2015 12 04 Issue #07

This the Seventh 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

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Gordon Gazette

December 4 2015, Newsletter #07

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Calendar Reminders

Thursday Dec. 10 Winter Concerts in Q.E. Main Auditorium
Show A @ 9:15am (Div. 1, 4, 5, 9 and 10)
Show B @ 11:00 am (Div. 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8)
Show C @ 1:45pm (Div. 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15)
Thursday Dec. 10 Craft Fair & Bake Sale in the auditorium 3:00-4:30pm
Wednesday Dec. 16 Report Cards go home
Thursday Dec. 17 Loonie Sale in the auditorium
Friday Dec. 18 Last Day before Christmas Holidays
Monday Jan. 4, 2016 School Re-opens




Parents please remember to pick your children up at the Gordon site on time. We do have support workers who are on the busses but they need to leave once the busses arrive and will not be able to stay until all children are picked up. If you are late it will be the bus driver’s responsibility to keep your child until you show up. If your child is on the first bus and is not picked up on time that impacts all the other students who are waiting for the second and third busses. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Our wonderful music teacher Ms. MacIntyre works incredibly hard to ensure we have winter concerts for our children. We welcome parents and family members to come and join us for these wonderful shows on Thursday Dec 10. Doors will open 15 min. before each performance.

Main Students - Show A @ 9:15 am – Division 1, 4, 5, 9 & 10. Show B @ 11:00 am – Division 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8

Annex Students - Show C @ 1:45pm - Division 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15

CRAFT FAIR – Thursday, Dec. 10 from 3 -4:30pm

After school, please make sure you return to the auditorium with your kids for our school wide Craft Fair. The sign-up sheet is now in the office if you, or your child would like to book a table to sell your wares. Otherwise come and buy some wonderful presents for the holiday season.

BAKE SALE – December 10

There has been a change of plan for the 10 December “bake sale”. Instead of the bake sale taking place from 3:00 – 4:30pm on Thursday 10 December, there will be three bake sales taking place after each winter concert. Baked goods are welcome, please bring them at the same time as your children’s show. Please also e-mail Vicky Stephens vix_stephens@hotmail.com if you are interested in volunteering at any of the bake sales.

Please note that students are now welcome to do baked goods for the Student Craft Fair as the PAC Bake Sale will be happening earlier during the day.

Volunteers are requested at the following time slots to help with the bake sales:

Bake Sale 1 – 9:00am – 10:30am Bake Sale 2 – 10:30am – 12 noon
Bake Sale 3 – 1:30pm – 3:00pm


Parents of Grades 4 and 7 students

The Satisfaction Survey is for students in grade 4, 7, 10 and 12, their parents and staff. This survey is administered to school communities throughout British Columbia each year and gathers information from parents, teachers and students on topics related to school environment, safety and achievement. The information can be used for planning in individual schools and provides a district and provincial perspective. We encourage parents of grade 4 and 7 to participate in this electronic survey, as the results can help in identifying and celebrating current strengths, as well as provide opportunities for school focus. Students in grade 4 and 7 will be completing the survey during the school day. Electronic surveying is available until April 30th, 2016. Parents of grade 4, 7 students can complete the survey by going to the website (www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/acess.htm) and accessing the survey by using the logon numbers provided. It should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey online. Translations for parents are available in 16 languages on the internet at: (www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat/translations.htm ). We thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valued feedback. Parents of Grades 4 & 7 students will be receiving a letter from the school with a logon number attached.


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 13 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 started on November 2nd 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: We will be staying at the portables at the Queen Elizabeth site at 4102 West 16th Avenue until our new school is ready. Move in date TBA but planned for Fall 2016.


Do you have a child who is turning 5 in 2016? Now is the time to register them for Kindergarten! Registration opens on Nov. 2, 2015 and goes to Jan. 29, 2016. It is not a first come first served basis, but registration must be done in person at the Portable Main site. You must register at your English Catchment school PRIOR to registering for a choice program i.e. French Immersion.

Please bring with you the following: The child’s birth certificate, a proof of address – Purchase agreement or a property tax statement is preferred. If you are renting please ensure you bring not only your rental agreement but 1 other piece of ID showing your address. This can include, utility bills, gov’t issued documents or your driver’s license. We cannot just accept the rental agreement as proof this year. Also, please bring a copy of the child’s immunization records since birth, and immigration papers if applicable. For more information on Kindergarten registration please visit: http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten

If you know of any other families in our catchment that don’t have children at Gordon please make sure they know this information. We are anticipating it will be a very full school when we move into our new building in the Fall of 2016. Thus, we cannot accept anyone who is cross boundary this year.



Arts Umbrellas will be running its Fine Arts and Drama programs starting in January at Queen Elizabeth Annex. We also have a few paper copies in the office.  Drawing and Painting Gr. K-3 Tuesdays 3-4:15pm runs Jan 12 – March 8, 2016 Cost $250. Creative Drama Gr. 1-3 Thursday 3-4pm runs Jan 14 – March 10, 2016 Cost $225.

The programs are offered to both Gordon and QEA students.  Please register online at: http://www.artsumbrella.com


Grade one students at QEA are collecting food bank donations until Dec. 15th. A box/bag has been placed in every classroom for this purpose. Non-perishables such as pasta, soup, sugar, flour etc. are in high demand for many Vancouver families at this time of the year and we thank you for your generosity.


As the weather gets colder it’s time to remember to pull out those warm clothes! Remember your warm winter boots, warm hooded jacket and hats and gloves! At the Annex, students go outside for lunch and recess, rain or shine in ALL types of weather! It’s a great way to stay active and increases alertness in the afternoon. Please dress your children appropriately for that day’s forecast and weather. Feel free to leave such supplies labelled in your child’ classroom instead of carrying it daily. We have an undercover area and students will be asked to stay in the undercover area if they are not dressed properly for the weather. 

1ST SPIRIT DAY AT THE ANNEX – Wednesday, January 16, 2016

Mark your calendars - It’s a fun day for the Annex children to be allowed to wear their pajamas or cozies to school and bring along their special stuffy friend.


We have a mountain of unidentified clothing at the Annex in our lost in found (near the French library.) Please come by regularly to pick up your child’s clothing. All unclaimed items are sent to the Salvation Army in late December and late June.

We strongly recommend that you label all the following:

➢ jackets
➢ hoodies
➢ lunch boxes
➢ water bottles



All of the classes at the Main school are also collecting food for the Food Bank. Please send them in with your children or you can drop your donations off at the Main office.


On Dec. 1, 2015 author and illustrator Ashley Spires wowed students from kindergarten to Grade 3. She talked to us about her most famous character, Binky, as well as her other books from the past and two more which will be published in January. She told us the story of how she began to draw and led the students in a step-by-step drawing of Binky or a dog. Thank you very much to PAC for making this event possible. Students and teachers loved her and we will invite her back next year.
You may wish to consult her website for more information. Her most famous/popular books are the graphic novels in the Binky series. As well, her book "The Most Magnificent Thing" has won many awards. Ashley Spires website http://www.ashleyspires.com/books.html


We will be selling pizza slices every Friday which will be available for all students (main school only).  It is a fundraising effort for the Grade 7's Quebec trip. We will sell until we run out - hopefully we will have enough pizza for everyone, but we don't know how popular it will be, so please pack food with your child so no one goes hungry.

There are no order forms, cash only. $3 one slice. $5 for two. Plain cheese pizza and pepperoni.


LOONIE SALE needs items!

Please clean out your house and donate gently used or new items that are appropriate for Gordon students to give as gifts to their families this holiday: books, toys, CDs, DVDs, candles, jewelry, soaps and toiletries, sports and fashion accessories, decorative items, etc.

Drop your items at one of these two locations any time before Dec 17th:

  • Gordon Elementary Main school portables: Classroom # 401. (Check in with the office first)
  • Ingrid's house: Front porch at 2890 West 7th Avenue (at MacDonald).

Remind your child to come to school with some loonies on Dec 17th, and they will bring home pre-wrapped gifts for their family.

The Loonie sale is a fundraiser for grade 7 LFI classes. We need a few more grade 7 French Immersion parents to help set up, run, and clean up the event. Sign up at http://doodle.com/poll/73p28iipa98fb9ip

We also need a couple of parents to collect gift wrap and tape, as we will be using a lot of it! Please email Ingrid if you can do this. Thank you. Questions? Contact Ingrid at isulston@gmail.com


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. Also a simple way to get your items back is to LABEL them.



If you have ordered a Poinsettia or planters please remember to pick them up at Winter Concerts December 10.

Thank you to all that purchased plants to support this cause


Have a fundraising idea? Found a grant we could apply for? Want to organize a pub night? Please contact parent-volunteer sheilakirkby@gmail.com


Are you on Facebook? Like the Gordon School Playground page and use it to share information about all our fundraisers quickly and easily. Get your friends and family involved.



Keep it out of the Lost & Found! For less than the price of one lost jacket you can have labels to quickly mark everything that might get misplaced, especially in our shared school site. Sets for newborns and seniors, for shoes, for camp, even hockey gear!  Order and pay on line, labels are sent directly to you. 


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Do you shop at Cobs Bakery at Broadway & MacDonald or 4th & Vine? Say you support General Gordon school and Cobs will donate 5% of your purchase to the Gordon Playground fund. Tell your friends, family and neighbours. More information at http://gordonelementary.ca/New_Playground_Fundraisers


Please plan to visit the Playground Fundraising information table December 10th at the Winter Concerts to pick up:

  1. Safeway Gift Cards ($20/$50/$100/$250 cash or cheque only, 8% to playground)
  2. IGA Gift Cards (empty, reloadable, 4% to playground)
  3. Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Partnership Cards (20% to playground)
  4. The poinsettias or gift cards you pre-ordered.

Love Tea? Know someone who does? Need a nice hostess gift? Bayswater Teas at 2966 West Broadway, Vancouver, is donating 100% of sales of their Winter Mandarin Black and Walnut Caramel Rooibos teas to the General Gordon Elementary School Playground Fundraising campaign this month!

We have a goal to raise $145,000. Learn more about our plans for the new school playground and landscaping at http://gordonplayground.strikingly.com/


"Carry the Future" is a grassroots project collecting new and used soft baby carries (Ergo, Baby Bjorn, etc) for refugee families. There is a drop-off box at MLA David Eby's Community Office, 2909 West Broadway or give to Sheila in the bright coat at Bus #3. More information about the campaign: http://www.carrythefuture.org/

For local participation see Facebook group "Baby Carrier Donation Drive – Vancouver".