2016 01 22 Issue #09

This the Ninth 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

January 22 2016, Newsletter #09

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Calendar Reminders

Monday Jan. 25 Poetry Café – Div. 3 and 7
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. 10 Spirit Day at Annex – Twins/Triplets day
Wednesday Feb. 17 Grade 7LFI return from Quebec)




“The Kitsilano Branch Library would like to invite any keen 9-12 year olds to participate in the library’s TWAG (Tween Advisory Group).  Kids meet monthly at the library to have their say in how their library is run, what they’d like to see in our collection, and what kind of programs they think we should offer. At Kitsilano the TWAG meets on Thursdays January 14, February 11, and March 10 at 3:45pm.

And Reading Buddies is back! Reading Buddies pairs a grade 2 to 4 “little buddy” with a teen “big buddy” for a fun and informal reading session once a week. The goal of the program is to give middle-years children opportunities to work with teen mentors, who will demonstrate their love of reading and help their buddies become lifelong readers. It runs for 7 weeks, starting January 22nd.

Please contact the Kitsilano Library Branch at 604-665-3976 to register, or for more information on these programs. And of course, we also encourage you to personally invite any children you think might be interested in either of these programs. Much appreciated and all the best, 

April Ens

Children's Librarian | Children's and Teen Services /Vancouver Public Library/Kitsilano Branch

2425 Macdonald Street t:604-665-3917/ e: april.ens@vpl.ca



Kitsilano High School has an incredible drama program and their Improv Club is one part of their program. Kitsilano entered a number of teams with Gordon alumni participating. One of the teams, I was able to see participate in the finals at the Waterfront Theatre on Sunday, January 17th. There were six teams throughout the lower mainland competing. The teams performed a variety of scenarios and Kitsilano was the overall winner. Congratulations to Gordon alumni Micah Pavlidis, Samantha Kerr and Bijou Da Cunha.


There may be times when schools and worksites are closed due to weather conditions (such as a heavy snowfall), natural disasters or other emergency situations or situations where the health and / or safety of students and staff may be at risk.

Notification of school closure

By 6:00 am, the VSB will post information about snow closures on its website at www.vsb.bc.ca and will inform local media stations, including:

 CKNW (980 AM)  CBC (690 AM, 105.7 FM)  CJVB (1470 AM)  CFHG (96.1 FM)  CKWX (1130 AM)
 BCTV/Global (Cable channel 11)  CITY TV (Cable channel 13)

Parents should not call media outlets to ask whether schools are closed, or phone the school directly. If you do not hear this information about a closure in the media you should assume the school is open and operating as usual.


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.


A reminder to all parents: The “Are you planning on returning?” form have been sent home. Thank you for those that have already returned it. If you have not seen this please call the office to get a copy. It is important to let us know if your children are coming back to Gordon in Sept. 2016, as it is critical for our planning for spaces at the new school.

Also, if you know of any other families in our catchment that don’t have children currently attending General Gordon please make sure they know NOW is the time to come in and register to save their space at our school for next year. 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 next 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. 



A reminder to check out the website www.cestmoncafe.com to order your child’s hot lunch. It is being served at the Main on Monday and Wednesday at lunch and Monday and Thursday at the Annex. Did you know a portion of the price goes to our fundraising for the Playground? Together we raised $345.00 from September to December, just by ordering your child a hot meal.


Pizza will be sold in the lunch room on Fridays.  This is a fundraising effort for the Grade 7’s Quebec trip. They will sell until they run out - hopefully they will have enough pizza for everyone, but they 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. 


Three spaces left for hands-on science with Ingrid after school on Thursdays this term.

Jan 28th-March 3rd. $90. 3:30-5pm at Ingrid’s house at 7th/MacDonald. Ingrid picks up from the bus stop and walks students over.
A new topic each week, covering the varied science of everyday phenomena. Max 6 students, so we are able to meander with the interests and ideas of the students.

Find out more about the kinds of science activities and Ingrid's experience at www.ingridscience.ca

Contact Ingrid at isulston@gmail.com or (604) 263 1920


THANK YOU to parents Heidi & Frank for making the new Playground Fundraising thermometer at the Bayswater Bus Stop.

Can't wait to see it red all the way to the top! 

If your family has an idea to help raise funds or publicize the campaign please let us know and we can help you make it happen.

THANK YOU TO BAYSWATER TEA CO at 2966 West Broadway for their donation of $392.50 raised in December from the sale of their Winter Mandarin Black and Walnut Carmel Rooibos Teas. They generously gave 100% of the proceeds and sold a total of 4.1 kg of tea! Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser. 


Plan ahead and buy gift cards for your favorite grocer & retail stores/restaurants before you go shopping. Gordon PAC buys the cards at a discount (from 2%-8%). You pay face value. Gordon PAC keeps the difference.  In December 2015 we raised $244 with 9 school families, 2 staff and 4 friends participating. 

More details and form online at http://gordonelementary.ca/Shopping%20Card Now including KIDSBOOKS at 10%. Cash & cheque only. Questions? Contact parent-volunteer sheilakirkby[at]gmail[dot]com. 

Thanks for reading this far! Enter to win a $20 gift card to the Old Spaghetti Factory by sending your name & your child(ren)'s name and grade(s) to sheilakirkby[at]gmail[dot]com with subject line "Gordon Gift Card Fundraising Draw" by January 29th. Gift card valid until March 15th


Did you know that the Big Brother's donation bin on Bayswater & 7th by the Gordon school bus stop raises money for the playground? If you are tidying up, please drop off your donations when you are dropping off your child at the bus. The donation bin raised $1071.05 from May 24 to December 11th, 2016.

All items must be clean, in good repair, suitable for resale, and must fit inside the box. Nothing breakable.


Acceptable items for donation:

Clothing for men, women and children; Accessories (belts, hats, scarves); Purses, wallets, backpacks and bags; Shoes and boots; Towels, tablecloths, curtains and linens; Under garments, nylons and socks; Blankets, bedding and pillows; Housewares (dishes, cutlery, pots); Toys, books, games and video games; Videos, records, CD's and DVD's; Small Tools; Small appliances

Link to list of items that are not acceptable: 



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. https://www.facebook.com/gordonplayground/


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