Weekly Message #7-24


Here’s hoping the daffodils win!

I really believed that I could prevent the snow just by hoping, but apparently not!  Fortunately, it looks like it will all be gone by tomorrow.  It was a great “gig” weekend.  Thanks to Barb (Karen & Teresa) and Tom (Winnie) who came to the Friday night performance.  We were also pleased to see Van & Evie Gale on Saturday night.  Van used to be the PE Teacher at Moberly many years ago now.  The band was in top form and it was a full house!

We are almost to Spring Break – can’t believe it.  I am so glad that we are getting our interviews done this week so we can start fresh on Term 3 after the break.  Please make sure to provide your schedules to the office asap.  I will be staying late on Wednesday night and Karl will take the Thursday shift (I have a meeting at the VSB).

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour next Saturday as we transition back to Daylight Savings Time.


  1. Pro-D meeting on Monday at lunch.
  2. Patti at the area meeting on Wednesday morning – Karl will stay behind to provide make up preps at 9:50 in the morning for those who will miss due to early dismissal on Wednesday and Thursday.
  3. Parent Teacher Interviews – official times 2-8 on Wednesday and 2-6 on Thursday.
  4. Movie time on Friday.  The primaries will be watching “The Secret Life of Pets” with Karl in the old gym.   The intermediates will be watching “The Wild Life” in the new gym with Patti.  Please have students join us at 9:30.  They should bring everything they need for recess with them.  I expect the movies will end around 11:30.  Please be prepared to take your students back at that time.  Enjoy the gift of time!

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-23

It feels like last week was a whirlwind of activity.  A wonderful week full of great things for staff and students!  This week looks to be busy but less jam packed as we finish up our report cards.

Thank you to Brenden for organizing a very powerful pro-d experience on Friday.  It was obviously very thought provoking in the moment but also provided much food for thought in the long run.  I appreciate the honesty and emotion that was expressed and feel thankful that you will continue to support each other as we consider the responsibility we have to acknowledge and respect the cultural perspectives of the indigenous people of Canada.

dsc00299On that note, I have included a picture of the medicine bags made by Sousana’s students with Kim’s help!  They are really beautiful and the kids are so proud of their work.  On behalf of all of us, I would like to congratulate Sousana who has accepted a secondment to work in the Employee Services department at the VSB from Spring Break to the end of the year.  Sousana will be helping with the recruitment and hiring of new teachers – a much needed outcome of the new/restored staffing requirements.

It’s Hot Chocolate week so thanks in advance for releasing Student Council reps as needed and for the disruptions that food delivery will cause to your classrooms.  We hope it will go smoothly!

Make up preps from Friday will be on Wednesday afternoon – Karl will provide the details.  It’s the penultimate week before Spring Break!  Karl and I are planning our usual movie presentation next Friday (the 10th) from 9:30 – 11:30ish.  Hopefully, this gift of time will allow you to leave for the break with a “spring” in your step!


  1. School Based Team with SLP.  Agendas will be distributed on Monday.  We have space on the agenda if anyone wants to slide in a PRIS form on Monday morning.
  2. Grade 2/3 Reading Group meeting at lunch on Wednesday in the library.
  3. Staff Committee meeting on Thursday at noon in the staffroom.  Please hand in agenda items by noon on Wednesday.
  4. SSA meeting in the library at 8:15 on Friday.
  5. Reports home on Friday.  Please do not send any reports home before Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

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!


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