Week of January 25-29

Thought of the Week:  Our goal for our learning environments is to ensure that our Conditions for Learning are in place, which means that collaboration and risk taking are based upon positive relationships, and that everyone in the room is a learner (no hierarchy).  What evidence do we have that we are achieving this goal?  How are we, as formal leaders, ensuring that our role in PLCs is that of a learner, not of a leader?


Health and Safety Reminders:    

What are housekeeping and preventive maintenance?

Proper housekeeping and a preventive maintenance program are critically important in preventing injuries, illnesses, and even fatalities.

Effective housekeeping includes keeping work areas neat and orderly, maintaining floors from slip and trip hazards, removing waste materials — including fire hazards — and having a good workplace layout, aisle markings, adequate storage facilities and maintenance.

Preventive maintenance is predetermined work performed to a schedule with the aim of preventing the wear and tear or sudden failure of equipment components.  This helps to protect assets and prolong the useful life of production equipment, improve system reliability, decrease cost of replacement and system downtime as well as reduce injuries.

What the law says

The Occupational Health and Safety Act, which gives the Government of Ontario broad powers to make regulations, sets out general principles and duties for the workplace parties.  Regulations applicable to maintenance include:

  • Industrial Establishments (R.R.O. 851/90)
  • Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents (R.R.O. 833/90)
  • WHMIS (R.R.O. 860/90)
  • Designated Substances

Certain sections of the Ontario Fire Code may also be applicable to maintenance activities.

There are several regulations that apply to housekeeping that cover floor conditions, lighting, storage of flammable materials, storage of cylinder-shaped objects and barrels, fire extinguishers, aisles, exits, etc.

Good housekeeping and preventive maintenance reflect a well-run business, and an orderly workplace.  This not only is a critical safety measure, but it will have an impact on all who enter your workplace including employees, visitors, and customers.


Monday Morning Catch Up Sessions   We will pause this structure for the remainder of this school year, and simply continue with Thursday Morning Teleconferences.  However, as we are meeting on Friday, there is no TMT for this week.  Annick will be doing a Labour Management Update so we will invite her to teleconference into our Principal Meeting on Friday.

Friday PD Session – There are a number of items that have come up as needing discussion; thus the agenda for this day (previously sent) will be adjusted. We will begin at 9:30 with these items in order to ensure that they are not left off the agenda.

LLI Survey – just a reminder to be working on this survey with your staff – the facilitator is waiting on these to engage in her planning. Hopefully we can have them done by the end of this week please.

Sharing of Space:  Meetings completed this week. Please update your goal on the document as this will signal that your meetings has been completed.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cv-ctkDFFnT9esoZFqa8fzhd8lEI_mVlOqmjwptwUJc/edit?usp=sharing

Family Literacy Day – Please be sure to send photos from your events to the local media/social media and to Dave for the Director’s Newsletter (due to Dave by February 19).

(please note…I inadvertently saved over the January 18-22 updates – thus they are gone – sorry – tried to restore but no luck)


Carried Over from Last Week

P/VP Handbook – I haven’t forgotten about these meetings!  The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, from 3:30-4:00.  Same teleconference number as TMT.

Board Policy Review – Principal Update Meeting – Policy Review is on February 2.  We will have to wait to meet until Wednesday, February 17, at 2:00.  Same teleconference number as TMT.

Enrollment and Next Year – Please begin thinking about and identifying the  potential pressures that may exist regarding school configuration/enrollment for next year.  We will begin to have these conversations in February/March.

School Learning Plans – Please have these posted to your school VLE site by February 1, 2016.  Thanks everyone!

Nicki’s Schedule

Mon – am – out of system,  pm 2:30-3:30 teleconference

Tues – am – out of system, pm Junior Math PLC

Wed – Labour Management, pm  – 4:30-5:30 webinar

Thurs – 10:00 Webinar, pm interviews

Fri – GOPS PD With Principals

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, January 26 – Primary Math Launch 9:00-11:30

Tuesday, January 26 – Junior Math Launch 12:30-3:00

Wednesday, January 27 – Family Literacy Day

January 27 – Let’s Talk Day (Mental Health)

Friday, January 29 – PD Day for Assessment (Thus the Monday Morning Catch Up Session is cancelled)

Monday, February 1 – Sharing of Space Meetings completed

Monday, February 1 – Emergency Plans Reviewed with Staff

Monday, February 1 – Leads’ Meeting in morning

Monday, February 1 – Efficacy Review 1:00-4:00

Monday, February 1 – EQAO Predictions (see template) are due to NMC

February 2-3 – Workplace Violence and Harassment Survey will be distributed to all staff.

February 5 – Report Cards due to Principal

February 8 and 9 – BMS Training

February 12 – Report Cards Sent Home

February 19  – EQAO Session at GOPS 10:00-2:30

February 21 – World Down Syndrome Day

February 24 – Pink Shirt Day (Bully Prevention)

February 26 – Student Led Conferences Completed

February 26 – New Teacher Orientation

February 26 – Transition to Kindergarten Plans due

March 4 – Annual Learning Plan Update and Review Meetings completed

March 8, – Teacher in Charge Training Session – GOPS

March 9 – LLI (Elementary) via Videoconference

March 8 and 9 – LLI Grade 7-10  (See Carole)

March 11 – IEPs Updated and sent home

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



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