March 13th – 17th

One last taste of winter (hopefully), as it looks like there are some great days ahead in the forecast. Great news as we can get back to outdoor recesses, which I know the students (and you) all missed. Let’s make sure we’re helping Jamie by reminding our students to keep their wet outdoor clothing as neat and tidy as possible. Speaking of Jamie and our care taking crew, Malinda has now started her leave as per her doctors instructions, and I’m excited to announce that Megan and Kailey Fehr have been the successful applicants for the replacement position as assistant caretaker.

Thank you to all of you who worked so hard to get your progress reports, with comments, into the office by Friday. This will give David and I plenty of time to read over them, not to find fault, but to deepen our understanding of the students. If we spot things that need to be altered we will let you know as soon as possible, this way there will be less stress on Corinne to get them all printed and out by this Friday. Having a look at the comments will also give us a better understanding of where we are at as a school with how we share our students’ progress with our families. I believe that while they are just a snap shot, progress reports are a tremendous way to share with our parents what their children are doing well, what they can improve on, and most importantly, how you as a teacher will work with them to help them grow as a learner.

We have a busy week ahead with many learning opportunities for us to seize upon. David and I are away at an ALT meeting, where the focus is always on collaborative learning, we have an EA meeting this week, again the focus is on learning together, David and Brenda will be attending another Aspiring Administrator meeting, deepening their learning, and finally, Jon Yellowlees will be out on Friday to visit classrooms. When you think about all the great learning opportunities that present themselves, what role do you think you play in the overall learning culture of our school? What do  you bring to the school that no one else does? How can you share that? How can David and I celebrate that? When I think about the gifts you bring to the school,  I’m reminded of a video I saw where Denzel Washington (who doesn’t love Denzel?!?) shares a motivational talk with his fellow actors. The audio isn’t great, but the message is. Have a look, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s what lies ahead this week:

Monday:

  • Leah’s Genius Hour school presentation (afternoon & evening for parents)

Tuesday:

  • Bruce & David at ALT all day

Wednesday:

  • Brenda & David at Aspiring Administrators course (pm)

Thursday:

  • EA meeting (8:00)
  • School hockey tournament

Friday:

  • Jon Yellowlees visit (pm)
  • 1 – 8 progress reports sent home

 

As always, create a great week!

 

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