Week of Nov 30-Dec 4

3 Weeks until Christmas Break! 

Thought of the Week:  Self-Assessment of  Instructional Leadership       As leaders, we are constantly pulled in many directions.  Days pass and we wonder “what did I get accomplished?”  We know that when this happens repeatedly, it begins to form the climate of our school…which then, over time, forms the culture.  We know that we are trying to create a culture of learning and thinking (rather than always compliance and doing) in our district.  One tool that we can return to in order to engage in some self-assessment is our Learner-Centered Leadership Success Criteria – which is criteria that helps us, as leaders, to know if we are supporting (or how to support) the shift to our Learner Centered Environment and Pedagogy.  Pull this document out and engage in a quick review of the Leadership Dimensions. Where are you spending the most time?  Where do you need to strategically plan to focus to create the well-balanced instructional leadership approach?  How can this quick self assessment inform the work and your goals from your POP?  What are you learning about leading?

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Health and Safety Act Reminders:    

We need to remember that the Oh & S act requires us to mutually agree upon when the inspections are going to take place (see below) – we do this by establishing a schedule for our inspections beforehand with the Worker Rep.

Section 9 (28) reminds us that our workplace inspections shall be undertaken in accordance with a schedule established by the committee.


Anti-Bully Action Plans – Thanks to Shelley for sending out the other possible template for these plans.  Many of you have asked about the requirement to have a committee. My suggestion is that you have your School Council be your committee; by adding this to the agenda and sharing with them how you continue to move your school culture to one of “kindness” through a strength based approach, you can meet the requirement.  You should begin by sharing this plan with them.  It is a great proactive step.

Inviting Trustees to Celebrate – Please remember that we encourage you to invite your local trustee to school events so that they can see, first hand, the amazing work that is happening in your schools.  This would include things such as your assemblies, special events such as holiday concerts, etc. A quick email to them is the best way to contact them. 

Agenda for Thursday Morning Teleconference (9:30-10:10)

  1.  BMS – Melissa will be joining us for the first 15 minutes to share our thinking around the BMS board wide approach and to get some initial feedback from you.
  2. Health and Physical Education – Chris
  3. Thursday Morning Teleconferences – return to original plan – when?
  4. SLP Due dates?  When? Needs?

(I will return to using the Thursday Morning Teleconference Page to document our agendas in January).

Resources:   Mike Modin shared this resource:

http://resources4rethinking.ca/ – it is a site filled with Science resources around sustainability.  Great for grades 7 and 8.  Supported by the Ontario Government.

Writers in the Schools Northern Ontario Program – an excellent program that provides elementary and secondary schools in Northern Ontario the opportunity to have Canadian authors visit the classroom and interact with students at little to no cost to the school.  The deadline for applying is February 1, 2016.  The application must be done for a visit of one author to three schools – between April 1 and March 31, 2016.  You can review the author profiles at http://www.writersunion.ca/member-profiles.   The letter provides the following web link for further information:  http://www.writersunion.ca/writers-schools-northern-ontario-program.   The phone number is 416-703-8982 x 224.


Carried Over From Last Week:

Thursday Morning Teleconferences:  CHANGE – due to school conflicts    Scheduled for 9:30-10:10  (unless there is a settlement for ESS) on December 3rd  and 10th.

Elementary Catch Up Session – is scheduled for Monday, November 30 from 9:00-11:00. We will hold this date for another week and re-evaluate then. Please let me know if this new time WILL NOT work for you by Tuesday.  Thanks everyone.  CANCELLED


P/VP Handbook Review for December  –will take place Wednesday, December 2, 3:30-4:30  Please use my dial in and access code.  


Nicki’s Schedule for this Week:

Mon – Negotiations

Tues – Healthy Kids Community Challenge Event in Thunder Bay

Wed – GOPS (Sara at 9:00, P/VP Manual at 3:30 for December)

Thurs – Thursday am teleconference, then RRPS with Suzanne

Fri – GOPS (8:00 SWST teleconference, 2:00 EY Teleconference)


Upcoming Dates


Monday, November 30, 2015     POP Feedback Round 1 Completed

Monday, November 30, 2015 – Bully Action Plans due to NMC

Monday, November 30, 2015 – Progress Reports  Due to the Office

Monday, December 7, 2015 – Progress Reports Sent Home

Monday, December 7 – Inaugural Board Meeting – at Board Office all day.

Tuesday, December 8 – Director’s Update

Wednesday, December 9 – ALPs for teachers on improvement plan or Performance Appraisal year are due

Friday, December 18 – all ALP meetings done

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