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:

 https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/assessment

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/node/2312#renewing_redesign

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  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!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  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.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  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!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  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!

Weekly Message #5-4

10445982_10152733610371061_8046863731420700789_nHappy Thanksgiving to all!  I hope that you had time to rest and relax this weekend.  I am thankful for the time spent with my family – a beautiful turkey dinner cooked by my sweet husband and the many blessings in my life.

We embark on another busy week – #4 already!  We will have our Terry Fox Run on Tuesday afternoon.  We have collected about $200 so far but I am sure that number will go up this week.  We will continue to accept donations up until Oct. 23rd.  Classes will meet in the gym at 2:00 for a brief inspirational start!

Our second performance of the year will be on Wednesday afternoon – the Blues Berries.  They have been to Moberly before, I think, but I hear they are a great group.

We will be spending all day Thursday and Friday doing our class review.  The purpose of this meeting is to “red flag” students for whom we have concerns so that we can seek support for them.  Our counsellor, Jane Wyllychuk, our school psychologist, Kathy Grimm, and the Speech Language Pathologist, Deanne Yee, will all be present for at least part if not all of the process.  Please come prepared with brief comments about the students who concern you so that we can use the time efficiently.

It’s Photo Day on Thursday and I encourage you to not only remind your students but consider have a free staff photo taken for you.  You don’t have to order the picture but it means we can use the pics in our school Memory book.

Thanks to Paula and Richard for organizing the Popcorn sale for Terry Fox this Friday – I’m sure it will sell out like last time and will mean some extra funds towards our goal of $2500!

And finally a shameless plug…  for those of you who are interested, David’s band is playing this weekend at the ANAF Legion on No. 1 Rd and Chatham.  No cover charge, cheap liquor and food and an AMAZING band.  8:00 – 12:00 on Friday and Saturday night – hope to see some of you there.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Terry Fox Run at 2:00 on Tuesday.  Meet in the gym.
  2. Patti & Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  3. Performance by the Blues Berries at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.  Please wait to be called down.
  4. Individual Photo Day on Thursday.
  5. Class Review Thursday and Friday.  A copy of the schedule will be placed in your box this week.
  6. Popcorn Sale for Terry Fox on Friday at recess.

Have a great 4 day week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-3

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It feels like such a huge accomplishment to get all of our students into their classes and settled.  Most students and parents seem very satisfied with their new places.  I have spoken to a few parents and their concerns are very similar – a lack of understanding of how combined or split classes work.  I would appreciate any efforts you can make if you are teaching a split class to reinforce and reassure students that they will be receiving instruction at their grade level.  If parents ask you, there is a great pamphlet from the VSB which explains the rationale behind split class teaching.  I will put a copy in teachers’ boxes next week in case if is useful to you.

Morning announcements will start this week and will include a daily message about “Kindness”.  If possible, please take the time to review each day’s message with your class as appropriate.

We are still looking for people to fill some of our committee spots – in particular, we need someone to take on the “Gifted Education” portfolio.  This is a more active committee job than some as it involves a couple of meetings each year as well as managing referrals to district programs.  It would be great if someone could take this on.

The performance guide for “Showdown” is pinned to the bulletin board above the sign in – there are some great activities for both pre and post show that would enhance students understanding of the show.  Please help yourself and make a copy if you like.

Thanks to the Resource team for all their hard work in updating 1701 numbers.  It is a time consuming job but an important one for our school.  Thanks also,  to Maria and Scott for helping me to “recycle” the leftover materials in the photocopy room after school on Friday.

EVENTS THIS WEEK;

  1. Supervision Aide Meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday morning.
  2. Staff Committee meeting at lunch on Thursday.  Agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Wednesday please.
  3. “Showdown” performance by Green Thumb Theatre at 9:30 on Friday.  Suitable for K-7 but I leave it up to the K teachers as to whether their students are ready to sit quietly for 45 minutes.
  4. ** Please note that Theresa is away from Monday to Thursday and Jen is away Monday and Tuesday.  Their TOCs will be providing you with the gift of assessment support and prep time!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

Weekly Message #5-2

images-2The first week has flown by (as has the weekend!)  I don’t know about you but I was ready for bed when I got home on Friday!  However, I feel that we accomplished a lot last week.  Students have all been placed in classes.  This is always a marathon feat but especially this year since we were approaching the task from scratch.  Thank you to everyone for your thoughtful input and decisions.  I know how difficult it is to decide the fate of the students for whom we care so deeply – particularly when I am there “rushing” you along.  Our plan is to move to classes first thing Monday morning.  Class lists will be in your boxes so you know where to direct your students.  We appreciate any assistance that unassigned staff can provide in moving kids along to their new placements – particularly our primary students.  If there are glitches (and there might be) please refer to the office and we will deal with them.  If parents express concern about placements, please send them my way.

The Resource team has already met a couple of times and we are well on our way to figuring out assignments.  Our next big project once students are in classes is confirming all of our ELL students.  Resource teachers will be heavily involved in this task as it determines district funding for this school year.  We understand the importance of starting up resource service asap and will continue to strive for the earliest date possible. A big thank to our Resource team for their testing of new students during the first week.  The results were very helpful in placing new students.

I know that Karl has been working hard to assist everyone with their supply and furniture needs (thank you Karl!)   Please continue to let him know if you are missing essential items and we’ll do our best to supply them.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Meeting for Resource team with DRPC staff re: 1701 record keeping at 1:00 on Monday in Jen’s room.
  2. Meeting for Gr. 2/3 teachers in Paula’s room at lunch on Tuesday.
  3. Staff committee meeting at lunch on Thursday.  Please post your agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by Wednesday at noon.  Agendas will be in your boxes by 3 on Wednesday.
  4. SSSA meeting at 8:00 on Friday morning.  Location TBA

Have a great week everyone!

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