Weekly Message #6-34

The Earth needed the rain and hopefully this weekend provided!  A good excuse to stick around home and get some jobs done.  Also a good time to get some sleep in order to be ready for the upcoming June marathon.

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A huge congratulations to Maggie and Marilyn for putting together a fantastic display for last week’s Celebration of Inquiry event.  Thanks also to Sousana and anyone else who gave them a hand.  There have been so many exciting projects launched this year as part of our Inquiry learning and teaching.  We are planning to submit an application soon for next year so that teachers can continue to have access to collaborative planning time.

Thank you to Karl, the K teachers and the resource team for organizing this week’s Welcome to Kindergarten event.  We currently have over 70 students registered for K and look forward to a chance to check them out.

Tennis is now over – thank you to Dan for organizing this program.  We are grateful to our PAC for paying half the cost of the program for our students.

This is a week of School Based team in the hopes that we can clear out our list of students.  Sorry for any inconvenience this causes to your schedules.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Social Committee meeting at lunch on Monday
  2. Welcome to Kindergarten from 10 – 12 on Tuesday morning
  3. Volunteer Tea Committee meeting at lunch on Tuesday
  4. Aboriginal Education School Based Team on Wednesday and Friday from 11-12.
  5. Summer School Teachers meeting at lunch on Wednesday.  (I understand that this conflicts with a few other things but time is running out and there aren’t any days left that con’t conflict for someone,  We will make sure to pass on info to anyone who can’t make it.
  6. Moberly Idol auditions will also take place this week – sorry didn’t write down the times but I think it is Wednesday at lunch (primaries)  and Thursday after school (intermediates).
  7. Extended School Based Team on Thursday morning in Room 103.
  8. Student Council year end party at lunch on Thursday in the library.
  9. Assembly on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 sponsored by Divs. 6 & 7.
  10. SSA meeting at 8:15 on Friday morning.

Have a great week everyone!

 

Weekly Message #6-33

UnknownI love four day weekends!  David and I went to see the movie “Nice Guys” on Friday night – I don’t recommend it😦   It was nice to have a night out though, even if the movie was not excellent.  The rest of the weekend has passed in a blur – a few jobs done, a few errands run, but mostly just relaxation.

We are on the home stretch with lots of activities and events coming up over the next 6 weeks.  We are counting on all of you to help us make it to the finish line so thanks in advance for your support and help.

The resource team members will be working hard over the next few weeks wrapping up our IEPs for this year.  Please note that the last day for Resource programs / Reading Groups will be June 7th.  The resource team will be spending the last couple of weeks on paperwork, testing and file organization.  There is an additional mandate from the central office to prepare our high incidence files for possible audit.

Weather permitting, the Student Council will be running their final activity for this year – “4F Day” on Friday.  Students and staff are invited to come out and throw a frisbee to win a free freezie.  Hope you can join us.

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK:

  1. Health & Safety meeting on Friday at 8:15 in the staffroom.
  2. 4F Day on Friday at lunch on the upper grass field.

Have a great four day week everyone!

Weekly Message #6-32

images-1Another weekend flies by.  David’s band had two gigs this weekend at the ANAF.  It was great to see Barb and her friend, Jan, out on Saturday night.  The biggest surprise of the performance was the waitress from the ANAF who got up to sing with the band and turned out to have an amazing voice!

We will be talking about our staffing plan on Monday morning at recess.  It is pretty much good news for us (especially compared to other schools).  We were given .6 for our LIF! (last year was .3).  The timeline is very short and I have to submit postings by Thursday.  It looks like we will likely be posting three positions.  Looking forward to your thoughts and input.

Thank you to Karl who will be taking two of our parents to the New Curriculum Information night on Monday evening.  Our parents are looking forward to learning more about the curriculum.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Staffing meeting at recess in the staffroom
  2. Grade 7 Grad planning meeting at lunch in Room 103
  3. Patti at a meeting at the VSB on Tuesday morning.
  4. Last PAC meeting of the year on Tuesday night.  We will be thanking our executive and especially Paul Thandi for chairing the past few years.  Staff are always welcome to attend.
  5. Patti & Karl at an area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  6. Neighbourhood clean up on Thursday afternoon -Thanks to Harj for organizing this

Two four day weeks in a row!  Have a great week everyone.

 

Weekly Message #6-31

imagesI am feeling grateful for the love and support of the men in my life on Mother’s Day.  At the same time, I miss my Mom just a bit more on this day.   I hope that all of you with mothers, who are mothers or who will soon be mothers (Melissa!) enjoyed some family time on this beautiful sunny weekend.

I am also thankful for the amazing Staff Appreciation lunch we all enjoyed on Friday.  Our PAC is growing every day in its membership and capacity to support us and the school.  I look forward to seeing what they plan to do next and thank all of you for the words and actions of support that you shared with the parents and their projects.

The long awaited staffing meeting will happen (probably:) ) this Wednesday morning so please expect a staffing meeting soon after.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Grade 7 Grad planning meeting at lunch on Monday in Room 103.
  2. Ready, Set, Learn event for preschoolers on Tuesday afternoon.  Thanks to Karl for organizing this.
  3. Patti at Staffing meeting at VSB on Wednesday morning.
  4. VEPVPA book presentation at Shaughnessy on Wednesday afternoon.  Alexis, Karl and two students will be attending.

Have a great week everyone.

Weekly Message #6-30

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Enjoying a cocktail with our delicious dinner on Friday night at the Tulalip Bay Restaurant.

A little late posting this week as we just came through the door from our weekend getaway!  We had an amazing time in Washington – just the two of us – carefree with no schedules or commitments.  It didn’t hurt that we had such amazing weather – it felt more like June or July than April.  Hopefully you all had a chance to enjoy some warm sun this weekend.  We can look forward to another nice day tomorrow as we slide softly into the new week with a Professional Day.

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to think of some ideas for how you’d like to see “Meet the Teacher” night roll out as we will be meeting at lunch on Tuesday to discuss in the library.

I imagine that most people know that the VSB Trustees did not pass the budget on April 28th.  Therefore, all of the staffing allotments need to be changed to reflect the status quo.  This also means that when the cuts inevitably come before June 30th – the staffing will be adjusted again.  Sounds pretty painful and complicated.  In particular, it will be difficult for people whose jobs were on the chopping block but who are now in limbo until the budget is finally decided.  Consequently, the staffing meeting originally planned at the VSB for Wednesday morning has been changed until Friday morning.  I will be calling a meeting early the week of May 8th to share the staffing numbers and our tentative plans for your input.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Meet the Teacher “Ideas” meeting – Tuesday at noon in the library.
  2. SBT with Kathy Grimm on Thursday at 11:00 in Room 103 – agendas went in affected teachers’ boxes last week.
  3. Staff Committee meeting at noon on Thursday – agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by Wednesday at noon please.
  4. Big One at Two drill on Thursday at 2:00.  This will be an evacuation drill only – no student release this year.
  5. Patti at the VSB staffing meeting on Friday morning
  6. Grade 7 Grad planning meeting on Friday at noon.

Have a great week everyone!

 

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.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  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.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  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!

 

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