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Welcome to Week 11 (Nov 12-16)


We hope that everyone had an enjoyable weekend.  We have a number of events going on this week.   We would like to welcome back our staff and students who ventured out to Ottawa. We are certain you had a very memorable Remembrance Day experience in our Nation’s capital!



Reminders for the week:

·       As more and more students are lining up to take tests at the test center, please help the test center colleagues in speeding the process up by

o   Writing a comment re: accommodations on the test authorization email, e.g. ESL, IEP, extended time, etc., or

o   Writing a comment on the test slip re: accommodations on the test authorization email, e.g. ESL, IEP, extended time, etc. when you sign the test slip

·       Reporting Cycle – Please strictly adhere to the dates and instructions outlined in the Memo sent out by Kathleen on Nov 8.  Web Marks is now ready to accept marks and a reminder that all marks are due by 9am on Monday, November 19. We have a short turnaround time. Please do your part.

·       Lanyards – Please ensure all lanyards are collected at the end of the day and distributed during morning TA.  Your assistance in having your TAs wear their lanyards properly for the entire school day is most appreciated. If students have lost their lanyards they can buy a new one from Paulette Sousa for $1.

·       This week we celebrate Free the Children Week so please listen for some great announcements and be mindful of the some of the events taking place in the community.

·       Take Your Kids to Work Day (Nov 14th) - A reminder to all TA’s to please encourage your Grade 9 advisees to return their forms for TYKTW Day. Guidance has asked that all Grade 9 students return these forms by Nov 9th so we can have accurate attendance for November 14th. Where possible, please see if your Grade 9 International Students can be incorporated into this day.

·       Please focus this week on TA check out at the end of the day. Follow up with students who miss checking out. There is a legal obligation to check out properly.

·       It is that time of the year again where we will have our annual Fall Shredding. If you have documents that you would like shredded, please have them brought down to the main office in boxes by the evening of Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Shred It will be on the school site on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Please keep in mind all final exams (day & summer school) must be kept for one year.


This Week’s Schedule:


Monday, November 12 – Day 1 - Carryover Exam Day!!!

·       VP Brighton - off

·       Free the Children Week begins!

·       Carry Over Exams in the Test Center - morning exam block is 9:00-11:00 am and the afternoon block is 12:00-2:00 pm

·       Gr. 11 & 12 Physics Movie Day, periods 1,2,3 in the caf. Cuschieri & Tbanjajian unavailable

·       WWJD Club Trip to Yonge/Dundas Square, depart@10am, return@1:30pm, Dabbagh unavailable

·       PLC Session on unpacking Adolescent Literacy Guide  Holmes, Bailey out all day

·       Credit Recovery Assembly 11:30am in cafeteria. Mandatory.

·       K-12 meeting, 12noon onwards – Magee out


Tuesday, November 13 – Day 2 –Civvies Day for FTC!

·       AWR3M/4M Trip to Reel Asian Film Festival, depart 12pm, dismissed from site, Arturi & Largo unavailable

·       Religion Heads Meeting, depart@1pm, Rosseel unavailable

- Share the Journey Development & Peace, meet @St. Bonaventure , Harnum out all day​​​


Wednesday, November 14 – Day 3 – Gr. 9 Take Your Kid To Work Day

·       Gr. 10 History Trip to Spadina House, depart 11:15am, dismissed @3:15pm, McAndrew & Morra unavailable

·       HRT3M1/HRT3F1/HRF301 to Places of Worship, 9-2:30pm, Gassi, Maljian, Dabbagh, Harnum unavailable

·       PA Day Planning Session in Inspire room, lunchtime – Bailey, Mak, Hayes, Bullock, Lena, Da Cost unavailable


Thursday, November 15 – Day 4

·       CGW4U/CGR4E Sea of Life trip to Yorkdale Cinemas. Meet at Cinema 9:30am, dismissed @1:30pm, Schwan unavailable

·       Share the Journey Development & Peace, meet @St. Bonaventure 9:30am, dismissed from location @2pm Zabana unavailable

·       SVN3M/3E Science trip to Yorkdale Cinema, meet @location 9:30am-dismissed from location @1:30, Bozek unavailable

·       EpIC (Equity plus Inclusivity Committee) meeting, office conference room, lunch time

·       SAC Dance “Drip”, 7:00-11:00pm, doors open at 6:30


 Friday, November 16 – PA Day

·       VP Brighton - off

·       DECA Regionals

·       PA Day Agenda to follow


Sports/Clubs (Home Games Noted): 


Please check our Google Mary Ward Sports Calendar by clicking on “School Calendar” on the left side panel, then “Calendar of Events”, and “Mary Ward Sports”. Come on out and support our teams!  Because the list can get very long, we’ll try publicizing just the HOME games.  



  • None this week



  • Last week’s Honor Roll Breakfast was wonderful!  The Honor Roll Breakfast was just a fantastic time to celebrate our student accomplishments and let these high performing students just take a well-deserved pause in their day.  Many thanks to Keenan, Raymond, Chau, and the Tech crew for their work in organizing, setting up, and just ensuring the morning went smoothly.  Thanks to Gassi, Adourian, and other teacher colleagues for introducing the video and giving the pins out, the Yearbook team for taking the photos, all the Teacher Advisors for calculating honor roll qualifications, to Paulette for all the work that went into preparations in advance, and to those staff members who were able to drop by and participate in the breakfast festivities.  Very well done!
  • A big thank you to Coleman, Maljian, Raymond and the group of students volunteers for all of their hard work in ensuring the success of our Student Nutrition Program.  We would like to recognize all of the hard work and effort that goes into this wonderful program and know that all of our students will benefit greatly from this healthy initiative!
  • Congratulations and thanks go out to Tuccitto, Chau and the Tech Crew and Drama students for once again, providing an amazing Remembrance Day assembly on Friday.  The assembly always captures the very essence of this important day.  Special thanks to Comier and her vocal music students and De Silva for helping with making the wreath! Thanks to everyone involved! ​​
  • A special thanks to our staff in the Test Center comprised of Maria, Angela, Imelda, Antonella, and Dan-Lee for their hard work in ensuring a smooth Carryover Exam Day.  We greatly appreciate your help!
  • ​Thanks to our Guidance Department – Burley, R. Wong, Zabana for their great work at the annual College/University Fair and Parent Info session. A great turnout was had and they helped get parents and guardians thinking about important decisions.


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TA Tip(s) of the week


Conditional Zero's catchy tunes get the students motivated to submit units at conditional zero target dates, but what else can we do to help motivate our advisees?


One way to motivate students is a unit submission challenge. You can challenge another TA or do a challenge within your own TA. For example, Ms. Weathers TA and Ms. Hayes TA battled it out to see who could submit the most amount of units for the month of December last year (they were both in English department then)! The winning TA gets a prize and bragging rights.



Have a great week, everyone!