E-Staff Weekly for 11/24/14

Panther P.R.O.U.D.

Tuesday Conference Evening Dinner

Pizza will be provided in the faculty room at 4:30pm for all staff.

Printing Usage in Library and Computer Lab

Please monitor your printing usage in the library and computer lab. As you can see in the picture (1 day), many items are being printed without being collected/used. You may have to remind your students to one press the print button once. The wasted paper and ink is very expensive and, more importantly, not environmentally friendly. In advance, thank you for speaking with your students and being mindful of your printing habits.

New Elementary EDR Positions

Please notify Miles if you are interested in supervising any of this groups via email by Monday, November 24th.

  • Student Council Advisor - $400
  • Technology Club Advisor - $400

Letters to Soldiers

Amy Hejnar as asked to reach out to the staff about writing letters to soldiers serving our country. If you are interested in doing this with your students, please provide the letters to Tina no later than 12/23/14.

This may make a great a center activity too.

Classroom Assessment Review

Grade 4 is scheduled for Assessment Review by the Principal. Please see the Seylar Staff Handbook for further details.

Happy Birthday to You!

EMILY STOKES - November 1


CINDY HAYES - November 28


What's Your Why?

Chris Cordell - Teaching Assistant, Learning Support

I believe that with an open heart and an open mind, you will become what you are meant to be. Becoming a paraprofessional was not the career path I started down when I went to college. I studied and did internships in both secretarial sciences and business. I worked at Merck and married a man who ran his family’s business. I thought my career path in business was clear. Soon our children arrived and my career path took a crazy turn. I babysat, volunteered at Seylar, church and scouts, and found myself constantly involved with children. The more I worked with children, the more fulfilled I felt. When a unique opportunity during Seylar’s renovation arose, I took it without hesitation. My career path turned yet again, but it was leading me to where I was meant to be . . . in a learning environment where I can help children become what they are meant to be.

Janice Rawa - Personal Care Assistant, Autistic Support

Why do I do the job that I do? Because I absolutely love it! I've had many jobs and next to being a full-time, stay-at-home Mom for 15 years, this job is the best.

Helping children learn both socially and emotionally is a PCA’s job. Being with such amazing children is such a fulfilling occupation. Autistic children have challenges to overcome as they learn and grow; helping those children succeed has become my passion!

Agnes White - Personal Care Assistant, Autistic Support

Why I am here . . .

I am here because I want to do all I can and whatever necessary to help my assigned student succeed. Many times we have an amazing journey but not without many bumps in the road. These years are most important to the student and I want them to continue making progress. I believe in my students and I know they can do it! It is exciting to watch them grow too.

Teaching Resources, Inspiration, and Sometimes a Good Laugh!

Why is Math Different Now

Good Technology Resources for Primary Teachers













Best Apps for Kids: Best Reading Apps

abc PocketPhonics ($2.99) - This app feels much like a private tutoring session for early readers with emphasis on letter sounds and writing. Lite version available. Preschool-Kindergarten

Cinderella - Magic Ink Books (Free) - Classic fairytale storybook with the "magic ink" twist--swipe over black & white pages to magically reveal the next page in full color. Preschool-Grade 1

Shake-a-Phrase ($1.99) - Cleverly disguised app that encourages older children to read by way of silly sentences that will help teach vocabulary and parts of speech. Grade 3+

The Cat in the Hat ($3.99) - Beloved Dr. Seuss classic comes to life through skilful narration and picture/word association. Lite version available. Preschool-Grade 1

Toy Story Read-Along (Free; iPad) - Based on the original blockbuster, this is a fun and interactive storybook with activities on each page that will surely keep the kids entertained. Preschool-Grade 1

Best Apps for Kids: Best Math Apps

Jungle Coins ($2.99; iPad) - Teach kids currency at varying levels such as finding coins, counting money, comparing coins and correct change. Currently the only app that includes Canadian currency (in-app purchase). Kindergarten-Grade 4

Jungle Time ($0.99) - With its easy to use interface, varying difficulty levels and built-in lessons (24 hr clock, time zones, etc), this learn to tell time app is high on replay value. iPad version includes double clock problems. Kindergarten-Grade 4

Park Math ($1.99) - Early math concepts are introduced with the help of cute animated animals with plenty of activities to keep kids interested and entertained. Preschool-Grade 1

Rocket Math ($0.99) - Answer math equations to earn money to build a rocket that when launched, will enable varied leveled math missions such as counting, shapes/patterns, fractions, decimals, telling time and U.S. money. Lite version available. Grades 1-5

TallyTots Pocket ($0.99) - With 20 activities, younger children will have fun learning numbers 1-20 in this interactive and fun app. Preschool-Kindergarten

Best Apps for Kids: Best Science Apps

8 Planets (Free) - Young astronomers will enjoy learning about the planets and earning ribbons in games testing their knowledge. Preschool-Grade 1

BrainPOP Featured Movie (Free) - Features a different animated, short film each day on topics such as Science, Social Studies, Technology, Engineering, Health, English, Art & Music and Math. Grade 2+

iLearn with Poko: Seasons ($1.99) - Preschoolers learn about the weather and seasons in this interactive and preschool friendly game. Preschool-Kindergarten

Leafsnap (Free) - An app with huge potential, budding botanists can identify plants by taking a picture of their leaves. All Ages

Best Apps for Kids: Best Art Apps

123 Color: Talking Coloring Book ($0.99) - Kids won't even realize they're learning their ABCs and 123s (available in several languages) in this "color by number" theme app. Premium version includes all coloring books and 10 world maps. Preschool-Grade 2

Doodle Buddy (Free) - Future Picassos of all ages will enjoy creating their next masterpiece using a variety of tools including, paint, chalk, stencils, stamps, backgrounds and photographs. All Ages

Faces iMake-Lite ($0.99) - Let your imagination go wild by making silly faces using common everyday objects. Premium version includes more than 200 items. All Ages

Toontastic ($0.99; iPad) - Take storytelling to the next level by creating cartoons from start to finish, using your own voice to narrate the story. Kindergarten-Grade 4

Best Apps for Kids: Best Spelling Apps

Licking Letters ($0.99) - Learn to spell 150 words and play mini-games along the way to earn coins to dress Hoppy the Frog. Preschool-Kindergarten

Montessori Crosswords ($2.99) - Based on the Montessori method which includes the phonics-enabled Moveable Alphabet, kids can develop their spelling, reading and writing skills by completing crossword puzzles. Preschool-Grade 2

Sight Words by Little Speller (Free) - On the surface this may appear to be a no frills app, but what makes it unique is that parents can fully customize the list of words, add their own voice and images. Preschool-Grade 1

Word Wagon ($1.99) - With over 100 words in 7 categories, kids learn spelling, letter recognition and phonics by progressing through 4 difficulty levels. Preschool-Kindergarten