January 25, 2018

Upcoming Events:

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

Learning Spotlight:

Kindness Counts

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

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

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

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

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

Sports and Other Clubs


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

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

European Handball

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

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


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

Kids in the Kitchen and Boardgames Club


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

January 11, 2018

don't forgetImportant Dates

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

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

Happy New Year!

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

New Staff Members

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

Ruben’s Shoes

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

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


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

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

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

What is Maker Faire?

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

Schedule of Events:

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

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

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

Viewing Schedule:

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

Parent Volunteers:

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

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