This month we celebrate Advent. As we wait in joyful hope and anticipation we feel the warmth and excitement of the Christmas season upon us. Advent is a time of patience, and it reminds us to be intentional in our waiting. We are asked to slow down, to take stock of our many blessings, and share the joy of the season with others. We are still unable to celebrate school-wide Advent liturgies and Christmas concerts, however, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus with hope, joy, love, and peace in our classrooms and as a faith community.
This week we have our Observable Impact facilitator and Leadership Team mentor working with us at YCS. This is in direct support of our new three-year strategic plan which focuses on Inspiring Thinking, Cultivating Well-Being, and Building Relationships. At YCS we have a very strong belief that well-being and relationships are the cornerstones of healthy learning environments. We are developing school-based Observable Impact Plans with our staff and administrators that will support measurable impact in our classrooms. The bulk of the work will be in the planning and preparing with our staff this year. We are excited to dig deeper into the student attributes that both ourselves and our stakeholders have deemed the key characteristics we want to see in our YCS students.
There continues to be many ins and outs to maneuver with CoVID19. We thank you for your continued support, including our parents that have agreed to be part of the home test kit pilot. As well, we appreciate your understanding of our need to be very strict with screening. We understand the challenges it places on our families, however, we must follow the screening protocols in order to ensure we keep our students and staff safe and healthy and our schools open. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We are hoping, as I am sure all of you are, that with the vaccination availability for children ages 5 - 11 that we may see some of the restrictions lifted in the new year, and some of the things we love about school being allowed again.
This will be a busy but exciting month, including our first reporting and three-way conference period for our elementary schools, and the celebration of the Christmas season. On behalf of all of us at YCS we wish you a peaceful and joyous Advent and a most wonderful Christmas and holiday season.