there for the $4000 shopping spree to fill our classrooms!


Please Join Eastwood Parent Book Club!

Please Join us for the first ever Eastwood Parents’ Book talk:

When:  May 26th, 2011

Time:  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where:  Eastwood Public School

Book:  Mindset, by Dr. Carol Dweck

How:  Register by responding to Mr. Cowper at:

Please include your name, your child’s name and grade and your home phone number in the email.  Please write a brief sentence with your hopes for the evening.

Responses are due to Mr. Cowper by Friday, May 6th at 3:00 pm.

Hurry only 20 spaces are available!

Since it is the opening day of Education Week (May 2-6) we would like to start our celebration by inviting parents to a night hosted by Mr. Cowper to discuss helping adults and children grow their learning potential!

There are only 20 Spots available for interested parents in joining an Eastwood book talk  (A night to have conversations and discussions around a book while enjoying some party food!).

On May 26th at 6:00 pm Mr. Cowper will be hosting a parents’ book talk on the work of Dr. Carol Dweck entitled Mindset.

In order to receive your free copy of Mindset you must reply to this blog post or send a note to Mr. Cowper by Friday, May 6th (The closing of Education Week.)  The first 20 participants will receive their free copy of Mindset for the weekend! 

Between May 6th and May 26th you will read the book Mindset and come to our book talk prepared to discuss your learning and interest in the concepts, stories and ideas presented.  A light dinner menu will be provided while we talk together from 6 pm to 8 pm.  There is no cost for this first time event.  Please join us!  We are excited to learn with you!

Technology is Just a Click Away

Technology’s Impact on Children

In the past ten years, we have seen a significant increase in the use of technology among today’s youth.  Children today learn how to navigate the Internet at a very young age.  Although there are positives, there are many dangers that come with always being “connected”.   Find out more in the company of professionals and other parents.

Parkview Public School welcomes the families of Parkview, Eastwood andForestGladePublic Schoolsto an informative evening with Windsor Police Services and social workers from the Greater Essex County District School Board to discuss the impact of technology on our children.

Thursday, May 19, 2011  6:30 pm

ParkviewPublic School

3070 Stillmeadow Road

(519) 735-4445