Summer time is a wonderful time of year for me. I get to live outdoors for 7 weeks, and recharge by unplugging. I spend time playing guitar, taking photos, chopping wood, reading books and cutting the grass.
It is hard to live outdoors today here on Denman Island. The rain is pouring down. I have moved into the Koffee Kaltch (a local coffee shop) and am waiting for the rain to lighten up. I settled in with a couple of cups of coffee and a cranberry/almond muffin.
I won’t complain about the rain. There are many plants that are probably enjoying this downpour. Local wells will probably benefit from more ground water.
I have no photos of the rain today (don’t want my camera to get wet), but here are some from my summer so far.
Yesterday was our last official day for students to be at school during the 2013/2014 school year. It passed rather quietly. The halls of the school were dark and silent, as they are today.
Elementary schools are not very interesting when there are no students or staff. There are still a number of jobs that need to get done, but many of the jobs cannot be completed until we have staff around.
I have been very reluctant to write any blogs this week. I was not really able to get my head around how to write about the strike, so I have remained silent.
I found the mindset to write today.
During any strike action, principals and vice-principals in North Vancouver schools still report to work. The buildings are quiet and empty, but we manage to keep ourselves busy.
Watering the courtyard has been a welcome distraction. The garden and other new plants seem to be doing well. I enjoyed the raspberries and strawberries that have grown so far.
The highlight of the week was most definitely the Grade 7 Farewell at St. Catherine’s Church. It was so wonderful to see our grade 7s again, as well as the grade 6 students who helped with serving at the social after the Farewell ceremony. Thanks to all the adults who helped make the Farewell a special event.
There is still some work to do. I will be posting some information to the web site soon about school supplies, and I have a newsletter to write.
If we do not cross paths prior to the end of June, have a wonderful summer.
Are you ready for summer bike riding?
Thanks to all the wonderful parent volunteers and staff members who have organized this event, and who are helping things run smoothly for everyone.
There were over 240 students who rode their bikes to school today. That is better that 50%. Wow!!!
Tomorrow, North Vancouver schools will be closed. In case you missed it, I am sharing the letter that went home to parents from the North Vancouver Superintendent.
Please refer to the North Vancouver School District web site (www4.nvsd44.bc.ca) for the latest information regarding school openings.
Thanks and take care
May 29, 2014 – BCTF Rotating Strike Action
Schools are not in session on Thursday, May 29th due to BCTF Rotating Strike Action - Letter to all North Vancouver School District Parents and Guardians on May 20, 2014:
As you may be aware, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation announced this morning a series of rotating, one-day strikes to occur throughout the province next week. The BCTF’s decision reflects an escalation in their job action related to teacher contract bargaining.
The Teachers’ Federation has directed its members in our school district to conduct their one-day strike activity in North Vancouver on Thursday, May 29th.
While both parties will continue to negotiate between now and May 29th, we are advising all parents and guardians to fully expect that school will not be in session on May 29th. Please plan to make alternate arrangements for your child/children on that day. Should there be any changes to this plan for closure, we will communicate them to you as soon as they are confirmed.
We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause you and your family and continue to hope for a positive resolution between the Province and the BCTF to the current situation.
Superintendent of Schools
Today is a special day.
The first day of school for about 65 kindergarten students.
It will be quite fun.
The new students will be visiting us for a short time (30 minutes) and will spend time in either an English K classroom or a French K classroom. Their parents will be busy with myself and a number of other people, discussing getting ready for Kindergarten.
First times are interesting to watch. Some new K’s will be so excited to be here. “Bye mom,” one might hear. We may also hear, “Don’t leave me!”
Our K teachers are quite skilled at getting the children comfortable the first morning and have planned activities to get to know the children.
I look forward to meeting our new kindergarten students this morning, and meeting their parents as well.