2014 11 06 Issue #04

This the fourth 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 November 06, Newsletter #04

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Calendar Reminders

Monday Nov. 10 School Closure Day (school not in session)
Tuesday Nov. 11 Remembrance Day (school not in session)
Thursday Nov. 13 PIE Meeting at 7:00pm at Bayview
Friday Nov. 14 Coffee Morning at the Gordon Bus pick-up
Tuesday Nov. 18 Guest speaker at 7:00pm at QE auditorium
Monday Nov. 24 Retakes (Photos)
Monday Nov. 24 Divisions 1, 2, 5, 6 to Camp
Wednesday Nov. 26 Coffee Morning at the Annex in the gym at 9:00am
Thursday Nov. 27 Divisions 1, 2, 5, 6 return back to Gordon
Friday Nov. 28 Professional Day
Thursday Dec. 4 Winter Concert at the Main-1:30-2:30pm
Thursday Dec. 4 Craft and Bake Sale 3:00-5:00pm

REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLIES

Friday, November 7th
Annex – 10:00am in the gym
Main – 1:30pm in the auditorium.

WINTER FESTIVITIES

Annex – Students will be doing activities with the QEA students (caroling, stations etc.)
Main – Winter Concert, Craft Fair, Loonie Sale etc.

ANNEX PARENT COFFEE MORNING

Please come and join the QEA parents for coffee and a treat on Wednesday, Nov. 26 in the gym at 9:00am.

WHY NOT TRY LATE FRENCH IMMERSION?

If you have a child in Grade 5 and are interested in a Late Immersion Program, General Gordon will be hosting an information meeting on Wednesday, January 14 from 7:00-8:00pm in the auditorium at Queen Elizabeth School. This is a great learning opportunity that promises intellectual challenge and fun learning a new language. For more information you can visit the following website www.vsb.bc.ca. You can also get the application online by going to the following website: https://www.vsb.bc.ca/sites/default/files/Gr1-7-Application2013.pdf.
Registration will start in November and go until the end of January. It is not a first come, first serve basis but all registrations will be collected along with a written letter by the student which includes their reasons for wanting to participate in a Late Immersion program. A copy of their first grade 5 report card can be sent to the school after December. At General Gordon we have 60 spaces for Grade 6 students. If we have more applications there will be a draw in the beginning of February.
NOTE: The Late French Immersion program at Gordon will be situated at the portables at the Queen Elizabeth site at 4102 West 16th Avenue.

OTHER OPTIONS:

Choice Program Orientation Evening – Come and learn all about these great district Programs: Early French Immersion, Mandarin Bilingual, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, Intensive French and Late French Immersion. Meeting will take place on Thursday, Nov. 27 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Tupper Secondary Auditorium.

GRADE 7 NEWS

If your child is interested in a mini-school or choice program please go on the VSB website to see when all the dates of the information nights are. Your child will also have to write the Test of Cognitive Skills.
The Test of Cognitive Skills take place on Dec. 10th at 1:00 p.m. for VSB students and at 8:30 a.m. for Private school students. You must register to take the test.

Online Registration for the Cognitive and Skills Test will open Nov. 15. Deadline for registration for the test is Nov. 30. There are NO exceptions.

This link will be live on Nov. 15. IMPORTANT: Have your PEN number before you register. You may receive your child’s PEN number by emailing Heidi Leung at haleung@vsb.bc.ca or have your child come and ask Heidi for their PEN number.
Your test results are not given to any schools, parents or students. They are only used for the purpose of entering a District Program in Gr. 8 in Sept. 2015. They will not affect your entrance to a regular program at a Vancouver Secondary school. All Information Nights start at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

PAC NEWS-November 06, 2014

PARENT COFFEE MORNING

Friday, Nov. 14th, at the Bus Stop at 6th and Bayswater, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The first coffee morning was a big success as parents enjoyed coffee, baked goods and chatting in the rain! Rain or shine, you’ll start your day off well ☺ Please try to bring your own mug. Also please note: we are focussing on the parent community, and will not be able to provide goodies for the students. Please feed them breakfast at home – thanks!

DIRECT DRIVE – FINAL WEEK

Our annual appeal continues until NOV 15th. Every little bit counts so please consider giving what you can towards PAC’s endeavours that enrich our children’s school experience. Donations can be made on the website, in person or by mail. Tax receipts issued for donations above $20. For more info, visit www.gordonelementary.ca

GUEST SPEAKER

Tuesday, Nov. 18th at 7:00 pm in QE School Auditorium
Queen Elizabeth PAC has kindly invited General Gordon parents to join their upcoming presentation:
Dr. Deborah MacNamara (Neufeld Institute) : Raising Children in a Digital World.
Location: QE School Auditorium (through the main doors to the left)
No cost to attend.
Brief Description: What are the implications for raising children in the digital world? How do we prepare them to live in this new world and yet preserve what is required for healthy development to take place?

NEXT PAC MEETING

Monday, Nov 24, Bayview School Library, 7 pm
Guest speaker: Ornella Svalestuen: Advocating for your Child. Ornella will present strategies for parents to effectively communicate with their child’s teacher(s). The workshop focuses on how to have a difficult conversation with your child’s teacher while maintaining a respectful relationship between the family and the school.