Holy Name of Mary, Monday, November 11, 2019
Here we are in November. This is often a difficult month for teachers: the shine of the beginning of the year has worn off, it is report card and interview season, the days are short, and the weather can be downright miserable.
So please make sure that you take some time to do something nice for yourself - especially after you just spent so much time and effort getting progress reports ready for today. We know that writing report cards can be long and exhausting and that they take a lot of time away from your families. Caroline and I really appreciate all the work that you put into them. Thank you to every one of you for all that you do for our school and for the kids!
My apologies in advance that this memo is so long. I missed last week's memo and there were lots of great photos from the week before to share. You guys do great work!
This week's Tech Tip
This week I was asked to do a little demo of how to enter an item in the staff calendar. Here is a quick little screencast for you. It's less than 4 minutes long.
This week's Shout-Outs:
I just wanted to put in a shout out to Lauren and Kris for helping me out on the walk this week. In general anyone who has or is helping me out is much appreciated but this was for sure above and beyond!
- Sara Hart
Andi for being so flexible and understanding. She always thinks of her student’s needs first. Thank you for being you! Mike for changing his nightly routine so I could stay after school so I could work in a quiet environment.
Shout out to Micheline, for organizing the Remembrance Day Ceremony and for bringing in wreaths for each class to decorate. Shout out to Kelly who is always so helpful in my classroom!
- Laura James
Thank you to Hannah for showing me how to add the Staff Calendar to the Outlook app on my phone! I've spent the past year "double-entering" items into the Staff Calendar and then into my personal calendar because I couldn't figure out how to get the Staff Calendar to show up on my phone. You have just saved me so much time and aggravation!
"Shout out" to Sara Reid for being such a tremendous help with getting ready for the Remembrance Day Ceremony. And to Kris and Catherine who always have my back and are always at my side for good times as well as for challenges.
To Julie for getting me a tea, on a cold damp day!
- Liz Baldwin
Shout out to the Intermediate Team for coming together in the face of difficulty this week! So nice to be on such a caring and connected team! Shout out to Micheline for all her hard work on the Remembrance Day Assembly! Thanks for taking this project on!
- Sara Reid
I wanted to send out a Shout out to Amy Knight. Last week she was kind enough to compile all of the notes pertaining to the snowsuit drive and ensure that they were all put into the correct mailboxes. Her help was beyond appreciated. Thanks so much!!!
- Mary Russell
Great Stuff, Great Staff.
Catherine's Grade 5 class has been working on figuring out the passage of time using the dreaded analog clock! This is what I love to see when I walk into a class - teachers sitting shoulder to shoulder with the kids and helping them to work through a problem. It says to the student: "I'm here for you. Let's figure this thing out together."
I was checking out where everyone sits on the Green Bus one morning with Debbie when all of a sudden she said: "Oh. God. Jake. Love!" She then reached down under a seat and pulled out this lovely deer jaw. This is what you find on the Clayton bus, folks. Not Beyblades or lost mittens, but deer bones.
I got to join Andrew's class for a little guided reading at this lovely low table one afternoon. The students were seated on comfy floor cushions and each one took turns reading aloud. I could tell Andrew was completely in his element discussing Black Holes! The kids were loving the attention they were getting working in a smaller group.
Catherine wrapped up the first round of intramurals with the Green and Black teams playing in the finals. This has been such a great activity for our 7's and 8's every day at lunch, and we are so lucky that she is giving up her time to keep them engaged and out of trouble! Thanks, Catherine!
Liz had a special surprise for her little monsters on Halloween Day. First, they went on a scavenger hunt all over the school, figuring out each clue to get to their final destination. Eventually they ended up back in the classroom where they found the ingredients to make these awesome monster treats!
Bryanna's Grade 7/8 Flag Football team battled through snowy conditions last week to come away with the Flag Football championship! Congratulations to the team for persevering through the challenging conditions. Thank you so much to Bryanna for doing such a great job coaching!
Ready to Write
Jane's class was working on their Ontario Writing Assessment last week. Students were writing about the day they became invisible, and I got to read through some pretty interesting narratives about what they did when nobody could see them. I loved seeing that each student had a laminated "portable word wall" to refer to as they wrote. What a great tool!
In November we Remember
Kristine's class did a great job on their entries for this year's Remembrance Day contest with the Legion. It is so impressive to see the care and level of detail that every student puts into these projects. It shows that you as a staff really value and communicate the importance of Remembrance Day.
Andi found a great job for Jack. As we know, sometimes he just needs a break. One day she asked him if he could help Oliver with the milk. As it turns out, Jack loves the responsibility, and now he can deliver the milk with very little help at all. It is great when we as a staff can work together to think of ways to redirect students who are struggling in the classroom. Thanks, Andi!
Ready to Write
In November we Remember
Shannon had her Kinders "writing the room" just before Halloween. Check out what little Ray was able to do! It's remarkable the progress that these little guys can make in just one year.
You should see the kids in Mary B's Kindergarten at cleanup time! Their level of attention to detail is remarkable, and they won't settle for anything less than perfection. WOW.
Sandy helped these little Kinders draw and cut out some adorable pumpkins just before Halloween. Even though they all started out with the same circle, every pumpkin turned out completely different. I love seeing their individuality being celebrated!
The Week Ahead
Monday, November 11, 2019
- Remembrance Day (Assembly at 10:30am. The gym will be closed for the morning.)
- Progress Reports due today
- Andrew away (pm only, Chris Toderian)
- Liz R away (pm only, Miffy Thomas)
- Micheline away (pm only, Christine Provost)
- Shane away (Mike covering in morning)
- Sara H away (am/pm, Nancy Granda)
*Please note: Sara H. will continue just on afternoons until the Christmas break, and Nancy Granda will continue to fill in for her in the mornings.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
- Caroline away at Regional Principal's Meeting
- Melanie Fielding in for a meeting with a student
- School Photo retakes (am)
- Spec. Ed. team meeting at 8:45am
Thursday, November 14, 2019
- Primary Math Launch all day in the Library (We are hosting! The library will be closed all day.)
- Jane at Math Launch (Tammy McDonald)
- Jillian at Math Launch (Karen Buchanan)
- Katie at Math Launch (Jennifer Bowler)
- Laura James away (Jessica Sokolowski)
- Mary at Math Launch (no resource support today)
- Shannon at Math Launch (Helena Skowronska)
- Pay Day :)
Friday, November 15, 2019
- Rachel away