January 11, 2019

Important-datesDates to Remember:

January 13:  Canadathon begins!
January 15:  Grade 7 Parent Night at EMS
January 17:  Theme Day – Hat Day
January 18:  PAC meeting at 1 pm
January 23, 24: Maker Faire for intermediate students
January 30, 31: Maker Faire for primary students
February 4-8: Book Fair (in the gym)
February 11: Interactive Fairytales performance 1:30 pm
February 18:  Family Day Holiday (classes not in session)
February 21:  Theme Day: Twin Day
February 21:  We Bake for Change fundraiser
February 22: Pro D (classes not in session)
February 27: Pink Shirt Day

unknownConstruction

You will have noticed the orange fencing around trees on the school property.  This is   all done in preparation for the construction that is starting next week for our new 12 classroom addition.  The addition will be on the south side of the school (where the the intermediate basketball court).  There will be a road/path off of 26th avenue that will go along the backside of the school, where the grassy hill is, for the construction vehicles to access the site.  Starting next week, the play zones for students will change because the construction site is out of bounds (for obvious safety reasons).  Students will not be allowed to play along the backside of the school, and the other areas that are fenced off by the intermediate basketball court.

The morning and after school pick up and drop procedures for some of our primary classes (Ms. Tavares, Ms. Gill, Ms. Luck, Ms. McIntyre) will most likely be affected. Once the fencing goes up along the backside of the school (where the road is made), we will see how congested the area is during morning and after school pick up/drop off.  We will then communicate with parents if drop off/ pick up locations will change.

If you have any questions about construction or if you have any concerns, please call the office.  Your input is important.

Sports

Volleyball:
Our students had a successful volleyball season with both the boys and the girls team  placing in FIRST place on the play days.  Thank you to our coaches: Mr. Unruh, Ms. Luck, Ms. Song, Ms. Champion, and Ms. Fadum.  We had a great celebration at the end of the volleyball season with the grade 7 students playing against the teachers.

Basketball Season:
Our basketball season is underway.  We have Ms. Champion along with a parent, Ms. Chong, coaching the girls team.   The coach for our boys team is Mr. Henderson.
Practises:
Girls team practise Monday and Wednesday mornings 7:45 – 8:25 am.  Games are on Thursdays.
Boys team practise Tuesday and Thursday after school.  Games are on Wednesdays.

facebook-1200x630Canadathon:

Every year we have our Canadathon fundraiser in the month of January.  Money raised goes towards classroom supplies such as books and field studies.  Students are given a study sheet that outlines the questions they are to “study” according to the grade the student is in.  Students collect pledges from parents and family members.  Once the Canadathon test is marked, the students collect the pledge money they are owed.  This year our intermediate students have a different set of questions.  We have included more pop culture in the intermediate Canadathon.

A very fun addition has been added to the Canadathon – we will be having a game show with top scorers from the intermediate classes.  More information answering these questions will be coming soon:
What do you need to score to become a contestant in the game show?
What game show format will be followed?
What questions will be asked in the game show?
What day will be the game show be on?
Who gets to watch?  Will there be tickets sold to watch the game show?

screen-shot-2013-02-22-at-14-29-35Maker Faire

One of the most fun and exciting events is our Maker Faire. Maker 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 making 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.

This year we are having two Maker Faire’s one for intermediate students and one for primary students.  We did this because of the size our school.  With 21 divisions, it is difficult to display and properly view all  projects in one day, and so we decided to have a Maker Faire for intermediate grades one week and primary grades the following week.

Intermediate Maker Faire
Wednesday, January 23:  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, January 24: students will be displaying their work in the gym. Parent viewing will be from 1:30 – 2:27 pm

Primary Maker Faire
Wednesday, January 30: Students will be creating their projects. Please ensure your child has the supplies he/she needs to build his/her project.
Thursday, January 31st: Parent viewing from 1:30 – 2:27 pm. Please pick up your child from his/her classroom between 1:30 – 2:27 pm (use the outside door) to take him/her to the gym to view projects.

sktyqas8Grade 7 Parent Night at EMS

When: January 15, 2019

Where: Earl Marriot Secondary School in the theatre

Who: Parents and students can attend

*After the presentation in the theatre there will be a school tour.

*Bring your child and your questions!

 

December 3, 2018

lightbulbImportant Dates:

December 7: PAC meeting at lunch regarding Winter Breakfast
December 7: Last day for Savings Card Fundraiser
December 9: CSL reports sent home this week
December 14: Winter Breakfast & Pajama Day
December 18: Early Dismissal @1:27 pm for Parent -Teacher Conferences
December 19&20:Winter Concert parent audience @12:45 pm
December 20: Theme Day (read below)
December 21: Last Day of classes before Winter Break
January 7: Schools open
January 13: Canadathon begins!
January 17: Theme Day – Hat Day
January 18: PAC meeting at 1 pm
January 23, 24: Maker Faire for intermediate students
January 30, 31: Maker Faire for primary students

Winter Pancake Breakfast

stack of delicious looking pancakesOur Winter Breakfast is a fun tradition.  We love seeing students attend the breakfast with their families (parents, siblings, grandparents).  We encourage the whole family to wear their pajama’s.  We have a Please purchase tickets in advance for our Winter Pancake Breakfast.  Due to fire safety regulations we need to follow, we are selling tickets to the breakfast.  If you do not purchase a ticket than you will not be able to attend the breakfast.

Please remember to purchase your tickets in the hot lunch section of the PAC website before Sunday, December 9th.  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.

learning-in-progress-logo1Communicating Student Learning

In the week of December 9th, 2018 students will bring home their CSL “reports”.  Some teachers in our school use FreshGrade, if your child’s teacher is using FreshGrade then you have already been invited into your child’s portfolio and have been able to see the progress.

We have early dismissal on December 18th at 1:27 pm for Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please call the office to set up an appointment with your child’s teacher.

fun learningLearning Spotlight: Marble Run in Div. 8

This week, Ms. Burrell’s class is working on their marble runs. Students were asked to make a marble track using materials gathered from home; for example, using items such as carboard, paper and string.

While we were interviewing some of the students during their work on the project, they shared with us what they felt was the most challenging aspect, what they had learned so far, and their favourite part of the process.

 

Ms. Burrell’s class, thank you for allowing us to come in the classroom and sharing with us the exciting project you have been working on. We wish all the students good luck on a successful marble run!

Written by: Kara Jahanshir and Katelyn Chang

Winter Concert

Winter ConcertOur Winter Concert  this year will be held two days so all parents are able to attend and so we are able to accommodate seating. The concert is the same on both days – if your child’s class attends music class with Mr. Leader then your child will be performing on both Wednesday and Thursday.   On Wednesday, December 19th we will have parents of students in odd numbered divisions to watch the concert.  On Thursday, December 20th, we will have parents of students in even numbered divisions to watch the concert.  The concert time will be 12:45 pm start on both days.

If you have children in both odd or even numbered divisions – choose one day to attend. Remember, the reason we are doing this is so we can accommodate parent seating.

The Winter concert will have all of our music classes performing.  Please talk to your child about the performance his/her class is practising for the concert.

fund-raiser-clipart-logo.gifPacific Heights Savings Card Fundraiser

Why Are We Fundraising?
We have a number of items that the school really needs this year, including:

  • Portable soccer nets so that the kids have more space to play during recess and lunch;
  • Approximately 30 Tables that will be used for events like the Maker Faire and the upcoming Winter Pancake Breakfast (we have been renting and/or borrowing these tables – this is not something that is feasible as our school continues to grow); and
  • 15 new laptops to both (a) keep our technology current, and also (b) ensure that we have enough laptops to provide access to technology for our growing student population.
The Pacific Heights Savings Cards fundraiser has officially launched — most students received their preorder sheets on Friday (or will be bringing them home on Monday).  The Savings Cards are our major fundraiser for the year.  These are discount cards for various retailers in South Surrey, White Rock and online.
We are selling the cards for $20 each (and we earn $10 per card!).
The idea of the cards is that people will easily get discounts to cover the cost of the card after only 1 or 2 uses, and will save a ton of money for the entire year since the cards can continue to be used for discounts over and over again.  In addition to the annual discounts, there are 19 break off coupons that offer fantastic discounts which can be used at Freshii, The Chopped Leaf, A&W, Boston Pizza, Wok Box, Papa John’s, Localz on Main, Fatburger, Primo’s, Jan’s on the Beach, Marble Slab, Dew Drop Inn, Warehouse One, and M&M Food Market.
Please hand in your preorder sheets and payments on or before December 7th – we have extended the deadline!   If you would like the extra preorder sheets, they are available at the office.
If you have any questions or need further information please contact Hayley at hayley.pacific.heights.pac@gmail.com

 

November 18, 2018

Important-dates
Important Dates

November 19               Last day for Purdy’s orders
November 21               PAC meeting at 6 pm in Library
November 22               Theme Day:Movember Moustache Day
November 28               Boys Volleyball Play Day @ Pacific Heights
November 29               Girls Volleyball Play Day at Pacific Heights
December 10-14         Communicating Student Learning to share with parent this week
December 14               Winter Breakfast and Pajama Day
December 18               Early Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:27 pm
December 19               Winter Concert Parent Audience(parents of st. in odd divisions)
December 20              Winter Concert Parent Audience(parents of st. in even divisions)
December 21               Last Day of classes before Winter Break
January 7                   Schools open

fund-raiser-clipart-logo.gifPacific Heights Savings Card Fundraiser

Why Are We Fundraising?
We have a number of items that the school really needs this year, including:

  • Portable soccer nets so that the kids have more space to play during recess and lunch;
  • Approximately 30 Tables that will be used for events like the Maker Faire and the upcoming Winter Pancake Breakfast (we have been renting and/or borrowing these tables – this is not something that is feasible as our school continues to grow); and
  • 15 new laptops to both (a) keep our technology current, and also (b) ensure that we have enough laptops to provide access to technology for our growing student population.
The Pacific Heights Savings Cards fundraiser has officially launched — most students received their preorder sheets on Friday (or will be bringing them home on Monday).  The Savings Cards are our major fundraiser for the year.  These are discount cards for various retailers in South Surrey, White Rock and online.
We are selling the cards for $20 each (and we earn $10 per card!).
The idea of the cards is that people will easily get discounts to cover the cost of the card after only 1 or 2 uses, and will save a ton of money for the entire year since the cards can continue to be used for discounts over and over again.  In addition to the annual discounts, there are 19 break off coupons that offer fantastic discounts which can be used at Freshii, The Chopped Leaf, A&W, Boston Pizza, Wok Box, Papa John’s, Localz on Main, Fatburger, Primo’s, Jan’s on the Beach, Marble Slab, Dew Drop Inn, Warehouse One, and M&M Food Market.
Please hand in your preorder sheets and payments on or before November 30th.  The cards are ready to go now – so you can always bring in the preorders/payments early and get the cards delivered to your purchasers sooner.  If you would like the extra preorder sheets, they are available at the office.
If you have any questions or need further information please contact Hayley at hayley.pacific.heights.pac@gmail.com

Student Leadership News

we_scare_hungerWe Scare Hunger Update 
Thanks to the generous donations from Pacific Heights Students and families, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal of 800 non-perishable food items and collected an amazing 926 items! Because of your efforts, the Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank will now be able to help several families in need. Way to go, Pacific Heights!

Theme Day: knírMovember
Show your school spirit and support for men’s health awareness by wearing a moustache to school on Thursday, November 22nd. Movember is a yearly event where many people around the world grow a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health and also to support the Movember Foundation. This event has been run since 2004, and Pacific Heights students and staff are being asked to carry on this important tradition. We can’t wait to see all the creative moustaches!

Written by: Kara Jahanashir

Winter Concert

Winter ConcertOur Winter Concert  this year will be held two days so all parents are able to attend and so we are able to accommodate seating. On Wednesday, December 19th we will have parents of students in odd numbered divisions to watch the concert.  On Thursday, December 20th, we will have parents of students in even numbered divisions to watch the concert.  The concert time will be 12:45 pm start on both days.

If you have children in both odd or even numbered divisions – choose one day to attend. Remember, the reason we are doing this is so we can accommodate parent seating.

The Winter concert will have all of our music classes performing.  Please talk to your child about the performance his/her class is practising for the concert.

Gravity Track

This past Friday, we had students from Divisions 1, 2, and 4 doing some woodworking as they worked on their gravity cars. Student were sanding, sawing, and drilling (all with adult supervision, of course) to make a car that will go fast and look good.  Take a look at the pictures below along with some video interviews on what our students are learning:

November 13, 2018

lightbulbImportant Dates

November 19               Last day for Purdy’s orders
November 21               PAC meeting at 6 pm in Library
November 28                Boys Volleyball Team Play Day location TBD
November 29               Girls Volleyball Play Day at Pacific Heights
December 14               Winter Breakfast and Pajama Day
December 18               Early Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:27 pm
December 19               Winter Concert Parent Audience(parents of st. in odd divisions)
December 20              Winter Concert Parent Audience(parents of st. in even divisions)
December 21               Last Day of classes before Winter Break
January 7                   Schools open

crosswalksafety__05School Travel Planning Team

As many of you are aware, we are working with the City of Surrey School Travel Planning Team to find a solution in making our pick up and drop off zones safer for students.  The program aims to create a safe and comfortable environment for children to walk, bike, and roll to school .

The program involves working with staff from the City of Surrey and school district, school administration, parents, students and other interested members of the community. We want to hear from YOU! The information you provide will help us learn how students are currently travelling to and from school and some of the challenges students and care givers face. This information will help us create an action plan that considers the needs of all members of the school community.

Please click on this link and complete the survey on line.  Thank you.

Winter Concert

Winter ConcertOur Winter Concert  this year will be held two days so all parents are able to attend and so we are able to accommodate seating.  On Wednesday, December 19th we will have parents of students in odd numbered divisions to watch the concert.  On Thursday, December 20th, we will have parents of students in even numbered divisions to watch the concert.  The concert time will be 12:45 pm start on both days.

If you have children in both odd or even numbered divisions – choose one day to attend. Remember, the reason we are doing this is so we can accommodate parent seating.

The Winter concert will have all of our music classes performing.  Please talk to your child about the performance his/her class is practising for the concert.

Halloween Fun!

Take a look at some of our photos from our Halloween parade:

 

 

 

 

October 26, 2018

don't forgetUpcoming Events

October 31            Halloween Parade at 8:45 am
October 31            Halloween Dance for primary students at 10:30 am
November 5          Bohemia Ballet and Co. Performance in gym at 1 pm
November 8          Remembrance Day Assembly 10:30 am
November 9          Pro D – classes not in session
November 12        Schools closed – classes not in session
November 15        Theme Day (theme TBD)
November 19        School Assembly at 12:45 pm
November 19        Last Day for Purdy’s orders to be in
November 21       PAC meeting at 6 pm
November 29       Purdy’s delivery
December 10        CSL reports sent home this week
December 14        Winter Breakfast
December 14        Theme Day: Pajama Day
December 18        Winter Concert Rehearsal at 9 am (student only audience)
December 18        Early Dismissal at 1:27 pm
December 19        Winter Concert at 1 pm – parent audience of last names
December 20        Winter Concert at 1 pm – parent audience of last names
December 21        Last day of classes before Winter Break
January 7              Schools open

halloweenHalloween

Halloween is only five sleeps away!  A reminder that students are encouraged to wear their costumes to school.  We have our costume parade in the morning and the seating in the gym is the same as it was during our Harvest Day Celebration.  A couple of guidelines as to follow as you decide on costumes:

  • costumes are not to be too scary as we have young students in the building (Kindergartens)
  • Absolutely no replica weapons allowed (knives, guns, axes,)
  • if your costume has a mask then the only time you can keep the mask on is during the Halloween parade and in your classroom.  For safety reasons, students are not allowed to wear masks in the hallway or outside (we need to be able to identify students)

We also have our Halloween Dance for primary students (Kindergarten to grade 3).  The dance is in the gym.  After recess the primary students come into the gym and we go over some guidelines with the students (dance, no running, etc.) – the dance ends at approximately 11:30 am.  Parents are more than welcome to come in and dance with their child(ren).

Gravity Cars

When you enter our school you will notice our gravity track in front of the music room.  Almost all of our classes will be busy building cars to race down this track.  The students will be building 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. Click on the links here and here and here, for some fun ideas on how to build a gravity car.

Spotlight on Learning

Ms. Song’s class worked on an Egg Drop Stem Challenge.  The students created a contraption that had to hold an egg and survive the drop from two different heights.  Each group was provided with 50 straws, 3 m of masking tape, and scissors to cut.  The students came up with some interesting and creative design ideas.  Click on the videos below to watch the egg drops.

Sports

Intramurals – Handball

imagesHandball is sometimes called European Handball – it is an easy sport to learn and play.  Handball is a great team sport for learning and practising basic movement skills like throwing and passing.  The sport allows players to learn about offence and defence skill strategies.  The students in grades 4 and 5 signed up to participate in our handball season.  Teams have been made and a schedule has been posted by the gym door.  Students play every Wednesday during the lunch hour.  Thank you to Mr. Henderson and Ms. Banbury for organizing and supervising the games.

Volleyball

volleyball

Volleyball season is also underway.  We have Mr. Unruh and Ms. Luck coaching the girls team. The coaches for the boys team are Ms. Champion, Ms. Fadum, and Ms. Song.

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.

Student Leadership

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 2nd. Our goal is to collect at least 800 food items do donate. 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.”

Walk and Roll Wednesdays

Walk-&-Roll-Table-banner-v2Every Wednesday we are encouraging students to walk or roll to school.  We are encouraging students to walk or bike to school.  We understand that some families do not live within walking distance of the school and for that we have a safe solution.  For those families who do not live close by we recommend parents park their vehicles 1-2 blocks away from the school (and away from the traffic) and walk the rest of the route.  It is a win-win for everyone:

  • parents save fuel
  • parents do not get caught up in the drop off traffic zone on 26th Avenue
  • walking and cycling to school builds regular physical activity into the daily routine
  • student collect house team points for walking or biking to school

Students who walk and roll to school will receive points for their house team.

Crosswalk Safety

crosswalksafety__05Morning drop off at school is a very busy time.  There have been major safety issues along 26th Avenue at the crosswalk in front of the school.  The British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act provides a variety of protections and rights to pedestrians, whether they are walking or standing alongside roads or crossing them at intersections. In general, vehicles must yield to pedestrians. Here are some of the issues we are facing:

  • Vehicles are driving too fast in a school zone.
  • Some vehicles do not pull over and park on the street to drop off, but instead stop their vehicle on 26th and have the child get out of the car.
  • Some vehicles do not yield to pedestrians!
  • Some vehicles are crossing the crosswalk when students have not even fully crossed the street.

We want our students to feel safe as they walk to school.  It is ok if your child is late for school because you couldn’t find a parking spot, or you got stuck in traffic, or if you just had a slower start to the morning.  We would rather your child be a couple of minutes late to class than your child be hurt by one or more of the behaviours listed above.

“Hiding in Plain Sight” Exhibition

Hiding in Plain Sight Event ImageFamilies are invited to experience Metis artisans and live entertainment at an event at the Museum of Surrey on October 28, 2018 from 1- 4pm.  Admission is free.  This exhibit explores the portrayal of Métis—some of whom are “hiding in plain sight”—in art and photographic collections and the accompanying descriptions. The event includes performances, vendors, children’s beading, bannock and tea, tanning, weaving and carving.

October 9, 2018

Important-datesImportant Dates

October 15-18          Walk and Roll to School Week
October 16             Cross Country Meet @ Crescent Park Elem
October 18             Theme Day – dress up in your house team colours
October 19             Pro D – classes not in session
October 21             Interims handed out this week

October 22            Drop Everything And Read
October 24             PAC meeting 6 pm in Library
October 26             Individual Photo re-takes
October 31             Halloween Parade   9 am
October 31             Halloween Primary Dance 10:45 am
November 8         Remembrance Day Assembly 10:30 am
November 9         Pro D – classes not in session
November 12       Schools closed – classes not in session

Class Floss Challenges

If you have been following our school IG account you will have seen the great flossing videos our students have submitted.  The month of September has been a fun one – with classes being set, getting to know our teachers, Terry Fox run, and preparing for our Harvest Day.  Amidst all of this students were flossing all over the place – in class, on the playground, in the hallways, teaching parents and even teaching teachers!  Since some of our class flossing videos were too long for IG, I have posted them below (Div. 2, 4, 20, 13, 1, and 9) Flossing winners will be announced on the morning of Friday, October 12th.

Student Leadership

Our student leadership team is big this year – over 30 students!  We have scheduled meetings for every Wednesday during the lunch hour.  Our team is committed to helping those in need locally and globally along with making our school a kinder and fun place.  This year we are assigning house colours to students (red, yellow, green, or blue) so that we can collect points for events.  The points will accumulate throughout the year.

we_scare_hungerFor the month of October, we encourage every student in the school to bring in a canned good (non-perishable food item) for our We Scare Hunger initiative.  All non-perishable food items will go to the Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank.  Our goal is to collect at least 800 items.

UnknownOctober 15-18th is our Walk and Roll to School Week.  As a school community we are encouraging students to walk or bike to school.  We understand that some families do not live within walking distance of the school and for that we have a safe solution.  For those families who do not live close by we recommend parents park their vehicles 1-2 blocks away from the school (and away from the traffic) and walk the rest of the route.  It is a win-win for everyone:

  • parents save fuel
  • parents do not get caught up in the drop off traffic zone on 26th Avenue
  • walking and cycling to school builds regular physical activity into the daily routine
  • student collect house team points for walking or biking to school

Students who walk and roll to school will receive points for their house team.

dearDrop Everything and READ!

On October 22nd schools across our school district will be participating in Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.).  Please send your child to school with a book he/she likes to read.  Teachers will have students read for 20 minutes during various times during the schoold day. Some classes will be doing flashlight reading on that day.

halloweenHalloween

Halloween is approaching!  A reminder that students are encouraged to wear their costumes to school.  We have our costume parade in the morning and the seating in the gym is the same as it was during our Harvest Day Celebration.  A couple of guidelines as to follow as you decide on costumes:

  • costumes are not to be too scary as we have young students in the building (Kindergartens)
  • Absolutely no replica weapons allowed (knives, guns, axes,)
  • if your costume has a mask then the only time you can keep the mask on is during the Halloween parade and in your classroom.  For safety reasons, students are not allowed to wear masks in the hallway or outside (we need to be able to identify students)

We also have our Halloween Dance for primary students (Kindergarten to grade 3).  The dance is in the gym.  After recess the primary students come into the gym and we go over some guidelines with the students (dance, no running, etc.) – the dance ends at approximately 11:30 am.  Parents are more than welcome to come in and dance with their child(ren).

 

 

October 4, 2018

harvest dayHarvest Day Update

Tomorrow is our Harvest Day!  We are looking forward to seeing all our students (and staff) coming to school wearing their western/harvest wear.  I’m sure there will be a lot of plaid, cowboy hats and boots.

The event will start at 1 pm sharp.  So that means we start loading the gym after lunch.  The classes will be performing in the following order:

  • Div. 4 Presentation
  • The Funky Cowboy performed by students in Ms. Hall, Ms. McIntyre, Ms. Luck, Ms. Beare, Ms. Rawlyns, and Ms. Fadum’s class
  • Div. 4 Presentation
  • The Heel Toe Polka performed by students in Ms. Darby and Ms. Beale’s class
  • Div. 4 Presentation
  • Magic Trumpet Square Dance performed by students in Ms. Holmes and Ms. Champion’s class
  • Div. 4 Presentation
  • Mountain Music Square Dance performed by Ms. Song, Mr. Unruh and Mr. Loosemore’s class
  • Div. 4 Presentation
  • The Chicken Dance performed by the entire school

*students in division 4 are presenting (in groups of 5-6 students) information about Harvest Day in different countries from around the world.

audienceParent Seating

Since we have special seating for our Harvest Day, where classes sit around the periphery of the gym, there is no seating available for parents on the gym floor.  Parents are more than welcome to watch their child perform from the Multipurpose Room (which is also a school stage).  However the space cannot hold more than 30 adults comfortably.

We ask parents that after their child has finished performing, the parents wait outside in the hallway so other parents can enter to watch.  So for example, If your child is in Ms. Darby’s class, please wait until your child performs to be in the multipurpose room.  Once your child has finished performing please exit so there is room for parents to watch the next performance.

Other Notes

Parents, at the end of the day please take home the Veggie Creation(s) your child has made.  Also, students will be dismissed from their classrooms at the end of the day.

 

September 26, 2018

lightbulbDon’t Forget!

September 25            Scholastic Book Fair opens after school
September 25            Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park (after school)
September 28            Orange Shirt Day
October 1                   Last Day of Book Fair
October 2                   Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park (after school)
October 3                   Early Dismissal @ 1:27 pm
October 5                   Harvest Day

Scholastic-Book-FairScholastic Book Fair

Our book fair opens after school on Tuesday, September 25th and closes on Monday, October 1st.  The book fair will be open during lunch hours and after school. Only intermediate students can shop in the book fair during lunch hour.  After school the book fair is open to both intermediate and primary students.  There are two things to remember:
1. Students can only buy books for themselves or their younger siblings.
2. Entry into the book fair is from the outside library door.

Orange Shirt Day-Every Child Matters

orange_shirt_day2Orange Shirt day is on Friday Sept. 28th. Orange shirt day grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, being taken away on her first day of school at St. Joseph Mission residential school.  This day has also become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

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

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

harvest dayHarvest Day

Harvest Day is a school tradition that is unique to our school.  On Harvest Day the students come to school dressed in “Harvest Wear” – plaid shirts, jeans, cowboy hats, boots, etc.  The students are encouraged to bring in their Veggie Creations (vegetables that come from the harvest.  All Veggie Creations are created at home with the help of family members.  On the morning of our Harvest Day celebration (Friday, October 5th) students are asked to bring in their Veggie Creations and place them on the tables in the common area in front of the gym.  Please take a look at the pictures below for inspiration.

In the afternoon students come into the gym to watch our Harvest Day performances (square dancing, line dancing, reciting poems, etc.)  This year with 21 divisions (over 451 students), we will have reached our crowd capacity in the gym with our students and staff.  We have a special seating for Harvest Day where our students sit around the periphery of the gym, so classes can perform in the centre of the floor. This seating leaves no room for parents. I understand in the past we have had parents join us for the celebration, this year we will not have room on the gym floor for parents.  If parents do join us to celebrate, they will have to sit in the Multipurpose Room and watch from the stage. Our music room stage is unable to hold more than 30 adults at the most.

Flossing Contest

Student, class, family, and teacher entries for the Flossing Contest are being accepted this week.  If you have an entry, please see Ms. Chohan during lunch hour.  Contest entries can be posted on Instagram as long as the student(s) in the video have handed in the media coverage forms with approval to post on school sites such as Instagram.

Contest Categories:giphy

Best Class Floss
Fastest Flosser
Most Creative Floss
Best Family Floss
Funniest Floss
Best Floss done by school staff

Contest Rules:

  1. You may enter the contest as an individual or group.
  2. In order to enter the contest you must have your consent form signed so we can post your flossing entry on our school Instagram account.
  3. If you are a group entry then all members of the group must have media consent forms signed.
  4. All entries will be posted on our IG account
  5. Have FUN!

Winners of each category will get a PIZZA PARTY.