Weekly Message #5-15

images-4I had an exciting weekend shopping for my new car!  It should be here in about a week – a beautiful royal blue Hyundai Veloster.  I’ve had my eye on this car for the past couple of years and will be passing my Saturn ION on to Adam now that he has his “N”.  Keep your eyes peeled for my new ride in the parking lot.

It’s Hot Chocolate Week and the Student Council and I will be doing our best to deliver accurate and good quality items to your classrooms.  Hopefully it will run like clockwork.

I hope that many of you have had the chance to sign up for the Power Hour with Pearl Chow and Jen this Wednesday.  Students will be well entertained by Eric Laroque who will be performing folk music in the gym.  If you are not participating in the power hour, please accompany your class to the gym for the performance.

Division 3 will be running the assembly this Thursday.  We will have Constable Michael Bal, our new school liaison officer, as a special guest.  In addition, we will be reviewing our new recycling program.

I am sponsoring an administrators’ study group on Kindness in the library after school (3:30 – 5:00) this Tuesday – sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


  1. JO Articulation breakfast for invited guests this Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
  2. Power Hour / Eric Laroque performance Wednesday 11 – 12
  3. Patti at the VSB on Wednesday afternoon.
  4. Student Assembly at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.
  5. Health & Safety Meeting Friday morning at 8:15 in the staffroom.
  6. Coaches’ recognition at Van Dusen gardens at 3:45 on Friday afternoon.

Have a great week everyone!


Weekly Message #5-14

images-3The wind is whipping its way through Steveston today – blustery and beautiful now that the rain has stopped (for the moment).  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

As noted last week, I met with Tyson Shmyr, the new Community Link Coordinator for our area.  Although the students appreciate the after school programs offered by the Community Link Team, I asked Tyson about the possibility of some lunch hour programs.  If we could get some kids involved in some kind of organized and safe activity at lunch time, it would be a great improvement on how things go!  He didn’t promise anything but is going to look into it for us.

I hope that you are all taking advantage of the time on Monday to do some professional development.  Please make sure that the office knows where you will be in case someone tries to contact you.


  1. Attendance Support Program Staff Meeting on Tuesday at lunch.  All staff should attend.
  2. PAC meeting on Tuesday night.  This meeting will be focused on finances and trying to get things moving with the playground.
  3. Patti & Karl will be at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  4. Patti at meetings / pro d at the VSB on Thurs and Fri afternoons.

Weekly Message #5-13

images-2It’s hard to believe that we have only been back a week.  As usual, we have packed everyday with activities for ourselves and our students.  We start this week with sadness in our hearts as we have learned of the passing of Sousana’s young nephew, Peter.  I know that many of you will be in touch with her in the coming days – Moberly has always been a caring place and your kindness to others is much appreciated.

On a happier note, I wanted to let you know that two different on call employees have commented to me in the last week about the kindness and positive nature of our students.  I know that we have been spending a lot of time recently discussing hallway and playground behaviour and we will continue to brainstorm ways to  maintain our high expectations of our students. However, they really are a great bunch of kids and the ongoing feedback and support they receive from staff is a big part of who they are at school.  Thank you.

Tyson Shmyr is our new Community Link Coordinator (replacing Chris Fuoco).  I will be meeting with him to discuss Moberly’s support needs on Friday at 9:30 at MacKenzie.  Please pass on any ideas you might have about the Community Link programs.

The FSA is coming up soon and Karl will be assisting you in setting up times to do the online portion of the tests.  Stay tuned for a short meeting to outline this year’s plan.  Please jot down any questions you have for that meeting.


  1. Patti will be at a meeting at the VSB later on Monday afternoon (leaving at 2 ish)
  2. Aboriginal Education School Based Team meetings this week on Tuesday and Friday.  Agendas were placed in boxes last week.  Meetings will be held in 104
  3. David Thompson Articulation breakfast on Wednesday at 8:00 for selected staff.
  4. Attendance Support Program Staff Meeting on Wednesday at lunch in the staffroom.  All staff should attend.
  5. Finance Committee meeting this Friday in Room 104.    The budget has finally arrived from the VSB so we can go ahead and make some plans for our spending.

Weekly Message #5-12

images-1As usual, vacation time has slipped away faster than anyone could believe was possible.  It’s a new year – a fresh start.  I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday with lots of time for rest and relaxation.  With kindness as our touchstone for this year, I suggest that you all take the time to be kind to yourselves as the busy months ensue.  This will be a short academic term and you will be challenged to teach and assess in a meaningful way in time for term 2 reports, so pace yourselves and don’t let the end of term surprise you.  Please let me know if I can assist you in any way.  Here are a few New Year’s resolutions recommended for teachers – to help you keep the groove going!  Happy New Year!

 Stay Positive

Coming off a much-needed break, it’s time to figure out how to make your classroom a happy place for you and your students in the long stretch to summer. Try these ideas to keep that holiday glow shining.

1.  Spice Up Your Classroom Routine

Try one new technology or instructional technique each month to keep things new and challenging for you and your students. Making a list and assigning one new thing to each month will help you actually stick to this resolution.

2.  Build Fitness into Your Curriculum

It wouldn’t be a resolution list without some mention of better health. Make it a classroom affair with healthy eating lessons, integrating movement into your day-to-day activities and just encouraging you and your students to take care of your bodies.

3.  Get Your Work/Life Balance in Order

As best you can, keep school work at school and enjoy your time at home. Making yourself happy will be better for you AND your students.

4.  Give Individual Time & Attention to Students

It doesn’t have to be formal one-on-ones, tutoring or meetings, but try to integrate a rotating classroom job in which your students help you do something. You can check in with him/her individually and see how everything is going (whether they’re the best , worst, loudest or quietest student in class).

5.  Get Organized – Work Smarter, Not Harder

With the fresh start, it’s a great opportunity to get your classroom organization back on track. Time Resolve to bust it out during your planning time so you can take less (or hopefully no) work home with you. It’s tempting to take the much-needed break during your day, but it’ll feel even better to walk away with an empty bag at the end of the day.

Please join me in welcoming Sharon Scott who is joining our SSSA team on Monday – she is the successful applicant for Emil’s position.


  1. Supervision Aide meeting on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
  2. Patti will be off site for meetings part of the afternoon on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  3. Staff Committee on Thursday at noon.  Agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by Wednesday noon please.
  4. SSSA meeting Friday morning at 8:15
  5. Justice Theatre on Girl Bullying this Friday at 11:00 a.m.  Suitable grades TBA