Principal's Message


Principal’s Message 

February 2018                                                                                    

Welcome back to École Dr. Brosseau School! Happy New Year to you and your families! I hope you had a restful and relaxing holiday and are ready for an exciting 2018! It’s hard to believe that it is already February, time is flying by, spring is just around the corner! For this newsletter, I will be focusing on a couple items; the Accountability Survey, and then PLC’s. To find out what else is happening at the school, read through this Newsletter, lots of information here!

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school jurisdictions to ensure that we are equipping students for success.

From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.

  • In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will have received a survey from Alberta Education.
  • In February, students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with École Dr. Brosseau School. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly. Survey results will be available to school jurisdictions in May 2018, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports in the fall.

Now, have you ever wondered what those early dismissal days are all about? Well, I thought I would take this time to explain to you why we have early dismissals at École Dr. Brosseau School.

At Lakeland Catholic Schools, and at École Dr. Brosseau School, we are lucky to have 18 early dismissal Wednesdays set aside for Teacher Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s).  These PLCs focus on the improvement of your child's instruction. This early dismissal does not detract from the mandated 950 hours of instruction that students in elementary/middle schools in Alberta are required to complete during the year.

What do teachers do during these PLC’s?

  • They work on improving instruction for your children, so as to maximize learning.
  • Wednesday PLC time provides teachers with time to collaborate with colleagues, discuss student learning, talk about what is working and implement new professional learning in their classrooms.
  • Part of this learning also includes videos of our teachers teaching, so that their practice can be viewed and discussed.
  • Peer observations (where from time to time teachers observe colleagues teaching in their classroom) are planned and discussed.
  • These videos and observations are used during PLC time to promote improved instructional practice and better learning situations for your children.
  • We are truly a “Community of Learners”. At École Dr. Brosseau School, both our teachers and students are learning all the time.
  • PLC’s provide opportunities for all of the above to happen effectively.

A good analogy about improving instruction would be that, just as information techniques and methods in the medical field are always changing so is the education field. We would not want our doctors to be using the same practices and technology from decades gone by, Similarly, teachers can no longer teach in exactly the same manner as they would have when they were students. Certainly, good teaching is good teaching, however, technology is changing our world and the way students learn. Dr. Brosseau teachers place an importance on ensuring students are engaged and that “learning is the work” for both teachers and students at our school.

I hope that you appreciate that this early dismissal Wednesday time is not about “more time off for teachers”, but rather about improving instruction and improving our world by creating good citizens who can learn how to learn.

This is in line with our school mission statement:

At École Dr. Brosseau School our Mission is to ensure that our students are given opportunities each day to be challenged academically. Our students will develop skills to make morally intelligent decisions in a Christ filled atmosphere where children feel safe, cared for and accepted.


If you have any questions, or would like to comment, please feel free to contact me any time, I appreciate hearing from you. Your voice is very important to the success of our school and especially to the success of your child.

God Bless!

Vince Spila, Principal        

Better Education … It’s as simple as that! C’est vrai!

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