May 2-6

Thought of the Week:    HAPPY EDUCATION WEEK!   A Celebration of Achieving Excellence: Promoting Well-Being

The Ministry Renewed Goal for Education for Well-Being:

All children and students will develop enhanced mental and physical health, a positive sense of self and belonging, and the skills to make positive choices (Achieving Excellence).

Here are some of the brainstorming that was done regarding the definition of Well-Being:

  • -whole child, development, growth,
  • -removal of all barriers that prevent students from learning
  • -the outcome of a set of behaviours that lead to self-efficacy, resilience and many positive attributes
  • -not about the mental health piece
  • -climate/conditions under which students come to school – caring adult, access pathway of support, healthy climate supporting well-being
  • -not just mental/physical
  • -interconnection between student well-being and student achievement – see themselves as learners, develop resilience and efficacy – need to get this synergy
  • -valued, respected and safe, grab their heart,

What is your definition of and level of understanding regarding Well-Being?  Are you holding Well-Being and Student Achievement are inseparable?  


Health and Safety Reminders:  OPHEA Guidelines

When staff are planning for an activity (curricular or co-curricular), a reminder that they must check the OPHEA Safety Guidelines first. These guidelines help them to ensure that all of the proper equipment and safety precautions are in place for the students.  It is demonstrating due diligence and a focus on safety.  They can be accessed at


Safety is always first!


Dr Jean Clinton – I am really hopeful that you will champion the Dr. Jean Clinton event all this week when you have parents and staff together.  In some cases staff are apparently not yet aware of this event – please, please, please  discuss this and truly encourage everyone to attend! Let’s try to create some excitement about this in every one of our communities!  Thanks to everyone!

Criteria for Effective Staff Meetings – We are practicing the Assessment for Learning Framework with our staff meeting success criteria.   I am asking that you apply this criteria to one of your staff meeting agendas with a critical friend.

  1. Working in teams, apply the criteria to you staff meeting agenda.
  2. What feedback would you give yourself? Your partner?
  3. Based upon the feedback, what is your next goal?
  4. Add to/enhance the success criteria based upon your thinking.

We will bring our final success criteria to our PD session on June 6.  Thanks everyone!

TPAs – Our new process is to send all TPAs (printed and signed) to the board office (Val Nakini) by June 10th.

Sharing of Space – Just a reminder to engage in these meeting with your partners as you begin planning for next year. Please evaluate the extent to which you achieved your goals for this year and begin to think about what you want to work on next to move further towards integration.  A great question that always comes up is the use of the gym and how this is balanced between the two organizations in the best interest of students!

Carried Over from Last Week

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 – GOPS

Tues – GOPS (Senior Admin in am)

Wed – BMS meeting in am, EQAO session via Web Ex in pm

Thurs- Thunder Bay – ECE Advisory and EQAO Strategic Planning

Fri – out of the district

Upcoming Dates


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

May 5 – Staff Appreciation Day

May 9 – Special Board Meeting for Elementary Staffing

May 9-12- Dr Jean Clinton Celebration of our Children Event – Please encourage everyone to attend!

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

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

May 18 – Pedagogical Leadership Session for Team of 10

May 20 – All Inquiry/PLC release days completed

May 24th- Elementary TWEA opens – staff to verify class set up by Friday, May 27th and email Raj necessary changes (Principal sends one email with all changes).

May 24 – Board Meeting (rescheduled)

May 26- Parent Involvement Committee Meeting

May 27 – Learning Fair Google Slides completed

May 31 – Early Primary Math PLCs Face to Face at GOPs

Jun 1-8 EQAO Window – no PD During this time (except PD Day! lol)

June 6 – PD DAy – Reporting Day for elementary teachers and ECEs, PD Session for elementary Principals at GOPs

June 7 – Board Policy Review Meeting

June 10 – all Teacher Performance Appraisals are complete and signed off on (and sent to the Board Office to Val Nakani’s attention in hard copy).

June 13 – Leads’ Meeting face to face at GOPS

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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