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Our monthly touchstone focus

It is hard to believe have started the final 3 months of the school year. It seems like just yesterday when we launched the new school year and our school touchstone. In April, we are focusing on how we can “think before we act”. This sentiment is important in all of our work together be it in the classroom, in our hallways, our outside during our recesses. School is about us learning in the academic subjects, but it is also about us learning how to work together. Please take time this month to talk to your child about this aspect of our school touchstone and also to celebrate the moments when your child(ren) demonstrates thinking before acting.

Being There

We are half way through this school year, and it has been exciting to see how classes are using our newly created School Touchstone. So far this year, we have reflected on the following:

In September we focused on aspiring to become the best we can be.

In October we reflected on how working together is a process.

In November, we reflected on how we are respectful of others and of ourselves.

In December, we reflected on helping those in need.

In January, we reflected on how not to be afraid to accept the challenge of the harder path.

And this month we are reflecting on how we ensure that when one of us falls, others will surely be there.

This last sentiment has been explored in a lot of different ways at our school. Our School Positive Climates for Learning Committee has been listening to students with respect to how to build a supportive community where we each support one another. Grade 6s have considered the role of the bystander and bully through both the V.I.P program and work in their classrooms. Indeed, there are good examples we see throughout our school where students take initiative to help each other out. “Doing the right thing” isn’t always easy, however we have seen examples of students taking courageous steps to help support other students. Through our work with our touchstone this year, we are seeing and hearing students making some great choices to “be there”.

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

Bullying Awareness Week

November 17 – 23 marks the fourth annual Provincial Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.  YRDSB schools are engaged in anti-bullying work throughout the school year.  This week however, our school has a specific focus on bullying prevention. I want to thank our Positive Climates for Learning Committee (that includes our Safe Schools Team) that includes students, staff and parent members, who have helped to shape the week’s events. Our work this week includes:

– Announcements from the team

– A poster contest that each class is participating in with key messages

– Work with York Region Police with an emphasis on cyberbullying

– sharing by classes at our Wednesday Good News Assembly with a focus on anti-bullying and inclusion

– work in individual classrooms to support student learning

Finally, our school touchstone continues to be a source of reflection including our focus area this month: we are respectful of others and of ourselves.

This week, your family will also receive copies of the YRDSB Anti-Bullying Strategy and the YRDSB Fair Notice Brochure that also support our work at our school.