Weekly Message #6-38

The last weekly message of the school year!  It was a quiet weekend at the Plottel home -thankfully.  So nice to just rest and get a few things done.  As we head in to the final week for students we can look forward to nothing but sunshine!


The Grade 7 grad went as smooth as silk thanks to the many people who worked to make it happen.  Thanks to the parent volunteers, students and most of all the Grade 7 teachers.  Maria’s class did a wonderful job of filling both gyms with stars and we are very grateful to Harj for booking the DJ and finding/booking the caterer.

Thanks also to Karl for booking and organizing the Aquavan.  I heard lots of positive comments from the students about their experience in the program.

On a sad note, when I went to get the awards from the front hall for this week’s assembly, I discovered that the Vijay Misri award was missing.  Please keep your eyes open for it – but I suspect it was stolen.😦 We will replace it but if you have any memory of who has won the award in the past, please let me know.

I am looking forward to Moberly Idol on Tuesday and if the talent at the Volunteer Tea was indicative of what we will see this year, we are in for a treat!  Also, I can hardly wait to see the staff dance group!

A reminder to everyone that if students are leaving before the last day, you should not give them their report cards.  Report cards will not be released until Wednesday.


  1. Health & Safety meeting on Monday morning at 8:15 in the staffroom.
  2. Moberly Idol Tuesday morning 9:00 – until it’s over!
  3. Awards Assembly Wednesday morning 9:00 – 10:30
  4. Staff Breakfast Thursday morning at 8:00 – make sure you check out Barb’s instructions emailed to us on Friday.

Have a great last week everyone!

Weekly Message #6-37

We spent Father’s Day in Chilliwack at my youngest sister’s home – she put on a delicious brunch for all of us.  The highlight was visiting with her twelve 6 week old labradoodle puppies – so adorable and obviously very popular as they have already sold 9 of them!  Hoping all of you had a great Father’s Day.

We have completed our interviews and have 3 successful candidates.  I don’t have the name of our new PE prep person so Karl will let you know on Monday afterschool. Rick Pachler is our new Gr. 1/2 teacher and Pamela Lee (who subbed for Bernadette when she was off) is our new Resource Teacher.

We have three more grades to cast this week and then that task will be done until we review classes in September.  Thank you for all your efforts and the careful thought you give to this process.

We will have a staff meeting on Monday right after school and all staff members should make every effort to attend.  I will be updating you on the VSB long range facility plan – focusing on the Proposed List of Possible School Closures.  Just about every school in Vancouver will be affected in some way should the closures go forward.

Our big event this week is Grade 7 grad.  I know that not everyone has chosen to pay the cost to attend our luncheon on Friday.  If you are not there, you will get a chance to share in the celebration when the valedictorian speeches are read at our awards ceremony next week.  Also, we will continue with the Grade 7 run on the last day of school so we can all bid them good luck and farewell.


  1. Class casting this week:
  • Monday – Gr. 4 to 5
  • Tuesday – Gr. 5 to 6
  • Thursday – Gr. 6 to 7

2. Staff meeting re school closures Monday after school in the staffroom

3. Health & Safety meeting Friday morning at 8:15 in the staffroom

Have a great week everyone!



Weekly Message #6-36

imgres-3Congratulations to the Sports Day committee – the day went off without a hitch.  Well organized and I think all the kids got their food in a timely and accurate manner.  The weather wasn’t perfect but we got through it!

Let the casting begin!  Tomorrow is the first day of class casting and I realize that I haven’t even chatted with people regarding the special needs placements.  Will get on that first thing Monday morning.  Please remember that although you want to think ahead of time of where your students would be best placed, you also need to be flexible as we work to balance classes.  Class casting is a challenging task and I thank you in advance for your hard work on this.

Schedule for this week:

  • Monday       K to 1
  • Tuesday       1 to 2
  • Thursday     2 to 3
  • Friday           3 to 4

Our interview committees for the Resource and Gr. 1/2 are going back to the drawing board on Monday as all three of our selected candidates have accepted positions elsewhere.

SSAs are reminded that we are moving to Schedule #9 tomorrow.


  1. Karl is away Monday and Tuesday.
  2. Transition meetings for two new K’s at Moberly on Monday afternoon.   Patti & a Resource teacher to attend.
  3. Class casting as above
  4. Patti & Karl at an area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge
  5. Patti at a meeting at the VSB on Wednesday afternoon.
  6. Resource reports due Wednesday.
  7. Patti at a meeting at the VSB on Friday morning until 10ish -back in time for casting🙂

Three weeks to go!

Weekly Message #6-35


Apologies for the late post – it’s been a busy weekend for us.  Dinner out all three nights and a band practice at our place this afternoon so I haven’t had a minute until now (9:45 p.m.!) It’s rather overwhelming when the pace of the June weekends matches the pace of June School life.  So off we go with this week’s events.

This week we will be shortlisting applicants for each of our three openings.  Interview questions will be developed and interview times set over the next 7-10 days.  We will keep you in the loop as the process follows through.

We are looking forward to thanking our volunteers on Wednesday morning.  Our thanks to the committee who have planned a lovely morning for our guests.  All staff members are invited to join the group for recess to enjoy some snacks and fellowship with the parents / volunteers.

It definitely starts to feel like the end of the year when Sports Day rolls around.  With no options for other dates, we will be counting on a decent day this Friday.  Otherwise we’ll have to move inside!😦  Thanks to Dan and the committee for putting together a great plan.  Pizza and beverages provided for everyone at lunch as well as other goodies from your Social Committee.  Also there are enough fudgsicles at the snack station for the kids and staff.


  1. Maria, Manpreet and Patti at Advanced Health & Safety training on Monday morning.  Karl is in charge.
  2. Supervision Aides meeting on Tuesday at 11:00 in the staffroom
  3. Staff committee on Tuesday.  Agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Monday please.
  4. Volunteer Tea on Wednesday – 9:45 – 11:00
  5. Sports Day on Friday!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Weekly Message #6-34

The Earth needed the rain and hopefully this weekend provided!  A good excuse to stick around home and get some jobs done.  Also a good time to get some sleep in order to be ready for the upcoming June marathon.


A huge congratulations to Maggie and Marilyn for putting together a fantastic display for last week’s Celebration of Inquiry event.  Thanks also to Sousana and anyone else who gave them a hand.  There have been so many exciting projects launched this year as part of our Inquiry learning and teaching.  We are planning to submit an application soon for next year so that teachers can continue to have access to collaborative planning time.

Thank you to Karl, the K teachers and the resource team for organizing this week’s Welcome to Kindergarten event.  We currently have over 70 students registered for K and look forward to a chance to check them out.

Tennis is now over – thank you to Dan for organizing this program.  We are grateful to our PAC for paying half the cost of the program for our students.

This is a week of School Based team in the hopes that we can clear out our list of students.  Sorry for any inconvenience this causes to your schedules.


  1. Social Committee meeting at lunch on Monday
  2. Welcome to Kindergarten from 10 – 12 on Tuesday morning
  3. Volunteer Tea Committee meeting at lunch on Tuesday
  4. Aboriginal Education School Based Team on Wednesday and Friday from 11-12.
  5. Summer School Teachers meeting at lunch on Wednesday.  (I understand that this conflicts with a few other things but time is running out and there aren’t any days left that con’t conflict for someone,  We will make sure to pass on info to anyone who can’t make it.
  6. Moberly Idol auditions will also take place this week – sorry didn’t write down the times but I think it is Wednesday at lunch (primaries)  and Thursday after school (intermediates).
  7. Extended School Based Team on Thursday morning in Room 103.
  8. Student Council year end party at lunch on Thursday in the library.
  9. Assembly on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 sponsored by Divs. 6 & 7.
  10. SSA meeting at 8:15 on Friday morning.

Have a great week everyone!


Weekly Message #6-33

UnknownI love four day weekends!  David and I went to see the movie “Nice Guys” on Friday night – I don’t recommend it😦   It was nice to have a night out though, even if the movie was not excellent.  The rest of the weekend has passed in a blur – a few jobs done, a few errands run, but mostly just relaxation.

We are on the home stretch with lots of activities and events coming up over the next 6 weeks.  We are counting on all of you to help us make it to the finish line so thanks in advance for your support and help.

The resource team members will be working hard over the next few weeks wrapping up our IEPs for this year.  Please note that the last day for Resource programs / Reading Groups will be June 7th.  The resource team will be spending the last couple of weeks on paperwork, testing and file organization.  There is an additional mandate from the central office to prepare our high incidence files for possible audit.

Weather permitting, the Student Council will be running their final activity for this year – “4F Day” on Friday.  Students and staff are invited to come out and throw a frisbee to win a free freezie.  Hope you can join us.


  1. Health & Safety meeting on Friday at 8:15 in the staffroom.
  2. 4F Day on Friday at lunch on the upper grass field.

Have a great four day week everyone!

Weekly Message #6-32

images-1Another weekend flies by.  David’s band had two gigs this weekend at the ANAF.  It was great to see Barb and her friend, Jan, out on Saturday night.  The biggest surprise of the performance was the waitress from the ANAF who got up to sing with the band and turned out to have an amazing voice!

We will be talking about our staffing plan on Monday morning at recess.  It is pretty much good news for us (especially compared to other schools).  We were given .6 for our LIF! (last year was .3).  The timeline is very short and I have to submit postings by Thursday.  It looks like we will likely be posting three positions.  Looking forward to your thoughts and input.

Thank you to Karl who will be taking two of our parents to the New Curriculum Information night on Monday evening.  Our parents are looking forward to learning more about the curriculum.


  1. Staffing meeting at recess in the staffroom
  2. Grade 7 Grad planning meeting at lunch in Room 103
  3. Patti at a meeting at the VSB on Tuesday morning.
  4. Last PAC meeting of the year on Tuesday night.  We will be thanking our executive and especially Paul Thandi for chairing the past few years.  Staff are always welcome to attend.
  5. Patti & Karl at an area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  6. Neighbourhood clean up on Thursday afternoon -Thanks to Harj for organizing this

Two four day weeks in a row!  Have a great week everyone.


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