Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please let me take this opportunity to introduce myself, Pete Veurtjes, as the appointed Principal at John Young Elementary School.

The staff and I have been preparing for the new school year, and we are excited about all the learning and creative critical thinking that will occur over the next school year!

A little about myself and my work experience with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.

My first teaching year was at Arch Street Public School, where I taught a grade 1/2 regular homeroom class. I then moved to D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School, where I switched roles to teach grades 7 and 8 Physical Education, Math and some Learning Support Teaching. There I began to serve as an administrative designate where I filled in for administration when they were out of the building. I spent 9 wonderful years there, filled with great learning experiences and memories.

After D. A. Moodie, I was assigned as acting Vice Principal at Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education. This position grew the following year when I was "twinned" at two different schools. I became the appointed Vice Principal of Clifford Bowey Public School in the morning and the appointed Vice Principal of Crystal Bay in the afternoon.

That position lasted till partway through the year when I became the acting Principal of Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education fulltime and I stayed there until the end of the 2012 school year. In September of 2012, I was appointed to John Young Elementary School.

I am very happy to be at John Young Elementary School, which has both English and French Immersion programming, as well as a Behaviour Intervention Program (BIP) and a Gifted Program. I look forward to meeting your child(ren) and you over the next little while.

In the meantime, I encourage you to consult this website, where we will store communications that are sent home.

In an effort to reduce our school's use of paper, I will be sending our school news electronically, and will make every effort to place pertinent information on the school website's calendar. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or at school (613) 836-5987.

Wishing you an outstanding school year, rich with learning and fun!


Principal Pete Veurtjes, OCT

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