Week 11

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It’s Week 11 and we are in the middle of our first Breakaway week.  When you try something new, there is a lot of trepidation and learning to be done.  So far we have been thrilled with the response of our staff and students. There have definitely been glitches and we are learning a lot about planning Breakaway weeks but the problem solving and flexibility of both our staff and students has been amazing. We have seen an enthusiastic response to trying new things.

When I reflect on what we have asked of our students in the past two days I realize that we have asked them to be in a group of 30 students with only one or two classmates with them.  We have asked them to work with this new group of people and plan a complicated event – a Mardi Gras Parade – and they have gone over and above.  These students prominently displayed 21st Century Learning Skills during this task.  They were collaborative, creative, critical thinkers, good communicators and problem solvers as they worked within their Krewes to create their parade theme and floats.

On top of all of that, the students have been terrific ambassadors for the school as they have been involved in 3 assemblies.  We had a bilingual presentation by Denys Gagnon who highlighted the differences in humour between french and english and highlighted the need for bilingualism.  Next we had storyteller extraordinaire Mme Steffler in the house.  This was followed by a DIxieland Band education presentation led by Mr. Smeaton.  Our students – your kids – have been so respectful during these presentations. They have represented Central and you incredibly well.   I can’t tell you how proud I am of them for the hard work, respect and enthusiasm that I have witnessed these past two days.  We really do have terrific kids here at Central.

Today we have a group of students at Ste Marie among the Hurons, students here are completing a webquest called “Spy Mission to the Red River Settlement.”, some artwork and Dufflebag Theatre is here to present as well. Tomorrow we welcome Jamie Schmale our MP, who will speak to the importance of bilingualism.  We will focus on French arts by hosting French Pop Music dances and go to Century Cinema for a film.  Friday we highlight French sports. I hope you’ve been following our Twitter account @CentralSenior and have been able to see the pictures and videos of the events happening here.

A few things to keep in mind:

1. Lindsay Christmas Parade:  Our Band has a float in the parade.  Thanks to Ms Smith for organizing the float and Mr. Smeaton for helping this idea come to life.  The parade is this Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.

2. Progress Report Cards are coming home on Friday.  Parent Teacher Interviews are happening on the evening of November 22nd from 4:30 – 8:30.  Teachers will be contacting you to schedule an interview time.

3. November 22 – Skills Ontario will be here to present to our students.

4. November 23 is a PA Day.

5. Don’t forget to participate in the consultation on Education by the Ontario government.  Submissions close December 15.  You can get more information here.  https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents.

6. Fresh from the Farm Delivery date is November 28.  For those that ordered, please pick up your produce from Room 20 between 12 and 4.

7. Our MacMillan’s Fundraiser is in full swing.  Orders are due at the school on November 30 and pick up will be December 14.  These fundraisers help us pay for events and equipment at the school.  All funds are spent to benefit students directly.

Thanks again for all your support,

The Central Senior Staff