Beginnings as Opportunities

Dear Ruth M. Buck Families

I am thrilled to be joining the school community at Ruth M. Buck and to serve as your Principal.  The start of a new year is always my favourite time.  Watching staff bring forth an energy full of enthusiasm, determination and desire for this to be the very best year.  Behind the doors there is a contagious buzz as these dedicated educators plan, collaborate and establish priorities for the upcoming school year.  Your children are incredibly fortunate to have access to such high level professionals here at Buck.  Throughout the course of the year you can expect a refined focus on school culture and climate for all of our stakeholders:  Students, Staff, and Community.  You will also notice a compelling commitment focused on Literacy.

I hope that you had a restful and rejuvenating summer.  As we begin another school year, we are reminded of an African proverb; “it takes an entire village to raise a child”. It seems fitting when we consider the accomplishments achieved and those to come!  Your commitment to your child’s education past and present are good examples of what is required of that village to achieve success.  Therefore, one of the goals we set this school year is to help build and support an even stronger village by relying on you, the families, who are our most important partners to ensure a quality education for every student!

As your Principal, I am thrilled to be a part of a school community where family members are visible and actively engaged, as well as an integral component of Ruth M. Buck. Our staff will continue a legacy of commitment, care, and dedication.  We are honoured and privileged to lead a dynamic community where teachers and staff cultivate an environment where students achieve and believe in themselves and their school.  As mentioned previously, your input, feedback, and support will be critical to our leadership, the teaching and learning environment, and above all to the success of your child in our school.

With our school’s aim of having a greater emphasis on individual student success, Ruth M. Buck will continue to incorporate the shared values of our school division:

I am Responsible.  I Want to Know.  I Belong.  I Respect.

Using these as our guiding principles, each child will be encouraged and supported in working to his/her full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.  We believe that everyone who enters our school brings value.

In order to achieve these things, we have included several ways that family members of our school community can work together with Ruth M. Buck staff:

  • Send your child to school every day on time.
  • Make sure your child gets sufficient sleep each night.
  • Establish a routine for reading each and every day at home.
  • Keep in touch with your child’s teachers via e-mail, notes, agendas, or blogs
  • Check the school website frequently, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to Mrs. Balkwill’s blog
  • Attend school-wide events, classroom events, and conferences

Our Director, Mr. Greg Enion, has shared 7 Big Rocks so that as a division we are focusing on common priorities through Leadership for Learning:

  1. High expectations for all students
  2. Literacy achievement for all students
  3. Climate of belonging
  4. Authentic engagement for all students
  5. Focusing on Attendance Matters
  6. Improvement and Success – Celebrating what we do well
  7. Improving graduation rates of FNMI students

Throughout the school year you will find our staff committed and focused on these seven Big Rocks.  Our priorities, efforts, and resources will align with this commitment to enhance the learning journey for every child at Ruth M. Buck.


We are excited to see all of our students on Tuesday, September 5th at 8:53 AM!

Your incredibly proud Principal,

Angie Balkwill

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