Weekly Message #7-37

Well folks, this is it – the final weekly message from ptothethird.  I am still reeling from Friday’s retirement.  I am overwhelmed by the work done by the committee and everyone involved in organizing my retirement and making it everything I could possibly want it to be.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the best staff ever.  I will miss you all so much.  I know that Christine took a truckload of pictures (thank you Christine!) and Paul was kind enough to send a few to me to share with you today so here they are!

Of course there are lots of other end of year traditions to be experienced this week!  First of all, I am very pleased to see that so many of you will be joining the Grade 7’s for their luncheon on Tuesday.  Please bring the tickets that were put in your box on Friday in order to claim your food.  The Grade 7 food tickets will be on their plates at the luncheon so there is no chance for them to lose them!  If you are working with students and can’t eat with the grads, don’t forget to pick up your lunch selection at the barbecue outside the old gym.  Not sure what time he will start serving but as soon as the kids are fed, he’ll be closing up so don’t wait too long.  Staff who are free are welcome to attend the Grad ceremony at 1:00 in the new gym.

Our awards ceremony is jam packed and as usual, the primaries will be joining us part way through.  We will let you know when to come.

We will end the day on Thursday with our Grade 7 run.  All Grade 7 students should gather by class in the open area and be ready to parade through the halls.  Grade 7 teachers can join their students or station themselves in the stairwells to keep order!  We will be putting Canadian flags in your boxes this week.  Please hand them out at the end of the day on Thursday.  Grads can wave them as they go down the hall and the rest of us can wave flags at the grads in honour of Canada’s 150th!

Tues. July 4th will be the first day of our three week Knowledge Infusions Summer School.  We have over 150 students registered so the school will still be busy for a few weeks yet!


  1. Please come to the staffroom at recess on Tuesday to say goodbye to Cheryl.
  2. Grade 7 Grad 12:00 – 4:00 on Tuesday – both gyms are being used.
  3. Patti at the VSB on Wednesday afternoon.
  4. Awards ceremony at 9:00 on Thursday morning.  Please wait to be called down.
  5. Staff Breakfast at McCleery Golf Course on Friday morning at 8:30.  If you are not attending the breakfast, you are still required to report to work that day.  Please make sure we know how to reach you until 3:00 p.m.

Have a great week and a wonderful summer everyone!

Weekly Message #7-36

IMG_2455We are feeling lucky that weather stayed nice enough for the backyard engagement party we went to on Friday night.  David’s cousin’s son is getting married.  The highlight for us (and Lacey) was that this is the cousin who set us up with Lacey’s breeder.  They have two dogs from the same line and her son has two dogs as well.  So… there were four full grown Havanese dogs and Lacey in their huge backyard with a water feature.  If Lacey was a person, she would have been laughing her head off with joy.  The dogs ran around the yard all night playing together, in and out of the water!

Busy week coming up with continuing interviews and class casting.  We have not successfully filled any of our jobs yet but are working on it.

Grad is coming up next week and all lunch orders were due on Friday the 16th.  If you have an order, please make sure we get it first thing Monday morning as the numbers need to go in to the caterer.

It’s retirement party week for me – three friends are having parties this week and then there is my party on Friday.  I am so excited to celebrate with all of you and couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who has had a part in planning my big day.  More to come on that note – next week.


  1. Reports due on Monday, June 19th – odds to Patti, evens to Karl.
  2. Class casting for 5 to 6 on Monday at 11:00 in the staffroom.
  3. Postponed Watermania for Divs. 1,2 & 3 on Monday afternoon at 2:45 in the upper grass field.
  4. Karen Rosberg’s (former Moberly teacher) retirement at the Arbutus Club at 4:00 on Monday.
  5. Class Casting for 4 to 5 on Tuesday at 11:00 in the staffroom.
  6. Patti & Karl at the area meeting on Wednesday morning.  Maggie will be in charge.
  7. Class casting for 3 to 4 on Thursday at 11:00 in the staffroom.
  8. Student Council Wrap Up party at lunch on Thursday in the library.
  9. Health & Safety Meeting on Friday at 8:15 in the staffroom.  Interested new members are welcome.
  10. Patti will not be in the building during the day on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!


Weekly Message #7-35

Sports Day was an amazing success thanks to all the efforts you made to put it together.   Thank you to Dan for organizing everything for us and to all the staff and teachers for the efforts made to provide the students with such a wonderful day.  Thanks to Kara for warming us all up, too – super 🙂 job!  Thanks to Theresa for the terrific photos.  My favourite quote of the day was the student walking in who turned to his friend and said, “BEST DAY EVER!”

The week ahead is full of casting and interviewing.  You should have the casting schedule but just in case, it is listed below on the weekly events.

Postings close at 4:00 on Monday so we’ll have to get on to shortlisting and interview scheduling asap on Tuesday.  I will chat with those on the committees on Monday.

Water Mania this week.  I am hoping for decent weather as I don’t want to postpone this event.  Don’t forget to send home the info to parents via the agenda sticker.


  1. Class casting K to 1 on Monday at 11:00 in staffroom
  2. SBT with Kathy Grimm (last one for this year) on Tuesday at 11:00 in Room 103.
  3. Water “Mania” for Divs. 7,8, & 9 on Tuesday.  Please gather on the upper grass field at 2:30.
  4. Class casting 1 to 2 on Wednesday at 11:00 in the staffroom
  5. Water “Mania” for Divs. 4,5,& 6 on Wednesday.  Please gather on the upper grass field at 2:30.
  6. Class casting 2 to 3 on Thursday at 11:00 in the staffroom
  7. Water “Mania” for Divs. 1,2 & 3 on Thursday.  Please gather on the upper grass field at 2:30.
  8. Class casting 6 to7 on Friday at 11:00 in the staffroom.

Have a great week everyone!




Weekly Message #7-34

IMG_0420 (1)Sunshine finally!  I am hoping it holds out for Friday in spite of the forecast.  Spent some time in the backyard soaking up the rays with Lacey.  She will be coming to school on Wednesday this week.

Please mark you calendars for a treat.  As you know, Anne Wong is retiring this year.   She is inviting all of us to a luncheon on Thursday.  Please come to the staffroom to enjoy lunch from Anne and William.  Everyone is welcome.

We will review our proposed electronics policy at our Staff Committee meeting on Tuesday – please come prepared with any concerns / questions.


  1. Patti will be in and out on Monday – Superintendent’s meeting first thing in the morning and a workshop in the afternoon.  Karl will be in charge.
  2. Supervision Aide meeting on Tuesday at 11:00.
  3. Staff Committee meeting on Tuesday at lunch.  Agenda items to the clipboard in the staffroom by 10:00 on Monday morning please.
  4. The VPD will be here at 1:00 on Tuesday to visit Gr. 4-7 classes to promote their summer activity day. (about 5 mins. per class)
  5. Patti at a meeting at the VSB on Tuesday afternoon.
  6. School Based Team with Deanne Yee on Wednesday at 11:00 in Room 103.  Agendas were distributed last week.
  7. Aboriginal School Based Team – Part 2 on Thursday at 11:00 in Room 103 (Postponed from Friday)
  8. Luncheon sponsored by Anne Wong on Thursday at lunch in the staffroom.
  9. Last day for Resource on Thursday, June 8th.
  10. Sports Day on Friday!

Have a great week everyone!