Gordon_Gazette 2017 03 28 issue 11

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

Please let us know if your child will be Absent or Late
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BELL SCHEDULE : School Hours Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm
    8:55 Warning Bell
    9:00 School starts

Supervision for students at recess and lunch

Supervision in the mornings on the playground for students 8:40-9:00am

Supervision after school on the playground 3:00-3:20pm

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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

March 28 2017, Newsletter #11

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Calendar Reminders


Wed. Apr. 5, 2017 @ 7pm – PIE Meeting in Library
Thur. Apr. 6, 2017 Talent Show (Times TBA)
Fri. Apr. 7, 2017 Sports Ball Fridays Start
Wed. Apr. 12, 2017 10 -11:30am Ready Set Learn Age 3 – 5 year olds
Fri. Apr. 14, 2017 Good Friday – No school
Mon. Apr. 17, 2017 Easter Monday – No school
Fri. Apr. 21, 2017 Lego Robotics Starts
Mon. Apr. 24, 2017 Sports Ball Monday Start
Mon. Apr. 24, 2017 PAC Meeting @ 7pm
Tues. Apr. 25, 2017 Young Rembrandts and Art with Maddie Starts
Wed. May 10, 2017 Babysitting course starts


Principal’s Message – First Impressions
Dear Gordon Community;

Update on Memorandum of Agreement between BCTF and Ministry
The recent Supreme Court victory for the BCTF resulted in a “Memorandum of Agreement” between the BCTF and the Ministry of Education.  This agreement, which stipulates class size and composition values, was ratified in March; however, due to its complex nature the VSB is continuing to work together with the teachers union to iron out its practical application.  Although the final pieces will not be in place until January 2018, it will greatly affect our organization for September 2017.  As a result, we continue to wait for final approval before we can inform our families regarding our Kindergarten draw results.  I would like to thank you for your patience and we will inform you of the results as soon as possible.

New Special Education Website
In order to provide better support for our students with diverse learning needs the VSB has recently created a new website.  You can find it by visiting the VSB website (www.vsb.bc.ca) then clicking on Programs and Services.  Under Elementary click on Special Needs Support and finally click on the blue link called Student Support Website.  Here you can find a helpful video and information on programs, services, transitions and much more.
Parent Requests for Special Placement for the 2017/2018 school year
 If you are returning to Gordon next year and would like us to consider a specific class placement for your child or have some feedback that could be helpful with supporting your child’s academic progress, please submit your thoughts in writing to the Principal by the end of April.  We will do our best to accommodate all requests but cannot make any guarantees.  In order for your request to be considered, please ensure your comments are centred on the academic success of your child.
Yellow School House
At the PAC meeting on Monday, March 6th, Trustee Dianne Turner updated us on the Yellow School House.  She has given the heritage advocates two more months to come up with a firm plan.  If they are unable to provide this information and no other viable plans come forward, it will be slated for demolition, possibly this summer.   At this point the PAC could move forward with their plans to create a butterfly garden!

 Playground Leaders
We are pleased to offer free training for all Grade 5 to 7 students interested in serving as Playground Leaders. We have had many students sign up already.  Weekly lessons will begin on Monday, April 3rd at 12:30 in the Multipurpose Room.  We look forward to watching our intermediate students mature as they teach the younger students new playground games and practice their problem solving skills.     
Welcome to our New Staff Members
Welcome to Aileen Neale, who will be covering Shannon’s mat leave until the end of June.  March 27th was her first day!  Also, congratulations to Toby Curran who is now our official 3rd Supervision Aide.  Toby has been working at Gordon for two weeks in a temporary capacity, so she already knows our students fairly well.

Heritage Fair/Celebration of Learning
Thank you to all the students, parents and staff for all the work and organizing that went into our Heritage Fair/Celebration of Learning.  The adjudicators mentioned to me that they had never seen so many parents in attendance and that they were very impressed with the quality of work and creativity from the students.  Well done! 

Hope Sterling, Principal

READY SET LEARN EVENT – Wed. April 12 from 10 – 11:30am.  Do you know anyone who lives in the neighbourhood with children from age 3 – 5?  Please invite them to this literacy event in our Multipurpose Room.  They will hear a story, get a tour of the Kindergarten classrooms and make a literacy craft.
AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS – Community School – The next set of after school programs start on various dates in April.  Please see above the days that the courses start.  They DO NOT all start at the same dates.  If you are unsure if you child is registered please contact Dianne Sankey at dsankey@vsb.bc.ca to confirm.  There may be still room to register for babysitting but the other courses are now FULL.


REMINDER – SPRING FLINGSunday, May 28 from 1 – 5pm.  Plan to attend!  Plan to help!
Did you know Gordon School PAC is on Facebook?  “Like: our page for quick updates and reminders.

Coffee Morning - Friday, 31 March 2017 8:45am - 9:45am, outside by the library.  It's a great time for parents to connect and chat over a cup of coffee and baked goods. 

Gift Card Fundraising -  orders due by Monday, 3 April 2017 
Please leave order in box on office counter. Order form attached. $100 and $250 Safeway cards 
are available by request. 8% goes to PAC. Contact parent volunteer at sheilakirkby@gmail.com
Form online at  http://gordonelementary.ca/sites/default/files/shopping%20card%20order%20form%20October%202016_0.pdf
Plant Sale Fundraising 
Please purchase your plants through the link below while raising funds for the school.
Plant order deadline: Friday, 12 May 2017
Delivery: Friday, 26 May 2017 after school or Sunday, 28 May 2017 during the Spring Fling
A PIECE OF THE PIE TIP   The next PIE meeting is on April 5th at 7pm in the Library.
 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.
Piece of the PIE Tip: Let’s recognize the unique talents of all the members of our school community. Take a time to chat with your children about what they are good at and help them to recognize the talents of their classmates. Building confidence in their talents and recognizing the talents of others are steps into building a more inclusive community.
To contact Denise or Erika, PIE Co-Chairs, email them at: partnersforinclusiveeducation@gmail.com 
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
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.  This is a PAC fundraiser.
Safeway cards are available any time by request. $100/$250. 8% goes to PAC. Contact parent volunteer at sheilakirkby [at] gmail [dot] com