Weekly Message #7-4

images-1The last week of September is upon us.  Unbelievable!  It’s time for “Super Parent Night” otherwise known as Meet the Teacher night.  I hope that you all had a chance to send home the personal invitations from your students  encouraging parents to join us on Wednesday night.  The PAC is very excited about the reception portion of the evening and they are hoping for a good turn out.  Please continue to talk about this daily in your classroom.

I will be late arriving on Monday and Karl will be at a workshop so Jane is in charge until I get there.  Please check your boxes for a class list and instructions for our class review on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  If possible, it would be great if you could take the time to review your class list with the checklist provided.

Thanks in advance to Tim who is assisting with the set up and organization of this Thursday’s Terry Fox assembly.  Please encourage students to bring in their donations this week.  A total “so far” will be announced on Monday.  Teachers should use their discretion as to how far students can run / walk.  Thank you to non enrolling teachers for setting themselves up at key locations around the route for crowd control and safety.

Thanks also to Brenden and the Pro-d Committee for organizing a series of opportunities for this Friday.  It promises to be a useful and inspiring day.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Class Review – Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 103
  2. Super Parents Night – Wednesday at 6:00 – 7:30
  3. Terry Fox Assembly and Run Thursday at 1:00.

Have a great week everyone!

 

 

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Weekly Message #7-3

images-2Talk about a weather shift – pouring rain then beautiful sun  Today turned out to be a gorgeous day and we spent some time wandering through the Steveston Artisan Market.  In spite of the warm temperature and the sun, you can still feel that Fall is in the air.

The transition to new classes seemed to go quite smoothly and I appreciate the work that all of you have done to make it work.  Thanks especially to Manpreet and Yvette for keeping all the numbers and names straight!

Thanks to everyone who got the Superpowers sheet into the office on Friday.  I look forward to getting the rest as soon as you can manage.  The “Wordles” are very interesting to read.  In case you are unfamiliar with this program, you type all the answers into a box and it makes a word picture for you.  The bigger the word is, the more frequently it was mentioned.  Soccer and helping others are two of the most popular superpowers in our school population.

imgresTerry Fox pledge forms are in your boxes on Monday – please take the time to talk with students about a real life hero!  I have some posters if you are interested in having one for outside your room.  You might want to consider handing out the tattoos on the day of our run (Sept 29th) so that students can put them on that day (or the day before)  Our goal is to raise $5000 which works out to just over $10 per student for this great cause.  Of course, we will be happy with whatever we can bring in.  We will be watching an inspirational video clip at our assembly prior to the run.  Thank you for your help.

Don’t forget to sign up for Shannon’s afterschool yoga group if you are interested.  Sign up is on the sign in table.  The winner for the Dianne Guild Winter Hat Draw will be announced on Friday, Sept. 30th.  Put your name in and you will win your choice of red or white.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Resource team meeting to review program referrals at 1:00 in Room 207
  2. Patti & Karl at the Area meeting on Wednesday morning – Teacher in charge TBA.
  3. Health & Safety meeting on Friday morning in the staffroom at 8:15.  New members are welcome.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-2

28588d6aa020ddd47ab1f598e5ef616cA beautiful weekend with lots of sunshine – what a bonus!  Hope you all got lots of sleep as we head into the first full week with your new classes.

Our new teacher librarian for this year is Rosemary Milne who comes to us from Carleton.  Thank you making her welcome.  Bal has agreed to do a crossover day on Monday so that she can fill Rosemary in on what has happened so far this year.

“The filmmaker Tiffany Shlain of The Moxie Institute explores strengths and natural “superpowers” in her new web film “The Science of Character,” which suggests that if we can identify our inherent character strengths and build on them, we can lead happier, more successful lives.”

The idea behind this year’s theme is to help students become confident learners who not only know what their strengths are, but also how to focus their attention on areas they’d like to build as strengths.  We will be encouraging them to look inward to unlock what they are passionate about and support them in setting goals for themselves.  Hopefully, it will also be fun! 🙂

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Resource teachers meeting at 2:00 in Room 207.  Rep our new Learning Buddies program will be there.
  2. Supervision Aide meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday in the staffroom
  3. First PAC meeting of the year on Tuesday night.  We are looking for two reliable grade 7 babysitters if you have any recommendations.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-1

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Welcome back everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer break.  Congratulations to Shannon on her wedding this summer – a beautiful bride!

We are heading in to an exciting year with lots of challenges / excitement.  Here are a few upcoming topics on our radar:

  1. Full implementation of the new curriculum
  2. A very limited budget based on cutbacks
  3. Consideration of closure of Trudeau (decision in December) which could lead to closure of the DRPC and inclusion of up to 300 more students at Moberly for September 2017.

In spite of these challenges, I know it is going to be a SUPER year given our amazing staff and the work we have already done towards following the new curriculum.  I look forward to supporting the changes you are making to plan lessons which are inclusive and student focused.

This year’s theme is “Superheroes / What’s your superpower?”   and I think it will support our students in developing their confidence and understanding their own personal goals. I have picked up a few theme books to support this topic and would love to come and visit your classrooms to read to the students.   Hopefully this year’s theme will be fun for everyone.

Information packages are in your boxes but please take note of the following assignments for non-enrolling teachers the first week.  I will update you on staff changes and enrolment numbers at Tuesday’s meeting.  Thanks in advance to everyone for their flexibility and support.

  1. New students will report to Harjinder (intermediate) Rm 203 or Theresa (primary) Rm 005.
  2. Pamela will take last year’s K (Wong) in Room 110 from Wednesday morning for the rest of the week.
  3. Anita will collect last year’s K (Lancaster) from Rm 116 on Wednesday morning and will take them for the rest of the week to Rm 207
  4. Anne/ Tim will collect last year’s K (Badh) from Rm 115 on Wednesday morning and take them for the rest of the week to Rm 021
  5. Shannon will take Mira/Arwyn’s class from Rm 106 to the library for the rest of the week. Melissa’s TOC will be with them on Friday.

In addition, please note that the fee information in your packages is not correct (it’s last year’s – sorry)  As discussed at staff committee, all students will be paying $45 this year.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Staff meeting on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in the staffroom.
  2. Updated training for those working with the Blue twins at 9:45 with Sarah Thorsteinson.
  3. Staff meeting on Thursday at 12:10 in the staffroom
  4. SSSA meeting in the library at 8:15 on Friday morning

Have a great first week everyone!