March 3, 2018

dont-forgetImportant Dates

March 5              Multicultural Day
March 9             Reading Link Challenge 1pm
March 6 – 9       Talent Show Auditions
March 7             Cookie Fundraiser begins
March 8           We Bake for Change – Cupcake Sale
March 12         Communicating student learning reports (FreshGrade or PDF copy)
March 15        Theme Day: Green Day
March 19-30    Spring Break
April 2              Easter Monday
April 5             Early Dismissal 1:25pm- Student Led conferences
April 3              Classes back in session
April 13            Cookie Fundraisers are due to the office
April 18            Class and Panorama Photos
April 19            Talent Show
April 19            Parent Appreciation Tea
April 24            PAC meeting at 6 pm
April 26            Theme Day: TBD
May 2               ArtStarts performance: SAM2 by Scrap Arts Music
May 4               Pro D – classes not in session

Kindness Counts: Paying it Forward

bookmarksWe have amazing students at Pacific Heights who are doing all they can to make the world a better place. Two of these students are Anjili and Olivia (grade 3).  During one of their play dates Olivia was telling Anjili about how she drew and sold her artwork to neighbours.  She did this to help the families who were impacted by the forest fires this summer.  From this conversation the girls became inspired and decided to fundraise money for cancer research.

Both girls came to speak to Ms. Chohan one day at school with a plan.  They wanted to sell bookmarks and all proceeds would go to cancer research.  The girls were thoroughly organized with order forms and they went to each class in the school to talk about their fundraiser.  The girls demonstrated commitment and passion as they spent at least three weekends and many days after school making bookmarks.  The girls raised $300!  Thank you Anjili and Olivia –  your efforts are changing the world.

IMG_0140Ammar Khan is a grade 7 student who is an active participant on the Leadership Team.  He became inspired after attending the ME to WE Day at Rogers Arena.  So inspired he read the book, “Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World”.  After reading the book, Ammar realized that people go through tough situations.  He started noticing how many people go hungry and the help that is needed at shelters.  When driving in a heated car with plenty of snacks he noticed the homeless needing food, shelter, and warmth.  So he decided to do something about it.  He went around his neighbourhood and collected canned food for the Sources Food Bank in South Surrey.

Ammar says he can’t put into words the feeling he had donating the food but he definitely realized that “getting something – you feel good, but giving something – you feel even better”.  At the same time he realized there is so much more to do.  He is going to keep up his efforts because he has seen the ripple effect.  One of his neighbours saw what Ammar did and also decided to do a food drive.  Thank you Ammar, your efforts will most definitely contribute to making the world a kinder place. 

Basketball News

A huge shoutout to our Girls Basketball team for winning the play day!  The girls demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and teamwork.  They were on the court encouraging each other, making sure everyone on the team got a basket.  We are so proud of them.

bball 2

3_point_shootoutWe did not have a boys basketball team this year but instead had boys basketball intramurals.  The boys did participate in a play day and did well.  The highlight of the boys play day was Armaan Binpal – he won the 3 point shooting contest!  Well done, Armaan.

A big thank you to our coaches for giving up their lunch hours, coming to early morning practises, and travelling to other schools after school for games.  Our coaches and kept team spirit with player development as the focus. Thank you to Kul Chong (parent coach for the girls team), Mr. Henderson and Ms. Beale.

Gourmet Cookie Dough Fundraiser

prod-cookiedoughThis Spring we have decided to do a quick and easy fundraiser to raise money to support our student learning programs. With our growing school populations we need to purchase items for our coding club, PE department, and we need to replace and purchase technology. We would like to have another laptop cart so our intermediate classes have more opportunity to use laptops for research and other projects.  We would also like to have at least 3 iPads in each classroom that are available for student use. We are hoping that you and your family participate so we can make this fundraiser a collective success. This fundraiser will require some effort but should be very easy.

The fundraiser is the Gourmet Cookie Dough Fundraiser. The cookies are made by the same company that makes Subway cookies. The cookies are very convenient as they come frozen and pre portioned. The cookies can go right from the freezer to the oven – no thawing, scooping or clean up. There are 36 pre portioned cookies in a box and there are 6 flavors to choose from that you will sell for $17.00 per box. We also have a Variety Muffin tray! Each Tray has 15 Large 4 oz muffins, which you just thaw and serve. Each Muffin comes individually plastic wrapped making it perfect for lunches. Each tray sells for $20.

In order to make this a successful fundraiser, we are hoping each student/family can sell 10 boxes of cookies. Please start thinking of 5 people that you know and ask them to support our school by purchasing 2 boxes. You can sell as many as you wish but with minimal effort 10 boxes should be easy.

The order form you will receive on March 7th is  simple and easy to use. Please be sure to fill out the forms completely and correctly. All order forms and money must be turned in no later than April 12th. The delivery will be in early May. Cheques should be payable to Pacific Heights Elementary. Please do not add any taxes to the prices as taxes are already included.

We have also added special prizes for your hard work:

  • When you sell 5 boxes of cookies you will be entered into the draw for a $10 Menchies gift card. There will be 10 draws. Earn an extra entree for every 5 cards sold. So the more you sell the more chances you have to win.
  • The top three Sellers will also win a gift card- you can choose your gift card from either Chapters, Sport Check or Mastermind Toys:
  • 1st Place $100
  • 2nd Place $50
  • 3rd & 4th place $25
  • The top Classroom in sales will win a pizza party

PH Kids Got Talent!

talentThe Talent Show will take place after Spring Break on April 19th at 1 pm.

Talent show auditions will take place March 6 – 9th during the lunch hour in the Multipurpose Room.  Students are encouraged to think outside the box when thinking about a performance.  In the past we have had students perform comedy acts, dancing, singing, martial arts, and gymnastics.
Audition Schedule:
March 6 – Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
March 7 – Grade 3, Grade 4
March 8 – Grade 5, Grade 6
March 9 – Grade 7

If you have any questions, please talk to Ms. Chohan.

We Bake for Change

Kenya and Water

waterThis 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.

we bakeOur first big fundraiser this year is “We Bake for Change”. Student leaders will be baking cupcakes and selling them for a $2.00 on Thursday, March 8th.   Students are only allowed to purchase one cupcake.  If your child would like to purchase a cupcake please send $2 with your child to give to his/her classroom teacher.  If we have extra cupcakes left over, then they will be sold after school; parents can purchase for their children or themselves.

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. Our student leaders put together winter hampers for families in need during the winter break.  The students went out shopping and purchased clothing and toys for the children of 4 different families.  It felt so good to give during the holiday season!
  3. We collected warm, clean blankets  to provide some respite from the cold for people who are forced to live out on the streets.



February 21, 2018

don't forgetImportant Dates

February 21          PAC meeting at 12:30 in library
February 21         Bannock orders are overdue- get them in today
February 22         80’s Day/ Kindness Counts Assembly 1 pm
February 22         Girls Basketball Game vs. Laronde Elem.
February 23        Author Visit: Grayson Smith
February 28       Pink Shirt Day/ On Wednesdays WE wear Pink!
February 28       Boys Basketball play day in the afternoon
March 1              Girls Play Day at Crescent Park
March 5              Multicultural Day
March 6 – 9       Talent Show Auditions
March 12         Communicating student learning reports (FreshGrade or PDF copy)
March 19-30    Spring Break
April 2              Easter Monday
April 6              Early Dismissal 1:30 pm
April 3              Classes back in session
April 19            Talent Show
April 19           Parent Appreciation Tea

Calendar Change

talentThe Talent Show will take place after Spring Break on April 19th, it will replace our Spring Concert.  Classes that would normally perform in the Spring Concert will perform either at the Talent Show (about 3 class performances) and at the year end assembly.

Talent show auditions will take place March 6 – 9th during the lunch hour in the Multipurpose Room.  Students are encouraged to think outside the box when thinking about a performance.  In the past we have had students perform comedy acts, dancing, singing, martial arts, and gymnastics.
Auditions Schedule:
March 6 – Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
March 7 – Grade 3, Grade 4
March 8 – Grade 5, Grade 6
March 9 – Grade 7

If you have any questions, please talk to Ms. Chohan.

Learning Spotlight

lightbulbIn Ms. Banbury’s class the students have been busy learning about different energy sources such as: water, wind, biofuels, sound and light.  Molly decided to make a model of a water wheel that demonstrates how dams work.

In Molly’s words: “The jug of water at the top is the water flowing over the dam.  The water wheel represents the turbines.  There are magnets on the paddles of the turbines and the magnets connect to wires.  The wires connect to a generator, which then generates electricity.  This is how turning turbines generate electricity.”

Muticultural Day

multiOur Multicultural Day is fast approaching – Monday, March 5th is the date. This year we will be having classes participate in the Uzume Taiko Drum Workshop. Students will go to different learning stations where they will learn about different cultures (art, drama, games, reader’s theatre, etc.). Students have been put in grade groupings of 3 or 4 divisions and will rotate through the grade grouping.

We have also booked the Bannock Wagon!  An order form was sent home last week with every student to order Bannock. The orders are due today.  Bannock will be handed out between recess and lunch.

Students are encouraged to dress in their cultural clothing on this day.  We look forward to learning about the different cultures from around the world and those that students are a part of in our own school.

Parking Lot Safety

safety-awareness-clipart-1As with all schools, our parking lot is very congested during drop off and pick up times – especially with the cold weather, 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

Winter Safety

IMG_1697We encourage our students to build snowmen, forts and other structures.  We do not allow snowball to be thrown as this is a safety concern. You may also have noticed that icicles quickly form along the roof overhang, right about where the classes line up (Ms. Andrews, Ms. Horvat, Ms. Bear, Ms. Beale, Ms. Atwal, Ms. Banbury).  We do our best to knock the icicles down so they do not fall and harm a student.   We also put out cones so students know not to stand or line up under the overhang.  If you notice icicles are formed, please report to the school office and we will put the cones out and warn students to stay away from that area.

no sleddingMany of our students bring sleds to school and our school rule is that there is no sledding during recess, lunch, and after school.  This is because it is difficult to supervise students while they are sledding.  Instead we have decided that students can go sledding with their classes.  If the classroom teacher decided to take students out for some free air and physical activity, then students may go sledding with clear rules and expectations with the classroom teacher supervising.

With the weather being a lot more chilly and with snow on the ground, please ensure your child is dressed for the weather: warm jacket, gloves, toque, and snow boots.  We do not have inside days unless it is unsafe for students to play outside at recess and lunch.  Unsafe conditions are when there is ice on the the field and basketball courts. If you notice icy patches on school grounds please notify the office and we will put down some salt in those areas.

February 9, 2018

Important-datesImportant Dates

February 12        Family Day Holiday
February 13        Grade 7 Parent meeting 6:30 pm in the school library
February 14        Valentines Day/ Jump Rope for Heart/ On WEdnesdays WE Wear Pink
February 15        Girls Basketball game vs. Peace Arch Elem.
February 16        Non Instructional Day – classes not in session/ Chinese New Year
February 19        Grade 3 Coding Club begins (lunch hours)
February 21       PAC meeting 12:30 pm in the library
February 22        Theme Day: 80’s Magic/ Kindness Counts Assembly at 1 pm
February 22       Girls Basketball game vs. Laronde Elem.
February 23       Author Visit: Grayson Smith
February 28       Pink Shirt Day – On WEdnesdays WE Wear Pink
March 1              Girls Basketball Playday – location TBD
March 5              Multicultural Day
March 12-16      Communicating Student Learning reports (FreshGrade or PDF copy)
March 15           Talent Show
March 19-30      Spring Break
April 2                Easter Monday
April 3                Classes back in session

Learning Spotlight

Last week we had our annual Maker Faire.  Once again the students took the lead and amazed us with their thinking, problem solving, creativity, and so much more.  It was wonderful to see so many parents and grandparents in the building helping students “make”.   If you go onto our school twitter feed, you will see that many of us were busy tweeting pictures and videos.  Please take a look at the photo gallery below at some of the great Maker Faire creations.  If you click the link here you will read a great blog post that district principal, Antonio Vendramin, wrote about our Maker Faire.


Student Leadership

Our leadership team has been busy spreading kindness this month.  If you have been able to come into the school you will have sign our Kindness Message Board along with our Kindness Tree.  Leadership students have been looking for and noticing all the acts of kindness happening in our school.  To acknowledge our kind students the leadership team has been handing out You Are Changing the World acknowledgement cards.

We have more upcoming events in February to promote and spread kindness.  We are encouraging all students to wear pink every Wednesday in the month of February.  Our student leaders are reading picture books to primary classes around theme of kindness (books about inclusion, accepting differences, etc.).  In the upcoming weeks, the team is showing kindness videos to intermediate classes.  Click the link here , here, and here to watch the videos.

Please join us for our Kindness Assembly on Thursday, February 22nd at 1 pm.

Author Visit

Grayson Smith will coming to our school on Friday, February 23.  An interesting fact about Grayson Smith is that he is also a Delta police officer.  Grades Kindergarten through to Grade 5 will be spending time with the author.  His children’s books raise funds for the Special Olympics – the messages in the books centre around acceptance. Books he has written are:

January 25, 2018

Upcoming Events:

January 31         Maker Faire
February 1         Maker Faire – Parent viewing at 1:30 pm
February 5         Scholastic Book Fair
February 12       Family Day Holiday
February 13       Last day of Scholastic Book Fair
February 14       Jump Rope for Heart
February 16       Non Instructional Day
February 22       Theme Day: 80’s and Kindness Counts Assembly at 1 pm
February 23       Author visit: Grayson Smith
February 28       Pink Shirt Day
March 5             Multicultural Day
March 12           CSL “reports” home this week
March 15           Talent Show

Learning Spotlight:

Kindness Counts

Our students have been busy making the world a better place.  We recently had an assembly where our leadership students shared their responses to the question,  “Whose act of kindness has made a difference in your life?”  We have a board created by our leadership students that asks this questions and our school community has been sharing what a difference kindness makes.  Below is a response that Kiera Chong shared:

IMG_0188While I was in Mexico, my family and I had visited a small town.  People were selling their creations on the side of the road.  We had gone to a restaurant, which had given us balloons.  Our hands started getting full of items, so we decided to let the balloon go.  As we were just about to let go of the balloon, we saw a little girl who was on the side of the road with her family, who were trying tousle some items.  We walked over the little girl with th balloon and offered it to her.  Her face lit up with excitement.  Her mother thanked us, as well as the happy girl.  After that day, I realized kindness doesn’t have to be something big, it can be as small as giving someone a ballon and seeing their face light up!

During our assembly we were lucky enough to have the founder of Ruben’s Shoes, Kelly Strongitharm, share with us her inspiring story and how her simple act of kindness eventually evolved into Ruben’s shoes.  Kelly’s story inspired one of our Kindergarten students so much that she went home and collected shoes from neighbours and relatives.  She came to school the following week with 500 pairs of shoes. This kind student is Taylor.

Our school has been donating shoes to this organization for the past four years. We have to thank Janelle Morrison (one of our wonderful PAC parents) for working with our grade 7 Leadership Students each year in handing out notices, collecting shoes, and then sorting them.  We will continue to collect shoes until January 31.

leadership.jpgOur Leadership Students are inspiring their peers to be kind in order to change the world.  They have inspired students in grade 3 (Anjili and Olivia) to make and sell bookmarks.  All proceeds are going towards cancer research.  The students have been going to classes and reading kindness themed books, such as, The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.  The students have also been hard at work finding videos to show at school assemblies to internally motivate students to do the right thing and be kind.  The message is all about how small acts of kindness make a big difference.  Click here for the video titled, Colour Your World With Kindness, shown at our last assembly.

Sports and Other Clubs


Our grade 6/7 Basketball season has started!  We have Mr. Henderson coaching the boy team. Ms. Beale, and Kul Chong (parent coach) coaching the girls team.

Girls Basketball schedule:
Practises: Monday and Wednesday mornings 7:45 – 8:25 am
Games: Thursdays after school
Boys Basketball Schedule:
This year we have 40 boys who want to play basketball!  Since we want our players to develop basketball skills we made the choice to not have any “cuts” but instead have all the boys play and develop.  The only way to do that is to have intramurals for the grade 6 and 7 boys during lunch hours on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s.  This way all the boys get fair and even playing time.

European Handball

handballOur grade 4 & 5 boys and girls have the opportunity to participate in the European Handball intramural season.  Games will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays at lunch.  Interested students will assigned to a team and will play at least once a week.  A schedule will be posted outside the gym doors.  The season will start on Tuesday, January 30th

What is handball? Handball, sometimes called European Handball, is an easy sport to learn and play.  Handball is great team sport for learning basic throwing, passing, offence, and defence skills.  If your child has never played team sports before, handball is a perfect sport to begin with.  Permission slips will be handed out to all interested players tomorrow, January 26 and need to be handed into the office by January 29th.


osmo codingMs. Monroe has been working with our grade 3 students in the area of coding.  She has been using the Osmo and Ozobots for kids to play and learn.  A new group of grade 3 students have the opportunity to be part of the coding club that will start on Monday February 5th.  If your child is interested in this club, please have your child talk to Ms. Monroe or his/her classroom teacher.

Kids in the Kitchen and Boardgames Club


kitk.jpgWe have started our new sessions for Kids in the Kitchen and Boardgames Club.  Students are selected for these clubs by students themselves, parents, teachers, or Ms. Chohan.   These clubs are an opportunity for students to build friendships with peers from other classes.  The clubs are also an opportunity for students to connect with the adults facilitating the clubs.  Currently our Kids in the Kitchen group is a girls group (grades 5&6) and is led by Ms. Hall and Ms. Fink.  The Boardgames Club is led by Ms. Chohan and Ms. Hall and it is for boys and girls in grade 5&6.

January 11, 2018

don't forgetImportant Dates

January 8-31      Ruben’s Shoes
January 12          Assembly at 1 pm
January 15 – 26  Canadathon tests administered

January 16          Grade 7 Parent Night 6 pm at Earl Marriott Secondary
January 23          PAC meeting 6 pm in Music Room
January 25          Theme Day: Crazy Fan Day
January 31          Maker Faire
February 1          Maker Faire
February 5-12     Book Fair in library
February 14         Jump Rope for Heart
February 12         Family Day Holiday – classes not in session
February 16         Non Instructional Day – classes not in session
February 22         Theme Day – TBD
February 28         Pink Shirt Day-  Assembly at 1 pm

Happy New Year!

Happy-New-Year-Images-2018-300x199Happy New Year to you and your family.  As we are all set for 2018, the staff at Pacific Heights Elementary would like wish our students and families a year of happiness, good health, and much success.  At Pacific Heights we will continue to aim high in our learning goals and keep paying it forward as we continue to spread #kindnesscounts to one another.  We look forward to the shared learning successes we will experience with our students during events like Maker Faire, First Peoples in Residence Week, Talent Show, Spring Concert, sporting events, coding, reader’s theatre, and so much more!

New Staff Members

As many of you already know, Mr. Thompson has been appointed as Vice Principal at Bonnocord Elementary.  So that means we have the pleasure of welcoming Ms. Sandhu to our school community – Ms. Sandhu is the new grade 7 teacher for division 1.  We would also like to welcome Ms. Swartz, who is a new EA on our staff.

Ruben’s Shoes

ruben-shoesFor the month of January our school community is continuing to pay if forward by supporting Ruben’s Shoes.  In countries like the Dominican Republic, children are unable to go to school because they have no shoes to wear.  Adults in some of these countries have difficulty going to job interviews because they do not own a pair of shoes.  Please donate your gently used shoes to help families in need.

Each of our classrooms has a box for shoe collection.  Take a look through your closet and donate those shoes that your children have outgrown and shoes that you no longer wear.  Give your shoes a second life and someone in need a new beginning.


canada-flag-open-e1358696598990Canadathon is a learning fundraiser our students participate in to raise classroom funds. These funds are used by teachers to pay for learning field trips, classroom libraries and other learning resources. The students will be coming home this week with a study sheet that contains questions and answers about Canada.  Attached to the study sheet is a pledge sheet.  We encourage parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles (and other family members) to place pledges.

Each classroom and/or grade level will have a different date as to when the test is administered.  Pledges will be collected before the end of January.  Our designated classroom parents will help with the marking of the tests.

**Question 22 correction:  What is the largest river in B.C.?  The Fraser River

What is Maker Faire?

makerfaireMaker Faire is part science fair, part country fair and part something entirely new. Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, and students. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and share what they have learned. It’s a chance for students to show others an area they are really interested in. It can be anything from baking to robots, exploding volcanoes to doll dresses. If you can make it with your hands and it’s something original, then it fits in Maker Faire.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, January 31st: students will be given the opportunity to create their project. Please ensure your child has the supplies he/she needs to build his/her project.

Thursday February 1st: students will be displaying their work in the gym, multi-purpose room and throughout our halls.

**Note: If there are any parent “Makers” who would like to display their work as well, please contact Ms. Chohan by email or phone.

Viewing Schedule:

The staff is still working on this schedule.  We will have more information about parent viewing  next week.

Parent Volunteers:

Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you would like to volunteer on Wednesday, January 31st to assist student makers in the class. Please note, that if you are volunteering it is to assist all other students not only your child.

If you have any other questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

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”.