May 28, 2017


We continue EQAO this week with math on Monday followed by 3 days of language.

May 14, 2017


Hello Everyone

The weeks are definitely flying by...we are already in the middle of May and that means we are about to begin EQAO. Your child will be coming home with a letter today discussing EQAO and some parent tips for your child as we are in the home stretch. Please read the document coming home and explore the EQAO website with your child. We have done a lot of preparation in class and I am confident that they are very ready for the test. Please ensure students get a good night's sleep during the week of testing. We will begin testing Thursday May 25 and we will write for 6 days. Please try your best to have your child attend school on those days.

I would also like to point out that another note will be coming home on Monday. The school board offers a Numeracy and Literacy Skills Development Program over the month of July. Below is the information:

For students currently in grade 6, 7 or 8.  This program will run from July 5 - July 26 from 8:30 am-12:00 pm at Holy Trinity HS, St. Pius X HS and Immaculata HS. This program is designed to enhance the literacy and numeracy skills of students who are presently achieving at level 2 or lower, and are at a risk. In this program, students receive encouragement, gain confidence and learn how to improve reading, writing, numeracy, study and organizational skills required for success. 

NOTE: Transportation is offered ONLY for Grades 7, 8 & 9 Numeracy/Literacy Students. 

If you do not receive the registration form and you are interested in your child attending, please just write a note in your child's agenda and I will send one home.

Thank you
A. Porcari

May 8, 2017

Catholic Education Week- Walking Forward Together

What a successful Education Week we had this year! Here are some highlights from the week. We kicked off Education Week with a Walk Across Canada. The distance across Canada is 6 521 km and we counted our steps daily in order to travel directly across Canada with a few stops in towns. We stopped in Saskatchewan where Mrs. Lewis (former teacher at BER) now lives and teaches. We had the opportunity to speak to her and her students in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. We continued walking across Canada all week and we were hoping to finish our walk in the park last Friday. However, we were rained out, so instead we decided to do zumba in order to get our steps in. Stay tuned to see how far we got this week on Twitter.

We had a very successful open house breakfast Tuesday morning. We had the opportunity to see many families out for breakfast. We also had the opportunity to watch our amazing dance crew perform before the headed off to Dance Showcase.

On Thursday we had our very first Genius Lounge Open House! Our  geniuses did an excellent job showcasing our school robots.

April 23, 2017

What a busy few weeks we have had! This past week, our class was showcased and videotaped by the Ministry of Education around deep learning that is happening in our classroom. The morning began with a quick teacher interview followed by a hands on approach in our classroom. Students were engaged in math problem solving centres focused on measurement (area, perimeter, and surface area). All tasks were designed around deep learning with a focus on a real life situations. Students were completely engaged even with the camera crew asking them questions. Students collaborated, used critical thinking skills and creativity in order to complete their assigned math task. Take a look at some of the pictures that were posted on twitter.

This week, things will begin to calm down as we approach one month before EQAO. During the later part of the week, Mrs. Roche, Mrs Eaton and myself will be presenting at a technology conference for teachers. I am looking forward to hearing from so many exceptional teachers around technology and its use in the classroom. It is these opportunities that enable me to come back to the classroom and try new ideas.

In Language, students will continue to work on their problem solution reports. Students have been working on their graphic organizers and have some great problems that they will be addressing with some creative solutions to their problems.

Have a great week!
A. Porcari