Year End Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As they say, all good things must come to an end…and the end is where we are.  It was a tumultuous start to the year for me, coming over from another school just two weeks into September: partially unpacking a classroom; juggling a combined class; new names, faces and staff…it was a lot to absorb.  Through it all, however, I had this wonderful, welcoming group of students easing me into my new home.  It wasn’t long before I felt a part of the community and I largely owe that to your children.  It was something of an ironic combination, all of us.  Fours and fives coming together from four different classes; an unknown teacher coming from somewhere else entirely.  Yet, it didn’t take long for the sense of “family” to kick in and the parts eventually become one whole.  I’ll look back on this year fondly, the year I became a Phoenix.

As your child moves onto the next grade, I hope he/she will also look back on this memorable year with a smile.  Constantly fighting time, I found it difficult to get to everything I wanted, nor did we consistently master things like I would have liked to.  I did, however, try to keep the learning fresh and fun.  I’ll leave it up to your child to decide if I made good on that one.  Despite the “lightened” report card, I trust there were no surprises.  Keeping parents in the loop has always been a mainstay of mine.

Please avoid the “summer slump” that many students fall into over July and August.  Keep your child’s mind sharp with active learning: read a book, write often, think about science and test theories, look at anything and consider the math that goes into it, and a personal favourite – look back on the past and know where you came from.  There’s plenty of opportunities to continue learning without a classroom, notebook or teacher.  To facilitate this, you can download a copy of the Ontario Fun Pass, which gives you discounts and free admission to several attractions around the province (including Provincial Parks, if you’re a camper).  Happy travels!

The blog is open all summer long so students are encouraged to pop in every now and then to share their holiday experiences.  Enjoy the summer break everyone!

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Students of the Week

Yes, another week of multiple winners.  Since podium finishes were common throughout the school year, it makes sense to have a podium finish for SOTW…and here they are.

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Seth has earned the 3rd place finish for being the most improved Class Dojo performer over the course of the year.  He jumped from 69% in term one to 89% in term two!  That’s a 20% increase!  Fantastic effort, Seth!

Veronica sits in the second spot for having the second-most points as of Friday with 614, and she also earned the most positive points over the course of the year:  638 (some were lost for different reasons).  In the time I’ve been using Class Dojo, never has anyone earned that many points in a school year.  Well done, Veronica!

Priya stands atop the podium (which is fitting because she’s been there more than anyone this year) because she has the highest overall percentage (100% from September to June), combined with the most current positive points as of Friday with 619.  Very well deserved, Priya!  Congratulations!

Leave your notes of congratulations for your worthy classmates here.

Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Just four days to go!  Wow!  As we wrap up what’s left of the school year, students will begin bringing home no longer needed school materials.  This will lighten their load on the final day of school.  Today, I asked them to bring home science duo tangs and math notebooks.  What the students choose to do with these materials is up to them but encourage them to recycle if they don’t plan on hanging onto them.

As I’m sure you’re aware, report cards this year will only have letter grades on them due to the current work action.  I’m hopeful that you’ve been kept in the loop with your child’s progress all term long (marks in the agenda, “Tests” section of the Reminder Binder, Class Dojo reports) so I don’t foresee any surprises for you.  Please keep in mind, however, that assessment is more than just tests and projects, so several other elements factor into the final grade.  As I mentioned in an earlier Digest, the grades are a reflection of your child’s performance during the term.  Therefore, if your child experienced difficulty with the material in reading this term and his/her grade dropped, it doesn’t mean that he/she has “slipped” in reading; rather, he/she was just more challenged by the material in term two compared to term one.  Report cards are scheduled to go home on either Tuesday or Wednesday, rather than the last day of school.

Speaking of the last day, we’ll finish up with clean up and clean out.  Students will also find out who their teacher is for next year.  When we make class lists, we always keep the students’ best interests in mind, please know that.  If you want to send something for the class to share on the last day (purely optional, of course), please help by making it low-maintenance; cupcakes are better than a cake that needs to be cut and served with plates and cutlery, for example.

Enjoy the last weekend before summer!