Weekly Message #4-25

UnknownHappity, Hoppity Easter everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed some restful time over this wonderful 4 day weekend.  Hopefully a good rest will help all of us cope with the difficult times coming up.  As I’m sure you all know, the VTF has served 72 hour strike notice and teachers will be in a legal position to move forward with phase one of job action on Wednesday.  Henry and I will do our best to respect the restrictions placed on teachers over the new period of time.  I will continue to send out my weekly message as it is a place for all staff members to receive updates on what is happening in our schools.  Those who are able to access it will continue to do so.  As much as possible, we will continue to share information through our daily bulletin which is an open forum for all staff and not a “message from administration”.  I know that everyone is hoping for a positive and speedy resolution to contract negotiations.

We are looking forward to celebrating Earth Day on Tuesday at our assembly.  Students in Division 4 will be talking both about Earth Day and the contributions made by aboriginal people.

It’s Administrative Professionals’ Day (secretaries) on Wednesday.  Take a moment and let our wonderful staff know how much we appreciate them!

I am not sure at this point what will happen with our School Planning Day next Monday.  Information will be shared as soon as we know what will work.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Earth Day Assembly at 1:00 on Tuesday (Sorry Corrective Reading folks) followed by the Keep Vancouver Spectacular clean up.  Please check out Judy’s instructions on how to proceed from the gym.
  2. Health & Safety Meeting 8:15 on Friday morning in the staffroom.
  3. Gang squad here for Grade 7′s and parents on Friday afternoon.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #4-24

imagesWe had a marvellous day at the Vaisakhi parade on Saturday – thanks to the good weather and the great support from parents, students and staff.  Henry and I would like to thank Maria, Paul, Jane, Narinder, Richard and Mike for their amazing support on Saturday.  Thanks also to Harjinder Sandhu (former Moberly vp) and her sister who walked with us all day. Our parents worked late into the day on Friday (with a little help from me and Richard  to decorate our float.  We ended up with lots of students to help us collect money.  Between Friday afternoon and Saturday, we gathered over $1500 in donations with $200 promised to come this week!  More importantly, I think, our presence was noted and appreciated by the community.  We were number 17 out of 34 floats and we left the temple at about 11:00.  We didn’t arrive back until after 5:30 p.m. so it was a long day.  We were impressed and overwhelmed by all the free food we were offered along the way – no need for dinner when we got home.  Check out pics taken by VSB photographer at: Mr. Baker and our students at the parade and Our Moberly Float


There are lots of deadlines coming up so be prepared for the possibility of a “staff” meeting being called to get your input on required items.  I will try to get as much done at staff committee this week as possible but it’s that time of year where we are making decisions frequently.

Just a couple of weeks until our school planning day.  Please make sure to keep your reading assessment information handy as I will be asking you to share it with me as we examine results.  It would be a good idea to review the plan prior to our day together if you can find the time.  It is available on our website.

Two four day weeks coming up!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Supervision Aide meeting Monday at 11:00 a.m.
  2. Finance Ctte meeting at lunch on Monday.
  3. JO articulation team here on Tuesday morning to meet with teachers.
  4. PAC meeting Tuesday morning from 9:00 – 10:30 in the library.
  5. Henry and Patti at the area meeting on Wednesday morning – Paul is in charge
  6. Staff committee meeting Wednesday at lunch.  Please list agenda items by Tuesday at noon so we can prepare and distribute our agenda the day before.
  7. Salad Day on Thursday for group members (thanks Paula for organizing)

 

Weekly Message #4-23

marshmallow-easter-bunny-craft-for-kids-Apparently you can make “anything” out of mini-marshmallows – thought this art idea was cute!   We are heading into another busy week – with lots of activities happening.

Summer school forms were placed in your boxes late Friday for return on Monday the 14th.  Hopefully, you will have students’ needs in the forefront of your minds after just completing report cards, so the task of selecting students will be a bit easier.

If you have not returned your “Teacher Preference” form for next year’s staffing please make sure to hand it in asap.

Plans for our Vaisakhi float are moving ahead but we are very short on students to ride on the float.  Thanks to Jane, Paul and Maria who have agreed to ride on the float for 2 – 2 1/2 hours each that day with all the kids they can convince to join them from their classes.  I will be coming around on Monday to see if I can convince any other Grade 5 – 7 students to join them.  This is a really big deal for us and we need to make sure we have enough kids to make the float look good!  A notice about our float and the playground will  go home either Monday or Tuesday.

The VSB preliminary budget will be presented on Tuesday morning so please plan to attend a short meeting at recess that day to hear the highlights.  I understand that they are saying “no teacher layoffs” this year which is great news for everyone.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Some resource team members and Patti will be attending the ELL compliance meeting at the DRPC on Monday morning.  It is expected that there will be a whole district audit for ELL coming up in the future so we want to be sure to be prepared.  Recent articles in the paper have been highly critical of the VSB procedures for counting ELL kids.  I feel very confident that our Resource team has done an amazing job of counting students very precisely but we need to remain vigilant.
  2. Patti & Henry to attend Budget meeting at VSB early Tuesday morning (back by recess).
  3. Brenden & Patti will be attending the district Pro-D training meeting on Wednesday morning.  We will bring back information to share with staff at our next staff committee meeting.
  4. Performance on Thursday for K-4 students called “Taking care of our Earth”  by performers, Lee & Sandy Paley.
  5. Patti at VSB from recess to lunch on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

 

Weekly message #4-22

imageAnd we blink and it’s over!  Here’s hoping that your Spring Break was everything you were hoping for.  Our holiday was great – time for doing jobs around the house (kitchen and dining room chairs recovered), relaxing (1500 piece jigsaw almost done), eating out (tried Mega Sushi in Steveston – best ever).  We seem to have suffered from “Apple Flu” at our house.  Adam’s laptop died and we had a tense 24 hours while we waited to see if it could be restored – the first time we got him to do his homework at the beginning of the break and it might have been list.  Turned out to be a loose hard drive cord – everything recovered thank goodness.  He purchased an external hard drive to back things up.  Then a day later, our IMac crashed!  We were able to save our data to an external hard drive but it is now in the Apple store getting a new hard drive.  KEY MESSAGE to all of you- make sure you are backing up your data.

Lots of exciting events coming up over the next weeks.  First of all, we will be planning to be part of the Moberly float for Vaisakhi.  We will need lots of staff and parent volunteers to make this a success.  We are hoping to raise lots of money for our playground while building a stronger relationship with the Sikh Temple.

We will be making plans for our Moberly “Garage Sale”. Details will be coming to you soon. Dates and organization for Moberly Idol need to be firmed up as well.  Let’s hope we all came back with plenty of energy.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

Grade 1/2 teachers to meet with Christine Fraser on Tuesday.  11:00 to noon

Selected students to “Right to Play” training at Osler on Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00.  Henry, too.

Finance committee meeting at noon on Wednesday in Patti’s office.

Patti out of the building at meetings all day Thursday.  Henry in charge.

SSSA meeting Friday morning at 8:15 in Room 110 .

Weekly Message #4-21

Unknown-2As much as I like daylight savings time… I mourn the loss of an hour’s time on the weekend.  We only have one week to go until we can enjoy a wonderful 2 week break from school.  But what a week it is!  Lots of special events and long days this week including our annual family Pancake breakfast on Thursday morning – please promote with your students as our response has been low.  We are hoping that some of you will be able to help out on Thursday morning with cooking and general crowd control.  We are also looking to borrow an electric pancake skillet if you are able to help with that.

Our afterschool movie party last Thursday was a big success – almost half the school was there for a great movie and great, fresh popcorn.  Thanks to Henry and Richard for all the work they did to set up for this fun event. Thanks also to the teachers who stepped in to help – Marilyn, Cynthia, Karen, Donna and Tanya.  Your help was much appreciated.  We hope to have another one in May and will adjust some of our procedures for a smoother event next time.  Overall, the word I heard most often from students was – AWESOME!  All that and we made about $700.00

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Salad day on Tuesday at lunch for group members.
  2. Patti & Henry will be at the area meeting on Wednesday morning – Paul in charge.
  3. Staff Committee meeting on Wednesday at lunch.  Pizza lunch provided by Moberly in appreciation of your time on a very busy day.
  4. Parent Teacher Interviews on Wednesday and Thursday – 2:00 dismissal both days.
  5. Baisakhi float information and planning meeting 6:00 – 7:00 Wednesday night in the library
  6. Tickets for the Vancouver Millionaires chair on sale this week at recess and lunch – and also at Parent Teacher interview time.  Please encourage parents to buy a ticket.
  7. Family Pancake breakfast Thursday morning – 7:30 – 9:00.
  8. Night of Music for our choir under Jane’s direction at John Oliver on Thursday night.  7:00 p.m.
  9. Health and Safety meeting 8:15 Friday morning.

Have a great week everyone.  We will get there!

Weekly Message #4-20

images-2Well… it’s pretty clear that March is coming in “like a lion”.  I hope that means that we’ll have warmer, nicer weather at the end of the month when we are all on holidays.  Life is busy as usual at the Plottel hacienda.  We were delighted to bring my dad home from the hospital this afternoon.  He still needs to recover more but is feeling much better – thank goodness.

Please join me in welcoming two new staff members this week – Nicholas Blanchard will be taking over for Robin.  Leslie Rosen will be stepping in to Div. 19 replacing Angela.  We are please to have them join our Moberly family.

Lots of activities and deadlines over the next two weeks.  We are looking forward to our first “Movie Party” this Thursday.  Students have been asking if they can bring their parents and the answer is YES (as long as they pay :)).  Everyone I know who has seen “Frozen” thinks it was terrific.  Henry, Richard and I will be looking after all of our attendees but any other staff members who would be willing to volunteer are welcome!

Raffle tickets will go on sale at recess and lunch (12:30) for the Vancouver Millionaires chair.  25 cents a ticket or 5 for a dollar!  Proceeds to the playground fund!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Supervision Aide meeting Monday at 11:00.
  2. Patti & Henry to attend Community schools meeting at John Oliver on Tuesday morning (7:30 – 9:00)
  3. Staff Committee meeting on Thursday at noon.  Please post agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Wednesday so that we can provide the agenda to you on Wednesday afternoon.  Patti will be at the VSB so Henry and Paul will chair the meeting.
  4. Movie Party 3:10 – 5:00 on Thursday in the old gym.
  5. SSSA meeting 8:15 on Friday morning in Room 110.
  6. Reports home on Friday.

Looking forward to next week – please promote our family pancake breakfast next Thursday 7:30 – 9:00 in the lunchroom.

Weekly Message #4-19

I'm hoping the daffodils win!

I’m hoping the daffodils win!

It’s hard to believe that February ends this week!  The time flies so quickly.  I hope you had a chance to enjoy the late winter snowfall this weekend and that you took a break from writing report cards to enjoy some relaxation time.

We will be hosting a major media event on Tuesday morning in the lunchroom.  35 of our Strong Start students and our 65 Kindergarten students will be enjoying an author talk by Ashley Spires.  Each student will receive an autographed copy of Ms. Spires’ new book.  In addition, they will receive other free books from “First Book Canada”.  Students from John Oliver will be here to read some of the books to our students.  As a result the lunch room will be out of bounds until after 11:00 a.m.

Student council members will be in the front hall at recess and lunch from Monday to Wednesday to collect “Compliments” forms.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Ashley Spires author talk for K’s 9:30 – 11 Tuesday morning in the lunchroom.
  2. Pink day assembly on Wednesday – time TBA – sponsored by Div. 3.
  3. Patti at VSB all day Thursday*
  4. Health & Safety Committee Friday morning at 8:15.

* Please note that when Patti is absent, Henry is in charge.  If both are out of the building, Paul is in charge.  If all three are away, Jane is in charge.  After that, please check with Yvette if you are in need of assistance.  If you are ever unsure of who is in charge in case of emergency, please check with the office staff.  Thanks.

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