Gordon Gazette 2016 11 27 Issue 6

This the Sixth 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
  3. Community News

Don't forget PAC Fundraising


Gordon Gazette

November 27 2016, Newsletter #06

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Calendar Reminders


Mon. Nov. 28, 2016 PAC Meeting @ 7pm
Mon. Nov. 28 – Dec. 8 2016 Donations accepted for Toonie Drive
Wed. Nov. 30 2016 Pizza Day
Mon. Dec. 1 -15, 2016 Food Bank Drive
Mon. Dec. 5, 2016 Professional Day – No School
Wed. Dec. 7, 2016 Pizza Day
Thu. Dec. 8, 2016 Winter Concert (daytime) see times below
Fri. Dec. 9, 2016 Toonie Sales 9 – 3pm & Craft Sale 3 – 4:30pm
Mon. Dec. 12, 2016 PIE Coffee @ 9:15am
Tues. Dec. 13, 2016 Science Celebration 9 -10am (By Participation)
Tues. Dec. 13, 2016 Generosity Assembly @ 11:10am
Wed. Dec. 14, 2016 Goodbye Ms. Davidson Assembly 11am
Wed. Dec. 14, 2016 Pizza Day
Wed. Dec. 14, 2016 Margaret’s Retirement Event 4 – 7pm
Wed. Dec. 14, 2016 Report Cards home


WINTER CONCERTSThurs. Dec. 8, 2016 in the Multipurpose Room
Show A @ 9:30am – Div. 1 (Featured), Div. 3, 4, 2, 6, 9 & 10   
Show B @ 11am    - Div. 3 & 4 (Featured), Div. 1, 7, 8 & 5       
*Note all Gr. 7 classes will perform in Show A & Show B, but will only be featured & in front for one show 
Show C @ 1:30pm – Div. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16   
Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes PRIOR to performances.   Thank you.
GENERAL GORDON CRAFT FAIR-Students can bring crafts or baked goods to sell on Friday, December 9 from 3:00-4:30pm.  There will be a sign up starting next week to have part of a table to put their crafts.
GR. 7 FRENCH IMMERSION FUNDRAISER – TOONIE SALE – FRI. DEC. 9, 2016 – Please bring in your new or “nearly new” items for this great fundraiser.  We are accepting donations from Nov. 28 to Dec. 8, 2016.  We accept toys, books, gift items, candles etc. but please no stuffies or clothing other than neckties.  The children will then get a chance to buy these items for their loved ones during the day on Dec. 9th.
GENERAL GORDON FOOD BANK – Will be running from Dec. 1 – 15, 2016.  Each division will have a cardboard box in their classroom where students can donate dry food items, for example canned soup.  Please note perishable items are not accepted.  The food donations will be collected by the Vancouver Food Bank on Dec. 15th.  Thank you for donating food items to this very worthy cause.  The holiday season is a special time to show kindness and generosity of spirit.
NO NUTS PLEASE – Just a reminder that we are trying to be a “No Nut Aware School”.  We have many children who are severely allergic to all kinds of nuts.  Please do not send you children to school with lunches or snacks that might contain any kind of nuts.  Thank you for your consideration.
DOES YOUR CHILD WANT TO LEARN MANDARIN?     We have a group that is interested in teaching Mandarin.  They will be teaching the classes according to Chinese textbooks that are specifically designed for younger students and students with little or no Chinese background. The textbooks have 12 lessons; we will be covering one lesson every two classes, so there will be enough time for students to absorb the information and to practice their skills.

Every student will receive his or her own online Santools account for free. Santools is our unique online review tool which can be used at any time to review what was taught in class. It contains fun Chinese exercises and practice problems that correspond to each day's lesson, so students can review and study at their own pace. There are also videos and audios on Santools to keep the learning interesting.
Right now, we plan to set the price of the class to $275 per student for one entire term. The online study program, Santools, will be free for all students. If you are interested in signing up please let Ms. Davidson know of your interest.  MDavidson@vsb.bc.ca

PROGRAMING COURSES - In the Python programming class I will teach them how to design and build their own video game using Python and in the Minecraft class I will teach them how I design and build my after-school adventures and have them form teams (of their choosing) to build their own Minecraft adventures.
Digital World Builders Winter Camp 2016 @ Trafalgar
Two game design and development mini-camps December 19 to 22 at Trafalgar:
1. Python Game Programming, in the morning (9:30 - 12:00) - $150
2. Minecraft Adventure Building, in the afternoon (12:30 - 2:30) - $125

  • Ages 8 to 12
  • Maximum 18 students per class
  • No computer programming experience required.
  • One computer per-student and all computers provided.

Students can sign-up for either mini-camp or if they can sign up for both camps and save $25.
More details: http://www.xmodus.com/programs.html#dwb-winter-camp-2016
After school hands-on science for grade 4/5
6 places left for the Winter term!
Activities on a new topic each week explore the underlying science of everyday phenomena, with students guiding topic choice in later weeks. Emphasis is on embracing creative ideas, and using critical thinking for deeper exploration and understanding. Taught by Ingrid Sulston, a past Gordon parent with 22 years of hands-on science teaching experience, the last 6 years teaching after school at Gordon. 
When: Wednesday or Thursday, 3:15 - 5pm. 8 weeks starting January 11th/12th
Where: Ingrid’s home on 7th Ave East of the school. Ingrid can meet students in the playground.
How much: $140 for 8 weeks          Contact: ingridscience@gmail.com
Pizza Wednesdays are back
The Late French Immersion parent volunteers will be selling pizza slices beginning this Wednesday, 30 Nov. and every Wednesday at lunch.  The cost is $3 a slice or two slices for $5, pepperoni and cheese only. They will be sold until they run out. Please pack lunch in case the pizza runs out. 
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 started 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:

  • Proof of residence in Vancouver
  • Child's birth certificate
  • Immigration documentation (if applicable)
  • Immunization records

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.
LEGO Robotics After School Program Opening January 2017 at General Gordon Elementary
Kids learn critical & computational thinking skills, applied coding & programming, teamwork, creative problem solving & digital Literacy, all in a hands-on, minds-on, high touch learning environment using LEGO Education WeDo and Mindstorms robotics elements and software. 

WHEN: Fridays, 3:15—4:45pm
DATES: 8 weeks, January 6th – March 3rd, 2017
COST:   $240 + GST
Teacher-Student Ratio: 1:6

More info/registration: http://robocamps.ca
Contact: (604) 345-8603info@daedalosacademy.com
Please note: Spaces are limited 
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. 
TIP: "Inclusion and kindness start by saying Hi. Say hi to the kid that your child is friendly with, to the kid that seems a bit different, to their parents, to the child your child doesn't like to play with much… just say Hi!”
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.
Denise Edwards and Erika Cedillo     Co-Chairs      Partners for Inclusive Education
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:
  * 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.
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: December 1 (Thursday) 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
Building Bridges with your Teen
 Want to have more fun with your teen or pre-teen?  Do you wonder: what is the parent role in high school?  Looking for ways to strengthen your connection? Want practical ways to reduce tension & increase understanding?
The teenage years (and high school) bring change for the whole family. We’ll explore brain changes and the science behind teen behaviour. We’ll look at ways to keep your sense of humour and your patience. Hear from others and share your insights and take away some practical approaches to add to your parent toolkit.
Understanding the changes of adolescence can help you support your child throughout the high school years.
Building Bridges with your Teen: a night for parents
Choose from locations and dates below:
Please arrive a few minutes early to get refreshments and sign in.
November 24 2016 Templeton Secondary 7:00 – 9:00 pm  
November 29 2016 Tupper Sec. 7:00 – 9:00 pm
February 23 2017 Van Tech Secondary 7:00 – 9:00 pm       
More dates available on the SACY website: www.vsb.bc.ca/SACY       
Limited seating! Please register:
Email Alexandra: ajwilson@vsb.bc.ca Or call: 604-713-6000 mailbox 2588
Child-minding subsidy may available by request