Telling Our Story: January 2018

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Good afternoon everyone.  2018 has started out with a bang!  January was a splendid month with many exciting learning activities.  Here is the January 2018 edition of ‘Telling Our Story’:

Career Day

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Artist in Residence – Evergreen Theatre

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Green Dot Mornings

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A Visit from Pepper

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Pajama Day

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Scientists in the School

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Snack Shack Preparation

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Thank you for taking some time to view ‘Telling Our Story’.

Greg Kostiuk

 

2018-19 Staffing

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February 14, 2018

Please read this letter from our Superintendent, Mr. Chris Smeaton:

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students, parents, and staff for all the support you have given me.  Our Lady of the Assumption School is a wonderful learning community.  I am excited about the opportunity to serve the learning community at Father Leonard Van Tighem School, but I will miss all the terrific people at OLA.

Greg Kostiuk

OLA: Collaborative Response Model

This year we decided to implement the Collaborative Response Model (CRM) here at Our Lady of the Assumption School.  CRM is a process created by Jigsaw Learning (Kurtis and Lorna Hewson).  The CRM is designed to meet the needs of all learners in a school community.  There are three essential components to the CRM: Collaborative Team Meetings, Assessments, and Pyramid of Interventions.

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Collaborative Team Meetings:  Time is embedded in the regular week for teachers to collaborate and discuss the learning needs of their students.  Collaborative meetings are structured with an agreed upon agenda, student-focused, on task, and action-oriented.Pyramid

Assessments:  Assessment data is gathered from all students.  The data is used to drive instruction and help identify students on the continuum of supports (or pyramid of interventions).

Pyramid of Interventions:  A visual organizer is created to identify current levels of support.  Tier I is universal, and students only require high-quality classroom instruction.  Tier II includes students that need additional classroom supports.  Tier III includes students that would benefit from additional school supports.  Finally, Tier IV includes students that require intensive school supports.

CRM is a comprehensive school-wide system that ensures no student slips through the cracks.   Please click on this link to see more information about CRM from Jigsaw Learning http://jigsawlearning.ca/

It will take us some time to establish our CRM here at school, but we are committed to providing high-quality classroom instruction and supporting all of our learners.

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story – December 2017

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Hello from Our Lady of the Assumption School.  Sorry for the lateness, but here is the latest edition of ‘Telling Our Story’.  Pretty soon we will be posting the January edition.

Advent Celebrations

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BINGO!

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Christmas Concert

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Gingerbread Houses

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HOJA

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PE Outside

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Red and Green Day

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Turkey Dinner

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December was a wonderful month.  Thank you for taking some time to look at the excellent activities last month.

Greg Kostiuk

OLA’s Artist in Residency

Please see the below letter from Evergreen Theatre regarding the Artist in Residency program we are having at Our Lady of the Assumption School this week.  Also, thank you to the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Prime Catering, and our own Parent Fundraising Committee for sponsoring this outstanding opportunity for our students.

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Thank you,

Greg Kostiuk

Survey Says…

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Thank you to the parents that completed the December 2017 Parent Survey.  The survey results will be discussed at the January School Council meeting and the next staff meeting.  The results will guide us in making some decisions for the 2018-19 school year.  Here are the results:

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Thank you for your input.

Greg Kostiuk

AB Ed Survey

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Alberta Education Survey

Alberta Education is conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Surveys from January to end of February 2018.  These surveys are very important and help guide our school. Parents of students of grade 4 will receive a survey mailed to their homes directly from Alberta Education.  In February, all students in grade 4 – 6 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online through the school.

All surveys are anonymous, and no reports will be issued if the number of respondents is fewer than six to further protect the privacy of respondents.  Respondents are expected to answer the questions based on the experiences they have had at our school.

We strongly encourage your participation as the results help us identify our school and jurisdiction’s strengths and weaknesses. Survey results will be available to jurisdictions by the start of May 2018 and will be reported publicly by jurisdictions as part of the Annual Education Results Reports in the fall of 2018.

Also, please note if you answer “don’t know” on the survey questions, it indirectly becomes a “no” response.  Please see the below example:

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The Accountability Survey will report that only 11% of our parents believe “High School students demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for learning throughout their lifetime.”  Please contact me if you have any questions regarding any questions on the survey.

Thank you for participating in the survey.

Greg Kostiuk