Holy Name of Mary, Monday, January 13, 2020
I hope you all survived the freezing rain/sleet/snow this weekend. We've got special events happening every day this week, so be sure to check the "Week Ahead" section at the bottom of the newsletter for more details. Have a great week!
This week's Shout-Outs:
I would love to give a shout out to Amy for lending me her snow pants on Wednesday for duty when it was freezing cold!
Peter-for doing a fabulous job with the class while I was away! Micheline (and any others) who are leading the assembly for me on Monday. I am so grateful! All Staff- What a great school we have!
- Mary B.
Megan Richards definitely deserves a shout out for this past week. Without any hesitation, Megan stayed on Friday afternoon to help me get organized for next week's change in classroom schedules and to prepare the various paperwork and folders required for Tuesday night's Kindergarten Open House. She was still diligently working after the end of day bell rang with a smile on her face! In addition, Megan readily stayed a few extra hours on other days this past week to help with a busy administrative workload on our first week back. Great teamwork!
Great Stuff, Great Staff.
Brigitte's class is working on a project where students are paired up and have to write about their similarities. The recurring phrase in their books is "exactement comme moi"! Brigitte was inspired by a simple little storybook and turned this into a whole-class project!
Chinese New Year
Andrew's class learned about the Chinese New Year this week and celebrated at the end of the week by creating fortune cookies. Each student got to choose one - and so did I! (My fortune cookie told me that I need to be nicer this year. Go figure!)
Erin's class won the pizza party for having done the most fundraising for the Little Cesar's fundraiser before Christmas this week. A few of their pizzas went missing from the staff room, but with some creative cutting we made it work. They were so proud to have won!
Chinese New Year
Ants on the Move
Jane's class played a measurement game called "Ants on the Move" this week. Students were grouped in groups of three. Each student chose an ant path on the sheet and had to roll the dice and then measure the correct number of centimeters on the path. The first one to the finish line wins!
Catherine's class was having a blast doing tangram puzzles on Friday afternoon. She had random puzzles set up all over the room. As soon as students solved a puzzle, they added it to their "completed" list and then moved to another open puzzle. What a great challenge.
Kristine's class reviewed the elements of a perfect pictogram this week during their math period. Kristine always has clearly labelled anchor charts for the kids to refer to when reviewing previously learned concepts, and she's great at giving every student a chance to participate during lessons!
Ants on the Move
Mary's FROG group did some crazy collages using a wide variety of materials they brought from home. Take a close look at Heidi's collage - those are intergalactic space kittens!
Liz took the opportunity to make the most of snack time this week by reading her students a great read-aloud as they ate. This book about a little dog who was looking for a home introduced the concept of letter-writing.
Old School Fun
Ron's Grade 5 class was keeping busy with red Solo cups and ping pong balls on Friday afternoon! Not to worry - there were no drinking games. Just some good old fashioned small group games!
Tanya and Andi's Alternative Recess gang LOVES Tech Fridays!
Shannon's class made Epiphany cake this week and brought some to the office to share it with Mrs. LaBelle! This little guy was so proud that he had brought in the jam to share and that he could actually pronounce the word "Epiphany"!
Escape Room Challenge
Sara R's Grade 8's had to work together to solve an Escape Room challenge for their first week back after the holidays. There wasn't a peep out of them as they worked together to solve these challenges.
Stop and Listen
Steve stopped his gym class for an important discussion about the importance of being kind. Some of the students had been teasing a classmate about being "slow". After Steve's talk, the guilty parties apologized and hugged their classmate without any prompting.
Escape Room Challenge
The Week Ahead
Monday, January 13, 2020
- Initial IPRC for JB
- January Assembly at 11:30 (Micheline). Legion award winners will be recognized at this assembly.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Dental Screening for JK, SK, Gr. 2 (Library)
- IPRC for EC at 10:50
- KG Open House from 4:30-6:00pm
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
- Laura away (Jeannie Hendry)
- Spec. Ed. Team meeting at 8:15am
- Healthy Girls Workshop for Gr. 6 girls at 1:00pm (Library)
- Melanie Fielding (counsellor) in to see a student at 1:45pm
- Ski Club after school
Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Micheline's birthday!
- Jillian away (pm only, Jennifer Bowler)
- Liz B. away (pm only, Mary-Ellen Grigor)
- Lucie away (pm only, OECTA meeting, Nancy Granda)
- Sources of Strength with Michelle Neville in the library (all day)
- Melanie Fielding (counsellor) in to see a student at 11:00am
Friday, January 17, 2020
- OPP Kids Presentation for all Gr. 6 students in the library with Constable Joe Tereschuk at 1:00pm
Our Grade 8 Students had a great time during their Sources of Strength training with Michelle Neville last week.