Weekly Message #6-1

playgroundIt’s Friday afternoon before the long weekend and the school is very quiet!  It will be very different when you and the students all return on Tuesday.  I am looking forward to the excitement of the first week of school and working with all of you as we head in to the 2015/16 school year.  It feels like we are starting the year in a very positive way.  It is a real pleasure to look out my window and see the new intermediate playground.  We have all worked hard to make this a reality for our students and I know they will love it!  As the playground will be for the exclusive use of intermediate students at recess and lunch, I would encourage primary teachers to take their kids out during school time to give it a spin!

Almost everyone is returning for the new year but we do have a few new additions.  We welcome Carrie Kerr as our new Youth and Family Worker.  Carrie comes to us from Mount Pleasant where she has worked for the last 20 years.  We met briefly this week and I know she is looking forward to meeting all of you and the students over the next few weeks. Anne Wong is joining our staff as a half time early literacy teacher.  She will be based in room 021.  She has lots of experience and most recently has worked as an ELL consultant.  Michelle Neidig will with us half time as well as an SSSA.  I worked with Michelle at Van Horne and I am very pleased to have her join us at Moberly.  Thank you all for making these new staff members feel the “Moberly” welcome.

We have two vacant positions which will be posted on September 8th.  As many of you know, Jen accepted a position at Langara College and in addition, Casie Wong is transferring to Sexsmith.  Their positions will be filled by TOC’s until we complete the hiring process.

Being a TIer 3 Inner City school is proving to bring advantages for us.  Services are targeted at our vulnerable students.  We will be participating in a free lunch program for needy students this fall.  While you have your last year’s class, please make a list of students who you think would benefit from having a free lunch every day.  We are talking a maximum of 30 students in the school so please focus on actual needs.  Secondly, the Lions Club is planning to provide some students with gift cards for the Superstore to assist with back to school expenses.  Together with Carrie (YFW) we will be compiling the list of names for the lunch program and the gift cards.

David and I enjoyed a wonderful summer – Vegas, the cabin and Toronto and it seemed to go so quickly.  I hope you all had a wonderful vacation and that you are ready for the thrill and challenge of a new year.  This year’s theme for morning messages and assemblies will be “Gratitude”.  So on that theme… I would like to say how grateful I am to work with such an amazing group of people – the importance of the work you do and the commitment that you all make to our students is what pulls me back to school after the summer break.  See you on Tuesday!

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