December 4, 2017

put-this-on-your-calendarImportant Dates

December 7                    Ministry Announcement from our school
December 11                  Communicating Student Learning reports home this week
December 11                  Elections in the school gym
December 12                  Last day of Blanket Drive
December 13                  Items in Lost and Found to be donated
December 15                  Winter Breakfast
December 19                  Early Dismissal 1:25 pm for Learning Conferences
December 20                  Early Dismissal at 1:25 pm for Learning Conferences
December 21                  Winter Concert for Parent Audience at 1 pm
December 22                  Last Day of classes before Winter Break begins
January 8                        Schools back in session
January 9-12                   First Peoples in Residence Week (primary classes)
January 23                      PAC meeting at 6 pm in Multipurpose Room
January 25                      Theme Day: TBA
January 31                      Maker Faire
February 1                      Maker Faire

Learning Spotlight: Gravity Track Racing

In the month of November our students learned all about designing and construction model cars out of simple materials so they race down a tilted track (powered by gravity) at top speed.  In designing these cars the students learned all about the factors that affect speed: size, aerodynamics, weight distribution,rolling resistance of the wheels (friction) and size of wheels.

Please view the videos below for the learning reflections from students in Ms. McIntyre’s class.  Reflections are by Jenna, Jake, Trygg, Gus, Eden, and Gael.






Rayhan Somel from Ms. Holmes wrote the following reflection:

“My weight for my car was 400 grams.  Method was to cut the wood with a sw and drill two holes for the axel to fit in for my wheels then I spray painted my car and put tow batteries on.  y challenges were holding the batteries to keep the still while I was taping them.  My solutions was I go a buddy to hold the battery for me.  I tested t car and it did really well – out of thirteen races, my car one 11 of the races!

Divisions 1 and 2 also had a great time racing.  Please view the video below along with some pictures of their cars.  The ultimate winner in grade 7 was Turner Anderson.




Ministry Announcement

On Thursday, December 7th our premier, John Horgan, will be making an announcement in our school.  There will be media, people from the premier’s office, and members from our school board and district present.  The announcement will take place inside the school building at 11 am.  Students and staff will be in classrooms as the announcement takes place, however we will have some students participating in a learning activity with our premier.

Winter Breakfast and Pajama Day!

pancakeOur annual Winter Breakfast is almost here!  The fun family event is happening on the morning of  December 15th. We encourage all of our Pacific Families to attend.  We love meeting younger and older siblings along with grandparents of our students.  Please remember to purchase your tickets in the hot lunch section of the PAC website before Sunday, December 10. Ordering in advance is important, as we need to know how many people are in attendance so we can prepare food accordingly.  We also have Santa in the building – he is more than happy to take a selfie with you and your family!

Remember that this day is also a theme day.  Students (and staff) are asked to dress comfortably in their cozy winter pajama’s on this day.

Communicating Student Learning

Parent InterviewsDuring the week of December 11th, your child will be bringing home his/her Communicating Student Learning (CSL) progress “report”.  This will be in the form of a PDF document or an on-line FreshGrade portfolio.  Following the CSL report, we have two early dismissal days in the month of December – December 19th and 20th.  These early dismissal days are for Learning Conferences.  Please call the school office to set up a time to meet with you child’s classroom teacher on one of these two early dismissal days. 

Winter Concert

Winter ConcertOur Winter Concert theme this year is “A Canadian Winter”.  Our students will be wearing their favourite Canadian gear for the concert on December 21st.  The Winter concert will have all of our primary classes performing.  Please talk to your child about the performance his/her class is practising for the concert.  We will be having two performances on December 21st.  The first performance is for our school audience and is more of a dress rehearsal. The second performance will be the afternoon at 1 pm and it will be for our parent/family audience only.

Student Leadership

Movember in Pictures
We raised over $700 during our four day fundraising blitz!  So proud of our students for all the advertising they did to raise awareness for men’s health.


Blanket Drive
Blanket-DriveApart from supporting important global initiatives and building school spirit, one of the most important mandates of our Student Leadership Team is to make our own community a better place to live. With that idea in mind, we are hoping to collect as many warm, clean blankets as we can to provide some respite from the cold for people who are forced to live out on the streets. If you have a blanket to donate, please send it in a bag to your child’s classroom teacher. Members of the leadership team will come around and collect the blankets by Tuesday, December 12, 2018. The blankets will then be delivered to a local shelter.

Lost and Found

lost and foundWe have a lot of items in our Lost and Found bins.  We have winter jackets, summer jackets,  fancy cardigans, and a lot of sweatshirts.  Please take a look through the Lost and Found and claim your items!  All items left in the bin will be donated on December 13th.

November 19th, 2017

dont-forgetDates to Remember

November 21            PAC meeting 6 pm in library
November 21            Blanket Drive begins
November 22            Theme Day: Disney Day
November 27-30       Fundraising for Mo-vember
November 29            Boys Volleyball Play Day Crescent Park Ele.
November 30            Theme Day:  Moustache Day
November 30            Girls Volleyball Play Day at Pacific Heights
December 11            Communicating Student Learning reports go home
December 11            Gym being used all day for Federal by-elections
December 12            Last day of our Blanket Drive
December 15            Winter Breakfast and Pajama Day
December 19            Early dismissal at 1:25 pm
December 20            Early dismissal at 1:25 pm
December 21            Winter Concert at 1 pm for Parent Audience
December 22            Winter Break begins at 2:25 pm!
January 9                 School is back in session

Learning Spotlight

This month has been busy with classes building their gravity cars and racing them down the track.  I will have more pictures to share in the next couple of weeks as some classes are still building.  Take a look at the photos and videos below to see some of the fun learning that has taken place.

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Student Leadership News

Kenya and Water

This year our leadership team has decided to support Kenya.  Our goal is to raise money so villages in Kenya have access to clean water and sanitation.  Clean water helps remove barriers to education by reducing illness and allowing girls to go to school instead of spending hours each day fetching their family’s water – often from contaminated sources.  Click here to learn more.

Local Impacts

  1.  Our leadership team is also helping our local community.  We have already supported our local food bank with our “We Scare Hunger” campaign.  Our school community collected 517 non perishable food items
  2. We are also excited about supporting local families during this Holiday season.  Our students will be helping three families by putting together hampers full of clothing, toys, and games.
  3. Apart from supporting important global initiatives and building school spirit, one of the most important mandates of our Student Leadership Team is to make our own community a better place to live. With that idea in mind, we are hoping to collect as many warm, clean blankets as we can to provide some respite from the cold for people who are forced to live out on the streets. If you have a blanket to donate, please send it in a bag to your child’s classroom teacher. Members of the leadership team will come around and collect the blankets by Tuesday, December 12, 2018. The blankets will then be delivered to a local shelter.

School Spirit with a Fundraising Twist

We are having a theme day: Disney Day is this Wednesday November 22nd.  Come to school dressed as your favourite Disney character.  Our student leaders will be coming around to take pictures.


movemberHappy MO-vember! If you have been paying attention to the faces of our male teachers this month, they have decided to show their support for men’s health by growing Mo’s (moustaches). Movember started in 2004, in Melbourne, Australia, when a group of friends decided to grow moustaches for men’s health. The goal is to make the men in our school community (dads, uncles, granddads, older brothers) more aware of the importance of seeing a doctor on a regular basis. You can find more information about Movember at this website.
From Monday, Movember 27th to the 30th, we are going to have a 4 day fundraising blitz. Our goal is to raise $800 over the 4 days to support men’s health. On Thursday, Movember 30th, we are having a  Moustache Day theme day. On this day we will celebrate what we have fundraised over four days by having everyone wear a moustache style of their choice! There will also be a Movember Art Contest for all students to participate in which is being led by our Pacific Heights Leadership Team. There will be more information to follow regarding the art contests later this week.
If you would like to donate on-line, you can find the Pacific Heights’ MO BRO’s team here. Any donation helps, however, getting the word out to our adult males is the most important reason for this campaign.

November 5, 2017

Upcoming Eventsdon't forget

November 7        Final Day to collect for”We Scare Hunger”
November 9        Remembrance Day Assembly 10:30 am
November 10       Non Instructional Day (classes not in session)
November 13       Remembrance Day Holiday (classes not in session)
November 21       PAC meeting 6 pm in library
December 11       Communicating Student Learning – reports home this week
December 15       Winter Breakfast and Pajama Day
December 19       Early Dismissal 1:25 pm for Student Led Conferences
December 20       Early Dismissal 1:25 pm for Student Led Conferences
December 21       Winter Concert

Learning Spotlight

IMG_3825During the November 3rd Curriculum Day, we had teachers learn more about coding in the library.  We had our coding cart out for playing and learning: Sphero, Ollie, Ozobot, and Osmo’s.  We had two of our grade 7 students from division 2, Turner Anderson and Curtis Frohloff, come in and demonstrate their coding skills and then teach us some new tricks!  The fun part about using the Sphero and Ollie is that students are able to work in teams and collaborate to programme robots to complete certain tasks; problem solving and sequential logic is encouraged.

I asked these two students a little bit about coding and these were their responses:


What do you like most about coding when you use the Sphere and Ollie?

Turner:  I like that you can make a robot do what you want it to do.

Curtis:I like that you can invent design and your creativity and imagination can run wild.

What did you notice about the teachers as you were “teaching” them?

Turner: Some teachers are quick to learn.  All of them were excited and open and ready to learn.  They asked a lot of questions.

Curtis:  They were open minded to suggestions and they were willing to try even if they didn’t get it right.

What is your next coding challenge?

Curtis:  I think it would be cool if I could code the Ollie to drive around the whole classroom around desks without it going off track.  I think it will take some time for me to code it to do that. It might take me a couple of hours to get the code just right.

Turner: I want to code the Ollie to go around me and weave in between my legs.  So far I have been able to code the Ollie to do a circle around me.

How do you think coding will help you in the future?  How does it help your thinking?

Turner:  It makes you think.  I know it has taught me to not give up and to try alternate methods in the code.

Curtis: Coding has taught me to improvise and to keep trying.  Coding in school will help me code in the real world- computers and cars are all coded.


We Scare Hunger

wescarehungerThe Student Leadership Team is collecting non-perishable food items for our local food bank.  Our last day for collection will be Tuesday, November 7th. Our leadership students have been exploring the issue about hunger.  Below is information we learned from the Me to We website

“Thirteen percent of Canadians are in a state of food insecurity, which means they are unable to access a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Without enough food, many people feel the effects of short-term hunger, like headaches, nausea and the inability to concentrate.
Each month, over 850,000 Canadians require help from food banks—more than one third of these individuals are children and youth. People seeking food assistance come from all walks of life. Employment is no guarantee that someone will never struggle to provide enough food for their family. In fact, nearly one in six households that accessed a food bank in 2016 included someone who was employed.

People who access food banks come from all walks of life. Some people need support over longer periods, but most require help only occasionally or for a short period of time. Hunger leads to long-term health conditions, especially in young children, and is a barrier to academic success.

A food package may make the difference for a family trying to get back on their feet after a crisis. It can mean that a child doesn’t go to bed hungry, or doesn’t get sick and miss school due to an immune system compromised by lack of adequate nutrition.”

Gravity Track

IMG_4173As you walk down the hallway of our school you will notice our gravity track.  Almost all of our classes are building cars to race down this track.  The students are working hard to build the fastest possible gravity-powered car.  Classes are using a variety of materials for the challenge.  Our intermediate classes are using wood, or bars of soap.  Some of our primary classes are using lego or recycled materials. There has been much learning around what will influence how fast the car travels – wheel size, diameter, shape of the car, materials used, etc?

Our students in Ms. Song’s class were busy last week sanding and sawing wood for their cars.  We had parent volunteers come in to help our students.  It was a day full of new experiences and fun learning for our students who had not had any wood working experience.


Recap of Learning and Events

First Nations in Residence Week

Halloween Fun

October 21, 2017

put-this-on-your-calendarUpcoming Events

Week of October 23: Interims go home
Week of Oct. 23: First People’s in Residence Week
October 23: First People’s in Residence Week Assembly 9:40 am
October 23: Drop Everything and Read
October 24: PAC meeting 6 pm in the library
October 27: Individual Photo re-takes
November 3: Curriculum Day – classes not in session for students
November 9: Remembrance Day Assembly 10:30 am
November 10: Non-Instructional Day – classes not in session for students
November 13: Remembrance Day Holiday – classes not in session for students
November 22: Theme Day- TBA

Learning Spotlight: Learning from Arcades

Students in Division 4 spent the first 5 weeks of school working on elaborate arcade games inspired by Caine’s Arcade. We learned many concepts and skills from the Applied, Design, Skills and Technologies Curriculum around designing, prototyping and creating an arcade game for our audience. We took risks, used a variety of tools such as hand saws, drills, X-Acto knives with materials such as cardboard and wood.

IMG_3925I saw my students develop their Core Competencies by communicating with one another, thinking both creatively to come up with a design and critically when faced with challenges. We ran into a few problems along the way but each student demonstrated great resilience and participation.

We showcased our arcades and had every single class at Pacific Heights play our games during our week long Arcade Extravaganza. They worked tirelessly presenting their games, demonstrating how to play and kept their energy and enthusiasm up the entire week! My students were mindful to make modifications from Kindergarten to Grade 7.

As a teacher, I am most proud of all the time, effort and work they put into their arcade games. The thoughtfulness behind their designs, their leadership when showcasing their projects to other classes, the perseverance they demonstrated when hitting a roadblock and so much more. I took pictures, videos and  conferenced along the way and only had to hand out one bandaid! We ended our Arcade Extravaganza by showcasing our games to our parents. You could see both kids and parents beaming with excitement!

Our Arcade Extravaganza was truly an inspirational project, both for the kids and myself. It was an amazing way to kick off the school year!

Ms. Song
Grade 5/6 Teacher

We Day 2017

This past Wednesday fifteen of our Grade 7 Student Leaders attended WE Day at Rogers Arena.  We Day is an inspirational event to enpower our student leaders to shift the world from “me” to “we”. WE Day brings together inspirational speakers and performers who share their contributions and therefore motivate youth to kick-start another year of positive change.

WE day and WE schools empower youth to find their passion and create the change they want to see.  Last school year, the students at Pacific Heights collected food for our food bank, we put together Caring Hampers during Winter Break for families in need, we collected shoes for the Ruben’s Shoes Charity, and we fundraised money for education in Sierra Leone.

Our Student Leaders will be meeting this week and discussing how we want to change the world with our positive impacts.  Below are reflections from two of our students who attend the WE Day.

My experience at WE Day was unforgettable and empowering because it showed we that I can do anything if I really put my mind to it. About mid way into WE Day a man named Spencer West came on the stage and told us about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro missing the bottom half portion of his body. When I heard this I was shocked because I can barely climb Teapot Hill in Chilliwack without getting tired and he climbed 19,314 feet just using his hands and wheelchair. I found this really inspirational because seeing that he was happy and content with his life despite missing his legs he was just a normal guy living his life to the fullest. This has inspired me to challenge myself and live outside the box.
~Written by Renita

IMG_4002When I went to WE Day I was just so happy that I was one of the lucky students that was chosen out of two – Grade 7 classes.  After a long trip on the skytrain, we finally made it to Roger’s Arena.  One of the speakers that I found to be a great inspiration for me was the famous soccer player, Karina Leblanc.  She was an inspiration to me because soccer is my passion and Karina Leblanc made me believe that if I work hard enough that I too can become an amazing soccer player.  Going to WE Day was the best thing that has happened to me and I hope that I can go again but this time I would be the one who would be inspiring someone else.
~Written by Rehea Johal

Sports, Sports, Sports!

soccerMr. Thompson was coaching a co-ed soccer team.  Our students demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and had a very successful season.  All students ended the season improving their game and having a lot of fun and memories. The team had a very competitive final game on the Play Day that ended in shoot-outs. We came in second place!  Well Done.


Our intramurals have also started!  Mr. Henderson has organized a Floorball League for our grade 4 and 5 students.  Floorball is a type of floor hockey with five players and a goalkeeper on each team.  It is a fast and exciting game that our students have been enjoying.  For more information on Floorball, click here.


Volleyball season is also underway.  We have Mr. Unruh and Ms. Song coaching the girls team. The coaches for the boys team are Mr. Henderson and Ms. Chamberlayne.

A BIG THANK YOU to our teachers who have volunteered in their spare time (before school, after school, and lunch hours) to coach our students.

First People’s in Residence Week

This week our intermediate students and the rest of the school will be welcoming Ms. Anderson and Ms. Leon from the Aboriginal Resource Centre.  These two cultural facilitators will be teaching our students about First People’s culture and the First People’s groups that lived in our area.  We will be learning through art, music, and blanket weaving.  Our students are looking forward to hearing stories and learning about the importance of local plants and animals.  We will start our fun week of learning with a short assembly on Monday, Oct. 23 at approximately 9:40 am.


halloweenAs we all know with all the candy we have been seeing (and eating) at the supermarkets, Halloween is fast approaching.  As we have done every year, our school will start the day with a costume parade at approximately 9 am.  Parents and siblings are more than welcome to join in on the parade.

Please send your child to school wearing his/her costume.  We want students to enjoy the day but be safe at the same time.  Please keep the following in mind as you are thinking about your child’s Halloween Costume:

  • The costume needs to be appropriate for the school setting.  We have younger students at the school and do not allow costumes that are too scary (lots of blood and gore).
  • District policy does not allow any types of replica weapons at school (toy guns, knives, swords, etc.).
  • Students are not allowed to wear masks during recess, lunch, before or after school.  For safety reason, students may only wear masks int he classroom and during the Costume Parade.
  • Safety is important!  Masks or anything that obstructs a child’s view is discouraged.  Also, no items that might make your child trip and fall.

After recess at approximately 10:30 am, there will be a primary dance (K-3).  Parents are welcome to come join in the fun.

Recap of Events

Well done Pacific Heights in surpassing our fundraising goal for the Terry Fox foundation!  We had set our sight on raising $700 and we raised $762.90!

Once again Harvest Day was a HUGE success. Our school community came together dressed in our Harvest best, dancing shoes on, and we outdid ourselves with the veggie carvings!

September 26, 2017

Upcoming Events

September 28          Terry Fox Run
September 28          PAC freezie sale 2:25 pm-fundraising for Terry Fox
September 28          PAC meeting at 6 pm in the library
September 29          Orange Shirt Day
October 2-6              Scholastic Book Fair in the library
October 6                 Harvest Day
October 18               Motivational Magic @ 1 pm (gym for entire school)
October 20              Pro D day (no school for students)

Student Spotlight

go cart3This summer, Logan Tudge, built a wooden go-cart.  It is something he had never done before.  Logan was able to clearly explain his design and making process.  His classmates had the opportunity to ride the go-cart and learn from Logan.

What inspired you to make this go-cart?
My friend had a cool Hot Wheels go-cart and I decided I wanted to make one

Have you ever built something out of wood before?
No. The only stuff I’ve made has been during Maker Faire but compared to this it was boring stuff!

What was the most challenging part of building this go-cart?
Using the hacksaw on metal. It took me over 5 minutes to saw a thin piece of metal in half.

What was the part you enjoyed the most?
Coming up with the design. I thought of some ideas and then my stepdad helped. I enjoyed using the power tools especially the drill. I learned how to use them safely. Of course I know not to just keep holding the trigger on the drill. It was just really fun building. I got to use the sanding machine on the spacers (the black things in between the wheels).

What did you learn from this process?
It’s not easy to make a go-cart. It took us two days.  Also, I hope I inspire my friends to make one.  I also like STEAM or STEM now when we do it in class.

What do you want to make next?
I am now making a mini go cart and this one will have handles. My stepdad is helping me with it. I’m using this yellow bin to sit in it. The go-cart will look funny but if it works it is a go-cart!

Parking Lot Safety

safety-awareness-clipart-1As with all schools, our parking lot is very congested during drop off and pick up times, for this reason we all need to work together so students are SAFE.  Here are some simple guidelines to follow:

  • the roundabout is for single lane traffic only (there is no parking or idling in the roundabout)
  • Please stop and drop off your child on the outside of the roundabout, so your child gets out of the car safely onto the sidewalk (not onto the roundabout road where cars are circling)
  • Please park in the visitor parking if you have to (not in the roundabout or in the vehicle lane coming into the school)
  • Pedestrians have the right of way
  • If you find the roundabout area stressful, please park your car down the street and walk your child to the school
  • drive slowly

Terry Fox Run

terry foxWe will be having our Terry Fox Run on Thursday, Sept. 28th.  After lunch we will have a short assembly where students will view a Terry Fox video and then Mr. Henderson’s class will lead us in a fun warm up.  After the warm up, students will head outside for the run.  Our primary students (grades k-3) will be running around the grass field.  Intermediate students will be running around the school.  We will have supervisors on the route to direct and encourage students on the run.

Our school goal is to raise a minimum of $700 for the Terry Fox Foundation.  Students are asked to donate $2 or what they can for cancer research.  Our PAC will be selling Freezies after school on this day.  Freezies will be sold for $1 and all proceeds go to the Terry Fox Foundation.

Orange Shirt Day

orange_shirt_day2This week on Friday, Sept. 29th all of our students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt.  This day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission.  It has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.  The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools.

Here is a website that has some books you may want to read with your children around the Orange Shirt Day themes.

Harvest Day

veggie carvingHarvest Day is being celebrated on Friday, October 6th.  This is a day full of veggie carvings, dancing, and fun.  Students from K-7 are encouraged to be creative and create veggie carvings at home.  Students bring these creations to school on Friday, October 6th for display in the school hallways.  Please remember to send your child with an attached card to the carving that contains the following information:
Name of carving
Student Name
Student Division

Families are invited to celebration Harvest Day in the gym at 1 pm with the rest of our students. From 1-2 pm classes will be performing dances. Please wear your dancing shoes as the grand finale involves the “Chicken Dance”.

September 17, 2017

Upcoming Eventsput-this-on-your-calendar

September 19          Meet the Teacher 6-7 pm
September 22          Individual Photo Day
September 25         Non Instructional Day
September 28         Terry Fox Run (afternoon)
September 28         PAC meeting at 6 pm in Library
September 29         Orange Shirt Day
September 29         PAC Hot Dog Lunch
October 2-6             Scholastic Book Fair
October 3                Shoreline Clean up

Student Learning Spotlight

aodhan 1This past June, Aodhan Braun won an entrepreneur award for creating a device that simulates your and from a farther distance.  Here are a couple of questions, Aodhan answered for the newsletter.

How does your Handy Hand work?
The Handy Hand work with fishing line connected to rings which go on your fingers. The  fishing line carefully goes through beads glued to the cardboard hand, so when you pull the fishing line it also pulls the extended finger making it possible to act just like your hand but from a further distance.

What is it made of?
The handy Hand’s base is made out of cardboard which was cut into a hand. The reason for that is so when you pull on it , it bends not just the fingers but the actual hand. In order to keep your hand in place it has a Velcro strap. The Handy Hand also has elastic on the back of each finger which I will explain why later. To make sure you have a secure grip each finger and palm is cover in antiskid to try and simulate the type of grip you have on your hand.

What inspired you to make the Handy Hand?
It’s actually a pretty funny story what gave me this idea. One day I was in my class doing normal work and my eye was caught on a classmate trying to reach for his library book. Since the school Entrepreneur Fair was coming up I knew I had to take action, so I went home and though about it for a while then it hit me and that’s how the Handy Hand was born.

Winning the award – what was that like?
The founder of the program, Bill Roche, who started the program more than 20 years agoaodhan3 came to Pacific Heights to look at our inventions.  He choose me to go to a Dragons Den style type of event hosted at Simon Fraser University (SFU).  I had to prepare a speech, business plan, poster, display, and make sure The Handy Hand was top notch  for the judges.  You check my IG page @aodhan_charger_boi for more pictures.  I was happy and surprised to win the award for Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Creative.

What were some obstacles you had to overcome?
Winning was awesome but getting there wasn’t easy at all.  I had to figure out how much to sell each Handy Hand for.  I originally planned to be selling each hand for $10 and only making twelve of them but I was limited to how much kids were willing to pay for the Handy Hand from my market research.  The amount of money kids were willing to buy the hand for was $5.  So I decided to make a better quality hand and sell it for $7.  My dad helped me make all sixteen of my Handy Hand’s…it was a big job!  The second obstacle was that the fingers made out of cardboard would bend over time.  I had to find a way around it and there was just a few days before the Entrepreneur Fair.  I then got the idea to put elastic behind each finger so the cardboard finger would go back into place instead of staying bent.  It was a pain to go and put elastic on each finger of all 16 Handy Hand’s!

What did you enjoy the most?
I honestly just enjoyed socialising to judges and customers.  I also really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about business.  It was fun meeting other students from other schools and joining together at the summer camp held at SFU.

Have you ever invented something before?
I have always like to make cool toys and mechanics when I was at home but I did also make a talking robot a few years ago using a speaker.  But this is my most prized possession.

What do you want to make next?
I’m not exactly sure what I would like to make next but I would like to invent something that makes people’s lives easier. I might make something with magnets.

Terry Fox Run

terry foxNext week, September 28th is our Terry Fox Run.  Please click here for a link to a short YouTube video on Terry Fox and his journey to raise money to cure cancer.  We are asking students bring a $2 donation that will go to the Terry Fox Foundation.

Our Terry Fox Run will take place after lunch.  We will have a short assembly where we show a video about Terry Fox and then we do a short warm up.  Intermediate students have a longer route around the school.  Our primary students run around the field.

Orange Shirt Day-Every Child Matters

orange_shirt_day2Orange Shirt day is on Friday Sept. 29th. Orange shirt day grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, being taken away on her first day of school at St. Joseph Mission residential school.  This day has also become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

Residential Schools had a profound effect on the culture and language of aboriginal people across Canada, and forever changed the lives of thousands of aboriginal children.  As the terrible legacy of these schools has become public, the Canadian Government offered an apology to aboriginal people for the forced cultural assimilation embodied in the residential school system.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Scholastic Book Fair

Our first Scholastic Book Fair for this school year will be in the week of October 2nd wild west2017.  The theme this year is Our Scholastic Book Fair will be the Wild Wild West!  The book fair will be in the library and will be open for business during lunch hour and after school.

A reminder that students are not allowed to buy for each other unless they are buying for their siblings.

Co-Ed Soccer Team

A big thank you to Mr. Thompson who is coaching our co-ed soccer team.  Practises are held Mondays after school.  The game schedule is yet to be determined.


Welcome Back!

Principal's message

I hope you have had an enjoyable summer full of quality family time and fun adventures.  The staff at Pacific Heights Elementary look forward to another school year with your children.  We will have another fun year of learning full of inquiry, STEM challenges, and play.

The first week of school is a busy week as we are getting to know our students.  The students will be working in their grade groups, providing them the opportunity to work with different teachers and peers. These interactions will help teachers determine class placements and go over class/school routines.  We are thoughtful and deliberate as we review the educational and social emotional needs of each child as we make our class lists.  The most suitable placement your child based on the following criteria:

  • Student intellectual, social and emotional development
  • Learning styles and strengths of students
  • Degree of independence
  • Social compatibility
  • Gender balance
  • Maintaining appropriate teacher-student ratios

I am excited for this school year.  Please remember my door is open to our parents and community members. Working together with open and honest communication is required to meet the needs of our learners and to build a positive school environment. I look forward to the opportunity to hear from you. Please feel welcome to come and say hello and introduce yourselves.

For more information on the school calendar, fees, and staff list…please visit our school website as it is all located there.

I also ask you to take a moment and follow us on the social media sites below, we will be sharing our learning and happenings around the school:

Twitter: @PacHeights36                                                                                                             Instagram: @PacificHeights_Learns
School website

I wish all our students and families a great 2017/18 school year.


Ms. Chohan

Bell Schedulebell schedule.png

8:30 am          Welcome Bell
8:35 am          Classes in Session

10:15 am        Recess
10:30 am       Classes in session

11:40 am        Lunch (students outside)
12:10 pm        Lunch (eating inside)
12:25 pm        Classes in Session

2:25 pm          Dismissal Bell

School Supplies

school_supply_listsSchool supply lists are posted on our website.  Student will need limited supplies for the first week of school.  Teachers will inform students of what they need to bring.  For this who have ordered supplies through EduPac, they will be distributed to students once classes are set.

School Agendas

We are happy to be sending an agenda home with your child.  The agenda contains important information for parents and students.  Please send $2.00 for each agenda with your child in the week of September 11, 2017.

School Visitors

All visitors to the school must report and sign in at the office to receive a visitor’s badge.  This helps to ensure student safety.  If you are bringing your child’s lunch, please label it clearly with your child’s name and leave it by the office.  Please do not bring lunches directly to classrooms as it disturbs student learning.

Upcoming Events


September 19          Meet the Teacher
September 22          Individual Photo Day
September 25          Non-Instructional Day (classes not in session)
September 28          Terry Fox Run
September 29          Orange Shirt Day



June 18, 2017

Year End Assemblies stars

Wed. June 21, 2017:  Grade 7 Band Concert

Parents are encouraged to attend.

Tues. June 27, 2017: Grade 7 Assembly and Celebration

This is a big day for our Grade 7 students and they like to celebrate with their friends and  family.  During the assembly, there is a designated seating area for parents of our grade 7 students.  This week, Grade 7’s will be bringing home two tickets for parents to attend.  If you need more than two tickets, please talk to your child’s classroom teacher.  We ask that our Grade 7 students dress up for this event.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

10:30 am: All Classes (K-7) and parents file into the gym to take their seats.

10:45 am: Grade 7 Celebration Ceremony begins.

11:40 am: Ceremony ends.  Parents/Family take pictures with Grade 7’s in the Multipurpose Room.  Grade 7’s change into comfortable clothing for the afternoon “Minute to Win It” games.

12:45 pm: Grade 7 students continue with the celebration in the gym.  There will be lunch and snacks for students, music, photo walls, and “Minute to Win It” game stations.

4:00 pm: Celebration ends – students and parents go home.

Wed. June 28, 2017: Year End Assembly

At this assembly we celebrate the fun we had this year with an iMovie documenting all the fun learning and events.  The assembly will start at 10:45 am.


June 6, 2017

Happy Retirement!

IMG_0045.jpgAs many of you may have already heard, Mrs. de Leeuw is retiring at the end of June. In the time I have known Ms. deLeeuw, I know she put in a lot of time and energy, ensuring her students be successful.  Even at the end of the day, Mrs. de Leeuw would be meeting with students to give them extra help or to help students problem solve a social issue.  Mrs. de Leeuw made teaching fun and meaningful through the various units she taught about the environment and stressing the importance of recycling.  She has been an amazing teacher, colleague and friend as she was always there to lend colleagues a helping hand, always there to brainstorm teaching ideas, and always there for her students.  Ms. deLeeuw has been my go-to person when I had questions or needed ideas.  When I think of Ms. deLeeuw, I’m reminded of a quote by Carol Ann Tomlinson: “Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can.”  Mrs. de Leeuw, thank you for lasting impact you have made on the students you taught.  You will be missed.  Happy retirement!

Below is Mrs. de Leeuw’s letter to our community:

Dear Pacific Heights Community,

I am writing this note to say farewell, as I am retiring from teaching full time, grade 4 and/or 5, at Pacific Heights Elementary, in the Surrey School District of British Columbia! Friday, June 30th will be my last day!

My decision has not been easy, as I do not feel “finished” with teaching and education, generally. The students have made every day of work energizing, interesting and positively challenging; no day is the same when helping children learn, as there are so many aspects to harness spontaneously, fine tune and continuously learn more about. My career has been tremendously stimulating and rewarding! I have loved the journey so far, and I look forward to using my teaching interests and skills in voluntary capacities.

Looking ahead, I will have more time with my family, particularly my grandchildren and aging parents. I feel privileged to be able to do this with my husband, who has also recently retired. Naturally, we have many adventures on our bucket list to try, such as exploring the arctic, sailing in the Caribbean, and skiing the spine of the Rocky Mountains to name a few.

I am truly grateful for the strong support and great collaboration within our school community. My colleagues and principals have especially inspired my teaching to be richer in content, experimental with best practices, as well as purposeful and productive for students. I am so appreciative of the PHE parent community, especially the PAC committees, who continuously provided the extra resources and helped make students’ learning more vibrant, hands-on, and experiential. I extend many thanks to the students and their parents, with whom I have worked closely with during my 11 years at PHE, for their dedication and the steady work that goes with it. Your willingness to be a team player in our journey together has meant a great deal to me!

Pacific Heights, thank you for all the wonderful opportunities I have had to develop my teaching career here! I will miss you all and this “beehive” of diverse learning very much!


Mrs. (Mignon) de Leeuw

Calendar and Bell Schedule for 2017/18

bellschedulePlease click here to go to access the school website and view the school calendar.

Bell Schedule:

8:30 am     Welcome Bell
8:35 am     Classes in session

10:15 am Recess
10:30 am Classes in session

11:40 am Lunch hour (students outside)
12:10 pm Lunch (eating inside)
12:25 pm Classes in session

2:25 pm Dismissal Bell

School Supplies

If you would like to order your child’s school supplies from EduPac, please order on-line. On-line orders are due by the end of June 2017.  The supply lists for each grade are on our school website.

June Events

June 12-14    Grade 7 Camp
June 15          PAC election meeting 6:30 pm in MPR
June 16          Games Day
June 22          PAC BBQ
June 27          Grade 7 Assembly 10:45 am
June 27          Grade 7 Celebration 1 – 4 pm
June 28           Year End Assembly 10:45 am
June 29           Last day of school.  Reports go home. Early dismissal at 1:30 pm

Games Day Itinerary

8:30 am     Bell and attendance
8:45 am     House Team Cheers in the gym
9:00 am    Bike Parade in the round-a-bout

**bike paradeIf you would like your child to participate in the Bike Parade, please have your child decorate his/her bike in their house colours.  Bike’s will be parked in the teacher parking lot.  Once the parade ends, bikes are kept in the gym or in the parking lot.

9:20 am        Classes rotate through stations
10:15 am      Recess
10:30 am      Stations resume
11:42 am       Lunch
12:45 pm      Grade 7 Egg Toss on intermediate basketball court
1:15 pm        Running Races (pre-schoolers to grade 7)
1:45 pm        Tug O’ War
2:30 pm        Dismissal


thank you

You are invited to our annual

Parent Appreciation Tea

at Pacific Heights Elementary

WHEN:     Thursday, May 25th 2017

TIME:   1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

WHERE: Pacific Heights Gymnasium

WHY:   So we can say, “Thank You” for everything you do to support you children and our school.