Weekly Message #6-11


Greetings all from the sick house!  Adam got sick first then Dad, then David and finally me.  Dad is still in hospital with the after affects of the Influenza A virus.  David and I both feel like we’ve been hit by a truck.  Two out of the four of us have had a flu shot but the doctor says that it was too recent to protect us!  I will return to work as soon as I am no longer contagious – hopefully Tuesday or Wednesday.  I will focus on reading your reports as soon as I return.  My apologies for the inconvenience this is causing everyone but I don’t want to take a chance of giving it to you!

SBT is set for Wednesday with the five students we didn’t get to the last time.  Hopefully you know who you are as I won’t be able to give out the new agenda until Tuesday or Wednesday depending on when I return.

We have staff committee this Thursday so please put agenda items on the clipboard in the staffroom and we’ll get an agenda out by Wednesday afternoon.

I will leave it up to Karl as to whether to go ahead with the Code Red on Tuesday.

Thanks in advance to Brenden and Jane who have both offered sessions / support on our Pro-D day Friday.  Please make sure that you have let the office know your plans for Friday so that we know where to find you.


  1. SBT focused on SLP services this Wednesday at 11 in Room 103.
  2. Health & Safety Meeting on Thursday at 8:15 in the staffroom
  3. Staff Ctte meeting at lunch on Thursday
  4. Pro-D day on Friday.

Have a great week everyone.

Weekly Message #6-10

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Wong!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Wong!

What a delight to attend Miranda and Nathan’s wedding on Saturday morning.  As you would imagine, Miranda was a beautiful bride!  The ceremony was lovely – very personal with amazing live music.  The tea afterwards included many of Miranda and Nathan’s favourite foods with a gourmet twist.  I know that we all wish them many years of happiness together.

It was also David’s “band” weekend, so I spent Friday and Saturday night enjoying the music of Vintage at the ANAF in Steveston.  It was great to see Paul and Christine out on Friday night and Barb, Jane B and Leon (along with their friends) on Saturday night.  Next gig is in February if you are interested.  I will share the dates when it gets closer.

Thank you for your input on reorganizing our lunch expectations for students.  We will let you know when the new plan is in place.  We need to speak with Supervision Aides and students in Divs. 1-6 before moving ahead.  We hope to do this asap.  Once we are prepared, we ask that teachers of students in Divs 7-21 inform their classes about the new seating arrangement (by grade) in the lunchroom.


  1. Patti at Emergency Procedures training on Tuesday morning.
  2. PAC meeting on Tuesday night.  Please let Patti know if you would like to attend.
  3. Patti & Karl at Area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge
  4. Resource reports are due on Wednesday.  Due to the limited time that Resource staff spend with students in this first term, I have asked them to keep their reports brief and simple. Please hand in reports to Patti.
  5. SBT on Thursday at 11:00 in Room 103  – agendas will be in affected teacher’s boxes on Monday.
  6. Karl will be on holiday this Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #6-9

IMG_0412My brain is happily scrambled after flying all night – When we left it was a 3 hour difference and when we came back it was a 2 hour difference.  We had an amazing trip with beautiful weather and lots of laughter with our good friends.  The air in Maui is so therapeutic – warm and fresh with the light scent of flowers.  I think I could live there.  But sadly, we had to come back to the rain – although not a bad deal to come back to a four day week!

I look forward to our Remembrance Day assembly on Tuesday and I would like to thank Jane Brown for taking the lead on organizing this wonderful event.  Please take the time to talk with your students about the solemn nature of this important assembly.

I have a favour to ask – I would like to borrow one of our video cameras this week.  If you happen to know where one of the ones we bought a couple of years ago is – could you please let me know / pass it on to me on Monday.  Thanks.


  1. Lunch time issues meeting on Monday at lunch.
  2. Remembrance Day Assembly at 11:00 on Tuesday.
  3. SBT focused on Aboriginal students on Thursday at 11:00 – agendas to your boxes on Monday.
  4. Staff Committee meeting on Thursday at lunch – agenda items to the staffroom clipboard by Tuesday at noon please so that agendas can be distributed before 3:00 on Tuesday.
  5. SSSA meeting on Friday at 8:15 in the library.

Have a great week everyone.  P.

Weekly Message #6-8

A beautiful day for a long walk in the Whistler sunshine

A beautiful day for a long walk in the Whistler sunshine

David and I enjoyed an amazing weekend at Whistler and just walked through the door about half an hour ago (7:30 p.m.)  The weather was amazing and the conference speaker was very engaging and had lots to offer in the way of advice for effectively using internet based resources in our work.  On Saturday, I attended a session on the creative use of space to support teacher collaboration and student learning.  It was also very interesting – presented by Doug Roch, a Vancouver vice principal.   Definitely time well spent.  I hope you all had a good weekend and learned lots on your Pro-D day.

Lots of meetings this week (see list below).  We look forward to our assembly on Friday when we will be throwing a few pies to celebrate our fundraising for the “Walkathon for Kids with Cancer”.  It will be fun to be together in our costumes.  Don’t forget the staff costume contest – you still have a few days to come up with something “brilliant”.

David and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in Maui the first week of November.  I have taken leave and will be gone this Friday afternoon and all of next week.  Karl will be in charge during my absence.  There will be no weekly message on Sunday, November 1st. (Don’t forget to turn your clocks back).  I have tried to include the key events for the next two weeks in this message.


  1. DEAR time for the whole school in classrooms on Monday afternoon – 1:00 – 1:30
  2. Grade 7 review re 2016 placements 11:00 on Tuesday.  I will put a schedule in your box on Monday.
  3. SBT with Kathy Grimm on Wednesday at 11:00.  I will put a schedule in your box on Monday.
  4. Patti at John Oliver for the Community Link meeting 8:30 – 10 on Thursday morning.
  5. Health & Safety meeting Friday at 8:15 in the staffroom
  6. Assembly on Friday at 11:00 led by Div. 1
  7. Strong Start is closed on Monday, Nov. 2nd
  8. Performance for K – 7 of Lapis on Friday, Nov. 6th in the afternoon at 1:30.

Have a great 2 weeks everyone!

Weekly Message #6-7

apple swanHad a delicious dinner at our friends’ house on Saturday night – she is a newly retired teacher.  I guess she is finding out what it’s like to have time on your hands.  This picture is of the two “apple swans” that she carved as a decoration for the table!

Hopefully this week will seem a bit shorter as it ends with Pro-D on Friday.  Please remember that teachers must let Brenden know what they will be doing on Friday.  SSSAs and CUPE staff should sign up on the sheet in the office.

Goal Setting interviews will be on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  We have early dismissal on Tuesday only.  Please provide the office with your schedule if you are doing interviews this week.

Our first PAC meeting of the year will be on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  If you have a chance, please encourage parents who visit you on Tuesday to come to our meeting.  In addition, teachers and staff are always welcome to attend.

We will be having an extended School Based team with Deanne Yee on Wednesday morning.  A general agenda has been placed in affected teachers’ boxes.  Timing will be a challenge but our goal is to get Kindergarten and Grade 1’s done before recess.


  1. Staff Committee meeting on Tuesday – agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by Monday at noon please.  Agendas to be distributed on Monday afternoon.
  2. Goal Setting Interviews – Tuesday (2-8) and Wednesday (3-6)
  3. PAC Meeting Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
  4. Speech Language focused SBT on Wednesday morning.  Laura (Sup Aide) will be here to cover classroom teachers.  Resource teachers will need to cancel groups as we don’t have anyone else available that morning for coverage.
  5. Photo Day on Thursday – please consider having your photo taken – it’s free for staff and you don’t have to order if you don’t like it!
  6. PSA Day on Friday – Have fun and learn lots!

Weekly Message #6-6

Garden display at the "Prickly Pear" in Steveston

Garden display at the “Prickly Pear” in Steveston

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  My Dad treated us to a beautiful buffet dinner at the golf club – what a treat – delicious food and no mess to clean up.  I was especially happy to have my older son, Chris, join us.  I hope that you had a chance to relax and reflect on the many positive things in our lives including the opportunity to work together!

Congratulations to Paula on the successful Walkathon on Friday!  We are grateful to Shannon for her high energy warm up and to all the students and their families who have donated so far.  We will continue to collect money until at least Oct. 19th and then will celebrate our success at an upcoming assembly.

I will be meeting with Kathy Grimm on Tuesday morning to review our Psych Ed Mums 2015assessment waitlist.   There were so many needy students discussed at our class review.  It is important to remember that “testing” is not alway the answer.  Unfortunately, the standardized tests used by our School Psychologist (Kathy) and our Speech Language Pathologist (Deanne) are not intended for students with very limited English or for children under the age of nine.  Therefore, when we are looking for interventions for students in K – 2, we need to focus on school level modifications or in extreme cases, pediatric assessments.  Also, it is important to note that a diagnosis of “attention deficit” must be done by the family doctor and does not provide any additional support for the child at school.  A diagnosis of “autism” requires an interdisciplinary assessment through an outside agency and can result in additional support.   Having said that, I think it is fair to say that medical practitioners are reluctant to label students at an early age.  We will have a school based team focused on SLP referrals on Wed. Oct 21st.  I will schedule a Psych Ed focused SBT as soon as possible.

We look forward to the student vote this Friday with thanks to Harjinder for organizing the involvement of 200 students in this year’s campaign.  This is such an excellent opportunity for our students to understand the electoral process.  As we look ahead to next week, I hope that all of you will organize your day on Monday to include a trip to the polling station.  VOTE and exercise your right to choose.

The PSA day is fast approaching (Oct. 23rd) .  Please remember that you can spend up to $150 on a workshop or professional materials.  You still need to fill out the paperwork to be paid but you can assume it will be approved.  If you are interested in a workshop that costs more that $150, please make sure to get your paperwork in to Brenden asap so that the committee can consider your application.

Thanks to the Social Committee for organizing the Staff Halloween Costume contest.  It will be a fun day and we hope to see as many staff as possible involved in this school spirit event!  You are all challenged to come up with a creative costume!


  1. Patti & Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.

Have a great four day week everyone!

Weekly Message #6-5

images-2A glorious weekend – hope you all had the time to enjoy some sunshine.

Thank you for the time you have taken to prepare for and participate in “Class Review”.  We have two more classes to do on Wednesday (Rasiuk, Landry) and then we will be done.  There are no minutes provided for Class Review – instead we use the information provided as a scaffold for planning School Based Team and emergency interventions.  My notes from our meetings are stored in the School Based Team binder for this year if you need to review them.  I found myself feeling anxious and concerned after a full day of discussing the classroom loads that each of you have this year.  Is it possible that the job just keeps getting harder every year?  the students more challenging?  the workload more impossible?  As a School Based Team, we will do our best to support you and hope that things will be running more smoothly as time progresses and students begin to understand your expectations as you learn more about them and their learning needs.

Please take the time to encourage students to bring in money for the Walkathon for Kids with Cancer.  This is a very important cause to support and an opportunity for students to think of others.


  1. Federal Candidates here on Tuesday morning to present to selected classes.  Thanks Harjinder for organizing this.
  2. Supervision Aide meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday morning.
  3. Staff Committee on Tuesday at lunch.  Please post agenda items on the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Monday so that agendas can be distributed by 3 on Monday,
  4. Patti will be meeting with a representative from the Langara Nursing program on Friday morning to discuss classroom presentations.
  5. Walkathon for Kids with Cancer at 2:00 on Friday afternoon.  Meet in the gym.  You will be called down.

Have a great week everyone!

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