Gordon_Gazette 2016 12 14 issue 7

This is the Seventh 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

December 15 2016, Newsletter #07

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Calendar Reminders


Tues. January 3, 2017 irst day back after Winter Break
Tues. January 10, 2017 Late French Immersion Meeting (7:00-8:00pm)
Mon. January 23, 2017 PAC Meeting @ 7pm
Mon. January 30, 2017 Pro – Day (no school)


Principal’s Message 
My years at Gordon have been filled with love and kindness.  I have been blessed with working with dedicated, professional and enthusiastic staff.  The parents of our community have always been supportive and engaged in our school and I have appreciated all the time and effort they take for advocating for children and learning.  Children are wonderful no matter what school you are at! I have been so lucky to have been at Gordon for so many years to see children grow from kindergarten to Grade 7 and off to High School.  Children are why I have loved coming to work every day.  I also feel the Gordon community is a special place where everyone works hard at being Kind, Safe and Fair.  I am looking forward to some new adventures in my life but also will come to visit to watch the Talent Show and see the Grade 7’s leaving ceremony.  Thank you all for making my role as principal so fulfilling and rewarding.

I would like to welcome the new principal Hope Sterling who has some ties to Gordon and is excited to be coming to our school.  She brings a wealth of knowledge, a love for children and an enthusiasm to work with staff around teaching and learning.  Please welcome her with open arms and give her the support and encouragement that you have given me throughout the years.
I would like to also welcome Caitlin Stewart to our Gordon community.  She is excited to be starting out in our Grade 7 late French Immersion class.
We want to wish Nathalie Menard well in her new position at Kitsilano where she will be teaching planning 10 and French Immersion 11.  We are excited that many of our Gordon alumni will receive her enthusiasm for teaching and learning.

Ms. Davidson
Library News
A belated but huge thank you to PAC, parents and families for bringing Ashley Spires to us in late October. She spent the day with us, did four sessions, and saw every student in the school. The kids loved hearing about her creative process and were enthralled with their drawing experience with her. Her books are still in high demand, especially the Binky books.
Thank you also to the whole community for supporting the Book Fair. The library raised $500 cash towards the purchase of some pre-owned laptops. The laptops are very functional and well-used.
Thank you for cash donations at the door totaling $370. This will help families afford field trips and camps. 
Thank you to everyone who brought contributions and helped with the bake sale. $410 was raised.
Thank you to Adriana Loza for coordinating the plant sale. $625 was raised. Baking and plant sales proceeds help the Parent Advisory Council to support school activities.
Thank you to SPUD for donating the prize box of fresh organic fruits & vegetables and congratulations to the winner. You can support General Gordon School through SPUD produce bins. Try it once or set up a regular weekly or monthly order. Delivered to your door.  http://www.spud.ca/catalogue/FundRaising.cfm
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. 
Piece of the PIE Tip:  Remember to say goodbye to Ms. Davidson, our wonderful principal and pioneer of PIE. Her approachable ways and belief in the abilities of each and every person have created the inclusive environment that our school is. 
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: February 1 (Wednesday) 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