Weekly Post: Nov. 19th – 23rd

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What a great day on Friday! Wherever you were I hope that you had some great learning. I saw some twitter pics of the kinder sessions and I am sure the CUPE conference was a hit as well. At the bottom of the post, I have added any of the resources that we had gone over at the school for you to look at if interested or if you were not here.

Thanks to the Safe Schools Committee for their initiatives that they are leading this week for Bully Prevention Week. I know we all loved the notes and kindness messages that were all over the school last week. I’m sure there were some spirits lifted as we read the yellow stickies.

On Thursday our Kinder Team is going to provide some snacks to start our day in a nice relaxed way! If you want to join us in the staff room come on by to visit and have a snack. Sandra Do. has also mentioned there will be the draw of United Way prizes. Word is there is a mega draw for the 1/2 day off that day as well. Make sure to get your forms in for your chance to win.

You may see a familiar face walking the halls and working in the K1 classroom this week. Olivia is returning to SGE and will be here starting on Monday. Welcome back Olivia! I would also like to welcome Brittanie Pereira who has joined us in K3 and is replacing Martine until she returns to St. George.

Christmas Concert: Last December we had a Christmas Spirit Week with different activities/themes lined up each day.  We can do a similar week and have our Christmas Concert same as we had done last year on the Thursday.  If grades wanted to team up to do one song we could keep it consistent with last year and not have 25 acts to prepare. If you are interested in talking about this, we will have a meeting at 8:45 AM on Wednesday morning in the ESL room.

Here is how the week is looking:

Bully Prevention and Awareness Week

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday: International Day of the Child, School Council
  • Wednesday: Christmas Spirit Week Meeting 8:45 AM ESL Room
  • Thursday: Morning Meet Up in the staff room, MathUp Morning
  • Friday:

PD Day Resources:

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Weekly Post: Nov. 12th – 16th

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Thank you to Jacqueline, Patricia, Sandra G and all involved in the choir for all of your hard work and attention to detail for our ceremony this morning. I cannot tell you how many parents and grandparents paid you and all of our school community such nice compliments after the ceremony. Staff had many great things to say as well. Well done!

Interview night has come and gone. Thank you for all your positivity and professionalism during report card and interview season. The feedback was very positive again about having the interviews in the gym.

We will not be having a staff meeting on Tuesday. I will pass along any important information in a ‘flipped’ format electronically. The team that was on prayer and snacks for this meeting has graciously offered to bring in snacks and a prayer on the 22nd of November in the AM for a nice way to start the morning in the staffroom. We do have our PD Day on Friday to gather then. The kinder team will be away at another site that day and we will begin our day at 8:30 AM. The school will provide lunch.

Thanks to all the people that volunteered to help out with the levelled books. I took the first two emails and Jacqueline and Patricia will look at this next week and I’ll get a parent to start photocopying the packets once we get orders in.

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday: World Kindness Day – Wear RED
  • Wednesday: Lock Down Practice at 11 AM Kinder Initial Observations go home
  • Thursday: Boys Volleyball Tournament
  • Friday: PD Day 8:30 AM Start

Weekly Post: Nov. 5 – Nov. 9

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Fall Progress Reports have gone home and the writing of Kindergarten Initial Observations are underway! We all appreciate the time and effort that each and every one of you put into these reports. It is invaluable for parents so that they can see the progress their child is making and how they can move to the next level. We do have our parent Educator Interviews this Thursday. We have a start time at 4 PM and dinner at 5 PM. School Council has generously offered to treat us to dinner during that evening. Please let me know if there are any dietary restrictions. All interviews will take place in the gym as in years past.

Thank you for filling out the “Progressing with Difficulty” survey that gave us the information for our Intervention Schedule that will take us until the XMAS Break. Here is how the new support schedule is going to look: Nov/December Intervention Schedule

Please take a moment to fill out this Classroom Technology Survey. This will help us get an idea about the allocation of new resources and what we need to replenish/add to resources. Please do this by end of day Wednesday. There will also be a meeting to help deal with some of the issues that have been arising with school tech at 8:45 AM in the LC on Monday.

Treaties Week

It is Treaty Recognition Week.  Please take a moment to share some of the information or do an activity that Jacqueline has shared with us.

What great examples of St. George being a community at our assembly on Thursday! Please celebrate what we do here at the school with our community and on Twitter using the hashtag #BeCommunity and #sgeo. If you want to know more about hashtags let me know and I’d be happy to talk to you about them and how they work.

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday: School Technology Meeting 8:45 AM, Maria Winters: Coping with Stress Lessons for Grade 3
  • Tuesday: Board Wide Jeans Day $5 and Jersey Day for students
  • Wednesday: Speech and Language workshop for K-Gr. 1 staff
  • Thursday: Parent Educator Interviews at 4 PM, Girls Volleyball tournament in the gym
  • Friday: 10:45 AM Remembrance Day Ceremony

Weekly Post: Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

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The week of Halloween has arrived! Our School Council Monster Mash is this Wednesday and here is the schedule. Take a look and let me know if there are any issues.

On Nov. 1st there is a change to the Non-Contact Support Schedule. We are going to students who received a ‘Progressing with Difficulty’ on the progress report. See interventions in the document. If you had any students who received a ‘Progressing with Difficulty’, please complete the linked form. These are students who are not on an IEP.

I had placed a document in all of your mailboxes called Renewing the Promise. Denise Andre and Archbishop Prendergast, S.J., have together written a letter in support of Catholic education in our province. Please take a look.

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday:
  • Wednesday: Dance-a-Thon
  • Thursday: 9:30 Community Assembly
  • Friday:

 

Weekly Post: Oct. 22 – 26

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Thanks for everyone who participated in the Third Path PD session today. Hope the discussion was a good one for all who attended. We will certainly be doing more on the Third Path this year and there will more opportunities to dive deeper into it and see what we can get going here at St. George. I know it was a struggle to get everyone covered with all that was going on. We all appreciated everyone’s flexibility to make everything was covered on Friday. Thank you.

Progress reports are due to the office on Thursday. Grades 1-4 can go to Tim and Grades 5-6 to Christine.

Do you have a student that you think would benefit from getting a Halloween costume? If you do parents will be in the breakfast program room on Friday from 1:30 – 2:30 to help a child get a costume if they need it. You are invited to send students down during this time to look for a costume.

I saw this idea on Twitter this week. It was called a 30 Day Student Survey. Thought you may be interested. It would certainly give some interesting insights into students in your class.

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday: Municipal Elections in the gym
  • Tuesday: Health and Safety Meeting at 10:45 AM
  • Wednesday:
  • Thursday: Progress Reports Due to the Office
  • Friday: Used Costume Pick up 1:30 – 2:30 in the breakfast program room

 

Weekly Post: Oct. 1 – Oct 5

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Don’t forget to wear orange on Monday! We will meet as an entire school community after the first recess in the gym for our assembly. This is going to be a great way to recognize Orange Shirt Day and ‘Be Community’. Hopefully, you have, or have plans to, do one of the activities I sent out last week with your classes. At the assembly, we will not be going into any heavy details of the residential. What we will be doing is sharing the message that every student matter in our community. It is a great opportunity to talk about acceptance and bully prevention.

If you have not received the certificates for your two students, don’t worry about it. You can get them after the assembly and give them to the students then. We will call their names out and if they do not know in advance that is even better. They will feel pretty proud and surprised.

Friday is Christian Community Day. I believe that all the info has been sent out Board wide on email. If you need the information, don’t hesitate to ask and I can send it to you.

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday: Orange Day, assembly at 10:45 AM
  • Tuesday:
  • Wednesday: Math Mentor Day, Photo Retake Day
  • Thursday: Thanksgiving Mass @1:30PM, IEP’s due to the office
  • Friday: Christian Community Day 8:30 AM start at the Shaw Centre

Notes:

Change in Non-Contact Support Schedule. Teachers will support students identified by homeroom teacher as those who need reading support to get to the next level.

Weekly Post: Sept. 24-29

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The third week of school has come and gone! Next Monday, October 1st will recognize Orange Day here at the school. In preparation for this, I am hoping that each student can make an orange shirt. A copy of the template will be placed in your mailboxes to copy and share with your classes. Here is a link to other resources and activities that you may be interested in doing with your students: OCSB Orange Shirt Day I also have a few copies of the “Orange Day Shirt Story” if you are interested in reading it with your class.

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday: Kinder Meeting at 8:45 AM in K1
  • Tuesday:
  • Wednesday:
  • Thursday:
  • Friday:

Reminders:

  • Samaritans on the Digital Road: We will be doing this one again with all of our students. If you are the Language Arts teacher for a class of students you are the one responsible for covering the material with them. All of the links can be found at – OCSB Samaritans on the Digital Road