With every passing
day and week at Linden Meadows, Mrs. Loepp and I
continue to embrace the many new relationships, the
new learning and positive joyful energy of our school.
Linden Meadows is truly a wonderful place to
Thank you to all of you who have made us feel so
We appreciate you taking the time to introduce
yourselves in the hallway, outside or during our first
set of tri-conferences.
For those we haven’t yet met and even for those
families we have, Mrs. Loepp and I
would like to invite you to an official “Meet
and Greet” for parents and families on November 14 in
Please see the invitation in the body of our
newsletter. This is an opportunity for people to come
and meet Mrs. Loepp, myself and our new office staff.
We hope you can join us!
Province of Manitoba sets out five professional
development days for teachers.
We used half of one of those days on September
2 and the second half of one of those days during the
afternoon of October 17.
All of the Linden Meadows staff was introduced
to Bill 18 and the implications for creating a safe
and caring school community for all our students.
We had a guest speaker, Ms. Megan Fultz, a
recent graduate from the University of Winnipeg who
suffers from Brittle Bone disease. Megan brought her
unique perspective and understanding of Bill 18 and
the staff engaged in reflective dialogue about
inclusion at Linden Meadows.
On October 24,
teachers were part of the annual SAGE conference which
is held across the province for teachers.
I want to formally recognize the following
Linden Meadows teachers for leading sessions for their
colleagues during this professional day of learning –
Mrs. Loepp who presented at the MAME conference on
integrating dance into instruction; the team of Mrs.
Cech-Manek, Mr. Carter, Mrs. Braccio, Mrs.Greene, Mrs.
Hewllet, Mrs. Mantler and Mrs. Jordan who presented at
the annual TEAL conference.
Our other teachers were engaged in professional
learning on this day in a variety of areas which
included sessions on Coding and Digital Literacy,
Inquiry-based Learning, Anxiety and Children, Zones of
Social Thinking, Drama, Understanding Universal
Design, Supporting Struggling Readers, Using I-Pads in
the Classroom and First Steps in Writing Program and
was a good day of learning and teachers appreciated
the time to get together, share ideas and ask
Our learning journey
continues on November 10 when we will be meeting as a
staff to focus on our school plan goals. One goal this
year will focus on strengthening teacher understanding
of writing instruction programs and assessing students
using a writing continuum that is commonly applied
across grade levels at Linden Meadows.
Our second goal supports character education as
teachers have identified wanting to work with students
to develop a growth mindset, supporting perseverance
in problem-solving, increasing stamina for reading and
Future professional development days on February 2 and
April 24, 2015 will include a focus on supporting our
students who are anxious and reducing stress in all
children and the last day will be examining the data
generated toward the work we have done on our school
Please feel free to ask questions about our
Professional Development Plan for the 2014-2015 school
year. We are happy to share what we are learning and
Linden Meadows School Plan will be shared at the
December parent council meeting on December.