Joyceville PS Week Ahead

January 18-22

Cultivating Critical Thinking and Creativity in Responsive Learning Environments

A big thanks goes to Beth, Pam and Rick for for cleaning out and re-arranging the library and moving Beth to her new "home"! This move will make space so we can create an overflow Kindergarten space which will continue to be shared with the instrumental music program. For now, we will keep the photocopier in that room, but if you have any creative suggestions on a new spot, let us know!

It continues to be an absolute pleasure to visit classrooms and talk with students and staff about student learning. In particular, I am very impressed by the number of students who can talk about the purpose of what they are doing - what they are learning, why it's important, how a certain strategy helps them or what strategies they can use to be successful, and what their personal goals are. Students helped write the above tweets! It's also wonderful to hear the conversations that you have with me, each other and your students about the progress of your students and how you can best respond to their needs. That comes from your monitoring, reflection and your willingness to be open to new ways to help all our students make progress and be successful!

Teachers, please note that I sent you an email with reference documents related to reporting. We will discuss reports briefly at the staff meeting at the end of the month and you will have the PA Day on Feb. 4th for assessment and reporting.

I've also attached a a few things I saw on Twitter this last week! A new video from Lucy West - the guru on accountable talk and a link to Google Lesson - Search Challenges that help students thinking critically and effectively about searching the web!

Let's hope for more pleasant winter weather that we can enjoy and peaceful fort building!!! Have a great week.


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Google Search Education

With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. We've created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond.

On this page, you'll find Search Literacy lessons and A Google A Day classroom challenges. Our search literacy lessons help you meet the new Common Core State Standards and are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.

A Google A Day challenges help your students put their search skills to the test, and to get your classroom engaged and excited about using technology to discover the world around them.

Inclement Weather Plans

Please use Twitter, the Triboard or LDSB websites and/or local radio stations to check for possible bus cancellations in case of inclement weather. We will only use our phone tree if the school will be closed or there is school specific information to share. If buses are cancelled and school remains open, staff are asked to report to school if they are safely able to do so. If you do not feel you can safely travel to school, please contact Heather (cell 613-328-2479) to arrange for an alternate LDSB site that you can safely travel to, a late arrival while you wait for roads to become passable or arrange for lieu time, vacation, or leave as per your collective agreements.

This Week

Monday, January 18, Day 2

  • CI - Dawn, JIll N (pm)
  • CI- Jess, Keith (pm) ??
  • 6/7/8 - Digital Image presentation by Carolyn Gauthier (KP) 2:35-3:35

Tuesday, January 19, Day 3

Wednesday, January 20, Day 4

  • LLM - Heather away am; and possibly pm for Mentoring - Spi will be TIC
  • O365 Parent Workshop 6:45-7:45

Thursday, January 21, Day 5

  • Grade 6/7 to Gould Lake
  • Shawn L visiting (am)
  • 4/5 - Are you the Bully Test presentation by Carolyn Gauthier (KP) 2:35-3:35

Friday, January 22, Day 1

  • Language Feedback - Heather and Spi - 9:15

Upcoming Dates

January 27 Staff Meeting 3:45 (rescheduled)

January 29 Superhero Day!

February 4 PA Day - assessment and reporting

February 9 Mardi Gras!

February 15 Family - no school

February 16 Report Cards due to office

February 29 PA Day

March 1 Term 1 Report Cards go home

March 7-11 Innovation and Creativity Week