Parental involvement at Ecole Routhier School is essential
for Smoky River Express
The first week at Ecole Routhier School in Falher was a time to get familiar with the school’s environment, establish routines, and for everyone to get to know their roles and responsibilities.
“Teachers and students can understand their expectations, setting the tone for the rest of the school year,” says principal Richard Fournier.
“The students and teachers, together, form a social contract as part of the restitution process. The principle behind it is the students have input in the process, so they also share in the responsibility and accountability for their actions in the classroom.”
Parents are involved in some of the learning and restitution activities, he adds, which is essential. They acquire an understanding of the new approaches and principles teachers use to teach math and literacy, as well as the restitution principles.
“It’s about paying forward, instead of paying back,” he says. “It’s not about consequences and punishment, but about fixing and making things right.”
He also says the school has a strong parent council, which will develop goals for the things they want to achieve. The council meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. in the school.
School started Sept. 5 and some big things are happening there. Dan Doyle, one of the new teachers, will implement a music program for students in Grades 4-6.
Also, the school’s library received $13,000 from Cargill. The library will use the money for new computers and video equipment for technology-based learning.
“It opens the door for expanded learning opportunities,” says librarian Diane Gervais, who truly appreciates the donation.
The computers have arrived; she’s just waiting for other equipment. Staff training will be required on an ongoing basis.