Gordon Gazette 2016 10 21 Issue 4

This the Fourth 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 21 2016, Newsletter #04

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Calendar Reminders

Friday Oct 21 District Professional Day
Monday Oct 31 Halloween Parade 9:30 am in Gym
Thursday Nov 3 Kindergarten Hearing Screening @ 9:30am
Monday Nov 7 Make-up Photo Day
Thursday Nov 10 Implementation Day – No school for Students
Friday Nov 11 Remembrance Day – No School

School News

“The core competencies along with literacy and numeracy foundations and essential content and concepts are at the centre of the redesign of curriculum and assessment. Core competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in deep learning and life-long learning. Through provincial consultation, three core competencies were identified

  • Communication -The communication competency encompasses the set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media.
  • Thinking - The thinking competency encompasses the knowledge, skills and processes we associate with intellectual development. It is through their competency as thinkers that students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. Thinking competence includes specific thinking skills as well as habits of mind, and metacognitive awareness.
  • Personal and Social - Personal and social competency is the set of abilities that relate to students' identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society. Personal and social competency encompasses the abilities students need to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world.”   BCED Plan 2015 Ministry of Education.

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 Tuesday, January 10 from 7:00-8:00pm in the gym at Gordon.  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
Registration will start in November 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.
Do you have a child born in 2012?  Kindergarten registration starts on November 1st, 2016
All Kindergarten applicants are required to submit an application to their English catchment elementary school.  This includes families who wish to apply for choice programs (French Immersion, Montessori, etc.) and/or a cross boundary placement.
The priority registration period for Kindergarten opens on Tuesday November 1st and closes at 4 pm on Tuesday January 31st, 2017.   Students who submit an application within this priority period will be accommodated before late applicants. 
If your child was born outside of Canada, you need to report to the VSB District Reception and Placement Centre (DRPC) and complete the initial Kindergarten application there.
We expect more in-catchment applicants than the school can accommodate.  Applicants who apply within the priority registration period (November 1 to January 31) will be included in a draw for available spaces.  Students with siblings already in attendance at the school (and who will be attending next year) will be placed prior to the draw.
When registering your child please bring:

  1. Proof of residence in Vancouver
  2. Child’s birth certificate
  3. Immigration documentation (if applicable)
  4. Immunization records

If you want to apply for a Choice program or cross-boundary, you must first apply to your English catchment elementary school.  Applications for Choice programs and cross boundary placements will be accepted in early 2017, but only after you have registered at your catchment school. 
For more information on Kindergarten registration please visit: http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten
NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION Gr. 1 – 7 – We will also be starting to accept registrations for new students for next year.  If you know someone who is in catchment or moving to our catchment please get them to come to school from Nov. 1 to January 31, 2017 to register their child to save a space for Sept. 2017.  As we anticipate we will be full next year, we will NOT be accepting CROSS BOUNDARY applications for any grades.
PHOTO ORDERS DUE – MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016 – If you are planning on ordering individual pictures of your child, please bring payment in on Monday, Oct. 24.  After that date the price goes up and you will have to order directly from Mountain West Studios.
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.


PIE is the group Partners for Inclusive Education. To achieve an inclusive community we believe that every person, regardless of their challenges, is important, and participates and contributes something unique and valuable to our community. 
Every person in our community is a piece of the PIE. Watch here for regular tips on how to be a piece of that PIE.
TIP: consider asking this question to a parent "Can you tell me more about your child?" It's ok to be curious.
Denise Edwards and Erika Cedillo     Co-Chairs      Partners for Inclusive Education
Our school Direct Drive will be running from 18 October to 18 November. The school appreciates your kind donations which will benefit your children’s learning experience. We are focusing our fundraising on technology and other items on the teacher's wish list. Our goal is to raise $15,545. If every parent donates $50-75 per child/family we would reach our target and even more. You can donate by clicking on the direct drive logo on our school website www.gordonelementary.ca<http://www.gordonelementary.ca/>.  You are also given the option to click on a 'wix website' where you can donate to specific items. Please find attached below the flyer for the Direct Drive. Please fill Page 2 and drop it off in the school office if you would like to donate by cheque.
If you would like your child or children to be registered for the safe arrival program. Please put your signed forms in the PAC box in the school office. The form is attached.

Safe Arrival Form pdf

Safe Arrival Form docx

Coffee mornings are back. On the last Friday of every month (apart from on Pro D days and holidays), we will be serving coffee and baked goods to the parents of our school. A big thank you to Starbucks for kindly donating the coffee and Serano bakery for donating the delicious baked goods. The coffee mornings will be from 8.45-9.45am, it will be outside by the multipurpose room and gym (with canopy so we can try and stay dry if raining). Please feel free to stop by for a chat and warm up if you have the time. :) Here are the coffee morning dates:
*28 October   *  25 November   * 27 January   * 31 March  * 28 April   * 26 May
Our twice weekly (Monday and Thursday) hot lunch program is running smoothly. Please do not forget to place your order by 7pm on Sunday. You can order online, the website address is www.cestmoncafe.com<http://www.cestmoncafe.com/>.
Popcorn will be sold every Friday at lunchtime recess in the multipurpose room. $1 a bag. Please note that there will no popcorn served on Friday 21st October as it is a Pro D Day.
Gift Card Fundraising
Plan ahead and buy shopping ("gift") cards for your favorite grocer and 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 2015-2016 this raised over $2300.
Next Order Deadline: November 1 (Tuesday) by 3pm. Please leave order in PAC box on school office counter. Cash or cheque only. 
Print out order form or pick up a copy in the office. 

Participating stores: Chapters/Indigo/Coles, Kidsbooks, Chevron, Esso, Petro-Canada, Shell, iTunes, Choices Market, Loblaws (Shop Easy, Extra Foods, Superstore, No Frills), Save-on, Urban Fare, Price Smart, Starbucks, Safeway, Stong's, T&T, London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Keg, Old Spaghetti Factory, Tim Hortons, White Spot.

Questions? Contact parent-volunteer at sheilakirkby [at] gmail [dot] com or see http://gordonelementary.ca/Shopping%20Card