Weekly Message #5-21

imgres-1Spring is a season of growth and change and our professional world seems to be reflecting what we see in the natural world.  We have a new superintendent, Scott Robinson, and postings have gone out for a new Director of Instruction and a new Associate Superintendent.  These are significant changes to our management team at the district level which affect us all. Provincially, we are charged with implementing a new curriculum – a daunting task but worthwhile.    In addition, we have announcements from the provincial government regarding new guidelines for professional development.  At the school level, we are dealing with a new employee information system and a new student information system.  YIKES!  It’s a lot!   Let’s all make a pledge to work together to get through all this new stuff while keeping our eyes on the ball – the education and support of our students.

Taking care of our health and well being is one way to deal with the stress of increased / new expectations so it is a great time to consider joining in to Shannon’s exercise class.  She is offering a staff fitness program on Thursdays from 3:20-4:20 in the big gym starting April 9th. It will be $5 a class to be paid by the month. The classes will be 30 minutes cardio/strength and 30 minutes yoga stretching. It is open and adaptable to all fitness levels. There is a yellow sign-up sheet on the sign-in table in the office, or ask Shannon for more info.

Next year’s calendar has been finalized so we will need to meet to plan our calendar dates for next year.  Stay tuned for a date and time.  Karl and I will be planning for the School Planning Day on Monday April 27th.  We will be reviewing and revising our plan with current data and the new curriculum in mind.  All staff are asked to attend (including SSSAs) so please let me know if you have a conflict that day.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Health and Safety Meeting Tuesday morning at 8:15.
  2. VSB Budget meeting for administrators at 9:00 on Tuesday morning.
  3. Budget information meeting for staff at recess on Tuesday.

Have a great 4 day week everyone and watch out for April Fool’s jokes on Wednesday.

Weekly Message #5-20

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The chores are done

Casino – Won!

So much fun with friends

But now it ends…

Alas, the two weeks have flown by – we had a lovely “staycation”.  We tried out some new restaurants, visited Duncan for a day and even got our taxes done.  I hope your holidays were wonderful for you as well.  But now it is spring and time to get back to work as we enter the whirlwind we call third term.  We’ll be starting off with a bang this week with Parent Teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.  The good news is that we work with a great group of people and some pretty wonderful kids so here we go!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Administrators’ study group in the library at 3:45 – 5 on Tuesday – sorry for the inconvenience.
  2. Karl and Patti at the area meeting on Wednesday.  Paul is in charge.
  3. Parent / Teacher Interviews on Wednesday (2-8) and Thursday (2-6).  2:00 dismissal on both days.  Please make sure to give Yvette a copy of your schedule.
  4. Health and Safety meeting on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

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!

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