Holy Name of Mary, February 22, 2019
It's the weekend!
We finally managed to get through a week without any major interruptions! Just two weeks to the March Break...hang in there!
Report Cards & Interviews
Although we do not have formal interviews this week, parents can request a phone or in-person interview. Please contact the parents of any students you are concerned about to set up an interview time. It is important that we address any concerns as soon as we can.
Care & Use of Technology
Our bank of iPads is missing several devices, as some students have been taking out individual iPads instead of teachers booking an entire case of iPads. If you have any Red or Blue iPads in your classroom, please return them to the iPad cart in the Library on Monday. Two of the 14 iPads are completely lost, and we do not want any more of them to go missing.
The iPads will now be kept behind the librarian's desk in the library, and the only people who are allowed to take the cart are teachers or our NEW weekly Tech Experts. I have assigned a Tech Expert from our Technology Club to be responsible for delivering and collecting the iPads to each classroom each week.
The Tech Expert will:
- Deliver the iPads to your class for the time that you booked them;
- Ensure that all iPads are returned to the cases at the end of the period;
- Deliver them to the next class throughout the day;
- Return the cart to the Library at the end of the day;
- Make sure that all of the iPads are plugged in and ready to go for the next day.
I have replaced the missing clipboard on the iPad cart. It should stay on the middle shelf, and the iPad cases should stay on the top and bottom shelves. Please book them before you need them, as early as possible. If you need to book the iPads "on the fly", you can also call me and ask for them to be delivered. I will be announcing the Tech Expert of the Week on the Monday morning announcements. Hopefully this will alleviate the issues we have been having with shared technology being missing or uncharged when you need it!
Once our new computers have been delivered, our Tech Experts will also be visiting classrooms regularly to make sure that our new technology is being kept in good repair.
Staff Cell Phone Use
Pink Shirt Day & Dress Up Day
Wednesday, February 27th is Pink Shirt Day. We invite all staff and students to wear pink shirts that day to raise awareness about bullying and to promote kindness. The brighter, the better!
Friday, March 1st is Dress Up Day. This is a Board-Wide fundraiser that will raise funds for the Healthy Lunch Program at the Sandy Lake First Nation K-12 School. Students are asked to come dressed in their "Sunday Best" (Christmas outfit, dress/skirt, shirt and tie, etc.) and to bring in a toonie to help support this worthy cause. Staff members are invited to participate too! Let's have a little fun with it. Maybe you have an old prom dress, wedding dress, bridesmaid's dress, powder blue tuxedo or retro suit you'd like to dress up in? Or a tiara you've always wanted to wear? Show us your style!
Our Tech Club kids have been learning to code! We are working on having them be able to lead coding sessions for their peers toward the end of the year. As mentioned above, they are also going to be looking after the iPads and new technology once it arrives.
Lucie's Grade Ones are working on learning to spell letter combinations in French, using laminated practice sheets, erasable markers and magnifying glasses! Way to make learning fun, Lucie!
Kristine's class was studying and analyzing commercials from the 80's and 90's this week. The kids were loving watching old cereal commercials...and so was I! Kristine asked them lots of great questions to encourage them to think critically about what they were viewing.
Kids with Seniors
Our Kids with Seniors group had a lovely afternoon at Orchardview on Friday. Brigitte said that some of the residents are now waiting at the window on the third floor, watching for our students to arrive! The kids are making real connections and are building great relationships with their seniors.
Steve and Sarah did some amazing coaching at the rink in Carleton Place on Wednesday. Both Junior teams were very successful! Thank you to both of you for all of the extra practices you had to put in before school to get the team ready. Our kids couldn't have these experiences without you!
We had a great day at the Junior Hockey Tournament in Carleton Place on Wednesday. Our Competitive Team came away with Gold and the Recreational team won Silver! It is a whole different experience for kids to be able to play together as a school team. It's not just about winning, but about working together and developing a sense of pride and belonging.