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New year, new look

As we prepare for the new school year, we will be making revisions to our school blog.

Our main goal is to ensure the blog provides information to our students, staff and communities efficiently and easily. We’re aiming to make the look and feel of the blog easy to navigate and user friendly. We now have almost 400 posts from our two years of blogging and so archiving past information in ways that are also easily accessible is part of our revision process. Please let us know what you would like to see and suggestions for our new look.

What do you need as a reader?

Feel free to post suggestions here.

Mr. Collins


Feedback from Barbara Reid!

Yesterday, we shared the work of our Kindergarten students and team. Today, we were so pleased to receive an e-mail from the author who inspired the children, Ms. Barbara Reid. We are pleased to share Ms Reid’s response to us with her permission:

Hello Mr. Collins,

What a beautiful start to the day! Thank you very much for sending me the link to the gorgeous artwork by your kindergarten students. I love creating books, but it is enthusiastic teachers, librarians and parents who put them into readers hands and bring the pages to life. Plasticine is an excellent medium for exploration and creativity, I’m delighted that your students had the opportunity to work with it. Please share my congratulations with the teachers and artists, their work will inspire me on my current project!

Best regards and happy reading,


Barbara Reid

I thank Ms. Reid for her time and feedback to us. Not only has this feedback celebrated the team’s work, but it has also modelled for the students authentic writing. I am sure this will inspire the students to also want to write back!

Our top 15

Here are the definitive top 15 pages, or posts, from our blog based on the number of views over the last year…..

Hmmm….For our students: Mathematically speaking, are there any potential issues with this dataset the way I have presented it here? (consider: has each section/page been active for exactly the same amount of time?). How might  the list look if I used data from only the last 3 months rather than from the last year?

#1 – Main homepage 6056 times

#2 –  Start Here 526 times

#3 – School Calendar 479 times

#4 Community, Culture and Caring 365 times

#5 Artists’ Studio 355 times

#6 Student Bloggers 319 times

#7 Programs and Pathways 297 times

#8 Literacy 276 times

#9 Numeracy 165 times

#10 Library 101 times

#11 Magic 97 times

#12 School Improvement Plan 74 times

#13 Twitter 52 times

#14 Roots of Empathy 39 times

#15 And now we Know 33 times

New frontiers for New Learning 2.012

Welcome back and thank you for following our blog.

Just over one year ago, we began to use this social medium and to assess it’s impact on school and home communications. At the time, we set out on an exploration rather than a set roadmap. In the past year we have achieved a lot. Feedback on the blog has been very positive. More and more of our community, both local and abroad, has followed our postings. We have incorporated ideas from you (ex. the School calendar) to improve our communications. We have celebrated a lot in our school and local community.

With the new year upon us, many people are considering new year’s resolutions. The Toronto Star had an interesting twist on this notion recently with a focus on new year’s intentions. What are some of our intentions this year with our blog? Our school will certainly continue to encourage participation of all families. We appreciate those of you who have let other families know who may not have seen our blog to visit. A definite intention is to have 100% of our school’s families following the blog either through the e-mail subscription (enter your e-mail in the subscription box on the right hand menu bar), RRS feed or visiting at their convenience. Further, an intention for us is to further increase the participation of the community in our blog.  How can we continue to move our blog from being solely transmissive in nature (school –> community) to more interactive (school <–> community)?

To that end, here’s a sentence starter that we welcome your thoughts on whether you are a student, a parent or a staff member at our school:

Complete the sentence using the Leave a Comment feature…

The most important skill our school can teach a student in 2012 is _____________.

Here’s to a great 2.012!

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