Gordon Gazette 2016 09 23 Issue 2

This the Second bi-weekly newsletter of the 2016/17 School Year

Newsletter Contents:

  1. The Gordon Gazette (A message from the Principal Margaret Davidson)
  2. PAC News

Don't forget PAC Fundraising

Gordon Gazette

September 23 2016, Newsletter #02

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Calendar Reminders

Monday Sept. 26 PAC Meeting in the Library at 7:00pm
Thursday Sept. 29 Terry Fox Run (2:00-3:00)
Friday Sept. 30 Professional Day
Wednesday Oct. 4 Goal Setting conferences (dismissal at 2:00pm)
Thursday Oct. 5 Goal Setting Conferences (dismissal at 2:00pm)
Friday Oct. 7 Individual student Photo Day



School News

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

Thank you to Mr. Patrick and Ms. Hargrave who have organized the Cross-Country Team.

  • Intermediate students(3-7): Monday and Wednesday mornings(be in the gym at 8:15)
  • Primary students (K-3): Wednesday mornings at 8:15 in the gym

Cross Country Meets:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28 Camosun Park 16th and Camosun
  • Monday, Oct. 3 Jericho West 1515 Discovery
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11 Vanier Park Near the Space Centre
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 Trout Lake 15th and Victoria (Finals at 1:00pm)

Every student received a Technology contract. Please read this over with your child and send it back to their teacher. We are aware that some of the primary students may not be using technology to the extent that our intermediate students do, but there may be a time when an author visits our school and may need to have the children learn something on the IPADS. At Gordon we have had the tradition of students allowed to bring electronics on Fridays (grades 3-7). The staff are still reviewing what this will look like in the future.

The new space in our multipurpose room is not big enough to have the whole student body eating lunch at the same time. Right now we are trying a two tiered lunch where the primary students come down and eat first while the intermediate students play first. At the 12:30 bell the primary students go outside with their playground leaders and the intermediate students come in to eat. On sunny days the intermediate students are able to eat outside. With our hot lunch (C’est Mon café) on Mondays and Thursdays we have the same routine although students eating hot lunch need to eat inside.

We have 45 playground leaders in Grades 5-7 who are volunteering their time at recess and lunch to help to supervise our 6 primary classes. They have been a huge help to the teachers and the supervision aides ensuring that all children are included in games and creating a safe environment for our younger students to play in.

Students are starting to collect donations for the Terry Fox Run. Students will be circulating each morning collecting donations in each class. Help us raise our goal of $2000! The run will be on Thursday, September 29 from 2:00-3:00pm. The kindergarten students sometimes either run around the field or around the new path we have on our site. The other students run to Bayview School and around the blocks with parents volunteering at the intersections. Parents and siblings are welcome to come and run with the Gordon community.

Join Ingrid Sulston, a past Gordon parent, for after school hands-on science classes at her house next to the school. Hands-on activities on a new topic each week explore the underlying science of everyday phenomena. Classes are a maximum of 6 so that students can conduct independent investigations and guide topic choice in later weeks. Emphasis is on embracing creative ideas, and using critical thinking and the processes of scientific discovery for deeper exploration and understanding. When: Wednesday or Thursday, 3:15 - 5pm. 8 weeks starting Sept 28th/29th (option for prorating with a later start)
Where: Ingrid’s house next to the school. Ingrid can meet students in the playground.
How much: $140 for 8 weeks Ingrid has been teaching hands-on science for 22 years in schools, science centres and botanical gardens, with the last 7 years working in Vancouver schools and the last 6 years running after school science classes out of Gordon.
Contact ingridscience@gmail.com

Please join them for a Free Presentation on Thursday, Sept. 29th at Finlandia Pharmacy Health Centre (not the retail store) Doors open at 7:00pm. Register by email with your full name and phone # at finlandiahealth@gmail.com

Looking for something for your children to do after school? Please check out the Pear Tree link below. They will even meet the kids at school and walk them to the program for you. General Gordon Poster 2016 Pear Tree.pdf


Safe Arrival:
You will be receiving an email from your class rep asking if you would like to opt in to the Safe Arrival Program for your child. Please have your child sign up for safe arrival in case they are walking to school alone. Please write your name and phone numbers clearly on the Safe Arrival Form. Drop off in the PAC box in the school office. Safe Arrival due to begin Oct 3
If your child is away sick or will be late please phone 604-713-5403 and press #2. We will advise your child’s teacher directly of the absences. If you would like to help phone parents in the morning from 9-10am for the valuable program please email PAC at gordonpac@ymail.com

Terry Fox Run:
We are looking for volunteers on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 2-3pm for the Terry Fox Run. Please email gordonpac@ymail.com if you are interested and able to help with this fun event.

General Gordon Elementary P.A.C meeting on Monday, 26 Sep 2016 7-8:30pm.
We look forward to meeting new parents and reconnecting with the old ones  at the first P.A.C. meeting.  Babysitting is available. 

Hot Lunch on Mondays and Thursdays
Please order online at www.cestmoncafe.com  Follow the links for Gordon. Please order per child and enter the correct division/homeroom number not the grade in which your child is studying.  If you have any questions please contact edenise@hotmail.com