2015 10 08 Issue #03

This the Third bi-weekly newsletter of the 2015/16!

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Newsletter Contents:

  1. The Gordon Gazette (A message from the Principal Margaret Davidson)
  2. PAC News

Don't forget PAC Fundraising


Gordon Gazette

October 8 2015, Newsletter #01

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Calendar Reminders

Monday Oct. 12 Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday Oct. 15 Cross-Country Meet at Vanier Park
Friday Oct. 16 Coffee Morning at Gordon site (8:00am)
Thursday Oct. 22 Final Cross-country meet at Trout Lake (1:-3:30pm)
Friday Oct. 23 Professional Day (school is not in session)
Monday Oct. 26 PIE Meeting at Bayview at 7:00pm
Tuesday Oct. 27 Immunization
Wednesday Nov. 11 Remembrance Day (school is not in session)

 

SCHOOL NEWS

BCEDPLAN SERIES

“Building On Our Strengths

BC’s education system is widely seen as a global leader. International assessments consistently show that British Columbia students are, quite simply, among the best in Canada and the world. Great teachers are at the heart of this success. More than ever, we will rely on the professional expertise and discretion of teachers to guide students toward the skills and knowledge that will help them succeed– not only in the classroom but throughout their life’s journey. The diversity of our teachers, school districts and individual classrooms provides tremendous opportunities to innovate and pilot new approaches. Many of the objectives and approaches contemplated by BC’s Education Plan are already occurring in high-performing schools and classrooms. We also have a solid foundation on the monitoring of students’ progress through rigorous province-wide assessments. This is essential to student success and will be even more vital in a more personalized learning environment. Ongoing formal and informal reporting to parents on student progress will remain essential.”

(BCedplan 2015, Focus on Learning, Ministry of Education)

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Amanda Wardrop, Gordon teacher, for the publication of her chapter Stepping Through the Looking Glass: Embodying Hospitality Through Transitions. It is based on some of the work she did for her Masters thesis. It is included in the academic text Drama, Theatre and Performance Education in Canada: Classroom and Community Contexts. It is available online from the Canadian Association for Teacher Education on their Polygraph series publication site.

NEWSPAPER CLUB “GORDON BUZZ”

We have a wonderful group of students that are putting together a school newspaper with the help of parent Elke Porter. We meet every second Wednesday at lunch. The students are working on articles, logos, entertainment, stories/poetry and more. We are hoping to have a publication out before Christmas.

THANK YOU TO QUEEN ELIZABETH FOR THE BOOKS

The staff and parents at QE School have given us $300.00 worth of books from their scholastic fair for our school.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED TERRY FOX

Between the Annex and Main we managed to raise over $1,500. A big thank you to all that supported this great cause. This was the first time the school has reached this goal.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP CLUB

Karen Beaty, our teacher librarian is starting a leadership club for grades 6/7. They will be focusing on various causes, both local and global, throughout the school year. To kick-off we will be participating in National UNICEF Day (October 31st). The students have chosen the goal of raising $500 for a new water pump. We will be having a Halloween bake sale (tentative date October 22) and a Halloween Dance instead of a Halloween parade between recess and lunch on October 30.

Leadership students will be coming to classes to talk about the cause, the events and to collect donations for the dance. Students will not be required to purchase a ticket as the dance will be held during school time. However, we are hoping to get lots of donations.

GR. 7 MINI SCHOOL REGISTRATION DEADLINES

Do you have a Gr. 7 student who is interested in going to a Mini School in September 2016? If so, please take note of the following important dates: Deadline for Registration for the exam is Nov. 15, 2015 – No Exceptions.

Go to https://www.vsb.bc.ca/programs/min-school-registration to sign up from Nov. 7 - 15, 2015 ONLY.

Children can come to the Gordon office and ask Ms. Heidi for their PEN if they do not have it. It can only be given to them personally or via an email from the parent. I cannot for privacy give this to you verbally over the phone. The Assessment date is Nov. 26, 2015 for those that have registered online. If you miss the registration deadline you will not be able to take the assessment test.

PROFESSIONAL DAY

On Friday, October 23 British Columbia has a provincial wide professional day where there are a variety of educational opportunities for staff to participate in.

CHESS CLUB

We would like to start a chess club and are still looking for a parent that could help out one lunch hour a week.

LOST AND FOUND

Every two months we will be going through the Lost and Found and donating the items to Big Brothers. The next pick up will be the end of November. If there is a parent that would like to volunteer to do this please let Ms. Davidson know at mdavidson@vsb.bc.ca

PAC NEWS

PUMPKIN SALES AT CHOICES HELPS OUT GORDON STUDENTS


With every pumpkin sold at Choices, a small percentage will come to Gordon students. The school uses this money to help with students who are not able to afford field trips, camp, supplies etc. Thank you for your participation in this program and thanks to Choices who are giving back to their community.

PAC NEWS-DIRECT DRIVE


'The direct drive this year will be taking place between 16 October - 16 November. The PAC works hard to add value to the school to enrich your child (children’s) education, through purchasing new supplies, sports equipment, supporting cultural performances and enhancing technology. The PAC would appreciate donations from General Gordon School families, between $50 - $100. More information on the direct drive will be coming soon.'

PIE MEETING- (Partners of Inclusive Education)


Our next meeting will be at Bayview on Monday, October 26 at 7:00pm. Our guest speaker will be Doug Matear (District Vice-Principal, Student Support Services).