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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



Welcome to Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten

We are getting ready to welcome the high school graduating class of 2029!

The annual Kindergarten Registration period is February 9 – 20 with our Open House on Wednesday, February 11thbeginning at 5:00 p.m. Registering now for next September lets us be as prepared as we can be.

In our Kindergarten classrooms, every learner, every day gets the attention and respect of our caring, professional teachers and early childhood educators.On March 31st parents and their children are invited to experience “A Day in the Life” of a Kindergarten classroom between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

We would appreciate if you shared your GECDSB Kindergarten experience with family, friends, neighbours or co-workers who have a child entering school this year.

Children must be 4 years of age on or before December 31st, 2015. Anyone can get more information by calling or visiting the school or on the Board website –

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Reminder Elementary School Out of District Process

The Board’s Administrative Procedure “Out of District Elementary Application Procedure” AD-AP-59 was implemented in January of 2013. It states that elementary out of district applications must be received by the Principal of the receiving school by March 15 of each year for September of the same year.

This deadline is strictly enforced as schools are staffed based on projected enrolments as of March 31. If you are considering an application for your child(ren) to attend a school as an out of district student for the 2015-16 school year, please ensure that your application is completed and submitted to the principal by March 15, 2015.

A sibling of a student who has already been approved to attend an out of district school must apply in the usual manner with no guarantee of acceptance.

Please understand that applying for Out of District at any time may be denied based on open vs. closed boundary schools or potential Program and Accommodation Reviews. Completion of the form does not guarantee placement at a requested out of district school. The Superintendent responsible for Accommodations makes the final decision.

Any applications for the 2015-16 school year will not be processed by the Superintendent of Accommodations until March of 2015. At that time, you will be officially advised by letter whether or not the application is approved.