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Dear Families,

What an incredible first week we have had here at  Keshequa Primary. From our opening day “Red Carpet” celebration to the P.R.I.D.E. kickoff event, we have spent the first few days of this year reconnecting with old friends, learning new routines, and building communities within our classrooms and across the building. I am incredibly proud of the grit I have seen in our students - drying up any tears that may have been shed and quickly exhibiting the PRIDE habits in and outside of their classrooms. Walking through the hallways, I catch myself stopping to hear respectful conversations, observing responsible behaviors, and enjoying an abundance of laughter. I’m flooded with pride each day.

The change of the school calendar has brought with it several changes to our building that I wanted to make families aware of. As a district we spent this summer working together to design an effective Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Program. Although each building will design their own model for their individual students, all models are focused on maximizing the selection and use of evidence-based prevention and intervention practices along a multi-tiered continuum that supports the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral competence of all students. In Layman's terms, PBIS uses a positive approach to support teaching the whole child. In the Primary School, our PBIS team worked collaboratively to research and design an exciting program for our students that encourages them to exhibit P.R.I.D.E. in the Tribe by being safe, being responsible, and being respectful. Stay tuned for more information regarding some positive experiences and opportunities we have in place for our students this year!

Our PBIS initiative is very exciting but not the only change we have taking place in the primary building. We worked hard this summer as instructional teams designing curriculum that is rigorous and addresses standards but supports the individual needs of our learners. We have built common experiences into all students day that support enrichment for our students as well as opportunities to work in a variety of small groups for personalized reading and math instruction and support. That having been said, to support this initiative, we are shifting the start of our instruction day from 8:20 to 8:15. This means that teachers will be taking attendance by 8:10 each morning. With the building opening at 7:45 for breakfast eaters, students will still have plenty of time to enjoy a healthy morning meal and make it to class, energized and ready for a day of learning and fun. We recognize that this shift may take a few weeks of adjustment. To support this, we will not change our instructional start time until Monday, October 1.

There are many other new and exciting things we are looking forward to this year at Keshequa Primary. Stay tuned for more detailed information regarding our PBIS initiative as well as other initiatives and events we are planning for students and their families. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thank you for sharing your child with us each day.

Casey VanEpps

Keshequa Primary Principal


Mr. Casey VanEpps
Primary Principal
(585)-468-2900, Ext. 6136

Mrs. Jill McCallum
Secretary to Primary Principal
(585)-468-2900, Ext. 6136