Weekly Message #5-18

imagesIt’s hard to believe that spring is still a month away with weekends like this one.  The daffodils are popping in our front garden and allergies are in full swing as the plum and cherry trees are blossoming.  We live in a beautiful part of the world!

Congratulations go out to Scott Robinson whose promotion to Superintendent was announced on Friday.  Scott has been an Associate Superintendent in Vancouver for the past few years.  He has both elementary and secondary administrative experience.  Personally, I have found Scott to be reasonable, fair and caring in his work with schools and principals and I am pleased to see him advance in our district.  Steve Cardwell’s last day at the VSB will be this Friday.

Another busy week is coming up – only two to go before Spring Break.  I have already read a few sets of reports and want to compliment all of you on the effort you make to personalize the opening comments for the parents.  No matter how you look at it, report cards are a time consuming aspect of our work – but a necessary one.  We can expect that there will be new reporting guidelines coming to reflect our new provincial curriculum – whoopee!

Please plan to attend the staff meeting on Tuesday at lunch when John Farias from the VSB will be here to explain the new recycling program – all food scraps must be disposed of separately as per Vancouver City guidelines or the VSB faces big fines.

This week’s student assembly will be in celebration of Pink Day – so search your closets for something pink to wear!  It promises to be a lively and entertaining assembly with performances by our choir and the dancers from Div. 7.


  1. Reports due in the office.  Patti is reading odds and Karl evens.  Please let us know if you will be late.
  2. Patti away at the VSB all day Tuesday.
  3. Staff Meeting re recycling program Tuesday at lunch.
  4. Patti and Karl at the Area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  5. Pink Day assembly Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
  6. Health & Safety Committee meeting Friday morning at 8:15.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-17

imagesI hope you had a chance to enjoy the weekend – the sunshine was like a huge lift to our spirits!  We leave Valentine’s Day behind and move into Chinese New Year week.  Welcome to the year of the Sheep.  On that note, I am finalizing the details for us to have a Lion Dance this Wednesday in celebration of Chinese New Year.  The dancers are available at 10:00 so I will share with you times for this and our upcoming power hour as soon as they are confirmed.

I will be away with a specialist appointment on Monday so my apologies – I will check my email that day but won’t be at school.

On Tuesday, we welcome Grade 11 students from John Oliver who will be doing lessons with Robin and Barb’s class using a children’s book which tells the story of the violinist in the New York subway.  It ‘s a beautiful book which each student in the two classes will receive for free during the lesson.

I met with the playground company and the VSB last week and they are preparing a plan to start phase one of our intermediate playground.  The more money we get into that account before we start the better off we are.  So… if you haven’t done so and wish to participate, please put together a gift card order before Tuesday at 3:00 p.m so I can pass it on to Diane Blue (parent) at Tuesday’s PAC meeting.

We look forward to another great Pro-D day this Thursday.  Thanks to Brenden and the committee for organizing another visit from Misty.  Stay tuned for an email which outlines the day.  In addition, you are invited to sign up for a Chinese luncheon that day.  We are ordering from the same place where Henry’s goodbye party happened.   Thanks to Miranda for organizing the food order.    I will be at school in the morning but gone to the VSB in the afternoon on Thursday.


  1. Lessons for two classes with JO students on Tuesday afternoon.
  2. Vancouver Giants here to speak with Gr. 7’s re Drug Awareness on Tuesday afternoon
  3. PAC meeting on Tuesday evening.  Teachers are welcome to attend.
  4. Lion Dance in celebration of Chinese New Year on Wednesday morning.
  5. Power Hour with Pearl Chow on Wednesday morning.
  6. Resource reports due to the office on Wednesday.
  7. Pro-D day on Thursday.

Weekly Message #5-16

images-5Well, Adam is swollen up like a chipmunk with a cheek full of sunflower seeds.  He had four teeth removed (2 impacted wisdom teeth and two molars) under general anaesthetic Friday afternoon.  It was a rather gruesome experience as the patient before him had a lot of complications which the nurse explained in the waiting room – thus adding to Adam’s anxiety.  Then when he was finally called in (two hours late!), his surgery took twice as long as expected.  We are keeping him full of fluids and pain killers but he is really suffering.

Speaking of rodents, tomorrow is Groundhog Day.  I wonder if he will see his shadow – we haven’t had much of a winter so far so we’ll see what the next couple of months bring.

Sounds like our first “Power Hour” went really well on Wednesday – thanks to Jen and Pearl for organizing a worthwhile hour for staff.  We look forward to our second “Power Hour” on February 18th.  Details coming your way soon.

I look forward to sharing the Student Council plan for February’s “Kindness Tree” activity.  Thanks in advance for helping us out to make this activity happen over the next four weeks.  If you are looking for lessons / activities related to Kindness, this is a great website to check out: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org 


  1. Supervision Aide meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday morning
  2. Staff Committee meeting at12:10 on Tuesday – please make sure to submit agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Monday.
  3. SSSA meeting on Friday at  8:15 in the library

Have a great week leading up to a long weekend!