Holy Name of Mary, Monday, January 20, 2020
I have great news. We are now officially past the "dead of winter", according to Environment Canada's senior climatologist, David Phillips. Ottawa's Dead of Winter occurs on January 19th. By the dead of winter, "you can say statistically there's more winter behind me than ahead of me," Phillips points out. "You've broken the back of winter." Cheers to that! :)
This week's Shout-Outs:
The small things really do matter and make a difference-a shout out to Jane for providing me with a warm pashmina on one of the cold days, when I had forgotten mine at home, and to Brigitte who took time out of her planning time to help me clear the jam on the photocopier because I had to get to class.
- Mary Russell
I would like to give a shout out to Pascale for being flexible in helping me make it to daycare to pick up my sick little man on Friday afternoon. I would also like to give a shout out to Ron, Kristine, Laura, and Brigitte who each took a few of my afternoon class, when we couldn’t get a supply teacher last minute. I appreciate your generosity and team work, more than you know.
I would like to thank Jillian for being a great teaching and OECTA partner. In this busy time, she has been super helpful.
- Lucie and Jillian for their time to ensure we are up to date with our current job action and for their efforts getting all of our questions answered.
- Shane for his quick response to my desk request for my new students.
- Mike for his support during after school tutoring sessions. It is comforting knowing you are around.
- Katie and Sarah E. for accommodating my scheduling requests during the snow day.
- Jane for the resources she shares with me.
- Mary R. for offering to help me with completing my PM’s.
A huge thank you to the entire staff for making me feel SO welcome as I navigated my way back into the classroom last week. Thanks for answering my many questions, lending resources, checking in on how I was doing and helping with something as simple (and a bit silly) as finding the new Kinder yard for duty! You guys are amazing!
- Thank you to Micheline for stepping in on Monday to lead the January Assembly when Mary's class was unable to do so. Thank you also to Sara R. for arranging for Pat Muldoon to come in from the Royal Canadian Legion to recognize our many winners from the Remembrance Day Contest.
- A huge thank you to Mary B., Peter, Julie, Liz B., Shannon and Sandy for staying late on Tuesday for our Kindergarten Open House. You did an excellent job of making parents and our future Kinders feel welcome. Thank you also to our amazing teachers who volunteered to give tours of the school that night: Sara R. (and Carter!), Liz R., Gina and Mary R. Excellent teamwork, all of you!
- A shout-out to Megan for staying late to cover for Lauren on Wednesday. We are so lucky to have you!
- A big shout-out to Andi and Amy who spent the entire snow day last week replenishing and organizing our First Aid kits, and to Tanya who worked so hard to get Boardmaker images ready for a student who needed them.
- Thank you to Rachel for organizing presentations for our students this week! The Grade 6 students really enjoyed the talks from Heritage Fitness and Constable Joe. Thank you also for arranging for Michelle Neville to come in and deliver the Sources of Strength program to our Grade 7/8 students.
- To the whole staff (and especially captains Lucie and Jillian) for keeping a positive spirit through these tough times. Picketing in -28C windchill is NOT fun, but you all made the best of it.
Great Stuff, Great Staff.
Our Legion winners were so proud to be recognized at last week's assembly!
Bryanna's class has been going to visit Shannon's class regularly for Kindergarten Reading Buddies. Not only is this a great time for big kids and little kids to connect, but it is also a great opportunity for the teachers in the room to share what they are teaching and learning in the classroom.
Jane's class got right down on their hands and knees to work on measurement this week. She asked them some great inquiry questions (How far can you jump? How far can you throw a tissue? How far can you blow a feather?) and then set them off to work.
Kris started the week off with his new Grade 7/8 class with a listening activity. Students were given a cloze passage of the lyrics to a popular French song. Kris played the song on YouTube several times, having students listen carefully and choose words from a word bank to complete the song.
Our Grade 6 Girls had an excellent presentation from the Heritage Fitness Gym this week.
I was so pleased to find Kristine working one-on-one with small groups of students at her blue table on Friday. They were working through correcting mistakes they had made on their math quizzes. With her support, each student was able to understand where they went wrong, fix their mistakes, and earn a few extra marks.
Katie's students start their afternoon with bellwork in their duo-tangs. Each day they practise skip counting, listing the fact family, making arrays, drawing a grouping picture and writing a story problem for a different set of numbers. She always has excellent anchor charts for students to refer to as they work.
Learning in the Library
With office space being at a premium in the school, Mary often has to give up her Resource Room to work elsewhere. This week, she brought in one of her FROG groups while her office was being used for testing. It is so nice to see the Library and its new furniture being used in a variety of different ways!
Learning in the Library
Constable Joe had the Grade 6's captivated during the OPP Kids Program on Friday. They were super excited to learn all about his role and the equipment he wears.
Ron had Julie's Kinders' full attention this week when he rolled out this digital keyboard and taught them how to play Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do! These little guys are already learning about quarter notes, half notes, eighth notes and rests - and were able to clap out several different rhythms for me. Very impressive.
Je connais mes jours!
Lucie's Grade Ones were learning the days of the week in French this week, as well as hier, aujourd'hui and demain. She created this cute little paper plate activity with a rotating inner circle to help them learn the days of the week and the sequence of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
I hadn't seen this awesome dodgeball variation until I strolled into Brigitte's class last Friday. She placed 4 upright mats in a square formation around the gym as hiding/rest spots. Then the kids all ran around the outside of the mats in the same direction while trying not to get hit by the throwers in the middle. Students who get hit become throwers. Awesome.
Je connais mes jours!
Shannon's boys built a Tractor Plane. Need I say more?
The Week Ahead
Monday, January 20, 2020
- Hannah away all week
- Rachel away all week
- Andi away all week
- Jane away (pm only, Kelly Pawlikowski)
- Shannon away (Meganne Thompson)
- Independent Grocer Community Breakfast for all students, 9:30-10:30am
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
- OECTA full day strike
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
- Peter away the rest of the week (Mary Ellen Grigor)
- Bryanna's birthday!
- Ski Club after school
- January Mass (Sauve) at 10:15am
Thursday, January 23, 2020
- Liz R away (Natalie Lindsay)
- Mary R away (pm only)
Friday, January 24, 2020
- Nicole Oattes in all day for testing
- Debbie Balog in
- Notre Dame Guidance presentation for Grade 8 students (in the classroom) from 11:00 to lunch.
- OPP Kids presentation in the Library from 1:00pm-2:00pm with Constable Joe.