Great Things Seen & Heard

  • Thank you to those teachers that have contacted parents of absent students and added notes to the online notepad!
  • We saw an all-star entry into P.E. class on Monday: lights out, spotlight on, and music!
  • We experienced a different type of quarantine this week: our email program censors swear words so teachers cannot email others about the words their students say in class!
  • We were alarmed when we heard about the kidnapping at HPE and shocked they didn’t even go into lockdown, but then we found out the kid woke up!
  • We have our first student on CB’s focus group to discuss HPSD survey results. That’s a great start!
  • We have our first student engaged in our Outdoor Ed day!
  • Thanks for the surprise treats delivered to the office on Friday!
  • We thought students were late because they were at Mack’s house, but the went to Mac’s for slurpees!
  • Answering a call for Kitchen? It was probably a call for KM…
  • Ever hear of someone experiencing abuse and claiming they walked into a door? We actually had someone walk into my door when leaving the office!
  • Note to self: be careful not to replace the “u” for an “i” when reading an email to the maintenance department out loud…
  • More important note to self: do not stand in front of the fire exit door to see if anyone uses it after school…

Bits & Pieces

  • So far, 82% of Grad students’ parents have completed the survey; results to be shared after school Monday at regular teachers’ meeting.
  • Reminder to put notes in Maplewood for absences; we cannot send letters until phone contacts have been made or attempted.
  • In next week’s team meetings (March 8th), we will determine which students represent the five greatest learning needs in our classes and look over the playbooks of strategic plans for meeting those needs. Teams will have to ensure the strategies are indeed classroom strategies.
  • At our March 12th PD Day, we will be discussing what we want for the new Pratt, choosing PTI dates for Term 2 (plus 2 hours from January), discussing what are our expectations of streaming, sharing plans for April 1st treat day, setting up our lock-down practice.
  • Also on March 12th, our indigenous PD will be at 1:00 PM.
  • Daylight Saving Time begins on March 14th. Spring Forward, so prepare to lose an hour of sleep!
  • A Day to Remember: we are working on a major treat day on April 1st; stay tuned for details!
  • Term ends April 1st, the day before Spring Break.

Events This Week

  • Monday, March 8th: Hot Lunch is Macaroni and Cheese.
  • Monday, March 8th: Principals meet at 2:50 PM regarding 2021-2022 planning.
  • Monday, March 8th: Regular bi-weekly meeting at 3:35 PM: join together for common meeting regarding school photos (survey results and news) then head to different team locations for CRM team meetings (review classroom strategies and determine target students for each area of need).
  • Monday, March 8th: School Council at 6:00 PM to review resolutions for SC conference.
  • Tuesday, March 9th: Hot Lunch is Chicken Quesadillas.
  • Tuesday, March 9th: Numeracy meeting with EV/TR after school.
  • Wednesday, March 10th: Hot Lunch is Hamburgers.
  • Wednesday, March 10th: Literacy Committee meeting with HPSD after school.
  • Thursday, March 11th: Indigenous Lunch’n’Learn for 20 registered students.
  • Thursday, March 11th: Hot Lunch is Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup.
  • Thursday, March 11th: Principals finally have training on the Maplewood replacement, 1:30 PM.
  • Friday, March 12th: Virtual Meeting at 9:00 AM: discussion of streaming, PTI, April 1st events, school views, lock-down practice.
  • Friday, March 12th: Indigenous Coach session at 1:00 PM.
  • Friday, March 12th: Career Coaches, EV and TR meet with PRS people regarding 2021-2022.

Great Things Seen & Heard

  • We had our first official RAP student this week, in the bakery downtown! Congratulations, TR!
  • We saw our school’s 40th art display in the local newspaper! Way to go, RL!
  • We have someone special in our school: if you put something down and forget it one day, EE will see it and bring it to your class the next morning!
  • New group at lunch: jewelry making with RL and BC! Awesome idea!
  • Learning new vocabulary: it’s not the “why” chromosome, but the “Y” chromosome!
  • Our school received even more compliments from people outside the school regarding us having the most compliant student population regarding Covid guidelines!
  • Tip of the week: if you’re planning to stop to smoke a joint on the front steps after school, make sure you stop at the bathroom on your way out so we get a good look at your face in the camera…

Clips & Tips

Ever wonder why your students (or you, yourself for that matter) procrastinate? Could it be that they are simply original thinkers? Is procrastination just another way to say thinking? This presentation by an organizational psychologist is actually quite captivating, even entertaining. Who else would have thought about doing a study on work performance predictability judging by which internet browser you use. (I’ll be coming around to check which browser you’re using later this week…) Watch it here:

Bits & Pieces

  • Reminder to put notes in Maplewood whenever you contact parents, but especially when you contact regarding excessive absence from your class.
  • Parents of Grade 12 students have had a form to fill out regarding Grad. Results will be shared soon.
  • In next week’s team meetings (March 8th), we will determine which students represent the five greatest learning needs in our classes and look over the playbooks of strategic plans for meeting those needs. Teams will have to ensure the strategies are indeed classroom strategies.
  • At our March 12th PD Day, we will be discussing what we want for the new Pratt, choosing PTI dates for Term 2 (plus 2 hours from January), discussing what are our expectations of streaming, and then our indigenous PD will be at 1:00 PM.
  • Daylight Saving Time begins on March 14th. Spring Forward, so prepare to lose an hour of sleep!
  • Term ends April 1st, the day before Spring Break.

Events This Week

  • Monday, March 1st: Classroom observation in Block 2.
  • Monday, March 1st: Hot Lunch is Garlic Salmon Linguine.
  • Monday, March 1st: Canteen meeting at 12:00 noon.
  • Monday, March 1st: EV practicing mock interviews for job fair at 1:30 PM.
  • Tuesday, March 2nd: TR and EV meet board for bus protocol for drug use at 10:00 AM .
  • Tuesday, March 2nd: Hot Lunch is Meatball Sub.
  • Tuesday, March 2nd: Administrators’ PD all afternoon.
  • Wednesday, March 3rd: Discussion of students at risk with Board at 9:30 AM.
  • Wednesday, March 3rd: Hot Lunch is Bev’s Shepherd’s Pie.
  • Thursday, March 4th: Hot Lunch is Chili and Bannock.
  • Friday, March 5th: Hot Lunch is Pizza.
  • Friday, March 5th: EV at virtual Career Fair at 1:30 PM.