2015 12 18 Issue #08

This the Eighth 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

December 18 2015, Newsletter #08

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Calendar Reminders

Monday Jan. 4, 2016 School Re-opens)
Monday Jan. 11 PIE coffee meeting at Calhoun’s 9:15am)
Wednesday Jan. 13 French Immersion Info Night 7:00-8:00pm at the auditorium at QE)
Thursday Jan. 14 Immunization (Kindergarten and Grade 6))
Tuesday Feb. 2 Grade 6LFI students leave for North Van Outdoor School)
Friday Feb. 5 Grade 6LFI students return from North Van Outdoor School)
Monday Feb. 8 Family Day-school is not in session)
Tuesday Feb. 9 Professional day – students do not attend school)
Wednesday Feb. 10 Grade 7LFI students leave for Quebec)
Wednesday Feb. 17 Grade 7LFI return from Quebec)




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


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 hope you enjoyed the three fabulous shows on Thursday, December 10th. A big Thank you goes out to Ms. Macintyre who coordinated and choreographed the events, and all the teachers and students who worked so hard to put on the great shows!

A thank you to the parents who came out to see the shows and who brought - and bought! - baked goods.

We raised $384 at the baking and coffee/tea table, and a further $590 was collected at the door.

Special thanks to Starbucks at 4th & Bayswater for donating the morning coffee, and to Heidi for bringing the David's Tea.

We also sold $1200 worth of Safeway cards - that's $96 for the school. Safeway cards are available at every PAC and PIE meeting, and anytime by request from Sheila in the bright coat at Bus #3.


Families bought 42 red, 18 white & 6 pink poinsettias as well as 15 planters. We raised $465! Thanks to Adriana Loza, Jennifer Popowych and everyone who helped and bought plants. Watch for the next plant sale in the spring.


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! For yourself or as a gift.



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


Every child is bringing home a handy checklist to post on your fridge. How many boxes can you tick?

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

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/


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.