Gordon Gazette 2016 10 21 Issue 5

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

Safe Arrival  713-5403 Option #2

Newsletter Contents:

  1. The Gordon Gazette (A message from the Principal Margaret Davidson)
  2. PAC News
  3. Community News

Don't forget PAC Fundraising


Gordon Gazette

Nov 4 2016, Newsletter #05

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Calendar Reminders

Mon. Nov. 7, 2016 Make-up Photo Day
Wed. Nov. 9, 2016 Remembrance Day Assembly at 11:30 in the gym
Thur. Nov. 10, 2016 Implementation Day – No school for Students
Fri. Nov. 11, 2016 Remembrance Day – No School
Wed. Nov. 16, 2016 PIE Meeting @ 7pm
Thu. Nov. 17, 2016 Gr. 6 Vaccinations & TheatreSports @ 11am
Mon. Nov. 21 – Fri. 25 Stone Soup Lego Donation Drive
Mon. Nov. 28, 2016 PAC Meeting @ 7pm
Mon. Dec. 5, 2016 Professional Day – No School
Thu. Dec. 8, 2016 Winter Concert (daytime)

School News

The Mobile Artifact Museum

Thank you very much to the PAC for providing the opportunity to experience The Mobile Artifact Museum.  It was an enriching, educational, hands-on learning experience for all the students and staff at General Gordon. The Mobile Museum Tour consisted of an extensive collection of authentic BC Pioneer, First Nations, Gold Rush and Fur Trade Artifacts that the students viewed, touched and discussed during and after a very informative Power Point presentation.  There was also plenty of interaction and questions for the students during the presentation to keep them involved and participating.   It was particularly special that the tour was appropriate for students from Kindergarten through to Grade 7. 

Some Highlights of the presentation included:

  • BC Aboriginal Timeline with First Nations Mapping and Traditional Territories
  • Prehistoric Tool Technology used by Aboriginal peoples in BC and throughout the Pacific Northwest
  • Authentic British Columbia First Nation aboriginal artifacts, stone arrowheads & tools, various trade beads, carvings, and basketry
  • Authentic BC Gold Rush and Northwest Fur Trade Artifacts
  • Discussion of early Fur Trade exchanges with explorers and Aboriginals exploring bartering and monetary systems
  • Visually engaging displays
  • Hands-on tables including several ancient artifacts, related books, puppets and games 

Historical Flag at Gordon

With two months under our belt, our new facility is beginning to feel like home.  Boxes have been unpacked, furniture has arrived and playgrounds have been installed.  As we enjoy our beautiful and bright new school, it is also important that we remember the heritage of the original General Gordon School.  The school’s original flag, from 1912, has been preserved for over 100 years and is in remarkably good shape.  It is our wish to frame and hang this wonderful symbol of the past in our front hall.  To cover the cost of this project we are asking for $2.00 / student.  Thank you for your continued support.  We would like to thank Robin Parr for taking the time to frame this wonderful flag and symbol of our school’s heritage.

Lego Stone Soup – November 21-25

Do you remember the story of Stone Soup?  When each person in the village puts a little food in the pot, they are able to create a large tasty soup to share together.  We invite all the children who have Lego at home already to give 5 pieces to the school.  It will all go together in a tub to make a collection big enough for the primary classes (mostly kindergarten).  Base plates are also welcome if anyone has extras. There will be a tub in the Office beginning November 21st.  Thank you! 


If you have a child in Grade 5 and are interested in a Late Immersion Program, General Gordon will be hosting an information meeting on Tuesday, January 10 from 7:00-8:00pm in the gym at Gordon.  This is a great learning opportunity that promises intellectual challenge and fun learning a new language.  For more information you can visit the following website www.vsb.bc.ca.

Registration will start in November and go until the end of January.  It is not a first come, first serve basis but all registrations will be collected along with a written letter by the student which includes their reasons for wanting to participate in a Late Immersion program.  A copy of their first grade 5 report card can be sent to the school after December. At General Gordon we have 60 spaces for Grade 6 students.  If we have more applications there will be a draw in the beginning of February.

Do you have a child born in 2012?  Kindergarten registration started on November 1st, 2016

All Kindergarten applicants are required to submit an application to their English catchment elementary school.  This includes families who wish to apply for choice programs (French Immersion, Montessori, etc.) and/or a cross boundary placement.

The priority registration period for Kindergarten opens on Tuesday November 1st and closes at 4 pm on Tuesday January 31st, 2017.   Students who submit an application within this priority period will be accommodated before late applicants.  

If your child was born outside of Canada, you need to report to the VSB District Reception and Placement Centre (DRPC) and complete the initial Kindergarten application there. 

We expect more in-catchment applicants than the school can accommodate.  Applicants who apply within the priority registration period (November 1 to January 31) will be included in a draw for available spaces.  Students with siblings already in attendance at the school (and who will be attending next year) will be placed prior to the draw.
When registering your child please bring:

  1. Proof of residence in Vancouver 
  2. Child’s birth certificate
  3. Immigration documentation (if applicable)
  4. Immunization records

If you want to apply for a Choice program or cross-boundary, you must first apply to your English catchment elementary school.  Applications for Choice programs and cross boundary placements will be accepted in early 2017, but only after you have registered at your catchment school.  

For more information on Kindergarten registration please visit:

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION Gr. 1 – 7 – We will also be starting to accept registrations for new students for next year.  If you know someone who is in catchment or moving to our catchment please get them to come to school from Nov. 1 to January 31, 2017 to register their child to save a space for Sept. 2017.  As we anticipate we will be full next year, we will NOT be accepting CROSS BOUNDARY applications for any grades.



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. 
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.
TIP: consider asking this question to a parent "Can you tell me more about your child?" It's ok to be curious.
Denise Edwards and Erika Cedillo     Co-Chairs      Partners for Inclusive Education


Our school Direct Drive will be running from 18 October to 18 November. The school appreciates your kind donations which will benefit your children’s learning experience. We are focusing our fundraising on technology and other items on the teacher's wish list. Our goal is to raise $15,545. If every parent donates $50-75 per child/family we would reach our target and even more. You can donate by clicking on the direct drive logo on our school website http://www.gordonelementary.ca.  You are also given the option to click on a 'wix website' where you can donate to specific items. Please find attached below the flyer for the Direct Drive. Please fill Page 2 and drop it off in the school office if you would like to donate by cheque.


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:
*  25 November   * 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/>.


Popcorn will be sold every Friday at lunchtime recess in the multipurpose room. $1 a bag. 


Gift Card Fundraising

Plan ahead and buy shopping ("gift") cards for your favorite grocer and retail stores/restaurants before you go shopping. Gordon PAC buys the cards at a discount (from 2%-8%). You pay face value. Gordon PAC keeps the difference. In 2015-2016 this raised over $2300.
Next Order Deadline: November 1 (Tuesday) by 3pm. Please leave order in PAC box on school office counter. Cash or cheque only. 
Print out order form or pick up a copy in the office. 

Participating stores: Chapters/Indigo/Coles, Kidsbooks, Chevron, Esso, Petro-Canada, Shell, iTunes, 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.

Questions? Contact parent-volunteer at sheilakirkby [at] gmail [dot] com or see http://gordonelementary.ca/Shopping%20Card


Building Bridges with your Teen

Want to have more fun with your teen or pre-teen?  Do you wonder: what is the parent role in high school?  Looking for ways to strengthen your connection? Want practical ways to reduce tension & increase understanding?
The teenage years (and high school) bring change for the whole family. We’ll explore brain changes and the science behind teen behaviour. We’ll look at ways to keep your sense of humour and your patience. Hear from others and share your insights and take away some practical approaches to add to your parent toolkit.
Understanding the changes of adolescence can help you support your child throughout the high school years.
Building Bridges with your Teen: a night for parents
Choose from locations and dates below:
Please arrive a few minutes early to get refreshments and sign in.
November 24 2016 Templeton Secondary 7:00 – 9:00 pm  
November 29 2016 Tupper Sec. 7:00 – 9:00 pm
February 23 2017 Van Tech Secondary 7:00 – 9:00 pm  More dates available on the SACY website: www.vsb.bc.ca/SACY
Limited seating! Please register: Email Alexandra: ajwilson@vsb.bc.ca Or call: 604-713-6000 mailbox 2588
Child-minding subsidy may available by request

Mandarin Classes after school at Gordon

Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome Santored Education! We are a local education group, and we are currently opening some Mandarin classes after school. Our goal is to not just teach students another language, but also introduce to them the Chinese culture. Our classes teach not only Chinese pinyin, texts, characters, and words, but also include Chinese cultural and historical knowledge and background. During class, our teachers will interact with students through games and activities to attract students’ attention and foster their interests in learning. What sets us apart from other Mandarin classes is our unique online education support, Santools. Santools in an online educational system that helps students learn, review, and preview materials taught in class! Santools uses animation, videos, and audios to provide students the guidance they need in learning Chinese Mandarin. Through Santools and our on-site classes, Santored Education offers online and offline learning support that will keep students interested and wanting to learn more.
If you are interested in having your child attend classes after school, please email Ms. Davidson at mdavidson@vsb.bc.ca.