Weekly Message #7-22

imgres-1Big funding announcement from the Ministry Of Education this weekend!  Can you say “almost election time”?  We will have to wait and see what the Vancouver share will be and what directives we will be given on spending.  Here is the link to the announcement: Ministry Funding Announcement Feb 2017

It’s very busy at Moberly this week including our Family Fun Fair and Cake Walk on Thursday.  Thank you to the teachers/ staff who have stepped forward to help with this undertaking.  It is a lot of work for our small and dedicated PAC group.  They are trying so hard to get us money to buy much needed resources for classrooms.

Report Cards are due tomorrow – Karl is reading odd divisions and I am reading evens.  Please let us know if you will be late with your reports. Thank you in advance for proofreading your reports prior to submission.  It really helps us get them back to you more quickly.

If you can, please make a last minute push for students to donate items for the raffle baskets.  We have received a few things but could certainly use more.  Also, reminders and encouragement to participate in the cake decorating contest would be much appreciated.

I am filling out my Oscar guesses this weekend – how about you?  Thanks to Maria for organizing the Oscar contest.  Also, thank you to Maria and all those secret valentines out there for a fun time guessing and receiving small gifts!


  1. Health & Safety Training for our team on Tuesday morning at the VSB.
  2. PAC meeting on Tuesday night at 7:00 in the library.  Teachers are always welcome to attend.
  3. Patti at workshop on organizing the school for 17/18 on Wednesday morning until 10:30.
  4. Pink Day assembly on Wednesday at 11:00 led by Division 3.  Don’t forget to wear something pink!
  5. Grade 7 Grad planning meeting on Wednesday at lunch in Room 103.
  6. BC Lions Energy Champions presentation on Wednesday afternoon for K- 7.  1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
  7. Health & Safety Committee meeting on Thursday morning at 8:15 in the staffroom.
  8. Patti at Freedom of Information workshop on Thursday morning.  10:30-12:15
  9. Family Fun Fair on Thursday 3:15 – 5:30.
  10. Pro-D day on Friday:

9:00 – 12:00           BC Blanket Exercise: Exploring Historical Relationships between                                                    Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples led by BCTF facilitator – Lael                                          Sleep.

1:00                           Round table discussion re: new curriculum followed by planning time

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-21

img_0630We had a wonderful “staycation” this weekend.  We finally made it out to the Tsawwassen Mills mall, went shopping on 4th Avenue and downtown, gambled (lots) and ate out at some wonderful restaurants.  I definitely recommend the Tramonto restaurant at the River Rock if you want a fancy dinner.  The food was excellent.  Mostly it was great to just relax and do whatever we wanted.  A nice bonus was to be given free tickets to a Frankie Valli tribute concert (Oh What a Night) at the River Rock Show Lounge on Sunday night.  The music was terrific.  Today David’s band is playing at the Richmond Children’s festival at Minoru.  He and his bandmates are very excited about this performance opportunity!  I will be heading over there soon to catch the first set.

It’s a busy week at Moberly with lots to jam in to four days.  Hopefully the snow will all be melted away and we can get back to business as usual.


  1. School based team on Tuesday morning at 11:00 in Room 103.  Agendas were distributed last week.
  2. Patti at the VSB for an afternoon meeting on Tuesday.
  3. Patti at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Karl is staying behind to “steer the ship”!  Patti also out of the building on Wednesday afternoon with the PAC reps to prepare for the Family Fun Fair.
  4. Make up preps for Monday will be on Wednesday afternoon.  Karl will share the details.
  5. PAC Hot lunch this Friday.  Concession will be open that day at recess.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-20

img_0356And winter is back with a vengeance!  The forecast is for more snow until Wednesday.  Sounds horrific but what can we do?  I am feeling quite a bit better today and hope to be back tomorrow.  My apologies for the unfortunate timing of this absence with our new staffing to organize.  I look forward to working with Dan to put together some workable schedules this week.  Huge thanks to Jane for stepping in for me – I really appreciate it.

This is a busy and short week for me so please speak with me on Monday or Tuesday if you have any pressing needs.  I am at the VSB all day Wednesday and on vacation Thursday and Friday.

Last week’s movie day was a big hit with the parents and students who enjoyed the “Trolls” movie and ate up lots of snacks from the concession.  I know that the PAC is hoping to do some more events like this one with the goal of funding some of our more expensive requests on the wish list.  We couldn’t have carried on without the support of Tim who handled all the audio visual needs.  You are a life saver, Tim.


  1. Supervision Aide meeting on Tuesday at 11:00
  2. Staff Committee meeting on Tuesday at lunch.  Please have your agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by Monday at noon.
  3. Patti & Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Jane will be in charge.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-19

images-1Gung Hey Fat Choy everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  David and I went to see the movie “Hidden Figures” this weekend and I would recommend it highly.  Very engaging story and excellent acting.

This Thursday will be our PAC sponsored movie night.  We will be showing “Trolls” from 3:15 – 5:30.  Staff are welcome to attend.  The movie is free and the concession will be open to sell snacks.  Please encourage students to attend.  Primary parents are welcome to attend with their children if they wish.

Congratulations to Karl and the Gr. 7 Student Council members.  Our Rafiki bracelet sale was a huge success.  We will be very happy to donate a good sum of money to help families in need in Africa.  The next Student Council project will be hot chocolate and donut hole week – order forms will come home next week.

A belated welcome to Michelle Wong who joined our SSA team last week – returning from Mat leave.  She will be job sharing with Cheryl Miller.  Happy to have you as part of our team, Michelle!

As a result of our application to the VSB, we were given 1 FTE of extra staffing to be used as .6 Enrolling classroom support and .4 Resource.  I will be working with the Resource team to come up with a plan of action for this staffing.  Pamela Lee, Kara Huston and Sarah Rogers Rosellini (PE Prep) have all accepted increases to their jobs and so we don’t have to post anything.  This is great news for us.  I am still hoping that we might get a counsellor increase but that is still being discussed at the district level.

William Wong’s retirement party is on Monday.  His last day of work will be on Monday or Tuesday so you may wish to say farewell to him. We welcome Bruce Garnett as the new District Principal -ELL, Student Placement and Newcomer Services.  Bruce comes to us from Surrey where he was working as a secondary Vice Principal.


  1. Meeting for Summer School teachers on Tuesday at lunch in Room 103.
  2. Prep coverage for missed Monday preps will be on Wednesday afternoon.  Karl will share the schedule.
  3. PAC Movie afternoon on Thursday – 3:15 – 5:30 in the new gym.
  4. SSA Meeting in the library on Friday morning at 8:15.

Hoping you all have a great Professional Day on Monday and a wonderful week.


Weekly Message #7-18

img_0351Another busy week is upon us culminating with Chinese New Year this Saturday.  Welcome to the year of the Rooster.  It was a lazy weekend at our house as characterized by this week’s picture of Sam – my Dad’s dog.  He sure knows how to relax. A highlight for me was having dinner with Gwen Ingham and Sue Gillis – they both pass on their best regards to everyone on staff.

Thank you to all of the teachers who are slogging their way through the FSA.  It is a time consuming effort and your work is appreciated.  We have a School Based Team this Wednesday with Deanne, our SLP.  If you have a student who needs to be on the agenda, please let me know on Monday morning as there is still room.  Fpr those of you who have started your report card templates – please note that I will be reading even divisions this term and Karl will reading odds.

The darkest two months of the year are over and I am looking forward to moving into brighter days with more hours of light!


  1. School Based Team (SLP) on Wednesday at 11:00.  Agendas will go in boxes on Monday afternoon.
  2. Health & Safety Meeting on Friday at 8:15 in the staffroom.

Have a great week everyone!


Weekly Message #7-17

imgres-3People are talking everywhere about what the new education funding will mean for us as schools.  Karl & I will be attending an “important information” meeting at the VSB on Monday morning so that they can explain to us what Vancouver is planning.  Of course, we will share everything we know with you asap.  It is possible that we will need to schedule a meeting at recess or lunch on Monday for that purpose.  Hopefully, we will be able to welcome some additional staff this year.

At our PAC meeting on Tuesday night, I will be presenting your wish lists for consideration.  Some items may be funded in the short term and others may be on a longer term list as fundraising continues this year.  The PAC has made enough money to meet their commitment to class funds ($4750) and can begin to look at other priorities.

“Hamelin – A New Fable” will be coming to Moberly on Wednesday afternoon.  I emailed you the study guide last week.  At the very least, you may wish to review the original “Pied Piper of Hamelin” story with your class prior to the performance.


  1. Information meeting for admin on Monday morning – we will be late arriving to school.
  2. John Oliver Articulation breakfast on Tuesday morning.
  3. Assembly led by Division 2 first thing Tuesday morning.  You will be called down.
  4. PAC on Tuesday night – teachers are welcome to attend.
  5. Performance on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 in the big gym.
  6. PAC Hot lunch this Friday.

Have a great week everyone!.

Weekly Message #7-16

imgres-2Ah.. the mysterious weather – will it snow?  will it rain?  It seems that no one knows.  Personally, I am ready for Spring!

I know that many of you have been wondering about a replacement for Carrie.  The good news is that Carly (who was here for a couple of days in December) will be starting on Tuesday.  I will be working with her to set up a schedule as soon as possible.

As noted at the Staff Committee meeting last week, Narinder and I will be meeting with our PAC Chair, Alisa, on Monday to work on the details of the Fun Fair.  We will get info to you as soon as it’s available.


  1. School Based Team on Tuesday at 11:00.  Agendas have been distributed to affected staff.
  2. Patti and Karl will be at an Office 365 workshop on Wednesday morning.  Jane is in charge.
  3. The Articulation breakfast for David Thompson is on Thursday morning.  Please let Karl know if you are going.
  4. Supervision Aide meeting will be on Thursday at 11 – 11:30.

Have a great week everyone!

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