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From the Desk of Principal Franks
Saturday, August 12, 2017 7:00 AM





Construction Update

The 2017 – 2018 school year is officially three weeks away.  If you have driven by the school in the past few weeks you have inevitably noticed the construction fence, a plethora of trucks & machinery, and a lot of noise!  All of this is part of the huge construction project-taking place on the inside.  There is no question about it, the school will look very different when your child/ren return on August 28th.   The good news is, when this project is finished, the inside of the building will be beautiful and have amenities that will make Armatage an even better school. To this end, I want to give an overview of the changes we are putting into place while construction is taking place.


The buses will arrive and depart from Sheridan Avenue (West side of the building).  The students will use door #10, which is located between rooms 109 & 111.   The kids will have to walk up and down a staircase, which will add a safety component that teachers will address frequently throughout the year with their students.  Please talk to your child/ren about the importance of not pushing and running on the steps.


Door #5 will no longer be accessible due to construction.  Therefore, in order to prevent children from walking in the front parking lot where cars and construction machinery are parked, we are going to have walkers come through door # 22 on the  north east side of the school by the playground.  Mr. Pollard will be down there to monitor the arrival of students.

Car Drop Off

We are going to continue using Door #15 and the park board parking lot for drop off and pick up of students.  This year, Paul Scanlon, Assistant Principal will be overseeing the drop off of students in the parking lot.  As a reminder, we are asking that parents enter the park board parking lot at the south end and proceed to the north where kids will disembark from the vehicle and proceed into the building through door #15.  Just a head up, staff will be parking in this lot so there will be a reduced number of parking spaces available this year.

Open House (Revised)

At this point in time, we are not sure the building will be ready for an Open House on the 24th.  Therefore, we would like to revise the event to a supply drop off in the big gym lobby & ice cream social with staff on the playground by the lunchroom from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m..  The building WILL be ready for students on the 28th.  If by chance construction progresses at a steady rate and the building is ready, we will open it up for families and kids on the 24th.  

Welcome Back Letter

Pam Durand, our school secretary will return to work on August 14th.  She will be on a tight schedule as it will take at least a day to get the temporary office set up in its new location (Room 124) in the 3rd grade wing.  There will be a lot to do before staff returns on the 21st and the students (1st – 5th) on the 28th of August.  My goal is to the classroom assignments mailed on August 18th.


How often has the phrase, “It’s a work in progress” been thrown around?  No question about it, this will be said more than once this year.  The building will have a different look and feel as construction continues but I am excited for the final product, which is slated for the end of summer 2018.  

If you have any questions or need further information prior to the 14th, please feel free to contact me at 612.668.3180 and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


Joan Franks