2015 11 20 Issue #06

This the Sixth 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

November 20 2015, Newsletter #06

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Calendar Reminders

Monday Nov. 23 PIE Coffee Morning at Calhoun's at 9AM
Friday Nov. 27 Professional Day (school is not in session)
Friday Dec 4 Celebration of Learning (Main school) 9-10:15am
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




The Educated Citizen: How we need to prepare our children and students to be?

  • thoughtful, able to learn and to think critically, and who can communicate information from a broad knowledge base;
  • creative, flexible, self-motivated and who have a positive self-image;
  • capable of making independent decisions;
  • skilled and who can contribute to society generally, including the world of work;
  • productive, who gain satisfaction through achievement and who strive for physical well-being;
  • cooperative, principled and respectful of others regardless of differences;
  • aware of the rights and prepared to exercise the responsibilities of an individual within the family, the community, Canada, and the world.

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 will be 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. Please only sell craft items, for baked items please see below.

BAKE SALE – Thursday, Dec. 10 from 3 to 4:30pm

We will also be having a bake sale on the same day. If you would like to contribute please bring along some baked goods to sell at our table. You will not be able to sell baked goods at your craft table this year.


These are due back in the office by Friday, Nov. 20 (if you are paying by cheque or cash) or you have up to Nov. 25 if you are paying online.


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.



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



On Monday, November 16, Division 3 students along with Ms. Davidson shared their poems.


Thank you very much to PAC for making our author visits possible. On Nov 2 the main school had Dan Bar-El who presented his picture books to the younger classes and did a workshop on graphic novels for the older classes. His graphic novels have been constantly in use since!

Next up is Ashley Spires, author of Binky, for the annex in December. Thank you again to all the parents. Mary

NATIONAL JERSEY DAY – Friday, November 20, 2015

Please join us in this event by sending your children to school in one of their favourite team jersey’s. There will be a free Floor Hockey Game at Wesbrook Community Centre Gym at 5998 Berton Avenue at UBC from 3:30 – 4:30pm. It is open for ages 7-12 years. Parents please pre-register at cbcsports.ca/sportsday


Do you want to play Tennis? Come and join Tennis BC and the UBC Tennis Centre for a “Free” Tennis Try it Festival for kids ages 6-12 on November 21st from 1:30-3:30 at the UBC Tennis Centre, 6160 Thunderbird Blvd. Games, fun activities, prizes and more!

This opportunity is possible because of a Physical Literacy grant received by Tennis BC.
To register, please email jeannie@tennisbc.org.


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.


On Thursday December 17th, the students in Grade 7 LFI will be holding a “loonie sale” where students can come in and buy their parents, uncles, aunts, grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters and brothers holiday gifts (for just a loonie each!). They will be gift wrapped to bring home. Please clean out your homes and donate any new or gently used gifts. Please don’t bring stuffies or clothing. Some suggestions would be books, toys, cd’s, DVD’s, candles, jewelry, soaps and toiletries, sports and fashion accessories, decorative items, etc. Please drop your items at one of these two locations by Dec 16th:

  • 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).

Parents of grade 7 French Immersion students are needed to help set up and run the event, on Dec 16th and 17th. Please sign up at this doodle poll, with your name and email: 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


Come and join the Main school for a chance to see what the children in your class are showcasing. It will be happening on Friday, Dec. 4 from 9-10:15am in an open house format. We hope you can join us.


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.



Looking for a nice plant or gift for the holidays? Buy a Poinsettia or a Planter and support General Gordon. The orders are due by November 30th. Pick up at Winter Concerts December 10. Order online at: https://generalgordonelementary.growingsmilesfundraising.com/home


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.



Are you concerned about the future of Public Education in BC, and would you like to know how you can advocate for a better future?

Join Charles Dickens Elementary PAC for a Panel Discussion with the Public Education Network Society (PENS) on November 25th, 7-8:30pm, Charles Dickens Elementary School Library. Childminding provided. Panel presenters: Mike Zlotnick, Dr. Marilynne Waithman and John Malcomson. Contact Ingrid for more information/car pooling at isulston@gmail.com


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


Just added: Kidsbooks! $20 & $50 cards with 10% to our school. Buy as gifts or use to buy your gifts. Orders due December 1, 2015. Watch for more fundraising coming soon with Bayswater Teas and Menchies.


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