Weekly Message #5-5

VINTAGE rocks featuring David Plottel on Bass guitar!

VINTAGE rocks featuring David Plottel on Bass guitar!

Another weekend whizzes by and we head into week 5 of school.  It seems that this has been the busiest fall ever as we scramble to get things done!  David’s band had 2 great gigs this weekend – thanks to Barb and Paul for coming out on Friday night.  Barb and I had a delicious dinner and then enjoyed the band as they played oldies and some new songs too!

The grade 7’s will be attending the Dalai Lama’s visit on Tuesday.  In addition, Jen will be teaching  a demo lesson on Gratitude for the Dalai Lama to observe.  Bernadette’s class will have the unique opportunity of seeing the Dalai Lama “up close and personal”  Karl, Jen, Richard and I will attend a second event in the afternoon so… Jane will be in charge in the morning and Paul in the afternoon.

Our first PAC meeting will be on Tuesday night – please encourage students to ask their parents to attend,

And finally, the week ends with Pro- D for all of us.  The focus of the admin conference this year is Technology so we look forward to sessions on Friday and Saturday.  Each of you will have made plans to attend something this Friday –  teachers, please make sure to let Brenden know your plans.  SSSAs should let the office know where they will be.

On Monday of next week, we will welcome Misty who will be leading the staff as you further investigate “inquiry teaching and learning”.  Unfortunately, I won’t be back until Tuesday.

There will be no weekly message next week as I will be transitioning between Whistler and a wedding in Ladner on Sunday – no time for computer use!


  1. Dalai Lama event for Bernadette’s class and the Grade 7’s on Tuesday.
  2. PAC meeting Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the library
  3. Goal Setting Interviews on Wednesday.  2:00 dismissal for all students.
  4. SSSAs to meet with Joey Lau on Wednesday from 2 – 3 in the library.
  5. Goal Setting Interviews to continue on Thursday.  Please make sure to supply your interview schedule to the office.
  6. Pro- D Day on Friday (and Monday!)

Have a great week everyone!


Weekly Message #5-4

10445982_10152733610371061_8046863731420700789_nHappy Thanksgiving to all!  I hope that you had time to rest and relax this weekend.  I am thankful for the time spent with my family – a beautiful turkey dinner cooked by my sweet husband and the many blessings in my life.

We embark on another busy week – #4 already!  We will have our Terry Fox Run on Tuesday afternoon.  We have collected about $200 so far but I am sure that number will go up this week.  We will continue to accept donations up until Oct. 23rd.  Classes will meet in the gym at 2:00 for a brief inspirational start!

Our second performance of the year will be on Wednesday afternoon – the Blues Berries.  They have been to Moberly before, I think, but I hear they are a great group.

We will be spending all day Thursday and Friday doing our class review.  The purpose of this meeting is to “red flag” students for whom we have concerns so that we can seek support for them.  Our counsellor, Jane Wyllychuk, our school psychologist, Kathy Grimm, and the Speech Language Pathologist, Deanne Yee, will all be present for at least part if not all of the process.  Please come prepared with brief comments about the students who concern you so that we can use the time efficiently.

It’s Photo Day on Thursday and I encourage you to not only remind your students but consider have a free staff photo taken for you.  You don’t have to order the picture but it means we can use the pics in our school Memory book.

Thanks to Paula and Richard for organizing the Popcorn sale for Terry Fox this Friday – I’m sure it will sell out like last time and will mean some extra funds towards our goal of $2500!

And finally a shameless plug…  for those of you who are interested, David’s band is playing this weekend at the ANAF Legion on No. 1 Rd and Chatham.  No cover charge, cheap liquor and food and an AMAZING band.  8:00 – 12:00 on Friday and Saturday night – hope to see some of you there.


  1. Terry Fox Run at 2:00 on Tuesday.  Meet in the gym.
  2. Patti & Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  3. Performance by the Blues Berries at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.  Please wait to be called down.
  4. Individual Photo Day on Thursday.
  5. Class Review Thursday and Friday.  A copy of the schedule will be placed in your box this week.
  6. Popcorn Sale for Terry Fox on Friday at recess.

Have a great 4 day week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-3


It feels like such a huge accomplishment to get all of our students into their classes and settled.  Most students and parents seem very satisfied with their new places.  I have spoken to a few parents and their concerns are very similar – a lack of understanding of how combined or split classes work.  I would appreciate any efforts you can make if you are teaching a split class to reinforce and reassure students that they will be receiving instruction at their grade level.  If parents ask you, there is a great pamphlet from the VSB which explains the rationale behind split class teaching.  I will put a copy in teachers’ boxes next week in case if is useful to you.

Morning announcements will start this week and will include a daily message about “Kindness”.  If possible, please take the time to review each day’s message with your class as appropriate.

We are still looking for people to fill some of our committee spots – in particular, we need someone to take on the “Gifted Education” portfolio.  This is a more active committee job than some as it involves a couple of meetings each year as well as managing referrals to district programs.  It would be great if someone could take this on.

The performance guide for “Showdown” is pinned to the bulletin board above the sign in – there are some great activities for both pre and post show that would enhance students understanding of the show.  Please help yourself and make a copy if you like.

Thanks to the Resource team for all their hard work in updating 1701 numbers.  It is a time consuming job but an important one for our school.  Thanks also,  to Maria and Scott for helping me to “recycle” the leftover materials in the photocopy room after school on Friday.


  1. Supervision Aide Meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday morning.
  2. Staff Committee meeting at lunch on Thursday.  Agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Wednesday please.
  3. “Showdown” performance by Green Thumb Theatre at 9:30 on Friday.  Suitable for K-7 but I leave it up to the K teachers as to whether their students are ready to sit quietly for 45 minutes.
  4. ** Please note that Theresa is away from Monday to Thursday and Jen is away Monday and Tuesday.  Their TOCs will be providing you with the gift of assessment support and prep time!