Weekly Message #6-29

imgres-2Had a lazy weekend this week – a nice break to just spend time at home with family.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch in Steveston at the Blue Canoe with our friends today.  It was warm enough to sit out on the deck and be comfortable.  Can Summer be far away?

A big welcome to Alexis Tsougrianis (also known as Mr T.) who has joined us in the library for the rest of the school year.  We are very pleased to have Alexis who has library experience and course work.  Thank you everyone for helping him to find his way.

Lots of meetings this week – but otherwise pretty quiet.  It might be the calm before the storm.  Our annual staffing meeting is next week (May 5th) and we will need to have conversations about assignments for next year.  If you have any more information you’d like to share about your preferred assignment, please let me know.

Also, a couple of people have let me know they would be interested in moving rooms.  If you are thinking about that, please make sure I know as all room changes need to be organized through me.  Thanks.


  1. Karl will be away on Tuesday.
  2. Patti at Community Link meeting at J.O. Tuesday morning until 10:00 a.m.(Paul is in charge until I get there)
  3. Anyone interested in giving input on performers to book for next year, please come to the library at noon on Tuesday.
  4. Grade 7 Grad planning meeting at lunch on Wednesday in Room 103
  5. Aboriginal Fair at J.O. on Thursday morning for Divs. 1-6.
  6. Patti will be away on Friday.

Have a great week everyone.



Weekly Message #6-27

IMG_0261What a jam packed weekend for us with the a retirement party after school on Friday, the parade yesterday and band practice followed by dinner with our son, Jamie, tonight.  No wonder the weekend goes so fast.  Hope you all had time for fun and rest this weekend.

IMG_0257Thanks again to the planning team (Marilyn, Maggie, Scott and Brenden) for their great work putting together a very interactive and informative day on Friday.  Every time we do this, I feel as though I understand that much more about the new curriculum.

Hopefully, tomorrow’s activities will be as engaging and worthwhile.  I have collated all of our data for reading and writing for your consideration as we decide how to move forward with our school plan.  Thank you in advance for your time and energy tomorrow.  In addition, we will work on setting up next year’s calendar and review / approve our school fees.

Friday will be a Student Council theme day called “Random Day”.  Posters will be going up this week to give details on what that could look like.  Please promote with your students.


  1. School Planning Day on Monday
  2. PAC meeting on Tuesday night where we will consider the VSB Strategic Plan.  Teachers are welcome to attend.
  3. Performance by Cadence on Wednesday afternoon.  Study guide was sent to you last week.
  4. Gr 7’s to David Thompson on Wednesday afternoon.
  5. Assembly at 1:00 on Friday afternoon to celebrate Earth Day. (I’ve lost track of whose turn it is so will check in with the lucky teacher tomorrow).  We look forward to performances by the choir and Maggie’s K class.
  6. Random Day on Friday!

Have a great week everyone!


Weekly Message #6-26

imagesAnother busy weekend passes by and I don’t know where the time went!  This week is jam packed with activities and field trips culminating with our Curriculum Implementation Day on Friday.  Your teacher team has put together a great day for you with opportunities to learn more about the curriculum and spend some time planning.

It’s also a busy week in our school community with the celebration of Vaisakhi on Wednesday.  The Vancouver parade will be on Saturday so let’s hope for good weather.

I’ve scheduled a staff meeting for Monday at lunch as we need to prepare our application for LIF (Learning Improvement Fund).  Last year we got .3 resource staffing.  I think we asked for .8!  I will update everyone on this year’s preliminary staffing and will be guided by your input on what we should apply for this year.


  1. Class photo day on Monday – don’t forget to wear something you want to be photographed in!
  2. Staff meeting re: LIF at lunch on Monday.
  3. Whole school field trip to UBC -Chan Centre on Tuesday.  Karl will be firming up numbers for adults on Monday.
  4. SBT with Deanne Yee on Wednesday.
  5. Supervision Aide meeting at 11:00 on Thursday
  6. Patti at a meeting off site on Thursday afternoon.
  7. Curriculum Implementation Day on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!


Weekly Message #6-25

IMG_0906It sounds like it was a good weekend to sell chocolates at the Superstore.  From what I understand, they ran out on Saturday and had to have more delivered for Sunday!  I popped in to show my support at 3:30 on Sunday afternoon to find that they had already left for the day!  I hope that means the chocolates were all sold!   Congratulations to the PAC organizers, volunteers and Grade 7 students who took part.  They will be back at the Superstore next weekend too.

Hopefully you all had a chance to the warm, sunny weather this weekend.  The pace is picking up for year end at school with deadlines, events and field trips filling our calendars.  For you to consider: we need volunteers to serve on this year’s Sports’ Day committee (June 10th) and we need to decide if we are going to do Moberly Idol this year.

We will be having our “School Planning Day” later this month (April 18th) and it will look a little different this year.  We are not required to develop a whole new plan for next year but we do need to submit a summary of this year’s planning.  Given that, your Resource teacher will be working with you to gather the data that we need to support our school goals.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation.  We will also look at calendar dates for next year on the 18th as they are due to the district office that week.


  1. Pro D planning meeting at the VSB on Monday morning for Patti, Brenden and Maggie.
  2. Performance by Aboriginal Hoop Dance – Teddy Anderson on Monday afternoon.  All are welcome.  A study guide was emailed to teachers last week.
  3. Supervision Aide meeting on Tuesday from 11:00 – 11:30.
  4. Staff Committee at lunch on Tuesday.  Please have your agenda items on the list by noon on Monday so that agendas can be distributed on Monday afternoon.
  5. Patti and Karl will be at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  6. SBT with Kathy Grimm on Thursday at 11:00.  Location to TBA as there is an articulation meeting at the same time.  Agendas will be in your box early this week. (SBT with Deanne will be on April 13th)

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #6-24

IMG_0242Happy Spring to everyone!  We enjoyed a beautiful family dinner at the golf club on Sunday night.  I feel so grateful to have the time to spend with my family.  We don’t see each other often enough!  I hope that your Spring Break was restful and that you all enjoyed some happy times with friends and / or family.

Of course the reality of work intrudes!  We are back at it with all the fun and excitement of the final term ahead of us.  We will be hearing the first take on this year’s budget on Thursday and it promises to be bad news – no way to avoid painful cuts when there is such a large deficit.  We will share with you as soon as we are able.  (Health and Safety meeting scheduled for this Thursday will need to be changed to Wednesday to accommodate the budget meeting.)

Heads up that we have a performance on Monday afternoon (April 4th) with a Aboriginal Hoop Dancer – Teddy Anderson.


Dad and my sisters (Barb and Sue)


  1. Budget meeting TBA
  2. Health & Safety Meeting – Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. in the staffroom
  3. SSA meeting this Friday morning at 8:15 in the library.


Welcome back everyone!!!


Weekly Message #6-23

IMG_0495Kudos to Brenden, Maggie, Scott and Marilyn for planning and guiding a great session on BC’s Redesigned Curriculum on Friday.  As always, it was great to see the commitment and hard work put in by staff as they worked together to meet this new challenge.  Thanks also to Karl and Jen (Brenden’s wife) for supplying the delicious snacks!  I look forward to our next opportunity to push further in our understandings of the new program on April 15th.

IMG_0887David and I had another busy weekend as I searched out and organized our tax documents (Yech!) and we welcomed a new baby!  My god daughter, Brooke, had a baby boy on Saturday night – Avery David Clancy, 7 lbs 1 oz.  He is absolutely adorable and his big sister, Alexa (age 2) was delighted to meet him.

I am looking forward to hearing our choir sing at the Nights of Music on Monday night.  The children always sing like angels – thanks to the hard work of their choir master – Jane.  You are invited to join us in the John Oliver Auditorium at 7:00 on Monday night.

Parent/Teacher interviews are set for Wednesday and Thursday evenings and we would appreciate receiving your interview schedules in the office asap.  Either Karl or I will be in the office during your interview times in case you need our support.  Popcorn will be available in the staffroom as usual.  Representatives from the PAC will be in the front hall taking gift card orders and providing information to parents – please encourage parents to wander by.

Finally, it will be movie and pizza day on Friday.  The primaries will be watching “The Good Dinosaur” with Karl in the old gym and the intermediates will be watching “Hotel Transylvania 2” in the new gym with me.  Students will be called down to the gym right after recess and we will watch half the movie until lunch time when students will be dismissed directly from the gyms.  Those students who have purchased pizza lunch will go to the new gym to pick up their meals.  Parent volunteers will be handing out the food.  Students should report to their classes for attendance before returning to the gym to see the remainder of the movies at 1:00.  You can expect that they will be returning to you at about 1:45 (or a little bit earlier/ later).  Please enjoy this gift of time before we head off for the Spring Break!


  1. Night of Music at JO auditorium on Monday night – 7 pm.
  2. Patti & Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning – Paul is in charge.
  3. Parent Teacher interviews Wednesday (2-8) and Thursday (2-6)
  4. Pizza and Movie on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!






Weekly Message #6-22

imgres-1Happy Oscar day to you all and good luck to everyone who put in their guesses with Maria.  Hopefully it will be a Moberly person who wins!  I had lots of fun at David’s two gigs this weekend.  It was great to see Barb, Paul, Maria and Donna out on Saturday night – thank you for coming.

This Friday will be our Curriculum Implementation Day.  The shape of the day will be planned on Thursday morning by Maggie, Scott, Brenden and Marilyn and we will put an “agenda” in your boxes for Thursday afternoon.  I think you can expect that part of the day will be spent together and part will be for your own personal exploration of the curriculum.  SSAs are welcome to join in to learn more about the new BCED curriculum but you can also make plans to attend Pro-D, update EOC plans or do prep for your students.

Here’s a quote for this week (which we may need to think of when this year’s budget is announced) “It’s not whether the glass is half full or half empty, it’s being thankful that you have a glass and something to put in it!”

Finally, on a sad note, we will be losing one SSA due to Harnoor’s departure for the primary autism class at Nelson Elementary.  We will be sorry to say farewell to Phil Stephen who will find out next week where his new assignment will be.  Phil has done an amazing job while he’s been at Moberly at he will be missed by all of us.  I hope that we will continue to receive updates from TEAM Phlaire to keep us in the loop on Phil and his beautiful family.  Phil’s last day will be Friday, March 4th.


  1. Supervision Aide Meeting on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
  2. Gr. 2/3 Reading group meeting at lunch on Tuesday in the library.
  3. Planning for Curriculum Implementation Day on Thursday morning.
  4. Staff Committee Meeting at noon on Thursday – agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Wednesday please.
  5. Reports go home on Monday March 7th – remember that we do not send reports home early – if someone is moving or going away, we will mail it to them.
  6. Curriculum Implementation Day on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

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