September 23, 2016

Mark Your Calendars!

Monday, Sept. 26: Non Instructional Day
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Dress Like a Pirate
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Book Fair is open in portable  during lunch and recess
Wednesday, Sept. 28: Shoreline Clean up
Friday, Sept. 29: Orange Shirt Day
Friday, Oct. 7: Harvest Day

Orange Shirt Day-Every Child Matters

orange_shirt_day2Orange 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.

Playground Update

Our students have been so patient in waiting for the primary playground to open.  Unfortunately, it still is not ready.  The  height of the Track Ride (one of the favourite features for our students)  needs to be lowered for students to reach the handhold from the starting platform position without an over reach.  We need to be patient a little while longer.  Our priority is ensuring student safety.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

kids-zonePacific Heights Elementary is considered a walking school.  It has been great to see so many parents walk their children to school.  However, as a community, we need to minimize the congestion that is seen in front of our school round-a-bout area that is meant for student drop off and pick up.  As the safety of our students and your child(ren) is of the upmost importance to us, we ask for your cooperation if you choose to drive your child to school.  All drivers are asked to be mindful of the following:

  • Please remember to slow down in the school zone on 26th Avenue as students are walking, crossing the street, and getting out of parked vehicles
  • Please refrain from stopping your car in middle of 26th Avenue  to let your child out of the car.  We ask that parents park on the street where it is designated for drop off
  • Please drive very slowly in the parking lot round-a-bout because students are being dropped off in this area
  • Please do not walk your child across the round-a-bout, instead have your child use the sidewalk


Scholastic Book Fair

bookaneer-book-fair-logoGet ready for our Bookaneer Book Fair that opens on September 27th and runs until Friday, October 7th.   Our students are encouraged to dress like a pirate to get the book fair started this Tuesday.  Many of our students are making their own pirate hats and eye patches to wear to school on Tuesday!

The book fair will be taking place in the portable that is in front of the school where the parent parking lot is.  Lunch hours and after school is when the book fair is open.  A big thank you to the parent volunteers who are taking the time out of their schedules to run the book fair.

Ms. Cordeiro, our Teacher Librarian, has tweeted out her top five picks.  Go to @ph_library to learn more or visit our library site .  Ms. Chohan’s top two picks are:

Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Sixteen-year-old Jacob journeys to a remote island off the coast of Wales after experiencing a family tragedy.  He discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar children.  As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and empty hallways, he realizes that the children who were here were more than just peculiar…maybe even dangerous.  Was there a good reason why these children were quarantined on a deserted island?  Could they still be alive? This is a spine-tingling fantasy that is for readers who love adventure in the shadows.


So Much Snow by Robert Munsch

There is a big blizzard blowing in but that’s not going to stop Jasmine from going to school!  She can’t miss the pizza day that’s happening at school.  What she thinks is a little snow turns out to be more as she finds herself to be frozen stiff.  Who and how will Jasmine be rescued, and how will she get her pizza?


Glee Club

Mrs. Brown has started a Glee Club at Pacific Heights!  Students from grades 3 – 7 are music-noteswelcome to join.  Sessions are every Tuesday and Friday from 12:30 – 1:00 pm.  There is also an Enriched Performance/Dance Group that also practises on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  This enriched group is open to students from grades 2 – 6 with teacher and parent permission.

Cross Country Running Team

Well done to our Cross Country Running Team for showing great leadership during our school Terry Fox Run.  We have 35 students who have joined the team and have already attended one of the meets at Crescent Park Elementary.  The team has four more meets that are held on Tuesdays after school at Crescent Park Elementary.  We welcome new runners to join the team from grades 3 – 6.  Our practises are every Monday and Thursday from 2:45 to 3:15 pm.  If you are only able to make one practise a week, you are still encouraged to join.  If you only want to practise and not attend the meets, you are still encouraged to join.  We want to see our students running and having fun!  Thank you to Ms. Banbury and Ms. deLeeuw for coaching.


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