2015 04 23 Issue #14

This the Fourteenth 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

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Gordon Gazette

April 23 2015, Newsletter #14

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Calendar Reminders

Monday April 27 Professional Day (school is not in session)
Wednesday April 29 Class photos/teams/clubs etc. (Annex) PM
Thursday May 7 DIstrict Wide Earthquake Drill
Tuesday May 12 Grade 6 Dance (Gordon & QE)
Wednesday May 13 Immunization





On Friday, April 17, 2015 we had a lovely concert at the Annex with Charlotte Diamond. The children got a chance to sing, dance and participate in the concert. A great time was had by all!


Thanks to all the parents who have helped set up and serve hot lunches on Monday and Fridays this winter. A new sign-up sheet is up on the hallway bulletin board for Spring. Please sign up for any days you can help with. Volunteers usually report high levels of fun and laughter after spending some time in the lunch room. Please arrive for 11:40 to help until about 12:25. If you can’t sign up at school you are welcome to email me: ccote711@hotmail.com Thanks for supporting the hot lunch. Cindy


May 29th Hot lunch changed to Tuesday May 26th.

Volunteers are needed - Pls. contact Cindy Cote at ccote711@hotmail.com

Active play at the Annex:

Child Run: the run practices have started in the morning and thank you to all the helpers! Don’t forget to bring to return your child’s form if he/she is participating in the run. Also remember that you must drop your child at school at 8:30 on Wednesdays and Fridays if your child is participating as the bus arrives at 8:50. On the Sunday of the run, please accompany your child to the event. Come and join us for the practices if you are free!

All students at the Annex will be invited to participate in Jump Rope for Heart this year; stay tuned for more details and pledge forms will be sent home shortly.
As there will not be primary Track meets organised in our zone this year, our teachers have decided to run Track activities as part of their PE lessons for the month of May to give all students a chance of doing -some Track before going to intermediate school.

Sports Day at the Annex: June 5th 12:30-15:00

Teachers of both QEA and Gordon are busy planning a fun Sports Day for our students on June 5th. Please come and join us for some active fun, and hopefully lots of sun. The Sports Day will be rain or shine so please dress your child appropriately.

Big One at Two: earthquake preparedness

We sent a notice home last week regarding our quake practice day on May 7th. All families must practice for such an event and we will have a full release on May 7th. Students will evacuate the school at 14:00 with their teachers. Teachers and adults in charge will conduct attendance and release procedures. Please meet your child on the gravel field at 14:15 and sign him/her out with the classroom teacher. This is exactly how we would proceed in the event of a major disaster. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


  • Six poets from div 3 are reading original poetry at The Cottage Bistro Thursday April 23rd at 7pm. Come out and support them.
  • Div. 4 exchange students arriving Thursday. Say hello and welcome them to our school.
  • Div. 14 students participated in Camp Read
  • “Pride Speaks” (students from Kits High School) came and spoke to Gordon and QE Grade 7 students around gender information.

Track and Field

Track and Field will be starting soon. To all you runners, jumpers, leapers and throwers in grades 3 to 7 please come out and join this year’s General Gordon Track and Field Team. You will learn to throw a shot-put, do long jump, high jump and run relays. Information meeting was held April 22, and practices start April 28. If there are any parents who would like to help out run our practice stations please see Miles Patrick or email him at mpatrick@vsb.bc.ca.

Sports Day at the Main

Will be taking place on Friday, May 15, 2015 in the sports fields around the portables.

Earthquake Drill – “Big One at 2pm”

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – More info to follow.


Parent Coffee Mornings

May 8, 8 a.m. at the Bayswater Bus Stop. Come on out and see what's happening at the construction site!

Parent Education Speaker

Thursday, May 14, 7 pm at Bayview School Libary: Dr Linda Uyeda

TOPIC - Why Parenting Matters - Nature AND Nurture: Who have we become and who do we want to be?

  • How early life experiences shape the developing brain
  • How secure attachment relationships and mindfulness practices can improve learning, anxiety, relationship skills, focus and concentration in our children
  • How mindfulness can improve our own health and well-being as parents, teachers, counselors and administrators

Sports Day

Friday, May 15 (Gordon at QE Main) Parent Volunteers needed for each division (Div 1 to 11) to help deliver PAC-sponsored snacks to the students.

Please contact coordinator Nicole MacRae (if you can help) macraes4@telus.net.

Bike-a-thon and Fair

Sunday, May 24, 1-4 pm - mark your calendars for this fun event - biking, bike safety, and other activities to get involved in. Parent helpers welcome and needed!! (More info to come via your class reps soon)

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House invites you to Sasamat Family Camp June 12th to 14th, 2015.

Bring your family for a weekend of fun. Family Camp is a great opportunity for Westside families to spend quality time together in a beautiful setting, making new friends and disconnecting from busy city life. Fees include: 2 night lake-side cabin accommodations, meals and activities that include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, archery, a talent show, and roasted marshmallows, of course!

For more information contact Brigette, Family Camp Worker at brigettebouchard@shaw.ca or call 604-736-3588. To Register visit the Kits House Office at 2305 West 7th Avenue at Vine Street Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. Cash or Cheque only.


Tell your friends, family and neighbours and co-workers so they support General Gordon too!

Do you shop at Cobs Bakery on West 4th at Vine?

Cobs will donate 5% of sales. Tell them you want to Support General Gordon Elementary when you buy your baked goods. You can also support our school at Cob’s on Davie at Bute in the West End.

Do you shop online at Stong’s Grocery Store?

Now you can support General Gordon Elementary when you plan your online order for delivery. At the payment finalization page select General Gordon Elementary from the drop down menu. You will need to do this each time you order. Stong’s will donate 4% of all sales. Valid for online orders only. Not valid in store. Not valid with Stong’s gift cards.

Stong’s will deliver to: Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminister, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, North & West Vancouver and even Bowen Island.
All funds raised through Stong’s and Cobs will go the Playground Fund. http://gordonplayground.strikingly.com/