May 28, 2018

don't forgetImportant Dates

May 31               District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park
June 1               Welcome to Kindergarten 9 – 10:15 am
June 15               Games Day
June 21               PAC BBQ in the evening
June 26               Grade 7 Assembly 10:45 am
June 27               Year End Assembly 9 am
June 28               Last Day of Classes & Early dismissal 1:25 pm

School Fees for 2018-19

*this information is also on our school website

Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways. We appreciate all that you do to ensure a successful year!

In addition to providing the school supplies itemized on a grade list, parents are periodically asked for monies to cover specific items and/or special events. No student will be denied the opportunity to participate in any school activity due to the inability to pay. Please contact the Principal should you require any financial assistance.

As we plan for the upcoming school year, we anticipate the following costs:

Student Planner: We encourage all students in Grades 1-7 to purchase a School Planner at a cost of $5.00. Included in the planner is our school code of conduct, school calendar and school district information. We find this to be an excellent tool for facilitating home/school communication, as well as for developing our students’ organizational skills. However, using our school planner is optional as a parent may purchase their own version.

Field Studies and Field Trips: Classes often enjoy educational visits to community facilities which extend and enhance the curriculum. While we use school monies or fundraise to cover the costs of such activities wherever possible, there are times when parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the trip. If you choose to have your child not participate in a field study, a suitable program will be provided at the school.

Primary:
Optional field studies    $30.00 (maximum)

Intermediate:
Optional Field studies   $30. 00 (maximum)
Grade 7 Sweatshirt         $26.00 (purchase is optional)

Musical Instruments: Grade 7 students who take band either purchase or rent an instrument. Costs vary depending on the instrument.

School Supplies
Parents have the option of purchasing their child’s school supplies on their own utilizing the grade supply list or for your convenience you may wish to purchase supplies as a package through EduPac. Payment is made directly to EduPac. Costs for supplies vary based on grade.

Calendar Dates for 2018/19

*these dates are also on our school website

September    4         Schools Open
September    18       Meet the Teacher & Terry Fox Run
September    21       Individual Photo Day

October    3         Early Dismissal 1:27 pm
October    5         Harvest Day
October    8         Thanksgiving Holiday
October    19         Non-Instructional Day
October    21         Interim Reports go home
October    26        Photo Re-takes
October    31        Halloween Parade and Primary Dance

November    8         Remembrance Day Assembly
November    9       Non-Instructional Day
November  12       Remembrance Day Stat. Holiday

December    10      CSL Reports go home
December    14      Winter Breakfast
December    18      Early Dismissal 1:27 pm
December    19      Winter Concert (afternoon)
December    20      Winter Concert (afternoon)
December    21      Last Day of Classes before Winter Break

January       7       School Back in Session
January    23-24      Maker Faire Intermediate
January    30-31      Maker Faire Primary

February    18         Family Day Holiday
February    22         Non-Instructional Day
February    27         Pink Shirt Day

March    11         CSL Reports go home
March    13         Early Dismissal 1:27 pm
March    15         Last Day before Spring Break

April      1         School Back in Session
April      8         Non-Instructional Day
April      11        Talent Show
April      12        Class and Panorama Pictures
April      19        Good Friday Holiday
April      22        Easter Monday Holiday

May       3         Non-Instructional Day
May       20        Victoria Day Holiday
May       27        Non-Instructional Day

June      7          Welcome to Kindergarten
June      14        Games Day
June      20        PAC BBQ
June      21        Games Day Rainout
June      25        Grade 7 Assembly
June      26        Year End Assembly
June      27        Early Dismissal 1:27 pm

Bell Schedule for 2018-19

*this information is also on our school website

8:30 am         Welcome Bell
8:35 am         Classes in Session

10:15 am       Recess
10:30 am       Classes in Session

11:42 am        Lunch (students play outside)
12:12 pm        Lunch (eating inside)
12:27 pm        Classes in Session

2:27 pm         Dismissal Bell

School Supply Lists for 2018-19

The updated lists for your each grade are on our school website

May 23, 2018

Pacific Heights Elementary School Parent Advisory Council

Notice re: Special Resolution to Amend the Bylaws
May 16, 2018

The Pacific Heights Elementary School Parent Advisory Council intends to resolve to amend its bylaws at a general meeting to be held at 1:00pm on Friday, June 1. In order to amend the bylaws, 75% of those voting members (i.e. parents) present at the meeting must vote in favour of the following special resolution:

WHEREAS,

the bylaws of the Pacific Heights Elementary School Parent Advisory Council (the “PAC”) need to be updated to reflect current practices and maintain sufficient flexibility; and impose certain constraints regarding expenditures,

BE IT RESOLVED, by special resolution of the voting members of the PAC that:

The existing Bylaws of the PAC be amended in the following manner:

(a) Section VII, Articles 1 and 2 be removed and replaced with:

“1. The executive officers shall be elected on an interim basis at the final general meeting of the prior year. The interim executive positions shall not be official until the executive officers have been elected from the voting members at the Annual General Meeting.

2. The Past President shall conduct elections. In the event that the Past President is not available to do so, a voting member who is not standing for election to an executive officer position shall conduct elections.”

(b) Section IX, Article 2 be removed and replaced with:

“2. No person may hold any one executive officer position for more than two consecutive years, unless (a) the person is elected from the voting members at the Annual General Meeting, and (b) there are no other voting members willing to stand for election to that position.”

(c) Section XIV be amended to add the following:

“8. In the event that an expenditure in excess of $500 is proposed at a general meeting and has not been either (a) included in the budget and tentative plan of expenditures, or (b) previously discussed by the executive officers and disclosed in the general meeting notice,that expenditure may not be presented for approval at that meeting and must instead be tabled and presented for approval at a subsequent general meeting after the voting members have had time to consider the merits of the expenditure.”

If you would like to review the current PAC Bylaws, they are posted for your review on the PAC Bulletin Board at the school.

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.