As you may have heard by now, the decision by Trustee Marlene Jennings to close St. Dorothy School as of June 30, 2020, and to transfer our students to Our Lady of Pompei School for the 2020-2021 school year was announced last evening. It is with a heavy heart that I communicate this information to you today.
St. Dorothy School has been a vibrant English elementary school in St. Michel for decades. Our students have benefited from a multi-faceted bilingual program with many extra-curricular and cultural activities. A dedicated and experienced team of educators have worked together over a long period of time to develop and share their expertise with the students. Parent involvement in our school has added to the repertoire of activities we can offer the students.
Once again I thank our governing board members, staff, and the brief sub -committee for their hours of work to create a document that represented our school in its best light, and made a compelling argument for keeping St. Dorothy School open.
I know the decision to close St. Dorothy School will leave you with questions concerning your children’s school registrations for next year. All current St. Dorothy students will be zoned for Our Lady of Pompei School for the 2020-2021 school year. While parents have the right to register their children at EMSB schools of their choice, Our Lady of Pompei is the only bilingual school for which St. Dorothy students can be zoned for school bus transportation. I will be sending home more details about registration by the end of next week.
Our Lady of Pompei School is also an excellent school with decades of tradition and educator expertise. Collaboration between the administration and staff of both schools will allow preservation of the best programs both schools have to offer. I will be working closely with the school administration to make the transition as smooth as possible for families who transfer their children to Our Lady of Pompei.
I held an assembly this morning to talk to the students and staff about our school closure. The students had many excellent questions and comments. It is of utmost importance that we, the adults, do our best to address their concerns as positively as possible. The experiences the students will have in their new school next year can be opportunities for making new friends, meeting new teachers, and enjoying new experiences.
In the meantime, “St. Dorothy Stands” and we will enjoy the rest of the school year together. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
|OPEN HOUSE: January 23, 2020 12:45 PM - 8:30 PM, Our Lady of Pompei Elementary, Visitation Hours for Open House: 12:45-14:20, 18:30-20:30.|
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