Weekly Message #2-9

Happy belated Diwali to everyone. I hear that I missed a wonderful luncheon. Thank you to those who helped put it together.

It sounds like Kitty’s memorial service yesterday was beautiful. Thank you so much to all of you who pitched in to make the day go so smoothly. Kitty will be missed by all who knew her.

Thanks also for all the positive wishes sent my way as I have been recovering this week from one of the worst colds /flu that I have seen. I am hoping that none of you get it! Dawn has my heartfelt thanks for her extra efforts to keeps things running for everyone this past week.

I look forward to returning on Halloween just in time to enjoy a fun filled day with the kids and you guys too! We will be having a staff raffle at the end of the day for a skeleton pitcher full of goodies for some lucky staff member.

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

We have a quiet week planned let’s hope it stays that way. Please take extra care with your safety this week and don’t leave anything that’s irreplaceable in your rooms!

Weekly Message #2-8

With an administrators’ conference this weekend and a family wedding on Sunday night, I know that I won’t have time to send my weekly message on Sunday as usual. I have some important information to share with you this week so I thought I’d send it along today before we all head off to our professional development activities.

CRITICAL INCIDENT TEAM:

In our school, we have a critical incident team including:

Patti, Dawn, Kelly, Tom, Christine, Kit

The role of the critical incident team is to help all people affected by a critical incident* to return to pre-incident functioning.

*an unstable condition or a sudden change which has the potential to cause individuals to experience unusually strong emotional reactions and which may affect their ability to function. E.g. death of a staff member or student

Members of the critical incident team have information on how to assess and deal with critical incidents.

THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM:

The VSB has a protocol for dealing with threatening behaviour from students. The first step for staff members is to report any threatening incidents to the principal or vice principal. The situation is then reviewed by the team consisting of: Patti, Dawn, Kit, Kevin Parkinson (SLO)

Information on these two processes is available in the Critical Incidents Binder in the office. The binder also includes information on:

Guidelines for Adults Interacting with Students

Guidelines for Intervening with Potentially Suicidal Students

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

A reminder to fill out the VSB Record of Verbal Report to MCFD for every child abuse report to the Ministry and to provide the form to Patti when completed for confidential filing.

SAFETY ALERTS

If you are aware of a situation related to student safety, please contact the office immediately. If appropriate, office staff will send a safety alert to the district office for distribution to neighbouring schools.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

1.     Harjinder, Cynthia, Paul R. & Marilyn at VESTA training on Monday

2.     Diwali lunch on Wednesday. Peter will be here so we can wish him well in his retirement.

3.    Memorial service for Kitty on Saturday, October 29th from 2-4. Thanks to those who are able to come at 1:00 to help set up.

Weekly Message #2-7

A beautiful, sunny Sunday and David and I have just returned from a 2 hour walk through Steveston. I hope you have had a chance to enjoy the gift of this weekend’s gorgeous weather. We ran into Brenden and his family and he told me about the great success of our first Walkathon for Kids with Cancer. I am so happy that we have raised a significant amount of money for this very worthy cause! Thank you everyone for your support and efforts to encourage students and collect money.

Hopefully, you have all made plans for this Friday’s Pro-D day. There are dozens of choices for programs – many of them free or at little cost. Please save your receipts and submit requests for funding to Donna. This weekend is the annual administrators’ conference at Whistler, so Dawn and I will be off asap after school on Thursday.

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

1. Pro-D coming up on Friday October 21st. Please make sure that Donna knows your plans.

2. Harj, Cynthia, Marilyn and Paul R. will be at VESTA training next Monday.

3. Diwali lunch next Wednesday (the 26th)

Well… it’s a five day week but only four with the kids!

Weekly Message #2-6

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with time for family and friends. The staff at Moberly is definitely on my list of things to be thankful for!

Our Grade 1/2 position has been filled by Bernadette Mung who will join us in September 2012. Bernadette has taught at Henderson and Queen Alexandra. In the meantime, the job will be reposted as a temporary position.

I will be absent this week attending the funeral of my uncle in Ontario. Dawn is in charge – be kind to her!!

We had some vandalism in the parking lot last week in the evening (broken car windows). Please remember to be extra cautious leaving the building after dark. If you are working late, make sure that Colette knows and inform her when you are leaving.

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

1. Thank you for promoting and supporting the Walkathon for Kids with Cancer collection this week.

2. Pro-D coming up on Friday October 21st. Please make sure that Donna knows your plans.

Have a great FOUR DAY week everyone!

Weekly Message #2-5

Interviews for the Gr 1/2 position will take place on Tuesday.

It saddens me to see all the negative press being given to the Hamber pro-d day activities. The fall out for all teachers has been significant and I find myself wanting to write the paper in defense of these important days which were added on to the school year by mutual agreement between teachers and the ministry. Hopefully, you have all experienced positive pro-d activities which enhanced your skill set, renewed your enthusiasm for the difficult job that you do and provided an opportunity to talk about your profession with colleagues.  It’s unfortunate that the public doesn’t get to see how much these days and the knowledge they bring benefit their children.

Dawn and I would like to thank you all for your continuing professionalism and commitment to children during this difficult time. You are amazing!

We didn’t get to our Earthquake drill last week so stay tuned this week!

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

1. Pledge forms for the Walkathon for Kids with Cancer will go out this week. These forms encourage students to get a lump sum sponsorship (not based on the amount they walk!) and they should be able to collect the money as soon as they have someone signed up. Similar to the Terry Fox run, the Walkathon is symbolic with each student / class making the choice to walk as far as they wish.

2. School Closure Day on Friday!

Have a great FOUR DAY week everyone!