October 26, 2018
West Coast Weather
We have been fortunate enough to have some beautiful autumn weather, but the days are cooling off and and the rain has started. Here at Wix-Brown we are headed outdoors for regular fresh air and exercise no matter what Mother Nature brings our way. The exception to this rule will only be a thunder and lightening storm. What we need from you is:
- ALL STUDENTS are to have inside runners (velcro, slip-on or laces) to put on when coming in from outside.
- We HIGHLY recommend that all students keep a change of clothes at school (or in their backpacks) at all times.
- We strongly recommend that all students are sent to school with ‘all kinds of weather’ in mind – which means proper foot wear and coat wear. Students will be headed outside whether they remember a coat or not.
- Students will only be allowed to stay inside if they have a note from their doctor. If your child is too sick to head outside, they are too sick to be at school.
We had record breaking numbers in terms of student participation in this year’s cross country team. Today we recognized the tremendous effort from these students and thanked them for doing such a good job of representing our school.
In addition to recognizing athletic performance, we also recognized classroom performance. Each month teachers select students that have demonstrated growth in the classroom. The B.E.A.R.S acronym outlines the values upheld here at Wix-Brown and is reflected in the rationale behind each award. Today students were recognized for things like making positive choices in the classroom, always trying their best and persevering through difficult tasks. It was a great afternoon of celebrating student success.
Crazy sock Day
Our grade sevens have continued planning fun, engaging theme days. Thursday, October 25th was Crazy Sock Day. Several of the students out did themselves with their creative versions of socks.
Parent Teacher Interviews
This past Wednesday and Thursday were Parent/Teacher Interviews. It was a golden opportunity to communicate with families how things are going here at school. If you were unable to meet with the teachers during this time please make sure you connect with them and set up a time for you to meet. Communication between school and home is essential in student success.
This has been a challenging beginning for two of our classrooms. We still have not been able to find anyone permanent for these classrooms; however we are fortunate enough to have teachers from the school board office placed in these classrooms until someone permanent is found. These teachers are leaders within our district and bring an incredible level of skill and wisdom to their teaching. They are working hard to set up routines and structures for classroom operations, provide consistent delivery of the curriculum, and assess the students as they go.
Coghlan Reading Workshop For Parents
Research has consistently proven that parent involvement increases student achievement in school. Students whose parents are involved in their education, especially their early literacy development, are more motivated to read, demonstrate a greater self-efficacy as readers and voluntarily participate in literacy activities more often. These students are more inherently interested in learning and they experience higher perceived competence, as well as exhibit more effort, concentration and attention.
In order to assist parents in supporting their child, we are offering, as a family of schools, a three-session workshop that we are strongly encouraging parents with children in Kindergarten to Grade 2 to attend. If you would like to participate in this program, you would be expected to attend all three Parent Information Evenings at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary where we will work together to develop an increased understanding of how to support your child’s development as strategic readers and word detectives. In the weeks between sessions, you will be expected to read daily with your child and support their reading development by using the prompts and strategies that we will discuss.
Dates of Parent Information Evenings: (approximately 1 hour sessions; 6:30 pm start)
- Thursday, Nov 1; Thursday, November 15th; Thursday, November 29th
- Child minding will be provided (Please let me know if you require childminding in your RSVP so I will have enough caregivers available)
If you would like to participate in this program, please RSVP to the principal of Coghlan by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 26th
Anxiety Workshop for Poppy Family of Schools
Understanding and Healing Anxiety: Validating Your Brain
Action Plan For Learning
We continue to make progress with our school’s Action Plan For Learning. With the assistance of Ms. Burns we conducted a school wide write.The purpose of this activity was to establish a baseline
of achievement so we are able to measure our progress at the end of the year. When all classes were finished writing we spent some time marking together as a staff. Marking collaboratively is proven to positively impact student success; it ensures fairness, consistency and common knowledge. If you are interested in reading about the benefits of collaborative marking click this LINK.
All classrooms are working towards improving our students’ literacy skills. One of the strategies used by teachers is to get students to “Read to Self.” This allows students to choose a book they prefer and read quietly while the teacher spends some time instructing small groups. This process requires reading stamina and takes practice. Some of our classes have set goals and decided on what they would like as a reward for being successful…I need to buy some dancing shoes for this one!
I hope you all enjoy your weekend!
Up Coming Dates:
October 29th – Collaboration Afternoon (75 minute early dismissal)
October 30th – Grade Seven Bake Sale
October 31st – Costume Parade 1:30
November 1st – Coghlan Reading Workshop
November 8th – Remembrance Day Assembly @ 10:30
November 8th – Formal Wear Day
November 9th – Not in session
November 12th – School closed in observance of Remembrance Day