Week of November 2-5

HAPPY NOVEMBER!  7 Weeks until Christmas Break! 

Thought of the Week:  Home Reading Programs have been shown to have a significant impact on student achievement. They offer parents and students further opportunities to read together and to engage in discussions about the book (with prompts often sent home by the school). They also help students to develop background knowledge and an enjoyment of reading.  Many schools also offered “School Reading” with volunteers or available school staff as this also helped students to feel a sense of belonging in the school. Finally, home reading is seen as a positive form of homework as it adheres to the notion that homework is “practice of skill” (as opposed to “new skill”).   How are you ensuring that our children are developing a love of reading?



Health and Safety Act Reminders

  1. Workplace inspections: (6) Unless otherwise required by the regulations or by an order by an inspector, a health and safety representative shall inspect the physical condition of the workplace at least once a month. R.S.O 1990, c.01, s.8 (6).   (7) If it is not practical to inspect the workplace at least once per month, the health and safety representative shall inspect the physical condition of the workplace at least once a year, inspecting at least a part of the workplace in each month R.S.O. 1990, c.01. s.8 (7).
  2. Committee Meetings:  Committee members are required to meet at the workplace at least once every three months [Subsection 9(33)]. More frequent meetings may be useful particularly in industries where the work involves hazardous substances or procedures.

P/VP Manual Review for November – was supposed to take place on Monday, November 2, from 3:30-4:30.  However a number of the participants will be in the OH & S training that does not end until 4:30.  The new date is Tuesday, November 10 at 3:30. I hope that this date works. 

Administrator Board Policy Discussion Meeting – a reminder that our next voluntary meeting to review Board Policies will take place on Monday, November 9 at 3:30.  The policies up for discussion at the Board Policy Review meeting (taking place the week prior) include

MG 509 Fund Raising
P-515 School Community Council
P-541 Concussions
MG-541 Concussions
P-542 Ryan’s Law

We have also had a request to discuss pertinent points of the Workplace Violence Policy and our response to the survey.

Labour Management: Just a reminder that Annick is the Principal Rep this year on this committee. She will be reporting back to us at the Thursday Morning Teleconference immediately following the Labour Management Meeting.  Be sure to send her items for inclusion on the agenda for these meetings as well.

Social Media Sites – Just a reminder that we have all made a commitment to have a social media school site in place by December.  Please be sure to access Stacey to help you to set these sites up.  Carefully consider what you can put into place that will be consistently sustained so that parents can begin to count on that tool.  I am asking to be included on the parent list so that I too can be a part of what is being communicated.  We are currently having conversations about school webpages.

Forms – Just to clarify for all of us

  1. Safe Schools Incident Reporting Form (S17-004)- completed by staff when they report an incident to administration.
  2. Violent Incident Form (S18-001)- used for incidents of violence resulting in suspension/expulsion that involved reporting to police.
  3. Form 1 -Injury/Illness/Harassment/Violent/Aggressive Incident Reporting form (H12-003) is used by staff when an incident occurs

Sharing of Space – In August/September, school leaders who share space with our partners in the early years were asked to set a goal for this year with their partners as we move towards full integration of the Sharing of Space Document.  I am asking that you record your goal in the google doc as this will help to inform the work and that sharing that I am required to do for the Ministry.  It also gives me a chance to celebrate!      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cv-ctkDFFnT9esoZFqa8fzhd8lEI_mVlOqmjwptwUJc/edit?usp=sharing

District Support Visits (feedback and Full)  These visits have been postponed until April/May.

Bully Awareness/Prevention Week – November 16  What is happening in our classrooms?  How can educators focus on this through an integrated approach?


From Kellie: Scholastic Issues 21 is a series of resources for grades 7-12 that truly offer an integrated, social justice approach to literacy.  “There are four categories: Health, Environment, Human Rights, and Culture & Media, allowing the resource to be used in multiple curriculum areas. All of the 24 titles offer engaging, thought-provoking texts and visuals such as mind maps, graphics, and photographs. Each book is divided into three sections:

• Step 1—The Issue
• Step 2—Game Changers
• Step 3—Take Action

The teaching support focuses on questions that address the intersection of curriculum, identity and self, and social justice.”   http://education.scholastic.ca/productlist/CUR_ISSUES21

From Heather Exley: A series of blogs written by Peter Cameron, junior division educator who is embracing inquiry

  1. The More we Learn, the More we Question:   https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/the-more-we-learn-the-more-we-question/
  2. Taking the Learning Outside the Classroom:  https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/taking-the-learning-outside-the-classroom/
  3. Let’s Do Some REAL Math: https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/lets-do-some-real-math/
  4. Teaching Through Adventure:  https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/teaching-through-adventure/
  5. My Students are MAD!: https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/my-students-are-mad/

From Last Week’s Information/Updates (carried over)

  1.  Health and Safety:  A reminder to everyone that you must be inspecting all storage rooms during your Workplace Inspections – gym storage, equipment storage, supply cupboards, etc.  Please also remind all staff to be diligent in reporting potential safety concerns to you or to the worker representative.  It is extremely important that everyone remember that Occupational Health and Safety is a joint commitment to safety that requires everyone to participate.  We also are strongly suggesting that you allocate the first 10 minutes of every staff member to OH and S. This would ensure that ALL staff – including custodial and support staff, are able to attend to participate in these important conversations.
  2. PD Day – the PD Day for elementary schools will be a school based day comprised of time to work on your School Learning Plan (half day) and engage in math learning (1/2 day).  We are still planning the Trauma Informed Schools Session for the Greenstone area so will speak with each principal individually about this.  If things have returned to normal, we will be asking that your agendas be posted to your VLE school site by Monday, November 2 for review by senior admin.  Schools will be engaged in their self-assessment at this time so much work will need to be done on this day.
  3. Critical Friends – please be sure to send me the name of your critical friends. So far I have:
    1. Chris – Will and Debbie
    2. Jody – Debbie
    3. Will – Chris and Debbie
    4. Hillary – Kellie
    5. Kellie – Hillary

Nicki’s Schedule for this Week:

Mon – GOPS (teleconference meetings throughout the day)

Tues -GOPS (travel to Marathon late afternoon)

Wed – MTPS Visit in am, Board Office in pm

Thurs – Not in system

Fri – PD DAY – BIPSA Work


Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 2, 2015   7:00   Board Policy Review Meeting

Monday, November 9, 2015 3:30-4:30     Principal Board Policy Review Meeting

Tuesday, November 10, 2015        P/VP Handbook New Date

November 19  Bully Prevention/Awareness Week

Monday, November 16, 2015  7:00     SGDSB Parent Involvement Committee Meeting

Monday, November 23, 2015    Violence in Workplace Action Plans Due

Monday, November 23, 2015     Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:30     Director’s Update

Monday, November 30, 2015     POP Feedback Round 1 Completed


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