Weekly Message #4-19

I'm hoping the daffodils win!

I’m hoping the daffodils win!

It’s hard to believe that February ends this week!  The time flies so quickly.  I hope you had a chance to enjoy the late winter snowfall this weekend and that you took a break from writing report cards to enjoy some relaxation time.

We will be hosting a major media event on Tuesday morning in the lunchroom.  35 of our Strong Start students and our 65 Kindergarten students will be enjoying an author talk by Ashley Spires.  Each student will receive an autographed copy of Ms. Spires’ new book.  In addition, they will receive other free books from “First Book Canada”.  Students from John Oliver will be here to read some of the books to our students.  As a result the lunch room will be out of bounds until after 11:00 a.m.

Student council members will be in the front hall at recess and lunch from Monday to Wednesday to collect “Compliments” forms.


  1. Ashley Spires author talk for K’s 9:30 – 11 Tuesday morning in the lunchroom.
  2. Pink day assembly on Wednesday – time TBA – sponsored by Div. 3.
  3. Patti at VSB all day Thursday*
  4. Health & Safety Committee Friday morning at 8:15.

* Please note that when Patti is absent, Henry is in charge.  If both are out of the building, Paul is in charge.  If all three are away, Jane is in charge.  After that, please check with Yvette if you are in need of assistance.  If you are ever unsure of who is in charge in case of emergency, please check with the office staff.  Thanks.

Weekly Message #4-18

UnknownReport cards are upon us and as usual this means many hours of extra time as you each work so hard to encapsulate the learning of your students.  Please make sure to ask me or Henry for help if you get stuck and remember that the child’s parent is our primary audience for report cards.

The days are getting brighter, the bulbs are coming up in my garden – it will soon be spring!



  1. Patti at the VSB all day Monday.
  2. PAC meeting Tuesday morning in the library at 9:00 a.m.
  3. Patti & Henry at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.
  4. Resource reports due on Wednesday.
  5. Pro-D this Friday – thanks to our amazing pro-d committee for all the work they have done to plan an excellent day for everyone.

Weekly Message #4-17

images-1I am sending you this message on Sunday because I am hoping to spend Family Day the way I should – relaxing and enjoying time with those I love.  I hope that you have the chance to do the same.  We have a four day week ahead of us but I am sure it will be jam packed – especially with Valentine’s Day this Friday.

I hear the conversation continuing amongst you on the topic of student inquiry learning.  I hope that you are finding ways to work together to further explore the exciting possibilities this methodology can bring for you and your students.  Here is a link to another website which provides examples and information on the topic:


“The meaning of ‘knowing’ has shifted from being able to remember and repeat information to being able to find and use it.” 

(National Research Council, 2007)

  1. Patti, Yvette & Maria at Advanced Health & Safety Training on Tuesday morning.
  2. Patti at Pro-D at the VSB on Wednesday morning
  3. Patti & Henry at an HR meeting Thursday morning – Paul is in charge
  4. Patti at a Principal’s meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #4-16

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

It’s a split decision:

Ontario’s Wiarton Willie emerged from his cozy den Sunday morning and immediately spotted his shadow, which according to groundhog folklore means Canadians can expect six more weeks of what has already been a long, cold, snowy winter.

Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam was the first groundhog out, delivering a promising forecast for winter weary Canucks after he did not see his shadow — signalling an early spring.

I’m deciding to go with Sam on this – we have been so lucky to not experience the extreme weather that eastern Canadians have suffered through this year.  The daffodils in my garden are about 3/4 up so I figure they know what they are doing and spring must be just around the corner.

David’s band, “Vintage” had two great gigs this weekend – in spite of the fact that one singer had laryngitis and the other one was getting sick!  It was great to see Paul and Gwen out on Saturday night.  Their next weekend at the ANAF is in the first week of April.  You all have an open invitation to attend!

We welcome Manpreet Sagal as our permanent extra clerical person in the office this week.  Manpreet’s first day will be on Wednesday.

The lighting upgrade continues in the library this week.  Thanks everyone for your creativity and patience as we try to keep things running!


  1. Supervision Aide meeting on Monday at 11:00.
  2. Staff Committee meeting on Tuesday at lunch.  Please put agenda items on the list in the staffroom or give directly to Paul by noon on Monday so that agendas can be out to you by 3 on Monday.
  3. Special Event in the Strong Start on Wednesday morning when JO students will be building personal book shelves for some of the Strong Start students.
  4. SSSA meeting this Friday at 8:15 in Room 110.

School year’s half over – can you believe it?