Weekly Post: March 4 – March 8

ash-wed2One more week until March Break! This week we begin our Lenten journey and have our Ash Wednesday liturgy on Wednesday at 11 AM. On Tuesday it is Shrove Tuesday, and there will be a pancake breakfast in the staffroom starting at 8:30 AM. Come on in to help get rid of the cake in the pantry for the next 40 days! We will be supporting the OK Clean Water Project this year as well as Christie Lake Camp. Our first event day will be this coming Friday. Beach Day!

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the Winter Play Day a success. Jenna, we know you were the cornerstone! Thanks for your time and energy organizing. This even allowed us to have some great discussion and learning on the Third Path. Thanks to this committee for setting the stage for the discussion!

Our Deep Learning Walk (DLW) is approaching. It is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th. As we get closer to the date, I will just put a couple of things out that the team will be looking for, so you are not surprised. So many of these things are going on in all of your classrooms already, but I just want to make sure that attention is drawn to what they are looking for before the day arrives.

DLW look fors:

  • Is there evidence of a balance between whole group lessons and small group instruction?
  • Are there 5 Chromebooks up and running in the classroom? If yes, how often are the Chromebooks used in the station rotation model?

Items of interest:

  • Thursday is St. George Shawarma Day! Interested in a shawarma lunch? Find the order form here. 
  • At our last School Council meeting, we were talking about revitalizing the courtyard. They are looking for staff input. Please take a moment to answer this one question survey. Staff Courtyard Survey
  • The lotto club is collecting again. The new group starts on Friday, March 8th. See Tim for details!

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday: Staff Pancake Breakfast 8:30 – 9:15 AM
  • Wednesday: Ash Wednesday 11AM
  • Thursday: St. George Shawarma Day
  • Friday: Beach Day

Weekly Post: Feb. 25 – March 1


What a great Kindness Week! Thank you to our committee for putting everything together and making it happen! What a great way to demonstrate #BeCommunity! From the Tuesday after school social, to the quilt, heart posties and bus driver appreciation, you did it all! Thank you from everyone here at St. George.

Coding Resources here at St. George:

We now have a pretty good selection of coding devices here at our school. Please see Lorraine in the LC for more info and if you want to sign some out head on over to the LC and sign them out.

Right now we have:

  1. Seven Ozbots
  2. 10 micro:bits
  3. 4 Sphero’s
  4. 4 BeeBots (in the mail)

Are you looking for coding resources?

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday: LD Workshop Part II
  • Wednesday:
  • Thursday: Knights of Columbus AM, Winter Play Day PM
  • Friday: 11 AM Monthly Assembly (Faith)

Weekly Post: Feb. 19th – 22nd

Kindness Week clip art

I hope everyone enjoyed Family Day Weekend and took something that you would not normally get to do on a two day weekend.

It is Kindness Week and there are a few things planned for our school this week. Some of the items are: bus driver appreciation, Kindness Week Kick Off, student rock activity, Kindness Quilt and the Justice League is planning some things to recognize people around the school.

Feel free to tweet anything out that you have or see going on. Use the hashtags #sgeo, #sgeoKindness and #ocsb to get the word out there of all the amazing things going on here at our school.

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday: Family Day
  • Tuesday:  Kindness Week Kick Off after school, Gr. 4 & 6 XC Skiing
  • Wednesday: SEA Coach in AM
  • Thursday:
  • Friday: SEA Coach in AM

Weekly Post: Feb. 11th – 15th


Coding SGE

What a great day of learning on Friday! Hopefully for those of you that participated you took away some great ideas and were excited to try some new things in the classroom. I have ordered some more Ozbots, and Bee-Bots and mini-Sphero’s for those of you that want to some of this up and running in your classrooms. Please share with me what you are doing. I’d love to come in and see and take part.

Report Cards go home on Tuesday. You should have a copied letter to go home with your reports and I have included the Interview Letter below for your use.  Thanks for all of yuor time and effort on that everyone!

Just a reminder that there is a staff meeting on Tuesday AM. If you have anything for the agenda, please sent it my way by noon on Monday.

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday: SEA Coach in
  • Tuesday: Staff Meeting 8:15 AM, Kinder PLC, Report Cards go Home
  • Wednesday:
  • Thursday: Valentines Day, SEA Coach in 1/2 Day
  • Friday:


Weekly Post: Feb. 4th – 8th


I hope you all like winter activities with all of this snow! Looks like it will warm up for a few days this week but all this snow may be here to stay.

Thanks to everyone for working so hard on the report cards and the IEP’s. When you have them printed off please send them down to the office. If you have not printed them off just yet can you please do them double sided.

PD Opportunities this Week

  • Cathryn Wake will be in the school all day on Thursday and if you have any questions or are looking for assistance, free to stop on by and have a chat with her.
  • Friday we have Audra Abromaitis coming in to work on ‘BeInnovative with Coding’ with staff. If you expressed interest you will find your name in the link. There are still two spots left if you are interested. Please let me know ASAP.

We have lots going on this week and here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday: Reports Due to the Office
  • Tuesday: Junior XC Ski Day
  • Wednesday: Junior XC Ski Day
  • Thursday: Cathryn Wake in
  • Friday: BeInnovative Coding Workshops, Knights of Columbus Free Throw

Weekly Post: Jan. 28th – Feb. 1st

I hope that you all had a great weekend and a productive PD Day on Friday. Whether you took a course or work on reports I am sure that you had a productive day and made the most of the day.

PD Opportunities here at St. George:

Over the next little while, we are going to have some learning opportunities here at the school. If you are interested in any of them, please let me know by Tuesday at the end of the day so that we can book guest teachers in. They will be half-day sessions. If you are interested let me know. You can request AM or PM and I will do my best to accommodate.

  • Feb. 7th Cathryn Wake will be in working with staff who are interested in Hapara, Workspaces and MathUp in the junior classrooms.
  • On Feb. 8th we are going to have a coding workshop here at the school. I still have some spaces available in the AM and the PM. It is for half a day. If you are interested please let me know.

Here is how the week is looking:

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday: Rag and Bones Presentations
  • Wednesday: Jr. Cross Country Skiing
  • Thursday: Jr. Cross Country Skiing
  • Friday: Black History Month begins, 9:30 Love Assembly

Weekly Post: Jan. 21 – 25

jeans day

Starting Monday we are going to be starting our new Engagement Schedule. Please see the attached Non-Contact Engagement Partner List. The focus here is on students in Gr. 3 & 6 who are at risk of not achieving Lv. 3 or higher in EQAO. With that being said most classes will be getting some sort of support.

Friday is a PD Day and teachers you have the entire day for writing your reports. Just a couple of reminders:

  1. You should be placing a strength, weakness and next step for the subject areas. You do not have to fill the box but if the box is 15 lines deep there should probably be more than 3-4 lines of comments. Especially if there are multiple strands in the subject area.
  2. Instead of using brackets and e.g. examples, please try and include the information in the sentence. Example: Tim is able to use strategies taught this year to help him solve problems. These strategies include using 5 and 10 as friendly numbers and accessing manipulatives to help him figure out the answers.
  3. Should you need any help wordsmithing a certain comment please stop by and see Christine or myself. Also, if you want to share any comments with us before you start placing them in the reports feel free to do so.
  4. At the end of your comment if you need to place initials please use the following format. TS  I am just trying to keep things consistent across the school and even across the report card. Please avoid using the following (TS) or T.S.

Here is how the week is looking: