Bring back Ms. Roche!
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We the parents of Holy Cross Catholic School in the Toronto District School board have just been informed that one of our staff members, Ms. Patricia Roche (Child and Youth Worker) will no longer be with the school next year and we would like the school board to seriously reconsider this decision and reinstate Ms. Roche.
Holy Cross is a special school and the students here, through the course of their education, develop a tremendous sense of values. They act with respect, consideration, and kindness toward each other as well as toward visitors in our school.
While we have a wonderful student body and supportive families in our community, there are students who attend Holy Cross that come from situations that are less than ideal. These students, through a variety of circumstances, have never had the opportunity to learn how to fit in and discover their value, or develop their self-worth. They need a tremendous amount of patience, guidance, and understanding as they learn how to express their needs while, at the same time, learning how to act with compassion toward others.
Ms. Roche is a cornerstone of Holy Cross, and more than any other, she is the individual who teaches our youngest, neediest students about why Holy Cross is a special place. To say that, in her position of Child and Youth Worker, Ms. Roche helps them, would be an understatement.
Ms. Roche has such a massive impact on such a large number of students at this school - perhaps more than any other teacher or staff member here, as she is not confined to one classroom or one group. All students here at Holy Cross are her students, and everything within the walls of Holy Cross is her classroom. She affects them through her kindness, her patience, her no-nonsense attitude, and her grace.
There are so many parents, students, teachers, Education Assistants, administrators, and more, who rely upon Ms. Roche and her special brand of caring, guidance and support. Ms. Roche is an integral part of why this school is special, and she is an essential reason about why Holy Cross works.
Please reconsider your decision. Ms. Roche has an irreplaceable, undeniable impact on Holy Cross. There are many, many children here who will be devastated if she leaves.
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