Friday Focus

Holy Name of Mary, Friday, September 6, 2019

Happy Friday!

Hi everyone,

It was so great to be back with you all again this week! You have all worked so hard to get the school ready for the kids, and I think that everyone did an outstanding job of making this first week of school a great one.

Enjoy the weekend!


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Classroom Management Tips

Here's the thing about teaching. You can have all the knowledge and passion in the world, but it's almost impossible to teach kids anything without good classroom management. So it's worth it to spend whatever time and effort is necessary at the beginning of the year to get your classroom routines down pat.

Please use the next several weeks to keep reviewing and practising your classroom routines and procedures over and over again until they are second nature to every student in your classroom. Investing the time in perfecting those routines now will really pay off for the remainder of the school year.

Here are a few articles for you to check out. Even if you are a seasoned teacher, it is always good to take some time to reflect on your classroom management at the beginning of each year and take time to develop a plan. If you find that you are struggling, don't hesitate to reach out for help. We are here to support you through any challenges you face.

Classroom Management: 4 Keys to Starting the Year off Right (I recommend listening to the podcast that is linked at the beginning of the article!)

6 Critical First-Week-Of-School Strategies For Difficult Students

Making Math Moments that Matter

I've been edu-geeking out on this great podcast for the past few weeks and thought I would share it with you. It's a great listen on the way to and from work. These two teachers from southwestern Ontario do a great job of talking authentically about their evolution as math teachers.

From their website: Wondering how to create a classroom culture where students don’t want to stop exploring mathematics when the bell rings? Kyle Pearce from and Jon Orr from team up to uncover how we can Make Math Moments That Matter for every student in the math classroom from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Discover how you can build easy to plan and fun to deliver math lessons that kids will not only love, but also learn from using the Making Math Moments That Matter 3-Part Framework. Get ready to learn as we interview math education influencers, engage in coaching calls with mathematics educators from around the world, and take deep dives into assessment, differentiation, student behaviour, engagement, problem solving, math fact fluency, and many other common teacher challenges as we strive to Make Math Moments That Matter. Let’s learn how we can meet the needs of every learner in all classrooms regardless of student readiness together! Subscribe by searching or us on your preferred platform or by clicking here: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, RSS, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Great stuff

Here are a few photos of great things happening around the school this week. It was so busy that I only took a few photos during the first few days, but I promise I will take more next 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.

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 9, 2019

  • KG classes to watch the First Ride bus safety video in their classes

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • KG First Ride Program
  • Katie away (all day)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

  • 8:30 Spec. Ed. meeting

Thursday, September 12, 2019

  • Caroline away (Central Leaders Meeting, Kemptville)

Friday, September 13, 2019