Gregorian Rant – Friday, June 27

Dr. Seuss Wooden Nickel

Dr. Seuss Wooden Nickel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Dr. Seuss

St. Greg Today

Challenge cup – send in your tickets by 9:30 am

Assembly after first recess

  • certificates for guitar club
  • dedication of a tree to Ann Coffey
  • slide show
  • Challenge Cup – final one!!
  • anything else??

summertime!!  Have a wonderful summer everyone!!




Gregorian Rant – Thursday, June 26

Feel our Humanity

Be truthful, gentle, and fearless. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Being fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it. ~ Veronica Roth

Fearlessness is delusional. Facing your fear is courage. Conquering your fear is growth. ~ Pierre Bennu

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. ~ Marie Curie

F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours. ~ Zig Ziglar

Fear makes us feel our humanity. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Quotes about fear, fearlessness


Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of India. Location unknown. Français : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), Guide politique et spirituel de l’Inde. Lieu inconnu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Report cards go home today!!






St. Greg Today

Pita Pit Day

Play Day this afternoon!

Laurie has copied the lists and the teacher rotation schedule and placed them in your mailbox. (Unless you were at the tea party tonight and got a hand delivered copy). Because there is no PD day this year, we are going back to the old format where two teachers will supervise the yard and blow the horn while the grade fives and sixes man the stations and act as station leaders. This will give everyone some time off to pack up their room.
Freezies will be delivered to your room at the end (2:45) because we have no freezie station this year.
There will be no 2:00 pm recess. You can hand out your report cards when we come back in at 2:45 and are waiting for freezies. Last recess will be from 3:15-3:30pm with the Thursday regulars on. i.e Sandra and Mary Anne. Kids will go directly to the buses from outside.
Crystal will turn the bells off after 12:45.
A big thank you to Sarah H for setting things up and to Mary Anne for getting it all going and doing the lists.

thanks to Jen, Mary Anne and Sarah for organizing this!!

Report cards to be handed out when students return to class


Gregorian Rant – Wednesday, June 25

Lionel Messi of Barcelona against Osasuna.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona against Osasuna. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.
Lionel Messi

Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko uses macro photography to bring the unseen and hidden beauty of the miniature world to life. What makes his close-up portraits so riveting is the sharpness and detail of his subjects, combined with the soft and ‘fantasy like’ backgrounds they are shot against.

Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko uses macro photography to bring the unseen and hidden beauty of the miniature world to life. What makes his close-up portraits so riveting is the sharpness and detail of his subjects, combined with the soft and ‘fantasy like’ backgrounds they are shot against.

from Twistedsifter

St. Greg Today

Talent show starting at 9:20

Pizza Day

Mary Anne away, Jen in


The Barriers To Using Social Media In Education (Part 1 of 2)

social mediaIn this article, we have analysed the impact of Social Media on the education sector while also empathizing with educators on their resistance to the use of it in the classroom. We will then look at few classic real classroom examples of how teachers, students and administrators are harnessing social media to create a better learning environment and reforming public education.

Social Media As A Key Driver of Communication

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson on how to reform public education system: 

click here for entire article

Gregorian Rant Tuesday, June 24

On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% – and that’s pretty good ~ author unknown



Grade 5 students welcome Major Glenn Robbins – 10:30

Gr 3 visit to nepean Museum

Cathy away – Ellen in

Mary Anne out(PM) Maureen in



Gregorian Rant – The week of June 23 – 27 the last week!!

Year’s end – don’t cry because its over

I thought this quote was a good way to start an end of year post.  I’m not sure how many people are crying, everyone needs a break after a long, busy school year.  The end of the year is a good time to look back on the year and spend a little time reflecting on how things went.  In my case, I will be reflecting on the past three years as I get ready for the move to another school.

One of the things I love to hear about our school is that it is a busy place.  There is always something going on.

I think this says alot about our entire school community.  Collectively, we aspire to offer a complete education for our students.  It is never enough to teach the curriculum, we need to teach the whole child.

I think this is a shared vision for our school.  It encourages us to look for new partners that enrich the learning environment for our students.  Here are just a few we have become linked to in the past few years.

  • Evergreen, the City of Ottawa and TD Friends of the Environment – these three partners have helped us build what will be a little urban forest in the years to come.  Over twenty trees, raised beds and now two outdoor classrooms are the results of this partnership.  At the heart of all this are the children; our Evergreen partners Ann Coffey and Andrew Harvey have consulted with all our students throughout the greening process here at our school – this will be the students’ urban forest.
  • Becoming a digital school – not sure of another way to put this, but our teachers, students and parents have all embraced the idea that students learn better when they have a variety of devices from home, school and the district to use every day.  Over the past three years we have seen a real transformation in the learning environment not so much because we have lots of devices but because innovation is accepted as the norm at our school.
  • Partnerships with arts groups – an elementary school on its own cannot offer the varied programming students need to have a well rounded education.  We have Little Horn Theatre and Big Kid Entertainment to help us offer a varied arts curriculum.  Big Kid integrates drama with important lessons on cyber bullying and inclusion in a way the students really enjoy.  Little Horn offers instruction in dance and drama to every child in the school.
  • Partnerships focusing on athletic development – this is so important for us.  We need our kids to remain  physically active throughout the year.  In fact, it could be argued that our kids would do better with year round schooling to make sure they remain active throughout the summer months. Jungle Sport, the Ottawa Fury, Y Kids Academy and Starr Gymnastics are just some of the programs that we now offer every year.  Starr Gymnastics is so important to the school that we will now pay for this right out of the student activity fee.
We have so many other important partners, St. Maurice Church, the University of Ottawa, Engineers in Residence all enrich the lives of our students throughout the school year, they are part of the fabric of our school life.
There are two essential elements that make all these creative partnerships work.
First, we have a staff that welcomes everyone.  Visitors to our school always comment on how friendly people are at our school.  All staff try hard to make people comfortable when they are with us.  This is how it should be. We are caught up in the joy of education and we want to share this with others.
The second essential element are our parents.  They support us in so many ways.  They are open to our ideas and projects, they make us part of their community.  As principal, I have felt nothing but unconditional support and appreciation for the work we do with their kids every day.
This is why St. Greg’s is a busy place.  Our staff, parents and students have great ideas and are always open to the education adventure.  It is hard work, but look what we have all created!
While I am looking forward to my new school community, I will never forget the dynamic partnerships of the St. Gregory community that provide such a rich learning environment for all of us.
Have a great summer everyone!
One of the outdoor murals created by Ann Coffey, Nicole Belanger and our students
St. Gregory is an Evergreen School!

Used Adobe Voice for this little presentation – very easy to use!!  Free app too.


St. Greg This Week

Monday, June 23

no milk delivery this week

I will start returning report cards today – thanks everyone for all your great work on these they are great to read – really!

Lunch Lady

Grade 6 leaving Ceremony – gym at 9:30

unveiling of mural – right after leaving ceremony

Grade six students swimming in PM

Tuesday, June 24

Hot Dog Day!!

Paul out (PM) at St. Anthony

Wednesday, June 25

Pizza Day

Thursday, June 26

Pita Pit

Play Day (PM)

Report Cards handed out – end of the day

Friday, June 27

last day of school – have a great summer!!


The Temple of Kukulkan (shown in the background) in the Maya city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico is another ancient monument built to align with celestial events.

On June 21, the sun bathes the northern and eastern sides of the temple with light, casting a shadow on the western and southern sides.

National Geographic Daily News


Gregorian Rant – Friday, June 20

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”

- Louisa May Alcott

June 20

Father and redditor dopplerizer captured this smile-inducing scene of his daughter at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.

The picture, which was taken on his iPhone, was submitted to reddit on Sunday where it reached the top spot on the front page and has already been viewed over a million times (yes, reddit is gigantic). Other users quickly contributed their edits, creating movie postersfunny photoshops and of course animated gifs.

For more videos and photography from Royce, check out his Facebook page.

St. Greg Today

Assembly – 9:15

Katie Gauthier Hip Hop

1:30 – Grade 4

2:30 – Grade 6

Final Challenge Cup of the year

report cards due today by 3:00 pm

Pleased to Meet You: Web apps for getting to know your students before fall | Cool Tools


School’s out this month. But before we know it, we’ll be thinking about next year. To jazz up your blog and revitalize your summertime communications to parents and students, check out these fine tools.

Click here for the article – very cool tools!  See one of these below:

Adobe Voice | screencast tutorial from School Library Journal on Vimeo.

Gregorian Rant – Wednesday, June 18

Welcome to St. Gregory - ECEs Tanya Armstrong and Carolyn Putin.

Welcome to St. Gregory – ECEs Tanya Armstrong and Carolyn Putin.


“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

- Helen Keller


St. Greg Today

Pizza Day

Jungle Sport continues!

Elizabeth Kirkwood -open

click here for an enlarged version – An Educators A-Z for Twitter

Educators A Z of Twitter   Piktochart Infographic Editor

Gregorian Rant – Tuesday, June 17th


True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

St. Greg Today

FDK session – all day – Jehan, Linda, Paul and Andrea out all day

Jungle Sport continues!

Second day of planting in the Outdoor Classroom – Ann and Andrew in all day

Young Rembrandts

Blogging as Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning

this is one of two great posts on blogging from the

Langwitches Blog

blog – – good one to followover the summertime!

Blogging should not be an add-on, not an isolated project, but should be seen as PEDAGOGY.

Ann Davis shared a definition of Pedagogy beyond a  simple “method of teaching” (unfortunately I was not able to find a source of the definition… it seems to be floating around in so many spaces without a common attribution or source.)

The strategies, techniques, and approaches that teachers can use to facilitate learning.

Blogging can support the strategies, techniques and approaches to facilitate the learning in your classroom no matter what grade level, age group and subject area. Blogging supports four primary areas:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Reflecting
  4. Sharing

In each one of these areas, blogging can be a strategy to facilitate learning

for more, please click on the link



Gregorian Rant – the week of June 16 – 20

Dakuwaqa’s Garden – Underwater footage from Fiji & Tonga


Dude makes the best of being stuck in an airport overnight all by himself


St. Gregory This Week

Monday, June 16

Lunch Lady

Jungle Sport starts today for four days in the gym – please see Caroline’s schedule for details

Welcome to Kindergarten Session – all day – Linda(Ellen), Paul,  Andrea (Maureen), Jehan away all day – Hellenic Centre, Prince of Wales Drive – 8:00am – 3:30pm

Tuesday, June 17

Jungle Sport  today for four days in the gym – please see Caroline’s schedule for details

Welcome to Kindergarten Session – all day – Linda (Ellen), Paul, Andrea (Maureen), Jehan away all day 8:00 am -3:30pm

Wednesday, June 18

Jungle Sport  today for four days in the gym – please see Caroline’s schedule for details

Pizza Day

Thursday, June 19

Track and Field Meet – Caroline away -Jennifer in Paul away

Jungle Sport  today for four days in the gym – please see Caroline’s schedule for details –

Pita Pit

Friday, June 20

Hip Hop – Katie Gauthier 1:30 – Grade 4

Hip Hop Grade 2:30 – grade 6

Final Challenge Cup announcement for this year!

Report cards are due today by 3:30PM

Gr 5/6 students have engaged in an online conversation with Peterborough students based on the New French Curriculum for Listening and Speaking. We have been using (Thanks to Matthew Brash for introducing me to it)  for our online meetings with classes across ontario.  My students co-constructed the criteria and shared it  with GR 6/7 &8 students based on listening, speaking, responding and questioning for determining meaning when conversing.  I have captured some of the conversation that we held for 2 days.