2015 05 08 Issue #15

This the Fifteenth bi-weekly newsletter!

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Newsletter Contents:

  1. The Gordon Gazette (A message from the Principal Margaret Davidson)
  2. What's Happening in the Gordon Classrooms...
  3. PAC News

Don't forget PAC Fundraising

Gordon Gazette

May 08 2015, Newsletter #15

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Calendar Reminders

Friday May 15 Sports Day @ the Main
Sunday May 24 Bike A Thon (1:00-4:00pm)
Friday May 29 Brick selling ceremony
Tuesday June 2 Grade 6 QE/Gordon Dance 6:00-8:00pm
Wednesday June 3 Welcome to Kindergarten
Thursday June 4 The Gordon Gallery (3:00-4:30pm)
Thursday June 4 QE Spring Fling
Friday June 5 Sports Day @ the Annex (12:30-3:00pm)
Wednesday June 10 Teacher Appreciation Day
Tuesday June 16 Grade 7 Leaving Ceremony
Monday June 22 Welcome to Late French Immersion
Thursday June 25 Last day for students

Students at the main dismissed at 1:45pm

Students at the annex dismissed at 2:00pm




Gordon staff will soon begin to organize classes for the 2015-2016 school year. The professional staff at the school takes considerable care in determining the placement of students in classes. There are many factors that are important considerations in this process. It is hoped that the following notes will help parents/guardians better understand how student placement is determined.

The number of teachers allocated to General Gordon is determined by a formula that is established by the Human Resources Division of the Vancouver Board of Education. The number of students in the school determines the number of teachers and classes. Sometimes combination classes are an organizational necessity based on student numbers and contractual agreement. Sometimes the school makes a philosophical choice to have combination classes based on the cognitive/social/emotional needs of the students.

Sometimes parents are able to provide the school with additional important information that should be considered in determining a student’s placement. Should you wish to provide the school with extra information, please send a letter addressed to the principal, Margaret Davidson by Friday, June 5. The information in a letter should focus on some important personal or educational information that will assist staff with placement decisions rather than being a request for placement with a specific teacher. Fundamentally, the final decision for student placement is a school-based, professional decision; however, input to help determine that decision is welcome. If you have questions about the planning for the 2015-2016 school year please do not hesitate to contact the Principal.


Sports Day at the Annex: June 5th 12:30-15:00

Teachers of both QEA and Gordon are busy planning a fun Sports Day for our students on June 5th. Please come and join us for some active fun, and hopefully lots of sun. The Sports Day will be rain or shine so please dress your child appropriately.

Quake Release Drill:

I want to thank you all for participating in our earthquake release this week. It was executed to perfection by staff, students and parents and everyone had the chance to review procedures. In the event of a major emergency, this is exactly how we would proceed, although transportation to school would be much trickier. I know that parents are very busy with children and work, and I really appreciate that many of you took the time to join us in this important practice. In the event of a real emergency, it will be reassuring to your child to have practiced the drill with you. Our staff will be reviewing how the drill went at our next staff meeting and we welcome feedback.

Jump Rope for Heart

QEA is jumping daily for healthy hearts. We have had our first Jump Rope for Heart assembly and teachers are integrating jumping into their PE lessons. Raising money for the Foundation is volunteer; we will collect all the pledges on May 22nd when we have our last Jump assembly. For more information on the heart foundation, please visit: jumpropeforheart.ca You can donate online to avoid cash and cheques on the website: click on “donate”, “British Columbia” and choose our school. All donations are much appreciated!

Nancy Bourque Vice Principal – Queen Elizabeth Annex


  • Division 8 has planted some beans, peas, strawberry plants and a variety of ferns. We are excited to see new life pop out of the earth and hope to share our bounty when the time comes.


Enter your art piece or art collection at Gordon’s first art exhibit. Students in Grades 2-7 are eligible to enter. Grade 6 students in Division 6 (Grace, Cicely, Matika, Annika, Chloe, Heidi, Sophie and Abi) are sponsoring THE GORDON GALLERY. Information will be given to students this week and an information sheet to come home.

Date of the exhibit: Tuesday, June 4

Place: QE Auditorium

Time: 3:00-4:30pm


  • Meets will be on the following dates:
    • Juniors (grades 4/5) on Wednesday May 13 and Thursday, May 21
    • Seniors (grades 6/7) on Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May
    • Finals at Point Grey Secondary School will take place on Tuesday May 26
      • Juniors from 8:30am-12:30 (drivers and athletes to meet in the gym at 8:00am)
      • Seniors from 1:00-3:30pm (drivers and athletes to meet in the gym at 12:15pm)


  • Friday, May 15, 2015 in the sports fields around the portables.
  • Student’s come to school at the regular time on Friday (8:45am)
  • Parade will start at 10:35am
  • First Event will start at 10:46am
  • All the events will be on the grass field
  • Students will be dismissed at 1:45pm. Busses will be at 1:55 and 2:15pm.


Bike-a-thon is fast approaching and needs YOU! **

WHERE? At the Annex for ALL General Gordon students, K-7
WHEN? Sunday, May 24, 1-4 pm.
WHY? Raise funds for the new playground, and have some fun

Have you registered and sponsored your child? http://www.gordonbikeathon.myevent.com/

Have you signed up to help out for an hour? https://doodle.com/qkpg2sad6qqsd3ix

Great prizes to be won, and fun activities for all. Check out the website for all the details

** Parent helpers are still needed to oversee the Face Painting, the Hula Hooping and the Skipping Stations. No experience required! Only your enthusiasm! Please email gordonpac@ymail.com if you can help.

Thursday, May 14 - Guest Speaker

Parent Education Speaker -Dr Linda Uyeda - Mindfulness in Parenting, Location: Bayview School Library, 7 p.m. Admission by donation.

Monday, May 25 - PAC Meeting/AGM

Voting for PAC Executive. Chairperson and vice or co-chair positions are open for 2015-2016. It is a great way to be involved in the school, meet great people, feel connected to the staff and help make decisions for the school parent community. Every parent or guardian of a child at the school is a member of PAC and is welcome to attend meetings and take on any role within the PAC. See you soon!

PAC Fundraising

Did you know that the Big Brother's donation bin on Bayswater next to General Gordon School raises over $100/month for General Gordon PAC? If you are spring cleaning, please drop off your donations when you are dropping off your child at the bus.

JKC Awesome Summer Adventure 2015

Did you know that our fantastic JKC summer program is now open to non-members? We have some full summer and weekly registrations still available for the best deal in town. Our full-day programs include two major out trips each week, lunch and two snacks daily as well as many other visitors and activities. Our fabulous JKC staff are all qualified, experienced, first aid trained and ready to give your child a wonderful summer camp experience. Check our website www.jerichokidsclub.com for full details or call us at 604-736-4080. We look forward to hearing from you.