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


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_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

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.





High Jump

Mrs. Holmes

Meet in gym

Triple Jump

Mrs. Darby

Meet at sand pit

High Jump

Mrs. Holmes

Meet in gym





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





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.