Parents of Grade 6&7 Students

Dear parents or guardians of Grade 6 and 7 students,

As you are aware, the district has engaged in the consultation process regarding the new boundaries and catchment area for the new Grandview Heights Secondary school, scheduled to open in September 2020.

In all four options that are in front of the Board, the proposals outline that all elementary students in our catchment will move to Grandview Heights when it opens in 2020.  The only exception is those secondary students who have an older sibling in Grade 12 in 2020 at Earl Marriott will have the option of staying at EMS so that families do not have children in two secondary schools.

So, what does this mean for your child if you live in the Grandview Heights Secondary catchment?

  • If your child is in Grade 6, they will enter EMS in 2019 and then move to the new Grandview Heights Secondary School in their Grade 9 year, in 2020.
  • If you child is in Grade 7, they will enter EMS in 2018 and then move to the new Grandview Heights in their Grade 10 year in 2020.

We wanted to be certain that you were aware of the impact of the catchment change and that you have the opportunity for both you and your child to provide feedback and ask questions.

On our school website there is a copy of the Information Package previously provided, with options on how to give feedback or ask questions listed below.

Methods of Feedback

  • PlaceSpeak survey or discussion (placespeak.com/sd36capitalplan – sign-in required)
  • Question period at the Community Forums
  • Paper feedback form, available:
    • in the Information Package
    • at South Surrey-White Rock schools
    • at Community Forums
  • Dedicated email address: grandview@surreyschools.ca
  • Traditional mail:
    • Grandview Consultation

Attn: Superintendent’s Department
School District No. 36 (Surrey)
14033 92nd Ave., Surrey, B.C.
V3V 0B7

May 14, 2018

Earthquake Drill This Thursday, May 17th

Questions and Answers:

  1.  If the parent/guardian is NOT listed on the Emergency Contact Card, but comes to pick up their child, will the child be released to the parent?  The answer is YES.  The individuals listed on your the Emergency Contact Card should be the adults who would  be able to come to the school and pick up your child.  If the legal guardian is not listed on the Emergency Contact Card but comes to pick up his/her child, the school will allow the parent to take their child because the parent is listed as the legal guardian on the official contact information at the office.
  2. I have not arranged to have anyone pick up my child for the Earthquake Drill as my child usually walks home by himself at the end of the day.  When will my child be allowed to go home if no one comes to pick him or her up?  At 2:45 pm, we will conclude our Earthquake Drill.  The students that are left on the field will go to their teachers (also on the field) and then head back to their classrooms.  Teachers will then follow the regular dismissal procedure they have all year.  So that means, the intermediate students will be dismissed from class and the primary students will follow the protocol teachers have set (K’s and 1’s are dismissed to an adult).
  3. Where do we go to pick up our child(ren) from the field?  You will line up in the teacher parking lot by Ms. Dhadda’s portable.  Please remember this is a practise drill and that will require patience.
  4. The drill starts at 1 pm but we are to pick up the students at 1:30 pm?  Yes that is correct.  This is because if this were a real drill, we would need time to get the students safely on the field before we released them to adults.  Moreover, it would take a minimum of 15-20 minutes for adults to get out of their homes safely and come to the school if there were a natural disaster like an earthquake.

RECAP: Earthquake Drill – important info regarding pick up

Our Earthquake Drill will be on May 17th at 1 pm.  Prior to the drill we will be discussing with the students why we are practising and what is going to happen.These are the steps we will carry out:

  1.  An “alarm” will sound over the P.A. system (a series of earthquake sounds)
  2. Students will be directed to get under a heavy object (desk, chair, table, etc.), crouch and protect their heads. Students will be directed to stay away from windows and glass.
  3. Once the “rumblings” have stopped, students will count to 60, and then evacuate the building (as they do in a fire drill) and assemble on the big field.
  4. Teachers will take roll call of their division and then drop students off into last name groupings on the field.  However, our Kindergarten students will be grouped with their siblings and will remain with the Kindergarten teachers. Students will be wearing their Emergency Contact Cards around their necks (on a lanyard)
  5. At this point parents/guardians will arrive at the school to pick up their children.  We will have parents line up and allow them into the field to pick up their children. For those parents who are waiting in line, we will also have teachers being “runners” taking down names and bringing children to the designated adult.  Since children are organized into last name groupings, a parent has to go to one section to collect his/her children.  The adult(s) in charge of the children will ask the  adult to identify him/herself and then the check to see if the adult is listed on the child’s Emergency Contact card.  The parent takes his/her child and hands the lanyard to the adult in charge.

Please understand that this is our first Earthquake Drill (done this way) in years.  That means we need to be patient.  We are aware that in a real earthquake there are many factors and our plan may have to drastically change.  The purpose of the drill is to have our students understand the basics of :

  • drop, cover, hold
  • staying with an adult during an emergency (it is safe)
  • where to evacuate and how to stay together in a group
  • to follow teacher directions until an adult picks them up.

Please arrange to have yourself (parent/guardian) or one of the adults on your child’s Emergency Contact Card be able to come and pick up your child(ren) between 1:30 – 2:25 pm.  Just as in an emergency, teachers will remain with your child(ren) for as long as necessary.

If no one has come to pick your child by 2:45 pm, we will then call the parent/guardian first, and if we are unable to get a hold of the parent, we then go down the Emergency Card Contact list for pick up.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Chohan.

 

 

May 7, 2018

Important-datesImportant Dates

May 9, 2018          Assembly to introduce Hughey (therapy dog)@ 9am
May 10, 2018          Parents to pick up Cookie orders at 2:30 pm
May 15, 2018          Assembly @ 9 am (Ms. Clogg’s music classes performing)
May 17, 2018          Earthquake Drill begins at 1 pm (parent pick up starting at 1:30 pm)
May 21, 2018          Schools Closed (Victoria Day holiday)
May 22, 2018          Track&Field Mini Meet at South Surrey Athletic Park
May 28, 2018          Pro D (classes not in session)
May 31, 2018          District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park
June 1, 2018          Welcome to Kindergarten 9 am (in the gym)
June 15, 2018         Games Day
June 21, 2018          PAC BBQ (evening event)
June 26, 2018          Grade 7 Assembly 10:45 am
June 27, 2018          Year End Assembly 9 am
June 28, 2018         Early Dismissal 1:25 pm

Earthquake Drill – important info regarding pick up

Our Earthquake Drill will be on May 17th at 1 pm.  Prior to the drill we will be discussing with the students why we are practising and what is going to happen.These are the steps we will carry out:

  1.  An “alarm” will sound over the P.A. system (a series of earthquake sounds)
  2. Students will be directed to get under a heavy object (desk, chair, table, etc.), crouch and protect their heads. Students will be directed to stay away from windows and glass.
  3. Once the “rumblings” have stopped, students will count to 60, and then evacuate the building (as they do in a fire drill) and assemble on the big field.
  4. Teachers will take roll call of their division and then drop students off into last name groupings on the field.  However, our Kindergarten students will be grouped with their siblings and will remain with the Kindergarten teachers. Students will be wearing their Emergency Contact Cards around their necks (on a lanyard)
  5. At this point parents/guardians will arrive at the school to pick up their children.  We will have parents line up and allow them into the field to pick up their children. For those parents who are waiting in line, we will also have teachers being “runners” taking down names and bringing children to the designated adult.  Since children are organized into last name groupings, a parent has to go to one section to collect his/her children.  The adult(s) in charge of the children will ask the  adult to identify him/herself and then the check to see if the adult is listed on the child’s Emergency Contact card.  The parent takes his/her child and hands the lanyard to the adult in charge.

Please understand that this is our first Earthquake Drill (done this way) in years.  That means we need to be patient.  We are aware that in a real earthquake there are many factors and our plan may have to drastically change.  The purpose of the drill is to have our students understand the basics of :

  • drop, cover, hold
  • staying with an adult during an emergency (it is safe)
  • where to evacuate and how to stay together in a group
  • to follow teacher directions until an adult picks them up.

Please arrange to have yourself (parent/guardian) or one of the adults on your child’s Emergency Contact Card be able to come and pick up your child(ren) between 1:30 – 2:25 pm.  Just as in an emergency, teachers will remain with your child(ren) for as long as necessary.

If no one has come to pick your child by 2:45 pm, we will then call the parent/guardian first, and if we are unable to get a hold of the parent, we then go down the Emergency Card Contact list for pick up.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Chohan.

 

April 27, 2018

don't forgetUpcoming Events

May 2, 2018          Theme Day: Twin Day
May 3, 2018          Track&Field Mini Meet 1:30 pm -South Surrey Athletic Park
May 4, 2018          Pro D – classes not in session
May 9, 2018          Assembly 9 am
May 10, 2018        Cookies from Cookie Fundraiser -pick up by parents 2:30 pm
May 17, 2018        Earthquake Drill at 1:30 pm
May 21, 2018        Victoria Day Holiday (school closed)
May 22, 2018       Track&Field Mini Meet 1:30 pm -South Surrey Athletic Park
May 28, 2018       Pro D – classes not in session
May 31, 2018        District Track Meet – all day at Bear Creek Park

Chocolate-Chunk-Cookie-Dough-FundraiserCookie Fundraiser

A big thank you to all of our students who fundraised.  The school made $6138.00 from this fundraiser. Cookie pick up will be on May 10th after school.  Remember, we do not have a deep freezer at our school where we can store the frozen cookies that did not get picked up.  If you are unable to make pick up on May 10th please ask another parent from the school to pick up your order.

Prize Winners

Top Four Sellers:
Layla Thorpe $612 winner of a $100 gift card
Meera Dhaliwal $610 Winner of $50 gift card
Caitlyn Bell $494 winner of $25 gift card
Elisha Hawkins winner of $25 gift card

Pizza Party winner: Class with the highest sales – Ms. Darby – Division 7

$10 Menchies Card winners – for every 5 boxes of cookies sold  students were entered in a draw-these are our winners:
Madden Samson
Kennedy Maschek
Arianna Cheema
Damon Atwal
Ava Brown
Harjyn Bhatti
Kiera Murphy
Saveen Sandhu
Morgan Cavezza
Amelia Tavares

drillEarthquake Drill

We will be having an Earthquake Drill on May 17th at 1 pm.  Children and all staff will evacuate the school and wait outside on the big field until a designate on the Emergency Contact Card comes to pick up your child.  Parents will be able to pick up their children anytime after 1:30pm during the drill.  There will be a process we following during this drill:

-where children wait on the big fied
-how children are signed out the designated adult
-setting up of tarps and other equipment, depending on circumstances, that will happen during a real natural disaster

Thank you to all the parents who have handed in the Emergency Contact Cards.  These cards will be placed in the classroom emergency backpack. If an emergency should happen while you are out of the neighbourhood, school staff will remain with your child(ren) for as long as necessary. Your child(ren) will only be released to you and to anyone that you designate on the Emergency Contact Card. It is best if the adults on the list live nearby and can walk to school to pick up your child in your absence. The purpose of this is both to reunite you as soon as possible, and to keep your child safe. When a person comes to pick up your child, they will have to identify themselves and your child will have to confirm their identity.

Therapy/Service Dog News

dogA student at our school will be introducing us to his therapy dog, Hughey, during an assembly on Wednesday, May 9th.  Hughey is a Labrador Retriever and is 2.5 years old. We encourage parents to attend this assembly for more information or to ask any questions.  During this assembly the dog trainer, Sarah Clarke, will share the do’s and dont’s of a therapy dog in a school (i.e.when the dog is wearing it’s vest you are not to pet it).  Many questions the students have will also be answered:

What is Hughey’s job?
What does Hughey do in a school?
Where does the dog go to the washroom?
Which classroom or room will Hughey most likely be resting or working?
Who is responsible for Hughey?

If your child has a dog allergy we should be aware of, please contact Ms. Chohan.

Learning Commons

There are a log of fun things happening in our Learning Commons.  Students have been using Green screen technology to superimpose images of themselves over a background of their choice.  Here is a fun example that students in Ms. Banbury’s class did:

green screen

Our Reading Link Challenge team called the Flaming Taco Bookinators made it all the way to the third round of challenge.  A big shout out to the Flaming Taco Bookinators Nevada Magnusson, Taylor Wegner, Snow Yan, Jessica Schouten, Lily Zembik, and Sydney Johal.  We are so proud of their dedication, teamwork and enthusiasm.  They displayed a high level of intensity and commitment prepping for the competition.

bookinator pic

 

 

In the coming weeks the students will be voting for their top pics for three genres of Surrey School Book Nominees.  Click on the genres below to get a list of the books that students can vote on:
Picture Book of the Year
Chapter Book of the Year
Narritive Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Sports

Track and Field

UnknownOur students have been working hard and attending practises.  The athletes are excited for the upcoming mini meets taking place at the South Surrey Athletic Park.  If your child is attending the mini meet please ensure he/she is dressed appropriately for the weather.  Students need to bring water, sunblock (to reapply), hat, and snacks (in case the event runs long).  Parents please be available for pick up between 4 – 6 pm.

Grade 5 Basketball Team

bballMr. Henderson put together a boys basketball team for our grade 5’s.  The boys practised for a tournament that was being held at Rosemary Heights.  We are proud to announce that our boys finished in first place!  Well done.

Ultimate

ultimate_frisbee_glovesOur Ultimate team has their playday on May 3rd at the South Surrey Athletic Park.  More information will be provided in a notice to parents next week.  Thank you to Mr. Unruh for coaching the team.

Parent Consultation Grandview Heights Secondary

April 16 , 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you likely know, construction of Grandview Heights Secondary  at 16988 25th  Ave. is underway and it is expected to be ready for students in September  2020 .

Along with students, staff and parents, the Surrey Board of Education is excited about having this new school to soon address the overcrowding at secondary schools in White Rock and South Surrey, and most specifically Earl Marriott S econdary.

The board once again thanks the student and parent groups for their patience, as well as assistance and lobbying support for the new school. Besides the physical construction, there is also the opportunity for building a new community; the staff, students and families who will determine and define the culture and character of the school; even down to the school colours and mascot.

Community building begins with working together to establish catchment boundaries for the new school. Parents and students from the secondary schools, as well as feeder elementary schools,  all have a voice. The district is coordinating a consultation process in late April and mid- May so you can easily contribute your views and
suggestions.

In the last week of April, please watch for further information being sent home with students. New information will also be posted to PlaceSpeak, an online public consultation platform where parents can leave feedback on the proposed catchment boundaries. Visit placespeak.com/sd36capitalplan in the coming weeks for more details.

In addition, a series of evening forums will be held in mid‐ May for South Surrey-White Rock  school communities to share ideas about potential boundary changes. Each forum runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• April 30 at Earl Marriott:

• May 14 at Earl Marriott:

• May 15 at Elgin Park:

• May 16 at Semiahmoo:

School community families are encouraged to attend the specific evening for their own school in order to balance forum attendance numbers for each meeting. However, as the information presented at each forum will be the same, if you cannot attend on your evening, you’re welcome to attend when it better suits you.

The consultation concludes June 15.  Community contributions and comments will be summarized by staff in a report to the superintendent and a recommendation for new school boundaries will go to the board in the fall.

Surrey Schools looks forward to hearing from you!

April 10th, 2018

Important-datesImportant Dates

April 13                    Cookie Dough Fundraiser Forms due to office
April 13                    Freezie Friday
April 17                    Dress Rehearsal for Talent Show
April 18                   Class and Panorama Pictures
April 19                   Talent Show 12:45 pm (new time)
April 19                   Parent Appreciation Tea 2 pm
April 24                   PAC meeting 6:30 pm in the library
April 26                   Theme Day: TBD
April 27                   We Walk for Water-Students raising awareness & funds
May 3                       Track&Field Mini Meet @ South Surrey Athletic Park
May 4                       Pro D – classes not in session
May 21                     Victoria Day Holiday
May 22                     Track&Field Mini Meet @ South Surrey Athletic Park
May 24                    Theme Day: TBD
May 28                    Pro D – classes not in session
May 31                   District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park

 

 

Chocolate-Chunk-Cookie-Dough-FundraiserCookie Dough Fundraiser

Thank you to all of you who have been asking friends, family, co-workers, and neighbours to purchase cookie dough for our Spring fundraiser. With our growing school populations we need to purchase items for our coding club, PE department, and we need to replace and purchase technology. All fundraising efforts are greatly appreciated.

This is the final week of fundraising.  All forms are due to the office on Thursday, April 12th.

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.  We will have the exact pick up date by early next week.  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

talentTalent Show

Students selected to perform at this years Talent Show are busy preparing.  The Talent Show will be longer this year than in years past.  We will have a dress rehearsal for the show on Tuesday, April 17th at 12:45 pm.  The primary students (grades kindergarten – grade 3) will be the audience.  This allows the primary students to have the needed breaks for stretching without worrying about disrupting an adult audience.   The Talent Show on Thursday April 19th at 12:45 pm (new time to accommodate the number of performances) will have our intermediate students and parents as a an audience (no primary classes).

thanksvolunteers3[1]Parent Appreciation Tea

You are invited to Parent Appreciation Tea that is being held in the gymnasium immediately after the Talent Show ends (approximately 2 pm).  We would like to say a big “Thank You” for everything you have done this year (volunteering on field trips and in the classroom, helping fundraise,  volunteering your time for school events, and the list goes on).  Please try to attend and enjoy some cake and tea.

UnknownTrack and Field Season

Track and Field will begin at Pacific Heights this month and is open to all students in grades 3 to 7. Students interesting in joining the track and field team must review the practice schedule with their parents/guardians. If your child would like to be participate, please have your child ask for a permission slip from the school office.

Practices will supervised by Pacific Heights teachers, and will be held on school grounds either before school, during the lunch break, or after school. All practices will commence the week of April 9, 2018. Please see the schedule below for when practices will be held for each event. Students are encouraged to participate in all events, but may choose to only participate in the events they are most interested in.

There will be two mini meets on May 3 and May 22 starting at 1:30 pm at the South Surrey Athletic Park. These two meets are open to all track and field participants, provided they are attending practices regularly, and demonstrating good sportsmanship and respect for coaches and teammates. Permission slips and driver forms will be sent out two weeks prior to each meet, but please mark these dates on your calendar.

Another date to be aware of is May 31, when our school will compete at the District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park. For this meet, students will be selected by coaches to attend to represent our school for each of the events. Selection will be based on performance, attendance at practices, sportsmanship, and behavior.

  MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
BEFORE SCHOOL

7:55-8:20am

 

 

High Jump

Mrs. Holmes

Meet in gym

Triple Jump

Mrs. Darby

Meet at sand pit

High Jump

Mrs. Holmes

Meet in gym

LUNCH BREAK

11:40-12:10pm

 

 

Shot Put

Mr. Henderson

Meet on hill

Sprints & Relays

Mrs. Dhadda/Mrs. Song

Meet on field

Sprints & Relays

Mrs. Dhadda/Mrs. Song

Meet on field

AFTER SCHOOL

2:40-3:05pm

 

 

Long Distance

Mrs. Darby

Meet at front of school.

Discus Gr. 5-7 only

Mr. Henderson

Meet on field

Long Jump Grades 3/4

Mrs. Beale/Mrs. Chamberlayne

Meet at sand pit

Long Distance

Mrs. Darby

Meet at front of school.

Long Jump Grades 5/6/7

Mrs. Beale/Mrs. Chamberlayne

Meet at sand pit

Kindest Regards,

Mrs. Darby and all Track and Field Coaches

Dogs on School Property

We appreciate that dogs are important and loved members of some of our families. We understand many of our families walk to school and this is a good time to take advantage of the morning or afternoon walk to school to exercise their dogs.  However, the school district policy is that dogs are not allowed on school property (unless they are therapy dogs).   Also, please do not tie your dog, unattended, to fences or other objects as you enter school property.  We have young students who are afraid of dogs and therefore afraid to walk past an unattended dog that a is tied to a fence or post.

imagesGaGa Ball

You may have noticed the orange fencing that has gone up by our intermediate playground where the SpaceNet is.  This is the initial prep work for our GaGa Ball court.  Many of you have asked, what is GaGa Ball? GaGa (or Gaga) Ball gets its name from the Israeli word for “hit” – ga – and originated in Israel. Therefore, GaGa Ball means “Hit, Hit Ball.” A fun and active game, GaGa is played with a ball and any number of players in an enclosed space. The object of the game is for players to use their hands to hit the other players with the ball, while avoiding being hit themselves. Players are eliminated if they are hit by the ball.

How to Play GaGa Ball

  1. The game begins when a chosen player holds the ball and yells, “Ga!”  The other players response with “Ga!” to indicate they are ready.  Then the ball is thrown against the side of the playing area or pin the air.  When the ball bounces once, it is considered “live” and play begins
  2. Players hit the ball at the other players while using their hands to block. If a player is hit, or just touched by the ball, they are out.
  3. If a player “double hits” the ball, they are out. The ball may be hit twice by the same player if it bounces off the ball between the two hits. Just touching the ball counts as a hit.
  4. Players removed from the game stand still on the sides or in the corners of the play area. They are treated as walls when balls bounce off them during play.
  5. Continue removing eliminated players, until only two players remain. These two players have a showdown to see who wins the game. Holding the ball is still not allowed, although the final two players may touch the ball three times in a row.

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
  • PLEASE DEMONSTRATE KINDNESS

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Coding

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.