Principal's e-letter Nov 18

posted Nov 18, 2016, 12:11 PM by William Barrett
Dear parent/guardian,

We are just coming to the end of our Nov 18 pd day.  This day is left to schools to work on their school improvement planning activities.  We had workshops on resiliency, on developing more engaging learning experiences for our students, and on plans for our upcoming Financial Literacy Week (Nov 21 - 25).  

The resiliency workshop was developed by a group of our senior students and its goal was to help teachers be aware of the stresses that students face and the important role they can play in helping to teach students how to deal with these stresses.  It was powerful to hear the students challenge the staff to put themselves in their shoes but also to hear how much of an impact they can have by role modelling and teaching resiliency strategies.

Our Math department is developing activities that will be done in a variety of different classes next week to try and connect students to the real world of personal finances.  This has been identified as an area that schools could try and do a better job on.  During the pd session staff heard about the importance of financial literacy and their role in highlighting the practical aspects of money management with their students next week and hopefully whenever the opportunity presents itself, no matter what subject students are in.

Another reminder that in the spring our school will be joining a number of other schools in the board to go to Europe as part of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  The trip takes place from April 5 - 14.  There are still spots available if you are interested.  Contact Ms. Goldsmith or check out: www.explorica.ca (use the tour code: OCSBGoldsmith-1917).  

Some upcoming events for your consideration:
-CSPA (the board's parent association) is running a session on the specialized pathways schools in the board offer, called Open Doors.  The west end session is Thurs Nov 24 at St. Paul High School.  Check out the board website for more info.
-the board's student choirs will perform their annual Christmas concert on Dec 19 at St. Basil's Church, starting at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $15.

Have a good weekend!

Bill Barrett
Principal
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