September 18th, 2018

don't forgetImportant Dates

September 18               Terry Fox Run (after lunch)
September 18               Cross Country Meet @ Crescent Park 3 pm
September 18               Meet the Teacher 6-7 pm
September 21               Individual Photo Day
September 24               Pro D (classes not in session)
September 25               Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park 3 pm
September 25               Scholastic Book Fair starts after school
October 2                      Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park 3 pm
October 3                      Early Dismissal @ 1:27 pm
October 5                      Harvest Day
October 8                     Thanksgiving Holiday
October 9                     Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park 3 pm

Parking Lot Safety

safety-awareness-clipart-1With more students attending our school this year ( we have gone up four divisions) we have noticed an increase in parking lot safety along with safety issues on 26th Avenue as parents are parking to drop of students.

If you are parking on 26th Avenue please be sure to follow bylaws as you find parking.  We have placed cones on the street to indicate the area you cannot park as it obstructs the crosswalk where students cross.  Student safety is our primary concern.  Please do not drop your children off in the street!  Park your car in a legitimate parking spot and then let your child out of the vehicle.

Our parking lot is very congested during drop off and pick up times –  we all need to work together so students are SAFE.  Here are some simple guidelines to follow:

  • the roundabout is for single lane traffic only (there is no parking or idling in the roundabout)
  • Please stop and drop off your child on the outside of the roundabout, so your child gets out of the car safely onto the sidewalk (not onto the roundabout road where cars are circling)
  • Please park in the visitor parking if you have to (not in the roundabout or in the vehicle lane coming into the school)
  • Pedestrians have the right of way
  • If you find the roundabout area stressful, please park your car down the street and walk your child to the school
  • drive slowly
  • PLEASE DEMONSTRATE KINDNESS

cross countryCross Country Season

Cross Country season is underway.  A big thank you to our coaches Ms. Banbury and Ms. Beale for organizing.  Cross Country is for all interested students in Grades 3-7.

Practises are on Monday at 2:45 pm and Thursday at 8 am

Meets are at Crescent Park Elementary on:
September 18
September 25
October 2
October 9
October 16

116139Flossing Contest

All parents have been witness to children flossing.  Not the traditonal flossing that the dentist recommends to prevent cavities, but instead the flossing that became famous by the Backpack Kid who posted the viral move on his Instagram page.  After watching so many of our students doing the floss, we decided to have some fun with it – we are having a contest with the following categories:giphy

Best Class Floss
Fastest Flosser
Most Creative Floss
Best Family Floss
Funniest Floss
Best Floss done by school staff

Contest Rules:

  1. You may enter the contest as an individual or group.
  2. In order to enter the contest you must have your consent form signed so we can post your flossing entry on our school Instagram account.
  3. If you are a group entry then all members of the group must have media consent forms signed.
  4. All entries will be posted on our IG account
  5. Have FUN!

Winners of each category will get a PIZZA PARTY.  

Contest closes October 12th, 2018

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

September 5th, 2018

Principal’s Message

Our school staff extends a warm welcome back to school to all of the students and families in our community.  I hope everyone had a great summer holiday and you all are ready to step into the learning routines these fall and winter months will bring. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you.  If you are new to our school community please take minute to introduce yourself to me when I’m out on supervision in the morning and after school. This year promises to be full of great learning opportunities!

Sincerely,

Ms. Chohan

Class Placements

kids learnThis week the students in grades 1 through to 7 have been placed in mixed groupings.  The students have the opportunity to get to know the teachers that will be teaching their grade level.  The mixed groupings also give teachers a chance to get to know all the students in their grade level and allows them to work collaboratively with each other to develop classes.  We should have students in their permanent classes by the end of the day on Friday or by the very beginning of the second week at the latest.

When students are placed in classes, the factors listed below are taken into consideration.  As each class situation is different, the factors are not in order of importance.

  • Student intellectual, social and emotional development
  • Learning styles and strengths of students
  • Degree of independence
  • Social compatibility- based on past experience, some students may not be placed in the same class as they experience difficulties together, while other students may be placed together because they work well together.
  • Gender balance- attempts are made to form classes with equal number of boys and girls
  • Behaviour – students requiring behavioural support are placed in classes that best meet their needs
  • Maintaining appropriate teacher-student ratios

I have had many parents email or come into the school to discuss their child’s placement for this school year.  If the requests are for educational reasons (listed above) we try to honour them if possible.

EduPac and Student Agendas

suppliesIf you ordered school supplies through EduPac then your child will receive the supplies once classes have been set.  All supply lists are found on our school website.

All students in Grades 1-7 are expected to purchase a planner for $2.  The planner contains important information for parents.  The agendas will be distributed by classroom teachers next week.

put-this-on-your-calendarImportant Dates

PAC meeting                                               September 17 at 6 pm
Terry Fox Run                                            September 18
Meet the Teacher                                       September 18 at 6 pm
Individual Photo Day                                September 21
Non-Instructional Day                              September 24
Book Fair starts (after school)                 September 25
Orange Shirt Day                                        September 28

June 28, 2018

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

As our school year comes to a close today we have much to celebrate and happy memories to reflect upon. Our students enjoyed a successful year of learning. Students continued to follow their passions in academics, sports, music, sewing, coding, and so much more.

Thank you to our parent community for the hours you have put in volunteering, chaperoning, helping with hot lunch, organizing, donating, helping your child with reading and school projects…and so much more. Special thanks to our PAC who went above and beyond to provide support for student learning, and to add to a rich school experience for all of our students.

In September we will have a Vice Principal!  I would like to welcome Mr. Loosemoore to the Pacific Heights community.  I would also like to welcome our new staff members: Ms. Gill, Ms. Rawlyns, Ms. Fadum, Ms. Champion, and Ms. Burrell.

I would like to wish you all a great summer break. I look forward to welcoming you back for another exciting school year.

Sincerely,

Ms. Chohan

Class Placements

The first week of school is a busy week as we are getting to know our students.  The students will be working in their grade groups, providing them the opportunity to work with different teachers and peers. These interactions will help teachers determine class placements and go over class/school routines.  We are thoughtful and deliberate as we review the educational and social emotional needs of each child as we make our class lists.  The most suitable placement your child based on the following criteria:

  • Student intellectual, social and emotional development
  • Learning styles and strengths of students
  • Degree of independence
  • Social compatibility
  • Gender balance
  • Maintaining appropriate teacher-student ratios

In the first week of school we are figuring out our class configurations as things change regarding enrolment numbers.  For this reason, we are unable to concretely answer which teacher is teaching which grade.  However, we can tell you that we have 21 divisions for September, and we can tell you which teachers are teaching primary classes  and which teachers are teaching intermediate classes:

Primary Teachers:
Ms. Andrews
Ms. Horvat
Ms. Tavares
Ms. Gill
Ms. Beare
Ms. Rawlyns
Ms. McIntyre
Ms. Hall
Ms. Fadum
Ms. Darby
Ms. Beale
*TBA – Ms. Shears has accepted a position in Langley

Intermediate Teachers:
Ms. Banbury
Ms. Burrell
Ms. Champion
Ms. Chamberlayne
Ms. Holmes
Mr. Loosemoore
Mr. Henderson
Mr. Unruh
Ms. Song

Portables and Construction

Many of you have asked how many portables we are getting for the 2018-19 school year. At the moment, we will have three portables added.  Two portables will be placed next to the portables on the intermediate playground.  The other portable will be in the parent parking lot behind Ms. Chamberlayne’s portable.  The portable will have barriers around it, so that students are safe and are not in the parking lot.  Furthermore, this will change our parking situation. The current parent parking lot, will be the teacher parking lot.  The current teacher parking lot will become the parent parking lot.  We will have more information for you by the first week of September.

Construction vehicles used for the addition will not be accessing the site through the roundabout.  Instead there is a back road being built behind the school.  Construction will start in July.  More information about student play zones will be provided by the first week of September.

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.