June 23, 2020

 

principal picDear Pacific Heights Families,

Preparing to say a final farewell has been emotional. Pacific Heights has provided me the honour of meeting and working with a community that is kind and caring.

As I reflect, I am grateful for the teachers, parents, and students of this community as they have shown me much support and embraced every new adventure with enthusiasm. Some of these new ventures included playgrounds, adding more portables, a brand new beautiful 12- classroom addition.  We also had our share of tangles including traffic, the morning and after school pick up, power outages during the Christmas Concert Finale, and now ending the year with COVID-19. Each challenge brought us together and made us a stronger community.

I am proud to have worked with all of you to implement programs and events that benefited students. Together we implemented “Kindness Counts”, Maker Faire, Canada-thon, Family Math Night, Halloween Dances, and so much more. Each event was beyond successful and done with pride – our school pride is something that sets us apart and is to be inspired.

Thank you to the PAC and parents who have been a positive force.  Their commitment to making our school great is shown through the weekly hot lunches, numerous fundraisers, and most importantly – school spirit.  I have great respect for our parents and their consistent dedication to maintaining school spirit and a sense community. This is demonstrated through Winter Breakfast, Year End Barbeque, stepping in during Book Fairs (and even running them), the willingness to drive on field trips, and their happy nature during morning drop offs and after school pick-ups.

Most of all, I will miss the students so very much; it has been a great privilege to watch them grow over the years and develop strong relationships.  I have watched our students come into their own as they learned from their mistakes, learned how to pay it forward, and learned how to take ownership of their learning.

I love Pacific Heights.  Thank you for being a part of my journey – what an amazing chapter this has been with so many memories and experiences that will stay with me forever.  I will miss you all.

Sincerely,

Ms. Chohan

June 8, 2020

Happy Retirement

annaWe were fortunate enough to have Ms. Crosland be our Teacher-Librarian for a year.  Ms. Crosland has accomplished so much in her successful career. She was Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for 20 years.  She created (and the program is still running) an in-school program for deaf children at Bear Creek Elementary.  Ms. Crosland decided she needed a change and new challenge so decided to become a Teacher Librarian (TL).  In her 12 years as a TL, Ms. Crosland worked at Georges Vanier, Martha Currie, and Pacific Heights Elementary.

To say that Ms. Crosland is a trailblazer in the world of TL’s would be an understatement.  She presented to TL’s at both the district and provincial level. She transformed every library she worked in – her collections were diverse because it was important that “children can see themselves on the shelves”.  Ms. Crosland kept a close eye on her circulation and made sure it was quality reading, yet high interest.   Ms. Crosland did not use a book drop, she ensured when students entered the library she saw what they were returning and asked if they liked the book or not.  She took great pride in knowing what the students in the school were reading.

The students truly benefited from the instruction and programs Ms. Crosland brought to her library.  She has held book clubs for reluctant readers, where she was able to recruit entire classes, she did book give-aways at the end of the year so every child would go home with a “good” book that would be read. She gave it her all in every library she entered, and she left her libraries in tip top shape – places of reading, inquiry, and a place where we could be “makers”.  Innovation, diversity, inclusion, and kindness were felt on a daily basis in our library.  We wish you great adventures on your retirement!

Teacher Goodbyesgoodbye

There are three teachers who have been a part of the Pacific Heights community for a long time and are now onto new adventures. 

Mrs. McKelvey has been part of Pacific Heights since it first opened in 2006!  Ms. McKelvey has decided to TOC in the district.  We will miss her calm and steady manner.  She could be counted on to go above and beyond when pitching in.  She modelled kindness for staff and students.

We must also say goodbye to Mrs. Beare who has been at our school for 10 years.  We could always count on Ms.Beare’s spunky personality and her contributions during our theme days and various other committees.  Ms. Beare has gone out of her way to support staff and parents throughout her years at PH – her presence will be missed. Ms. Beare will be teaching at Adam’s Road in September.

We also say goodbye to another amazing teacher – Mrs. Fadum.  Ms. Fadum worked hard to build strong relationships with her students and our staff.  We are sad to see her go, but also happy that she will be Vice Principal at Fraser Wood Elementary. Congratulations, Mrs. Fadum!

We say farewell to Ms. Tillberg who has been our school counsellor for the past 6 years.  Ms. Tillberg has helped so many students in our school, and has helped teachers create more supportive classrooms.  She will be greatly missed. She is leaving to be counsellor at Douglas Elementary.

We must also say goodbye to teachers who have been with us for this school year.  With school boundaries changing and Edgewood Elementary opening in February 2021, we will be decreasing in divisions and next year we are projected to have 16 divisions.  So this means, we also say goodbye to an amazing group of teachers who were only able to be with us for a year.  These teachers contributed team spirit, positive energy, kindness, and excellent teaching. We wish the following teachers all the best at their new schools:

Mr. Litt (going to Rosemary Heights)
Ms. Pather (going to Goldstone Elementary)
Ms. Duncan (going to White Rock Elementary)
Ms. Dubrovskaya (going to Woodward Hill)
Ms. Polok (going to Douglas Elementary)
Ms. Kerslake (going to Coyote Creek Elementary)
Mr. Roth
Ms. Ames
Ms. Temple
Ms. Gardin

 

Supply Pick Up

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been wonderful having our students back in the building.  Seeing our students and sharing stories with them has been great these past two days.

Many parents have inquired about school supply pick up.  We have drafted a schedule that will allow parents to pick up supplies and maintain physical distancing.  Supply pick up will happen next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Where do I pick up?

downloadTeachers will have tables set up outside their classrooms or in front of their classroom exit/entrance door.  On the table will be your child’s supplies in a labelled bag.  If your child’s classroom is upstairs in the new wing, then those tables will be set up by the bike racks.

When do I pick up?

Monday, June 8:  pick up will be for students with last names A – K from 10 am to 2 pm.

Tuesday, June 9:  pick up will be for last names L – Z from 10 am to 2 pm.

Wednesday, June 10:  pick up will be for parents who were unable to pick up on Monday and Tuesday.

If this schedule does not work for you, please contact your child’s classroom teacher and make alternate plans.

D6JglrPWwAEtf5TLibrary Books that are at home?

We ask that when you come pick up your child’s supplies that you also bring your library books and leave them on the table.