2014 10 23 Issue #03

This the third bi-weekly newsletter!

Contents:

  1. The Gordon Gazette (A message from the Principal Margaret Davidson)
  2. Message from PAC the Parent Advisory Council

Don't forget PAC Fundraising


Gordon Gazette

2014 October 23, Newsletter #03

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Calendar Reminders

Friday Oct. 24 Professional Day
MondayOct. 27 PAC Meeting
Tuesday Oct. 28 Immunization clinics (Kindergarten & Grade 6)
Friday Oct. 31 Halloween
Tuesday Nov. 4 Individual Pictures at Annex and Main
Monday Nov. 24 Retakes (Photos)

LIBRARY NEWS

Karen and Mary have finished the orientation of all the classes both at the main school and at the annex. This means that students have been introduced to the location of books in the library and to borrowing procedures. We do this at the beginning of every school year. The libraries will now be completely open on the days that we are there. The library service after school will be as follows;

  • Main school-Monday, Tuesday, and Friday afternoons from 2:45-3:10pm.
  • Annex- Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:00am and Thursday afternoon from 2:45-3:10pm.

The libraries are largely set up but much work remains since there are a lot of stationery items and processing procedures to organize. But we are getting there! And we are extremely fortunate that, because we have two sites we were able to bring the bulk of the collection with us.

  • We were wondering if families who have unneeded collections of clean plastic shopping bags with handles could please donate them to the library. The bags will be extremely helpful in protecting the books traveling between the library and the classrooms.
  • Also we are still looking for volunteers to help us in the library. Please contact Mary or Karen.

Thank you! Karen and Mary

VOLLEYBALL TEAMS

Students in Grades 6 & 7 who are interested in playing volleyball have signed up for teams. More info coming home.

UNDERCOVER AREAS

The administration at both schools is working hard to ensure that our students have somewhere to go when there is inclement weather.

Gordon at the Main

  • Students who are waiting for the bus after school (3:25pm bus) may wait in the multipurpose room in the main school.
  • Students who take the 8:00am bus can also use this space to keep warm before school starts.
  • RECESS: Although we would like to encourage our students to get fresh air and play outside, if the weather is extreme they will be able to use the JKC area to sit, play cards, read, draw etc.
  • LUNCH: From 11:55-12:20 the students can use the multipurpose area or the auditorium when the weather is extreme.

Gordon at the Annex

  • The bus will now be coming at 8:40am to the Gordon site so that the children have less outside time when they are waiting to go to class. We are also working on how to get the after school bus to arrive earlier.
  • For after school the students have been playing outside and when it is rainy and cold they use the library.
  • At recess and lunch the students at QE Annex and Gordon play outside and there is a covered area for the students.
  • Our Community Team is looking to have provide some lunch hour programs which would be inside. More info to come.

BUSSING

Transport regulations do not allow scooters and skateboards on school buses for safety reasons as they are unstable during transport. So far this year our drivers have been able to choose buses with cargo-space underneath and students have been allowed to carry their scooters/skateboards. However soon many schools will start camp and ski trips which means our drivers will not be able to drive buses with bins anymore. We will not get an advanced notice for such days as it may also happen if a bus is out for repairs or maintenance. Therefore we ask that your child does not bring any wheels on the bus and we are sorry for the inconvenience.

WHEELS AND CELL PHONES

We know that many students are coming to school by bicycle, scooter, skateboard, etc. We are thrilled that students are choosing a healthy and environmentally friendly method of transportation, but we are sending a friendly reminder that we ask students to "walk their wheels" on the school grounds between 8:40am and 3:20pm. For safety reasons, we do not permit bikes, scooters etc. to be ridden. We respectfully ask everyone in our school community to follow these guidelines for safety reasons. Thank you! We also know that it is more and more common for many of the older students to carry cell phones so that they can communicate with family before and after school. Our school policy is that students are not permitted to use their cell phones during school time (including during recess and lunch) without permission from a staff member. This is for safety reasons, and we ask all students to follow the same expectations. If a student ever needs to phone home during the day for an important reason, they may ask to use the office phone.

PAC NEWS-October 23, 2014

HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT OUR WEB SITE www.gordonelementary.ca yet?

Are you in the loop? Stay connected with General Gordon activities by frequent visits to the website. Now smart phone compatible!

NEXT PAC MEETING

Monday, Oct 27, Bayview School Library, 7 pm Childcare provided, as well as refreshments. Discussion will include volunteer positions, playground fundraising, and winter festivities at school.

DIRECT DRIVE

Our annual appeal is ON NOW until Nov 15. Your generosity MAKES A DIFFERENCE. Every dollar donated goes towards enriching our children’s school experience. Donations can be made on the website, in person or by mail. Further details were sent home last week in the colour brochure. For more info, click: Gordon Direct Drive Donation

PARENT COFFEE MORNING

Last Friday morning about 50 parents braved the rain for our first coffee morning, and enjoyed good company and baked goods courtesy of Serano Greek Bakery and Starbucks coffee. Next parent coffee morning will be Friday, November 14 at the Bus Stop at 6th and Bayswater, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. If you would like to help with these coffee mornings (once a month), please email Jane or Karen at gordonpac@ymail.com.

ONGOING PAC FUNDRAISER: SHOPPING CARDS

PAC has Safeway cards available at the once-a-month Friday Parent Coffee Mornings and at PAC meetings. Payment with cash or cheque only. $50, $100, $250. You pay face value. PAC keeps 8%. If you regularly shop at IGA or eat at White Spot I have free (empty) reloadable gift cards. Raise money for Gordon PAC every time you reload it in store. Look for Sheila in the bright coat or contact sheilakirkby [at] gmail [dot] com

LYME DISEASE AWARENESS FORUM

Learn more about Lyme Disease. The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and the Fraser Valley specifically as “Tick Endemic Areas.” Event location is Creekside Community Centre 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, Room MP4 on November 13 from 7:00-9:00pm. Admission is FREE.