Weekly Message #3-25

images-1Welcome to Pink Day Week!  The students of Division 4 have been working hard to prepare an engaging assembly for everyone which emphasizes friendship, getting along and being kind to one another.  Please encourage your students to “show their pink” on Wednesday.  Student Council members will come around to classes after the assembly with pink ribbons for anyone who forgot to wear pink (optional of course!).

The staffing and projections part of the spring is ramping up so I will be sending out my usual survey to teachers and SSSAs asking about their preferences for next year.  Right now, our “approved” projection is around 444 (down 30 from this year).  I don’t think we will have a big dip next year and will be working hard to find the evidence I need to support this.  Please help me out by getting students to return their “Are you returning?” sheets in a timely way.

Moberly clothing is selling slowly.  We will have a fashion show at Wednesday’s assembly and the deadline for orders will be March 4th.  The order will go in next week.

Please join me in welcoming Sheena Narain to our office team.  Sheena speaks both Hindi and Punjabi!  Your patience as Yvette and Sheena find their footing in the office is much appreciated.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Resource Reports are due Monday and classroom reports are due Wednesday.  Patti is reading evens (and resource).  Henry is reading odds.  Please let us know if your reports will be late.
  2. Henry away Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning at workshops.
  3. Code Red Drill on Tuesday.  Kevin Parkinson (SLO) will be here at 12:30 in the staffroom to speak with all staff members.  The drill will follow at about 1:10 p.m.  Please review the procedures handed out to you on the red sheet a few weeks ago (also in your orange and yellow flip book).
  4. Student Assembly on Pink Day (Wednesday).
  5. Patti absent Friday – hopefully David will have his eye surgery this time! Regular SSSA meeting postponed to Friday March 8th at 8:30 a.m.

Have a great week everyone.

Weekly Message #3-24

Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!

On Tuesday evening, the PAC is hosting a guest speaker on Cyberbullying.  They will be providing lots of information on how to keep kids safe on the internet.  Staff are welcome to join us.  The other schools who have had this group present have said it was very helpful for everyone.

Thanks to everyone for your support of our Compliments and Candy Kisses project last week.  I was so impressed by the number of sheets turned in and the quality of the compliments that many of the students had developed.  Hopefully, everyone received at least compliment – you all deserve one!

As report card time looms, please feel free to run your template by the office if that is helpful.  This term, Henry will be reading odds and Patti will be reading evens and resource reports. Thanks in advance for taking the time to proofread your reports before handing them in.

Please join me in welcoming Yvette Chamberlain as our new OAA.  Monday is her first day.

Finally, on a personal note, my gratitude to all of you for the moral support as I deal with all my family needs!  David continues to improve every day and will have his much awaited eye surgery this Thursday (I’ll be away that day).  Hopefully this third surgery will return his vision.  My mom is making a good recovery.  Although we are not sure what the long term prognosis will be, she is getting stronger and is now able to do a circuit around the hallway at the hospital.  She is sharing a four bed room with 3 men!  This has been an adjustment for an 81 year old.  Just to keep us hopping, we added in a 2 a.m. trip to emergency with my Dad last night.  He was having trouble breathing and turns out he is verging on pneumonia.  Yikes!  We have brought him to our house for the duration and he is settling in nicely.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Cyberbullying presentation at PAC meeting Tuesday evening.  7:00 in the new gym.
  2. Patti away Wednesday morning at the VSB.
  3. Do Bugs need Drugs presentation for Grade 2 students in the old gym Wednesday afternoon – details to follow.
  4. Raman will be here to talk to classes about Spring Break programs on Thursday afternoon.
  5. Patti away all day Thursday.
  6. Aboriginal School Based Team on Friday.  Agendas will go in affected teachers’ boxes.

Weekly Message #3-23

imagesI don’t know about you but I am enjoying our first Family Day!  What a great treat to have a long weekend in the middle of February.  As we head into Valentine’s week, I am thankful for your support in helping to make sure our “Compliments and Candy Kisses” Student Council project is a big success.  I have already received some lovely compliments from some of our primary students!  As advertised, Student Council members will be on hand this week at recess and from 12:30 – 1 to receive completed forms and hand out one candy kiss for the form (Limit one per customer please).

I am pleased to let you know that Yvette Chamberlain has accepted the OAA position in our office and will be starting on February 18th.  We will be very sad to let Rachelle go but I am sure that you will enjoy working with Yvette who many of you will have met before Christmas.  The extra clerical position was filled by a Punjabi speaking applicant who is currently on Maternity leave.  Manpreet will start in Feb. 2014.  In the meantime, we have reposted the position as a 1 year temporary job and it should be filled soon.

I was thrilled to receive notification from Adopt a School that both of our grant submissions were approved.  We have received approximately $6700 to support a Kindergarten Levelled Literacy Kit and support materials for our new Sensory Room. Pearl (OT) will be at Moberly on Tuesday to provide some guidance on selected resources for our room.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Both Henry and Patti will be away at the board all day on Wednesday.  Paul will be in charge.
  2. Chinese luncheon on Wednesday – Thank you Narinder for organizing.
  3. School Based Team on Thursday to hear the report out on our two Psych Ed assessments.

Have a great short week everyone!

Weekly Message #3-22

UnknownI am hoping for a less eventful week this week.  Last Monday, my mom spent the night in the hospital to receive an emergency blood transfusion.  She is feeling much better – thank goodness.  Then my poor graceful husband lost his footing on the second step from the bottom in our front hall on Wednesday at noon.  He had a terrible tumble resulting in a sprained ankle and a dislocated / fractured shoulder.  He is in a great deal of pain but is now able to get up and down from a chair without my assistance.  We find out on Wednesday whether he will need surgery to repair his shoulder.  To top it off, we had the “unveiling” of David’s mother’s headstone today – a Jewish tradition which recognizes the end of the year long mourning period,  The guests have just left and so I finally have time to sit down and write my weekly message.  I look forward to returning to school tomorrow!

Thank you to Henry and Paul for their extra help and support over the past couple of days.

The Student Council’s “Compliments & Kisses” event will start this week.  I will hand out the forms for your classes and explain the program at our Tuesday Staff Meeting.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Supervision Aide monthly meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Monday
  2. Staff Committee meeting Tuesday at noon.  If you have any agenda items, please let me or Paul know asap as we will put out an agenda on Monday.
  3. JO Articulation team on site to meet with Grade 7 teachers at 1:00 on Tuesday
  4. Green Thumb Theatre here to perform “Night Light” for K-7 on Wednesday afternoon.