Important Boundary Consultation Update

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February 13, 2020

Dear Parents or Guardians,

 

Important Boundary Consultation Update

 

The South Surrey-White Rock area of the school district continues to experience rapid growth predominantly due to new building developments and Neighbourhood Concept Plan (NCP) approvals.

As such, the district has worked with the Ministry of Education to secure two new elementary schools that are under construction (Site 180, 17325 2nd Ave., and Site 206, 16666 23rd Ave.), and an additional elementary school (Site 207, 1960 164A St.) is expected to have Ministry approval soon.

To prepare for the opening of the new schools, new catchment boundaries need to be established for the region and include the existing catchments of East Kensington, Hall’s Prairie, Morgan, Pacific Heights, Rosemary Heights and Sunnyside Elementary schools.

The district’s Programming and Facilities Planning Committee (PFP) reviewed and refined five boundary and program location options and presented the options during a community engagement process in the fall of 2019. More than 150 parents, students and staff participated in this consultation. Thank you to all those who came out to the public forums, completed the survey, sent emails to the District and shared their opinions. We appreciate your feedback which has helped shape our direction.

To manage anticipated growth across the region, consideration must be given to capitalizing on the existing and projected space to balance enrolment primarily on the east side of Highway 99. The options considered the magnitude of the growth and overcrowding in the region. During the consultation process, there were many opposing community desires that were identified in the community forums, online surveys and emails. Staff considered community feedback, and, will be implementing the following changes:

Effective January 2021 (or upon inception of instruction of Site 180):

  • Existing Hall’s Prairie students will move to Site 180 in January 2021 or earlier, if construction timelines are advanced. Students that currently attend Hall’s Prairie that are out of catchment will have the option of continuing to Site 180 or returning to their neighbourhood catchment schools.
  • The Montessori Program, currently at Sunnyside Elementary will move to Site 180 in January 2021 or earlier, if construction timelines are advanced. Students in the Montessori program that are out of catchment will have the option of continuing to Site 180 or returning to their neighbourhood catchment schools. Only students in the Montessori program that are also residents in the newly defined Sunnyside catchment area will have the option of remaining at Sunnyside.
  • East Kensington will continue to host the environmental theme-based EKOLogy program and will expand, starting with grade 5 next year.
  • Students who reside in the current East Kensington catchment will be redistributed to Pacific Heights, Site 206 or Site 180 dependent on address. The catchment for the EKOLogy program will be district-wide.
  • Hall’s Prairie will continue to host education programing, and staff will work with the Board to determine optimal programming supporting the district and community.

Effective September 2021 (or upon inception of instruction of Site 206):

  • A phased transition will occur for boundary realignments for Rosemary Heights, Morgan and the northern portion of Sunnyside and will impact all new students residing in these areas, effective September 2021.

 

  • All students currently in the Pacific Heights and Sunnyside catchment that are captured in the new Site 206 catchment will report to their new school. This will be an immediate move for all students K – 7 (if September 2021) or K – 6 (if Spring 2021).

The Surrey Board of Education received staff’s report at the Public Board Meeting on Feb 12th and have had many opportunities for input and guidance as we have proceeded consistent with the Board’s direction for the district.

We wish to extend our thanks to the community and stakeholders for your input and participation in these consultations and we look forward to opening new schools and to supporting our programs in South Surrey/White Rock. We also look forward to continuing to plan for further expansion in Dart’s Hill and Redwood Heights in our long range planning.

More details regarding the catchment boundary options, public consultation, and the Report to the Board of Education can be found at bit.ly/sd36consultations.

Click on the link below for the map of boundary changes:

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Sincerely,

Lynda Reeve
Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Surrey Schools – Superintendent’s Department 14033 92nd Avenue, Surrey, B.C. V3V 0B7 Tel: (604) 595-6308 Fax: (604) 595-6309 http://www.surreyschools.ca

February 11, 2020

reminderImportant Dates

February 17                   Family Day Holiday (classes not in session)
February 18                    WE Bake for Change
February 19                    Canadathon Game Show
February 20                    Theme Day: Twin Day
February 21                   Pro D (classes not in session)
February 26                    Pink Shirt Day
March 5                           Reading Link Challenge (am)
March 9                           CSL reports to go home this week
March 9                           Variety Show Auditions
March 11                         Early Dismissal 1:27 pm Student Led Conferences
March 12                          Theme Day (TBD)
March 13                          Last day of classes before Spring Break

South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Current BoundariesCatchment Boundary Consultations for the South Surrey White Rock Region

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and participated in the catchment boundary consultations for Site 180, East Kensington, Hall’s Prairie, Morgan, Pacific Heights, Rosemary Heights, and Sunnyside.

We had approximately 150 people respond from the region and the district is ready to present the feedback and the final report to the board.  As such, the Catchment Boundary Report is on the agenda for the Surrey Board of Education Public Meeting on February 12th, 2020.   Following that meeting , information regarding catchment boundary decisions will be shared with the school community.

Coronavirus

The Ministry of Education has circulated updated information in response to the coronavirus.  Please click here to read the public document from the Provincial Health officer.

downloadFostering Mathematics at Home

Last evening, many families enjoyed participating in our first ever, Pacific Heights Family Math evening. It was a wonderful to see so much enthusiasm for math.

We began in the gym, engaging in a couple Number Routines. A favourite is “Which One Doesn’t Belong?” Take a look at the images below with your child. Consider the question, “Which One Doesn’t Belong?” There is no one correct answer. Instead, listen to your child’s ability to reason and explain their thinking.

Beyond the games shared last evening, there are many ways parents can support their child(s) mathematical learning, as well as foster a positive disposition towards the subject. These could include:

Indoors you can:

  • Play cards, dice or board games.
  • Complete dot-to-dot puzzles
  • Complete puzzles
  • Use playdough to build and make shapes
  • Estimate quantities of items in your house
  • Bake and discuss the different measurements involved
  • Sort laundry together by matching pairs of socks and/or folding towels in halves.
  • Go on a treasure hunt. Draw a map. Use directional clues such as over, under, above, below, next to and beside.
  • Talk about patterns in songs
  • Visit the library and ask the librarian to point you towards some children’s literature that is math related

Outdoors, you can:

  • Play sports and discuss timing and positioning
  • Measure the distance you can kick a soccer ball, throw a baseball, toss a Frisbee.
  • Count how many times you can skip a rope.
  • Estimate how many steps to your neighbours house, the park, or the school.
  • Draw shapes on the sidewalk.
  • Run a lemonade stand.
  • Look for shapes in clouds.
  • Estimate how many scoops of sand, leaves, or rocks will fill a container.

Additionally, some great Numeracy Websites with resources include:
https://www.mathanywhere.org/
This site has many ideas to support and build positive math experiences outside of school.

https://www.youcubed.org/resource/parent-resources/
This site is based out of Stanford Graduate School of Education. It provides several articles/podcasts for parents with suggestions on how to support Mathematical learning at home.

www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/LearnPtnrs/math.html
This website is called “Learning Partners – Let’s Do Math” and is full of games and activities to do at home within everyday activities.

www.mathbrain.com
Includes games such as Math Baseball. This site allows you to select a game by age level.

https://talkingmathwithkids.com/
This website is written by a teacher and curriculum developer. He shares practical ways for families to engage in math talk with children.

chocolate-cupcakes-recipeWE Bake for Change

Every year our school supports a foundation called ME to WE. The WE foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1995 that is set to make places better in a variety of ways. They come together and tackle major problems in undeveloped countries, trying, bit by bit to make the world a better place. They focus on 5 different pillars which are water, food, health, opportunity and education. This year our leadership team is focussing on pillar of water to raise money for India.

Up to date our Student Leaders have participated in the following:
We Scare Hunger – to help our local food bank feed families in need
Sock Drive – to help keep the homeless warm during these cold months

Our next two fundraisers will be:
We Bake for Change – to raise awareness and money for water in undeveloped countries
WE Walk for Water – to raise money and awareness for water in undeveloped countries

On Tuesday, February 18th we will be selling cupcakes for $2.  All proceeds will go to the ME to WE foundation towards providing better water supply in India. Children in countries like India, cannot go to school because they need to fetch water for the family from a water source that is far from home (sometimes more than 10 km away) and most times the water source is contaminated.

January 19, 2020

don't forgetImportant Dates

January 20              Maker Faire Intermediate (making day)
January 21              Maker Faire viewing for parents 1:30-2:27
January 22                PAC meeting at 6 pm
January 23                Crazy Hat & Sock Day
January 27                Maker Faire Primary (making day)
January 28                Maker Faire Primary (viewing day)
February 3-7               Canadathon Testing Week
February 17                Family Day Holiday
February 19                Canadathon Game Show
February 20                Theme Day
February 21                Pro D
February 26                Pink Shirt Day

imagesWarm Socks and Happy Hearts

Our Grade 7 Leadership Team has decided to do a sock drive for the homeless in Surrey. You might be wondering, why socks?  Well people in a homeless shelter don’t usually have enough warm socks.  In these cold winter months, a person who does not have a warm shelter will very quickly have very cold feet.

Homelessness is a very large problem in Surrey.  In 2017 the Metro Vancouver homeless count identified 602 homeless individual in Surrey.  Of these, 399 were sheltered.  The percentage of homeless people in Surrey rises every year.  Why or how does homelessness happen – for a variety of reasons:

  • A single mom who loses a job
  • Facing the loss of a rental home to development pressures
  • A senior living on a limited pension after the loss of a spouce
  • A citizen who suffers a work accident and can no longer work
  • Chronic medical issues and disabilities limiting the work an individual can do
  • Brain injuries
  • Refugees fleeing violence
  • Addiction

Click here for more facts.

We will accept only new socks that are adult size.  Grey and white crew socks would be the best type and colour.  Our school goal is to collect 250 pairs of warm socks for the homeless shelter. Let’s pay it forward as we start 2020 – please donate.

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Written by Kaelyn Bassi and Ms. Chohan

screen-shot-2013-02-22-at-14-29-35Maker Faire

One of the most fun and exciting events is our Maker Faire.  Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.  All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and share what they have learned. It’s a chance for students to show others an area they are really interested in. It can be anything from making robots, exploding volcanoes to doll dresses. If you can make it with your hands and it’s something original, then it fits in Maker Faire.

Intermediate Maker Faire – TOMORROW JANUARY 20
Monday, January 20:  students will be given the opportunity to create their project. Please ensure your child has the supplies he/she needs to build his/her project.
Tuesday, January 21: students will be displaying their work in the gym. Parent viewing will be from 1:30 – 2:27 pm.  Students will start cleaning up at 2:15 pm.

Primary Maker Faire
Monday, January 27: Students will be creating their projects. Please ensure your child has the supplies he/she needs to build his/her project.
Tuesday, January 28: Parent viewing from 1:30 – 2:27 pm. Please pick up your child from his/her classroom between 1:30 – 2:27 pm (use the outside door) to take him/her to the gym to view projects.

downloadCanadathon:

Every year we have our Canadathon fundraiser in the month of January.  Money raised goes towards classroom supplies such as books and field studies.  Students are given a study sheet that outlines the questions they are to “study” according to the grade the student is in.  Students collect pledges from parents and family members.  Once the Canadathon test is marked, the students collect the pledge money they are owed.  The intermediate students have more pop culture type of questions compared to the primary students.

Our Canadathon game show was a big success last year so we will be doing it again. A very fun addition has been added to the Canadathon – we will be having a game show with top scorers from the intermediate classes.

How do you become a contestant?
The top scorers from each intermediate class will be writing a final quiz (10-15 questions) in the week of February 10th.  There will be 6-8 teams with 4 players on each team – a student from each grade level from grades 4-7 will be on each team.  The game show format used will be Kahoot.  Ms. Chohan and Ms. Barker will work with the teams on how to study for the Canadathon test.

Who is in the audience?
Only intermediate students will be allowed to the watch game show as primary students will quickly become bored with the questions and they will not be able to read the questions on the screen.  The tickets to watch the game show are $2 each.  Students will purchase tickets from their classroom teacher in the week of February 10th.

The plan is that in each grade group one teacher will go to the Canadathon with the students who paid and the other teacher will stay in the classroom with the students who did not pay.

Family Math Night Postponed

January 14, 2020

Due to the unpredictable weather conditions and the potential for snow both this evening and tomorrow evening, our Family Math Night that was schedule to be tomorrow evening (January 15th) is being postponed.  We will be rescheduling to a later date and will notify you of the new date early next week.

Sincerely,

Ms. Chohan
Principal

January 13, 2020

reminderUpcoming Events

January 13                  Kindergarten Registration for 2020/21 School year opens
January 15                  Family Math Night 6 – 7 pm
January 20                  Maker Faire Intermediate (making day)
January 21                  Maker Faire Intermediate (viewing day)
January 22                  PAC meeting at 6 pm
January 23                  Theme Day: Crazy Hat & Sock Day
January 27                  Maker Faire Primary (making day)
January 28                  Maker Faire Primary (viewing day)
February 3-7               Canadathon Testing Week
February 17                  Family Day Holiday
February 20                  Theme Day
February 21                  Pro D
February 26                  Pink Shirt Day

spotlightLearning Spotlight

This Learning Spotlight focuses on Ms.Song’s Grade 7 Social Studies. The class is constructing landscapes of Ancient Civilizations, each with unique terrain and dynamic biomes. Students are also required to write about the tools used for survival and to dig deeper to how their civilization succeeded. In this video, Damian and Theo will be interviewed about their project.

Pictured below is Gabe Margallo, Dante Ryan and Nishan Dhaliwal. They have made a landscape of Ancient Persia.

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family math nightMath Night

It is with excitement that we share news about an upcoming MATH NIGHT that will be happening on January 15th from 6-7 pm

All families are invited to participate in an evening engaging in Math games together with your child.  We hope this night will provide you with knowledge about foundational mathematical concepts taught at your child’s grade level, as well as practical ways you can support your child’s math development at home.  Literacy and numeracy are the pillars of our revised curriculum.  Similar to nightly reading at home, there are many interactive ways you can work with your children to help develop mathematical understanding as well as a positive disposition toward the subject.

k regKindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration opens January 13, 2020.  Children who turn five before January 1st, 2021 are eligible to begin school in September 2020.

PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS UPON REGISTRATION AT THE SCHOOL:
In-person registration is required. The following documents are required at the school when registering:

  1. Proof of birth date for the student (birth certificate or passport).
  2. Proof of guardianship (as shown on child’s birth certificate, or other appropriate legal documentation such as landedimmigrant document or guardianship order).
  3. Proof of Citizenship for both the parent and student (Canadian Birth Certificate, Citizenship Card, Passport, LandedImmigrant Document, Permanent Resident Card, Enhanced Driver’s License or Enhanced Identification Card).
  4. Proof of residence (e.g., ordinarily resident) of parent/guardian in BC:
    a. Three pieces of identification showing the address of residence (purchase or rental agreement, utility bill, driver’s license, etc.)
    b. One of the three pieces above must be government issued in order to complete the registration process (BC driver’s license, BC Services Card, BCID or BC Care Card of parent/legal guardian).

downloadParking Lot Safety

With more students attending our school this year – 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.  Please do not park in No Parking or No Stopping zones.  The City of Surrey Bylaw Department will be enforcing these rules be followed this month.

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  roundabout 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 car
  • 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

December 10, 2019

Upcoming Events

December 13             Winter Breakfast  and Pajama Day
December 17              Early Dismissal 1:27 pm
December 18              Winter Concert 12:45 pm (parent audience – even divisions)
December 19              Winter Concert 12:45 pm (parent audience – odd divisions)
December 18              Theme Day: TBA
December 20              Last day of classes before Winter Break
January 6                    First day back after Winter Break
January 15                  Family Math Night 6 – 7 pm
January 20                  Maker Faire Intermediate (making day)
January 21                  Maker Faire Intermediate (viewing day)
January 27                  Maker Faire Primary (making day)
January 28                  Maker Faire Primary (viewing day)

Winter Pancake Breakfast

stack of delicious looking pancakesOur Winter Breakfast is a fun tradition.  Our breakfast is happening this week on Friday, December 13th. We love seeing students attend the breakfast with their families (parents, siblings, grandparents).  We encourage the whole family to wear their pajama’s.  Tomorrow is the final day to purchase tickets in advance for our Winter Pancake Breakfast. Due to fire safety regulations we need to follow, we are selling tickets to the breakfast.  If you do not purchase a ticket than you will not be able to attend the breakfast.

Please remember to purchase your tickets in the hot lunch section of the PAC website by tomorrow. We also have Santa in the building – he is more than happy to take a selfie with you and your family!

Remember that this day is also a theme day.  Students (and staff) are asked to dress comfortably in their cozy winter pajama’s on this day.

volleyballVolleyball Season

This year, Pacific Heights has 11 boys who came out to represent their school on the volleyball team. The boys showed dedication and cooperation throughout the season, improving their skills as they progressed with early morning and lunchtime practices. The team showed a competitive edge and strong sense of sportsmanship while playing against other schools in the area, losing only 5 sets the entire season. At the Play Day final tournament, the boys battled brilliantly, finishing near the top of their groups. Our season wrapped up with the two Pacific Heights teams battling each other for a third place finish. Congratulations on a great season boys! It was a pleasure to work with you this season.

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Written by Mr. Litt & Ms. Polok

This year, we had 26 dedicated players on the Girls’ Volleyball team. Our girls demonstrated a positive attitude from the very beginning. Whether it was showing up to early morning practices, to leading our warm ups, to setting up and taking down the nets, they did it with a smile on their faces. We are so proud of the many skills they developed throughout the season. They played aggressively against the other schools while maintaining sportsmanship. Our girls were vocal in encouraging one another, often acknowledging each other during practices and games when good plays were made. 8 girls will represent Pacific Heights at their Celebration Play Day on Tuesday, December 10th. No matter what place they come in, we are extremely proud to have coached such an amazing group of girls this year!
Written by: Ms. Song & Ms. Champion

think-social-mediaSocial Media

It is school policy that students are not allowed to have devices out during non instructional time (recess and lunch). Students have been told they are not to film or take pictures unless it is for a classroom activity, FreshGrade, or a Student Leadership task. Recently we have had to deal with many social media issues at school.  In particular, students being unkind to one another on line.  We are doing our best to have our students understand that their digital footprint follows them.  For example, what you say on a group chat, personal chat, and live conversations can be photographed/screenshot and shared.

We recognize the challenges of parenting when it comes to supporting your child in staying safe on line.  Here is a great resources that details some of the most used social media apps and websites.

family math nightMath Night

It is with excitement that we share news about an upcoming MATH NIGHT that will be happening on January 15th from 6-7 pm

All families are invited to participate in an evening engaging in Math games together with your child.  We hope this night will provide you with knowledge about foundational mathematical concepts taught at your child’s grade level, as well as practical ways you can support your child’s math development at home.  Literacy and numeracy are the pillars of our revised curriculum.  Similar to nightly reading at home, there are many interactive ways you can work with your children to help develop mathematical understanding as well as a positive disposition toward the subject.

Keep an eye out for a notice that will be coming home. We would greatly appreciate it, if you could complete the form letting us know if you plan to attend and sending it back to us by Monday, December 16th.

Child Care in B.C. Survey

Child Care in B.C. Survey: Childcare BC invites parents to complete an anonymous survey about child care programs and services offered throughout the province. Please share the survey with the parent community in your schools before January 17.

 

November 19, 2019

reminderImportant Dates

November 21             Crazy Hair and Moustache Day
November 27             Deadline for Christmas Hamper Donations
December 13             Winter Breakfast and Pajama Day
December 17              Early Dismissal 1:27 pm
December 18              Winter Concert 12:45 pm (parent audience – even divisions)
December 19              Winter Concert 12:45 pm (parent audience – odd divisions)
December 18              Theme Day: TBA
December 20              Last day of classes before Winter Break

150Learning Spotlight

The students in Ms. Chamberlayne’s class have been busy making games out of cardboard. This activity was inspired by Caine’s Arcade.  There is much learning as students have been busy working – students are required to plan, design, and problem solve as they build. In building their games, the students put many math concepts (measurement, geometry, fractions, etc.) into use.  Please watch the video that Charlie Zhang made of Marilyn and Jacob, from division 9,  describing their project.

Student Leadership

We Scare Hunger

In the month of October our student leaders were busy counting canned goods our community donated to the Surrey Food Bank.  We collected 1200 food items!  Thank you to all the families who dropped off canned goods – what a great way to pay it forward.

pif-heartgrows-300x264Paying it Forward

As we head into the months of November and December we will continue to focus on paying it forward with more Kindness Counts initiatives. One initiative that we have participated in for years is supporting 2-3 families in the Newton area during Christmas.  Every year we have had parents donate money so our leadership students are able to go out and shop for gifts for the families we are supporting.  Once we know how much money has been donated we can determine how many families we can help.  We spend approximately $100 on each child in the family.  We ask the children we are shopping for to provide us with a list of wants (interests, likes, etc.) and needs (shoes, pajamas, socks, etc.).  From these lists our leadership students determine what they will buy.  The leadership students wrap the gifts themselves and we then have a staff member deliver the gifts to the school.  We are asking for parents in our community to donate money so we can continue to pay it forward this holiday season. Deadline for donations is Wednesday, November 27th.  If you would like to donate, please see Ms. Chohan at the school office. 

downloadBook Fair Breaks Records – Student Leaders Step Up!

Scholastic tells us that our Fall Book Fair was the highest grossing Fair in the history of Pacific Heights Elementary!  Library Book circulation continued as usual.  Our Student Leaders stepped up to the challenge.  They attended meetings, returned permission slips, learned about displays, customer service, so much monetary math and working as a team. We had two contests: Guess the Number of Pages and a draw for the Grand Prize.  Cash profits will be used to purchase new books for our collection.  Several piles of current Scholastic bonus titles will also be added.  Great work everyone.

To learn more about the learning happening in our Learning Commons please click here.

download.jpegLost And Found

Our lost and found team have collected many items such as jackets, hats, lunch boxes, water bottles, clothing, etc.  As our Lost and Found grows, we encourage students to have their items of clothing tagged with their name for easy returns. Our Lost and Found is cleaned out at the end of every month and anything that is not claimed and will be donated. Please check it for your child’s lost items on a regular basis.

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In the week of December 9th, 2019 students will bring home their CSL “reports”.  Some teachers in our school use FreshGrade, if your child’s teacher is using FreshGrade then you have already been invited into your child’s portfolio and have been able to see the progress.

We have early dismissal on December 17th at 1:27 pm for Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please call the office to set up an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress.

Winter Concert

Winter ConcertOur Winter Concert  this year will be held two days so all parents are able to attend and so we are able to accommodate seating. On Wednesday, December 18th we will have parents of students in even numbered divisions to watch the concert.  On Thursday, December 19th, we will have parents of students in odd numbered divisions to watch the concert.  The concert time will be 12:45 pm start on both days.  It is the same concert on both days.  

If you have children in both odd or even numbered divisions – choose one day to attend. Remember, the reason we are doing this is so we can accommodate parent seating.

The Winter concert will have all of our music classes performing.  Please talk to your child about the performance his/her class is practising for the concert.

October 30, 2019

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Dear Neighbour,

Re: Safe Schools Department
As you know, Halloween is approaching. We are writing to request whatever assistance you can provide to help us keep our schools and neighbourhood from being vandalized.

In the last school year, the Surrey School District took close to $275,443.34 out of its budget (our taxes) to repair acts of vandalism. This money could have supported our students in many different ways. The Surrey School Board remains focused on reducing this expense.

While we do our best to educate young people to convince them of the senselessness of vandalism, we are also looking for other ways to deter vandalism on our schools and in the area. One approach is to enlist our neighbours’ help to watch for anyone “hanging around” our schools, particularly after dark on Halloween.

For many years, the school district has organized patrols of district staff (including trustees) in which small groups take shifts of an hour or two to walk around the grounds of the school. This small effort does a great deal to deter youth from even approaching our schools.

Please help us out by keeping your eyes and ears open to any activity at our schools and don’t hesitate to notify us if you notice people milling about. If there is obvious, active vandalism taking place, please immediately notify police by calling 9-1-1. We also welcome your call to a special Surrey School District phone number set-up for Halloween at 778-776-9991 to report any suspicious activity so a security patrol can be dispatched.

School vandalism affects our entire neighbourhood. Defaced walls or damaged property can be seen by everyone. News reports about such activity generate a public perception about our neighbourhood. Vandals allowed to congregate at a school typically spread their activities to neighbouring homes and vehicles. Vandals frequently choose to return and congregate where they have not encountered any deterrents in the past.

Please join us as we demonstrate to vandals that they are not welcome at our schools, or in our neighbourhood!

Thank you for your help.

Rob Rai
Director, School & Community Connections Manager,

Jeff McMillan
Security/Infrastructure

 

Surrey Schools . . . Keeping Learners at the Centre

October 20, 2019

don't forgetUpcoming Events

October 21            Interims go home this week
October 25            Pro D (classes not in session)
October 28            Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.)
October 31            Halloween Parade and Dance
November 1         Photo Re-takes
November 4-7      Scholastic Book Fair
November 7          Remembrance Day Assembly 10:30 am
November 8          Pro D (classes not in session)
November 11        Remembrance Day Holiday
November 13        PAC meeting 6 pm

spotlightLearning Spotlight: Student Vote Canada 2019

Young Canadians, including the students in Division 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 at Pacific Heights have spend the past several weeks learning about tomorrow’s national election. They were highly engaged in discussions about the future of our country, researching the party platforms, consuming news, evaluating the leaders, and posing questions to their local candidates.  Even though they are under the voting age, more than one million elementary and secondary students participated in Student Vote Canada 2019. Our Pacific Heights student vote occurred on Friday, October 18th. Each student was given the opportunity to vote for one of the official candidates running in the 2019 federal election in their particular area. Student Vote Canada 2019 is the largest student parallel election held in Canada, and as far as we know, it will be the biggest in the world. More than 9,500 schools registered to participate, representing all 338 ridings. The results of the student vote will be shared with the students on Tuesday. It will be very exciting to see the results of our future voters!

 

safety-awareness-clipart-1Parking Lot Safety

Parking Lot SafetyWith more students attending our school this year – 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  roundabout 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 car
  • 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

downloadDrop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.)

Drop Everything and Read,” a national celebration of reading designed to remind families to make reading a priority activity in their lives.  On Monday, October 28th all the students and staff at Pacific Heights will D.E.A.R. at a designated time.

Your child has been assigned to come home and read for homework since he/she has been in preschool. As a parent you want to do all you can to help your child learn and love to read.  Reading aloud to kids has clear cognitive benefits. For example, brain scans show that hearing stories strengthens the part of the brain associated with visual imagery, story comprehension, and word meaning. One study found that kindergarten children who were read to at least three times a week had a “significantly greater phonemic awareness than did children who were read to less often.”

Click here for an EXCELLENT blog post on some tips to help parents understand how best to use the nightly reading time at home.  Here is a great youtube video explaining how to read with your child.

downloadWe Scare Hunger

Hunger + Food Drive = Impact

The Student Leadership Team is collecting non-perishable food items for our local food bank.  Our last day for collection will be Monday, November 4th. Our goal is to collect at least 1500 food items do donate. Our leadership students have been exploring the issue about hunger.  Below is information we learned from the ME to WE website. “Thirteen percent of Canadians are in a state of food insecurity, which means they are unable to access a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Without enough food, many people feel the effects of short-term hunger, like headaches, nausea and the inability to concentrate.

Each month, over 850,000 Canadians require help from food banks—more than one third of these individuals are children and youth. People seeking food assistance come from all walks of life. Employment is no guarantee that someone will never struggle to provide enough food for their family. In fact, nearly one in six households that accessed a food bank in 2016 included someone who was employed.

People who access food banks come from all walks of life. Some people need support over longer periods, but most require help only occasionally or for a short period of time. Hunger leads to long-term health conditions, especially in young children, and is a barrier to academic success.

A food package may make the difference for a family trying to get back on their feet after a crisis. It can mean that a child doesn’t go to bed hungry, or doesn’t get sick and miss school due to an immune system compromised by lack of adequate nutrition.”