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!

Weekly Message #7-1


Welcome back everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer break.  Congratulations to Shannon on her wedding this summer – a beautiful bride!

We are heading in to an exciting year with lots of challenges / excitement.  Here are a few upcoming topics on our radar:

  1. Full implementation of the new curriculum
  2. A very limited budget based on cutbacks
  3. Consideration of closure of Trudeau (decision in December) which could lead to closure of the DRPC and inclusion of up to 300 more students at Moberly for September 2017.

In spite of these challenges, I know it is going to be a SUPER year given our amazing staff and the work we have already done towards following the new curriculum.  I look forward to supporting the changes you are making to plan lessons which are inclusive and student focused.

This year’s theme is “Superheroes / What’s your superpower?”   and I think it will support our students in developing their confidence and understanding their own personal goals. I have picked up a few theme books to support this topic and would love to come and visit your classrooms to read to the students.   Hopefully this year’s theme will be fun for everyone.

Information packages are in your boxes but please take note of the following assignments for non-enrolling teachers the first week.  I will update you on staff changes and enrolment numbers at Tuesday’s meeting.  Thanks in advance to everyone for their flexibility and support.

  1. New students will report to Harjinder (intermediate) Rm 203 or Theresa (primary) Rm 005.
  2. Pamela will take last year’s K (Wong) in Room 110 from Wednesday morning for the rest of the week.
  3. Anita will collect last year’s K (Lancaster) from Rm 116 on Wednesday morning and will take them for the rest of the week to Rm 207
  4. Anne/ Tim will collect last year’s K (Badh) from Rm 115 on Wednesday morning and take them for the rest of the week to Rm 021
  5. Shannon will take Mira/Arwyn’s class from Rm 106 to the library for the rest of the week. Melissa’s TOC will be with them on Friday.

In addition, please note that the fee information in your packages is not correct (it’s last year’s – sorry)  As discussed at staff committee, all students will be paying $45 this year.


  1. Staff meeting on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in the staffroom.
  2. Updated training for those working with the Blue twins at 9:45 with Sarah Thorsteinson.
  3. Staff meeting on Thursday at 12:10 in the staffroom
  4. SSSA meeting in the library at 8:15 on Friday morning

Have a great first week everyone!

Weekly Message #6-38

The last weekly message of the school year!  It was a quiet weekend at the Plottel home -thankfully.  So nice to just rest and get a few things done.  As we head in to the final week for students we can look forward to nothing but sunshine!


The Grade 7 grad went as smooth as silk thanks to the many people who worked to make it happen.  Thanks to the parent volunteers, students and most of all the Grade 7 teachers.  Maria’s class did a wonderful job of filling both gyms with stars and we are very grateful to Harj for booking the DJ and finding/booking the caterer.

Thanks also to Karl for booking and organizing the Aquavan.  I heard lots of positive comments from the students about their experience in the program.

On a sad note, when I went to get the awards from the front hall for this week’s assembly, I discovered that the Vijay Misri award was missing.  Please keep your eyes open for it – but I suspect it was stolen.😦 We will replace it but if you have any memory of who has won the award in the past, please let me know.

I am looking forward to Moberly Idol on Tuesday and if the talent at the Volunteer Tea was indicative of what we will see this year, we are in for a treat!  Also, I can hardly wait to see the staff dance group!

A reminder to everyone that if students are leaving before the last day, you should not give them their report cards.  Report cards will not be released until Wednesday.


  1. Health & Safety meeting on Monday morning at 8:15 in the staffroom.
  2. Moberly Idol Tuesday morning 9:00 – until it’s over!
  3. Awards Assembly Wednesday morning 9:00 – 10:30
  4. Staff Breakfast Thursday morning at 8:00 – make sure you check out Barb’s instructions emailed to us on Friday.

Have a great last week everyone!

Weekly Message #6-37

We spent Father’s Day in Chilliwack at my youngest sister’s home – she put on a delicious brunch for all of us.  The highlight was visiting with her twelve 6 week old labradoodle puppies – so adorable and obviously very popular as they have already sold 9 of them!  Hoping all of you had a great Father’s Day.

We have completed our interviews and have 3 successful candidates.  I don’t have the name of our new PE prep person so Karl will let you know on Monday afterschool. Rick Pachler is our new Gr. 1/2 teacher and Pamela Lee (who subbed for Bernadette when she was off) is our new Resource Teacher.

We have three more grades to cast this week and then that task will be done until we review classes in September.  Thank you for all your efforts and the careful thought you give to this process.

We will have a staff meeting on Monday right after school and all staff members should make every effort to attend.  I will be updating you on the VSB long range facility plan – focusing on the Proposed List of Possible School Closures.  Just about every school in Vancouver will be affected in some way should the closures go forward.

Our big event this week is Grade 7 grad.  I know that not everyone has chosen to pay the cost to attend our luncheon on Friday.  If you are not there, you will get a chance to share in the celebration when the valedictorian speeches are read at our awards ceremony next week.  Also, we will continue with the Grade 7 run on the last day of school so we can all bid them good luck and farewell.


  1. Class casting this week:
  • Monday – Gr. 4 to 5
  • Tuesday – Gr. 5 to 6
  • Thursday – Gr. 6 to 7

2. Staff meeting re school closures Monday after school in the staffroom

3. Health & Safety meeting Friday morning at 8:15 in the staffroom

Have a great week everyone!



Weekly Message #6-36

imgres-3Congratulations to the Sports Day committee – the day went off without a hitch.  Well organized and I think all the kids got their food in a timely and accurate manner.  The weather wasn’t perfect but we got through it!

Let the casting begin!  Tomorrow is the first day of class casting and I realize that I haven’t even chatted with people regarding the special needs placements.  Will get on that first thing Monday morning.  Please remember that although you want to think ahead of time of where your students would be best placed, you also need to be flexible as we work to balance classes.  Class casting is a challenging task and I thank you in advance for your hard work on this.

Schedule for this week:

  • Monday       K to 1
  • Tuesday       1 to 2
  • Thursday     2 to 3
  • Friday           3 to 4

Our interview committees for the Resource and Gr. 1/2 are going back to the drawing board on Monday as all three of our selected candidates have accepted positions elsewhere.

SSAs are reminded that we are moving to Schedule #9 tomorrow.


  1. Karl is away Monday and Tuesday.
  2. Transition meetings for two new K’s at Moberly on Monday afternoon.   Patti & a Resource teacher to attend.
  3. Class casting as above
  4. Patti & Karl at an area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge
  5. Patti at a meeting at the VSB on Wednesday afternoon.
  6. Resource reports due Wednesday.
  7. Patti at a meeting at the VSB on Friday morning until 10ish -back in time for casting🙂

Three weeks to go!

Weekly Message #6-35


Apologies for the late post – it’s been a busy weekend for us.  Dinner out all three nights and a band practice at our place this afternoon so I haven’t had a minute until now (9:45 p.m.!) It’s rather overwhelming when the pace of the June weekends matches the pace of June School life.  So off we go with this week’s events.

This week we will be shortlisting applicants for each of our three openings.  Interview questions will be developed and interview times set over the next 7-10 days.  We will keep you in the loop as the process follows through.

We are looking forward to thanking our volunteers on Wednesday morning.  Our thanks to the committee who have planned a lovely morning for our guests.  All staff members are invited to join the group for recess to enjoy some snacks and fellowship with the parents / volunteers.

It definitely starts to feel like the end of the year when Sports Day rolls around.  With no options for other dates, we will be counting on a decent day this Friday.  Otherwise we’ll have to move inside!😦  Thanks to Dan and the committee for putting together a great plan.  Pizza and beverages provided for everyone at lunch as well as other goodies from your Social Committee.  Also there are enough fudgsicles at the snack station for the kids and staff.


  1. Maria, Manpreet and Patti at Advanced Health & Safety training on Monday morning.  Karl is in charge.
  2. Supervision Aides meeting on Tuesday at 11:00 in the staffroom
  3. Staff committee on Tuesday.  Agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Monday please.
  4. Volunteer Tea on Wednesday – 9:45 – 11:00
  5. Sports Day on Friday!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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