Weekly Message #7-8


My two favourite guys at Whistler!

It’s just past 9:30 p.m. and we just walked through the door after a wonderful weekend at Whistler.  Although it rained a fair bit, it was fairly clear on Saturday and Sunday when we were exploring the village.  The conference speaker, Yong Zhao, was excellent and made strong connections between his philosophy and how it relates to our new curriculum.  Here is a link to a particularly compelling example provided by the speaker:  Austin’s butterfly

Hope you all had a good experience with your pro-d events on Friday. If you have a link or a hand out you’d like to share, please let me know and we’ll make it happen!


  1. Patti away on Monday
  2. School Based team with SLP on Wednesday – agendas went out a couple of weeks ago.
  3. Health & Safety Meeting this Friday at 8:15 in the staffroom.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-7

imagesWell we survived the “storms” – hopefully none the worse for wear.  The forecast continues to be nothing but rain for the foreseeable future but hey…it’s Vancouver!  It’s a short week with the kids but a busy one.

Please make sure that you have let the office know whether you are doing October or December interviews as I will be including this information in a newsletter to go home on Monday.

Also, please make sure you have submitted a self-directed plan to Brenden if you plan to be off site on Friday.  Karl and I will be at Whistler this weekend for annual Vancouver Administrators’ conference.

A reminder to everyone that the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) agreement needs to be done by the end of October.  Please see Patti or Karl if you are having any trouble accessing it.


  1. Goal Setting Interviews on Tuesday (2-8) and Wednesday (3-6).  Early dismissal for all students on Tuesday.
  2. PAC meeting on Tuesday night from 7 – 8:30ish.  Teachers are welcome to attend if they wish.
  3. Patti & Karl will be at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Jane will be in charge.
  4. Prep make up for the early dismissal day will be on Wednesday afternoon  I will have Miranda’s class and Karl will have the other 3 groups.
  5. Subway hot lunch on Thursday.  Thanks in advance to Maria’s class who will be delivering the food to your classrooms for distribution.  We are going to try to avoid the line up that happened last time.   Please let us know if this works better.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-6

imgres-3Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We just got back from walking the dogs – took advantage of a break in the rain – although it looks like more is coming.  Best wishes to you and your families on this Thanksgiving weekend.  I am thankful for working with all of you!  For those who missed the “Super snacks for Super staff” on Friday, we will catch up with you on Tuesday.  The leftover snacks will go in the staffroom for your eating pleasure.

It’s a busy week for School Based Team.  We have three meetings this week – one with Kathy Grimm and 2 (Aboriginal) with Kim Kondra.  Agendas are in your boxes.  Please remember that we have a process for referring students to SBT.  When you are concerned about a student, please have a conversation with your Resource Teacher.  Between the two of you, you will decide what assessments / interventions need to take place at a Tier 2 level.  When you arrive at SBT, you should have documented the impact / results of your plan for our discussion.

For the next three weeks, we will be focusing on “Real life Heroes” on the morning announcements.  The announcements will be a little bit longer than usual.  It would be great if you could follow up in your classrooms.

We will be having our first lockdown drill for the year on Thursday.  Please take the time to prepare your students for the drill.  You can refer to the one page summary of the drills in your red file (added this year) and/or your flip book for guidelines during lockdown drills.


  1. School based team with Kathy Grimm on Tuesday at 11:00 in Room 103
  2. Supervision Aide meeting on Wednesday at 11:00 in the staff room
  3. Aboriginal School based team on Thursday and Friday at 11:00 in Room 103
  4. First Student Council meeting of the year on Thursday at lunch in the library.  Please remind your reps.
  5. Lockdown drill on Thursday afternoon.

Have a great four day week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-5

imgres-1I am hearing that Wednesday’s “Super Parents Night” was a success and look forward to hearing more details when I return tomorrow.  Thank you to everyone (and especially Karl, Yvette and Manpreet) for working so hard to keep things rolling in my absence.  I am feeling much better and will be happy to back in the saddle tomorrow.

It seems like a relatively quiet week at Moberly but definitely not quiet at the district office.  You have probably all heard that both the Superintendent and the Secretary Treasurer are now on health leave.  There has been much speculation in the press regarding the reasons for their absences.  Here is a link to a CBC article related to this issue.  Article re VSB absences  While this drama plays out, we will continue to work with our students –  planning, preparing and teaching as usual.

We have submitted our numbers for the 1701 count and I can’t thank the office staff and resource teachers enough for their tireless efforts in making sure we count as many kids as possible.  Your support and input into this process are much appreciated.  We will now head into the first week of October with resource programs up and running!

Congratulations to Shivani who is the successful applicant to replace Rav for this school year.  It’s wonderful to have her as a regular part of our SSA team.


  1. Supervision Aide Meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday morning.
  2. Patti away Tuesday afternoon.
  3. Staff Committee on Thursday at lunch – agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Wednesday please.
  4. SSA meeting on Friday at 8:15.

Have a great week everyone – long weekend coming up!

Weekly Message #7-4

images-1The last week of September is upon us.  Unbelievable!  It’s time for “Super Parent Night” otherwise known as Meet the Teacher night.  I hope that you all had a chance to send home the personal invitations from your students  encouraging parents to join us on Wednesday night.  The PAC is very excited about the reception portion of the evening and they are hoping for a good turn out.  Please continue to talk about this daily in your classroom.

I will be late arriving on Monday and Karl will be at a workshop so Jane is in charge until I get there.  Please check your boxes for a class list and instructions for our class review on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  If possible, it would be great if you could take the time to review your class list with the checklist provided.

Thanks in advance to Tim who is assisting with the set up and organization of this Thursday’s Terry Fox assembly.  Please encourage students to bring in their donations this week.  A total “so far” will be announced on Monday.  Teachers should use their discretion as to how far students can run / walk.  Thank you to non enrolling teachers for setting themselves up at key locations around the route for crowd control and safety.

Thanks also to Brenden and the Pro-d Committee for organizing a series of opportunities for this Friday.  It promises to be a useful and inspiring day.


  1. Class Review – Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 103
  2. Super Parents Night – Wednesday at 6:00 – 7:30
  3. Terry Fox Assembly and Run Thursday at 1:00.

Have a great week everyone!



Weekly Message #7-3

images-2Talk about a weather shift – pouring rain then beautiful sun  Today turned out to be a gorgeous day and we spent some time wandering through the Steveston Artisan Market.  In spite of the warm temperature and the sun, you can still feel that Fall is in the air.

The transition to new classes seemed to go quite smoothly and I appreciate the work that all of you have done to make it work.  Thanks especially to Manpreet and Yvette for keeping all the numbers and names straight!

Thanks to everyone who got the Superpowers sheet into the office on Friday.  I look forward to getting the rest as soon as you can manage.  The “Wordles” are very interesting to read.  In case you are unfamiliar with this program, you type all the answers into a box and it makes a word picture for you.  The bigger the word is, the more frequently it was mentioned.  Soccer and helping others are two of the most popular superpowers in our school population.

imgresTerry Fox pledge forms are in your boxes on Monday – please take the time to talk with students about a real life hero!  I have some posters if you are interested in having one for outside your room.  You might want to consider handing out the tattoos on the day of our run (Sept 29th) so that students can put them on that day (or the day before)  Our goal is to raise $5000 which works out to just over $10 per student for this great cause.  Of course, we will be happy with whatever we can bring in.  We will be watching an inspirational video clip at our assembly prior to the run.  Thank you for your help.

Don’t forget to sign up for Shannon’s afterschool yoga group if you are interested.  Sign up is on the sign in table.  The winner for the Dianne Guild Winter Hat Draw will be announced on Friday, Sept. 30th.  Put your name in and you will win your choice of red or white.


  1. Resource team meeting to review program referrals at 1:00 in Room 207
  2. Patti & Karl at the Area meeting on Wednesday morning – Teacher in charge TBA.
  3. Health & Safety meeting on Friday morning in the staffroom at 8:15.  New members are welcome.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-2

28588d6aa020ddd47ab1f598e5ef616cA beautiful weekend with lots of sunshine – what a bonus!  Hope you all got lots of sleep as we head into the first full week with your new classes.

Our new teacher librarian for this year is Rosemary Milne who comes to us from Carleton.  Thank you making her welcome.  Bal has agreed to do a crossover day on Monday so that she can fill Rosemary in on what has happened so far this year.

“The filmmaker Tiffany Shlain of The Moxie Institute explores strengths and natural “superpowers” in her new web film “The Science of Character,” which suggests that if we can identify our inherent character strengths and build on them, we can lead happier, more successful lives.”

The idea behind this year’s theme is to help students become confident learners who not only know what their strengths are, but also how to focus their attention on areas they’d like to build as strengths.  We will be encouraging them to look inward to unlock what they are passionate about and support them in setting goals for themselves.  Hopefully, it will also be fun!🙂


  1. Resource teachers meeting at 2:00 in Room 207.  Rep our new Learning Buddies program will be there.
  2. Supervision Aide meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday in the staffroom
  3. First PAC meeting of the year on Tuesday night.  We are looking for two reliable grade 7 babysitters if you have any recommendations.

Have a great week everyone!

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