Weekly Message #5-29

Rockin' with WHE

Rockin’ with WHE

Spent the day on Saturday making music with our band (Widely Held Expectations).  We are looking forward to our yearly gig at the Elementary Principal and Vice Principal Retirement Dinner in June.  It’s great to activate a different part of my brain and enjoy some fun time with friends

Here comes the last week of May!  So much going on – thank you to all of you who are picking up extra jobs to make our year end functions / activities come to life!  The focus is slowly shifting to preparing for next year as we get the chance to meet next year’s Kindergarten students this week.  It’s always fun to see all their shiny faces!  Thanks to Karl and the K teachers for organizing things to make them feel welcome.

Summer School plans are moving along as well.  At this point, all classes are full and students who bring in late forms will be placed on a wait list.  We have seven classes filled with students who will definitely benefit from the extra help.

Lots and lots of students interested in Moberly Idol auditions.  I had to add extra paper to the sign up list!  We will be looking for volunteers to help with viewing auditions – very entertaining if you have the time.  Thanks to Jane and her committee for making the kids dreams of “stardom” come true.

The Grade 7 grad will be similar to the recent past with a luncheon for all staff and the Grade 7 students at 12:10 on Tuesday, June 23rd.  A sign in sheet will be on the counter in the office on Monday or Tuesday to indicate if you wish to attend.  Please make sure to sign up so we can plan for the right amount of food.

Staff are challenged to participate in Twin / Triplet Day this Friday.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Patti at the VSB on Monday afternoon.
  2. Welcome to Kindergarten 10:30 – 12:00 on Tuesday morning in the new gym.
  3. Primary resource meeting -Tuesday at Lunch.
  4. Administrators’ study group in the library on Tuesday from 3:45 – 5:30.
  5. Health & Safety Meeting – Friday at 8:15 in the staffroom
  6. Student Led Assembly on Friday at 9:00.  Divs. 8 & 9 will be leading us.
  7. Patti at the VSB all day Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-28

Backyard is all set for summer.

Backyard is all set for summer.

Welcome back to the final stretch.  As usual, we have many activities packed into the last 6 weeks of school.  Thanks to Karl for organizing this week’s “Ready, Set, Learn” event on Tuesday afternoon.  Sonika will be running the program and will do her usual great job!

Gr. 7 grad is just around the corner so the Grade 7 teachers will be meeting on Wednesday at lunch to firm up our plans.  Please make sure to mark June 23rd  in your calendar for the grad luncheon.

I hate to say the words out loud but REPORT CARDS are also coming up next month.  There will be no Silhouette download for attendance so please expect to use labels.  In addition, the method for recording final grades for the PSR records has changed.  Information will come your way but be aware that marks sheets will be due the same day as report cards (June 15th).

There will be a newsletter to send home on Tuesday so please check your boxes at lunch if you can.

The School Plan is due this Friday so please make sure to provide any additional feedback you have by the end of the day on Tuesday.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Ready, Set, Learn Tuesday afternoon in the Strong Start Centre.
  2. Last PAC meeting of the year on Tuesday night in the library – 7:00 p.m.
  3. Gr. 7 teachers meeting to plan Grad – Wednesday at lunch location TBA
  4. Patti at the VSB all day on Thursday – Karl is in charge!
  5. Resource Team meeting on Friday at lunch.
  6. South Asian Professionals presentation for Divs. 5 and 7 in the library on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-27

IMG_0299Awesome weather this weekend as we celebrate Mother’s Day!  A day for David and I to think fondly of our mothers and a day to feel very special – thanks to the pampering I received from David and Adam.  This week’s picture features me sitting in my new backyard lounge chair.  Love it!!!  I hope all of you had a restful weekend and the mothers in our group had a special day on Sunday.

Well folks… only 7 weeks left until year end.  These final weeks are always very busy with lots of things to finish up.  I will be talking to people about staffing this week before submitting our plan on May 22nd.  The school plan is also due very soon so I will finish that up based on your input and send out a draft for your comments.

Summer school responses are coming in slowly so please encourage students to return their form whether they are saying yes or no.  Forms should be sent to the office asap so that Manpreet can enter student data into our summer school spreadsheet.  Those of you who have filled out application forms to teach this summer will be called to a meeting soon to assign grades and classes.  We will likely need a few SSSAs so if you are interested, please let me know.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Performance of “Celestial Being” by Green Thumb for K-7 on Tuesday at 9:30.
  2. Karl and Patti at the VSB on Wednesday morning for the Superintendent’s Meeting and other meetings as well.  Karl should be back by lunch.  Patti will likely be at the VSB all day.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-26

images-2What a beautiful weekend!  I hope you all had a chance to take advantage of the sunny weather.  We had a great weekend including time with friends and a quick trip down to the USA – 20 min line up only and no duty to pay!

I know that many of you are struggling with colds and flu so please make sure to take care of yourselves and come back to work when you are well!  We are watching student attendance as we have a larger than average absentee rate right now.

Summer School invitations have been placed in teacher boxes.  Please distribute asap.  Please do everything you can to make sure confirmation slips are back by May 14th.  I have added a spot for parents to tick off if they wish to decline (expect Maria’s sheets that I forgot to do)

I look forward to sharing the staffing information received at Monday’s meeting with all of you on Tuesday.  Your comments and suggestions are welcome as we work together to plan the best possible organization for next year.

The Big One at 2 looms this Thursday – hoping for good weather.  We are planning a “full-images-1on” one hour drill so please dress appropriately to be outside for the full 60 mins.  Detailed information should arrive in your box by Tuesday and we will build in time for questions in Thursday’s staff committee meeting.

I have been in touch with Karl who is still sick! :(  He hopes to be back on Wednesday but we will have to wait and see how he is feeling.   A TOC has been booked for Monday and Tuesday to cover his teaching assignment.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Patti at Staffing meeting on Monday morning – Paul is in charge.
  2. Primary resource purchasing meeting at lunch on Monday in the library.
  3. Supervision Aide meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday morning.
  4. Staffing meeting for all teachers at lunch on Tuesday.
  5. Staff Committee on Thursday at lunch – Dan to chair (thank you!)  as Harj will be on a field trip.  Please have agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by Wednesday at noon.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-25

My sister, Barb and my Dad (87 years old on April 27th!)

My sister, Barb and my Dad (87 years old on April 27th!)

We enjoyed a beautiful birthday dinner at my sister’s house in Chilliwack this weekend – celebrating my nephew’s 16th and my fathers 87th birthdays.  It’s long drive there and back but my sister’s home is beautiful – a fabulous view of the forest on all sides.

I look forward to working with all of you on our School Planning Day tomorrow.  I am expecting all teachers and SSSAs to attend unless they have told me they are attending other pro-d.  This is our one opportunity this year to spend concentrated time talking about our students and their needs.  The day will be focused, interactive and full of prizes!  a special thank you to all the teachers – especially our resource team for your assistance in gathering data for our discussions tomorrow.  I really appreciate it.

Here are some resources you can check regarding our new BC Curriculum:

Understanding learners competencies – 2015

http://www.personalizedlearningbc.ca/assets/pdf/bcs_education_plan_2015.pdf

Understanding the core competencies and personalized learning – 2013

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/rethinking-curriculum

Cross curricular competencies – 2013

http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/docs/def_xcurr_comps.pdf

Our final projections, request for additional staffing and school calendar were submitted to the VSB last week – so many deadlines at this time of year.  Staffing will be handed out the first week in May and we will meet again then to firm up our organization.

The Student Council will be running Freezie day this Friday so please come out and toss a frisbee with the kids.  You can win a free freezie too!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. School Planning Day to start at 9:00 sharp in the library.  Coffee provided and some great treats for morning break!  Lunch is on your own.
  2. Administrators’ study group in the library after school on Tuesday 3:45 – 5:00.
  3. SSSA meeting on Friday morning at 8:15 in the library.
  4. Free Freezie Frisbee Fun Day at lunch on Friday on the upper grass field.  Please encourage your students to participate.

And suddenly it’s May – have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-24

imagesMy  cataract surgery went well last Wednesday – can’t say as I enjoyed it but the doctor tells me it was a successful procedure.  My eyesight has been slow to resolve this time so everything is still a bit blurry and sore but hopefully all good soon.  The good news is that the doctor ordered me to be a “couch potato” for at least three days so I did my best to be an obedient patient.  I am looking forward to being back at work on Monday afternoon. (I will be attending a funeral on Monday morning.)

We will enjoy a performance this Friday called Cadence.  A study guide and audio files are available to you by clicking this link:  http://www.prologue.org/DocSco.aspx#cadence

On Wednesday we will all attend the Earth Day Assembly.  Please promote “Walking Wednesday” in your classrooms.  Students will make PA announcements to explain on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

Your resource team and I will be asking teachers for reading assessment results this week – phonemic awareness for K’s, DRA for Gr. 1-3 and Woodcock for Gr. 4-7.  We are looking for post Christmas/ term 2 results to compare with last year’s numbers.

All going well, I will be trying to get a newsletter out on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Patti away Monday morning.
  2. PAC meeting Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
  3. Earth Day Assembly 1:00 on Wednesday afternoon
  4. Keep Vancouver Spectacular clean up after assembly
  5. CADENCE performance for K-7 in the new gym on Friday – time TBA
  6. Health & Safety Meeting Friday morning at 8:15
  7. Salad Day for those signed up on Friday at lunch.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-23

photo (2)Happy Vaisakhi to everyone this week.  David and I had a great time at the parade on Saturday – although we didn’t actually see the “parade” this year, we had a chance to wander the streets, check out the stalls and visit with people before the parade arrived.  Had some delicious free food including some South Asian favourites and mango ice cream too!  The weather was decent although chilly – so much better than rain.  Many of our families will be celebrating this week on Tuesday.

Thank you for the time taken to vote on our Financial plan for this year.  I have already ordered 12 ergonomic chairs and we have set aside the playground money – taking us to a total of over $44000.  Only about 11000 to go!  I ask that the primary and intermediate teachers meet in the very near future to select their new resources so we can order asap.  The same applies for gym equipment and tech purchases.  Let’s get those resources in our hands soon!

I will be away for eye surgery from Wednesday – Friday but will check my email on Thursday and Friday if you have some burning questions.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul will be in charge.

Have a great week everyone!

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