Weekly Message #3-10

You could win one of these cups of Halloween sweets!

Have you been reading the blog?  If you read this, send me an email by Wednesday at noon and I’ll enter your name in a draw for a cup full of Halloween sweets.

It’s Spellathon time!  Your boxes are full of materials to support our upcoming Spellathon.  I have purchased several large prizes this weekend and Jane and I will go to the toy warehouse on Monday afternoon to purchase the smaller items.  We will kick off the event at our regular monthly assembly this Wednesday.  It should be an exciting day!  Please handout the parent letters on Wednesday.

Please consider adding something to the “Smile” board this week.  I have put a few things up as examples – we all need something to get us through the grey months.


  1. Jasleen from the Moberly Arts Centre will be pitching an after school program for Grade 5 and 6 girls on Monday morning between 11:20 and 12:10.  Ten minutes per class.
  2. Patti will be at a Principals’ meeting on Tuesday morning so will arrive late.
  3. Pro-D committee meeting on Tuesday at lunch.
  4. Assembly Wednesday morning at 9:00. Sponsored by Div. 1.  Introduction of Student Council and launch of Spellathon
  5. Wednesday is Salad day for those who have signed up.
  6. Staff Committee meeting on Thursday at lunch.  Please have any agenda items to Paul by Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

Weekly Message #3-9

Scenery from our walk around Lost Lake at Whistler

We enjoyed a great weekend at Whistler where we woke up on Friday morning to the first snowfall of the year!  Our conference speaker was Andy Hargreaves who spoke to us about his recent book, “Professional Capital”  At the risk of oversimplification, I would summarize his message in the following way: “Well educated teachers with good social skills who make good decisions are the most important part of our schools when it comes to helping students”.  He went on to share with us some ways that we can work in our schools to support teachers in the three areas of: human capital, social capital and decisional capital.  Dr. Hargreaves is hoping to work with the Vancouver district on this topic over the next couple of years and is planning to offer some opportunities for teachers to become involved with his work.  If you are interested in reading his book, just let me know.

I hope you all had positive and inspirational pro-d experiences on Friday.  If you learned something new or exciting, please consider sharing with a colleague.  Learning from each other’s pro-d experiences is an untapped potential gold mine!

I will be working hard to put together Spellathon packages and wish lists this week.  Stay tuned.  I will be absent on Monday so Jane is in charge.


  1. National School Library Day on Monday.  Let’s all do our parts to show our support for the importance of school libraries.  Kudos to Gwen for organizing a school celebration and for lining up some community partners to be “guest readers”.  It would be great if everyone could participate in “Drop Everything and Read” in the afternoon.
  2. Police constables from the Ross St Community Policing office will be here on Tuesday afternoon to talk to Grade 6 and 7 classes regarding Halloween safety
  3. Goal Setting Interviews this week.  Most people will be doing their interviews on Wednesday night and Thursday.  Please make sure to give a copy of your schedule to the office so that we can support you.
  4. Health & Safety Meeting this Friday at 8:00 in the staffroom.  If you have any employee safety concerns that need to be addressed, please list them in the Health & Safety log by Thursday at noon
  5. If the weather cooperates, we will have a Fire Drill this week.  Please be prepared.
  6. Tentative SSSA meeting this Friday at 8:30 in the Sensory room.



Weekly Message #3-8

Please take note of our new bulletin boards in the staffroom.  This is a place where we can share pictures, thoughts, ideas and resources that make us SMILE.  With the gray, wet weather coming, we all need to look for ways to bring in some sunshine!

Now that the rainy weather is with us, intermediate students are being asked to gather in the lunch room instead of in the hallways.  Based on last year’s hallway experiences, they seemed to be the group that was the noisiest and had the most trouble with behaviour.  If you have any games or activities you’d like to donate to the lunchroom, please let me know and we’ll put some stuff down there for them to do.  I will ask Kelly to give you all 3 hall passes.  If you have 3 or fewer students who want to work on homework outside your classroom on rainy days, they can do so with their passes.  Jane and I will do our best to work with the supervision aides to support this plan.  Your support in working with us is always appreciated.

We have almost finished selecting the members for this year’s Student Council.  I hope to announce their names on Monday.


  1. Renee Diemert here to meet with teachers of aboriginal students at recess on Monday in Peggy’s resource room.
  2. PAC meeting on Tuesday morning in the library from 9:00 – 10:00
  3. Area meeting this Wednesday morning.  Jane and Patti will be at the VSB.  Paul is in charge.
  4. Patti and Jane will also attend the Governance meeting for the Community Schools Team at JO on Thursday morning from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
  5. District Earthquake Drill on Thursday morning.  This will be an indoor drill only.  Please remind students of appropriate procedures.
  6. If you have not already done so, please inform Brenden (our Pro-D Chair) of what you will be doing on Friday’s pro-d day (and where you will be).  CUPE staff members should let Patti know their plans.  It is important that we are accountable for this time.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #3-7

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  I can’t remember a Thanksgiving when we’ve had better weather.

I feel like I should be singing “I can see clearly now”!  I am so pleased to have my eye surgery done and even more pleased with the results.  Aside from some mild irritation, my eye is fully recovered and the world is in sharper focus.  Thanks to everyone who helped keep the ship afloat during my absence.

I will be meeting with two police constables this week to plan some safety talks for our senior students – particularly focused on fireworks and Halloween safety.

After meeting with Jennifer Andersen last week, we have some plans in place to improve our SSSA situation.  She has confirmed our additional SSSA and we will hopefully get an extra .5 later this month to help with break coverage.  As a result, I will be working to modify the current break schedule this week and then again when we get the additional staffing.  Your patience is appreciated.

Thanks to Gwen for organizing our volunteer readers for this year.  Please note that “One to One” starts this week and for those who are on the schedule, there is a green schedule in your boxes. Please  have the students start down to the library a couple of minutes before their designated time so they will have the whole time with the volunteer.


  1. TJ from Yball will be talking to classes on Tuesday about this year’s program.
  2. Renee Diemert will be here at recess on Thursday to meet with Patti and the teachers who have aboriginal students in their classes this year.  The model for supporting our aboriginal students has changed and she would like to present some options for working with our 4 students.

Have a great 4 day week everyone!