Weekly Message #6-22

imgres-1Happy Oscar day to you all and good luck to everyone who put in their guesses with Maria.  Hopefully it will be a Moberly person who wins!  I had lots of fun at David’s two gigs this weekend.  It was great to see Barb, Paul, Maria and Donna out on Saturday night – thank you for coming.

This Friday will be our Curriculum Implementation Day.  The shape of the day will be planned on Thursday morning by Maggie, Scott, Brenden and Marilyn and we will put an “agenda” in your boxes for Thursday afternoon.  I think you can expect that part of the day will be spent together and part will be for your own personal exploration of the curriculum.  SSAs are welcome to join in to learn more about the new BCED curriculum but you can also make plans to attend Pro-D, update EOC plans or do prep for your students.

Here’s a quote for this week (which we may need to think of when this year’s budget is announced) “It’s not whether the glass is half full or half empty, it’s being thankful that you have a glass and something to put in it!”

Finally, on a sad note, we will be losing one SSA due to Harnoor’s departure for the primary autism class at Nelson Elementary.  We will be sorry to say farewell to Phil Stephen who will find out next week where his new assignment will be.  Phil has done an amazing job while he’s been at Moberly at he will be missed by all of us.  I hope that we will continue to receive updates from TEAM Phlaire to keep us in the loop on Phil and his beautiful family.  Phil’s last day will be Friday, March 4th.


  1. Supervision Aide Meeting on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
  2. Gr. 2/3 Reading group meeting at lunch on Tuesday in the library.
  3. Planning for Curriculum Implementation Day on Thursday morning.
  4. Staff Committee Meeting at noon on Thursday – agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by noon on Wednesday please.
  5. Reports go home on Monday March 7th – remember that we do not send reports home early – if someone is moving or going away, we will mail it to them.
  6. Curriculum Implementation Day on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!


Weekly Message #6-21

IMG_0493I am writing this message while the music of Vintage wafts up from my living room.  They are practising for this weekend’s gig at the ANAF on No. 1 Rd at Chatham.  If you are in the mood for some rock n’roll, please join us on Friday or Saturday night from 8 – 12 – no cover charge.

Report cards are due tomorrow but please consider this a soft deadline.  I know that you all have had a lot on your plates and that the term has gone very quickly.  Please just keep Karl and I in the loop about when you expect to hand in your reports.

We will have a Code Red drill on Thursday afternoon – please review the guidelines for this drill on your orange and yellow flipbook.  Students should be prepared so that they are not frightened by the drill.

I was doing some reading from “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor this weekend and found the following quote which seemed timely given our focus on Gratitude – “Psychologist Robert Emmons, who has spent nearly his entire career studying gratitude has found that few things in life are as integral to our well-being.  Countless other studies have shown that consistently grateful people are more energetic, emotionally intelligent, forgiving, and less likely to be depressed, anxious, or lonely.  And it’s not that people are only grateful because they are happier, either; gratitude has proven to be a significant cause of positive outcomes.” Take the time to read some of the wonderful gratitude quotes from our students – they are truly inspiring.  (See above – I personally find “relaxing” is definitely something to be grateful for!


  1. Reports Due on Monday (soft deadline!)
  2. Grad planning meeting in Room 103 at lunch on Wednesday.
  3. Code Red drill on Thursday afternoon
  4. Health & Safety meeting on Friday morning – 8:15 in the staffroom.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #6-20

imgres-1Hoping that you all had a restful weekend – although I know that upcoming Report Card deadlines are on your minds.  I spent two hours of my Saturday at a BCTF Retirement Seminar – a very knowledgable presenter and lots of good information and resources available.  I recommend it highly for anyone who is within 5 years of retiring.  You can register for an upcoming session at: BCTF Pension Seminar Registration

A huge load of gratitude to all of you for working with your students to produce the gratitude papers that the Student Council asked for!  I have started putting strings above the bulletin boards and we will be putting up banners this week – hopefully complete by Thursday in time for our Gratitude Assembly.  This will be a longer assembly than usual as we will have two performances – the JO Drum line and Div. 5 doing their Acceptance Dance.  It should be great.  Student Council will also be holding their “Guess the Number of Candies” activity from Tuesday to Friday this week.  Students will be able to enter their guesses at recess and lunch in front of the office for 25 cents each or 5/$1.00.  The winner will be announced on Friday and will be expected to share the candy with their classmates.

I have put together a bulletin board for the staffroom which highlights the key organizers for the new curriculum.  Please have a look and feel free to add relevant information.


  1. Pro D committee meeting on Monday at lunch in Brenden’s room
  2. Performance on Monday afternoon of “Infinitus”.  Info is available about our performance at: Infinitus
  3. PAC meeting on Tuesday night
  4. Resource Reports due on Wednesday to Patti – let me know if you are not ready!
  5. Patti and Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Paul is in charge.
  6. Gratitude Day assembly on Thursday morning at 9:00.  You will be called down.

Have a great week everyone!