Newsletter - September 11, 2023

Newsletter - September 11, 2023
Posted on 09/12/2023

Exciting News at Sydenham PS

Hello Sydenham PS families,

We hope this email finds you all well.  We are very excited to share that after submitting our growing enrolment at SPS to the school board last week, the LDSB Staffing Committee has granted our school 1 additional classroom at SPS.  This is wonderful news, however, it will impact our current classroom organizations and the roles that some of our current teacher's have started with. Due to the fact we are a relatively small elementary school, this will impact a majority of the school. In order to reduce the number of students in each class, and be in compliance with the Ministry of Education's expectations, we have had to reorganize our classroom arrangements.   As we mentioned in our initial electronic Newsletter to families, reorganization will take place in the second week of school, and will look very different from the first week.

Our New Classroom Organization is as follows:

JK/SK -L. Bryson

SK/Gr. 1- S. King (McCourt)

Gr. 2/3 - TBD

Gr.3/4 -N.Onyskiw

Gr. 5/6 -M. Reid

Gr.6/7/8 - T. Richards

The name of the our new Gr. 2/3 teacher will be known toward the end of the week after HR places them in this new assignment. 

Within the next day or 2, families will be notified of their child's new classroom placement (if applicable), and on the afternoon of Friday Sept. 15th, students will be able to set up in their new prospective classrooms with their new teacher.  Effective Monday September 18, students enter their new classroom and officially begin the year with their new teacher.

This is a great news as we were hoping to reduce the number of students in our larger classes.  However, this does come with the difficult decision of moving students from some current classes to form new classes. We understand that this is not ideal, and we are aware that nobody wants to move, however, we cannot have smaller class sizes without moving students to recreate this.  Please know that due to the tight turn around time, we are not taking parent requests/considerations.  Ms. Barrett and I will look carefully at all of the class lists today and  families will be informed on Thursday if your child is will be starting in a new class. If you do not get a phone call or email from either of us on Thursday, this means your child is not moving.

Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter and please know that in the long run this is a positive for all of the students and staff of SPS.  

Becky MacDonald


Hilda Barrett