Weekly Message #2-20

Shadow or no shadow?

This week marks the halfway mark of a year which has brought many challenges in our communications with each other.  The loss of our time to meet and discuss topics of importance as a full staff has left a communication void.  I appreciate the sensitivity and trust that we show each other as we try to deal respectively and professionally with the restrictions that job action has placed on all of us.

Articulation is in full swing and I want to say thank you to everyone who contributes to making this “rite of passage” a success for our grade 7’s.  Thanks especially to Paul and Richard for walking the kids over to DT in the pouring rain last week.  As the second half of the year unfolds, we will be making plans for our Grade 7 “Grad”.  As most of you know, we did not sign up for a grad cruise this year and instead we are looking at putting together an on site celebration which includes all staff and parents in a more meaningful way.  One representative from each grade 7 class will be meeting with Paul and me in the near future to put together some suggestions or a survey for grade 7’s about what they would like to have.  We’ll keep you all informed as it unfolds.

Congratulations to the Canadian Womens’ Soccer Team who qualified for the Olympics by beating Mexico this weekend.


  1. Patti will be attending a Smartboard Administrators’ group at Livingstone afterschool on Tuesday.  This group is looking at ways to continue to support classroom use of Smartboards
  2. Grade 2’s will receive a “Do Bugs Need Drugs?” presentation on Wednesday between 1 and 3.  Two groups will be formed for a 30 – 40 minute presentation.
  3. Groundhog Day on Thursday – what will be our winter fate?

Happy Four Day Week Everyone!


Weekly Message #2-19

It always amazes me how little snow it takes to provide so many hours of fun for our students.  Last week was the best of both worlds – enough snow to slide down the hill but not enough to make driving to work a nightmare!  (I would be quite happy if that was it for snow this year but I doubt we’ll be that lucky.)

One of the things I enjoy about our school is viewing the displays of student work that teachers put up on our bulletin boards.  I think that the parents enjoy seeing their child’s work on display and the positive feeling that we have in our hallways is enhanced by the presence of children’s art and other work.  Thanks to all of you who are contributing to making our school such a positive place by sharing work from your classrooms.

Thanks also to the main floor staff members for organizing our Chinese New Year luncheon on Monday. I am sure it will be delicious and a great chance for all of us to get together and say farewell to Dawn.


  1. Chinese New Year lunch on Monday – all staff are welcome!
  2. Monthly Assembly on Thursday at 1:00 – sponsored by Div. 3.  Our theme will be “Women in Sports”.  The Student Council is asking everyone to wear red and white that day.

Have a great week everyone – school year’s almost half over

Weekly Message #2-18

Like me, the biggest question on your minds right now might be – “Will there be snow?”  The weather report maintains that there is a good possibility.  Here are a few important reminders should this happen:

  • School will likely be open but closures will be announced on the local radio stations.  If school is closed, you should not come to work
  • If it is open, you are expected to be here.  Of course, you will make the best decision for your safety.  Administration will be out on the playground for break time so unfortunately, we will not be as available for you.  Feel free to email us or leave us a note if you are finding it difficult to touch base.
  • Please help us out by reminding students to dress appropriately for the weather and by telling them that throwing snow is not allowed at any time for any reason.

Rob Nijjar is a parent at our school who has signed up to be co-chair of our PAC this year.  Rob has extensive experience working with school PACs and we are excited to have his time and input.  Rob and I will be meeting with a playground rep on Monday morning to seek information and costing for the final piece of equipment for the primary playground.  Since we will be getting our $28,000 back from the provincial government, we are hoping to move ahead fairly quickly with our final phase.


  1. There will be a PAC meeting in the library on Tuesday morning from 9:00 – 10:00.
  2. Patti & Dawn will be at the Superintendent’s meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul will be in charge while we are gone.
  3. Student Council meeting this Thursday.  Once PJ day is done, students will be sharing information to encourage students to wear red and white to school on January 26th to support Women’s soccer and Canada’s efforts to qualify for the next winter Olympics.  We will have a school assembly that day (led by Div. 3) and it would be great to see lots of red and white in the audience!
  4. Pj and Stuffy day this Friday.  Hopefully some staff members will participate in this fun, team building day.
  5. We are all looking forward to a delicious Chinese food lunch next Monday.  Thanks in ad vance to the organizers!

Weekly Message #2-17

Well, we made it through the first week and the good news is that the “darkest” month of the year (December 7 – January 5) is over.  The days are beginning to grow longer – Hurray.  The weatherman tells us that winter still has plans for us, so we’ll see.

You may have noticed the nine new computers for the library mini lab have arrived.  Aris will be hooking them up this week.  Not sure how we will pay for them yet – I am still hoping to have a Spellathon once job action is done.  We’ll wait and see on that as well.  In the meantime, neccessity ruled that we needed to move ahead.

Dawn has started preparations for the FSA.  The job action mandate indicates that teachers will not be participating in the FSA administration this year.  Nonetheless, Dawn and I are required to make sure it is done.  Once materials are organized, we will let you know the dates for the test and how we will organize students to participate.

Please join me in welcoming Heidi Newcombe this week who will be filling in for Cybil during her mat leave.


  1. Supervision Aide meeting at 10:45 on Monday – no bookings for classroom coverage please.
  2. Student Council Meeting this Thursday at noon.  Please take note of the dates for some upcoming Student Council initiatives.  Pyjama & Stuffy Day this month and a school wide Pancake Breakfast in February.  More details will come to you via the Student Council members.

Weekly Message #2-16

We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.  ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce


Happy New Year everyone.  I hope your holiday was restful and full of fun.  Please join me in welcoming all of our new staff members this week.


As in the quote above, I always think that the new year brings us fresh possibilities and opportunities.  At the same time, there will be challenges.  The ongoing teacher job action has brought additional stress and worry for all of you.  There appears to be no end in sight and the likelihood of escalation seems high.  Please know that the relationships that we have with each other are much more important than job action and contract negotiations.  The respect, support and caring nature of our staff will help us to navigate these difficult times.


I look forward to working with all of you in 2012 and know that we will accomplish many positive things with our students.  Welcome back.




As far as I know, there are no special events planned for this week – we’ll just take the time to settle in!  Have a great week.