Pro-D day ideas, Garden update, noon hour and after school programs

Jan 25th pro-D day ideas – Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association

VSSAA puts on affordable pro-D camps at schools around the Lower Mainland, including badminton, volleyball and basketball. Trafalgar is hosting the basketball session this pro-D day. January 25, Grades 3 – 5          9:00 – 11:30 am   & 12:00 – 2:30 pm at Trafalgar.

How to register for this session (or other sports):

Please visit the VSSAA website which is www.vancouverschoolsports.ca – the Pro-D clinics and camps can be found under the SPECIAL EVENTS TAB on the top of the home page.  Under each of the sport headings there is a brief description of the camp.  Click on the REGISTER TAB to be taken to then to the online registration section – a family account will need to be created and then add the athlete information to your account prior to registering for the clinic or camp of your choice. 

Garden update

Although it is still winter, there is work and planning needed to make sure our garden stays beautiful and a part of our children’s education.

Earthbites has been busy tending to the garden over the last few weeks, including winter fruit tree pruning and pruning the wild roses. The pruning has greatly improved the light into the garden.

After discussion with the teachers, the garden will be divided into areas that will support big ideas from the curriculum including pollination and bees, healthy eating and life cycle of plants. Teachers intend on pairing younger and older classes to investigate these curriculum areas together. Students and teachers will also start planning using the square foot garden method and starting transplants such as broccoli and greens.

Soil is on order for spring planting. Upcoming work for parent volunteers is removing mulch from raised beds and placing it in the back by the wild roses and raspberries. We also require a parent to follow up with the city (“pester the city”) regarding delivery of free logs to our garden.

Suzanne will be in the garden again starting this Thursday until recess — volunteers to move soil would be appreciated.

Parents are also welcome to join EarthBites classes and learn about planning their spring and summer gardens.

After school programs – still some options

Starting Thursday! Young Rembrandts Drawing Gr 1-6; (Thursdays) 3:05-4:15 Jan 24 – March 14. Learn new drawing techniques while having fun. Returning students will build on the skills learned previously. Registration OPEN at www.youngrembrandts.com/metrovancouver 

Can still join in! Junior Choir Gr 1-3 (Thursdays) 315- 415– Jan 17 to Mar 7  Register by contacting Catherine at catherine@quokkasystems.com

Noon Hour Programs – More Anime Piñata spaces!

Due to high demand for the new Anime Piñata class, we have added another class on Thursdays!! Registration will be open again on Monday January 21 and February January 22 to enrol for this class.  There are still a few spots open in some of the other classes, so this is one more chance to get your kids involved in one of the many fun and enriching programs offered this term.  Register online at www.munchalunch.com – remember the noon hour programs are found under the Fundraising tab.  
Thank you!!