2016 06 05 Issue #15

This the Fifteenth bi-weekly newsletter of the 2015/16!

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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

June 7th 2016, Newsletter #15

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Calendar Reminders

Thursday June 9 Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Friday June 10 Gr. 6 Catch up Immunizations
Tuesday June 21 Gr. 7 Graduation – Q.E. Auditorium 3-4pm
Wednesday June 22 Gordon Gallery
Monday June 27 Incoming Gr. 6 French Immersion Evening Event




Gordon staff will soon begin to organize classes for the 2016--2017 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 Wednesday, June 8. 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 2016-2017 school year please do not hesitate to contact the Principal.


Will be taking place at 3:30pm June 3rd. Please watch for emails from the class representatives of whom were the winners.


The Grade 7 leaving ceremony will be on Tuesday, June 21 from 3:00-4:30 pm in the auditorium. Students and families will then meet at Locarno beach for a potluck dinner. More info to follow.


Enter your art piece or art collection at Gordon’s first art exhibit. Students in Grades 2-7 are eligible to enter. Grade 7 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 Wednesday, June 22 Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Place QE Auditorium

Thank you to all the volunteers at Gordon that help to ensure that our school community is a thriving, fun, happy and learning environment.


A reminder that our and Queen Elizabeth’s Lost and Found are over flowing. Please make a point to come by and claim your items by June 17. We will be sending anything not collected by that date to charity so please come and look. Thanks.


Bike to School Week

Get your wheels out, summer is here! We have signed up our school for Bike to School Week again this year. Even though students are encouraged to bike, roll or skate to school every day of the year for healthy habits, they are particularly encouraged to do so during this week. Bike to School week is an event run by HUB and will be between May 30th - June 3rd this year. Want to get some tips about biking? Visit the following site:


Lost and Found at the Annex

We have a large collection of clothing items in our bins by the French library. Please come by for a look regularly. All items left by May 31st will be donated to the Salvation Army. 



Kitsilano Gymnastics Club will be offering Summer Camp programs at Lord Tennyson Elementary. Apart from gymnastics our program includes team sports, movie afternoon, social games and some arts & crafts, field trip:


Monday Gymnastics & Movie
Tuesday Gymnastics & Kitsilano Swimming Pool
Wednesday Field trip to Vancouver Aquarium
Thursday Gymnastics & Outdoor team games and water park
Friday Gymnastics & Group games and sports at the Locarno beach

Cost is 200 + GST for the full day 9-2:30 (plus $10 Gymnastics BC insurance); Half-Day 185 + GST

(plus $10 Gymnastics BC insurance); Ages 5-12. Drop-ins welcome at $45 per day. Registration is per week basis: Week 1 – July 4-8; Week 2 – July 11-15; Week 4-July 25-29


**Change of Date ** - From May 19 which is Sports Day to Friday, June 10. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

VSB Summer School

Summer School registration opens on May 2. Go to summer.vsb.bc.ca to find out more and book your child into some great programs.


Pizza will be sold in the lunch room on Fridays.  This is a fundraising effort for the Grade 7’s Quebec trip. They will sell until they run out - hopefully they will have enough pizza for everyone, but they don’t know how popular it will be, so please pack food with your child so no one goes hungry. There are no order forms, cash only. $3 one slice, $5 for two, plain cheese pizza and pepperoni. 


Staff Appreciation Lunch - Thursday 9 June

Thank you to those parents who have already volunteered to help out with the staff appreciation lunch and kindly offered to donate some food. We are still looking for some more food items listed below, please let us know if you can provide any of the following by this Sunday 5 June. We will both be at the bus stop in the morning and will be able to drive the food up to QE Main and the Annex and set up, please e-mail Vicky Stephens at vix_stephens@hotmail.com or Promita Abraham promita9@gmail.com if you are would like to donate any of the food listed or if you are interested to volunteer. There are 10 staff at the Annex and 30 at QE Main. If you are thinking of donating food, please let us know how many people you think you could cater for. Thank you:

Food items

  • sandwiches
  • crackers and soft cheese
  • veggie tray x 2
  • fruit platter x 2
  • mini wraps
  • muffins

Bike A Thon/Spring Fair

Thank you to everyone who attended our Bike-a-Thon/Spring Fair last Sunday. It was a wonderful day and we were so lucky with the sunny weather. A big Thank You must go out to the Bike-a-Thon Team: Sheila, Birte, Suzan, Erin and Julie. You all did an AMAZING job!!  Thank you to all the parents who volunteered at the event and to all the Gordon community who helped make it such a special day. 

Thank you to Adriana for organizing the Spring plant sale, the school band for playing and to Paula who designed the Bike-a thon flyers and posters. It was also so great to see 4Cats Arts Studio and Pedalheads represented at the event as well. 

Here is an approximate breakdown of the figures so far:

  1. Raffle. $5000 approx.
  2. Ticket sales.$1400 approx.
  3. Silent Auction. $3100 approx.
  4. Bike-a-thon. $ 7691.20 approx

Total (estimated): $17,191

Shopping cards

Next orders due Monday, June 6th. There has been a lot of Bike-a-thon follow-up, so you have an extra week to get your gift card order in this month. This is the last order until October so Stock Up for Summer!

Order form attached. If you can't print it out, just write a list what you want.* You can:

  1. hand your order to me at the bus stop bus #3/Annex or 
  2. leave in the PAC box in the Main School Office or
  3. leave in Margaret's box in the Annex Office clearly marked "Gordon PAC Card Order".

PLEASE - If you do not hand your order directly to me, email me a list of what you want to buy so I can get the order started.

The Bike-a-thon on May 29th was Fabulous! We are still working (volunteering!) behind the scenes to finalize the exact amount raised, but low estimates are about $18,000 from Raffle ($5000), Silent Auction ($3000), Bike-a-thon online pledges ($7000), Plant Sale, Cake Walk and snacks ($1000). Our total includes $1000 from TD/Canada Trust on West Broadway at Waterloo and another $1000 from RBC through their "Day of Sharing" program which also provided six volunteers (3 hours each) at the event. WOW!!