As the school year draws to a close, JPPS elementary school in Cote Saint-Luc found an innovative way to keep spirits and excitement levels at a peak. Beloved Principal Marnie Stein released the reigns for just one day to make room for Grade 4 student Jeremy Nashen to become Principal-for-a-Day.

“Jeremy has a busy day planned,” Stein told us early in the morning. “There are meetings with the Vice-Principal and other members of staff and of course the daily announcements over the PA system.”

Principal Nashen was well-prepared for his day long gig: He amassed agenda items to review with school leadership including suggestions about student council, recess and field trips.

Principals Marnie Stein and Jeremy Nashen

Jeremy showed up early at school in order to welcome students and their parents at drop-off. Dressed in a smart, professorial-looking dark suit and bright-coloured bow tie and carrying his executive red briefcase, Jeremy made his way to the Principal’s office as his schoolmates headed to their classrooms.

After a quick briefing session he was off to the recording booth with Grade 6 students Milo and Isaac to make the morning announcements which began with the joke of the day, supplied by Charlotte in Grade 3: How do bears walk around? With bear feet!

Jeremy advocates for students at the management table

Next he sent off the kindergarten and Grade 2 students on a field trip to the Cosmodome. “You represent our school, so please be on your best behaviour and make us proud,” Jeremy told the kids before departure. He gave them a list of questions about space and astronauts and challenged them to find the answers.

Presenting the Word of the Week to the entire school

He also sent off the Grade 5 class, with their grandparents, on a trip to Old Jewish Montreal. He also reminded these older kids their behaviour should reflect JPPS’ good reputation.

Principal Jeremy supervised the recesses and lunch and even sent one student “to the bench” for a short time out.

He attended two important meetings. At the Weekly Administration Meeting he learned about grants and was able to offer some suggestions of his own. Addressing the school management staff he implored them to install tether-ball in the playground for added fun during recess. On a more serious note he requested that all grades get to have representation and vote for student council, not just the Grade 6 students (that’s my boy!).

Enjoying a coffee break (errr chocolate milk) in the Principal’s Office

JPPS-Bialik President Lee Wise expressed his overall satisfaction with the new principal’s performance today. “Our board of directors sets very high standards and we are so pleased that Jeremy exceeded all of our expectations,” Wise wisely said. “With his leadership around the management table and his commanding voice on the intercom, Jeremy has shown that our elementary school, an International Baccalaureate institution, is the place to be for fast-tracking one’s career and achieving one’s dreams.”

Checking over the school’s invoices and signing off on the expenses

The day ended like all others with Principal Nashen being picked up by his proud mom, Dr. Judy Hagshi. Once at home, the suit came off and the sweats went on: time for a granola bar and some relaxation.

Thank you to the innovative and affable Marnie Stein and the entire team at JPPS for seeking new and fun ways to keep their students motivated and inspired and always learning.