Weekly Message #5-1

images FINALLY!  We are back at work together on the first official day of fall.  Karl and I are so grateful to have our marvellous Moberly staff back in the building as we all work together to support Moberly students!  It is sure to be a busy week and I know that many of you will be feeling the stress of too much to do in too short a time, both now and throughout this first term.  Karl and I are treating you to a pizza lunch on Monday so you can delay that lunch packing for one more day!  Please stay in the staffroom after our staff meeting to chat and enjoy some pizza.

To quote “Hagrid” from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – What’s coming is coming and we’ll meet it when it does.  Our most important task this week is to count kids and get them into classes.  All the pink and blue slips were handed out in June.  Please try to fill them out as best you can in preparation for casting times this week.  We will begin with upper intermediate on Monday afternoon.  The tentative schedule is in your “Welcome Back” handout in your green folder.  If you can’t find your pinks and blues – please let us know asap in the office.

I know that many of our supply orders were mixed up or just plain missing.  I apologize for the extra work this causes you.  We will be sure to provide detailed feedback to the VSB purchasing department about the challenges we have faced with the new vendor this year.  Please know that if you are missing supplies, you just need to let Karl know and we’ll take of it.  Also, if there are additional items you need for your class, always check with us before purchasing as we often have a less expensive source and can help you out.

Finally, for the past two years, my mantra has been “It’s all about reading”.  I am encouraged and excited about the growth we have seen in our students’ reading skills.  This year, some of our students / teachers will be fortunate to be part of the Dalai Lama’s visit to John Oliver in October.  In line with this opportunity, I will be focusing on my message for this year which I am hoping will resonate with both students and staff.  It is a quote from the Dalai Lama which says, “Be kinder than necessary“.  During this busy, stressful start up time, please kind to each other and to yourselves.   Looking forward to another wonderful year!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Staff meeting at 1:00 in the lunchroom on Monday.
  2. Class casting starting at approximately 1:15 on Monday afternoon.  Please wait to be called down.  Casting will continue until it’s done between recess and lunch each day.
  3. Staff meeting Thursday at lunch.
  4. Health & Safety meeting Friday (note date change due to postponement of Professional Day) at 8:15 in the staffroom.
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