April 18-22

Thought of the Week:   Living Our Board Learning Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being

My question is…are you living our BLPSA every day?  Do you

  • embed the key elements of the  plan into daily conversations?
  • find ways to help staff, students and parents to deeply understand WHY our plan is important?
  • speak to our plan at all staff meetings?
  • understand our plan?
  • ensure that conversations about the plan don’t focus on the structure of the plan (the distractors) but on the learning that is outlined by the plan?

Where are  you at with ensuring that you are championing the  vision of our district?

Health and Safety Reminders:  A Focus on Year End Activities from OSBIE

http://osbie.on.ca/oracle/article.aspx?id=1932   (this article has been shared from this website)




Thursday Morning Teleconference – cancelled this week as many are travelling to Office 365!

PD Day – Reminder to post/share links to your agendas by tomorrow.

Year End EVALUATION Questions for SLPSAs – recall that you should be thinking about when you are going to convene your SLP team together to respond to the SLPSA reflective questions that are due by June 28:

June/July Report Back: Have measures of student achievement shown improvement?



Dr. Clinton Pictures – Just a reminder that the photos for the Dr. Jean Clinton event are due by Thursday! Please remember that timelines are tight so please don’t be late!

Carried Over from Last Week

Professional Learning for K-2 WebConferences – April 26th or 27th – These voluntary sessions were just announced.  There will be three sessions offered on each date, with the same content being offered on the 26th and 27th. Participants may choose to register for just one session or all three sessions. Each session will have a particular focus related to Growing Success: the Kindergarten Addendum. These sessions will also be archived for anyone that wishes to access them at another time. I will send out the PD Notification for those of you who are interested in attending. I don’t have information on how many links we can have, so there may be the requirement to travel (very likely) to one or two central hubs. I will let you know as soon as I have more information regarding the actual topics, but thought that you may wish to save one of the dates (note that Primary Math is on the 27th).

PD Day – Erica is busy trying to get Trillium videos for the secretaries to use on the PD Day.  She has also provided us with a video for Web Attendance for your secretaries that day:http://webatt.sgdsb.on.ca/twebschool/vids/TWebATT.htm

Education Week – May 2-6 is Education Week and the  theme this year is “Achieving Excellence: Promoting Well-Being”.  What are your school plans? Remember that Dave appreciates being sent the plans ahead of time so that he can speak to them on the radio. Also, remember to take photos for the Director’s Newsletter!

Nicki’s Schedule

Mon – SEF Teleconference 8-9, travel to Marathon – school visit from 11:00-12:30, Trustee PD beginning at 1:00, board meeting

Tuesday – travel back to Nipigon – Meeting with Ministry Red Team at 10:00, Director’s Update

Wed – am – Office, pm Early Years Book Study

Thurs – Office 365 in Terrace Bay

Fri – PA Day – I will be at BAPS

Upcoming Dates

April 18 – PD Day Agendas due to your VLE/Google site

April 18 – Board Meeting

April 19 – Director’s Update

April 20 – EY Book Study 12:30-3:00

April 21 – A Celebration of Our Children Photos due to Dean Burke by today.

April 21 – Office 365 Training Session (location TBD)

April 22 – PD Day and Earth  Day

April 26  and 27 (repeated) – Professional Learning for K-2 teachers – Kindergarten document WebConferences

April 27 – Primary Math PLC

April 27 – Administrative Professionals’ Day

April 28 – Junior Math PLC

April 29 – Elementary Principal Meeting at GOPS 9:00-3:30

May 2-5 – Education Week – “Achieving Excellence: Promoting Well-Being”

May 5 – Staff Appreciation Day

May 12 – College of ECE Presentation in pm for FDK schools

May 16 – NTIP Steering Committee Meeting (9:00-10:30)

May 20 – All Inquiry/PLC release days completed

June 10 – all Teacher Performance Appraisals are complete and signed off on (and sent to the Board Office).

June 15 – Fair Start Completed

June 21 – National Aboriginal Day

June 28 – School Learning Plan Evaluations Due to NMC (with school team input!!)

Learning Fair Celebration Dates – The Elementary Learning Celebration Fair will take place on Friday, May 27, 2016 at GOPS.



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