May 31, 2019

lightbulbImportant Dates

June 7               Welcome to Kindergarten
June 14              Games Day
June  20              Theme Day: Tropical Thursday
June  20              PAC barbeque
June  25              Grade 7 Assembly 10:30 am
June  26              Year End Assembly
June  27              Last Day of School – Early Dismissal 1:27 pm

School Fees

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.

Please note:
*Kindergarten school fees will not exceed $45
*Grade 1-7 school fees will not exceed $60

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.

**The school supply lists are found on our school website

2019/20 Calendar Dates

*these dates are also on our school website

September    3        Schools Open
September    19       Meet the Teacher & Terry Fox Run
September    20       Individual Photo Day
September    27       Terry Fox Run
September    30       Non-Instructional Day

October    2         Early Dismissal 1:27 pm
October    11        Harvest Day
October    14        Thanksgiving Holiday
October    23        Interim Reports go home
October    25        Non-Instructional Day
October    31        Halloween Parade and Primary Dance

November    1       Photo Re-takes
November    7       Remembrance Day Assembly
November    8       Non-Instructional Day
November  13       Remembrance Day Holiday

December    11      CSL Reports go home
December    13      Winter Breakfast
December    17      Early Dismissal 1:27 pm
December    18      Winter Concert – even divisions (afternoon)
December    19      Winter Concert – odd divisions (afternoon)
December    20      Last Day of Classes before Winter Break

January       6       School Back in Session
January    20-21      Maker Faire Intermediate
January    27-28      Maker Faire Primary

February    3           Canada-thon Testing Week
February    12         Canada-thon Game Show (Intermediates)
February    17         Family Day Holiday
February    21         Non-Instructional Day

March    9           CSL Reports go home
March    11         Early Dismissal 1:27 pm
March    13         Last Day before Spring Break
March    30         School Back in Session

April      5         Non-Instructional Day
April      7        Talent Show – primary audience
April      7        Talent Show – intermediate and parent audience
April      9        Class and Panorama Pictures
April      10        Good Friday Holiday
April      13        Easter Monday Holiday

May       1         Non-Instructional Day
May       18        Victoria Day Holiday
May       25        Non-Instructional Day

June      4          Welcome to Kindergarten
June      12        Games Day
June      19        Games Day Rainout
June      23        Grade 7 Assembly
June      24        Year End Assembly
June      25        Early Dismissal 1:27 pm

Note: Not all Calendar events re listed.  Some scheduled events are subject to change.

Bell Schedule for 2019-20

*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

May 22, 2019

lightbulbImportant Dates:

May 22            PAC meeting at 6 pm in the library
May 23            Track&Field Mini Meet (pm)
May 23            Earthquake Drill (students dismissed from field)
May 27            Pro D – Classes not in session
May 30            District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park
June 7            Welcome to Kindergarten
June 14           Games Day
June 20           PAC BBQ
June 20           Theme Day: Tropical Thursday
June 25           Grade 7 Assembly @ 10:30 am
June 26           Year End Assembly @ 10:30 am
June 27           Last Day of School- Early dismissal at 1:27 pm

Track & Field

track_backgroundThe Pacific Heights Track&Field team will be participating in a mini meet tomorrow at the South Surrey Athletic Park.  The meet give our athletes an opportunity to participate in many events against some tough competition!  We ask that each participant be ready for all types of weather – bring water, appropriate clothing, sunscreen, hat, etc.  If your child is participating in this mini meet he/she would have received a permission form yesterday.

Parent Drivers will meet in the gym at 11:45 am so we can organize the rides to be at the South Surrey Athletic Park by 12:30 pm.

The rescheduling of this meet happens to fall on the same day as our Earthquake Drill.  This means that the participants of the mini meet will not be present for our Earthquake Drill.

drillEarthquake Drill

A reminder that our Earthquake Drill is tomorrow.  Your child(ren) will only be released to you and to anyone that you designate on the Emergency Contact Card.When a person comes to pick up your child, they will have to identify themselves and your child will have to confirm their identity.

Please read the previous blog post (May 1, 2019) for additional information.

w2kWelcome to Kindergarten

Our Welcome to Kindergarten session will be on Friday, June 7th at 9 am.  This session is for the students who have already registered for September 2019.  The students who have registered will have receive an email indicating the colour group they are assigned for this day.  

During Welcome to Kindergarten the students will get to visit all Kindergarten classrooms.  Please take note of your child’s colour as it will help you find the appropriate starting point.  You will be entering through the outside classroom doors at the Kindergarten end of the building (closest to 26th Ave.).  We will have student leaders helping you navigate on that morning.

 

May 1, 2019

reminderImportant Dates

May 3                Pro D – classes not in session
May 6                Grade 4&5 Biking Workshops
May 9                Grade 4&5 Biking Workshops
May 10              We Walk for Water
May 13-15        Grade 6&7 go camping
May 13-31        Tennis lessons in the gym (4 lessons for each class)
May 16             Theme Day: Crazy Hair Day
May 10              We Walk for Water
May 20              Victoria Day Holiday – Classes not in session
May 23              Earthquake Drill (students dismissed from field)
May 27              Pro D – Classes not in session
May 30              District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park

stats.pngWe Walk for Water

On Friday, May 10th the Student Leadership Team will be holding a We Walk for Water event.  This is to raise awareness and a positive change on global water issues. Classes will sign up to walk around our big field carrying water jugs.  This is to give our students an idea of what children around the world have to do on a daily basis instead of going to school.   Children in countries like India, cannot go to school because they need to fetch water for the family from a water source that is far from home (sometimes more than 10 km away) and most times the water source is contaminated.

We ask that students donate $1 on May 10th for our We Walk for Water event. 

Facts and Stats:

Water is a basic human right, yet more than 840 million people do not have a basic drinking water service. More than 260 million people, mostly young girls, have the daily task of collecting water from distant sources—time that could be spent in school or earning a livelihood. By cutting the time and distance to fetch water in half, girls’ school attendance increases by 12 percent. Poor sanitation and contaminated water can lead to diseases like cholera, hepatitis A and typhoid. But with access to clean water, families are able to send their girls to school, watch their crops flourish and improve their personal health

Every day women and children around the world spend 200 million hours fetching water from the only sources available—distant and often polluted lakes, rivers or streams.

Learn more:

 

drillEarthquake Drill

We will be having an Earthquake Drill on Thursday, May 23th 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.

Teachers will be sending home the Emergency Contact Cards for parents to fill out or to edit this week.  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.

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 staff member in charge.

We had this Earthquake Drill last year and it ran smoothly. The important thing to remember is that 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.

Here a list of questions that parents had last year:

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 parent parking lot by Ms. Beale’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.

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 your child is picked up by a day care provider, we will release your child to the daycare at the 2:27 pm dismissal bell.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Chohan.