Weekly Message #5-11

photoIt’s a glorious day for… cooking latkes in the garage. Happy Chanukah to everyone this week! Please join us in the staffroom at lunch on Monday to enjoy some delicious latkes cooked by my sweet husband.

I finished my Christmas wrapping this weekend so hopefully next weekend will be nothing but restful. Heaven knows this week is going to be BUSY!

Lots of items have arrived for the Garage Sale and we anticipate more on Monday. We will be busy setting up, sorting and pricing items on Monday and Tuesday morning. Staff are invited to a special preview sale on Tuesday at lunch time where you can grab some great items prior to the crowds. Please remember that prices have been set to be reasonable and that there is no bargaining.

We are happy to have your volunteer help any time over the next few days with setting up or selling. The parent bake sale promises to be tasty and there is free coffee available for those that visit the sale. I am looking for some hangers for the clothing that has been donated so if you have a bag or box of hangers you wish to get rid of, it would be great if you could bring those in on Monday. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Parent / Teacher interviews will go ahead as planned this Tuesday and Wednesday. Karl is preparing a schedule for make up preps for those of you who miss out on Tuesday’s early dismissal day.

We are looking forward to our assembly on Thursday with performances by both of our choirs. Thanks to Jane for preparing them to entertain us. A newsletter will go home on Monday to remind parents of this week’s schedule.

Friday will bring you all two wonderful treats –

Karl and I will be hosting the students for a movie on Friday morning – exact time tba.


Your Social Committee will be providing some sweets for you to enjoy on Friday morning. Time tba

AND THEN… it’s time for rest, relaxation, family, fun and a wonderful holiday.


  1. Latkes at lunch courtesy of the Plottels on Monday
  2. Garage Sale Tuesday and Wednesday
  3. Parent/Teacher Interviews Tuesday and Wednesday
  4. Christmas carols for students (and staff) at 8:30 in Paula’s room Wednesday to Friday only
  5. Monthly Assembly led by Div. 2 on Thursday
  6. Movie time for kids on Friday
  7. Sweets for staff courtesy of Social Committee on Friday.

Weekly Message #5-10

smaspartyI just got back from David’s cousin’s 70th birthday party.  It was a surprise and her husband had planned it a the Miele showroom on Smithe and Expo Boulevard.  I’ve never been to a party in an appliance showroom but it was actually lovely!

Thanks again to the organizing committee for our Friday Staff Christmas party.  It was a rockin’ good time!  The food was delicious (Barb knows I have a weakness for nachos), the band was terrific and the people – amazing.  The Firefighters’ Club was a great venue – very comfortable with lots of parking.

Another busy week approaches.  We are doing our final planning for next week’s garage sale.  Items are trickling in slowly so please do what you can to encourage students to bring something in.  We are still looking for volunteers to help us out during the sale so if you have any parents in your class who might be willing, please send them our way.

Welcome back Robin!


  1. Supervision Aide meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday.
  2. Aboriginal Lunch and Learn on Tuesday at noon in the library.  Quizno’s lunch provided.  Please bring your own beverage.
  3. Patti and Karl will be at the Area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge in our absence.  Patti will be at a meeting at the VSB in the afternoon as well.
  4. Patti at the VSB (again! sorry!) on Thursday morning.
  5. SSSA meeting on Friday (rescheduled from last week) at 8:15 in Rm 103.
  6. Reports go home on Friday.  Please make sure to provide copies of your Term one reports to the office before the Christmas holidays.  Thanks.

Weekly Message #5-9

Icicles in Steveston Sunday morning

Icicles in Steveston Sunday morning

Brrrr… it’s frosty out there but what a lift we get from the beautiful sunshine.  Another weekend is passing so quickly.  David’s band gig was great both nights this weekend.  Thanks to Jane for coming out on Friday night and Barb (and friends) for joining us on Saturday.  There will be new dates in 2015 and we’ll let you know in case anyone wants to dance the night away.

David and Adam are braving the cold to put up our Christmas lights and I am working on the inside decorations.  It seems like a lot of effort when we are doing it but we are always so pleased with the results.

I imagine many of you spent part of the weekend working on report cards.  I look forward to reading them this week and we will make every effort to get them back to you as soon as possible.  Thanks in advance for proof reading them before you hand them in. If you are going to be late, please make sure to let us know.

It was a great day on Friday with Misty as we continue to pursue “the inquiry approach” to teaching and learning.  It is always a positive experience to have the rare chance to talk about our  professional practice.  Thanks to the Pro- D committee for organizing and to everyone for their participation and support.

I am looking forward to ending the week with our staff Christmas party.  Thanks to the social committee for their hard work in organizing this year’s event.  It’s not too late to join us if you find you are available.  The venue is the same as advertised but due to low numbers, the cost is now $10 for appetizers and guests will order their own dinner off the menu.

Welcome back to Phil!


  1. Supervision Aide meeting on Tuesday at 11:00
  2. Patti will be at a workshop at the VSB on Tuesday afternoon
  3. Staff Committee meeting on Wednesday at lunch.  Please have your agenda items in by Monday at 3:00 so we have time to prepare and distribute the agenda prior to our meeting.
  4. Patti will be at a meeting at the VSB on Wednesday afternoon.
  5. SSSA Meeting this Friday at 8:15.
  6. SBT will be on Friday this week – agendas will go out to affected teachers this week.
  7. Staff Party on Friday night!

Have a great week everyone.

Weekly Message #5-8

images-2Glorious sunshine again this weekend after a forecast of rain – what a happy surprise and only 31 more shopping days until Christmas.  Hopefully the stress relief from the good weather will help to lessen the holiday prep / report card stress over the next few weeks.

Narinder and I will be meeting this week to put together the details for our upcoming Garage Sale.  This is a strictly voluntary event – both for staff donations and staff time.  Having said that, anyone who wishes to participate will be very welcome!  We’ve got about $30,000 in the playground fund with this year’s casino funds so we still have $25,000 to go.  Every little bit helps.  The PAC will be running a bake sale at the Garage Sale to help us out.

Pyjama Day is coming up fast so don’t forget to dust off your most “public” pjs and join us in the fun this Thursday.  Bring along your favourite stuffed animal too.  A random draw will take place in each class for those that participate.

Thanks for your support of Friday’s Code Red Drill.  These drills are never convenient.  However, they are helpful and necessary.  We found out a couple of things that we need to change after the drill and that is one of the important reasons why we do them.  So… we’ve done 2 Fire Drills, 1 Earthquake Drill, 1 Code Yellow Drill and 1 Code Red Drill.  We have only 1 Fire Drill left to do this fall and we have met our mandate.  I’ll try to fit it in on a nice day so you don’t have to stand in the rain.

And speaking of report cards… I understand the dilemma many of you are facing with trying to assign marks with less work completed.  This is a special circumstance this fall,  so do your best and please talk to me or Karl if you are going to be late in submitting reports.  We can always work things out – unless everyone is late and that makes it next to impossible for us to read reports in a timely way!

Thanks to Brenden and our hard working pro-d committee for organizing another great day for us this Friday.  As an added bonus, you might be able to get some Christmas shopping done at lunch at the jewellery sale in Rm 103!

Interested in finding out more about B.C.’s new curriculum and assessment plans?  Here are a couple of links you can follow to find out more:




  1. Patti will be at a workshop on Tuesday afternoon.
  2. Resource reports due on Wednesday to Patti.
  3. Health & Safety meeting this Thursday morning.  We welcome Judy to our team.  Please expect a classroom inspection in the next couple of weeks.  If you have questions about what’s expected, ask Tom or Maria.
  4. Inquiry Pro-D day on Friday.
  5. Jewellery Sale at lunch on Friday in Rm 103

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-7

images-1Sun, sun and more sun!  I am choosing to focus on that rather than the cold!  The weekends are going faster all the time and it seems like we are trying to cram so much into the time.  It can only get busier as we approach the Christmas crazy season so please make sure to take some down time for yourself and your loved ones.  Speaking of which, I am happy (and relieved) to let you know that my sister was re-elected to city council in Chilliwack.  We drove out on Saturday night to be part of her celebration party and I was thankful that we had something to celebrate.

Thanks to those of you who took the time to provide input on the school plan.  I added in some current data and the suggestions that people had made and sent it off to the area office for approval on Friday.  When it is approved, I will email you all the final copy and also post it on our website.

No one indicated that they would like to be our United Way rep this year, so I will attend the after school meeting on Monday.  If you would like to go just let me know on Monday.  Otherwise, I will collect the info (and hopefully a prize!) and bring it back for your information.

A translated notice about arrival and pick up times will go home this week as requested by staff.  It took a while to get the translations and the language lists from teachers but we will go ahead this week.  Students have been asked to have their parents sign the form and return it to you.  The first primary and first intermediate class to have all their papers in will receive a prize!


  1. PAC meeting on Tuesday night at 7:00 in the library.  Staff are welcome to attend.
  2. Karl and Patti will be at the Area Meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  3. Code Red Drill this Friday – please review your procedures in the red folder and the flip book.
  4. Karl is away on Friday.

Weekly Message #5-6

imagesAfter a two week hiatus, your weekly message is back!  What a glorious weekend with some beautiful weather.  Four days off and then three days at work – sounds pretty good!  The snap of winter cold is in the air and it’s time to put on those winter clothes.  Only 6 weeks until winter vacation – hard to believe!

Thank you again, to everyone who contributed to our Remembrance Day assembly on Friday.  It is such a touching ceremony – the beautiful singing, the somber speeches and the serious and respectful tone all contributed to a very successful assembly.  i thought that our colour party did a great job and hope that we will be able to repeat that aspect of the assembly next year.

Only three days this week but they’ll be very full.  Please take the time to review the school plan that was sent to you last week.  The final version is actually due this Friday so I will be busy collating your input and “massaging” the document to best reflect our collaborative view for this year.

I am planning an earthquake drill for this week – probably Friday afternoon.  If the weather is good, we will evacuate to the tennis courts on the lower field.  It will likely be very cold so make sure that students take the time to put on their coats and hats.  It’s a good opportunity to find out who is not dressing appropriately for the weather.  If it is raining, we will do a “drop and cover” drill only.

Joey Lau (Peer to peer mentor for SSAs) will be here at lunch on Thursday to talk with teachers about the role of the SSAs.  This is your chance to ask all the questions you want about the duties, responsibilities and assignments of our SSAs.  I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity for clarification.

Don’t forget to sign up for the staff Christmas party – it sounds like it will be lots of fun.  The more, the merrier.


  1. School Based team on Wednesday – agendas in affected teachers’ boxes.
  2. Supervision Aide meeting at 11:00 on Thursday.
  3. Meeting for teachers with Joey Lau at lunch in the staffroom.
  4. Rescheduled SSA meeting on Friday at 8:15 in the library.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-5

VINTAGE rocks featuring David Plottel on Bass guitar!

VINTAGE rocks featuring David Plottel on Bass guitar!

Another weekend whizzes by and we head into week 5 of school.  It seems that this has been the busiest fall ever as we scramble to get things done!  David’s band had 2 great gigs this weekend – thanks to Barb and Paul for coming out on Friday night.  Barb and I had a delicious dinner and then enjoyed the band as they played oldies and some new songs too!

The grade 7’s will be attending the Dalai Lama’s visit on Tuesday.  In addition, Jen will be teaching  a demo lesson on Gratitude for the Dalai Lama to observe.  Bernadette’s class will have the unique opportunity of seeing the Dalai Lama “up close and personal”  Karl, Jen, Richard and I will attend a second event in the afternoon so… Jane will be in charge in the morning and Paul in the afternoon.

Our first PAC meeting will be on Tuesday night – please encourage students to ask their parents to attend,

And finally, the week ends with Pro- D for all of us.  The focus of the admin conference this year is Technology so we look forward to sessions on Friday and Saturday.  Each of you will have made plans to attend something this Friday –  teachers, please make sure to let Brenden know your plans.  SSSAs should let the office know where they will be.

On Monday of next week, we will welcome Misty who will be leading the staff as you further investigate “inquiry teaching and learning”.  Unfortunately, I won’t be back until Tuesday.

There will be no weekly message next week as I will be transitioning between Whistler and a wedding in Ladner on Sunday – no time for computer use!


  1. Dalai Lama event for Bernadette’s class and the Grade 7’s on Tuesday.
  2. PAC meeting Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the library
  3. Goal Setting Interviews on Wednesday.  2:00 dismissal for all students.
  4. SSSAs to meet with Joey Lau on Wednesday from 2 – 3 in the library.
  5. Goal Setting Interviews to continue on Thursday.  Please make sure to supply your interview schedule to the office.
  6. Pro- D Day on Friday (and Monday!)

Have a great week everyone!

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