Kindness Day

November 13, 2014 | School Days  |  Leave a Comment

Thanks to Charlotte and Kristen for sharing the following with our school today over the public address system.

Today we celebrate World Kindness Day.  We want Cleveland to celebrate by demonstrating acts of kindness towards everyone.

Kindness starts with me. I can make a difference by demonstrating kindness at all times. We can all make a difference.

Here are a few quotes to help you get ready for being kind every day:

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ Mark Twain

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

Today we challenge Cleveland students and adults to demonstrate kind acts daily.

  • Kindness in actions
  • Kindness in words
  • Kindness in thoughts

Let’s make every day World Kindness day at Cleveland.


Let’s all model the way and be role models for the children. Can we help make everyday a Kindness day?

Take care

I have it. I have writer’s block.

I tried to write a blog a few times this week, but I keep having trouble finding something to write about.

I feel like one of my students who sit in class and have to write a journal.

“I don’t know what to write about!” the student may say to the teacher.

“Write about your day.” is the calmed, measured response.

“What can I say?”

To which a teacher may reply, “Just write whatever comes to mind.”

Ok. I’ll try that. Here is my blog.


World Series. Game 7. Looking forward to it. I want to see a good game from both teams.

NBA is back. The Spurs won yesterday. I’m happy. Steve Nash is out for the year. I’m sad.

Great to see so many parents in the school for parent/teacher conferences.

I think the crows would like more children to drop food at recess, but I am happy to see so many students using the garbage cans.

Traffic issues sometimes keeps me in school longer than I planned.

Some days it’s nice to have Advil in the desk.

Pogs create “interesting” learning experiences – I tweeted this earlier. Please follow us (@dwbeveridge, @leslie_mcguire & @ClevelandEcole).

Back to the World Series – I want the Giants to win. 

IMG_0585_Fotor_CollageWe have great art around our school. Very talented students.

Like these words on writing from Bob Dylan.

I am happy to have a new print (Summer Solstice II) for my office. Thanks to Artist For Kids and Jamie Evrard.

Sometimes I think I get a lot of emails, but then I realize many of you get more.

I met with the pizza petition kids. It was a great talk. I still have to follow up with the parents who organize food days.

We had a great staff collaboration session today. We discussed what is executive functioning and how to support our learners with executive functioning challenges.

I’m late. Game 7 has started. Bye.

Take care

New Bloggers

October 17, 2014 | School Days  |  Leave a Comment

We have a new group of student bloggers this year. Thanks to Sydney, Diba, Sarah, Cameron, and Oliver, we have restarted the Cleveland Elementary Blog.

These grade 7 students will be working with me to promote blogging from all students. We are developing plans to students from other grades in our blogging team.

For Cleveland students, if you have a blog idea, please feel free to email your principal or ask one of the five grade 7′s listed above. They are in divisions F01 or F02.

For Cleveland parents, please feel free to make suggestions about blogs. Our students would love ideas.

Our blog is one of the many ways we are trying connect with our Cleveland community. You can also check us out on Twitter – @ClevelandEcole, @dwbeveridge, @leslie_mcguire.

Have a  great weekend.

Take care

Today we held our first emergency drill of the year. Even though this is Shakeout BC day, I decided we needed to have a fire drill instead.

All went well. Students demonstrated excellent behaviours, and all members of the school community were accounted for in record time. Well done Cleveland.

We will continue to have emergency drills throughout the year, and thanks to our Cleveland PAC, we have supplies available to help out in the event of a real emergency.

We’re prepared for fires and earthquakes. How about you at home?

Take care

Rainy Days

October 15, 2014 | Principal Thoughts  |  Leave a Comment

IMG_20140308_185405It rained a bit today. The students went outside and many had a great time. I was recently sent the following link to how I think  we should approach our rainy days.

Sweet Baby Experiences Rain for the Very First Time

Please remember to send your children to school with proper clothing. If it doesn’t come home, please remember to check our Lost and Found. There are a lot of lonely hoodies there.

Take care

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