Goal settings, Scholastic Book fair and more – Sunday update

Coming up this week:

It’s a short one this week! Early dismissal at 2pm on Tuesday and Wednesday this week for Goal setting conferences. There is also a Pro-D day this Friday, October 19th

Tuesday and Wednesday ! Hooray For Reading! Next Week the annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held on Tuesday from 1:30pm- 7pm and Wednesday from 1:30- 5pm. We invite your entire family to stop by the Fair being held in the gym during the Student Goal Setting Conferences to browse this years’ collection of French and English books. Get an early jump on your holiday shopping by supporting this years’ Book Fair- For every 2 Books sold at the fair, Trafalgar earns 1 Free Book for the School! Please save the date and stop by the fair to enter the draw to win $25 in Books for your family! Thanks in advance to all the dedicated volunteers who have signed up to help- Happy Reading!

Trout Lake x-country district finals– the final x-country meet is this Thursday, October 18th at 1pm.

Coming up next week:

Monsters Ball: Friday October 26th from 6-8pm
Mark your calendars for Trafalgar’s Monsters Ball.  There will be food, games, music, a cake raffle, jack-o-lantern contest, and of course the Haunted House!  Ticket sales will take place the week of October 22-26th before and after school.  Prices: $15/family or $5/single.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.
We need your help though!  The Monsters Ball can not happen without a ton of volunteer help from parents and intermediate students. If you have an older sibling/Trafalgar alumni please encourage them to sign up for a shift and help make this event great.
Volunteer Sign-up:  Please consider signing up for a volunteer shift here.
CAKE Raffle Sign-up: We are looking for some keen bakers to contribute to our Halloween themed cake raffle for the Monsters Ball. Please sign-up on-line here.  Cakes/cupcakes or cookies must be nut-free and can be delivered after school or on the evening of Friday October 26th!

11th Annual Trafalgar Pumpkin Patch– Come visit our own pumpkin patch on Friday, October 26th before (and during) the Monster’s Ball! Buy your pumpkin at our school and your payment will go toward the BC Cancer foundation and Trafalgar Elementary PAC. This event will run from Noon-8pm.

Other fun tidbits:

Direct Appeal! Thank you, thank you to all who contributed! We DID Go Beyond our Goal! We raised just over $27,000. Absolutely amazing.

Have a great Parent Education idea? Is there a speaker you really feel your family (and others) would really benefit from? Amanda Vincent, our parent education coordinator would love to hear your ideas! Please email info@trafalgarpac.ca to share.

Southlands Elementary PAC presents Fostering Gratitude and Kindness in Children with Dr. Carla Fry and Dr. Lisa Ferrari, Directors of the Vancouver Psychology Centre. Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30pm at Southlands Elementary. Entry is free. RSVP to Southlands.elementary.events@gmail.com.

DPAC meeting – Oct 25 – SOGI 123 for parents – All interested parents and guardians are invited to attend our October general meeting on SOGI 123 with presenters Matt Carruthers (former SOGI District Lead) and Renee Hock (VSB Diversity Mentor). In particular, the DPAC chair would like to invite parents who have concerns with SOGI education in schools to attend to begin a dialogue. We will have translation services available for parents who require them.

Thanks!

Giving thanks for all we have – Monday update

Happy thanksgiving!

As always, there’s lots going on!

Volunteers desperately needed for the Scholastic fair and Monster’s Ball! These events cannot happen without more volunteers. They are very short commitments and we would love some new volunteers to join us. So far, those organizing and signed up to volunteer also run Noon hour programs, the Welcome Back social, the year end party, are on the PAC executive, do hot lunch, are class parents, organize Santa’s workshop, etc. We are tiring these people out! 😉Please, please sign up for a short shift (or two!). It’s a wonderful opportunity for people who would love to donate some time but don’t have a lot of it. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make some new friends as well as help our school community. Please see where you can sign up below. Thank you!

This week:

PAC meeting this Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm in the library! Please join us to discuss and vote on the proposed PAC budget for 2018/19. There will be a class parent meeting directly after for all those parents who have kindly volunteered to be class parents for their division.  Please view the draft proposed budget on our website at Trafalgarpac.ca. Note: the library budget will be discussed at the meeting. Don’t worry! We have budgeted for what Mme. Michele has asked for. 😉 Babysitting is available as always.

Mandarin PAC information session this Tuesday, October 9th at 9am in the activity room.

Direct Appeal– Thank you all so much for your generosity once again this year! We are happy to report that we came very close to reaching our goal. There are several people who have asked us to keep the donations open because they haven’t had a chance to donate yet. We are happy to continue accepting donations this week either online via Munchalunch or by cheque ion the slot outside the office. Cheques are made out to Trafalgar Elementary PAC.

X-country meet this Thursday, October 11th at Balaclava Park.

Art workshops with Paintillio start this week! All students will receive 3 workshops this year. Session 1 runs from October 10-24th. The art created in these workshops will be used to create a wall mural in the main hallway. This will be an awesome legacy for our kids!

Next week:
Trafalgar Scholastic book fair and Goal setting conferences-
This year the Annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held to coincide with the Parent/ Teacher Conferences and Early dismissal (2pm) taking place on Oct 16th and 17th. We are looking for parents to help out with setting up the fair, taking cash, general supervision and clean up. There are many shifts available! Please consider lending your time to help raise funds to support literacy at Trafalgar. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4ea8ae2ea7fc1-trafalgar Don’t forget to visit the teacher tables while you are there!

Trout Lake x-country finals on Thursday, October 18th at 1pm.

Pro-D day on Friday, October 19th.

Monsters Ball News – We need your help!

Volunteer Need: There is a great need for volunteers at the Monsters Ball! Please sign up here or email clinegar@gmail.com.  This event does not happen without your help.  Do you have a high school student that needs volunteer hours? Parents and intermediate students please consider signing up for a shift.


CAKES
 – we need CAKES! Please sign up to make a Halloween cake for the Monsters Ball cake raffle.  You can email clinegar@gmail.com or click this link to sign up.  Remember No Nuts!

Tickets: Join us for some Halloween fun at the Monsters Ball Friday October 26th from 6 – 8pm.  There will be food for sale, the cake raffle, haunted house, crafts, music and Halloween themed games. Tickets are $5/single and $15/family. Ticket sales will take place before and after school starting Monday October 22nd.  You can also buy tickets at the door but get them early to avoid the line.

Dolphin Kids Public Speaking program is an interactive school program that teaches children how to optimize their communication, collaboration, critical thinking and resiliency skills through engaging, hands-on activities. Delivered in small class sizes (15 students: 1 instructor), participants in this program will:

  • Participate in interactive activities such as, role-playing, poetry slams, puppetry, and drama games, to encourage effective communication, collaboration, and creativity skills.
  • Learn how to formulate a “big idea” and research about a topic of interest.
  • Create an engaging presentation to present in front of a live audience.
  • Develop experience speaking in front of others and practice downtime tools that can build resilience to overcome stage fright, speech anxiety, and to perform at their very best!

This after school program will run on Mondays from 3:15pm to 4:30pm for Grade 2 to 6. The program will run for 8 sessions from Monday October 15 until December 10.

Only 15 spots available! Click here for online registration and more information.

DPAC Candidates Forum – the candidates forum for the VSB election started with a stand up question period (with the questions posed by our moderator, Tracy Sherlock) and then moved to a speed-dating style question and answer period with a couple of candidates at each table for five minutes before moving on to the next table.  There’s video for the initial Q&A and the candidates written answers here.

Direct appeal, wish lists, VSB election forum – Midweek update

Last 2 days of Direct Appeal!!  If you haven’t donated yet, you still have time! We are only $3,000 short of reaching our goal. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our Direct Appeal Campaign so far. The students will benefit greatly from your generosity.
Teacher Wish lists- We are also wrapping up the teacher wish lists this Friday, October 5th. Thank you to all of those parents who purged their homes and donated some much needed items to our teachers. As a UNESCO school, we are happy to promote reuse and recycle any way we can! If you have signed up for items on Perfect Potluck, or even if you haven’t, please drop them in the boxes across from the staff room or contact us at info@trafalgarpac.ca if you have a large item. Again, you can view the lists here and sign up here.
VSB Candidates Trustee Forum tomorrow – Thursday Oct 4 6:30PM – This is the chance for parents and guardians of VSB students to hear and question the candidates running for Vancouver School Board in the October 20th Municipal Election. Reporter Tracy Sherlock will be moderating, organized by Vancouver DPAC.

This event is open to all parents and caregivers of VSB students and free of charge.  Seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:00 pm

Goings on – tomorrow and beyond – Sunday update

Lots of information for you this week, please read on!

Happening this week

  • Direct appeal – Last week of direct appeal
  • Teacher wish lists – donations until Friday
  • Orange shirt day
  • Noon hour programs start
  • Hot lunch starts – reminders
  • Cross-country meet

Coming soon and ongoing

  • PAC meeting reminder
  • Volunteers needed – Scholastic Book Fair
  • Volunteers needed – Monsters Ball
  • After school programs including NEW – Public speaking
  • Petition – Bring back elementary band and strings

This week

Direct Appeal! Last week to donate! Let’s keep our amazing PAC programs running with your support. If ALL families who are able donate do so, we can easily reach our goal of $25,000. We are only around $6000 short of our goal at this time! If you haven’t donated yet, you still have 5 more days to do so. Donations can be made by cheque to Trafalgar Elementary PAC and dropped outside the office in the slot or be made online at Munchalunch.com.

Teacher Wish lists– Parents, do you have items from your home that are gently-used and your family is done with?  Please consider donating them to one of the teacher’s wish lists.  See the list here TeacherWishList  They will find a new life in one of our school’s classrooms.  What a great way to reduce and reuse! There are boxes in the lobby and we will be accepting donations until Friday.  Sign up for a donation here at Perfect Potluck

Orange Shirt Day is happening on Monday, October 1st! Please remember to THINK ORANGE, WEAR ORANGE, BE ORANGE on Monday! Activities will be starting at the front of Trafalgar at 8:30 am. Please come and join in the spirit of reconciliation.

Noon Hour Programs start tomorrow Monday October 1st! If your child is enrolled, please remind them of their class this week!

Hot lunch service begins this week (Oct. 3 & Oct. 5). Hot lunch ordering is open throughout the term. As a reminder, hot lunch orders are due 8 days before the hot lunch date.

We are trying to do our part and minimize waste from our hot lunch program. Please send your child(ren) to school with cutlery (if needed) on hot lunch days. We will not be providing utensils at school. Also, please tell your child(ren) to take home any leftovers or to put organics in the green bins at school, and garbage in the garbage bins. We look forward to working together to reduce our ecological footprint.

X-country meet at Jericho this Tuesday, October 2nd.

Coming soon and ongoing

The next PAC meeting is Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm in the library. We will be reviewing and voting on the proposed PAC budget for 2018/19. We’d love to see you there!

Volunteers needed – Trafalgar Scholastic Book Fair October 16th and 17 at 2pm! Each year Trafalgar is proud to partner with Scholastic to bring an exciting French and English Book Fair to our school!

As one of our largest fundraising events taking place over two days in the Fall, sales from the book fair go to support literacy at our school, providing books and valuable resources for the library and classrooms at all levels.

We invite your entire family to participate by browsing the latest and greatest in children’s’ French and English books for all ages. There are contests and a family draw to win prizes and books!

Please join us to make this event a success!

This year the Annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held to coincide with the Goal Setting Conferences and Early dismissal. If you sometimes think to yourself that you would love to volunteer but don’t have too much time, this is the opportunity for you! We are looking for parents to help out with setting up the fair, taking cash, general supervision and clean up. There are many shifts available! Please consider lending your time to help raise funds to support literacy at Trafalgar-Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4ea8ae2ea7fc1-trafalgar.

Monsters Ball: Friday October 26th from 6-8pm – Volunteers needed Mark your calendars for Trafalgar’s Monsters Ball.  There will be food, games, music, a cake raffle, jack-o-lantern contest, and of course the Haunted House!  Ticket sales will take place the week of October 22-26th before and after school.  Prices: $15/family or $5/single.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.
We need your help though!  The Monsters Ball can not happen without a ton of volunteer help from parents and intermediate students. If you have an older sibling/Trafalgar alumni please encourage them to sign up for a shift and help make this event great.
Volunteer Sign-up:  Please consider signing up for a volunteer shift here.
CAKE Raffle Sign-up: We are looking for some keen bakers to contribute to our Halloween themed cake raffle for the Monsters Ball. Please sign-up on-line here.  Cakes/cupcakes or cookies must be nut-free and can be delivered after school or on the evening of Friday October 26th!

After school programs – NEW! Dolphin Kids Public Speaking program is an interactive school program that teaches children how to optimize their communication, collaboration, critical thinking and resiliency skills through engaging, hands-on activities. Delivered in small class sizes (15 students: 1 instructor), participants in this program will:

  • Participate in interactive activities such as, role-playing, poetry slams, puppetry, and drama games, to encourage effective communication, collaboration, and creativity skills.
  • Learn how to formulate a “big idea” and research about a topic of interest.
  • Create an engaging presentation to present in front of a live audience.
  • Develop experience speaking in front of others and practice downtime tools that can build resilience to overcome stage fright, speech anxiety, and to perform at their very best!

This after school program will run on Mondays from 3:15pm to 4:30pm for Grade 2 to 6. The program will run for 8 sessions from Monday October 15 until December 10.

Only 15 spots available! Click here for online registration and more information.

Still space in Tuesday Senior Choir and Thursday Junior Choir. Application Form here
Still space in Thursday Young Rembrandts Art Class (Gr 1 -6) Register at www.youngrembrandts.com/metrovancouver

Petition – Change.org petition from the PAC chair at Henry Hudson – bring back the elementary band and strings program!  Sign the petition 

One last breath of summer – Sunday update

Thank you so much to everyone who came out in the rain to our Welcome Back Social!  It was wonderful to see our community interacting with each other and the school staff. A special thanks to all of the volunteers who gave up their socializing time to hand out pizza. We appreciate you!
Your Sunday update for:
  • Direct appeal
  • teacher wish lists
  • photo day
  • hot lunch
  • Volunteers need for Monsters Ball
  • After school programs
 
Direct Appeal, Direct Appeal!! Every year, the PAC kindly asks that our parent community supports our programming with a donation. Last year, we funded classroom readers, robotics kits, laptops, iPads, art and music performances, sports equipment, community events, and much more. These funds were also used for hands-on workshops for our students- Body Science with Saleema Noon, drumming, Hip Hop, Geering Up, Earthbites, and gymnastics. We hope continue to bring these rich experiences to our students every year. We are happy to report that the students will also receive three 1 hour Art workshops with Paintillio this year that will end with all of the students painting a large mural in main hallway of the school. Our goal is to raise $25,000 and we can achieve this with a suggested donation of $125 from our families. We are almost 1/3 of the way toward our goal! The campaign ends Friday, October 5th so please don’t delay! You can donate online at www.munchalunch.com under the Fundraising Open tab. You can also donate by cheque to Trafalgar Elementary PAC. Please put the cheques in the slot outside the office marked Direct Appeal. Thank you so much!

Teacher Wish lists– Parents, do you have items from your home that are gently-used and your family is done with?  Art easels, blankets, cushions, sewing items, craft supplies, etc? Please consider donating them to one of the teacher’s wish lists, in the link below. They will find a new life in one of our school’s classrooms. What a great way to reduce and reuse! Please view the items and sign up at https://www.perfectpotluck.com. User name: Trafalgar and password: wish list. There will be a box in the main hall across from the staff room to collect the donated items until October 12th. Thanks for participating!
Photo Day – Tuesday – Parents, help them dress their best (or, at least, don’t give them any Crisco) — individual photo day is Tuesday.
Hot lunch ordering

Hot Lunch ordering for October to mid-February is now open.  The first week of hot lunch is Oct 3 and Oct 5.  Please get your order in as soon as possible.  Hot Lunch orders are due 8 days before.  The first hot lunch deadline will be this Tuesday, Sept 25 at 11:59pm for Wednesday, Oct. 3 hot lunch date.

In order to accommodate our suppliers, we must get our orders to them in advance.  As such, please:

NO LATE ORDERS
NO PAPER ORDERS
NO CHEQUES
NO REFUNDS (for absences, field trips, vacations, doctor’s appointments, etc…)

To place and pay for your order, please go to: https://munchalunch.com/schools/trafalgar/.  You must register on the website and enter your children’s information before you are able to order hot lunch.

Thank you for supporting our children and the PAC.

Call out for parent help to organize the Trafalgar’s Monsters Ball
Trafalgar’s first big event is coming up on Friday, October 26th and we need some keen parents to help organize the Monsters Ball. If you secretly love Halloween and want to be involved in planning this freakishly fun evening please contact (either PAC or Carrie at clinegar@gmail.com).  Help a little or a lot – we can find lots of different ways for you to contribute! Key Areas include:
⦁ Games/Activities coordinator
⦁ Volunteer coordinator
⦁ Food/kitchen coordinator
⦁ Day of Event gym set-up: Friday October 26th from 3pm – 6pm
⦁ Event take-down 8 – 9:30pm
⦁ Bakers for the ever so popular Cake Raffle
⦁ Haunted house, kitchen, games & entrance volunteers on the night
⦁ Ticket sales before/after school
Parent volunteerism is required to help make this event possible so please consider signing up to help organize the event or on the night itself!
After school programs – Updates
Upcoming dates:
X-country meet at Vanier park- Wednesday, September 26th
Terry Fox run- Friday, September 28th

Lazy days giving way to the hustle bustle – Sunday update

Thank you, thank you to all of the parents who attended the first PAC meeting of the year! It was so amazing to see so many new faces in the room. We hope to see you all again on October 9th!

Coming up this week:

Right Now!

The Welcome Back Social is a week away and it is time to order your grub! We will be serving a couple of kinds of Rocky Mountain pizza, including a gluten-free option. There will also be a complimentary delicious treat for the students. In order to ensure we have enough pizza for all, we ask that you order enough slices for your family on our hot lunch website at munchalunch.com under the tab Order Lunch. Ordering will close on at 7am on Wednesday, September 19th. We will be handing our pizza from 5:30pm-7pm at the party. We look forward to seeing you all there and sharing a pie with you!

And

Direct Appeal: Please contribute to the Trafalgar Elementary-Go Beyond campaign running until October 5th! While any amount is appreciated, a donation of $125 per family will help us reach our goal. All of these funds go toward programming, classroom resources, workshops, technology, Arts and more! Please note: the online donation system will be closed while Noon Hour program registration occurs this week. It will reopen on September 21st. You still have a couple of hours tonight! You can always submit your form and cheque in the slot outside the office. If you did not receive a form or need a new one, please visit our website at http://trafalgarpac.ca and click on the Direct Appeal link at the top of the page.

Tomorrow!

Noon Hour Program Registration

Registration opens on September 17 at 7:00 am and closes on September 20 at 7:00pm.

NEW THIS YEAR: Registration will use the same new Munchalunch ordering system as the hot lunch program. The programs typically sell out in very quickly so you need to set up your account before registration opens on Monday September 17 at 7:00 am. Please click on the “Hot Lunch” button on the Trafalgar PAC website (http://trafalgarpac.ca) or go to Munchalunch.com/schools/trafalgar and set up your account. Click the “Register Here” button and the system will guide you through to add your children to your account. You will not be able to register for programs until Monday morning at 7:00 am. You can log on to your Munchalunch account and you will find the Noon Hour Program registration under the Fundraising Open! tab.

Wednesday, September 19th:

Hot Lunch Ordering opens. Please follow the same instructions for Noon Hour programs above to order hot lunch. Use the tab Order Lunch! First hot lunch dates are October 3rd and 5th.

Thursday, September 20th:

Meet the Teacher night and Welcome Back Social. The teacher presentations run from 5-5:30pm and 5:30-6pm (2 sessions). There will be a movie for the kids in the gym during the sessions. Staff supervision will be provided. Join us afterward from 5:30-7pm to welcome in the new school year and hang out with friends, old and new. We hope to see you there! Please note: you are responsible for the supervision of your own children during the social.

Friday, September 21st:

Pro-D day. Relax. 😉

Ongoing – After school programs and reminders

Registration and more information on after school programs available here.

Don’t forget to return all of the forms the school sent out last Friday to your children’s home room teachers!