Weekly Message #3-18

Happy-New-Years-Eve-animatedHappy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had time to rest, relax and recharge over the holiday break as we head into an exciting new year.

It seems like this middle school term is “all about the work”.  Everyone knows their students, their needs and you’ve had a chance to be thoughtful in planning to challenge all of your students to learn, learn learn!    Through our school planning process, we have committed to an ongoing focus on oral language development – in particular consciously planning for the development of more specific, rich vocabulary use.  This is a significant and valid need for our students.  In addition, when I look at the way we have focused our programs and our professional learning this year, we have branched out in several ways.  Through the introduction of MindUp, many of you are learning to control the classroom learning environment in new ways which support brain development and more focused learning for students.  Recent training in Jump Math has teachers excited about the possibilities which exist for accelerated growth in students’ math learning.  In particular, the connection between this program and our Smart Boards has great potential.  We are looking at Reading as a fundamental key to student success.  At the primary level, we have committed staffing and training to the expansion of early literacy initiatives.  At the intermediate level, we hope to introduce the corrective reading program through homogeneous reading groups in the near future.  Plans for our Sensory Room are well underway and we should have that space running smoothly soon.

WOW! I’ll stop there – it sounds exhausting but also so exciting.  What a pleasure it is to work with such a professional and committed group of staff members.

We will start the new year with a new office team.  Henry and I will be working hard to make the transition as easy as possible. We are pleased to welcome Karen Scott back as extra clerical for the first week and then Carmelina will join us until the posting is filled.  Welcome also to Dean who will take Paul H’s place in the grade 5/6 until June.  Two new SSSA’s will be joining us as well.  Thanks in advance for your patience as we make every effort to provide you all with the support you need to work effectively with our students.

Please note that the collaboration schedule is set to start on Tuesday this week.  We will put a reminder in the bulletin for the first while until we get into the groove.

EVENTS THIS WEEK;

  1. Supervision Aide meeting on Monday
  2. Staff committee meeting on Thursday – agenda items to Paul by 3:00 on Tuesday, please.
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