Hello Laurelwood Community,

I welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year!  Seems weird to be already typing in the year 2020 but we are almost there! Speaking of being there, the staff have been working hard to plan for the upcoming school year and prepare their classrooms for your child.  The learning adventure is about to begin!

Our school has changed a bit since last year as we are now welcoming about 90 grade 7 students from Abraham Erb P.S. this year and have also opened up our grade 1 French Immersion boundaries to students beyond our own school as well.  The result sees our starting population to be over 675 students, almost 70 staff, and 29 classes.

This fall we are fortunate to have regained our half-time Vice-Principal position at our school and we welcome Mrs. Fay in that role.  Mrs. Fay is joining us from being a VP at Forest Hill P.S. in Kitchener for the past 2 years. She is a great addition to our school and brings a lot of skills and strengths to support us all in the coming year.

Other new staff joining us this fall include Ms. Ranger (Early Childhood Educator), Mrs. Marshall (Early Childhood Educator), Mrs. Rosenberger (Early Childhood Educator), Mme  Deleplanque (Grade 1 French Immersion), Ms. Lee (Primary/Junior French), Mr. Cairns (Grade 2/3), Mrs. Hill (Grade 5/6), Mme McGuire (Grade 5/6 French Immersion), Ms. Fleisig (Grade 7), and Mrs. Abadzic (Grade 7 & 8).   This is a talented group of new staff added to our already excellent group of teachers who will be making the learning this year the best it has ever been!

Along with these new staff members, we have 2 student teachers from Wilfrid Laurier University joining us as part of our staff for the school year.  Ms Cameron & Ms Breckles will be teaching throughout our school during the year and may be a part of your child’s class and class instruction. We are fortunate to have this connection with our newest teachers and the most current pedagogical instruction to help us all hone our skills while passing on our knowledge and experience to shape teachers at the beginning of their career.

Over the course of the year, I look forward to having the opportunity to get to know each one of you better. I do hope that you take the time to phone (519-884-9999), email (peter_berndt@wrdsb.ca) or visit me so that we can build a strong relationship.

We make every effort to communicate regularly with our school community. Besides your child’s school planner or note bag, we routinely use an e-mail program called School-Day.   With School-Day, information and updates are sent directly to your email account! You can also use it to pay for pizza and other activities. Contact the office if you have not already signed up. This is an important part of our communication strategy so we appreciate you getting connected.

Our school website is another way we are able to keep in touch. Please sign up at the bottom of the school’s homepage to receive notifications from our website directly to your email when something new is posted. As well, please visit the website regularly to review the school calendar of events and to learn more information about what is happening in the school.

I’m looking forward to a great school year ahead!


Peter Berndt