Friday Focus

Holy Name of Mary, Friday, September 13, 2019

Happy Friday!

Hi everyone,

We made it through our first full week of school this week. Thank you so much for all your help and suggestions for ironing out the wrinkles in technology and bussing. Marc Levesque has addressed and fixed most tech issues as of yesterday and we got all the buses out by 3:48pm! So in my mind that makes today a very happy Friday the 13th.

It was so great to see you all dressed in your spirit wear today. It's good to feel like you're part of one big team. Hope to see you at the TGIF after school today. Have a great weekend!


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NEW! Recess Tickets

This year, we wanted to improve our tracking of incidents on the yard and the follow-up for those incidents. Together with Rachel, we have developed a simple recess ticket to deal with most of the issues that occur on the yard. We've been using them with our yard supervisors during lunch recess over the past week and have modified them to suit our needs. We would like any teachers who are out on duty during morning and afternoon recesses to use them as well.

Here's how it works:

  1. After an incident on the yard, the staff member gives the student(s) a consequence.
  2. The staff member fills out a recess ticket after recess and sends it to the office. I follow up with parents and/or the students immediately if necessary.
  3. I make two photocopies of the ticket and give one to Andi and Tanya so they know that the student needs to go to Alternative Recess the next day. I put the other copy in the homeroom teacher's mailbox so they know to send the student to Alternative Recess the next day. This also allows the homeroom teacher to track students' yard incidents. I keep the original copy on file at the office.
  4. The homeroom teacher sends the student to Alternative Recess with their lunch at 12:05 the next day. (If your student switches to a different teacher before lunch, please advise the other teacher so that they can send them.)

Please avoid sending students to the office for yard incidents. Unless they are injured, students can walk with a teacher or stand on the wall until recess is over.

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Survey Says...

Thank you so much to those of you who took the time to respond to the two surveys I sent out. For the Community Groups survey, we had 21 respondents. In response to the question "Would you like to have Community Groups (Clubs) at Holy Name again this year?", 16 people answered yes, 1 answered no, and 4 answered maybe.

So we have decided to forge ahead with our clubs again this year. We will definitely take your feedback into account moving forward.

Feedback we received on how to improve the clubs this year:

  1. Set dates and stick to them.
  2. Don't let kids switch clubs. Have an attendance list for each group.
  3. Make sure that clubs are equitable (similar in size).
  4. Don't have clubs days before major holidays.
  5. Make sure that teachers do not lose their prep time.

Clubs ideas that people shared for the coming year:

  • Coding and/or Minecraft Club
  • Singing Club
  • Yoga Club
  • Seniors Club
  • Eco Club
  • Old School Club
  • Cooking Club
  • Community Cleanup Club
  • Yarn Club
  • Garden Club
  • Art Club
  • Baking Club

For the Technology Workshops Questionnaire, we had 17 respondents. Fourteen people said that they would like technology workshops, one said no, and two said maybe. Most people said that Tuesdays would be the best day, and there was a pretty even split between preference for morning or afternoon sessions. The majority of respondents felt that every other week would be the best frequency.

Topics people said they would like to explore:

  • OneDrive; Sharing documents in OneDrive
  • OneNote
  • Ways to communicate with parents electronically
  • Using the Smartboard
  • Apps or programs for classroom projects
  • Excel, Adobe
  • Sway
  • Green screen
  • Microsoft Forms
  • Gameify Reading and Writing
  • Animation with Voice
  • Apps on the iPad or in mycdsbeo

Thank you so much to all of you for the great feedback! I will get cracking on this the week after the Scholastic Book Fair. We will likely start with an introduction to OneDrive and then progress from there.

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Great stuff

Here are a few photos of great things happening around the school this week. Don't be shy about texting me your own photos to include in these weekly newsletters. (Lots of people do!). I can't always get around to see everything, but I love to share what is happening in your classrooms.
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The Week Ahead

Here is a peek at the week ahead. Please check our Holy Name of Mary Staff calendar for all of the latest updates on what is happening this week at HNOM. As we often have last-minute changes, checking the staff calendar is the best way to get the most up-to-date information on events and absences. This short video tutorial will show you how it's done.

Monday, September 16, 2019

  • Scholastic Book Fair setup (library closed all week)
  • Book Fair Preview for teachers after school. Come have a look at the books and make a wish list so parents can buy books for your classroom library!
  • Kirk Reynold and Susan Freed from LHIN/CHEO in for a meeting in Pascale's office with Erin and Kristine at 10:00am.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Jillian away all day (Mara Harrison)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

  • 8:30 Spec. Ed. meeting
  • Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Open House & BBQ, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Carolyn Brunet in to observe in Kristine's class

Friday, September 20, 2019

  • Book Fair to be packed up; last minute purchases to be made before morning recess.
  • Debbie Balog in for meeting with Tanya, Andie, Mary and Kristine-8:30