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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Academics

Our school prides itself upon its community partnerships as we strive for excellence in education.  It is no secret that learning goes beyond the four walls of the classroom and involves the whole, creative child as well as both school and home support, as we are all of our children's teachers.  Our students today are preparing for a world that is in many ways very different from previous generations, meaning our learning goes far beyond simple questions and answers, moving more towards the need to become more adaptable and resourceful in a rapidly changing society.  The skills and knowledge necessary to function effectively in modern communities and workplaces involve learning that includes and goes beyond the three R's (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic).  A term used to describe our students today is "The 21st Century Learner".  

 

Learning 21st Century skills involves nurturing our students in developing the skills necessary in developing proficiency in the areas of what is referred to as "The Four C's": Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, and Collaboration

Our school and home partnership values not only what we learn, but how we are learning; uncovering curriculum rather than covering curriculum. 

Our team of educators also values a fifth C:  Commitment.  We are committed to ongoing improvement in our professional learning community in the development of learning environments, both at school and at home, that will provide our students with the necessary skills and knowledge base for their future pursuits.

Below are some suggestions that can assist families in getting involved with this growing partnership.  It can begin with simply reading with your child for about ten to twenty minutes a day, or involving them in day to day experiences that will bring new learning.  Math and Literacy are everywhere, and expressing knowledge of experiences involves rich conversations both at school and at home.  We value our partnership, and if there are any suggestions for additional supports in our students' learning, please feel free to forward your ideas to us for consideration.

THANK YOU!

 

Research shows that children who read books for just 20 minutes a day perform better in school.  Here are some great ways to get your child reading:

 Set aside a reading time that is good for everyone.

 Pick a comfortable reading place in your home.

 Read together either by taking turns or having one person read.

 Involve listeners by asking them questions about the story or what they think will happen next.  Engage them with varied and exciting voices.

 Fill your home with reading materials such as magazines, newspapers, cookbooks and other books.

 Get caught up in reading yourself and your child will be inspired to read as well.

 Have older siblings read to younger siblings to gain confidence.

 Start seasonal traditions.  Read a favourite book every year at holidays and when they go back to school.

 Keep your favourite books around.  New readers will build confidence and fluency when re-reading a treasured book.

 

TECHLINKS: READING  

  

BOOKFLIX:  The Ontario Ministry of Education has recently purchased a subscription to Scholastic’s BookFlix  for K-Grade 3 students.  BookFlix is an interactive, online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction texts.  This engaging resource will help early readers (K-Gr. 3) develop and practice essential reading skills.  Bookflix is quite intuitive and easy to navigate.  Each unit includes the following elements:

·Watch the Story: streaming video of the story. A Read Along option can be activated to display the audio portion of the story, with word-by-word highlighting, as it plays.

·Read the Book: related nonfiction text presented in a flipbook format. The Read Along option can be activated to hear the text read aloud with word-by-word highlighting. Key content vocabulary words are highlighted in yellow. Placing the cursor on the highlighted word will display its definition, and the ear icon can be clicked to hear the definition read aloud.

·Puzzlers: interactive games related to the specific pair. Ear icons can be clicked to hear the game directions, as well as all statements and definitions, read aloud.

·Meet the Author: a profile of the author of the story. An ear icon can be clicked to hear the profile read aloud.

To access from home, use the following link, username and password:  http://www.scholastic.ca/education/bookflix_ontario     

Login: toroncdsb      Password:  toro5988

 

TECHLINKS: MATHEMATICS    

 

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/brochure/earlymath/  will lead you to an excellent parents’ guide entitled:  “Helping Your Child Learn Math:  A Parent’s Guide”  from the Ministry of Ontario.  This guide contains practical suggestion for everyday math activities that you and your child can actually have fun doing together.  Some of the activities include questions that adults can ask to help their child build problem solving skills for life!

 

http://www.linktolearning.com/math.htm is also designed to help students of all elementary grades with Mathematics