Weekly Message #7-32

IMG_1384A long weekend and sunshine – WOW!  Hope you are all taking advantage of this bonus.  We are enjoying a busy weekend with the dogs.  They are settling into a great relationship and are starting to play more actively together.  Lacey is excited to be coming to school on Tuesday this week!  Our big goal this weekend is to complete all the packing and paperwork for Dad’s move to Rosewood Manor on Tuesday.  This is a huge change for him and us.  David and I are looking forward to less responsibility on a daily basis and the freedom that will come with this.

A busy week at school as usual.  I am looking forward to the Volunteer Tea on Wednesday and want to thank Rosemary and the committee for all the work they have done to prepare for this event.

Announcements regarding our new admin will be made this Wednesday morning.  I will have the information and be able to share it with you at our Volunteer Tea at recess time on Wednesday so please make sure you come down to thank our volunteers and receive this important update.

I have Jane’s music group scheduled for Thursday’s assembly.  It feels like they might be someone else who said they wanted to perform.  Please let me know if you approached me about this because I’ve lost that bit of info in my overwhelmed brain. 🙂

Finally, a big thanks to Harj for organizing our annual “Keep Vancouver Spectacular” clean up for this Friday afternoon.  The weather is supposed to be good so it should be enjoyable for all.


  1. Volunteer Tea on Wednesday in the library.  Please come down at recess to join the group.
  2. Prep make ups for the long weekend will happen on Wednesday.  Karl will let affected teachers know the details.
  3. Last student led assembly for the year on Thursday at 9:00 led by Divs. 6 & 7.
  4. Free Freezie Frisbee Fun Day on Thursday at lunch on the upper grass field.  Student Council members will need to be released from class at 11:30 for set up.  Thanks for supporting this school spirit building event.
  5. Health & Safety Meeting on Friday at 8:15 in the staffroom.
  6. Aboriginal School Based Team (Part 1) on Friday at 11:00 in Room 103.  Agendas will go in your boxes on Tuesday.
  7. Keep Vancouver Spectacular neighbourhood clean up on Friday afternoon.

Have a great four day week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-31

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Thanks to Barb for coming out to David’s gig this weekend.  The band was great!  The weekend as usual is flying by and I am feeling very pampered on Mother’s Day as David is making waffles and bacon for brunch.  Adam is at work all day but assures me he has a card for me later. 🙂

I hope everyone enjoyed the hip hop presentation on Friday – it certainly seemed to be a hit with the kids.  I am looking forward to meeting with the performance selection committee on Tuesday at lunch to make some choices for next year.  They did such a good job this year!

I hope you are all feeling “appreciated” after Friday’s amazing lunch from the PAC.  They are an incredible group – small and mighty!  They have sincere appreciation for all that you do for their kids.

Another busy week coming up.  Lacey is coming to work with me on Monday this week if anyone wants a visit.


  1. Summer school teachers meeting in Room 103 at lunch on Monday.
  2. Performance Selection committee meeting in Patti’s office at lunch on Tuesday.
  3. PAC meeting on Tuesday night.  Staff are always welcome to attend if interested.
  4. Patti & Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.
  5. PAC Hot lunch on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!  Long weekend coming up.

Weekly Message #7-30

IMG_1343Finally a little sunshine this weekend!  Let’s hope it’s the beginning of a trend!  David, Lacey and I enjoyed some relaxation time in Steveston – although it was very busy with the tall ship and the artisan market.  Next weekend is “gig” weekend as David’s band will be playing at the ANAF on Friday and Saturday from 7:30 – 12:00.  Please join us if you are interested!  I am planning to bring Lacey to work with me on Monday so puppy lovers are welcome to drop in to my office.

Thanks for your input at the staff committee meeting on Thursday.  It seemed like we covered a lot of important topics in a short, very rushed way.

  • Thanks to Maggie, Robin & Jane for agreeing to review performances for next year.  The committee did a great job of picking this year’s performances so hopefully we will do well again for next year.  I will circulate the Arts Starts selections prior to our meeting together.
  • Our School Plan has been approved.  You can look forward to more discussion in the fall in order to nail down a specific goal.  In the meantime, we were able to buy some new resources related to self-determination and self-regulation through a Community Link Grant.  Jane and Carly will be reviewing the books and support materials.  Please feel free to ask them about the resources and how they could be used with your students.
  • I will prepare a draft brochure on Electronics use for our next Staff Committee meeting.  I’ll try to get it out to you ahead of time so you can have a look and be ready to fine tune it at the meeting
  • Staffing will be an ongoing discussion.  On Monday at lunch, I will show you my take on how to use our staffing for this year.  Please keep in mind that our resource staffing has been reduced by almost 1 FTE so the classroom position vacated by Rick will be needed to provide a position for one of our resource team members.  Also, I will be asking you if you are interested in having Music as your prep next year.  Jane is willing to do two days of music prep (instead of the PE prep currently provided by Georgia) if there is enough interest.

My apologies for the mix up with the performance date for this Friday (not last Friday 🙂 ).  Finally, we can all look forward to a delicious lunch this Friday provided by our PAC.  I’m sure it will be wonderful and it is so nice to be “appreciated”.


  1. Staffing meeting at lunch on Monday
  2. SBT on Tuesday at 11:00 – agendas are in the affected teachers’ boxes.
  3. Ready Set Learn on Tuesday afternoon.  Thanks to Karl for organizing and Narinder for overseeing this event.  Also, thanks to Sonika who will be running the program.
  4. Patti will be at the VSB later on Tuesday afternoon for a meeting.
  5. Grade 7 Grad planning meeting at lunch on Wednesday in Room 103
  6. Patti will be at a workshop on Thursday afternoon at the VSB.
  7. Performance by Metaphor on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.   Classes will be called down directly after attendance is taken.
  8. Teacher appreciation lunch on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-29

IMG_9910Hoping you all had a great weekend.  David and I went to a memorial service for a friend’s mother this Saturday and had to drive through Surrey to get there.  The crowds of people heading to the Vaisakhi parade were huge – even on the periphery.  It’s too bad the weather didn’t cooperate but at least it didn’t rain all day.  Thanks to those of you who were able to “dress” for Vaisakhi – it was wonderful to see so many of our students in their beautiful suits!

Thank you for your input on the calendar, school fees and the school plan.  It felt like we were racing to get it all done in a very short period of time.

Calendar –  will be submitted for approval with the April date changed to Monday, April 30th.

School fees – We can do a bulk purchase of headphones through the school board for $5 a student so based on your feedback and a discussion with the PAC executive, I will increase our school fees to $50 per student to include a set of headphones.  Teachers will need to consider how to store the headphones safely for use in the lab and your classrooms.

School Plan – I would like to meet with anyone interested in working on the actual School Plan goal related to our chosen focus area of social / emotional learning at lunch on Tuesday so we can bring something to next week’s staff committee.  The plan is due in May so our timeline is short.


  1. School Plan Goal sub-committee in Patti’s office on Tuesday at lunch.  Any interested staff member is welcome.
  2. Earth Day Assembly on Tuesday at 1:00 will be led by Division 5.
  3. Patti & Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning – Jane will be in charge.
  4. Patti on vacation Thursday & Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-28

Hoping that all of you had a wonderful long weekend with time for rest, relaxation and perhaps some family time!  We had a delicious buffet dinner for Easter at my Dad’s golf club with the whole family.

I am looking forward to working with you all on our School plan on Tuesday morning.  I appreciate the opportunity to get this important task done and as always anticipate your thoughtful feedback and discussion.

Wednesday will be a prep time payback day – Karl will provide the details.  With 3 days off and a missed day last week, we have a lot of time to pay back.

Thanks to all the primary teachers for interrupting your day to bring the students down for the Easter Egg Hop!  It seemed like most of the students enjoyed it.


  1. Prep coverage on Wednesday – am and pm.
  2. Patti will be at a workshop on Thursday afternoon.
  3. PAC Hot lunch and concession on Friday.

Have a great short week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-27

It’s lovely to see a bit of sunshine today – even for a brief time between rain showers. Surely the weather is going to change eventually!  We have a short week this week and next so let’s hope our long weekend next week will bring some much needed sun.  We are also hoping for some sun on Thursday for our Easter Egg Hunt.  It will go ahead rain or shine so stay tuned for the alternate venue if needed.

images-1It’s Vaisakhi on April 13th and the annual parade in Vancouver will be on Saturday. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this year but encourage others to check it out – lots of beautiful clothes and delicious food!  Please encourage students to wear their traditional clothes on Thursday.  A challenge to all staff to wear something for Vaisakhi on Thursday too!

Apologies to all for the short timeline on getting your supply orders in by Thursday.  We appreciate your commitment to meet the timeline for budgetary reasons.


  1. SBT with Kathy Grimm on Tuesday at 11:00 in Room 103.
  2. Patti will be at a meeting at Garibaldi on Tuesday afternoon.
  3. Patti will be at a meeting at the VSB on Wednesday afternoon.
  4. Easter Egg Hunt all day on Thursday.  Chocolate eggs will be delivered to intermediate classes last period.

Have a great week everyone!


Weekly Message #7-26

Sun, beautiful sun!  Finally we have some.  Although it is not very warm.  I visited the Grade 7’s and parents at the Superstore Purdy’s chocolate sale this morning and my ears felt like icicles in the short time I was there.  Sales were brisk and the students were working hard to make money for their Grad!  So grateful to the PAC for their support of this event.  There are a couple of PAC events this week.  You are always welcome to join us at the PAC meeting on Tuesday night.  Also, we will be having our second free PAC movie afterschool on Wednesday.  Staff would be very welcome to watch “The Secret Life of Pets” and to help with supervision of students!

We welcome Emelyn Tolentino who will be starting her SSA practicum at Moberly this week.  Her supervisor is Jen Erickson so looking forward to seeing her as well!

We are pleased to receive a grant from the Sheila Tripp Foundation to pay part of the cost for this Friday’s performance of Tapco.

At Tuesday’s staff meeting, I will provide you with some updates on Reporting.  I have run off three documents for each teacher.  The links to these documents are here:

Supporting the Self-Assessment and Reporting of Core Competencies is a draft resource to support teachers in meeting the requirements of the Students Progress Report Order regarding student self-assessment of the Core Competencies

Core Competencies Posters is a series of seven posters that feature the facets of the Core Competencies and “I” statements within each facet which may be helpful for students to self-assess their growth

Educator Update: Classroom Assessment provides information related to classroom assessment, including current status and next steps


  1. Supervision Aide meeting on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
  2. Staff Committee meeting on Tuesday at lunch.  Agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Monday please.
  3. PAC meeting Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the library.
  4. PAC movie “The Secret Life of Pets” in the big gym from 3:15 – 5:00.  Admission is free.  The concession will be open to sell treats.
  5. SBT for selected aboriginal students on Thursday at 11:00 a.m (Rm 103) and then a short SBT for one item at 11:30 a.m. (Patti’s office).  Agendas have been circulated.
  6. Patti at a meeting at the VSB on Thursday afternoon.
  7. SSA meeting on Friday morning in the library at 8:15 a.m.
  8. TAPCO dance performance for K-7 on Friday afternoon at 1:30 in the big gym.

Have a great week everyone!



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