Fall has arrived at Larson École Elementaire / Elementary School
By Lisa Dalla Vecchia, NVSD Communications
One of the highlights of a superintendent’s responsibilities
is the school visit, as it is an opportunity to connect and hear directly from
school administrators, staff and students. And on a beautiful, crisp, sunny
fall day in September, Superintendent Mark Pearmain spent the morning at Larson
École Elementaire / Elementary School.
Hosted by Principal Cathy Piteux and Vice Principal Amelia
Poitras, the grand tour began at the library. Teacher Librarian Kathleen
Patterson thoughtfully described the process she had developed to ensure
students are able to safely access a rich collection of reading material.
Principal Cathy Piteux speaks with Superintendent Mark Pearmain at the school library.
From there, we joined a Kindergarten class. We watched
students arrive and immediately go to wash their hands, before grabbing a
favourite book, sitting on the classroom floor and begin reading. It was
heart-warming to see our youngest students settling in so well and adjusting to
the classroom routine.
We were there for the school’s morning announcement that
signaled the start of the day. It included a land acknowledgment, musical
interlude and weekly intention, which for this particular week was, “I will
lead by example, in class, on the playground at home.”
A kindergarten student reads with his teacher.
As we made our way, visiting different classrooms, where
some were taught in English and others in French, we met teachers and students
who were proud and eager to share how they were spending their days, learning
Some students shared that they were journaling about their
weekend adventures; others displayed artwork made from only natural material
they had found outside the classroom. A few of the older students presented
some of the “treasures” they had discovered exploring the school grounds; others
enthusiastically described the stories there were writing…and intended to
Superintendent Mark Pearmain with Larson alumna and Teacher Emily Norvell.
We met Ms. Emily Norvell, an alumna of Larson Elementary who
still calls North Vancouver home. Emily graduated with her education degree
from Simon Fraser University in 2019, and she has now returned to Larson to teach—and
in her old grade three classroom.
We met Precy Erana, one of our newest custodians, who
greeted us with a warm smile and shared how happy she was to be part of the
team at Larson Elementary.
Precy Erana, one of the newest members of the NVSD team.
We also met young stewards of the environment, future authors…and future reporters. Each classroom visit was an opportunity for students to ask some tough questions to Superintendent Pearmain, including:
- "What is your favourite colour?"
- "What is your favourite sport?"
- "What is your favourite season?" and
- "What exactly do you do?"
We ended the day touring the school's new universally accessible playground. We even persuaded Cathy and Amelia to test out the swing equipment.
Vice Principal Amelia Poitras and Principal Cathy Piteux enjoy the new swings.
The day was memorable and full of smiles and laughter. We cannot wait for the next opportunity to visit Larson and our other schools…and we'll be sure to share a summary with you.