The holidays are coming – busy busy! Wednesday update

The Self Motivated Kid – get your tickets – Tuesday Jan 16

Trafalgar parents! We are very fortunate to once again have the opportunity to hear the brilliant Dr. Shimi Kang speak. If you saw her last year, you know she is a wealth of information. This time, she will be moving deeper into The Self-Motivated Kid in the following ways:
  • A deeper dive into motivation – including neuroscience and the 3 essential requirements for motivation.    
  • More interactive including a worksheet for a 4 part method for motivational communication that can be applied to any situation
  • Examples from 3 common parenting areas – technology, diet, and homework.  
  • Pre and post Facebook discussion board  
  • Mandarin translation available
 
Buy your tickets early! We have joined 6 other school to present this event so tickets will go quickly. The Eventbrite site is now active. More details and the link to purchase tickets here

Holiday coffee morning – Friday Dec 15

Please join us to celebrate the holidays with a coffee morning on Friday, December 15th at 9am in the Activity room. It’s a great opportunity to meet or catch up with other Trafalgar parents!

Santa’s Workshop – Monday Dec 18

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated items for Santa’s Workshop! We will be collecting items until Monday morning. Please keep them coming! We want to make sure there are enough goods for our students to have a wonderful time shopping for their families. Please remember to send your children with money (preferably loonies and toonies) to shop on Monday, December the 18th. All funds collected will go to a charity selected by the Grade 6 and 7 volunteers and their teachers.

After school program registration

We have after school programs that have something for every child.  For example, Sea Smart:
Join us on an exciting ocean adventure with fun, interactive games and activities to learn how we can help our oceans.  Sea Smart’s hands-on program helps your child develop essential life skills like critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration.  There’s no better way to get your feet wet in the world of marine biology and empower your child to make the world a better place!
All of our after school programs can be found on our  Winter 2017 extracurriculars page – alongside information for Dolphin Kids, Lego animation, Lego robotics, Minecraft adventures, Python programming and Little Rembrandts!

Coming dates

Dec 14 – Band and choir concert – 7PM
Dec 15 – Coffee morning social – 9AM
Dec 15 – Lights up performance – 2PM for the school, 4PM for parents
Dec 18 – Carols in the hall (all week) and Santa’s Workshop

Sunday update – here comes the sun again (relatively speaking)

This update is full of great festive events!

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Trafalgar Band performances – Dec 13 and 14

The Trafalgar school band is excited to be presenting two musical events next week featuring the Trafalgar Band and Choirs. On Wednesday, Dec. 13th, there will be a school assembly at 9:00 am that will feature the band and choir, as well as some festive classroom presentations. Parents are welcome to attend this assembly. On the evening of Thursday, Dec. 14th, at 7:00 pm, we will present our full concert program for the Band as well as the Junior and Senior Choirs. There will be refreshments for performers and audience members following the concert. The event should take about an hour, including snack time. Please invite any family, friends, neighbours and other people in the lives of your children who would be interested in supporting these young musicians. There is no entrance fee for this event, however there will be a PAC donation box should anyone wish to kindly donate to our programming. We would appreciate some volunteers to come at 6:30 to help us set up chairs and stands.

 

Festive coffee morning – Dec 15

Trafalgar will be holding a holiday coffee morning on December 15th at 9am in the activity room. Come join other parents to celebrate the season over a coffee and treats. If you are able to volunteer for this event, please email tmacleod2000@gmail.com.

Santa’s workshop 2017 – Dec 18th

Trafalgar’s fourth annual Santa’s Workshop will be held on December 18th.  The workshop gives all our little elves the opportunity to purchase gifts for their loved ones for only $1 per item.  Proceeds from this event will be donated to a local charity.  The team is now accepting donations! Items can be dropped off in the hall across from the staff room along the gallery wall. Some popular items include books, jewellery, cufflinks, DVDs, CDs, Games, puzzles, candles, pictures, toys, ties, scarves, vases, ornaments and anything else that could be re-gifted. Gifts for Moms and Dads run out quickly so donations of men’s and women’s gifts are very much appreciated. Starting Monday, there will be a box in each homeroom that we are hoping parents will fill with wrapping paper, gift bags of all sizes (preferred!), bows, name tags, and tape for the kids to use. If you would like to help volunteer for this fun event, please contact Jennie at jennieclaire@hotmail.com.

After school program registration

We have after school programs that have something for every child.  For example, Sea Smart:
Join us on an exciting ocean adventure with fun, interactive games and activities to learn how we can help our oceans.  Sea Smart’s hands-on program helps your child develop essential life skills like critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration.  There’s no better way to get your feet wet in the world of marine biology and empower your child to make the world a better place!
All of our after school programs can be found on our  Winter 2017 extracurriculars page – alongside information for Dolphin Kids, Lego animation, Lego robotics, Minecraft adventures, Python programming and Little Rembrandts!

Newsletter #8

In case you missed the latest school newsletter you can get it here.

Coming dates

Dec 13 – Band and choir performance – 9AM
Dec 14 – Band and choir concert – 7PM
Dec 15 – Coffee morning social – 9AM
Dec 15 – Lights up performance – 2PM
Dec 18 – Carols in the hall (all week) and Santa’s Workshop

The Self-Motivated Kid – Jan 16 2018 – with Dr. Shimi Kang

The Self-Motivated Kid
with Dr. Shimi Kang

January 16, 2018 | 7-9pm | Lord Byng Secondary School Auditorium  – $6
 Tickets can be purchased here
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“There is no such thing as an unmotivated kid”
 – Dr. Shimi Kang

Raising Balanced Kids in an Unbalanced World
Technology overuse, junk food, bullying, social exclusion, and poor coping skills are just a few of the daily pressures on today’s parents. Anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and addiction are just a few of the concerning trends in kids.

How can parents raise balanced kids with healthy bodies, strong minds, and positive relationships in such an imbalanced world? Learn & practice research-backed techniques to increase your child’s (and your own) health, happiness, and achievement. Leave with a practical 4 part formula for motivation that can be applied to any situation.    

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*** Please buy tickets early.
There are a limited number of seats available.
Any remaining tickets will be sold for $8 at the door (cash only).

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Dr. Shimi K. Kang is a Harvard-trained doctor, award-winning researcher, bestselling author, media expert, and dynamic speaker. Dr. Kang is the current Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She has worked across North America, Europe, and Asia and has helped thousands of people move towards better health and happiness. Dr. Kang is most proud of receiving the Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service and being the mother of three amazing but exhausting children!

www.drshimikang.com           www.dolphinkids.ca

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To get the most out of this event:

1) Here is a quick review one of today’s major parenting issues — technology overuse and what to do about it
(November 2017 Newsletter): The internet generation: how technology has impacted the mental health of children today.

2) Please engage with Dr. Kang and her team through the pre and post discussion board at https://www.facebook.com/dolphinkidsachievement/

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Event Notes:

Paper tickets are not required – please give your name at check-in desk.

6:30PM  Doors
7:00PM – 8:00PM Presentation by Dr. Kang
8:00PM – 8:45PM Fireside chat, Q&A

Please note that books will be for sale ($20 each) at this event (cash only).
Proceeds will be donated to the school PACs.

A mandarin-speaking parenting coach from Dr. Kang’s team will be available to answer questions.

Lord Byng Secondary School
3939 W 16th Ave (@ Crown)

Street parking nearby at no cost.

Please enter Lord Byng School using the side entrance off Crown St. (at the basketball court)

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This community event is co-sponsored by 7 Vancouver PACs:
Carnarvon, Jules Quesnel, Lord Kitchener, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth Annex, Queen Mary, and Trafalgar Elementary Schools.

Please a PAC representative at your school if you have any questions or concerns.

If the cost of this event is a hardship for your family, please speak with your school’s principal.

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Foggy Wednesday update

PAC meeting – update

We had a very successful PAC meeting last night! Thank you so much to all those who attended. It was a very productive conversation and we came away with many suggestions for a 5 year technology plan (to be developed in the very near future!). A special thank you to Mme. Aimee and Mme. Ashley who attended last night’s meetings and gave us some very valuable feedback. Thank you also to Mme. Cruickshank who attended last month’s meeting. It is so helpful to have the teachers’ perspectives at the meetings. We will keep you updated on the technology plans in the coming months.

Santa’s workshop 2017

Trafalgar’s fourth annual Santa’s Workshop will be held on December 18th.  The workshop gives all our little elves the opportunity to purchase gifts for their loved ones for only $1 per item.  Proceeds from this event will be donated to a local charity.  The team is now accepting donations! Items can be dropped off in the hall across from the staff room along the gallery wall. Some popular items include books, jewellery, cufflinks, DVDs, CDs, Games, puzzles, candles, pictures, toys, ties, scarves, vases, ornaments and anything else that could be re-gifted. Gifts for Moms and Dads run out quickly so donations of men’s and women’s gifts are very much appreciated. Starting Monday, there will be a box in each homeroom that we are hoping parents will fill with wrapping paper, gift bags of all sizes (preferred!), bows, name tags, and tape for the kids to use. If you would like to help volunteer for this fun event, please contact Jennie at jennieclaire@hotmail.com.

Festive coffee morning

Trafalgar will be holding a holiday coffee morning on December 15th at 9am in the activity room. Come join other parents to celebrate the season over a coffee and treats. If you are able to volunteer for this event, please email tmacleod2000@gmail.com.

After school program registration

Information for Dolphin Kids  has been added to our Winter 2017 extracurriculars page – alongside information for Sea Smart, Lego animation, Lego robotics, Minecraft adventures, Python programming and Little Rembrandts — there’s something for every child!!

Sunday update – noon hour programs and technology talk Tuesday

Day 1 Noon Hour program registration tomorrow at 7am. Day 1 classes available for registration are: Bricks4Kidz LEGO, Knitting for Grades 1-3 (Sessions #2 & #3), Jurassic Jr, Dolphin KIDS – Social Fun and Games for Grades 1 & 2, Chess Club, and Sportball – Multi-Sport.
All others will be available for registration on Tuesday, December 5th on Day 2. Should you need assistance, please email noonhourtrafalgar@gmail.com.
Open forum talk on technology this Tuesday, December 5th at 7pm.
This will be a very important meeting! In the last few months, the PAC has been looking into replacing the computers in the lab. They are over 10 years old and simply don’t really function well anymore. Teachers and students experience frustration with them frequently (they take 20 minutes to turn on!) and this results in them not really being used by many. We met with Mme. Lavoie and Audrey Van Alstyne, the District Principal for Information Technology for the VSB, last Friday and it was quite eye-opening. Audrey works with schools to plan for learning supported by technology with a focus on critical thinking and collaboration. She was very helpful and the talk was informative. Unfortunately, we learned that there is no planned funding for technology coming our way as a West Side school in the near (and even far) future. The responsibility is 100% on the PAC. We also learned that we are one of the schools with the lowest ratios for students:technology, including the schools in lower income areas on the East side.
So Trafalgar parents, we need to talk! The PAC executive will come to the meeting armed with information from the teachers as to what they use, how they use technology, what problems they face daily with technology, how often they use (or want to use) technology, etc. We will use the information we gather at this meeting to create a short and long term plan for technology for Trafalgar. Some of the implementations may happen as early as 2018.
 
If you have an opinion on technology and its use in our school, please ensure you join us! Many decisions are made every month at our PAC meetings by a small group of parents. We believe this decision needs to involve more than a small group so the short and long term technology plan represents the opinions and values of our greater community. Attendance will be especially important for current Grade 5 and 6 parents as a Bring Your Own Device possibility for the 2018/19 school year will be a topic of discussion.
Babysitting will be available.

Late night Wednesday reminders

REMINDER – Communicating Student Learning- Reporting Pilot Project – Thursday November 30th

As shared in the last newsletter, Trafalgar School is participating in a district pilot project on a new
reporting system, along with other Vancouver schools and teachers. At Trafalgar School, we have
10 divisions participating in this pilot project: Divisions 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 15, 16, 17 and 18

We invite the parents of these 10 divisions to attend an information night here at Trafalgar on
Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 pm in our gym. The ten classroom teachers participating in
this pilot project, along with administration, will be presenting to parents what this new reporting
format entails, why we are moving in this direction and how we will communicate student learning
to parents. The goal is to have all classes throughout the VSB using this format in the next school
year, therefore we feel fortunate to have the opportunity to pilot it this year.

REMINDER – Extracurricular programs – After school programs and Noon hour programs – Winter registration

We are finalizing our lineup for after school programs this winter.  Information for Minecraft adventures, Python programming, Little Rembrandts and Lights Up have been added to our Winter 2017 extracurriculars page – alongside information for Sea Smart, Lego animation and Lego robotics.

Noon hour programs – Registration for the winter session of Noon Hour programs is Monday, December 4th and December 5th at 7am. It will take place over 2 days. More information to come in the flyer which will be sent home next week. We have some new exciting programs such as a voice class (think Glee!), two new science classes, and two Dolphin Kids classes.  It’s going to be a great session!  Look in backpacks! Your child should already have come home with a flyer.

Other dates and reminders

Pro-D day, Friday Dec 1
First Lego League – volunteers needed – Dec 3rd – details
Noon hour program registration – Dec 4th and 5th
PAC meeting – Let’s talk tech! – Dec 5th, 7PM

Traffic reminder, extracurricular activities, school newsletter

Traffic reminder

Since the rain started last week, people have started parking in the No Stopping Zone on Oliver street on the south side of the school. Many are also parking facing the wrong direction. This is incredibly dangerous. The road is narrow and drivers can’t see the students crossing the street. The school administration and PAC executive committee will be patrolling at pick up in the coming weeks to speak to those stopping illegally. Please keep Trafalgar students safe and park in the designated parking areas. There are plenty!

Extracurricular programs – After school programs and Noon hour programs – Winter registration

We are finalizing our lineup for after school programs this winter.  Information for Minecraft adventures, Python programming and Little Rembrandts have been added to our Winter 2017 extracurriculars page – alongside information for Sea Smart, Lego animation and Lego robotics.

Registration for the winter session of Noon Hour programs is Monday, December 4th and December 5th at 7am. It will take place over 2 days. More information to come in the flyer which will be sent home next week. We have some new exciting programs such as a voice class (think Glee!), two new science classes, and two Dolphin Kids classes.  It’s going to be a great session!  Look in backpacks! Your child will be coming home with the flyer early this week

Calling all Trafalgar parents- we need to talk tech! – December 5th

Some members of the PAC executive met with Mme. Lavoie and Audrey Van Alstyne, the District Principal for Information Technology for the VSB, last Friday and it was quite eye-opening. Audrey works with schools to plan for learning supported by technology with a focus on critical thinking and collaboration. She was very helpful and the talk was informative. Unfortunately, we learned that there is no planned funding for technology coming our way as a West Side school in the near (and even far) future. The responsibility is 100% on the PAC. We also learned that we are one of the schools with the lowest ratios for students:technology, including the schools in lower income areas on the East side. So Trafalgar parents, we need to talk! Please join us for an open forum discussion on technology at the PAC meeting on Tuesday, December 5th at 7pm in the library. The PAC executive will come armed with information from the teachers as to what they use, how they use technology, what problems they face daily with technology, how often they use (or want to use) technology, etc. We will use the information we gather at this meeting to create a plan for technology for Trafalgar. Some of the implementations may happen as early as 2018. If you have an opinion on technology and its use in our school, please ensure you join us! Attendance will be especially important for current Grade 5 and 6 parents. Babysitting is available.

Official school newsletter

Letter from new VSB trustees to staff
Newsletter 7 November 24, 2017 – Remembrance Day, performances at Trafalgar, good-bye to Ms Derksen and more

Other dates and reminders

Communicating Student Learning Information session, Thursday Nov 30 7:00 pm in the gym for participating divisions
Pro-D day, Friday Dec 1
First Lego League – volunteers needed – Dec 3rd – details