Weekly Message #5-19

20150227_222258A great time was had by all at the ANAF Legion on Friday night as David’s band rocked the night away.  It was great to see Gwen, Jane, Barb, Paul and Donna come out to hear Vintage at its finest.  I expect the next gig will be near the end of May – we’ll let you know in case you want to drop in.

Spring Break is so close we can almost taste it!  It will be another busy week with Book Fair, Movie night and meetings.  Don’t forget to breathe!

I have scheduled a staff meeting for Friday at lunch.  I am required to provide you with some important time sensitive information on the new People Soft system (new employee numbers for everyone!) as well as new guidelines for reporting to MCFD online.  We need to show you a powerpoint presentation so hopefully we will be able to get into the library on Friday after the book fair stuff is cleared out – if not we’ll have to use an alternate location.  You will need this information to use SFE and to access your pay advice.

Thursday’s staff committee meeting will be focused on our financial plan and we will be asking staff to vote on their preferences.  I will try to get the info out in advance of the meeting so you have some thinking time.

This week, we welcome Joyce Trumbla who is our new Aboriginal Support Worker.  Joyce will be at Moberly every Tuesday and will be based in Jane Wyllychuk’s office.  I will ask her to come to the staffroom on Tuesday at recess for you to meet her.  We look forward to working with Joyce to support our Aboriginal students as well as to work with students and teachers on Aboriginal education.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Book Fair running from Monday to Thursday – Thanks to Melissa for organizing and to everyone who has volunteered some of their time.
  2. Patti at the VSB on Monday morning for training on the new school information system (Good bye to BCESIS and hello to My Ed BC)
  3. Movie Afternoon on Tuesday- All students (about 140 of them) who have bought tickets are encouraged to use the washroom before heading to the new gym after school.  Student forms with popcorn and water tickets will be placed in your boxes on Tuesday morning.  Please make sure that students bring them to the gym.  STAFF VOLUNTEERS who would like to stay and watch the movie while helping with supervision are WELCOME.  It looks like we will make about $300 towards the playground.
  4. Supervision Aide meeting on Wednesday at 11:00 – 11:30.
  5. Staff Committee on Thursday at lunch – we likely don’t have time for any additional agenda items as we are dedicating this meeting to a financial discussion.  Please let Patti or Harj know if you have a burning / urgent issue.
  6. SSSA meeting on Friday at 8:15 – topics to include People Soft and MCFD reporting.  Meeting to be held in the computer lab (due to book fair)
  7. Staff meeting at lunch on Friday in the library (I hope).  Bring your lunches as we update you on important info as above!
  8. Reports go home on Friday.  Please do not hand reports out early to anyone who is going on a holiday.  They will need to get their reports when they return.

Have a great week everyone!  No more weekly bulletin until March 22nd.

Weekly Message #5-18

imagesIt’s hard to believe that spring is still a month away with weekends like this one.  The daffodils are popping in our front garden and allergies are in full swing as the plum and cherry trees are blossoming.  We live in a beautiful part of the world!

Congratulations go out to Scott Robinson whose promotion to Superintendent was announced on Friday.  Scott has been an Associate Superintendent in Vancouver for the past few years.  He has both elementary and secondary administrative experience.  Personally, I have found Scott to be reasonable, fair and caring in his work with schools and principals and I am pleased to see him advance in our district.  Steve Cardwell’s last day at the VSB will be this Friday.

Another busy week is coming up – only two to go before Spring Break.  I have already read a few sets of reports and want to compliment all of you on the effort you make to personalize the opening comments for the parents.  No matter how you look at it, report cards are a time consuming aspect of our work – but a necessary one.  We can expect that there will be new reporting guidelines coming to reflect our new provincial curriculum – whoopee!

Please plan to attend the staff meeting on Tuesday at lunch when John Farias from the VSB will be here to explain the new recycling program – all food scraps must be disposed of separately as per Vancouver City guidelines or the VSB faces big fines.

This week’s student assembly will be in celebration of Pink Day – so search your closets for something pink to wear!  It promises to be a lively and entertaining assembly with performances by our choir and the dancers from Div. 7.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Reports due in the office.  Patti is reading odds and Karl evens.  Please let us know if you will be late.
  2. Patti away at the VSB all day Tuesday.
  3. Staff Meeting re recycling program Tuesday at lunch.
  4. Patti and Karl at the Area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  5. Pink Day assembly Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
  6. Health & Safety Committee meeting Friday morning at 8:15.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-17

imagesI hope you had a chance to enjoy the weekend – the sunshine was like a huge lift to our spirits!  We leave Valentine’s Day behind and move into Chinese New Year week.  Welcome to the year of the Sheep.  On that note, I am finalizing the details for us to have a Lion Dance this Wednesday in celebration of Chinese New Year.  The dancers are available at 10:00 so I will share with you times for this and our upcoming power hour as soon as they are confirmed.

I will be away with a specialist appointment on Monday so my apologies – I will check my email that day but won’t be at school.

On Tuesday, we welcome Grade 11 students from John Oliver who will be doing lessons with Robin and Barb’s class using a children’s book which tells the story of the violinist in the New York subway.  It ‘s a beautiful book which each student in the two classes will receive for free during the lesson.

I met with the playground company and the VSB last week and they are preparing a plan to start phase one of our intermediate playground.  The more money we get into that account before we start the better off we are.  So… if you haven’t done so and wish to participate, please put together a gift card order before Tuesday at 3:00 p.m so I can pass it on to Diane Blue (parent) at Tuesday’s PAC meeting.

We look forward to another great Pro-D day this Thursday.  Thanks to Brenden and the committee for organizing another visit from Misty.  Stay tuned for an email which outlines the day.  In addition, you are invited to sign up for a Chinese luncheon that day.  We are ordering from the same place where Henry’s goodbye party happened.   Thanks to Miranda for organizing the food order.    I will be at school in the morning but gone to the VSB in the afternoon on Thursday.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Lessons for two classes with JO students on Tuesday afternoon.
  2. Vancouver Giants here to speak with Gr. 7’s re Drug Awareness on Tuesday afternoon
  3. PAC meeting on Tuesday evening.  Teachers are welcome to attend.
  4. Lion Dance in celebration of Chinese New Year on Wednesday morning.
  5. Power Hour with Pearl Chow on Wednesday morning.
  6. Resource reports due to the office on Wednesday.
  7. Pro-D day on Thursday.

Weekly Message #5-16

images-5Well, Adam is swollen up like a chipmunk with a cheek full of sunflower seeds.  He had four teeth removed (2 impacted wisdom teeth and two molars) under general anaesthetic Friday afternoon.  It was a rather gruesome experience as the patient before him had a lot of complications which the nurse explained in the waiting room – thus adding to Adam’s anxiety.  Then when he was finally called in (two hours late!), his surgery took twice as long as expected.  We are keeping him full of fluids and pain killers but he is really suffering.

Speaking of rodents, tomorrow is Groundhog Day.  I wonder if he will see his shadow – we haven’t had much of a winter so far so we’ll see what the next couple of months bring.

Sounds like our first “Power Hour” went really well on Wednesday – thanks to Jen and Pearl for organizing a worthwhile hour for staff.  We look forward to our second “Power Hour” on February 18th.  Details coming your way soon.

I look forward to sharing the Student Council plan for February’s “Kindness Tree” activity.  Thanks in advance for helping us out to make this activity happen over the next four weeks.  If you are looking for lessons / activities related to Kindness, this is a great website to check out: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org 

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Supervision Aide meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday morning
  2. Staff Committee meeting at12:10 on Tuesday – please make sure to submit agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Monday.
  3. SSSA meeting on Friday at  8:15 in the library

Have a great week leading up to a long weekend!

Weekly Message #5-15

images-4I had an exciting weekend shopping for my new car!  It should be here in about a week – a beautiful royal blue Hyundai Veloster.  I’ve had my eye on this car for the past couple of years and will be passing my Saturn ION on to Adam now that he has his “N”.  Keep your eyes peeled for my new ride in the parking lot.

It’s Hot Chocolate Week and the Student Council and I will be doing our best to deliver accurate and good quality items to your classrooms.  Hopefully it will run like clockwork.

I hope that many of you have had the chance to sign up for the Power Hour with Pearl Chow and Jen this Wednesday.  Students will be well entertained by Eric Laroque who will be performing folk music in the gym.  If you are not participating in the power hour, please accompany your class to the gym for the performance.

Division 3 will be running the assembly this Thursday.  We will have Constable Michael Bal, our new school liaison officer, as a special guest.  In addition, we will be reviewing our new recycling program.

I am sponsoring an administrators’ study group on Kindness in the library after school (3:30 – 5:00) this Tuesday – sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. JO Articulation breakfast for invited guests this Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
  2. Power Hour / Eric Laroque performance Wednesday 11 – 12
  3. Patti at the VSB on Wednesday afternoon.
  4. Student Assembly at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.
  5. Health & Safety Meeting Friday morning at 8:15 in the staffroom.
  6. Coaches’ recognition at Van Dusen gardens at 3:45 on Friday afternoon.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-14

images-3The wind is whipping its way through Steveston today – blustery and beautiful now that the rain has stopped (for the moment).  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

As noted last week, I met with Tyson Shmyr, the new Community Link Coordinator for our area.  Although the students appreciate the after school programs offered by the Community Link Team, I asked Tyson about the possibility of some lunch hour programs.  If we could get some kids involved in some kind of organized and safe activity at lunch time, it would be a great improvement on how things go!  He didn’t promise anything but is going to look into it for us.

I hope that you are all taking advantage of the time on Monday to do some professional development.  Please make sure that the office knows where you will be in case someone tries to contact you.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Attendance Support Program Staff Meeting on Tuesday at lunch.  All staff should attend.
  2. PAC meeting on Tuesday night.  This meeting will be focused on finances and trying to get things moving with the playground.
  3. Patti & Karl will be at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  4. Patti at meetings / pro d at the VSB on Thurs and Fri afternoons.

Weekly Message #5-13

images-2It’s hard to believe that we have only been back a week.  As usual, we have packed everyday with activities for ourselves and our students.  We start this week with sadness in our hearts as we have learned of the passing of Sousana’s young nephew, Peter.  I know that many of you will be in touch with her in the coming days – Moberly has always been a caring place and your kindness to others is much appreciated.

On a happier note, I wanted to let you know that two different on call employees have commented to me in the last week about the kindness and positive nature of our students.  I know that we have been spending a lot of time recently discussing hallway and playground behaviour and we will continue to brainstorm ways to  maintain our high expectations of our students. However, they really are a great bunch of kids and the ongoing feedback and support they receive from staff is a big part of who they are at school.  Thank you.

Tyson Shmyr is our new Community Link Coordinator (replacing Chris Fuoco).  I will be meeting with him to discuss Moberly’s support needs on Friday at 9:30 at MacKenzie.  Please pass on any ideas you might have about the Community Link programs.

The FSA is coming up soon and Karl will be assisting you in setting up times to do the online portion of the tests.  Stay tuned for a short meeting to outline this year’s plan.  Please jot down any questions you have for that meeting.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Patti will be at a meeting at the VSB later on Monday afternoon (leaving at 2 ish)
  2. Aboriginal Education School Based Team meetings this week on Tuesday and Friday.  Agendas were placed in boxes last week.  Meetings will be held in 104
  3. David Thompson Articulation breakfast on Wednesday at 8:00 for selected staff.
  4. Attendance Support Program Staff Meeting on Wednesday at lunch in the staffroom.  All staff should attend.
  5. Finance Committee meeting this Friday in Room 104.    The budget has finally arrived from the VSB so we can go ahead and make some plans for our spending.

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