Playing, Caring & Reading + Math!

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Good afternoon!

I thought you may enjoy the following:

1) Joy is Universal (pictures of children playing)

2) How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain

3) Pediatrics Group Recommends Reading Aloud


Summer has officially kicked in. So far, I’ve read a handful of novels and many picture books. Don’t forget to visit the VPL at least once per week as it’s the best and cheapest way to feed this great habit. Reading (especially in French) during summer is important. I like to borrow lots of books even though I don’t always read them all.


Book recommendations for students:

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L’Agent Jean – I’ve purchased #1 for the school but I don’t know if it’s on the shelves yet. #4 & #5 are currently available at the VPL too. (I’d also suggest that you ask the VPL to purchase the entire series – it’s a great one to have!)

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What Body Part Is That? -99.9% fact free. Great book for developing and dormant readers!

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Bine #1 – Very advanced. Super funny! Only 1-2 students this year could have read and understood what is going on in the story. I’m recommending it anyway in case previous years’ parents are still reading this blog.

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Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life - Many girls will like this one. I plan on finishing it today.



Book recommendations for parents:

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As I Remember It

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Ordinary Beauty – recommended by Ms. Hong, our teacher librarian – loved that book!

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The Orenda – I met the author last time I was in Seattle. Great guy! (and he’s Canadian too)



About Mathematics:

Your child should also continue reviewing his/her basic math facts during the summer break. Many students continue to have problems remembering the basics. Their Xtra Math account is still valid, if needed. (email address needed to log in is – a PIN has been shared with your child already but let me know if he/she forgot) Five to ten minutes or practice per day isn’t much but it will definitely pay off in the long run.

I’ve also asked that all students take their JUMP 4.1 & 4.2 or 5.1 & 5.2 home for the summer. As I’ve mentioned it in the past, there is still a lot to cover to be able to catch up in Math. I’ve noticed some concepts weren’t taught in the previous years so it would help if your child tried to do some work at home. I, too, found it challenging to teach everyone everything so there is no one to blame here. I simply want to bring it up so that you can be aware of the situation. I love all my students and each one of them is wonderful but when they are kept together in one big group, there are lots of challenges to deal with and teaching sometimes comes second.

Important: Please do not recycle the JUMP assessment books as I’d like to use them next year, should your child require more support with certain concepts.


Thanks for your ongoing support. I hope you are enjoying the sunshine…


Annie :-)


Believe in Good

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Despite being an advertisement, this made me smile.

Latest News…

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Good afternoon parents and friends,

First of all, thanks to those of you who stopped by to say hello while we were on the picket line this past week. I think about my students all the time (current but also past) and I am hopeful things will get resolved very soon. It feels like I’m living a nightmare that never ends except that this time, it really is happening.

I’m spending a great deal of time reading other teachers’ stories on Twitter and on Facebook and I’m so happy to see that the truth is finally coming out about class composition and size. More than once, I have felt completely useless and unable to help my students. There are so many of them and only one of me! Had I stayed at my former school, I would have had 30 students to look after, with only two periods of resource/support time per week. The amount of students I work with this year is less but believe me, the needs are as high.

When I go home at night, I regularly take some time to reflect about my day. And I often feel bad because I don’t always have the time to help those who need me the most. Staying in at recess and lunch has become the norm and even then, it isn’t enough.

I truly hope that our working conditions will improve in the years to come. As @EricaJaaf said it so well on Twitter, “My working conditions are your child’s learning conditions.”


I leave you with a great interview I found on the internet. I thought you may enjoy it too.

Interview with Nicole Jarvis (there’s some advertisement first, be patient)

This article will also help you understand why we’re fighting so hard for our students.

The Robbery Known As Class Composition Is B.C.’s Dark Secret


Thanks again for your support!

Have a lovely weekend,


News Conference

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Good evening parents,

In case some of you would like to follow what’s been happening between the Government and the BC Teachers’ Federation, here’s a link to this morning’s news conference. You will have to register first but setting up an account is easy.

The media often distorts the truth so I try to avoid reading what’s being printed in The Vancouver Sun or The Province.

Have a great evening,


The End?

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Good morning parents,

I’d like to think that Friday wasn’t our last day of school. We tried cleaning up as best as we can and the students took most of their belongings home. I kept some journals with me but only because I’m afraid these are going to get recycled and I’d like to continue using them next year (two of these were purchased with my own money, this also explains why). Please don’t get rid of notebooks as I often like to reuse the unused pages. Duotangs can also be reused so feel free to send them my way next time I see your child.

As you probably heard, teachers won’t be in school tomorrow (Monday) and if a deal isn’t sealed, I will be back on the picket line on Tuesday.

I continue reading lots of wonderful stories on Facebook and on Twitter. Here are two that spoke to me the most.

1. What is public education worth to you?

2. This is my strike pay!

Enjoy your Sunday…