Weekly Message #5-21

imgres-1Spring is a season of growth and change and our professional world seems to be reflecting what we see in the natural world.  We have a new superintendent, Scott Robinson, and postings have gone out for a new Director of Instruction and a new Associate Superintendent.  These are significant changes to our management team at the district level which affect us all. Provincially, we are charged with implementing a new curriculum – a daunting task but worthwhile.    In addition, we have announcements from the provincial government regarding new guidelines for professional development.  At the school level, we are dealing with a new employee information system and a new student information system.  YIKES!  It’s a lot!   Let’s all make a pledge to work together to get through all this new stuff while keeping our eyes on the ball – the education and support of our students.

Taking care of our health and well being is one way to deal with the stress of increased / new expectations so it is a great time to consider joining in to Shannon’s exercise class.  She is offering a staff fitness program on Thursdays from 3:20-4:20 in the big gym starting April 9th. It will be $5 a class to be paid by the month. The classes will be 30 minutes cardio/strength and 30 minutes yoga stretching. It is open and adaptable to all fitness levels. There is a yellow sign-up sheet on the sign-in table in the office, or ask Shannon for more info.

Next year’s calendar has been finalized so we will need to meet to plan our calendar dates for next year.  Stay tuned for a date and time.  Karl and I will be planning for the School Planning Day on Monday April 27th.  We will be reviewing and revising our plan with current data and the new curriculum in mind.  All staff are asked to attend (including SSSAs) so please let me know if you have a conflict that day.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Health and Safety Meeting Tuesday morning at 8:15.
  2. VSB Budget meeting for administrators at 9:00 on Tuesday morning.
  3. Budget information meeting for staff at recess on Tuesday.

Have a great 4 day week everyone and watch out for April Fool’s jokes on Wednesday.

Weekly Message #5-20

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The chores are done

Casino – Won!

So much fun with friends

But now it ends…

Alas, the two weeks have flown by – we had a lovely “staycation”.  We tried out some new restaurants, visited Duncan for a day and even got our taxes done.  I hope your holidays were wonderful for you as well.  But now it is spring and time to get back to work as we enter the whirlwind we call third term.  We’ll be starting off with a bang this week with Parent Teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.  The good news is that we work with a great group of people and some pretty wonderful kids so here we go!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Administrators’ study group in the library at 3:45 – 5 on Tuesday – sorry for the inconvenience.
  2. Karl and Patti at the area meeting on Wednesday.  Paul is in charge.
  3. Parent / Teacher Interviews on Wednesday (2-8) and Thursday (2-6).  2:00 dismissal on both days.  Please make sure to give Yvette a copy of your schedule.
  4. Health and Safety meeting on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-19

20150227_222258A great time was had by all at the ANAF Legion on Friday night as David’s band rocked the night away.  It was great to see Gwen, Jane, Barb, Paul and Donna come out to hear Vintage at its finest.  I expect the next gig will be near the end of May – we’ll let you know in case you want to drop in.

Spring Break is so close we can almost taste it!  It will be another busy week with Book Fair, Movie night and meetings.  Don’t forget to breathe!

I have scheduled a staff meeting for Friday at lunch.  I am required to provide you with some important time sensitive information on the new People Soft system (new employee numbers for everyone!) as well as new guidelines for reporting to MCFD online.  We need to show you a powerpoint presentation so hopefully we will be able to get into the library on Friday after the book fair stuff is cleared out – if not we’ll have to use an alternate location.  You will need this information to use SFE and to access your pay advice.

Thursday’s staff committee meeting will be focused on our financial plan and we will be asking staff to vote on their preferences.  I will try to get the info out in advance of the meeting so you have some thinking time.

This week, we welcome Joyce Trumbla who is our new Aboriginal Support Worker.  Joyce will be at Moberly every Tuesday and will be based in Jane Wyllychuk’s office.  I will ask her to come to the staffroom on Tuesday at recess for you to meet her.  We look forward to working with Joyce to support our Aboriginal students as well as to work with students and teachers on Aboriginal education.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Book Fair running from Monday to Thursday – Thanks to Melissa for organizing and to everyone who has volunteered some of their time.
  2. Patti at the VSB on Monday morning for training on the new school information system (Good bye to BCESIS and hello to My Ed BC)
  3. Movie Afternoon on Tuesday- All students (about 140 of them) who have bought tickets are encouraged to use the washroom before heading to the new gym after school.  Student forms with popcorn and water tickets will be placed in your boxes on Tuesday morning.  Please make sure that students bring them to the gym.  STAFF VOLUNTEERS who would like to stay and watch the movie while helping with supervision are WELCOME.  It looks like we will make about $300 towards the playground.
  4. Supervision Aide meeting on Wednesday at 11:00 – 11:30.
  5. Staff Committee on Thursday at lunch – we likely don’t have time for any additional agenda items as we are dedicating this meeting to a financial discussion.  Please let Patti or Harj know if you have a burning / urgent issue.
  6. SSSA meeting on Friday at 8:15 – topics to include People Soft and MCFD reporting.  Meeting to be held in the computer lab (due to book fair)
  7. Staff meeting at lunch on Friday in the library (I hope).  Bring your lunches as we update you on important info as above!
  8. Reports go home on Friday.  Please do not hand reports out early to anyone who is going on a holiday.  They will need to get their reports when they return.

Have a great week everyone!  No more weekly bulletin until March 22nd.