Educational Leave

I have been granted 8 days by the VSB to work on my SFU studies. Mme Cristina Fogale, who I first met at my former school, will be working in the classroom on the days I will be away. She is a wonderful teacher who has a lot of experience working at every grade level and I am confident she will enjoy herself while working with the students.

I plan on taking one day per week for the next 3 weeks and will be back full-time for a few weeks after that. The last 5 days will be taken towards the end of April and until mid June.

Thank you!

Magic

The students learned a new magic trick yesterday in class. I’m always looking for new and fun ways for them to improve their listening skills and this French TV show was exactly what we needed to start off this new term.

Voici “L’ascenseur du château” (don’t watch it if your child hasn’t had a chance to show it to you!)

Many have already started showing off around the school and this afternoon, we even had the chance to present our new trick to the French Immersion kindergarten students. They loved it!

Van Tech & Music

For students wanting to continue in French Immersion in high school, Van Tech will be our designated school. I’m not sure if you knew of this but they have an amazing music teacher, who has been nominated for a series of awards.

Vancouver teacher recognized as one of world’s best (click here)

Mark Reid, music teacher nominated for $1 million Varkey Foundation award (click here)

Mark Reid, recipient of the 2012/2013 MusiCounts Award (click here) and (click here)

Speaking of music, Division 22 students also have an amazing music teacher, Mr. David Butler. Here’s a short video I made a few weeks ago. It is currently posted on YouTube as an unlisted video (not public, only accessible through the link I gave you). To respect students’ privacy, please send a USB key to school if you’d like your own copy of the video.

Amazing and inspiring, isn’t it?

Have a lovely day…

 

Latest News About Public Education

Good evening everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying your Spring Break! I came across a variety of interesting articles over the last few days and wanted to share them with you.

1) Open letter to our Premier (written by Adam Olsen, interim leader for the BC Green Party): As you have probably heard, cuts in public education continue to happen. The deal we reached back in September did not improve my working conditions and your child’s learning conditions. Jennifer Stewart, who is a parent, is highly active on Twitter and has also created a blog, should you want to know more about it.

2) BC Teacher wins a 2015 Juno: That teacher fundraised $68,000 to get his program to run and received $200 from the Government this year. He is an inspiration to many of us.

3) School boards across the province are currently trying to balance their budgets. Many school boards are now speaking up, saying it is impossible to do (too many cuts over the years, not much left to cut). Follow Patti Bacchus (VSB school trustee) on Twitter to hear the latest news on this.

4) Families Against Cuts to Education (FACE) is organizing a rally on April 12 in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. If you’d like more info on this and/or would like to attend, follow this link.

Thank you for your support! Have a lovely evening!

Annie