Weekly Message #3-6

It’s hard to believe that next week is Thanksgiving already.  Although it’s been a difficult September in many ways, the good news is that we have survived it!  Our SSSA situation continues to be unresolved but I will be meeting with Jennifer Andersen from the VSB this week to work out the details.  Hopefully, it will all be resolved by week’s end.  I am thankful for your hard work, commitment and patience.

I hope to get Morning announcements up and running by next week.  Thanks to Jen who has provided me with some “Mind up” messages.  In addition, I’d like to ask for some “gratitude” messages from the kids.  I’ll put some sheets in your box.  That way we can feature one or two a week for the next while. For music on Fridays this year, I’d like to ask staff members for the name of their favourite songs.  This is totally optional for you to participate.  I will put a blank form in your box and you can hand it back to me if you are willing to have your favourite song featured one Friday.

You might want to consider getting your picture taken on Monday’s photo day.  One of the perks with our Photo company is that each staff member can have a complimentary small photo package.  You get to see the proof before you put in your order.

Student Council forms went in your boxes on Friday.  Please encourage students who are interested to return their forms by this Friday (October 5th).  Jane and I will review them and likely seek your opinion on the best choices for this year’s leadership team.

On a personal note, I will be having eye surgery on Wednesday and therefore will be absent on Wednesday and Thursday.  I hope to return on Friday with better eyesight!!!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Photo Day Monday
  2. Supervision Aide Meeting between recess and lunch on Monday.
  3. Joy Jose (Filipino Multicultural Home School Worker) has asked to speak with staff for 10 minutes at recess on Tuesday to let you know about support she can offer to Filipino families.
  4. Staff Ctte meeting on Tuesday at lunch.  We have lots of business to discuss so please try to arrive promptly.  Agendas should be in your boxes on Monday.
  5. SSSA meeting Friday at 8:30.  Pearl will be here to review our needs for the sensory room.  Please also bring your creative ideas for break coverage groupings.

Have a great week everyone.

Weekly Message #3-5

Autumn
When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year.
~Charlotte L. Riser~ 

Understanding our brains, getting in touch with our senses and taking time for gratitude – sounds like a pretty good reason to come back to work after a wonderful weekend.  Thank you Jennifer for taking on our large group for training this Monday.  I know it will be a great day.

This week we will do our “class review”  This is your chance to give us a heads up on any children for whom you have concerns.  As indicated in your information sheet, please take the time to jot down notes prior to coming to the meeting so that we can move along quickly and efficiently.  Peggy is our new School Based Team chair and I’m sure she would appreciate our help in making this work.

Issues around SSSA support remain unresolved at this point.  I did hear late on Friday through email that Mike will be extended for one more week.  Hopefully, we will be on track by the end of September.  I will set a meeting with SSSAs this week to take suggestions re break coverage.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Monica Magbag (former Moberly student) will be here on Tuesday afternoon to promote two new Awesome after school programs.  Thank you for welcoming her into your classrooms.

 

Weekly Message #3-4

The Marathon of Hope

We managed to tick off a couple of our September events last week.  It seems I got the calendar a bit mixed up as some people had different dates for Meet the Teacher and Terry Fox.  Sorry about that.  However, I’m glad that both events were a success.  Classroom numbers for Meet the Teacher ranged from 2 – 13 or 14 per class.  Harjinder is having her “Meet the Teacher” on Monday night and after that the winners of ice cream will be announced.  We were very pleased to sign up about 20 parents to attend our PAC meeting this week.  Let’s hope they follow through!

We were blessed with a beautiful day for our Terry Fox Run.  Thanks to all of our staff for supporting this event and helping out by collecting money until the end of this week.

I know that many of you are concerned about the dismal state of our SSSA schedule.  I share your concerns!  I have had several conversations with the District office about ways to improve our schedule and to better meet the needs of our students.  I will continue to lobby on behalf of our staff and kids and will let you know how we fare.  I appreciate the support of our Inclusion consultant, Pat Sykes who has already made one visit and will be returning to provide more ideas.

Thanks to our new Pro-D committee for getting organized so quickly.  I believe we can look forward to a “Mind Up” training day next Monday.  We will be checking with you to see how many books and chimes we need to order to support the program.  If you haven’t already done so,  take a moment to read the article I handed out at our first meeting.  There are lots of great insights into how Mind Up can work for students.  Also, if you are interested in visiting a Mind Up classroom “in action”, let me know and I’ll see what I can arrange.

Kudos to all of you who are helping with Cross Country and Soccer this fall term.  The Moberly students are so lucky to have your time and support.  Special thanks to Dan for his role in supporting our extra curricular sports programs.

EVENTS THIS WEEK

  1. Patti and Jane will be at the Superintendent’s meeting this Wednesday.  Paul will be in charge while we are out of the building.

Have an awesome week everyone.!

Weekly Message #3-3

Goodbye Mr. Golden Sun! 😦 I hope you all had a chance to enjoy those last rays of summer sun on Saturday.  Hopefully, we’ll have a return to sunshine before too long.

The good news is that after Friday’s “surprise” Fire Drill, we can wait a little while before our next one.  The other good news is that our organization was confirmed by HR on Friday.  We will go ahead with the shift to new classes first thing on Monday morning.  Classroom teachers should have 3 things in their boxes – the new class list, an alpha list for the whole school and new lists for the classes related to last year’s students.  My apologies that the new class lists do not have the correct room numbers on them.  You’ll have to refer to the staff list for the room numbers if you don’t know them.  Here’s hoping that the transition goes smoothly.  Please let me know if there are any problems or concerns.

As you meet your new students, be inspired by their potential, knowing that our job is to “meet them where they are  and move them forward.”

Please promote “Meet the Teacher” night with your students – we want to get as many parents out as possible!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. New year assembly (should be short!) – Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m.  We will review school rules and expectations.  Hopefully it will be inspirational!  Paul Czene will bring greetings from Sunset Community Centre
  2. Meet the Teacher night – Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  Approx. 30 mins with you in the classroom followed by cookies in the lunchroom.  Packages of handouts and information will be in your boxes asap.

Weekly Message #3-2

I never sleep well the night before school starts.  Worries about what I’ve forgotten to prepare or problems that may occur dance through my head all night.  It always fascinates me that you can easily wipe out that “well rested summer feeling” in the first week of school.  Nonetheless, there is still a sense of excitement which comes with a fresh year and the opportunities it will bring to make a difference for our students.  I spent two days last week at a workshop with education guru, Andy Hargreaves.  He shared the teachings of his new book on “Professional Capital”  Nothing really new here – just a reminder of what we all know.  Good teachers make the difference.  Good thing that Moberly is full of not only good ,but great teachers!  One quote from Andy which stuck with me was: “Great teachers are not the ones who hand pick the best kids but the ones who do the best things with the ones they get”  I look forward to working with all of you again this year as we do “our best” for the kids.

We have 2 staff meetings this week.  Agendas are in your packages.  Please bring your questions to these meetings and we will do our best to provide the information and support you need.  Be gentle with Jane as she only heard about her “promotion” late in the summer.  It will take a little bit of time for our office team to get up to speed.

Please note that we will have a Meet the Teacher night next week.  I will share information with you at our staff meetings about the format and expectations as we invite our parent community to be part of the learning.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Staff meeting on Tuesday at 10:00 in the staffroom
  2. Staff meeting at lunch on Thursday in the library (I need to use the Smartboard).  I will provide a pizza lunch so hurry down.

Have a great first week, everyone.