Welcome to Kindergarten, letter from Sean Monteith, Director of Education

September 3, 2019—Starting school is an exciting time for children and their families. Letter to Kindergarten families

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, has a welcome message for all families of Kindergarten students.

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Dear Moms, Dads and Caregivers:

On behalf of the staff, administration and trustees of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, welcome to Kindergarten! Thank you for choosing HPEDSB for your family.

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time in your child’s life. Some families may already have children in the public education system and for others, this fall will be the first time their children go to school. Whatever your situation, we know that families may feel mixed emotions about this milestone.

As a father of two boys who have attended Kindergarten in the public education system, I can say that I have experienced the nervousness that parents/guardians may feel, along with the hopes and aspirations that parents/guardians have for their children. As the Director of Education, I can assure you with confidence of our commitment to students and their families. At HPEDSB, we are here for kids, we make decisions in their interests and we will never waver from that stance.

Your child is in excellent hands in an HPEDSB Kindergarten classroom. Our staff are dedicated professionals who always put students first—that is our promise to you. Whether you live in Belleville/area, Centre Hastings, Deseronto, North Hastings, Prince Edward County or Quinte West, our staff will ensure your child has access to the very best education possible.

As we begin another school year, there is a feeling in the air of excitement, enthusiasm and renewed energy. Thoughts of the year ahead are about the promise and hope that public education will serve your child well.

We look forward to celebrating your child’s many achievements with you as they learn and grow, and we will be there to support your family in overcoming challenges they may face. Your involvement in your child’s education is crucial to their success.

From all of us at HPEDSB, welcome to Kindergarten! Enjoy this moment—it happens only once in a child’s life.


Sean Monteith
Director of Education

Last updated: September 3, 2019 at 10:09 am
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