June 13, 2018: Games Day Information

Students have been busy practising their team cheers for Games Day this Friday, June 15th.  Students are encouraged to dress in their house team colours for Games Day.  Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather on Friday:

  • sunscreen
  • hat
  • water bottle
  • running shoes

Games Day Itinerary

There is one big change you will notice with Games Day this year and that is that we will have two rotations. We will have a primary rotation and an intermediate rotation on the field.

8:30 am     Bell and attendance
8:45 am     House Team Cheers in the round-a-bout
9:00 am    Bike Parade in the round-a-bout

**bike paradeIf you would like your child to participate in the Bike Parade, please have your child decorate his/her bike in their house colours.  Bike’s will be parked in the teacher parking lot (by Ms. Dhadda’s portable). Once the parade ends, bikes are kept in the gym or in the parking lot.

9:20 am     Students rotate through stations(primary or intermediate rotation)

10:15 am  Recess Break – students will take their break at their station

10:30 am  Games Day Stations resume

11:45 am  Lunch – students go into class to eat

12:45 pm  Grade 7 Egg Toss on intermediate basketball court

1:15 pm    Running Races (pre-schollers to Grade 7)

1:45 pm    Tug O’War

2:25 pm    Dismissal

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.

 

April 27, 2018

don't forgetUpcoming Events

May 2, 2018          Theme Day: Twin Day
May 3, 2018          Track&Field Mini Meet 1:30 pm -South Surrey Athletic Park
May 4, 2018          Pro D – classes not in session
May 9, 2018          Assembly 9 am
May 10, 2018        Cookies from Cookie Fundraiser -pick up by parents 2:30 pm
May 17, 2018        Earthquake Drill at 1:30 pm
May 21, 2018        Victoria Day Holiday (school closed)
May 22, 2018       Track&Field Mini Meet 1:30 pm -South Surrey Athletic Park
May 28, 2018       Pro D – classes not in session
May 31, 2018        District Track Meet – all day at Bear Creek Park

Chocolate-Chunk-Cookie-Dough-FundraiserCookie Fundraiser

A big thank you to all of our students who fundraised.  The school made $6138.00 from this fundraiser. Cookie pick up will be on May 10th after school.  Remember, we do not have a deep freezer at our school where we can store the frozen cookies that did not get picked up.  If you are unable to make pick up on May 10th please ask another parent from the school to pick up your order.

Prize Winners

Top Four Sellers:
Layla Thorpe $612 winner of a $100 gift card
Meera Dhaliwal $610 Winner of $50 gift card
Caitlyn Bell $494 winner of $25 gift card
Elisha Hawkins winner of $25 gift card

Pizza Party winner: Class with the highest sales – Ms. Darby – Division 7

$10 Menchies Card winners – for every 5 boxes of cookies sold  students were entered in a draw-these are our winners:
Madden Samson
Kennedy Maschek
Arianna Cheema
Damon Atwal
Ava Brown
Harjyn Bhatti
Kiera Murphy
Saveen Sandhu
Morgan Cavezza
Amelia Tavares

drillEarthquake Drill

We will be having an Earthquake Drill on May 17th 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.  There will be a process we following during this drill:

-where children wait on the big fied
-how children are signed out the designated adult
-setting up of tarps and other equipment, depending on circumstances, that will happen during a real natural disaster

Thank you to all the parents who have handed in the Emergency Contact Cards.  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.

Therapy/Service Dog News

dogA student at our school will be introducing us to his therapy dog, Hughey, during an assembly on Wednesday, May 9th.  Hughey is a Labrador Retriever and is 2.5 years old. We encourage parents to attend this assembly for more information or to ask any questions.  During this assembly the dog trainer, Sarah Clarke, will share the do’s and dont’s of a therapy dog in a school (i.e.when the dog is wearing it’s vest you are not to pet it).  Many questions the students have will also be answered:

What is Hughey’s job?
What does Hughey do in a school?
Where does the dog go to the washroom?
Which classroom or room will Hughey most likely be resting or working?
Who is responsible for Hughey?

If your child has a dog allergy we should be aware of, please contact Ms. Chohan.

Learning Commons

There are a log of fun things happening in our Learning Commons.  Students have been using Green screen technology to superimpose images of themselves over a background of their choice.  Here is a fun example that students in Ms. Banbury’s class did:

green screen

Our Reading Link Challenge team called the Flaming Taco Bookinators made it all the way to the third round of challenge.  A big shout out to the Flaming Taco Bookinators Nevada Magnusson, Taylor Wegner, Snow Yan, Jessica Schouten, Lily Zembik, and Sydney Johal.  We are so proud of their dedication, teamwork and enthusiasm.  They displayed a high level of intensity and commitment prepping for the competition.

bookinator pic

 

 

In the coming weeks the students will be voting for their top pics for three genres of Surrey School Book Nominees.  Click on the genres below to get a list of the books that students can vote on:
Picture Book of the Year
Chapter Book of the Year
Narritive Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Sports

Track and Field

UnknownOur students have been working hard and attending practises.  The athletes are excited for the upcoming mini meets taking place at the South Surrey Athletic Park.  If your child is attending the mini meet please ensure he/she is dressed appropriately for the weather.  Students need to bring water, sunblock (to reapply), hat, and snacks (in case the event runs long).  Parents please be available for pick up between 4 – 6 pm.

Grade 5 Basketball Team

bballMr. Henderson put together a boys basketball team for our grade 5’s.  The boys practised for a tournament that was being held at Rosemary Heights.  We are proud to announce that our boys finished in first place!  Well done.

Ultimate

ultimate_frisbee_glovesOur Ultimate team has their playday on May 3rd at the South Surrey Athletic Park.  More information will be provided in a notice to parents next week.  Thank you to Mr. Unruh for coaching the team.

Parent Consultation Grandview Heights Secondary

April 16 , 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you likely know, construction of Grandview Heights Secondary  at 16988 25th  Ave. is underway and it is expected to be ready for students in September  2020 .

Along with students, staff and parents, the Surrey Board of Education is excited about having this new school to soon address the overcrowding at secondary schools in White Rock and South Surrey, and most specifically Earl Marriott S econdary.

The board once again thanks the student and parent groups for their patience, as well as assistance and lobbying support for the new school. Besides the physical construction, there is also the opportunity for building a new community; the staff, students and families who will determine and define the culture and character of the school; even down to the school colours and mascot.

Community building begins with working together to establish catchment boundaries for the new school. Parents and students from the secondary schools, as well as feeder elementary schools,  all have a voice. The district is coordinating a consultation process in late April and mid- May so you can easily contribute your views and
suggestions.

In the last week of April, please watch for further information being sent home with students. New information will also be posted to PlaceSpeak, an online public consultation platform where parents can leave feedback on the proposed catchment boundaries. Visit placespeak.com/sd36capitalplan in the coming weeks for more details.

In addition, a series of evening forums will be held in mid‐ May for South Surrey-White Rock  school communities to share ideas about potential boundary changes. Each forum runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• April 30 at Earl Marriott:

• May 14 at Earl Marriott:

• May 15 at Elgin Park:

• May 16 at Semiahmoo:

School community families are encouraged to attend the specific evening for their own school in order to balance forum attendance numbers for each meeting. However, as the information presented at each forum will be the same, if you cannot attend on your evening, you’re welcome to attend when it better suits you.

The consultation concludes June 15.  Community contributions and comments will be summarized by staff in a report to the superintendent and a recommendation for new school boundaries will go to the board in the fall.

Surrey Schools looks forward to hearing from you!

April 10th, 2018

Important-datesImportant Dates

April 13                    Cookie Dough Fundraiser Forms due to office
April 13                    Freezie Friday
April 17                    Dress Rehearsal for Talent Show
April 18                   Class and Panorama Pictures
April 19                   Talent Show 12:45 pm (new time)
April 19                   Parent Appreciation Tea 2 pm
April 24                   PAC meeting 6:30 pm in the library
April 26                   Theme Day: TBD
April 27                   We Walk for Water-Students raising awareness & funds
May 3                       Track&Field Mini Meet @ South Surrey Athletic Park
May 4                       Pro D – classes not in session
May 21                     Victoria Day Holiday
May 22                     Track&Field Mini Meet @ South Surrey Athletic Park
May 24                    Theme Day: TBD
May 28                    Pro D – classes not in session
May 31                   District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park

 

 

Chocolate-Chunk-Cookie-Dough-FundraiserCookie Dough Fundraiser

Thank you to all of you who have been asking friends, family, co-workers, and neighbours to purchase cookie dough for our Spring fundraiser. With our growing school populations we need to purchase items for our coding club, PE department, and we need to replace and purchase technology. All fundraising efforts are greatly appreciated.

This is the final week of fundraising.  All forms are due to the office on Thursday, April 12th.

Please be sure to fill out the forms completely and correctly. All order forms and money must be turned in no later than April 12th. The delivery will be in early May.  We will have the exact pick up date by early next week.  Cheques should be payable to Pacific Heights Elementary. Please do not add any taxes to the prices as taxes are already included.

We have also added special prizes for your hard work:

  • When you sell 5 boxes of cookies you will be entered into the draw for a $10 Menchies gift card. There will be 10 draws. Earn an extra entree for every 5 cards sold. So the more you sell the more chances you have to win.
  • The top three Sellers will also win a gift card- you can choose your gift card from either Chapters, Sport Check or Mastermind Toys:
  • 1st Place $100
  • 2nd Place $50
  • 3rd & 4th place $25
  • The top Classroom in sales will win a pizza party

talentTalent Show

Students selected to perform at this years Talent Show are busy preparing.  The Talent Show will be longer this year than in years past.  We will have a dress rehearsal for the show on Tuesday, April 17th at 12:45 pm.  The primary students (grades kindergarten – grade 3) will be the audience.  This allows the primary students to have the needed breaks for stretching without worrying about disrupting an adult audience.   The Talent Show on Thursday April 19th at 12:45 pm (new time to accommodate the number of performances) will have our intermediate students and parents as a an audience (no primary classes).

thanksvolunteers3[1]Parent Appreciation Tea

You are invited to Parent Appreciation Tea that is being held in the gymnasium immediately after the Talent Show ends (approximately 2 pm).  We would like to say a big “Thank You” for everything you have done this year (volunteering on field trips and in the classroom, helping fundraise,  volunteering your time for school events, and the list goes on).  Please try to attend and enjoy some cake and tea.

UnknownTrack and Field Season

Track and Field will begin at Pacific Heights this month and is open to all students in grades 3 to 7. Students interesting in joining the track and field team must review the practice schedule with their parents/guardians. If your child would like to be participate, please have your child ask for a permission slip from the school office.

Practices will supervised by Pacific Heights teachers, and will be held on school grounds either before school, during the lunch break, or after school. All practices will commence the week of April 9, 2018. Please see the schedule below for when practices will be held for each event. Students are encouraged to participate in all events, but may choose to only participate in the events they are most interested in.

There will be two mini meets on May 3 and May 22 starting at 1:30 pm at the South Surrey Athletic Park. These two meets are open to all track and field participants, provided they are attending practices regularly, and demonstrating good sportsmanship and respect for coaches and teammates. Permission slips and driver forms will be sent out two weeks prior to each meet, but please mark these dates on your calendar.

Another date to be aware of is May 31, when our school will compete at the District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park. For this meet, students will be selected by coaches to attend to represent our school for each of the events. Selection will be based on performance, attendance at practices, sportsmanship, and behavior.

  MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
BEFORE SCHOOL

7:55-8:20am

 

 

High Jump

Mrs. Holmes

Meet in gym

Triple Jump

Mrs. Darby

Meet at sand pit

High Jump

Mrs. Holmes

Meet in gym

LUNCH BREAK

11:40-12:10pm

 

 

Shot Put

Mr. Henderson

Meet on hill

Sprints & Relays

Mrs. Dhadda/Mrs. Song

Meet on field

Sprints & Relays

Mrs. Dhadda/Mrs. Song

Meet on field

AFTER SCHOOL

2:40-3:05pm

 

 

Long Distance

Mrs. Darby

Meet at front of school.

Discus Gr. 5-7 only

Mr. Henderson

Meet on field

Long Jump Grades 3/4

Mrs. Beale/Mrs. Chamberlayne

Meet at sand pit

Long Distance

Mrs. Darby

Meet at front of school.

Long Jump Grades 5/6/7

Mrs. Beale/Mrs. Chamberlayne

Meet at sand pit

Kindest Regards,

Mrs. Darby and all Track and Field Coaches

Dogs on School Property

We appreciate that dogs are important and loved members of some of our families. We understand many of our families walk to school and this is a good time to take advantage of the morning or afternoon walk to school to exercise their dogs.  However, the school district policy is that dogs are not allowed on school property (unless they are therapy dogs).   Also, please do not tie your dog, unattended, to fences or other objects as you enter school property.  We have young students who are afraid of dogs and therefore afraid to walk past an unattended dog that a is tied to a fence or post.

imagesGaGa Ball

You may have noticed the orange fencing that has gone up by our intermediate playground where the SpaceNet is.  This is the initial prep work for our GaGa Ball court.  Many of you have asked, what is GaGa Ball? GaGa (or Gaga) Ball gets its name from the Israeli word for “hit” – ga – and originated in Israel. Therefore, GaGa Ball means “Hit, Hit Ball.” A fun and active game, GaGa is played with a ball and any number of players in an enclosed space. The object of the game is for players to use their hands to hit the other players with the ball, while avoiding being hit themselves. Players are eliminated if they are hit by the ball.

How to Play GaGa Ball

  1. The game begins when a chosen player holds the ball and yells, “Ga!”  The other players response with “Ga!” to indicate they are ready.  Then the ball is thrown against the side of the playing area or pin the air.  When the ball bounces once, it is considered “live” and play begins
  2. Players hit the ball at the other players while using their hands to block. If a player is hit, or just touched by the ball, they are out.
  3. If a player “double hits” the ball, they are out. The ball may be hit twice by the same player if it bounces off the ball between the two hits. Just touching the ball counts as a hit.
  4. Players removed from the game stand still on the sides or in the corners of the play area. They are treated as walls when balls bounce off them during play.
  5. Continue removing eliminated players, until only two players remain. These two players have a showdown to see who wins the game. Holding the ball is still not allowed, although the final two players may touch the ball three times in a row.

March 3, 2018

dont-forgetImportant Dates

March 5              Multicultural Day
March 9             Reading Link Challenge 1pm
March 6 – 9       Talent Show Auditions
March 7             Cookie Fundraiser begins
March 8           We Bake for Change – Cupcake Sale
March 12         Communicating student learning reports (FreshGrade or PDF copy)
March 15        Theme Day: Green Day
March 19-30    Spring Break
April 2              Easter Monday
April 5             Early Dismissal 1:25pm- Student Led conferences
April 3              Classes back in session
April 13            Cookie Fundraisers are due to the office
April 18            Class and Panorama Photos
April 19            Talent Show
April 19            Parent Appreciation Tea
April 24            PAC meeting at 6 pm
April 26            Theme Day: TBD
May 2               ArtStarts performance: SAM2 by Scrap Arts Music
May 4               Pro D – classes not in session

Kindness Counts: Paying it Forward

bookmarksWe have amazing students at Pacific Heights who are doing all they can to make the world a better place. Two of these students are Anjili and Olivia (grade 3).  During one of their play dates Olivia was telling Anjili about how she drew and sold her artwork to neighbours.  She did this to help the families who were impacted by the forest fires this summer.  From this conversation the girls became inspired and decided to fundraise money for cancer research.

Both girls came to speak to Ms. Chohan one day at school with a plan.  They wanted to sell bookmarks and all proceeds would go to cancer research.  The girls were thoroughly organized with order forms and they went to each class in the school to talk about their fundraiser.  The girls demonstrated commitment and passion as they spent at least three weekends and many days after school making bookmarks.  The girls raised $300!  Thank you Anjili and Olivia –  your efforts are changing the world.

IMG_0140Ammar Khan is a grade 7 student who is an active participant on the Leadership Team.  He became inspired after attending the ME to WE Day at Rogers Arena.  So inspired he read the book, “Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World”.  After reading the book, Ammar realized that people go through tough situations.  He started noticing how many people go hungry and the help that is needed at shelters.  When driving in a heated car with plenty of snacks he noticed the homeless needing food, shelter, and warmth.  So he decided to do something about it.  He went around his neighbourhood and collected canned food for the Sources Food Bank in South Surrey.

Ammar says he can’t put into words the feeling he had donating the food but he definitely realized that “getting something – you feel good, but giving something – you feel even better”.  At the same time he realized there is so much more to do.  He is going to keep up his efforts because he has seen the ripple effect.  One of his neighbours saw what Ammar did and also decided to do a food drive.  Thank you Ammar, your efforts will most definitely contribute to making the world a kinder place. 

Basketball News

A huge shoutout to our Girls Basketball team for winning the play day!  The girls demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and teamwork.  They were on the court encouraging each other, making sure everyone on the team got a basket.  We are so proud of them.

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3_point_shootoutWe did not have a boys basketball team this year but instead had boys basketball intramurals.  The boys did participate in a play day and did well.  The highlight of the boys play day was Armaan Binpal – he won the 3 point shooting contest!  Well done, Armaan.

A big thank you to our coaches for giving up their lunch hours, coming to early morning practises, and travelling to other schools after school for games.  Our coaches and kept team spirit with player development as the focus. Thank you to Kul Chong (parent coach for the girls team), Mr. Henderson and Ms. Beale.

Gourmet Cookie Dough Fundraiser

prod-cookiedoughThis Spring we have decided to do a quick and easy fundraiser to raise money to support our student learning programs. With our growing school populations we need to purchase items for our coding club, PE department, and we need to replace and purchase technology. We would like to have another laptop cart so our intermediate classes have more opportunity to use laptops for research and other projects.  We would also like to have at least 3 iPads in each classroom that are available for student use. We are hoping that you and your family participate so we can make this fundraiser a collective success. This fundraiser will require some effort but should be very easy.

The fundraiser is the Gourmet Cookie Dough Fundraiser. The cookies are made by the same company that makes Subway cookies. The cookies are very convenient as they come frozen and pre portioned. The cookies can go right from the freezer to the oven – no thawing, scooping or clean up. There are 36 pre portioned cookies in a box and there are 6 flavors to choose from that you will sell for $17.00 per box. We also have a Variety Muffin tray! Each Tray has 15 Large 4 oz muffins, which you just thaw and serve. Each Muffin comes individually plastic wrapped making it perfect for lunches. Each tray sells for $20.

In order to make this a successful fundraiser, we are hoping each student/family can sell 10 boxes of cookies. Please start thinking of 5 people that you know and ask them to support our school by purchasing 2 boxes. You can sell as many as you wish but with minimal effort 10 boxes should be easy.

The order form you will receive on March 7th is  simple and easy to use. Please be sure to fill out the forms completely and correctly. All order forms and money must be turned in no later than April 12th. The delivery will be in early May. Cheques should be payable to Pacific Heights Elementary. Please do not add any taxes to the prices as taxes are already included.

We have also added special prizes for your hard work:

  • When you sell 5 boxes of cookies you will be entered into the draw for a $10 Menchies gift card. There will be 10 draws. Earn an extra entree for every 5 cards sold. So the more you sell the more chances you have to win.
  • The top three Sellers will also win a gift card- you can choose your gift card from either Chapters, Sport Check or Mastermind Toys:
  • 1st Place $100
  • 2nd Place $50
  • 3rd & 4th place $25
  • The top Classroom in sales will win a pizza party

PH Kids Got Talent!

talentThe Talent Show will take place after Spring Break on April 19th at 1 pm.

Talent show auditions will take place March 6 – 9th during the lunch hour in the Multipurpose Room.  Students are encouraged to think outside the box when thinking about a performance.  In the past we have had students perform comedy acts, dancing, singing, martial arts, and gymnastics.
Audition Schedule:
March 6 – Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
March 7 – Grade 3, Grade 4
March 8 – Grade 5, Grade 6
March 9 – Grade 7

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

We Bake for Change

Kenya and Water

waterThis year our leadership team has decided to support Kenya.  Our goal is to raise money so villages in Kenya have access to clean water and sanitation.  Clean water helps remove barriers to education by reducing illness and allowing girls to go to school instead of spending hours each day fetching their family’s water – often from contaminated sources.  Click here to learn more.

we bakeOur first big fundraiser this year is “We Bake for Change”. Student leaders will be baking cupcakes and selling them for a $2.00 on Thursday, March 8th.   Students are only allowed to purchase one cupcake.  If your child would like to purchase a cupcake please send $2 with your child to give to his/her classroom teacher.  If we have extra cupcakes left over, then they will be sold after school; parents can purchase for their children or themselves.

Local Impacts

  1.  Our leadership team is also helping our local community.  We have already supported our local food bank with our “We Scare Hunger” campaign.  Our school community collected 517 non perishable food items.
  2. Our student leaders put together winter hampers for families in need during the winter break.  The students went out shopping and purchased clothing and toys for the children of 4 different families.  It felt so good to give during the holiday season!
  3. We collected warm, clean blankets  to provide some respite from the cold for people who are forced to live out on the streets.