Weekly Message #5-25

My sister, Barb and my Dad (87 years old on April 27th!)

My sister, Barb and my Dad (87 years old on April 27th!)

We enjoyed a beautiful birthday dinner at my sister’s house in Chilliwack this weekend – celebrating my nephew’s 16th and my fathers 87th birthdays.  It’s long drive there and back but my sister’s home is beautiful – a fabulous view of the forest on all sides.

I look forward to working with all of you on our School Planning Day tomorrow.  I am expecting all teachers and SSSAs to attend unless they have told me they are attending other pro-d.  This is our one opportunity this year to spend concentrated time talking about our students and their needs.  The day will be focused, interactive and full of prizes!  a special thank you to all the teachers – especially our resource team for your assistance in gathering data for our discussions tomorrow.  I really appreciate it.

Here are some resources you can check regarding our new BC Curriculum:

Understanding learners competencies – 2015


Understanding the core competencies and personalized learning – 2013


Cross curricular competencies – 2013


Our final projections, request for additional staffing and school calendar were submitted to the VSB last week – so many deadlines at this time of year.  Staffing will be handed out the first week in May and we will meet again then to firm up our organization.

The Student Council will be running Freezie day this Friday so please come out and toss a frisbee with the kids.  You can win a free freezie too!


  1. School Planning Day to start at 9:00 sharp in the library.  Coffee provided and some great treats for morning break!  Lunch is on your own.
  2. Administrators’ study group in the library after school on Tuesday 3:45 – 5:00.
  3. SSSA meeting on Friday morning at 8:15 in the library.
  4. Free Freezie Frisbee Fun Day at lunch on Friday on the upper grass field.  Please encourage your students to participate.

And suddenly it’s May – have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-24

imagesMy  cataract surgery went well last Wednesday – can’t say as I enjoyed it but the doctor tells me it was a successful procedure.  My eyesight has been slow to resolve this time so everything is still a bit blurry and sore but hopefully all good soon.  The good news is that the doctor ordered me to be a “couch potato” for at least three days so I did my best to be an obedient patient.  I am looking forward to being back at work on Monday afternoon. (I will be attending a funeral on Monday morning.)

We will enjoy a performance this Friday called Cadence.  A study guide and audio files are available to you by clicking this link:  http://www.prologue.org/DocSco.aspx#cadence

On Wednesday we will all attend the Earth Day Assembly.  Please promote “Walking Wednesday” in your classrooms.  Students will make PA announcements to explain on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

Your resource team and I will be asking teachers for reading assessment results this week – phonemic awareness for K’s, DRA for Gr. 1-3 and Woodcock for Gr. 4-7.  We are looking for post Christmas/ term 2 results to compare with last year’s numbers.

All going well, I will be trying to get a newsletter out on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.


  1. Patti away Monday morning.
  2. PAC meeting Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
  3. Earth Day Assembly 1:00 on Wednesday afternoon
  4. Keep Vancouver Spectacular clean up after assembly
  5. CADENCE performance for K-7 in the new gym on Friday – time TBA
  6. Health & Safety Meeting Friday morning at 8:15
  7. Salad Day for those signed up on Friday at lunch.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-23

photo (2)Happy Vaisakhi to everyone this week.  David and I had a great time at the parade on Saturday – although we didn’t actually see the “parade” this year, we had a chance to wander the streets, check out the stalls and visit with people before the parade arrived.  Had some delicious free food including some South Asian favourites and mango ice cream too!  The weather was decent although chilly – so much better than rain.  Many of our families will be celebrating this week on Tuesday.

Thank you for the time taken to vote on our Financial plan for this year.  I have already ordered 12 ergonomic chairs and we have set aside the playground money – taking us to a total of over $44000.  Only about 11000 to go!  I ask that the primary and intermediate teachers meet in the very near future to select their new resources so we can order asap.  The same applies for gym equipment and tech purchases.  Let’s get those resources in our hands soon!

I will be away for eye surgery from Wednesday – Friday but will check my email on Thursday and Friday if you have some burning questions.


  1. Area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul will be in charge.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #5-22

IMG_0267Happy Easter everyone!  I hope you enjoyed your extra long weekend.  It really feels like we are in the home stretch now.  My Dad treated us to a lovely brunch at his golf club on Sunday – saving us the “joy” of making a big dinner and cleaning up after.

Our annual School Planning Day is coming up in a few weeks and I will be reaching out to you to provide some data regarding our reading goal.  I look forward to the opportunity to talk with you all about student learning and our ongoing efforts to support Moberly students.

We will be having a Code Red Drill this Wednesday at about 9:10 in the morning – please remember to review the protocol with your students so that no one gets surprised / scared by the process.

Speaking of Emergency Drills, the Big One at Two is only a month away and we need to firm up our procedures for Student Release as we are expected to release all students that day.  I will call a meeting for those interested in Emergency Response in the near future so that we can review our plan and provide you with a one page “reminder” sheet.  Also, it’s spring time so you should expect three more fire drills over the next term.

I am asking everyone to attend a staff meeting on Friday at lunch to walk through our calendar for next year.  I have the new calendar “inserts” for you so please bring along your current calendar as  a reference.  I will bring the stickers!  We will do our best to get it done in one lunch hour but will finish it off next Tuesday if needed.


  1. Supervision Aide meeting on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
  2. Staff Committee meeting at lunch on Tuesday.
  3. Code Red Drill on Wednesday at 9:10.
  4. Mid Year review continues on Wednesday afternoon.
  5. David Thompson Articulation meeting with teachers on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.
  6. SSSA meeting at 8:15 on Friday morning.
  7. Calendar meeting at noon on Friday in the staff room.
  8. Karl away Friday afternoon for E-Pro training.

Have a great week everyone!