2015 05 25 Issue #16

This the Sixteenth bi-weekly newsletter!

Click Here to get an authenticated and certified piece of the 1912 General Gordon School and support the new playground

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 25 2015, Newsletter #16

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Calendar Reminders

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 (Main and Annex)
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



Brick Selling Ceremony, Friday, May 29!
WHERE? At the Gordon Site
WHEN? Friday, May 29, 3:30-5:30 pm.
WHY? Raise funds for the new playground, and have some fun

Get your own Gordon Brick from the 1912 school building!

$20.00 = a brick, a certificate authenticating the 1912 brick, your name on a plaque that will be placed in the new school as recognition of your contribution to the new playground, outdoor classroom, fields and gardens.

Program: Students will arrive from the busses (annex & main) or from the school to the site
There will be tarps spread out for the students to sit on.
There will be student, staff and parent speakers.
Cutting of the ribbon & the selling of bricks.


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.



The Grade 7 leaving ceremony will be on Tuesday, June 16th from 3:00-4:00 pm in the auditorium. Students and families will then meet at Locarno beach for a potluck dinner. More info to follow.


This year some classes will be going to Chaldecott Park on Thursday, June 18 instead of our traditional Beach Day. The annex students will meet us there after lunch. More info to follow


Seven Gordon teachers, Deni Mori, Katy Wilson, Shani Danzig, Robin Parr, Amanda Wardrop, Graeme Cotton and Margaret Davidson participated in a collaborative inquiry exploring the question:

  • How can we best document and share the process of learning? Looking at student participation in documenting /sharing sustainable practices, increasing the value of process work and sharing the learning and process with parents.
  • We were hoping through our work in the classroom with students that they would take ownership and pride in the learning process and be able to communicate their growth and understanding.

We met as a group 6 times to work on our strategies and process in our classrooms. This was a journey of finding what works best for children in primary and intermediate classes.

  • One teacher worked on a class book where students could show their work and reflect on it.
  • Some worked on rubrics in the classroom
  • Some had questions for students to reflect on their learning.
  • One worked on a process to communicate to parents
  • One worked on self-reflective postcards

During the inquiry journey, the group came up with a new focus for our school plan for next year. They presented to the staff on the Professional day in April.

School Goal: To provide opportunities for students to become proficient in the skills and strategies required to self-assess and self-evaluate which will support competent, confident and consistent independent learning.

The group is participating in the “Celebration of Learning” at Windermere from 4:00-6:00pm on Wednesday, April 27th where they will be presenting their inquiry journey. They will also be presenting their process at the PAC meeting on Monday, May 25th. Everyone is welcome to come to either of our presentations.


Holman Wang, acclaimed author of the Cozy Classics series, is coming to General Gordon next week! Holman and his brother Jack’s brilliant re-writing of classic tales, such as War and Peace and Oliver Twist, into 12-word stories are well loved by audiences young and old. Each page features Holman’s incredible art made from needle felt. Recently, Holman and Jack Wang have released a new series called Star Wars Epic Yarns, featuring 12-word, needle-felted versions of each of the three original Star Wars movies. All Gordon students will get a chance to hear Holman talk about his work as an author and artist, read his books and learn about his needle felt techniques. Books are available for borrowing at the Gordon library, or for purchase at Kidsbooks. You can also visit his website http://www.mycozyclassics.com for more information.

  • Monday, May 25th he will be at the annex and Friday, May 29th he will be at the main school.


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


  • 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)


As the weather keeps getting nicer and hotter this is a reminder to make sure your child brings the following to school every day: A hat, water bottle, proper skin protection i.e. sunscreen and proper clothing. Ms. Davidson will discuss this with each class.


Does your child has spring time allergies or have an adverse reaction to bees, wasps, etc? Please ensure they have allergy medicine on their person, or they can bring it into the office to keep on hand. If the allergy is life threatening please make sure the office is aware of this and the child has an epi pen on them at all times.


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.