Weekly Post: October 31st – November 4th

Good Npiccollageews this week ……..

I noticed that students in the junior grades have already started using the Vertical Learning Surfaces to tackle some math problems. It is interesting to hear what they have to say about them and how they impact their learning. While going in and out of classrooms I also saw a great lesson going on with creating a geometric city. There was a tonne of collaboration going on. Not just from inside of the group but also from group to group.

Thank you for all of your work on the Progress Reports. The are ready to go out on Tuesday and we will once again be using UpCanBookMe to set up interviews. It is almost set up and ready to go and will be sent out to parents.

Below you will find a staff tech challenge to do with your students. I am hoping that you get a tech centre set up in your classrooms this week and the students have an opportunity to each answer the survey question that I would like the to answer.

The survey is all about naming the new fish in the school: Mr. Slack’s Fish Survey

Here is how the week is looking:

Monday: Monster Mash Schedule

Tuesday: EA Meeting at 8:40AM

Wednesday: Peacekeeper Training and Popcorn Day

Thursday: Mathletics Gr. 3-6 Starting at 9:30AM


Number 1.JPG





Weekly Post: October 24th – 28th


Good News this week……

I saw a class make wheelchairs out of recycled goods and they were able to explain to me how and why they did it. Great literacy and innovation connections! We have a Grade 5 student who volunteers to help out in the Breakfast Program every morning and is being pegged as the next Catherine McKenna by the volunteers. Students in Grade 2 have been working hard on their Thanksgiving recounts using established success criteria to help them make sure they are set up for success!

Thank you for a great staff meeting this week and the introduction of school wide deep learning here at St. George. I hope you have had a chance to take a look at the flip chart and have thought about what element you are interested in exploring further in your classrooms. Our new School Innovation Budget has been getting a workout already! I am so happy that we already have three requests in for funds. It will be very exciting to get your ideas up and running with your students.

  • Collaborative Team Meetings:  Don’t forget to sign up.
  • Parent Teacher Interviews: I have taken a look in the calendar and Wednesday, November 9th looks like the best option.
  • October #ocsbDL Twitter Challenge:  This month, the challenge is to share how your Learning Environment fosters deep learning. Simply tweet out a picture of your learning environments in action using the hashtag #ocsbDL. Don’t forget to use our hashtag of #sgeo! You will get a RT guaranteed…… Each person tweeting an original tweet will be entered to win. (Retweets don’t count!)
  • Popcorn Days are Here: Every two weeks on Wednesday students are going to have the option of having Kernels Popcorn for last snack. All proceeds are going to support our innovation plan.
  • Speaking of funding and raising money.. Our School Council has decided to provide staff with funds this year. Please see the School Council Staff Funds. Deadline is January 20th.
  • Scientists in the Schools: We will once again be providing funding for all of our students to have this experience in their class. Please feel free to connect with your grade level partners to see what strand you would like covered and when you would like them in. Once you have the invoice please submit it to the office.

Here is how the week is looking:

Monday: Kindergarten meeting at 8:30, Collaborative Team Meetings

Tuesday: Progress Reports due, Collaborative Team Meetings

Wednesday: Collaborative Team Meetings

Thursday: Collaborative Team Meetings, CHEO Bake Sale

Friday: Teachers on TPA Meeting @ 8:45AM


Weekly Post: Oct. 17th – 21st



GOOD NEWS from last week:

  1. A student came up to me on Friday with a Level 14 book. She was so proud to tell me that she could read it. Last year when she came to us mid-year she barely spoke English.  That is amazing!
  2. This one is good and bad at the same time. Dana has been a welcome new addition to our staff. Fortunately for her she has been offered an increase to 1.0. Unfortunately for us it is at T.D. McGee. Her last day with us will be on Tuesday. All the best Dana!
  3. St. George has been given 2 additional 0.75 EA’s for the remainder of the year. We welcome Francesca Damario and Sam Larabie.

Thanks to those who have sent in agenda items for the staff meeting on Tuesday. There is still time if you have anything. Please fill out the School Council Wishlist if you have anything to add as well.

Here is how the week is looking:


Tuesday: Staff Meeting 8:00AM, IEP’s go home, School Council 6:30PM


Thursday: Light the Night Dress Down


Weekly Post: Oct. 11th – 14th


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Friday was a great day and I hope that it gave people something to think and talk about over the weekend. I know it certainly did for me.

On Wednesday morning we are going to have our United Way kick off meeting. Please meet in the staffroom at 8:30AM to start our campaign. I heard there may be treats….

Next Tuesday morning we will have our staff meeting. If you have any items can you please send them to me this week and I will get them on the agenda.

Tuesday afternoon we have our Thanksgiving Mass at St. George Church. Please take attendance quickly and start making your way to the church as soon as possible. We plan to start at 1:30PM.

Here is how the week is looking:

Monday: Thanksgiving Monday

Tuesday: Mass at 1:30PM

Wednesday: Tim at CLL AM only


Friday: Peter Atkinson visit 11:30AM – 1:30PM

Weekly Post: Oct. 3rd-7th


Last week many of you looked at NumberTalks and we went into a couple of classrooms to try it out. There was lots of great thinking going on and so many creative ideas. We all hope to continue building on that. Please try and do 3 of these a week in your class so we can get some really good evidence for our PD Day in November. Everyone is very interested to see where this math thinking is going to take up.

In the principal;s Update I received on Friday there were many learning opportunities for staff. Please take a look below and see if there is anything that you are interested in.

Items of Interest:

  • GAFE Conference: Once again Ottawa will be hosting a Google Apps For Education (GAFE) based education conference. It will again take place at La Cite on Oct 22-23. There are a limited number of tickets available to our school board. Each ticket costs $200 at a bulk rate. Schools are being asked to pay $100 for each ticket. There is a great lineup of speakers and sessions. Take a look at the site. If you are interested let me know by lunch on Monday.
  • Deep Learning: Introduction to Deep Learning (open to all K-12 Educators/System Consultants/Learning Partners) has just been added today to the Learning Pathway in our Leading & Learning Journey offerings. If you are interested in this it is a great opportunity. Isabelle and Leanne were involved in this last year. Touch base with them if you are interested and want to know a little more about what it is all about. There is only space for 25 so you have to move fast.
  • Opportunity: Grades 4-6 Math Educators: Student Success is looking for  Grade 4-6 school teams to pilot a few tasks (in October) and do a very short review for an EQAO support resource created for EOCCC. Let me know if you are interested and I will facilitate this.
  • The Leading & Learning Journey is OPEN for Registration: This session directly supports educators in learning, teaching and leading mathematics. Making Space for Students to Think Mathematically (K-6) (4 Sessions)
  • Le Français à coeur 2016-2017 Responsive Teaching of Reading in an FSL ClassroomThe Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network of Eastern Ontario (EOSDN) is pleased to host  “Le français à coeur” conference to be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in Kingston.   There is a follow-up session scheduled for Tuesday, April 4,  2017 in Kingston as well. The first 10 schools to register will secure their participation at the conference.The Elementary Student Success department would like to extend an Invitation to three FSL teachers (Gr. 1-6) at your school. The Department will cover the cost of registration and provide:
    • supply coverage for both teachers
    • transportation (Ottawa to Kingston, return)
  • The Entrepreneurial Adventure (EA), is in the process of accepting registrations. In the program, students      are engaged in a social and ethical entrepreneurial environment; students identify a cause or charity that    interests them, create a company that produces a product or service, market that product or service,  and finally donate all proceeds to the identified charity.more information please consult the Website and/or   Contact Betty Weil by email (bweil@thelearningpartnership.ca) or phone (613-513-8394).
  • Junior Achievement Program: (ONFE) Another great “free of charge” opportunity     with a focus on innovation for your grade 5 students. JA Business Basics (Grade 5) – This is an interactive      and engaging one-day program that introduces   Grade 5 students to the fundamentals of starting a     business and the opportunities and challenges of being an entrepreneur. Through key business concepts, such as creating a business plan, interview techniques and marketing strategies, students develop an understanding of how a business operates and generates a profit. and, if interested, submit the name of the 3 participating teachers by Thursday October 6th, 2016 to Chantal.soucy@ocsb.ca

Here is how the week is looking:


Tuesday: Picture Retake Day, Halloween Pep Rally 11AM,

Wednesday: Cross Country Meet

Thursday: Pizza Lunch

Friday: Christian Community Day

Want to visit St. George to have your students learn more about the church?
Msgr. Hans thought it may be a good idea to have the students learn more about our church. He has offered class visits and tours so to speak. I mentioned it may be a good idea for a class if they were already there at mass and then they could stay after for a few minutes. Please see his email below. If you are interested, let me know and I’ll get you in contact with him.
“Students at a/StG Catholic School should be familiar with the building and grounds of a/StG Catholic Church.

This means they should know the parts (altar, tabernacle etc) and layout (sanctuary, baptism area, confessionals, choir…) of a Catholic church in general, and of their church in particular,  like the shrine/icon of StGeorge in the staircase (with votive lights), the altar of Our Lady in the church, the baptism font and Holy-Oils ambry, the Stations of the Cross, the outside Shrine of our Lady (between church and rectory.
A church is both a place for communal worship, most importantly for celebrating the Mass, and for personal prayer.
For the latter, it is helpful to identify (in our church) the altar of Our Lady, the statues and images of Saints, with the candle stands, both in the church and in the St George Shrine under the stairs.
In other churches (e.g. St Patrick Basilica or Notre Dame, there are altars to the Sacred Heart, crucifixes etc.)
Small devotional practices and gestures are reminders of important aspects of our faith, e.g. blessing yourself with holy water as you enter/leave the church (a reminder of being baptised), genuflecting before you go into your pew (a reminder of Christ’s presence in the church/tabernacle), boys not covering their heads in the church (as it is a consecrated building). These are aspects of Catholic culture and identity.
A visit to the church outside mass time is in itself a good expression of the fact that it is not only an place to assemble for mass but also to pray privately. Any visit we make to a church should include an act of prayer or devotion.
In my perception, not all of these things can or should be covered in one visit, and it may depend on the students’ age and grade what to show/explain to them, and how.
But it would be important that over the course of their elementary school years they get to know the whole church building and its “furniture”.
It is also helpful if these things are explained to the students by their teachers, not only by clergy.
In our case, a visit to StG church could also include looking at the church hall and offices, and show the kids the location of the previous school site.”