Weekly Message #7-12

imgres-1Last weekend in November – time goes so quickly.   Most reports are read and done – thank you for your efforts and the thoughtful way you have communicated to parents.

Hopefully this will be a quiet week – not too much scheduled.

Reporting was a hot topic at last week’s Superintendent’s meeting.  Please be assured that we are in complete compliance with district expectations at this time.  A district committee will be meeting before the break to begin the process of providing expectations and templates for the remainder of the year – particularly for year end.  They expect to have something to share with us by late January / early February.  We will pass on to you as soon as information is available.

As indicated in the daily bulletin, Karl and I will again be offering you the gift of time on the last day of school.  Intermediates will be with me in the big gym watching “Kubo and the Two Strings” and the Primaries will be with Karl in the small gym to see “Ice Age : Collision Course”.  We will call students down at 9:30 and keep them until about 11:20 – 11:30.  Please be prepared to have them back at that time.  Primary teachers should pick up their students in the small gym.  Intermediates will make their way back to classes.  Students should bring what they for recess to the gym when they come down.

The PAC will be providing delicious treats for staff on that day between 10:30 and 11:00 so please drop in and be “appreciated”.


  1. SSA meeting on Friday at 8:15 in the library.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-11

imgresIt was a sad day for BC Lions fans as our football team was trounced by Calgary.  Oh well… maybe next year!  As usual, the weekend has flown by.  Today’s message is coming to you later than usual as the VSB website was down for most of the day for maintenance.

We look forward to a performance on Monday morning from a Theatre Sports group – it should be fun and interesting to see our kids become part of the show.

Karl and I look forward to reading your report cards this week – please let us know if you will be late submitting them so we can plan our reading time.

Students will be asked to vote for their favourite Superheroes this Friday – Primaries at recess and Intermediates at lunch.  We appreciate your patience if kids are a little late arriving back to class if there is a big line up.  Each child who votes will receive a small token gift.


  1. Theatre Sports at 9:30 in the new gym.
  2. Patti & Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Jane is in charge.
  3. Health & Safety meeting this Friday morning at 8:15 in the staff room.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-10

img_1153Last week’s Remembrance Day Assembly was a thing of beauty.  Thank you to everyone who helped to make it so memorable including Maria and her class for the decorations, Karl, Tim and the AV team for coordinating our sound needs and the teachers and students who performed so beautifully.  Also, thank you to all the teachers for communicating the serious nature of the assembly and reinforcing the positive behaviour that we rely on for this time together.  Finally,  a million thanks to Jane for her outstanding leadership in putting together the ceremony, music, performers and script – we are so grateful for you.

Only 5 more weeks until Winter break – Yikes!  Where has the time gone?  We are heading in to report card time and all the upcoming excitement / stress of the pre-holiday season.  Remember to take time for yourselves.  Please note that Karl will be reading even divisions and I will be reading odds.  All resource reports should be handed in to me.

Wish lists are in your boxes as discussed at the last Staff Committee meeting.  The PAC have money and are busy making more!  The more specific your requests, the more likely we can support them with funding.


  1. PAC Meeting on Tuesday night – staff are welcome to attend if they wish.
  2. SBT with Deanne Yee on Wednesday at 11:00 in Room 103.  Agendas have been distributed.
  3. Prep coverage for many classes on Wednesday afternoon – primaries with Patti and intermediates with Karl.
  4. PAC Hot lunch this Friday.

Have a great week everyone!


Weekly Message #7-9

imageI hope you are enjoying the brief sunshine today as the rain will soon be back with us.  Happy Diwali to those of you who are celebrating.  A challenge to all staff to see if we can increase the number of people dressed for Vaisakhi when it comes in April!

Monday is a busy day with the t-shirt sale, concession and assembly on top of anything you are planning in your classrooms.  I am hoping it will all go smoothly!


  1. Toonie T-Shirt sale on Monday – Student Council members will be sorting shirts at recess and the sale will be a lunch.  Please encourage students to pick up a shirt for $2.
  2. Assembly at 1:00 in the new gym.  Thank you to Division 1 for hosting.
  3. Supervision Aide meeting on Tuesday at 11:00.
  4. Staff Committee on Tuesday at lunch.  Agenda items to the clipboard by noon on Monday please.
  5. Gr. 7 Student Council members are going to We Day on Thursday with Karl and Tim.
  6. Patti will be away on Thursday and Friday.  Jane will be in charge on Thursday.
  7. SSA meeting on Friday at 8:15 a.m. in the library.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-8


My two favourite guys at Whistler!

It’s just past 9:30 p.m. and we just walked through the door after a wonderful weekend at Whistler.  Although it rained a fair bit, it was fairly clear on Saturday and Sunday when we were exploring the village.  The conference speaker, Yong Zhao, was excellent and made strong connections between his philosophy and how it relates to our new curriculum.  Here is a link to a particularly compelling example provided by the speaker:  Austin’s butterfly

Hope you all had a good experience with your pro-d events on Friday. If you have a link or a hand out you’d like to share, please let me know and we’ll make it happen!


  1. Patti away on Monday
  2. School Based team with SLP on Wednesday – agendas went out a couple of weeks ago.
  3. Health & Safety Meeting this Friday at 8:15 in the staffroom.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-7

imagesWell we survived the “storms” – hopefully none the worse for wear.  The forecast continues to be nothing but rain for the foreseeable future but hey…it’s Vancouver!  It’s a short week with the kids but a busy one.

Please make sure that you have let the office know whether you are doing October or December interviews as I will be including this information in a newsletter to go home on Monday.

Also, please make sure you have submitted a self-directed plan to Brenden if you plan to be off site on Friday.  Karl and I will be at Whistler this weekend for annual Vancouver Administrators’ conference.

A reminder to everyone that the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) agreement needs to be done by the end of October.  Please see Patti or Karl if you are having any trouble accessing it.


  1. Goal Setting Interviews on Tuesday (2-8) and Wednesday (3-6).  Early dismissal for all students on Tuesday.
  2. PAC meeting on Tuesday night from 7 – 8:30ish.  Teachers are welcome to attend if they wish.
  3. Patti & Karl will be at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Jane will be in charge.
  4. Prep make up for the early dismissal day will be on Wednesday afternoon  I will have Miranda’s class and Karl will have the other 3 groups.
  5. Subway hot lunch on Thursday.  Thanks in advance to Maria’s class who will be delivering the food to your classrooms for distribution.  We are going to try to avoid the line up that happened last time.   Please let us know if this works better.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-6

imgres-3Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We just got back from walking the dogs – took advantage of a break in the rain – although it looks like more is coming.  Best wishes to you and your families on this Thanksgiving weekend.  I am thankful for working with all of you!  For those who missed the “Super snacks for Super staff” on Friday, we will catch up with you on Tuesday.  The leftover snacks will go in the staffroom for your eating pleasure.

It’s a busy week for School Based Team.  We have three meetings this week – one with Kathy Grimm and 2 (Aboriginal) with Kim Kondra.  Agendas are in your boxes.  Please remember that we have a process for referring students to SBT.  When you are concerned about a student, please have a conversation with your Resource Teacher.  Between the two of you, you will decide what assessments / interventions need to take place at a Tier 2 level.  When you arrive at SBT, you should have documented the impact / results of your plan for our discussion.

For the next three weeks, we will be focusing on “Real life Heroes” on the morning announcements.  The announcements will be a little bit longer than usual.  It would be great if you could follow up in your classrooms.

We will be having our first lockdown drill for the year on Thursday.  Please take the time to prepare your students for the drill.  You can refer to the one page summary of the drills in your red file (added this year) and/or your flip book for guidelines during lockdown drills.


  1. School based team with Kathy Grimm on Tuesday at 11:00 in Room 103
  2. Supervision Aide meeting on Wednesday at 11:00 in the staff room
  3. Aboriginal School based team on Thursday and Friday at 11:00 in Room 103
  4. First Student Council meeting of the year on Thursday at lunch in the library.  Please remind your reps.
  5. Lockdown drill on Thursday afternoon.

Have a great four day week everyone!

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