Lester B. Pearson is a close-knit school community. Relationships are the cornerstone of interactions among our staff, between staff and students, between staff and families, and throughout the wider community. The Lester B. Pearson School Community Council (SCC) is integral to our school programming. Together, we seek to engage as many of our parents and guardians as possible. Volunteers are welcome to work with teachers in the classroom and library and to participate in special activities and field trips.
Our staff has been engaged in learning about powerful instructional and assessment strategies in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics. We are particularly proud of our Middle Years Professional Learning Community's reading portfolio -- a means for each student to set personal goals for reading, to examine their own learning practices for reading, and to track and share their reading experiences -- an initiative that has been implemented in many other classrooms throughout Saskatoon Public Schools.
Our entire staff has been trained in-- and is implementing -- PRIME, a professional resource for mathematics instruction. Teachers gain a clear picture of student progress and identify which strategies will be helpful for the individual child.
Lester B. Pearson received provincial funding to establish a new Pre-Kindergarten classroom (for children ages 3 and 4 years) that began March 31, 2008. We now have both a morning and an afternoon Pre-Kindergarten class. The classroom environment is Reggio inspired. This philosophy reflects a belief in each child as a capable being. The transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten is eased by the continuing inspiration of Reggio, in both environment and philosophy.
In June 2009, Spadina Daycare opened a daycare facility within our school. Fifty spaces are available for children from birth to school age (12 years). We are excited to develop and maintain strong relationships with our Daycare children and staff so we can make the transition to elementary school as smooth as possible.
Many of our students remain at school for lunch. They gather in our small gym under parent and staff supervision. Some students are fed through the Child Hunger and Education Program (CHEP).
There are many opportunities for students to find their niche and contribute to our Lester B. Pearson community. For example:
- our Student Secretaries and Student Library Helpers provide an invaluable service to our school.
- many students choose to attend formally-organized extra-curricular activities such as Choir, Track, Girls' and Boys' Volleyball, Girls' and Boys' Basketball, and Badminton! There are school teams for each of the aforementioned sports.