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Three months

We have now completed our first three months of the school year and already have much to celebrate thanks to excellent focus and initiative by our students, staff and community, including:

welcoming our Elder’s Mills community to our team

The launch of our school touchstone

– Sharing a redesigned Learning Commons

Launching our Green Bin program through our school’s Eco Team

Implementing new technologies into our classrooms and classroom programs

Meeting with parents and guardians to review student’s Progress Report Cards

Our staff exploring professional learning in many ways

Starting to plan for the transition of our grade 8 students to high school

Starting our Roots of Empathy programs

Recognizing Bullying Awareness week

Starting our Healthy Snack program

We have developed a focused start in our classroom programs in the areas of academics, athletics and the arts.

We have had the chance to recognise the work of various employee groups at our school including: our Designated Early Childhood Educators, our care taking team, Educational Assistants and our Administrative Assistants.

Our staff have provided several student leadership and extra curricular opportunities such as our Cross Country Team, The sign language club, library and office helpers, the student Tech Team, our Eco team, Student Council, Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball, Floor Hockey intramurals, homework club, Lunch room helpers, and our Positive Climates for Learning Committee.

As school community we have given back through our Terry Fox Walk, The Count Me in Project, and our local food bank drive.

We also appreciate the work of our school council with our school this year. Their upcoming Dance-A-Thon will take place on December 13, 2013 and will surely be an enjoyable event. Remember that all parents and guardians are welcome to our meetings. Future meetings will be: January 14, 2014, February 20, 2014, April 22, 2014 and May 29, 2014.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Three short months…

remember when it was only 3 short weeks?

Remember when I asked us to write our story?

How do you think we have done so far?


Mr. Collins


Divisional foci at our school

Last week, I shared some thoughts around leadership at our school. This week, I wanted to share another way collaborative leadership is fostered at LJPS. At our school we organise ourselves into three divisions: Primary, Junior and Intermediate. We are fortunate that we have a Lead Teacher for each of those divisions. Lead teachers are appointed to that formal leadership role in the school and also sit our our school’s Leadership Team. The division collaborates together through monthly meetings to focus their work. Divisional meetings are one structure that allows staff to deepen their work together.

At Monday’s meetings some of the topics explored included: assessment information from classes, professional development goals for the year, National Bullying Prevention Week, the upcoming book fair, newly created math bins for classrooms, the organization of school consumable and materials’ rooms and parental engagement at our school.

I thank the staff for both their participation and for their leadership through discussions at these meetings.

Everything counts in our work.

Divisional lead teachers, and monthly divisional meetings, both support our work for our students, staff and community.


As an Administrative team at our school, our Vice Principal Ms. Bongard and myself are both responsible for Setting Direction for the school as one of the core principles outlined in the Ontario Leadership Framework. As leaders in the building, we help all staff in working towards common goals to improve achievement, engagement and well being of our students, staff and community. However, leadership is not limited to just the two of us, nor can it be. We are fortunate to have many leaders at our school. In fact, it is fair to say each staff can be leader in their own way through their own work. I believe that distributed leadership across the school helps maximize the strengths that different staff bring to our work that in turn benefits our students.

One of the school structures we have to support our School Improvement Plan is our School Leadership Team. Our school has four teachers in formal leadership roles for each of our divisions – primary, junior and intermediate and we also have a Technology Lead Teacher. These four teachers sit on the leadership team. Additionally, the team is also open to all staff who wish to participate. On Thursday morning of this week, 10 staff met to reflect on the year ahead. The discussion was rich and covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time, including: our school’s EQAO results that will be released publicly on September 19, 2013, Positive Climates for Learning and parent and student engagement. We had staff across the divisions of our school come together to share ideas and thinking. We also were able to plan out next steps. I left the meeting feeling inspired and thankful for the team’s passion for the job and for their vision for the future.

Please stay tuned for some updates on those plans in the future.

Mr. Collins