Mrs Van Dongen's Grade 2 Class


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A Note from the Teacher

Hello parents and students! My name is Mrs Van Dongen and I am so excited to be teaching the grade 2 gifted class this year! We are going to have a wonderful year together.

As your child's teacher it is important you know a little bit about myself. I completed my undergrad at the University of Guelph in the Child, Youth and Family program. During this time I completed placements in the classroom environment as well in Occupational Therapist offices. After graduating I completed my Masters at the University of Toronto for Child Study and Education and obtained my qualifications in Special Education. My first few years of teaching were in Kindergarten, and while I loved every second of teaching the little ones- I found another passion and that was teaching the gifted program. While completely different they are much the same. I will be listening and observing what students know, what they are interested in and finding fun ways to have them learn more about the world around them. We will be exploring much of the world around us through literacy and math and fostering an environment where student curiosity is encouraged. Helping build a student who is confident, curious and caring is my goal and as a result we spend lots of time working through self-regulation, Tribes, Kelso's choices and creating a growth mindset.

I am thrilled to be back at Pilgrim Wood as it truly is a great community and I hope you make it feel like home too- ask questions, get involved and visit often! Last year I was off on maternity leave with my daughter Kylie. I am a mom of two girls Adrie and Kylie and I promise to treat your children like my own and always have their best interest at heart!

I look forward to the great times ahead and I am excited to meet all of you!


Mrs Van Dongen

A Glance at the Week

Monday- Gym

Tuesday- Library

Wednesday- Take me outside day

Thursday - Music , The Big Crunch is happening schoolwide

Friday- Gym and French

Important Dates Coming Up

Oct 16- Picture day

Oct 18- IEPs get sent home in the mail

Be apart of Pilgrim Wood Teams and Clubs!

There are a lot of clubs and teams to be apart of at Pilgrim Wood School. Make a difference and meet new people! Here I will list the clubs and teams that are available to the Grade 2 students.