Principal's Message

Hello Stittsville PS Families!


My name is Erin Paynter, and I am the proud Principal of Stittsville PS.  I am very excited to be joining the SPS school community this year. I prefer to be called Erin or Ms. Erin by staff, students, and families. My pronouns are she/her.


Due to Covid-19, we have many safety protocols and procedures that are continuing this year. While safety and well-being remain our number one priority, we are still very much focussed on supporting all students to achieve at a high level, and creating spaces where all identities are valued and uplifted.


This year our focus will be on connecting, and in many cases, reconnecting, with our students and families. Caring relationships are at the heart of our work - students won’t and can’t learn where they don’t feel safe or cared for. With this comes a deep commitment to examining our practices to disrupt anti-racism, transphobia, homophobia, and any other biases we hold. All identities are valued and welcomed at SPS. As the Principal, I am committed to ensuring that this work is visible and on-going with all staff, students, and families. If you feel that this is not happening, we welcome hearing from you.


We are also committed to equity through the destreaming of our practices. This includes how we approach students with identified learning needs, or who may not be reaching their full potential. While it may be tempting since the pandemic started to be worried about your child’s progress, please rest assured that all children have learned a great deal these past 18 months - not just academically, but about themselves as learners, and about each other. We are not rushing to identify or address so-called “learning loss”, but as mentioned, we are focussing on a safe, warm, and nurturing return to in-person learning.


In my free time, I love to read, knit, and ride my motorcycle. I love spending time with my husband, our daughter and her wife, and our son.


We value open communication at SPS. We want to hear from you, whether it’s a concern, a question, a comment, or a complement! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through a phone call or email. You can also connect with me on Twitter: @erinpaynter, or the school: @StittsvillePS.  


See a video welcome by me here!

Take good care,

Erin 

Principal


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