The Linden principal, Janice Gladstone and the faculty seem to be incredibly tuned in to the needs of the students and to ensuring the teachers step up their knowledge as trends and issues arise, such as spending time furthering their knowledge of children's mental health or I believe they spent a number of days enhancing their knowledge of aboriginal issues. Janice is tireless and makes herself available in every way - she's at the door to greet families as they come in, she happily chats with the girls throughout the day, and she dons a chef's hat for the welcome brunch! The principal and my daughter's teacher are easy to contact and have always responded immediately to any messages I've sent or left. When I run in to them at the school, they always take the time to check in and have a chat. There is a great emphasis on community at Linden, so the girls have all-school gatherings twice a week, belong to multi-grade "family" groupings, and participate in the multifarious clubs run at lunchtime. A coffee morning with the teacher an principal is arranged for each class, as well as the parents from each grade getting together informally a few times through the year.
The school's principal, Janice Gladstone, is a passionate leader. Over the past few years, she's helped to expand Linden's community engagement by planning co-operative events with other Independent schools in Toronto and Internationally. For instance, the girls took part in a sexual harrassment panel at Royal St. George's College in 2016. After her recent two-week fellowship at the Klingenstein Centre Heads of School Program at Columbia University, Janice came back to Linden with even more ideas for how to get the girls talking to other community activists and social leaders. At Linden, Janice is the first to praise teacher and student success and to engage with parents. She's always ready and wiling to listen to a parent's concerns and to solicit their input towards the vision of the school. And, she will drop whatever she is doing to share a moment with a student, whether to praise an early learner on her crayon portrait of a woman in science or, in confidence, to listen to a high school student's concerns about her early-acceptance into University. She'll even put herself out there by participating in the school's annual Music Night. The school also has a great communications system. The Linden Loop email keeps parents informed of upcoming events as well as exciting alumni news. The early learning blog on the school website always brings a smile. And it's really easy to access the calendars on the Linden website so that I can add my daughter's sporting events, science fairs, and arts events to all of our family's devices in a flash.