Settling in Sunday update

This was going to be a small update, but then when we started making the list IT GETS BUSY!

This update contains information about a Grade 7 fundraiser, hot lunch survey, yearbook updates (including some deadlines), parent education this week, noon hour programs (registration this week) and after school programs (many after school programs start this week! register before it’s too late!).


SPUD.ca grocery delivery – Grade 7 fundraiser – Timberland Ranch

The Grade 7’s in Division 2 will be going Timberland Ranch for their Grade 7 trip and is beginning to fundraise. They’d love your support! In their own words:

“Our first fundraiser is in partnership with SPUD Grocery Delivery service. SPUD is a sustainable, organic online grocery delivery service; you select your items online, make your purchase, and they are delivered to your door in a few days – FREE DELIVERY! We have registered ‘Trafalgar Elementary’ as our group with SPUD. Parents can choose pre-packaged grocery boxes to be delivered to their homes, or can purchase SPUD gift cards to use on any grocery items from SPUD, and we receive 10-25% of the sales for our trip.

The way we see it, we all need to buy groceries, so why not buy some through SPUD and support our Grade 7s at the same time? Thank you for help send our class to camp!” Websites: SPUD.ca/fundraising and SPUD.ca/spudcards


Many After School programs start this week. Register Before it is too Late!

Starting Monday! Register Now -Lego Robotics Daedalos Gr 1-3 (We Do) Gr 4-7 (Mindstorms) (Mondays) 3:15-4:45 Jan 14 – March 11 – Learn robotics the fun way. info@daedalosacademy.com 604-345-8603 Registration Robocamps.ca

Starting Tuesday! Senior Choir Gr 4-7 (Tuesdays) 315 – 415 Jan 15 to Mar 5 Register by contacting Catherine at catherine@quokkasystems.com

On Wednesday! Kidpreneurs Commerce (Wed) Jan 9 to March 13 Gr 1-3 (Lemonade Stand Kids) Gr 4-7 (KidPreneur) 3:15-4:15 KidPreneurs learn about the world of entrepreneurship by starting their own micro business in a fun, age appropriate, hands-on program. Program ends with a Market Day where KidPreneurs debut their businesses and sell their products to the community. Be A Young Entrepreneur TODAY! www.summit-learning.ca info@summit-learning.ca 604 238 6951

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

Register before too late! Seasmart Ocean Explorer Gr 1-4 (Tuesdays ) 3:15-4:45 Jan 22 – March 12 (8 weeks)
Explore the world of oceans with a marine biologist in a hands-on program that develops critical thinking and collaboration. New! Working with a real whale skeleton
Registration OPEN at www.seasmartschool.com

Register before Too Late! 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


Noon hour program registration reminder

Registration for all Knitting and the Hip Hop programs will open on Monday January 14 at 7am. Registration for all other programs will open on Tuesday January 15. Details in our previous newsletter here.


Hot lunch – survey

Our first term of hot lunch is nearing the end and before we start up a second term, we’re conducting a quick survey of parents to see how they’re feeling about hot lunch so far so changes can be made if necessary.

Please answer our hot lunch survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3D9FVXY


Yearbook updates:

There’s still time to buy your yearbook!

Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com – Enter our school number (17379). You can also search our school by name. Just make sure to choose “Trafalgar Elementary” from Vancouver, BC!

In order to make the yearbook a success, we need PHOTOS of your child doing school activities. Please upload good quality images to the yearbook website. Submitted photos are used solely for the yearbook. – www.hjeshare.com – School code: Trafalgar2019 (capital T, no space)
Please include the division, and students’ names!

Grade 7 students have a number of yearbook deadlines coming up.

  • January 15 – Submit Grade 7 survey (box in front of office)
  • January 23 – Upload baby photo (instructions same as photo submission above)
  • March 1 – Grade 7 write up

Please refer to the email sent to the Grade 7 parents for more details.


Parent education – Thursday, January 17 at 9:00 am

Neuroplasticity in the Home – presented in the activity room facilitated by school counsellor and multicultural worker

This workshop examines how we can address the challenges and concerns that come up at home with the lens of current brain body research. What can we do to help our children manage their feelings and take care of their own interpersonal conflicts?

In this 1 hour workshop, we will:

  • Go over self-regulation strategies that you can implement in your home.
  • Identify self care strategies required to be an active listener.
  • Practice some of the fundamental components of listening.

It’s mid-week so these must be important!

Noon Hour Programs are back for another round! This term we are offering some old favourites and some exciting new programs, like Anime Pinatas, Blue Sky Sketch and Paint, and Hip Hop.  The Noon Hour Programs are a great way for kids to have fun and enjoy extracurricular activities with their school friends, as well as a wonderful way to meet new friends!  For more information on each program, check out the flyer https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kQ47-wy4mps9DtP7VNzvR_M8JXyNKg2h/view?usp=sharing or visit the Trafalgar PAC website later tonight (http://trafalgarpac.ca).

Registration will use the Munchalunch ordering system.  Click on the “Hot Lunch” button on the Trafalgar PAC website (http://trafalgarpac.ca), or go to https://munchalunch.com/schools/trafalgarto register.  Noon Hour Program registration is under the Fundraising tab. In order to decrease load on the Munchalunch registration system, registration for Noon Hour Programs will be divided across two days, according to program.  Registration for all Knitting and the Hip Hop programs will open on Monday January 14 at 7am. Registration for all other programs will open on Tuesday January 15. Registration closes on Wednesday January 16 at 9pm. The flyer has all the details, so check it out!

Hot dog day! We are having a hot dog day Fundraiser for the Grade 7 Quebec Trip. It will be on Monday January 21st at noon. The hot dogs will be $2.00 each so bring as many toonies as you can!! Cash only.

Happy 2019

Happy New Year to all of our families! Wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2019!

Reminders, programs and parent education opportunities

Hot lunch – no hot lunch this week

Quebec Exchange Fundraiser – SAVE THE DATE! JANUARY 12/19 9:45 am

Another event is planned for the Quebec Exchange Fundraising efforts! Once again, the Dunbar Theatre is supporting our school by offering a private screening of Mary Poppins Returns. The movie will be shown on Saturday, January 12th at 9:45 am. A portion of the ticket sales will be directed to the Exchange Program, so the more tickets sold the better 🙂

Movie: Mary Poppins Returns
Ticket cost: $15 (cash sales only)
When: Saturday, January 12th at 9:45 am
Where: Dunbar Theatre 4555 Dunbar Street (at W. 29th Ave.)
How to get tickets: Tickets will be sold at the school starting January 7th (after school). You can also email rhonda.willms@gmail.com to reserve a ticket before then.

After School Programs for January 2019 – Register Now Before its too late for Dolphin Kids Public Speaking Program www.dolphinkids.ca, SeaSmart Marine Biology, Xmodus Programming, Young Rembrandts, LightsUp and Choir ! See the latest here

Parent education opportunities – Presentations including anxiety and children in youth, cannabis legalization and schools, supporting neurodiverse learners, social fluency beyond the screen, social and emotional learning in children – compiled in the DPAC Newsletter 

January PAC meeting – at this point after the break, there are no updates from the exec or admin – we will meeting again February 12, 7PM

Starting Monday!
Register Now -Lego Robotics Daedalos Gr 1-3 (We Do) Gr 4-7 (Mindstorms) (Mondays) 3:15-4:45 Learn robotics the fun way. info@daedalosacademy.com or
604-345-8603
Registration Robocamps.ca

Starting Wednesday!
Register Now Kidpreneurs Commerce (Wed) Jan 9 to March 13 Gr 1-3 (Lemonade Stand Kids) Gr 4-7 (KidPreneur) 3:15-4:15 KidPreneurs learn about the world of entrepreneurship by starting their own micro business in a fun, age appropriate, hands-on program. Program ends with a Market Day where KidPreneurs debut their businesses and sell their products to the community. Be A Young Entrepreneur TODAY!
www.summit-learning.ca info@summit-learning.ca
604 238 6951

Fa la la la la! Carols in the hall all week

Come show your festive spirit by going to Carols in the Halls which will take place every morning this week from 8:20 am to 8:50 am in the main entrance. Wear your Santa Hats and holiday wear and spread some Christmas cheer by singing your favourite holiday songs. Trafalgar Parent Lea Ault will be playing the piano and former principal Mme. Tremblay will treat us to her fabulous drum playing! This is something not to be missed! 

Don’t forget to pack those coins for Santa’s Workshop!

Every student will be going to Santa’s workshop tomorrow to shop for their family. Please remember to send them with some loonies. All profits go to charity. 

Movie night permission form

TRAFALGAR MOVIE NIGHT PERMISSION FORM

On Friday December 14, the Grade 7s will be hosting a supervised After School Movie Party!   All kids are invited to enjoy a screening of The Polar Express.  This fun event will be held from 3:00 until 5:30 in the gym. Proceeds will help fund the Grade 7 Quebec Exchange.• Grade 7 students will pick up K – Grade 3 students from their classrooms and escort them to the gym; Grade 4 and up can head straight to the gym after the bell.   • Admission is $10 for one child and $5 for each subsequent child within a family, and includes a healthy snack (fruit, popcorn, and water) and supervision by the grade 7s.   • Tickets will be sold from 8:30-8:50 and 3:00-3:20 every day the week of December 10th in the front hallway, and will also be available at the door.  • Students must provide a signed permission form (below) in order to buy a ticket.• Tickets purchased in advance will be delivered to classrooms on December 14th.

Please fill out and sign the permission form below and have your child present it when they purchase their tickets.

————————————————————————————————————

I give permission for my child _________________________________________________(name) in 

Division ________ to attend the Holiday Movie Night on Friday December 14th from 

3:00 – 5:30 in the Trafalgar school gym.

I confirm that I will pick up or arrange appropriate pick up for my child by 5:30 p.m.

Please indicate who will be picking up your child: 

______________________________________

Please provide a number to call regarding pick-up should there be any confusion:

______________________________________

Parent Name:​​​​​​​Date: _________________________

______________________________________

Parent Signature:

______________________________________

Your Guide to Trafalgar Holiday events 2018!

Happy Holidays to you all! This will be the last email blast until the New Year.  This contains all the information needed to get through the next two weeks. Please read carefully and all the way to the end for more information, including noon hour program and after-school program registration.

Also to note: there is NO PAC meeting this month. It was originally scheduled for Dec. 11th but since the agenda is light and parents are busy, we will resume in the New Year.  

This week

Wednesday, December 12th-

The choir and band are holding a holiday performance at 6pm. The choir will perform first followed by the band performance at 7pm. Entrance is by donation. The band has had some unexpected costs this year so please come out and support this amazing program while enjoying some great music!

 

Thursday, December 13th-

Please join us for a festive drink at the holiday coffee morning from 9-10am!

Dr. Emu Garzitto, our school councillor, will be holding a parent workshop right after coffee morning for all parents. Come learn how to encourage resilience and independence in your children. The workshop will take place from 10-11:30am in the activity room.

Pick up for poinsettias and gift cards for the Quebec fundraiser are in Room 112 (Mme. Aimee’s old room) at the following times:

Poinsettias from 8:30-9:30am and 2:30-5pm

Gift cards from 8:30-9:30am

 

Friday, December 14th-

Santa’s workshop– Please send your child(ren) with some loonies and a list to buy gifts for family! Stop by the activity room after school to see what’s left to buy!  Donations and gift bags (WE NEED GIFT BAGS! It makes it so much easier for primary students to wrap and not lose gifts) will be accepted in the hall across from the staff room until Thursday, Dec 13th. Donation ideas include books, jewellery, cufflinks, Games, puzzles, candles, toys, ornaments, etc. All funds raised go to a local charity to be decided by the grade 6 and 7 students.

PJ day! Students are invited to wear pjs to school.

Staff appreciation lunch- we are so thankful for our amazing teachers and staff! The Kindergarten parents and the PAC are organizing a special lunch this day for teachers and staff.  Thank you to the Kindergarten parents for helping us show them how much we appreciate them.

Movie Night! Need some extra time for festive preparations or looking for a great way to entertain your kids??  The Grade 7’s will be hosting a supervised After School Movie Party! All kids are invited to enjoy a screening of The Polar Express. This fun event will be held from 3:00 until 5:30 in the gym. Proceeds will help fund the Grade 7 Quebec Exchange. Grade 7 students will pick up K – Gr 3 students from their classrooms and escort them to the gym; Grade 4 and up can head straight to the gym after the bell.  Admission is $10 for one child and $5 for each subsequent child within a family, and includes a healthy snack (fruit, popcorn, and water). A signed permission form is required. Permission forms are available outside the office, and an electronic copy is available here. Tickets will be sold from 8:30-8:50 and 3:00-3:20 every day the week of December 10th in the front hallway, and will also be available at the door.  Students must provide a signed permission form in order to buy a ticket.
Tickets purchased in advance will be delivered to classrooms on December 14.

Quebec fundraiser- pick up for gift cards is from 8:30-9:30am in Room 112 (Mme. Aimee’s old room).

 

Next week

Carols in the hall- Every morning, from 8:25 am-8:50 am, during the week of December 17-21, we invite the community to join us in signing carols in the front lobby. Thank you to Shaleena Jeraj for organizing this once again. Please join us for this Trafalgar tradition!

Friday, December, 21st-

Wear green, red, an ugly sweater, or any holiday accessories to school!


Please join us for our Christmas play and sing-along on Friday, December 21st at 1:30 pm. Join us if you can.

School’s out!! Happy Holidays to you all!

Happening now!

Registration for After School programs 2019 is open now! After school classes include SeaSmart Marine Biology, Xmodus Programming, Young Rembrandts, LightsUp and Young Entrepreneurs! See Afterschool Jan2018 flyer here.

Feature program of the week! Seasmart Ocean Explorer Gr 1-4 (Tuesdays ) 3:15-4:45 Jan 22  – March 12 (8 weeks)
Explore the world of oceans with a marine biologist in a hands-on program that develops critical thinking and collaboration. New! Working with a real whale skeleton
Registration OPEN at http://Http://seasmartschool.com

January

January 7th- First day back to school

Noon Hour Programs will be back in January for another session! The flyers will be emailed out the first week back and registration will take place on January 14th. Stay tuned for some awesome new programs like Hip Hop, Mad Science, Anime pinatas, and Blue Sky paint and Sketch!

Need a couple of extra hours for Christmas shopping?

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!   Need some extra time for festive preparations or looking for a great way to entertain your kids??  On Friday December 14, the Grade 7’s will be hosting a supervised After School Movie Party!   All kids are invited to enjoy a screening of The Polar Express.  This fun event will be held from 3:00 until 5:30 in the gym. Proceeds will help fund the Grade 7 Quebec Exchange.
  • Grade 7 students will pick up K – Gr 3 students from their classrooms and escort them to the gym; Grade 4 and up can head straight to the gym after the bell.   
  • Admission is $10 for one child and $5 for each subsequent child within a family, and includes a healthy snack (fruit, popcorn, and water).   
  • A signed permission form is required.  Permission forms will be available outside the office next week, and an electronic copy will be available soon.
  • Tickets will be sold from 8:30-8:50and 3:00-3:20 every day the week of December 10th in the front hallway, and will also be available at the door.  
  •  Students must provide a signed permission form in order to buy a ticket.
  • Tickets purchased in advance will be delivered to classrooms on December 14.
We hope to see your kids at this all-school festive event!

15 more days of school and they are full! Please read to keep organized 🤪

Busy enough yet?

This week:

If you would like a tax receipt for your Direct Appeal donation earlier this year, (and have not already emailed Alison directly) please take a moment to fill out your information in this online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd86PJAqp1tx3GFBzfNh6uJcepbdNYZD7fjXtXK9BeIVQiK2g/viewform

Tax receipts will be mailed out in the new year, and they will come directly from VSB.  Deadline for this is Sunday, December 2nd.

Quebec fundraiser- Thank you for participating in our Art Card for Kids Fundraiser for the grade 7 Quebec Exchange. The Art Cards samples were distributed Friday and children will hopefully bring them home to you. The deadline for ordering says this Sunday Dec 2nd at midnight but, because there was a delay in getting the samples home, the deadline has been extended to MONDAY DEC 3RD at midnight.
Please note that ordering will take place ONLINE ONLY.

Purdy’s pick up has been changed from December 5 to December 6, 2:30-4 and December 7, 8:30-9:30am. Thank you for your support!”

Winter Market brought to you by the grade 7s! Thursday, December 6th, 2.45 pm – 3.45 pm.  We will have it outside the front entrance of the school if it is sunny like today or just inside the front entrance by the gym if it is rainy. We shall be selling: Freshly baked ginger snap cookies and Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate, As well as holiday gifts: Peppermint bath bombs, Hot Chocolate in a jar, Rosemary Sea Salt, Orange & Cinnamon Candles. The market is being hosted by the grade 7s and 100% of proceeds will go to buy compost and seeds for the garden in Spring.
GIFT BAGS PLEASE! Santa’s Workshop is December 14th. Keep those donations coming! Toys, candles, cufflinks, ties, jewelry- we’ll take whatever you have! Please drop donations across from the staff room. We are also really needing gift bags of all sizes as well as gift tags so our little elves have a way to wrap their gifts.

Lights Up performance– the Lights Up students will be performing for parents this Friday at 4pm in the gym.

Registration for After School programs 2019 is open now! After school classes include SeaSmart Marine Biology, Xmodus Programming, Young Rembrandts, LightsUp and Young Entrepreneurs!  See Afterschool Jan2018 flyer here.

Back at a Lower Price!  Young Entrepreneurs January to March 13 Gr 1-3 (Lemonade Stand Kids) Gr 4-7 (KidPreneur) (Wednesdays) 3:15-4:15 KidPreneurs learn about the world of entrepreneurship by starting their own micro business in a fun, age appropriate, hands-on program. Program ends with a Market Day where KidPreneurs debut their businesses and sell their products to the community.  Be A Young Entrepreneur TODAY!  See kidpreneur flyer here 

Coming soon:

Band performance– The band is putting on a performance on Dec 12th at 7pm. More details to come soon…

Holiday coffee morning- please join us for a festive hot drink on Thursday, December 13th at 9-10:30am. We’d love to see you there!

Phew!

Post #2…the items this tired parent forgot

Quebec deadlines approaching! Please support the Grade 7 Quebec Trip by purchasing these items:
Purdy’s chocolates- must order & pay online by Thursday, November 29     fundraising.purdys.com Customer number 4131
Gift Cards– submit order forms and cheque at the school by Thursday, November 29
Breakin outside TOOSC- please be aware that there has been a reported break-in out front of TOOSC. It happened in the 10 minutes that a Trafalagr parent spent picking up his/her child. Do not leave important belongings in your car.
From the Canadian Parents for French– The economic statement submitted by the Ontario provincial government of Doug Ford on November 15, 2018 abolished the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner and canceled the proposed French University of Ontario project. Franco Ontarians are mobilizing within the province.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH stands in solidarity with our French-speaking partner organizations in calling for the government to reconsider these cuts which will have important implications on Ontario’s French language minority community and, on FSL and French Immersion students seeking opportunities to continue learning and using French.

A Change.org petition has been created, receiving almost 10,000 signatures gathered this week. It insists that the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario and the French University of Ontario project be reinstated,

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH invites our motivated members to sign the petition and include within the comment section: “CPF members stand in solidarity with Franco-Ontarians.”

Link to the petiition ://bit.ly/2zoCeGm
To defend access to services in the languages of the official minorities is to defend national unity and to have a vision for this country where we can speak both languages. This is a fundamental value of our organization.