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Category Archives: Oral Literacy

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?

Onward.

Mr. Collins

The power of oral language

Congratulations to 10 of our intermediate students today who shared their speeches with our school this afternoon. The range of topics was impressive: Nuclear energy, gender discrimination, the Vietnam War, Success, cyberspace, germs, gangs, duo personalities, Free the Children and Lance Armstrong. They approached the topics with confidence and with passion. Students were well researched, rehearsed and prepared to present their ideas. They spoke with conviction and all had presence on stage.

The power of oral language cannot be taken for granted. Learning not only how to talk, let alone in front of others, is a skill that develops from birth and continues throughout our lives. Each day, we try to set opportunities to have students talk with each other because it helps them construct knowledge and understanding. While those opportunities are just as important as “presentations”, I appreciated the courage it took today for the students who shared their thoughts collectively and to witness the journeys they have taken.