Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Professor Garfield Gini-Newman will be speaking on the topic of critical thinking skills and creative thinking skills. The event is being held in the auditorium at Sir Robert Borden High School on Greenbank Road.
It is Mr. Gini-Newman who has been the consultant for Katimavik’s work on issues and persuasion this year. Last year he collaborated with Mrs. Irwin to plan and teach a critical thinking lesson which some other staff observed. He also ran two half day learning sessions that involved all of the teachers on the staff learning about how to “tweak” lessons to include critical thinking questions and learning tasks.
If there is any way you can attend, I would highly recommend it as an opportunity to deepen your understanding of what we are all (staff and students) working on as our school learning plan this year. It will also support you as parents in developing these thinking skills in your children – a different kind of homework to do with them!
The OCDSB webpage is running the advertisement for this free event on its website. Please forgive the late notice coming from the school. Thank you.
After the registration and transfer periods have finished, the Planning Department at the OCDSB creates projected enrolments for schools for the following September. The teaching staff is assigned to the school based on those projected numbers. For that reason, in order to ensure that the Planning Department has the most accurate number of students to be enrolled in English and French Immersion at Katimavik next September, please advise the school now if you know that you will be moving out of our boundaries, or if your child will be transferring into the English program from the French Immersion program. Please do not feel pressured to make that decision right now, but if the decision has already been made it would be helpful for staffing purposes to know at this time. You may email Principal Wendy Jewell at [email protected] send a note to your child’s teacher or call the school office to advise Mrs. Agro, Mrs. Robertson or Mrs. Afelski. Thank you for your support as the process of preparing for another school year gets under way!
Katimavik, like most schools, has students with severe life-threatening allergies to various foods, the most common of which is nuts. Not every class has students with nut allergies, but for some students even the trace of nuts can cause a serious life-threatening reaction. We don’t want to risk traces of nuts being spread to door handles in the hallways or paper towel dispensers in the washrooms where students with allergies could encounter them, and so for the safety of all students, we respectfully ask that families only send food products to school which are nut-free. Thank you very much for your on-going vigilance in order to ensure the safety of all of our students.
Ticket sales are well underway for the CLIK Charity Dinner on February 27, 2014. Tickets will be on sale for the last time tomorrow during first and second nutrition breaks outside the office. More than 75% of the tickets have been sold, so be sure to remember to send your payment to school tomorrow!
Yesterday, we distributed a newsletter from the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) detailing its transformation project, upcoming consultation regarding bell times, active transportation and walking school bus projects. Please note that there is a proposed change to Katimavik’s bell times beginning in September 2015. School would begin and end 30 minutes later each day, school hours being 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Visit www.ottawaschoolbus.ca to learn about the proposed bell times and submit comments and feedback to [email protected].
During January and February the OCDSB holds registration and transfer periods in order to establish enrolments at schools and begin the planning process for the following school year.
The transfer period is now open until February 21, 2014. If your family has moved outside of Katimavik’s attendance boundaries this year and you would like for your child to continue his/her education at Katimavik, you will need to apply for a student transfer during this period of time. Transfer application forms are available at the school office.
The School Council maintains the rink for the City of Ottawa, allowing to the have the community rink in our own back yard for student use during the day. The students have been enjoying the rink in their Physical Education classes and I see families arriving to use the ice after school hours. A couple of our students have taken on the daily task of clearing the ice first thing in the morning so that the rink is ready for student use every day.
At last week’s School Council meeting, there was a plea for volunteers to help with the skating rink maintenance. We currently have about 3 very dedicated individuals who are looking after the daily maintenance of the ice, and they would appreciate some more hands to help shovel and flood the ice. If you have even an hour of time that you could donate to the maintenance of the rink, please consider signing up to help by sending an email to [email protected]
Every year, schools across Ontario develop School Improvement Plans for Student Achievement (SIPSA). We use student achievement data, perceptual data (like results from the Student Survey and Tell Them From Me Survey), demographic data and process data (internal processes in the school which support student achievement) to help us plan for each year.
This year, we had plenty of perceptual data from the work we did with all students last spring about the type of school the students want, achievement data from EQAO for Katimavik, Glen Cairn and Castlefrank and more perceptual data from the results of the Tell Them From Me Survey. Our goal for this year is based on data from all of these sources.
During Education Week (May 5-9) we will be inviting parents and community members to visit the school and to provide feedback to students on their work related to our School Improvement Plan. Students are trying to answer the question “Can the actions of individuals make a difference in a Glocal environment?” where Glocal means local with a global flair. Their task will be to prepare a persuasive piece that expresses a point of view on a current environmental, health or social issue and to persuade others to act in a way to make a positive difference.
To date, the students have worked in their classes to determine the criteria for “issue”. Below is the school-wide definition of “issue”. Every class has a copy of this poster and every class has contributed to its development.
Next, the students will be learning if there can be more than one reasonable perspective on an issue, what makes a text more or less persuasive and how an argument can be made to be convincing to others. The answers to all of these questions will lead the students to be able to present a perspective on an issue and to persuade others to take action in order to solve the issue.
We look forward to inviting you into the school in May to see the culmination of this work by our students.
The School Council meeting announced on this blog page for tonight, January 23, will be held next Thursday, January 30. Please accept my regrets for any inconvenience this change may cause.