Gordon_Gazette 2017 02 28 issue #10

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

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Newsletter Contents:

  1. The Gordon Gazette (A message from the Principal Hope Sterling))
  2. PAC News

Don't forget PAC Fundraising


Gordon Gazette

February 28 2017, Newsletter #10

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Calendar Reminders

Mon. Mar. 6, 2017 PIE Coffee @ 9:15am
Wed. Mar. 8, 2017 Heritage Fair and Celebration of Learning 9 – 10 am
Mon. Mar. 13, 2017 First Day of Spring Break
Fri. Mar. 24, 2017 Last Day of Spring Break
Thur. Apr. 6, 2017 Talent Show (Times TBA)


Principal’s Message – First Impressions
Dear Gordon Community;

I want to start off by thanking Viki Stephens and Promita Abraham, our two PAC chairs, for speaking so eloquently at the recent Facilities meeting at the VSB regarding the demolishion of the yellow school house.  We did not get the decision we wanted yet but I am hopeful that the decision will be favourable and our students get their butterfly garden and extra play space. 

Our Celebration of Learning/Heritage Fair is coming up soon!  On Wednesday, March 8th from 9 to 10 AM is the open house for parents.  During this time displays will be set in the gym and library and in some classrooms. I am excited to see all the hard work the students have put into these heritage topics they are so passionate about. 

We have now collected the applications for the Talent Show and auditions are starting on March 1st.  The audition schedule is posted on the Music Room door.  If your child is one of the hopeful entrants, please encourage them to do their best to practice and prepare for their audition.  I can hardly wait for the show on Thursday, April 6th

On Monday, February 27th I ran two assemblies regarding Recess and Lunch expectations and routines.  I spoke to the primaries first, then the intermediates.  I wanted to remind them of expectations and rules already in place and go over a few new ones that I have just put in place.  They watched a PowerPoint presentation with pictures of themselves playing on the playground, walking (not running) in the halls etc etc..  They were very engaged during the assembly and I am now sure that we are all on the same page.  I will be working further with the group that usually favours the field to ensure they are all feeling safe and welcome to play.  I encourage you to discuss the topic with your child and to support safe, fair and kind playground behaviour. 

Our Lost and Found is located in the main hall across from the gym.  Please take a moment to look through it as it has many wonderful items that will be sent to charity if not claimed before Spring Break. Also, please note that all library books are due on Monday, March 3rd!

Happy Spring Break!  See you back here on Monday, March 27th.
Hope Sterling, Principal
BE PEANUT AWARE – We have noticed that some children are coming to school with peanut butter in their lunches.  As we have children in our school that are highly allergic to ALL TREE NUTS we ask that you DO NOT pack any nut products in snacks and lunches. Thank you.
NEW NOTICE BOARDS – The PAC would like to thank our Principal, Hope Sterling and Heidi for getting the notice boards installed.  All flyers will now be required to be posted on the various bulletin boards only after informing the office.  Please do not post any flyers on the school doors.  Thank you.
AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS – Community School – The next set of after school programs starting in April (after Spring Break) are open for registration NOW.  Please pick up a copy of the registration forms in the office.  SPORTSBALL is already full.  Please email dsankey@vsb.bc.ca as she is running a waitlist for Sportsball.  If you are interested in registering, we recommend you do so A.S.A.P.
We are also running training for Playground Leaders.  This will be open to interested students in Grade 5, 6, 7 and will be run at 12:30pm on Monday’s.


PAC Meeting Date –recheduled ot Monday March 6 @ 7pm – The PAC meeting that was originally scheduled for Feb. 27 has been cancelled.  We encourage all parents to attend the PAC meeting on March 6, as the main topic on the agenda is the Little Yellow School House.
Yellow School House Update – We would like to thank all the parents who wrote in support of the recommendations for demolition by the VSB.  Parents are also welcome to sign the petition that will be circulated at the school during the coming week.  We need to stand up as parents and ensure that the space is preserved for the use of current and future generations of students of General Gordon Elementary.  The PAC attended the Facilities and Planning Committee meeting at the VSB offices at W. Broadway on February 22.  We will keep parents updated on any decisions made by the VSB.
SPINAMI REPLACEMENT – An email was previously sent to all parents regarding the Spinami (which is the playground equipment that has been fenced off, due to the possibility of children falling off and hurting themselves in the fall.)  Please take a moment to review the email to see the various options for replacement equipment.  A vote will be held at the next PAC meeting on March 6, 2017 on what equipment will replace the Spinami.
SPRING FLING FUNDRAISERS – Plant Sale – Save the Date The Spring fling will be on Sunday, May 28.  The Plant sale is a very popular fundraiser.  Please check out the link below for available options.  www.generalgordonelementary.growingsmilesfundraising.com Order Deadline:  Friday May 12, 2017
Pick Up dates:  Friday, May 26th after school & Sunday, May 28th at the Spring Fling.
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. 
Partners for Inclusive Education – PIE ‘ Share and Support’ Coffee. – At BE FRESH – Bayswater at West Broadway – Monday, March 6th, after drop off.
Informal coffee and chat, relax, share information, ask questions.  Everyone is welcomed!  Just turn up or if you can, RSVP to Erika and Denise at partnersforinclusiveeducation@gmail.com
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.

Denise Edwards and Erika Cedillo
artners for Inclusive Education
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
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:
 * 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/>.
PIZZA WEDNESDAY’S – As an ongoing fundraiser the French Immersion parents are selling Pizza every Wednesday at lunch.  Cost is $3 for one piece or $5 for two pieces.
POPCORN FRIDAY’S - Popcorn will be sold every Friday at lunchtime recess in the multipurpose room. $1 a bag.
ONGOING FUNDRAISING:  Gift Card Fundraising
PAC Fundraising: Gift Cards - Next gift card order deadline Wednesday, March 1. Please leave order in box on office counter. Cash or cheque only.

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

Stats from the December order: 12 families participated; 95 cards ordered; $4485 total spent;  $204.98 raised for General Gordon School. No order is too small...or too big!

Safeway cards are available any time by request. $100/$250. 8% goes to PAC. Contact parent volunteer at sheilakirkby [at] gmail [dot] com

Form online at  http://gordonelementary.ca/sites/default/files/shopping%20card%20order%20form%20October%202016_0.pdf