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Welcome to Aberdeen Elementary

The original Aberdeen Elementary was first built in 1890 and has undergone several changes over the years.  Aberdeen Elementary is one of a handful of schools in the Abbotsford School District that still offers a K-7 program. Although Aberdeen began as a school for rural families, the demographics are now changing. More than half of our 180 students live in urban neighbourhoods. One thing that has not changed, however, is that Aberdeen is a school where everyone knows your name.

Our Mission Statement is “to develop successful learners through targeted individualized instruction and support  that ensures high levels of learning.”  In the last few years, the staff of Aberdeen have introduced a program known as Response to Intervention.  In RTI, students are placed in small groups and receive intensive reading intervention at their level. The low instructor to pupil ratio allows for greater monitoring and feedback. The intention is to provide support to each individual at a level that is appropriate for them. Research dictates that we focus our efforts on providing early intervention for students. Currently, the program is being used for reading support. In future, we will look at using it to improve writing and Math skills.

One other area of focus is social-emotional development. We decided to follow the lead of the Dalai Lama Centre and their work around the Science of Kindness. The Heart-Mind Inquiry  gives us a tangible focus for this. It allows us to delve into 5 main areas (getting along with others, being compassionate and kind, solving problems peacefully, feeling secure and calm, and being alert and engaged). These variables are familiar to those who have followed the Virtues Program and the Ministry of Education’s Self-Regulation initiatives. They are things that all cultures strive to teach their young in order to promote responsibility, citizenship, and kindness.

GETS ALONG WITH OTHERS – the ability to form positive relationships with peers and adults.

COMPASSIONATE AND KIND – the ability to be aware of other people’s emotions and a desire to help when a person is in need.

SOLVES PROBLEMS PEACEFULLY – the ability to behave in a peaceful and respectful way in a variety of situations and relationships.

SECURE AND CALM – the ability take part in daily activities and approach new situations without being overwhelmed with worries, sadness or anxiety.

ALERT AND ENGAGED – the ability to stay calm, focused and alert; to demonstrate self-control and to slow down and think before acting.

We also pride ourselves on student activities and opportunities.  Extra- curricular sports, clubs, and the Around Schools Program are in place.  Around Schools provides free participation opportunities for many of our students who may not have the chance to be on community teams or clubs. Floor hockey, basketball, reading, drama, dance are all types of activities that we have, or plan to have sponsored at our school by community groups.  “Guys Alive” and “Just for Girls” are other examples of community groups coming into our schools and providing fun programs with a specific purpose.  We also provide   opportunities for friendship groups, recreational activities, academic and behavioural support.  Our older students have many jobs within the school. Recycling and organic waste programs help them understand more about being environmentally responsible citizens.

Involving parents, and finding ways to develop a partnership with them, is essential.  This early connection with parents and children is essential to establishing norms of positive behaviour.  Small Beginnings Preschool is a tremendous bridge between home and school and is located right in our building.