Monday Memo – January 6, 2014

MEMO TO: Staff Reps

COPIES TO: STA Executive Committee

FROM: Jennifer Wadge, President

Date: January 6, 2014

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!
From everyone at the STA office, welcome back and all the best for 2014.

Special General Meeting
The STA Special General Meeting will take place on January 22nd at the Bombay Banquet Hall. At the meeting, we will be electing delegates to the BCTF Annual General Meeting. All members are welcome to attend, vote and eat butter chicken. The meeting starts at 4:00 pm. Come out and see your union in action!

Surrey Delegates to the BCTF Annual General Meeting
The BCTF Annual General Meeting will take place from March 15-18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. Each year, over 750 delegates from around the province attend the BCTF AGM. It is a great opportunity to see how the BCTF operates and to hear new perspectives on important issues. Surrey is able to send up to 60 delegates. Delegates will be elected at the January 23 Special General Meeting. If you are interested in becoming a delegate, you can submit your name and a brief statement to Gioia Breda or Please submit your statement by Monday, January 14. Hotel accommodation and expenses are covered by the BCTF.

Turkey Draw Winner
Congratulations to Derek Imai, James Ardiel Elementary, on winning the turkey at the December STARA meeting.

Surrey Primary Teachers’ Workshops
The SPTA is hosting two upcoming workshops during January. Mark your calendars for:

“Dance for Primary Students” with Judy Chase (Herridge) on Wednesday, January 22nd at White Rock Elementary beginning at 3:30 p.m. Come out and learn some easy and effective strategies for teaching dance to your primary students. Simple, creative, folk and line dances will be taught, as well as ideas to take a dance to the performance level.

Back by popular demand, “The Canadian Cousins present Their Daily 5” on Wednesday, January 29th at Hillcrest beginning at 3:30 p.m. This is a repeat session of a workshop presented in late November. Learn about “The Daily 5” literacy framework, and how to help your students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working independently to build strong literacy skills.

You can register for either of these workshops at:

TTOC Social Night
The TTOC Committee is hosting a social night for TTOCs and STA members at City Central Brewing (at SFU Surrey) at 4:00PM (reserved from 3:45pm) on Jan 16!! There will be free appetizers, one free drink for all, and door prizes (gift cards) for TTOCs. The TTOC Committee will be there to enjoy your company! Please e-mail Cindy Tierney to register.
Get Over the Winter Blahs STA Pub night:
Feeling the winter blahs? Come find some cheer with your STA Table Officers. The STA is hosting a Pub ‘Night’ Friday, January 24th at the Surrey Central Brew Pub. Come as early as 3:30 and stay later into the evening.

The STA will provide:
*your appies and your first drink
*awesome prizes and some quirky ones too
It’s a great way to catch up with your colleagues all across the district. Why not talk it up with your staff…? Give your STA friends a shout and get them out!

We want to make sure we have enough appies for those attending so please RSVP to Cindy Tierney @ 604-594-5353 or .

Speaking up about Public Education:
A BCTF research report is in. Poverty and education: A teacher’s perspective is a very informative article on this serious concern. If you are feeling passionate about child poverty, please register for the Anti-Poverty Conference with Donna Beegle on the Feb 21st Pro-d day using the following link:

STA Public Education Meme Contest
The STA’s Public Education Meme Contest is on! Send your entry to Gioia at The grand prize is $100.00 gift certificate to the Boathouse!
Multiple entries are welcome! Entries will be shared via Surrey Teachers’ Face Book page and in subsequent Monday Memos and winners will be announced after the winter break. Members are encouraged to copy memes and share them on Facebook, Twitter and other social media!
*Link to the Meme Contest guidelines, image ideas, meme examples and online meme-generating websites.

January Calendar
January 7 – STA Executive Committee Meeting
January 21 – Staff Rep Training
January 21 – STA Executive Committee Meeting
January 22 – Staff Rep Training
January 22 – Special General Meeting- Bombay Banquet Hall
January 23 – Staff Rep Training
January 28 – Staff Rep Training
January 29 – Staff Rep Training
January 30 – Staff Rep Training
January 31- BCTF Representative Assembly

Joke of the Week
Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers. Unfortunately, all the Swiss bowling league records were destroyed in a fire, so we’ll never know for whom the Tells bowled.

This week’s joke was submitted by Karen Morley, South Surrey/White Rock Learning Centre. If you have a (clean but not necessarily teacher related) joke, please send it to If your joke is selected, your name will be entered into a draw for a gift card. The draw will take place at the end of this month.

Joke of the Week Winner
Congratulations to Sharon Sall, Princess Margaret Secondary! A $25 gift card will be sent to you at your school in the courier.

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