Gordon Gazette 2016 10 07 Issue 3

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

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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

October 07 2016, Newsletter #03

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Calendar Reminders

Monday Oct 10 Thanksgiving Monday No School)
Tuesday Oct 11 Vancouver Opera Presentation 11 am
Thursday Oct. 13 Terry Fox Assembly
Monday Oct. 17 PIE Coffee Morning @ 9:15am
Friday Oct. 21 District Professional Day
Friday Oct. 31 Halloween Parade 9:30 am in Gym

School News

Personalized Learning for Every Student

What is Personalized Learning?
“Personalized learning recognizes that no two students learn the same way or at the same pace. It also recognizes that for students to succeed in school – and to succeed after graduation – they must be engaged and invested in their learning. This means learning that is focused on the needs, strengths and aspirations of each individual young person. In a system that values personalized learning, students play an increasingly active role in designing their own education path as they develop and mature – while being held increasing accountable for their own learning success.”

What Students Will Learn
“Personalized learning combines the “how” and “what” of learning. A personalized approach recognizes that there are still core requirements and expectations. A strong focus must remain on foundational skills – reading, writing, oral language and numeracy – and there will still be a required body of knowledge in various subjects or disciplines. However, with personalized learning there will be increased emphasis on competencies. By applying their skills and knowledge in new, often interdisciplinary situations, learners will develop competencies such as:
¬    Critical thinking and problem-solving      >   Collaboration and leadership
¬    Communication and digital literacy         >    Personal and social responsibility
¬    Creativity and innovation                         >    Global and cultural understanding”
“BCED Plan 2015 Ministry of Education”

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:
•    Tuesday, Oct. 11        Vanier Park        Near the Space Centre
•    Thursday, Oct. 20        Trout Lake        15th and Victoria (Finals at 1:00pm)
NEW CURRICULUM FEEDBACK – The Ministry of Education is wanting you to share your opinion on how the curriculum should be reported.  If you would like to submit your thoughts you have until Feb. 28th, 2017.  Please share your thoughts online at www.engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress There will also be 10 community meetings set up to share your input, check out the above website for times and dates.
POPCORN FRIDAYS – As part of PAC fundraising they will be selling popcorn every Friday for $1.00 a bag.  The Primary students are not allowed to buy popcorn until an adult has checked their lunches to ensure they have adequately eaten enough.  If you would like your child to partake in this treat please send them with money on Friday’s.
LUNCH HOUR AT GORDON - A reminder to send your children with cutlery if they require it.  The school does not have enough cutlery to provide to the children if they have forgotten it.  This makes for very messy lunches and dirty hands.  Also please be reminded that we do not have microwaves available to heat up lunches so simple hand held lunches are the best choice.  Also due to only having three supervision aides and a very active student population we will be having all students eat their lunch at the same time.  Divisions 1-8 will be eating in the gym and Divisions 9-16 will be eating in the lunchroom.

 LORD KITCHENER PAC SPONSORED PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT.  We will be screening a film in the auditorium at Prince of Wales on Thursday, October 13th at 6:30pm."Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Stanford-trained doctor and mother of two, Delaney Ruston.  Is technology stressing out your home front?  Worried about tech-time and the impact on your child’s development?
Buy your tickets today at http://tinyurl.com/2016pactickets  $5 early bird price for Kitchener and PW parents and students.  'Screenagers' recommends that students be Grade 5 and older to attend this film. Lord Kitchener PAC presents "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" tinyurl.com 

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.  In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. http://www.screenagersmovie.com

BLUE AND RED MAKE PURPLE: A FAMILY CONCERT WITH GRAMMY WINNER, JENNIFER GASOI.   Join us for Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:30am at the Waterfront Theatre Children $12.50 / Adults $20
Information www.writersfest.bc.ca Purchase tickets www. tickets.theatrewire.com
Congratulations General Gordon!  We managed to raise $2000.00 which means Ms. Davidson will be showered with Jello at an assembly on Thursday, October 13 at 11:00am.  We all did a great job with the fundraising and the Terry Fox Foundation thanks you for your donations.


Safe Arrival:  You will be receiving an email soon 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 17.
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

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