Weekly Message #7-19

images-1Gung Hey Fat Choy everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  David and I went to see the movie “Hidden Figures” this weekend and I would recommend it highly.  Very engaging story and excellent acting.

This Thursday will be our PAC sponsored movie night.  We will be showing “Trolls” from 3:15 – 5:30.  Staff are welcome to attend.  The movie is free and the concession will be open to sell snacks.  Please encourage students to attend.  Primary parents are welcome to attend with their children if they wish.

Congratulations to Karl and the Gr. 7 Student Council members.  Our Rafiki bracelet sale was a huge success.  We will be very happy to donate a good sum of money to help families in need in Africa.  The next Student Council project will be hot chocolate and donut hole week – order forms will come home next week.

A belated welcome to Michelle Wong who joined our SSA team last week – returning from Mat leave.  She will be job sharing with Cheryl Miller.  Happy to have you as part of our team, Michelle!

As a result of our application to the VSB, we were given 1 FTE of extra staffing to be used as .6 Enrolling classroom support and .4 Resource.  I will be working with the Resource team to come up with a plan of action for this staffing.  Pamela Lee, Kara Huston and Sarah Rogers Rosellini (PE Prep) have all accepted increases to their jobs and so we don’t have to post anything.  This is great news for us.  I am still hoping that we might get a counsellor increase but that is still being discussed at the district level.

William Wong’s retirement party is on Monday.  His last day of work will be on Monday or Tuesday so you may wish to say farewell to him. We welcome Bruce Garnett as the new District Principal -ELL, Student Placement and Newcomer Services.  Bruce comes to us from Surrey where he was working as a secondary Vice Principal.

EVENTS THIS WEEK: 

  1. Meeting for Summer School teachers on Tuesday at lunch in Room 103.
  2. Prep coverage for missed Monday preps will be on Wednesday afternoon.  Karl will share the schedule.
  3. PAC Movie afternoon on Thursday – 3:15 – 5:30 in the new gym.
  4. SSA Meeting in the library on Friday morning at 8:15.

Hoping you all have a great Professional Day on Monday and a wonderful week.

 

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Weekly Message #7-18

img_0351Another busy week is upon us culminating with Chinese New Year this Saturday.  Welcome to the year of the Rooster.  It was a lazy weekend at our house as characterized by this week’s picture of Sam – my Dad’s dog.  He sure knows how to relax. A highlight for me was having dinner with Gwen Ingham and Sue Gillis – they both pass on their best regards to everyone on staff.

Thank you to all of the teachers who are slogging their way through the FSA.  It is a time consuming effort and your work is appreciated.  We have a School Based Team this Wednesday with Deanne, our SLP.  If you have a student who needs to be on the agenda, please let me know on Monday morning as there is still room.  Fpr those of you who have started your report card templates – please note that I will be reading even divisions this term and Karl will reading odds.

The darkest two months of the year are over and I am looking forward to moving into brighter days with more hours of light!

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. School Based Team (SLP) on Wednesday at 11:00.  Agendas will go in boxes on Monday afternoon.
  2. Health & Safety Meeting on Friday at 8:15 in the staffroom.

Have a great week everyone!

 

Weekly Message #7-17

imgres-3People are talking everywhere about what the new education funding will mean for us as schools.  Karl & I will be attending an “important information” meeting at the VSB on Monday morning so that they can explain to us what Vancouver is planning.  Of course, we will share everything we know with you asap.  It is possible that we will need to schedule a meeting at recess or lunch on Monday for that purpose.  Hopefully, we will be able to welcome some additional staff this year.

At our PAC meeting on Tuesday night, I will be presenting your wish lists for consideration.  Some items may be funded in the short term and others may be on a longer term list as fundraising continues this year.  The PAC has made enough money to meet their commitment to class funds ($4750) and can begin to look at other priorities.

“Hamelin – A New Fable” will be coming to Moberly on Wednesday afternoon.  I emailed you the study guide last week.  At the very least, you may wish to review the original “Pied Piper of Hamelin” story with your class prior to the performance.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Information meeting for admin on Monday morning – we will be late arriving to school.
  2. John Oliver Articulation breakfast on Tuesday morning.
  3. Assembly led by Division 2 first thing Tuesday morning.  You will be called down.
  4. PAC on Tuesday night – teachers are welcome to attend.
  5. Performance on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 in the big gym.
  6. PAC Hot lunch this Friday.

Have a great week everyone!.

Weekly Message #7-16

imgres-2Ah.. the mysterious weather – will it snow?  will it rain?  It seems that no one knows.  Personally, I am ready for Spring!

I know that many of you have been wondering about a replacement for Carrie.  The good news is that Carly (who was here for a couple of days in December) will be starting on Tuesday.  I will be working with her to set up a schedule as soon as possible.

As noted at the Staff Committee meeting last week, Narinder and I will be meeting with our PAC Chair, Alisa, on Monday to work on the details of the Fun Fair.  We will get info to you as soon as it’s available.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. School Based Team on Tuesday at 11:00.  Agendas have been distributed to affected staff.
  2. Patti and Karl will be at an Office 365 workshop on Wednesday morning.  Jane is in charge.
  3. The Articulation breakfast for David Thompson is on Thursday morning.  Please let Karl know if you are going.
  4. Supervision Aide meeting will be on Thursday at 11 – 11:30.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Message #7-15

img_0349We had a lovely Christmas at the Plottel home.  Our trip to Chilliwack for dinner was an easy drive with clear roads until we got to my sister’s driveway which required some negotiation to get to the house but all worked out fine.  Our worst drive of the holiday was on New Year’s Eve when we headed to our friends’ home in Delta and it took us 3 hours to get there – stop and go on the connector with very icy conditions.  We finally arrived there at 9:00 instead of 7:00 but had a wonderful evening together.  Arrived home at 4:30 a.m!  I hope all of you had a restful and fun time with family and friends.

2017 starts off with a fairly quiet week.  There is cold weather and more snow in the forecast (UGH!).  Wishing you all the best for a wonderful new year!

img_0350EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Prep coverage for those who miss on Monday will be on Wednesday afternoon.  Karl will provide details.
  2. Staff meeting on Thursday at lunch.  Please add items to the clipboard in the staffroom by Wednesday at noon.
  3. SSA meeting on Friday at 8:15 in the library.

Have a great week everyone!