Weekly Message #4-5

images-1This Friday is our Walkathon for Kids with Cancer.  Congratulations to Paula who has raised over $400 with her popcorn sales.  We are hoping to surpass our previous collection of $3000.  Please do your best to encourage students to bring in their money.  It’s probably a good idea for us to announce our totals each day this week leading up to Friday’s walk.  Paula and I would welcome some volunteers to count money each day.  Please let us know if you are able to help out.

We are all looking forward to a great Pro-d day on Monday.  Thanks to our pro-d committee for planning the speakers and organizing our day.  Thanks also to our social committee for organizing a delicious Thai lunch for us.  Sessions will be from 9-11:30 and 12:30 – 3:00.  We want to make the most of having two such excellent presenters available to us so we will not be taking any breaks during our sessions.

I forwarded the application and information for the Collaborative Inquiry money available this year.  We did not apply last year and misses out on a big chunk of funding.  Let’s make sure we take advantage of this opportunity this year.  Please think it over and we’ll discuss at Tuesday’s Staff Committee meeting.

Two of our three positions have been filled.  Congratulations to Maggie who is the successful candidate for the Kindergarten position.  Maggie will move into her new position in September 2014.  In the meantime, the position has been posted as temporary position which will run until June 2014.  The .2 Resource position has been filled by Mary Skarsgard.  Mary currently works as a resource teacher two days a week at Kitchener.  Her first day at Moberly will on Thursday.  Welcome, Mary!  The Gr. 3 job share / resource position is still in the process of being filled so Shannon will be staying with us for a little while longer.

Speaking of resource support, I know that many people are finding our organization and the very limited flexibility of time slots challenging.  Here are some of the reasons why we have struggled with the schedule this year:

  • Early primary (K/1) should note that staffing for that level was decreased by .2 this year (That’s seven fewer periods a week). Last year we had .6 of LIF money to fund early intervention.  This year we have .4 LIF for early intervention and .4 LIF for low incidence support.
  • We are very focused on providing intensive support for reading this year including:Corrective Reading for Gr. 4-7, Reading A-Z in ability groups for Grades 2/3, and for K/1 – Reading recovery, and Leveled literacy.
  • In addition we are providing 10 periods a week of ELL reception support.
  •  All of these programs were slotted into the timetable first leaving little flexibility for the remainder of our scheduling.

Please bring any questions or concerns that you have about our resource schedule to Tuesday’s staff committee meeting.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Pro -D day on Monday – Adrienne Gear (Power Reading with Fiction and Non Fiction) and Lori Sherritt-Fleming (Writing and Vocabulary Development)
  2. Staff Committee Meeting Tuesday at lunch.  Agenda items to the clipboard in the staff room by noon on Monday so that agendas can be distributed on Monday afternoon.
  3. Walkathon for Kids with Cancer Friday at 1:00.  We will start with a very short assembly in the gym before heading out for out walk (rain or shine).  The amount of time and distance of your walk is up to you.  Keep those coins coming!
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