Principal’s Message


Updated April 28, 2020

Dear Helen Gorman Elementary School Parent Community,

My name is Rob Aviani, and I am the new principal of Helen Gorman Elementary School. Although I am joining Helen Gorman under the most unusual of circumstances, I am thrilled to be a part of this school community.

Before Spring Break, I had the opportunity to visit the school and begin the transition process with Mrs. Ross. Your children are so wonderful and kind, and the staff is an extremely dedicated group of caring individuals. I am thankful for the warm welcome that I have received from the parents who I have met over the past couple of weeks. I am especially thankful to our PAC president Jaclyn Jaeger with whom I have been in contact by phone and email. Mrs. Jaeger has been very helpful in getting me acquainted to our school during these uncertain times. I am looking forward to the day in which we can all meet and be together at our school.

By now, you know that the BC government has closed schools as a means of combating the COVID-19 virus. The staff have been meeting with students virtually to work with families to support our students' learning.  They have been happy to hear your children's voices. Teachers have been collaborating to plan student learning and have been learning from the experience of other schools from around North America. They have told us to be cautious not to overwhelm students and families. Schools who have gone too fast too soon have met a lot of resistance from parents. As educators, we have always been mindful that homework can cause additional stress for families. Now that the pandemic has resulted in learning being an almost entirely home-based experience, we are going to be thoughtful in how we structure your child's educational program. If you have questions about your child's learning, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we tackle this unprecedented situation. We will continue to update families through our weekly email newsletter.  If you would like to connect with me in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me by email or phone.

All the best,

Rob Aviani, Principal

Helen Gorman Elementary School