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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


Roots of Empathy begins

rootsmillerThe first of three of our Roots of Empathy programs is now up and running. You will notice a familiar face in room 126 these days – Mrs. Miller is visiting from her maternity leave this year with her new baby Hudson! Ms Theis is our Roots of Empathy instructor who helps facilitate the sessions with the family and our students in class.

The team reports to us the following:

“The first three lessons were all about meeting and celebrating the baby and his family, as well as rules and routines to ensure the safety of the baby during the visit. At the pre visit session the children made predictions of what the baby is able to do in terms of physical and cognitive development, how tall he might be in comparison to a doll, learned routines, and the special welcome and goodbye song.”

Please see Room 126’s blog to learn more about the team’s work.

Roots of Empathy: call for families to participate

ROElogoWe are very pleased to announce the return of the Roots of Empathy Program to our School. The program was a success last year in one of our Full Day Kindergarten classrooms. This year, Ms. Theis, Ms. Karia and Ms. Chiaromonte, our Designated Early Childhood Educators, will run the program at our school. Key to the program of course is a baby! For the program we need a proud parent with a new baby who will be 2 – 4 months old in November.

Additional information on the program is available through the program’s flyer: Roots of Empathy

If you are interested in participating please let us know as soon as possible as we are hoping to begin this exciting program in November. Please contact Ms. Theis, Ms Karia, Ms Chiaromonte, Ms Bongard or Mr. Collins at the school.

Roots of Empathy returns!

ROOTSWe are pleased to announce the return of Roots of Empathy. This program teaches children about feelings, their own feelings, and the feelings of others. Once every three weeks, a three month old baby and his parent will visit the classroom one of our Early Years’ Learning Program classrooms. The baby is the child of one of our parents at our school and we appreciate this family working with us through this program. We are also pleased that one of our Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECE) Ms. Theis has been trained this school year as a ROE Instructor. Our DECE will gather the children in the classroom around a green blanket and together they watch the baby grow.

The class will monitor as the baby reaches the ‘developmental milestones’ of the first year such as rolling over, getting his first tooth, sitting up, crawling. Our Roots of Empathy Instructor will also coach the children in observing the baby and reading the cues the baby gives as to how the baby is feeling: “Is the baby happy or sad?” “How can you tell?” We use this discussion as a lever for the children to talk about their own emotions and to understand how their classmates feel: “Do you smile when you’re happy?” “How can you tell if your friend is happy?” Being able to understand how other people are feeling is called empathy which aligns to our own board’s Character Matters education.  Our DECE will also prepare and reinforce teachings using a specialized lesson plan for each visit.

We’re excited that we’ve been chosen to participate in Roots of Empathy, and expect this program to be meaningful for our Kindergarten class, and beyond, in relation to our school improvement plan goals.