September 25, 2019

reminderUpcoming Events

September 27          Terry Fox Run (afternoon)
September 30           Pro D (classes not in session)
October 1                   Orange Shirt Day
October 2                   Early Dismissal at 1:27 pm
October 11                 Harvest Day
October 11                 Spirit Wear Orders are due
October 14                 Thanksgiving Holiday
October 23                 Interim Reports go home this week
October 25                 Pro D (classes not in session)
October 31                Halloween Parade 9:15 am
October 31                Halloween Dance for primary students 10:45 – 11:30 am

Learning Spotlight

Today the students of Division Five took time to explore the route that Terry Fox Ran. As a class, we examined the map, and asked questions, as well as made inferences about where Terry went. Some students’ comments, included:

  • I wonder why he didn’t start in the West since he was from BC.
  • I bet he started in St. John’s because it was the farthest east place he could start.
  • How did he get across bodies of water?
  • Approximately how much distance did he cover in a day?

terry-fox-route-mapOne student noticed that there were larger round dots on some cities. Using our knowledge from the story we had read yesterday, students determined that these dots marked important parts on Terry’s journey, such as where he started, where he ended, and when he realized his cancer had returned.

Working collaboratively with a partner, each pair of students mapped out Terry’s route on paper and applied coding skills to program small robotic Ozobot’s to replicate Terry’s route.

Since Ozobot’s can be “finicky” at times, students had to demonstrate a great deal of perseverance, collaboration and ability to communicate well. Our success criteria for this project included these important skills.

It was impressive to see the class collaboration that occurred. Many student groups shared with others what they discovered worked and what didn’t. We reflected on how everyone benefits when we learn together.

downloadTerry Fox Run

Our Terry Fox Run is this Friday afternoon.  We will have our Terry Fox assembly at 12:45 pm.  We show students a video and do a quick warm up in the gym, teachers then take their classes outside for the run.

If parents would like join their child(ren) on the run, please check in at the office and meet your child on the field.  Due to the amount of space required with 520 students and close to 45 adults warming up in the gym, we ask that parents not be in the gym for the Terry Fox assembly.

This year we have two routes.  The primary students (kindergarten – grade 3) will be running around our big field.  The intermediate students will be running a different route – teachers will have shared the route with the intermediate students prior to the run.

Please send a donation with your child to support the Terry Fox Foundation.

Click here for a short inspiring video about Terry Fox.

Orange Shirt Day-Every Child Matters

orange_shirt_day2We are recognizing Orange Shirt day on Tuesday, October 1st.  We encourage all of our students to wear orange shirts on this day.

Orange shirt day grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, being taken away on her first day of school at St. Joseph Mission residential school.  This day has also become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

Residential Schools had a profound effect on the culture and language of Indigenous people across Canada, and forever changed the lives of thousands of Indigenous children.  As the terrible legacy of these schools has become public, the Canadian Government offered an apology to Indigenous people for the forced cultural assimilation embodied in the residential school system.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for Indigenous people, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

September 19, 2019

Important-datesUpcoming Events

September 20           Individual photo’s
September 27          Terry Fox Run (afternoon)
September 30           Pro D (classes not in session)
October 1                   Orange Shirt Day
October 2                   Early Dismissal at 1:27 pm
October 11                 Harvest Day
October 11                 Spirit Wear Orders are due
October 14                 Thanksgiving Holiday
October 23                 Interim Reports go home this week
October 25                 Pro D (classes not in session)
October 31                Halloween Parade 9:15 am
October 31                Halloween Dance for primary students 10:45 – 11:30 am

download (1)Litterless Lunches

As a school community we are promoting litterless lunches. A litterless lunch creates no waste.  We suggest children use reusable containers or possibly no containers at all to store and transport food.  Our goal is to reduce waste production and help reduce our impact on the Earth. By taking a litterless lunch, you produce 89% less waste when you avoid single-use, disposable containers and bags.

For those students who do not want to take containers outside at recess while they eat their snacks, teachers will allow students to eat snacks before or after recess.

Students will be bringing all plastic waste and packaging from their lunches back home (granola wrappers, plastic baggies).  We will continue to collect organics.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Chohan.

IMG_6109-1smkpceLearning Commons

Sick Simon: Showing Learning with Loose Parts

This week in the Learning Commons students have been learning about how germs are spread. We shared electron microscope images of germs, sang a ‘Nose’ song, and read Sick Simon by Dan Krall. Students showed their learning by creating images of faces with loose parts.

Click on this link to see the learning highlights.

PacificHeightsSpiritWearLogoSpirit Wear

We are excited to announce that the Pacific Heights Spirit Wear Sale officially launches today!  Your child(ren) will be coming home with an order form (a copy of which is also attached to this message in case you don’t receive a hard copy).  Simply fill out the form, and include your child’s name and division number, and send the form back to school along with payment (or a note that an e-transfer payment is being made to and your order will be placed.

Orders (and payments) are due by Friday, October 11

This is such a fun way to show your school spirit — and helps raise funds that will be invested back in school sports/recreation programs (we are planning to buy new jerseys with our awesome new logo).

We will have samples in various sizes available to try on tonight at Meet the Teacher Night from 6-7pm — come on by and meet the PAC Executive and check out the sizes and styles for our Spirit Wear!  We look forward to seeing you!

If you have any questions, please contact Hayley:

downloadCross Country

We do have a Cross Country team this year!  Practises are Friday mornings at 8 am and Wednesday’s after school.

The meets are at Crescent Park on Tuesdays.  There will be more information coming home to parents this week.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Banbury and Ms. Panda at the school.


 All new and returning families must register/re-register onto the PAC website to receive information and correspondence for the 2019/20 school year.

This is our primary method of communicating with you, so it is important that you register/re-register to be kept apprised of all PAC events and initiatives. Here, you will be able to view PAC documents and newsletters, place hot lunch orders for your child/ren, place and read free classified ads from other parents, and view our on-line event calendar. This is also the only way your child/ren’s Class Parents will be able to contact you regarding special events and initiatives specific to your child/ren’s classes.

Remember: registering on the PAC website does not mean you must order hot lunches; hot lunches are completely optional. 

 Please follow the instructions below to register/re-register.

1. Log on to the PAC website at

·       Click on “click here to register” (under login info request)

·       Enter school access code. For 2019/20 the access code is pacific

·       Fill in your information (multiple email addresses can be added, including parents, grandparents, daycare providers, etc. Choose a user ID and password you will remember.)

·       Click on “register now”

2. Register your child/ren

·        Go to “student” tab at the bottom right and click on “add new”

·        Enter your child’s name and select the class they are in. Click “add new”

·        Repeat this for any/all children attending the school.

3. How to Order Free Hot Dogs/Hot Lunch

·        Go to the “orders” tab at the top and click on “student orders”

·        Place your child’s order for Free Hot Dog and for the fall hot lunch session. Order only for the weeks you want and any items your child would like. Remember there is no obligation to order hot lunch every week.”

 4. Payment

·        Print the remittance form from the hot lunch order page.

·        Submit the remittance form along with payment via cheque (made payable to “Pacific Heights Elementary School PAC”) to the front office.  If you prefer to send an e-transfer, please send to, using your account user name as the password.

·        New this year: we would prefer not to receive cash payments, as this is not a secure method of payment.  In the event that cash payment is desired, we will be available after school on Thursday, September 26 at the front entrance of the school to accept cash payments in person.  Please do not send cash payments in with your child/ren.

Free Hot Dog Day: On Friday, September 27, the PAC is pleased to sponsor a free hot dog lunch to all Pacific Heights students. The meal will include beef or veggie dogs, along with a bag of chips.  Orders must be received no later than Friday, September 20.

Hot Lunches: The first fall hot lunch will be offered October 4, and the order/payment deadline for the fall session is Thursday, September 26.

If you have any questions or require any additional information regarding hot lunches, please   

 Please do not call the office with questions about hot lunches. This program is run by the PAC and we are not at the office to receive phone calls or answer questions.