2015 02 20 issue #11

This the Eleventh bi-weekly newsletter!

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Newsletter Contents:

  1. The Gordon Gazette (A message from the Principal Margaret Davidson)
  2. What's Happening in the Gordon Classrooms...
  3. PAC News
  4. Community News

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Gordon Gazette

February 20 2015, Newsletter #11

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Calendar Reminders

Monday Feb. 23 Kindergartens Immunization (if required) @ Annex
Friday Feb. 27 Annex Concert
Saturday Feb. 28 Gordon Gardening Event at Annex
Wednesday March 4 Class photos/teams/clubs etc. (Main) AM
Wednesday March 4 Kindergarten Audiology 9am
Thursday March 5 Celebration of Learning
Friday March 6 Report cards to go home
Wednesday April 29 Class photos/teams/clubs etc. (Annex) PM
March 9 -19 Spring Break
Monday March 23 First Day back from Spring Break
Wednesday April 29 Class photos/teams/clubs etc. (Annex) PM

 

SCHOOL NEWS

DRAFT SCHOOL CALENDARS FOR 2015-16 & 2016-17

The Vancouver School Board has released DRAFT school calendars for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. DRAFT calendars can be viewed on the Vancouver School Board website. Public feedback and/or comment regarding 2015-16 and 2016-17 DRAFT calendars is welcome and can be sent to calendar@vsb.bc.ca.

Please submit feedback and comments by March 2, 2015.

MUSIC UPDATE- NOTE-Change in times-Concert at 1:30pm/no dress rehearsal

We are planning a mini concert @ the annex for our K-Gr. 2 students on Friday, Feb. 27/15. Called “Dinostars”. There will not be a dress rehearsal due to the hot lunch program on that day. We will perform our concert @ 1:30 pm and we are inviting parents to join us. Please make this date or your calendar, and we’ll be sending further information house in the near future.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN GORDON CLASSROOMS?

General Gordon Hosts a Special Flag Day Guest

COMMUNITY, SCHOOLS & STUDENTS

“The flag is the symbol of the nation’s unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction of race, language, belief or opinion,” declared the Speaker of the Senate at the Inauguration of the new flag in 1965.

On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Canada was only two years away from its centennial celebrations when Royal Proclamation made the maple leaf flag official. In 1996, February 15th was declared National Flag of Canada Day and has been observed every year since.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian flag, Grade 3 and 4 students at General Gordon Elementary hosted a very special guest. Judge Robert Watt, former Chief Herald of Canada and current Citizenship Judge spent the morning discussing the history of our flag and what it means to be a Canadian.

For the past few weeks, students in Graeme Cotton’s class had been working on Canadian history, including the process and journey our leaders took in designing our current Canadian flag. From Sirs John A. MacDonald and Wilfrid Laurier, to versions of our flag that included photos of the Beatles, the students had many questions for Watt.

A passionate Canadian, Watt is a treasure trove of Canadian facts and history. He is also passionate about citizenship, and what it means to be Canadian. When he asked the class “How many of you were born in another country?” of the two-dozen students, five put up their hands. Students in the small class were born in countries all over the world—Brazil, Denmark, England, Japan and China. “How about your parents?” he asked. More hands went up. “Grandparents?” he asked —all but one set of hands went up. “Canada is wonderful country, and a very young country.”

Watt is one of just over 30 Citizenship Judges who oversee the formal interview and citizenship ceremonies of over 30,000 new Canadians into Vancouver each year.


PAC NEWS

PAC MEETING

PAC meeting at Bayview at 7:00pm. Seismic Update.

GORDON COFFEE MEETING:

Come and join us for coffee and snacks at 8:00am at the Gordon site on Friday, February 27th.

GARDEN BUILDING EVENT AT THE ANNEX

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28-(early afternoon)

In collaboration with the QE Gardening Team, General Gordon parents will be building 5 raised beds for the classes at the Annex. Everyone is welcome! Parents should dress appropriately and bring any good quality soil or compost they may have to contribute. Donations of trowels, watering jugs, gloves, seeds, herbs, good pollinating plants gladly accepted. Specific time and more details to follow.


COMMUNITY NEWS

JERICHO BASEBALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration deadlines – Majors closed Feb. 7 (Gr. 4-7), Minors close Feb. 21 (Gr. 1-3), TBall and Blastball close Feb. 28 (Preschool and Kindergarten). Online registration is available on the Jericho Baseball website: http://www.jerichobaseball.com/ Please refer to website for more details.

SPRING BREAK KINDERGARTEN IMMUNIZATION CLINICS

March 9-20, 2015 – If your child still needs to be immunized and you wish to be with them at the time, here are several dates and times that you can consider to have your child get their boosters. Clinics are held at Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre – 2110 West 43rd Ave. March 9, 11, 13 & 17 from 9:30 am – 12pm or March 16 & 20th – 2:30pm – 4:30pm. Please call 604-261-6366 to book your child’s appointment.

THANK YOU FOR FINDING MY IPOD

I’d like to thank whomever found my ipod nano. I learned not to bring electronics to school! It is nice to know that there are honest people in school. (Item found Feb. 17 and handed into the office after school.)