Reporting to Parents
School reports let parents know how their children are progressing both academically and socially. There are three formal written report cards during the school year: early December; before the Spring Break; and at the end of June. Primary reports are anecdotal and Intermediate reports contain both anecdotal comments and letter grades. Dates of parent/teacher conferences will be noted in the newsletter and are listed under the “School Calendar.”
Besides three written reports, parents are provided with a minimum of two informal, oral reports. Teachers determine how they will communicate informally with parents. Examples of informal reporting are student/parent/ teacher meetings; student-led conferences; phone calls, email, etc.
Other student/parent/teacher conferences may take place throughout the year at the request of any party. Please feel free to make an appointment to speak with the classroom teacher.
If parents have any concerns or questions regarding practices or activities occurring in their child’s classroom, they are invited to discuss these concerns directly with the classroom teacher. !
The Gordon Gazette (our school newsletter) is written by the Principal. This is an important read as it updates you on all of the events and happenings. It also includes useful information on parenting and other relevant issues. You can sign up to receive an email notice when it is posted on our website. Sign up for email notice at http://www.gordonelementary.ca/contact
Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
Gordon has a very active, inclusive and involved parent group, which works closely with the staff and principal. In addition to organizing school events and fundraising functions, PAC takes an active interest in the classroom life of the school and affairs of the district as a whole. PAC maintains the school website (www.gordonelementary.ca), where school events, run by PAC and/or staff, are posted, as well as PAC budget, minutes, newsletters, and other issues relating to PAC.
Every parent or guardian of a student enrolled in the school is automatically a member of the PAC. The PAC has an elected executive and numerous committees, who report to the rest of the parents. PAC meeting minutes are posted on the notice board in the main hallway and on the school website.
Why should I come to a PAC meeting?
- To find out what is going on in your child’s school and to have some input.
- To socialize with other parent and staff.
- To feel connected to the school as a whole, not just to your child’s class
- To help enhance your child’s educational experience.
Evening PAC meetings have been held every month at Bayview Elementary. However, there are many parents who cannot or prefer not to attend PAC meetings, who also are very involved in the school. More information about how you can volunteer and/or help will be sent home in September. !
School Planning Council (SPC)
Every elementary school in the province is mandated through the School Act to establish a School Planning Council.
The SPC is an advisory body whose major responsibility is to consult with the school community and in developing, monitoring and reviewing the School Plan for improving student achievement. The School Planning Council consists of the Principal, Vice-Principal and three parents. The SPC representatives come from the Parent Advisory Council (one parent must be on the PAC Executive).
During the 2014-2015 school year, General Gordon’s goals are as follows:
- To teach application of critical thinking, clear articulation of ideas, healthy choices and social responsibility in the use of technology and electronic media.
- To increase knowledge, acceptance, empathy, awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal histories, traditions, cultures and contributions among all students.
You can see details of the School Plan on the Vancouver School Board website. www.vsb.bc.ca
Messages From Home
We encourage you, as parents, to telephone the school or write a note to your child’s teacher or principal to share information that is important for your child’s well-being. While teachers are not usually available to come to the telephone during class hours, they are pleased to return your phone call after instructional hours.
Use of School Telephone
Demand on the use of telephones at school is high. Student use of the office telephone is restricted to essential use only (phoning home due to illness, unforeseen circumstances).
Students are asked to not use cell phones during class time. If a parent needs to get in contact with a student during school hours we ask that you call the office at 604-713-5403. For the safety of all students at school, if a student is seen using a cellphone during school hours, the cellphone will be kept in the office and returned to the child at the end of the day. Many teachers have a cellphone box in their classroom and we encourage students to keep their phones there all day.
Tardiness and Absences
Arriving late for school on a repeated basis can create a problem for your child’s learning. Many important instructions happen during the first few minutes and can affect a child’s whole day. It is important to consult with your child’s teacher and the administration if you are having difficulties resolving a ‘chronic late’ pattern.
Out of School Care - Jericho Kids Club
Jericho Kids' Club (JKC) is a fully licensed out of school care program that operates on-site at General Gordon. Care is available for children from kindergarten through grade 12, before and after school and all day on professional development days and school holidays. Please contact the JKC office at 604-736-4080 or visit their website at jerichokidsclub.com for more information.