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Blog: Friday, August 30th, 2019

Principal's Message - Welcome to the 2019/20 School Year!

I just want to start by saying how proud I am to be the Principal at Auguston Traditional Elementary School.  It was clear to me last year why the school has an amazing reputation and I look looking forward to another year of witnessing amazing opportunities for students.  This summer, our staff have been working diligently to ensure start up for your child is as smooth best as possible.   We are very thankful the outside of the school was power washed and painted by our School District… looks amazing!

For those of you who don’t know me/our new to the school.  I wanted to take a few moments to introduce myself as I truly believe relationships come first.  I am entering my 22nd year as an Educator and all of this has been spent in the Abbotsford School District.  I have taught at Rick Hansen Secondary and Eugene Reimer Middle School.  I was the Vice Principal at C&G Howe Middle School, WA Fraser Middle School, and Eugene Reimer Middle School.  I was the Acting Principal at John Maclure Community School (6 weeks), C&G Howe Middle School, and Jackson Elementary.  I am entering my 14th year as an Administrator and this is my 7th year as a Principal.  My two daughters will be attending Clayburn Middle and Robert Bateman Secondary this fall.  My wife is a nurse and currently works as an Occupational Health and Safety Nurse for Fraser Health.

I hope you had a great summer with your family and friends.  I was fortunate enough to have a great summer with my family.  We spent some time on the Island camping and were able to go to Tofino where we spent time in the ocean surfing and kayaking.  I was also fortunate to spend some time with friends on a variety of golf courses and played the award winning Tobiano golf course in Kamloops for the first time (was a bucket list item). 

The year is not different than our last as we are being cautious with our school configuration.  We hope to hear by Friday of the first week of school if we will maintain our 16-division configuration (like last year).  Once we hear the decision, we will put class lists together as quick as possible and have students with their teacher.  We appreciate your patience!


Schedule for First Day:

-Classes 8:30-10:00 am

-8:45 am-9:45 am: Kindergarten Orientation in the Gym

-10:00-10:20 am: Recess

-10:35 am-11:05 am: assembly (approximately), Parents Welcome   

-11:30 am Dismissal


We have several new and returning staff who I wish to mention below………

Welcome back to Returning Staff:

Mrs. Jill Ward: Intermediate Teacher

Mrs. Crystal Chow (Thurs & Fri) job share with Mrs. Kiersten Heppner: Primary Teacher

Mrs. Jodi Leppky: Educational Assistant

Mrs. Kim Evans:  Educational Assistant

Welcome to New Staff:

Ms. Yvonne McNeill (Tues & Fri): Aboriginal Cultural Support Worker: 

Mrs. Tambra Henderson (Thursdays): Library Technician

Mrs. Alana Earle (Mon-Wed) & Mrs. Amy Samulski (Thurs/Fri): Primary

Mrs. Michelle Gleeson (Thurs & Fri) job share with Mrs. Heather Preiss: Primary

Mrs. Dayle Thiessen (Thursdays): ELL Teacher 

Name Change:

Mrs. Hilary Harder will now be Mrs. Hilary Puglisi


My door is always open, and I thank you in advance for all your support.  Looking forward to another amazing school year.

Have a great long weekend.


Ryan Colbert

Proud Principal

Auguston Traditional Elementary


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