January 25, 2019

reminderUpcoming Events

January 30:  Maker Faire Primary (making day)
January 31:  Maker Faire Primary (viewing day)
February 1:  Canadathon Game Show (intermediates only)
February 5:  Book Fair opens after school
February 11: Interactive Fairytales performance 1:30 pm
February 11:  Last Day for Book Fair
February 13: PAC meeting 6 pm in the library
February 12-15: Zumba in the am (each class gets one Zumba session)
February 18:  Family Day Holiday (classes not in session)
February 21:  Theme Day: Twin Day
February 21:  We Bake for Change (cupcake sale) fundraiser
February 22: Pro D (classes not in session)
February 27: Pink Shirt Day

Construction Update

img_5318As you have seen, the access road has been built along the backside of the school coming in from 26th avenue.  You can see in the picture the road goes over the sidewalk and is not accessible for strollers due to how rocky it is.  We are hoping to have a piece of plywood we can put over the the access road during drop off and pick up times by the end of the week.

We have had some questions around site workers and the protocol they are to follow working on a school site.  All site workers have had a criminal record check and therefore are allowed to work at our school site.  All construction workers have been instructed to not talk to any children and they are not to use washrooms in the building (the crew has their own porta potty).  We have instructed students to not talk to the site workers because we do not want to distract the workers from the job they are doing.  Please follow up with the students at home on this important rule.

img_5251With so much happening on school grounds, the students will be tempted and/or distracted – they will stop to watch the construction (can’t really blame them).  For this reason, students in portable classrooms are being sent to the washroom in pairs.  Also for those portables right by the construction site (Ms.Champion, Ms. Darby, Ms. Beale, Mr. Loosemore) the students are walking all the way around the portables and right by the roundabout… these students must go to the washroom in pairs.

Maker Faire

Our intermediate Maker Faire was a big success.  Our students made some great stuff that required problem solving and thinking outside the box. Watch the two videos below with students explaining what they made and how it works.  For more videos and pictures please visit our school Instagram account: pacific heights_learns



cCanadathon Game Show

We are having our first Canadathon Game Show!  The Canadathon is a fundraiser we do every year. Money raised goes towards classroom supplies such as books and field studies.

How do you become a contestant?
The top scorers from each intermediate class will be writing a final quiz (10-15 questions) on Monday so we can narrow down the contestants to a final 32.  There will be 8 teams with 4 players on each team – a student from each grade level from grades 4-7 will be on each team.  The game show format used will be Kahoot.  Ms. Chohan will work with the teams on how to study for the Canadathon test.

Who is in the audience?
Only intermediate students will be allowed to the watch game show as primary students will quickly become bored with the questions and they will not be able to read the questions on the screen.  The tickets to watch the game show are $2 each.  Students will purchase tickets from their classroom teacher on January 29, 30, 31.

The plan is that in each grade group one teacher will go to the Canadathon with the students who paid and the other teacher will stay in the classroom with the students who did not pay.

We will also be selling red liquorice to student on this day – four pieces of liquorice for a dollar.

If you have any questions please talk to Ms. Chohan.

bookfair2019-2_origScholastic Book Fair -“Dino-Mite-Stomp, Chomp and Read!”

Our book fair opens on February 5th after school.  It will be held in the gymnasium.  Schedule is as follows:

Feb. 5th: after school (primary and intermediate students)
Feb. 6th: lunch for intermediate students, after school for all students
Feb. 7th: lunch for primary students, after school for all students
Feb. 8th: lunch and after school for all students
Feb. 11th: after school only for all students

parking lot safety_0Parking Lot Safety

With rainy days ahead we must all practise proper school parking lot safety.  Our parking lot along with 26th avenue is incredibly busy during morning drop off and afternoon pick up time.  Ensuring no gets hurt is a primary concern of school staff, but it requires everyone’s participation, including parents.  If you click on the parking map below you will see there is available parking on 171 Street and 26th Avenue.

parking map

Safety Tips for Drop Off or Pick Up:

  • Stay in designated pick up areas – our roundabout and parent parking lot, and  Do not arrange to pick students up on side streets, staff parking lots, or other areas that may not be as safe.
  • Always pick students up at the nearest curb and do not encourage them to cross parking lots to reach the car.
  • When waiting for students to be released, pull all the way forward on the curb to allow other cars ample room and minimize driving around.
  • Do not dally or remain parked in the roundabout and parent parking lot.  Once students have been picked up – other parents are eager to pick up their children and moving quickly and efficiently can help keep the traffic flow more consistent.
  • Arrange carpools if possible to minimize traffic near the school.
  • If possible, avoid scheduling medical appointments or non-school activities immediately after school ends to minimize rushing.
  • Try to pick students up five or ten minutes later to avoid the worst traffic congestion.

Most important, please demonstrate KINDNESS.  Be patient, respectful, and courteous to other drivers while they pick their child(ren) up from school. Anger and frustration can lead to careless, unsafe behavior, and being a positive role model can help students learn safe procedures.

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