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Principal's Message

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the 2021-2021 school year!  This has certainly been a start up like no other! After such an abrupt end to the in-school year last year, we are certainly happy to see our returning students and welcome many new families to our family!

For those of you new to our community, allow me to introduce myself.  This is my fifth year at Russell Public, and I am entering my 21st year with the Upper Canada District School Board.  My husband, three children and I moved to Russell 26 years ago and have always been very involved in this school and our community.  The tradition of being a small, caring community lives on in Russell and it is wonderful to see our new residents joining in on all the great activities and organizations our Village has to offer.  We are so fortunate to have such a generous and giving parent population here at Russell Public. We have a dynamic Parent Council, and typically have a volunteer reading program, hot lunch program, healthy snacks, and many classroom volunteers. If it takes a Village to raise a we certainly have the right Village!

As the Leader for your school, my priority is your child(ren).  It is my responsibility to make sure they are receiving the highest quality instruction and education in a culture which fosters curiosity, excitement and the joy of learning.   Today’s classrooms are changing and evolving. As adults, our students will live and work in a different world than we do today.  We need to teach our students the skills and character traits they will need to become successful citizens! As a staff, we engage in regular professional development to help us stay current with best educational practices to ensure your child’s success!

I am also responsible to you as well, as you are your child’s first and most important teacher! My door is always open, and my cell number and email are at the bottom of this message. While I recommend contacting your child’s teacher first with any concerns, I am always available to meet with you at your convenience. 

Mhairi Rowland

613-445-2190 - school

613-558-5259 – cell







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