Gordon Gazette 2017 01 17 issue 8

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

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Newsletter Contents:

  1. The Gordon Gazette (A message from the Principal Hope Sterling)
  2. PAC News

Don't forget PAC Fundraising


Gordon Gazette

January 17 2017, Newsletter #08

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Calendar Reminders


Wed January 18, 2017 PIE Meeting @7PM (Library)
Mon. January 23, 2017 PAC Meeting @ 7pm
Fri. January 27, 2017 Kindergarten Vision Testing
Mon. January 30, 2017 Pro – Day (no school)


Principal’s Message – First Impressions
I would like to start my first message with a big THANK YOU.  I received a lovely bouquet of flowers from the PAC on my first day and many warm welcoming parents have already come by my office to say hello.  I feel very at home here already.  Thank you!  If you have been by my office you will see that I am still settling in, as I wait for my filing cabinet to arrive.  I look forward to getting to know our parent community better at our next PIE meeting on Wed, Jan 18th at 7 PM or PAC meeting on Monday, Jan 23rd at 7 PM in the library.   I would also like to comment on how kind and caring the students have been toward me.  They are the most well-mannered students I have run across in the district!
I am feeling very fortunate, not only to be in such a wonderful building, but to work with such a dynamic, involved staff.  I am presently conducting personal interviews with each staff member before and after school. After this, I am planning to go into each classroom and join in one lesson in order to better acquaint myself with the students as learners. 
I will work hard to support the professional team of educators here at Gordon.  However, I believe my primary mandate is student safety.  The Supervision Aides and I have already met to put in a few new plans.  For example, when the weather is extremely cold or it is pouring rain, we will announce over the PA that we will be following the “Extreme Weather Plan”.  This means that 2 little used areas of the outside space that have no playgrounds will be closed and the Multipurpose Room will be open.     
I look forward to listening and learning to the Gordon community over the next six months.  Ms. Davidson told me about many programs and events that make Gordon a unique and exceptional learning environment.  I look forward to being part of it all and finding ways to contribute to the great work that is already being done by the students, staff and parents.     – Hope Sterling, Principal
Possible Changes to the 2017/2018 School Calendar
We have been advised by the District that there is a possibility that the Winter Break dates for 2017-18 might be changed from December 18-January 1st to December 25th to January 5th – to align with all other neighbouring districts. We expect to know for certain on January 24th, after a decision at the Board Meeting. We would recommend that you plan accordingly. Thank you for your understanding about this matter.
BE PEANUT AWARE – We have noticed that some children are coming to school with peanut butter in their lunches.  As we have children in our school that are highly allergic to ALL TREE NUTS we ask that you do not pack any nut products in snacks and lunches. Thank you.


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: have a chat with your kids about how fun it is to have friends at school and invite them to think about whether everyone has friends in their class. Talk about small things they could do to be a good friend, especially if they think of someone who has no friends.
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/>.
PIZZA WEDNESDAY’S – As an ongoing fundraiser the French Immersion parents are selling Pizza every Wednesday at lunch.  Cost is $3 for one piece or $5 for two pieces.
POPCORN FRIDAY’S - Popcorn will be sold every Friday at lunchtime recess in the multipurpose room. $1 a bag.
ONGOING FUNDRAISING:  Gift Card Fundraising
PAC Fundraising: Gift Cards - Next gift card order deadline Wednesday, February 1. Please leave order in box on office counter. Cash or cheque only.
Participating stores: Chapters/Indigo/Coles, Kidsbooks, Chevron, Esso, Petro-Canada, Shell, i-Tunes, 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.
Stats from the December order: 12 families participated; 95 cards ordered; $4485 total spent;  $204.98 raised for General Gordon School. No order is too small...or too big!
Safeway cards are available any time by request. $100/$250. 8% goes to PAC. Contact parent volunteer at sheilakirkby [at] gmail [dot] com
Form online at  http://gordonelementary.ca/sites/default/files/shopping%20card%20order%20form%20October%202016_0.pdf