Sign In
schools maryward maryward 913A7688-E88F-41E0-89F4-99AD2E6BF7E7 7840
/schools/Style Library/ci_upload/c0014ef6-e8d5-49fa-b123-a7067d507424n.png?rev=-1503953620 /schools/Style Library/ci_upload/7b0066ad-405f-408a-b1e5-d815fa37a725s.png?rev=-15825314

Welcome to Week 28.  I hope everyone enjoyed many Easter blessings and made the most of the glorious weather.
 
Although this is a short week, we will be very busy with final preparations for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).  Please ensure your advisees are aware of the preparation activities and the details for Thursday’s test.  All staff are also asked to read all memos and emails from the Literacy team outlining roles and responsibilities for the day.  If you have any questions or concerns, please see Violet.
 
Thanks to the TAs who promptly returned their language survey results to the main office and kudos to all who quickly realized that the survey was connected to April Fool’s Day.  I give complete credit and payback opportunity to Louise Chaput-Ross who was the brainchild of the idea.  Thanks to all for your good spirit.  The challenge is out for next year’s prank!
 
We welcome home Maureen McAndrew and the twelve students who travelled to New York for the United Nations Excursion with other Loretto Sisters’ schools in celebration of their 400th Anniversary.  Thank you for representing the Mary Ward family on this excursion; we are anxious to hear your stories and view your pictures.
 
Our school was host to a very exciting and very public Mayoralty Debate last week.  Thanks to Len Dalton, Maura, Cathy Schwan, and Peter Hathway for all they did to lend a hand to ensure the success of this event.  The student helpers that were involved in clearing the stage, asking the questions, timing, ushering, and singing “O Canada” did a superb job.  Peter’s expertise with lighting and sound was very much appreciated.
 
The Ontario Volunteer Awards were celebrated last week, and five of our students were invited to begin the ceremony with the singing of “O Canada”.  Thanks to Mitchell Biaoco, Chesca Miranda, Katrina Po, Brian Postalian, and Mark Roque for giving of their time and talents for this event.  Thanks to Maura for facilitating our students’ participation.
 
Thanks to Mary Louise and Peter Petrasek for facilitating a very moving Holy Week assembly.  The Stations of the Cross really came to life and had personal meaning, thanks to your efforts.  Thanks also to Len, Amy, and their Drama Students, as well as Peter Hathway for his technical expertise.
 
Graduation planning is well underway, please ensure your graduating advisees are aware of the necessary payments required to participate in the various festivities.  Thanks to Cathy Schwan and her team of Tawnee, Anna Dalgarno,  Anne Marie, Carol, Violet, Lee, and Lucy who assisted with lunch time collection, measurements, and voting.
 
Thanks to all TAs and the Guidance Department for facilitating the meetings with students interested in returning for a fifth year.  Most SBAT groups have completed their meetings and advisees have a clear plan for a successful year-end.
 
Congratulations to the School Reach Team for their third place finish in the Scarborough championships.  The team easily defeated Albert Campbell and Cedarbrae before falling two points short in the semi-finals to Agincourt.  Coaches Holmes and Simone are proud of the team’s successful season and would like to congratulate team members:  Michael Chiu, Anne de Sequeira, Anthony Duen, Jacob Fiorino, Maggie Keenan, Dorothy Kuczyunski, Cindy Liang, Samson Ma, Julie Thompson, and Tiffany Yeung.  Thanks also to Anne Marie, Lisa Weathers, and Tanya Dimaliwat for their assistance.
 
Thanks to all staff who participated in professional development sessions, or took our students on trips last week: Marissa and Angela Zabana’s HRE3M1/3O1 Places of Worship trip; and Len, Peter Hathway, and Amy’s elementary theatre workshops with their drama student.
 
Thanks, also, to the staff that remained behind and covered areas to allow these events to happen.
 
Safe travels to Derek and Maureen McAndrew who travel to Vancouver
April 8 – 10 for the Canadian Coalition of Self-Directed Learning Schools Planning Conference.  Enjoy your time and soak in all you can!
 
Please ensure that any of your grade 11 and 12 advisees who are writing the OSSLT attend the review sessions during periods 4 and 5 on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Library Conference Room.  Thanks to Kara for preparing and facilitating these sessions.  The last minute blitz has been found to be extremely helpful in getting the students to pass the test.  Your assistance in ensuring these students attend these sessions is greatly appreciated. 
 
The Department Head meeting scheduled for April 7 is postponed until April 21 when firmer scheduling data will be available.  Sorry for the inconvenience, we appreciate your understanding.
 
Our second Town Hall meeting is April 9 at 1:30 p.m.  We will continue with the issues not covered at the November meeting.  Please review Patricia’s email with the list of all TA representatives.  If no representative is listed, your TA group was not represented at the November meeting.  Please send your representative’s name to Patricia by Wednesday, and ensure they attend the meeting. 
 
In our on-going efforts to promote the use of reusable water bottles, Green Quest will be taking orders for Klean Kanteens Thursday and Friday and all next week with delivery during Earth Week, April 19 – 23.  Please refer to Karen Heisz’s email for details and order forms.
 
If you would like to highlight any past or upcoming school events, you have many opportunities.  Nicole Powell is gathering articles for our upcoming Happenings newsletter and Trustee John Del Grande is also accepting articles for his upcoming publication.  Please submit Happenings articles directly to Nicole and submissions for Trustee Del Grande’s newsletter to Patricia.
 
Tuesday, April 6 is Day 9 and the last day for students to submit units or write tests for inclusion in the April 19 Report Card.  All students writing the OSSLT must attend the half hour assembly in the cafetorium beginning at 11:30.  Kara is leading an EQAO Literacy Review during periods 4 and 5 in the Library Conference Room for students in Grades 11 and 12 writing the OSSLT.  Please ensure your advisees attend!  Mary-Lynn, John Notten, and Vida will escort their AVI1O1 students to Harbourfront for a Graffiti workshop and Wendy Cassibault, Sandra, and some Educational Assistants will travel to Our Lady of Mount Carmel with forty students for Co-op Integration Day. New staff will gather in the Office Conference room for their “Lunch and Learn” session focusing on Super TAs, and the Literacy Team will prepare the OSSLT packages for Thursday.  Patricia is out at a Form 107 workshop in the morning.
 
Wednesday, April 7 is Day 10.  Lee will travel with her HNC3O1 students to the Eaton’s Centre and Ryerson, Michelle Albert’s Grade 12 College Math students will travel to Holy Spirit for their PLN session with the Grade 8 students, and Dave Emer and Jerry Rossi will travel with their Girls’ Varsity Soccer team to Vaughan for a tournament.  Good luck to the Junior Badminton team and Coach Valiulis who travel to Humber College to participate in the TDCAA finals.  Identified Grade 12s will write the Euclid Math Contest and the second of Kara’s OSSLT review sessions for Grades 11 and 12 students will once again be held during periods 4 and 5 in the Library Conference Room.  Before heading home for the day, stop by the gym to cheer on the Junior Boys’ Volleyball team in their match against Neil McNeil.  The boys and Coaches Cuschieri and Simone will appreciate your support.
 
Thursday, April 8 is Day C.  We will follow the modified schedule outlined below to facilitate the OSSLT.  Derek and Maureen McAndrew depart for Vancouver, Marissa is out all day writing curriculum for the Asian Heritage Films, and John Notten and the IDC4U5 students will depart at noon to participate in a High School Hop Gallery trip,
 
OSSLT SCHEDULE
 
8:40 - 11:50  OSSLT for Eligible Students; Diagnostic Test for Grade 9s*
11:50 - 12:45   Lunch (limited service)
12:45 -   1:50   Period A (All Students)**
1:50 -   2:50   Period B (All Students)**
 
*Please refer to Violet’s memo for specific schedule for OSSLT students and Grade 9 students
**Department Heads will arrange a specific floor schedule for teachers
 
Friday, April 9 is Day 1 and OUAC Unit 11 Deadline without tests.  The Grade 9 – 11 Math Contests will be written in Room 302, and Wendy Jones and the ESP team will facilitate a Healthy Relationships Workshop led by Toronto Public Health for the Grade 9 PHE students in the cafetorium and library from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Nicole and Amy will depart for Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m. with students to participate in the Tech and Dance Rehearsal for the 2010 Dance Off.  The Town Hall meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the library.
 
Good luck to Coach Waud and the Debating Team who participate in the Pro Con Debating Tournament at Brebeuf on Saturday and Coaches Emer, Rossi, and Zabana who travel to Queen’s University for a Girls Varsity Soccer Tournament over the weekend.
 
That’s all folks. Enjoy your week!