Yearbooks – distribution

The yearbooks are in and they look AMAZING! Once again, a huge thanks to the yearbook committee. Your hard work has certainly paid off. The students are going to be so excited when they see them!
A message about distribution-
Two divisions have already received their yearbooks. The school does not wish to distribute the rest of the yearbooks in-class to avoid disappointment for those students who did not order a yearbook.
Please note: there are no yearbooks to purchase at these times. Should there be a few extra after distribution, they will be available via silent auction at the Year End party on Wednesday, June 27th. More information to come later.
Distribution will go as follows:
Intermediates- Grades 4-7
 
Intermediates parents may come collect their child(ren)’s yearbooks between 2:30-3:15pm today. Highly suggested to pick up early if you are at the school because it will be very busy at 3pm. Intermediate students can pick up their yearbooks after 3pm (not earlier). Each student/parent MUST sign for their book.
Another parent may sign and pick up your order for you if you cannot collect your yearbook.
Primaries- Grades K-3
 
Primary distribution will be on Monday, June 25th from 2:30-3:15pm. Primary students may not pick up their yearbooks by themselves. They must be accompanied by a parent who can sign to indicate they have received their yearbook. This rule has been put into place to ensure these beautiful yearbooks make it home.
Again, another parent may sign and pick up your order for you if you cannot collect your yearbook.
Further instructions will be provided on Sunday night in the PAC email blast for those primary parents who are not able to pick up their child’s yearbook on Monday.
Primary parents- PLEASE NOTE!
 
You may pick up tomorrow (Friday) if the following applies to you:
 
1Today is your child’s last day of school for the year
2. You are already collecting your intermediate child’s yearbook
3. You know you will not be available for pick up on Monday, June 25th
It will likely be very busy during these distribution times. Thank you for your patience in advance.
Should you go for pick up and your name not be on the list, we ask that you leave your information for the yearbook committee to look into the next day. They will not be able to do so during the distribution times as it will be too busy.

Happy Fathers Day – Sunday update

Fathers Day funnies

Please read the linked Calvin and Hobbes Father’s Day strip.  And enjoy!  🙂

Volunteers! 

Join us in the library this Tuesday, June 19th from 10:30-11:30am so the school can show you our appreciation. The staff would like to show their appreciation to any and all parents who volunteered their precious time this year.  It doesn’t matter if it was 1 hour, 1 day or many months, come and join us for tea and snacks. Hope to see you there!
 

End of Year slide show

Last week to send those pictures in! Deadline is Friday, June 22. If you want to see your child’s smiling face up there, look through your phone and send any and all pictures you have of them at the school or field trips or camp.
To submit over the web with a computer or phone: http://trafalgarpac.ca/photos
To submit by email: trafalgar18@dropevent.com
 

Grade 7 Parents- 

please hand in your grad slip and money by this Tuesday, June 19th so the organizers can confirm numbers the grad ceremony next week.

The Trafalgar school band and choir will have a joint evening concert on June 19 (Tuesday7-8pm

The school band, junior and senior choir will perform about 15 minutes each.  All parents and students are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Is your child interested in joining Trafalgar’s school band next year?

Students who are in Grs. 4 – 6 currently will be eligible to play in the Trafalgar School Band in September. We will have a beginning band and a Senior Band, each meeting 2 mornings a week before school. This year’s band was a huge success, and we are now planning for next school year. You’ll hear the Trafalgar Band at a school assembly on Monday, and our final concert with the choirs on Tuesday evening.

We are having a special meeting on Wednesday, June 20th for interested families who have a new student joining band next year. There are many instruments available for students to choose, but it makes a huge difference if the student chooses an instrument that is well-suited to their own face/lips/body etc. Our Band teachers, Michelle Anderson and Erin Marks, have arranged to have a full set of instruments from Tapestry Music available for the students to try out next Wednesday. We would like all interested band students to make a short appointment (about 15 minutes) ideally with a parent present, to come and try things out thoroughly. Together, the teachers and students will decide what instruments work best, and what the student likes best. Planning now guarantees your spot in the band, and also allows you to choose the best available instruments. This meeting doesn’t commit you to band, but hopefully you will know after this meeting whether or not you do want to commit to joining next year. We want to meet the families and give you full details about the Trafalgar Band.

Please choose an appointment time either Wednesday before or after school by visiting this webpage by Tuesday at 4:00 pm: www.trafalgarschoolband.ca

Please help us plan our program by attending this meeting, or contacting us to register.

Can you believe it?? It’s almost time for our Year End Party! 

The year end party will be in full swing on Wednesday, June 27th from 3:30 to 6:00pm. Celebrate the end of the school year with other Trafalgar families. Bring a picnic dinner or buy dinner from the White Spot food truck, an ice cream truck, while enjoying live music, a photo booth, many games and even Granville island’s famous bubble blower! This event happens rain or shine. No tickets required. Please note: the school and/or PAC are not responsible for the care of the students at this event. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their own children. 

That time of year – Sunday update

Important this week

End of Year slide show – Photo deadline June 22nd

Send those pictures in! We are now collecting pictures for the slide show. If you want to see your child’s smiling face up there, look through your phone and send any and all pictures you have of them at the school or field trips or camp. Christian has made it super easy-
To submit over the web with a computer or phone: http://trafalgarpac.ca/photos
To submit by email: trafalgar18@dropevent.com

Raising digitally responsible youth – Tuesday June 12th

Free parent presentation at Magee Secondary this Tuesday, June 12th at 6:30pm – Parent Presentation Flyer -2018

Earthbites Year End garden party  – Thursday June 14th

This Thursday, June 14th from 1:15-3:30pm. Join Earthbites for a feast from our harvest, fun activities, a market selling flowers, produce from our garden, bath salts, lavender spray and simple syrups.

Primary talent show – Friday June 15th

this Friday, June 15th at 1:15pm. Everyone welcome!

Coming soon

Volunteer Appreciation – Tuesday June 19th

the staff would like to show their appreciation to any and all parents who volunteered their precious time this year.  It doesn’t matter if it was 1 hour, 1 day or many months, come and join us for tea and snacks on June 19th from 10:30-11:30am in the library. Hope to see you there!

Save the Date for our Year End Party!  – Wednesday June 27th

The year end party will be in full swing on June 27th this year. Celebrate the end of the school year with other Trafalgar families 3:30 to 6:00pm.  Bring a picnic dinner or buy dinner from the White Spot food truck, an ice cream truck, while enjoying live music, a photo booth, many games and even Granville island’s famous bubble blower! This event happens rain or shine. No tickets required. Please note: the school and/or PAC are not responsible for the care of the students at this event. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their own children. 

Calling all volunteers (and potential volunteers!)

Trafalgar is incredibly fortunate to have an amazing group of dedicated, talented parents who donate their time to making our school extra special. Come join us! It’s a wonderful way to connect with  parents and children in our community.
Still looking for: Parent Education coordinators- these 2 people connect with other school coordinators at the beginning of the year (relationships already established) and are responsible for one parent event in the 2018/19. Approximately 10 hours total.
Please contact info@trafalgarpac.ca with any questions or if you would like to fill this position. Grab a friend and do it together!

Trafalgar slideshow – 🙏now we need photos!

Our call for help has been heard!
We are very thankful that the wonderful Christian Malcolm is taking on the End of Year slide show!
Parents, now it’s your turn. We need you parents to send in photos of your children participating in school activities and events. This also includes field trips off site. The only way to guarantee that your child’s smiling face will be part of this show is if you send in photos! The deadline is June 22 so if you look in your phone and realize you don’t have any, take one in the next couple of weeks. On the playground, in their classroom, at the Talent Show, etc. If you can’t make it to school, ask a friend to take a picture for you. The students get such a thrill out of seeing themselves on the screen on the last day of school. Let’s give him lots of pictures to work with!
Christian has made it super easy by setting up several ways for us to send in our photos. See links and attachments below.
To submit over the web with a computer or phone: http://trafalgarpac.ca/photos

To submit by email: 
trafalgar18@dropevent.com

June the gateway to summer – Sunday update

PAC AGM – Tuesday June 5th

Our PAC AGM be held on June 5th at 7pm in the library. This will be the final meeting of the year. Our agenda includes voting in PAC executive members, hearing the Chair’s and Treasurer’s reports, reviewing the end of year financials, and discussing the 2018/19 budget. Babysitting will available. Please forward any nominations for Chair, Treasurer or secretary 2018/19 to info@trafalgarpac.ca.

Also at the meeting, we will be presenting changes to our bylaws to be voted on. Read more about the changes and the reasoning here.

Intermediate Talent Show – Wednesday June 6th

Intermediate Talent show is this Wednesday form 9-10:30am. There are some wonderful acts so come show your support and appreciation for all of the participants! The Primary Talent show is next Friday, June 15th at 1:15pm.

Lights Up – Friday June 8th

The After school and Noon hour Lights Up programs will be holding a performance this Friday, June 8th at 2pm in the gym. The show will open with a performance form the Noon Hour program kids and the After school kids will follow.

Raising digitally responsible youth – Tuesday June 12th

Raising digitally responsible youth – free parent presentation at Magee – Parent Presentation Flyer -2018

Year end party – Save the Date! – June 27th

The year end party will be in full swing on June 27th this year. Celebrate the end of the school year with other Trafalgar families 3:30 to 6:00pm.  Bring a picnic dinner or buy dinner from the White Spot food truck, an ice cream truck, while enjoying live music, a photo booth, many games and even Granville island’s famous bubble blower! This event happens rain or shine. Please note: the school and/or PAC are not responsible for the care of the students at this event. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their own children.

Calling all volunteers (and potential volunteers!)

Trafalgar is incredibly fortunate to have an amazing group of dedicated, talented parents who donate their time to making our school extra special. Come join us! It’s a wonderful way to connect with  parents and children in our community.
We have a few coordinator positions to fill for next year. I will be sending some out over the next month.
The first 2 are:
 Parent Education coordinators- these 2 people connect with other school coordinators at the beginning of the year (relationships already established) and are responsible for one parent event in the 2018/19. Approximately 10 hours total.
Teacher Appreciation coordinators- these 2 people organize two teacher appreciation recesses throughout the year. Approximately 5 hours total.
Please contact info@trafalgarpac.ca with any questions or if you would like to fill one of these positions. Grab a friend and do it together!

Trafalgar Sunday update

  • Bike to School Week is finally coming. Just in time with the beautiful sunny days upon us! Please encourage your kids to ride their bikes to school the week of May 28-June 1. The registration table will be set up in front of the north entrance doors near the playground. All riders can enter a draw and two winners will be picked every day. We have prepared many small prizes for all riders. At the end of the week, the top 3 divisions with the most riders will be awarded with a small prize. So please remind your child to register at the table every morning. We look forward to seeing many bikes at Trafalgar next week.
  • Our PAC AGM will be held on June 5th at 7pm in the library. This will be the final meeting of the year. Our agenda includes voting in PAC executive members, hearing the Chair’s and Treasurer’s reports, bylaw changes, reviewing the end of year financials, and discussing the 2018/19 budget. Babysitting will available. Please forward any nominations for Chair, Treasurer or secretary 2018/19 to info@trafalgarpac.ca.
  • June 12th – Raising digitally responsible youth – free parent presentation at Magee – Parent Presentation Flyer -2018

Let me live that fantasy – Sunday update

This update comes early to make sure parents have plenty of notice for our track meet.  Yes, the weekend is still on – long live the weekend!

Coming this week

Track and Field Final Meet – Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ Point Grey Secondary

Junior (Grades 4/5) meet is from 8:30-12:30pm so athletes will need to be dropped off at Point Grey at 8:15 (look for the Trafalgar flag and tent). Athletes are responsible for their own rides to and from the meet. When leaving the meet to return to Trafalgar please sign out with Trafalgar staff and submit jersey before you leave. Please dress for the weather and bring water and sunscreen.

Senior (Grades 6/7) meet is from 1:00pm until 3:30pm so athletes will need to meet at the gym at 12:10 to sign out and organize rides. Upon arrival to Point Grey look for Trafalgar flag and tent. Athletes are to be picked up from Point Grey between 3:15-3:30 – please sign out with Trafalgar staff and submit jersey before you leave. Please dress for the weather and bring water and sunscreen.

UNESCO Soirée – Thursday May 24 (5:00 pm-7:00 pm)

Several classes from Trafalgar School will showcase their UNESCO related work. Their projects will be displayed in the gym and the activity room. Come and see! Some topics include climate change, rising sea levels, local agriculture and food security, and children’s rights. We look forward to seeing you at our soiree!

Thank you – Fantasy baskets

Thank you so much to all those who participated and made these fantasy baskets the best ones yet! Together we raised close to $2875 for new technology. A special thanks to the class parents who collected money and put the baskets together. Congratulations to the winners!

Coming soon

PAC AGM – June 5th

Our PAC AGM will be held on June 5th at 7pm in the library. This will be the final meeting of the year. Our agenda includes voting in PAC executive members, voting on bylaw changes, hearing the Chair’s and Treasurer’s reports, reviewing the end of year financials, and discussing the 2018/19 budget. Babysitting will available. Please forward any nominations for Chair, Treasurer or secretary 2018/19 to info@trafalgarpac.ca.

PAC – notice of proposed bylaw changes

At our next PAC meeting, we will be presenting changes to our bylaws to be voted on. Read more about the changes and the reasoning here.

Calling all volunteers (and potential volunteers!)

Trafalgar is incredibly fortunate to have an amazing group of dedicated, talented parents who donate their time to making our school extra special. Come join us! It’s a wonderful way to connect with  parents and children in our community.

We have a few coordinator positions to fill for next year. I will be sending some out over the next month.

The first 2 are:

  •  Parent Education coordinators- these 2 people connect with other school coordinators at the beginning of the year (relationships already established) and are responsible for one parent event in the 2018/19. Approximately 10 hours total.
  • Teacher Appreciation coordinators- these 2 people organize two teacher appreciation recesses throughout the year. Approximately 5 hours total.

Please contact info@trafalgarpac.ca with any questions or if you would like to fill one of these positions. Grab a friend and do it together!

PAC bylaw changes – proposed May 2018

At our next PAC meeting in June, we will be presenting a number of bylaw changes for your consideration.

To see a redline version of our bylaws (with changes and comments), please see here 2018 05 20 Trafalgar PAC Constitution Bylaws- REDLINE – 2018

There are a number of changes.  These changes can mostly be summarized as clarifications and updates to our rules to align with how business is actually conducted.

  • Aligning with current legislation
    • The BC School Act previously referred to parent participation in a School Planning Committee or SPC.  This is no longer referenced in the current legislation.
  • Aligning with parent wishes and/or current practices
    • Allow notice of meetings by email
    • At our first general meeting of 2017, there was a vote to increase the petty cash amount to $500 from $250.  Bylaws need to change to align with parent wishes.
    • We do not elect a fundraising chairperson to the PAC officers.
    • We do not require administration to co-sign financial documents such as GICs.
  • Clarifications
    • clarifying role of treasurer with respect to field trip accounts
    • clarifying co-chair roles
  • Flexibility
    • Allows the executive to appoint a DPAC representative if one is not elected.

 

Sunscreen required – Sunday update

Some reminders for the week:

Fantasy Baskets (梦幻篮)

Fantasy basket tickets on sale until Sports Day.  Proceeds will go towards Trafalgar technology.  If you’re wondering why, please read full details on why technology (and what’s been done so far).  Also read more on ticket sales and what’s actually in the baskets.  (Read about 梦幻篮 here)

Sports Day – May 17th

Sports Day is this Thursday, and it looks like it’s going to be great weather.  See here for Sports Day2018 Info for Parents

Pro-D Day

Please note that school is not in session Friday May 18th (district day) or Tuesday May 22 (professional day)

Newsletter

Newsletter 17 May 11, 2018

Summer planning – Trafalgar Out of School Care

Trafalgar Out of School Care has released their summer schedule.  Friends, fun and field trips.  See the Summer_Calendar_2018 and brochure for Summer 2018

梦幻篮!!!

梦幻篮!!!

 

梦幻篮的抽奖券将于五月十日星期四的上午8:30开始进行销售,而且这是双倍的奖券日喔!!也就说这天你可以用同样的价格买到双倍的抽奖卷。

 

价格:(普通销售的价格)

一加币一张票

五加币六张票

十加币十五张票

 

时间:

抽奖卷的发售将从本周四五月十号开始,一直持续到五月十七号运动会当天的午餐时间结束。我们将会在运动会当天在活动场地的周围设立销售点,以便于您在活动最后结束前都能如愿的买到奖券进行抽奖。

 

发售时间:

每天早上的8:30至9:00

每天课后的3:00至3:30

 

销售地点:

学校的前门大堂处。如果天气好的话,我们会把销售的地点(桌子)移到外面的游乐场附近,这样大家一来学校就能看到。

 

进行本次梦幻篮抽奖活动的原因:

*请您阅读最下方以对此有更加清晰的了解!

 

我们学校每年都会进行梦幻篮的抽奖活动和抽奖卷的销售。今年的活动非常的特别,因为这次是我们为学校的电子设备更新和添加进行的一次筹款活动。

为什么我们这次这么关注学校的电子设备?

简短明了的答案是?

 

Trafalgar Elementary School我们学校是整个VSB中学生人数和电子设备的占比最低的学校之一。我们学校学生人数和电子设备的比例是6:1,而现在许多学校的比例都是2:1(而数据显示平均比例是4:1,而这个结果被认为比例太低)。特别我们学校这些设备中有50%已经非常陈旧,并且速度很慢,当我们考虑到这些因素在里面时,这确实是现今非常严重的问题。因为我们学校所面临的不仅仅是学生人数和设备比例低的问题,而且还面临着这些设备当中有许多都已经不能正常的工作和使用了。

就科技这个议题,我们在周日的群发邮件中已经提过很多次了。并且,今年大部分的家委会会议上我们也都讨论过(包括12月份的那一次特别针对科技的会议)。因此我们希望家长清楚知道为什么。然而最近我们又有了些新问题,所以我们想可能再发一封更详细的邮件会更好的让大家有个更清楚的了解。

 

工作任务:

1.我们从学校今年的教师反馈中得知,学校有很多围绕科技的基础设施建设。为了学习科技,校长Lavoie女士,Hanif Virani, Alison Scarlett和我一起见了区校长Audrey Van Alystyne为了向教育局表达我们的顾虑和听听建议。教职人员之前已经上报过持续不断的无线网络问题,这是我们一大担忧,她推荐了云图书作为我们电脑实验室的替换设备。Audrey就是那个告诉我们我们是这个区设备数最少的学校之一。

 

2.我们跟教师,家长科技委员会和管理人员都开过科技会议,讨论过老师需要什么,哪种在教室里最好用,无线网络问题等等。VSB给两名教师云书本做测试,反馈并不好。

 

3.我们开始研究其他设备。最大的路障之一就是我们必须选择教育局科技组能提供帮助的设备。如果我们选择,比如,如果我们需要任何帮助的话,我们只有靠自己。他们还是建议云图书。

 

  1. 我们在12月召开了一次PAC会议,专门讨论学校技术方面存在的问题。家长们讨论了设备、Wifi问题的解决方案以及首先要解决的技术问题。三年级学生家长Eve MacGregor和Rupert先生提供了一份报告,详细阐述了他们对学校进行的技术设备检测情况。由于我们的技术情况比原先想象的要糟糕很多,这份报告显示的问题对我们来说是比较严峻的。我们有50%的设备太老旧了,运行起来也很不流畅! 77%的台式机运行不佳或根本没法运行(请参阅完整报告)。家长委员会在这次会议上决定,我们首先要解决的问题是替换掉计算机实验室和图书馆中无法运行的台式机。我们初步投票决定使用20,000美元GIC储蓄资金用于更换这些电脑

 

  1. Hanif就我们的Wifi问题又一次联系了温哥华教育局(VSB)技术部门。我们在第二学期结束的时候得到了确切的答复,我们很高兴问题得到了圆满的解决。

 

  1. 温哥华教育局(VSB)现在终于承认云计算(Cloudbooks)不是一个很好的选择(我们很庆幸在十月份的时候没有仓促购买)。

 

  1. 我咨询了大约25个西区PAC主席关于他们最近的技术设备采购问题。没有人能给出一个真正发挥效用的建议。很多人购买二手设备,但是结果令他们非常失望。一些人选择从温哥华教育局(VSB)租用电脑设备,但是也不比市场上零售的便宜,而且也是二手翻新的。现在的租赁市场上设备也比较短缺,所以租赁不是一个很好的选择。大多数人已经完成了大规模科技融资(不包括直接呼吁筹款),明年也许还会再进行一轮。我们学校做了大量研究功课,并且两次与温哥华教育局(VSB)的Audrey见面商谈,这相信这是因为Mme.Lavoie和她有很好的工作关系。在这种情况下,所有人都希望听到我们的采购决策报告。

 

我们的家长、老师和教育局委派的负责人Audrey直到上周还在一起开会讨论。我们最终选择了2款教育局支持的计算机。教育局也借给我们7台机器,下周开始,我们的老师和负责技术支持的家长们将在接下来的3周测试这些机器。

我们希望在6月5日最后一次家委会召开的时候可以做出最终选择,也希望家委会的成员们能通过决议,最好在9月开学之前可以买好电脑。如果我们有其他异议,就暂时不买,因为这是一大笔支出,我们不能轻易得做决定。最后感谢这一年来所有家长的耐心等待。

 

第一步

 

现在,我们学校机房有37台台式机,图书馆有9台。这些电脑已经用了7-8年了,使用起来非常不便,大概需要20-30分钟开机,也不能装新的程序,老师和学生用着都很头疼。因此,我们想买30台笔记本电脑,图书馆也可以买几台(虽然理想是15台,但是先买5台,以后再逐次增加)。

 

我们非常幸运,在过去的三年,家委会有2万块的定存。不同于其他学校,我们暂时不需要大量筹款去实施上述“第一步”,家委会只需通过决议就可以先用这笔存款。现正开展的“花篮”抽奖就是今年电脑更新的筹款活动。

 

但是请大家不要忘了,这次“第一步”虽然可以更新机房和图书馆的电脑,机器可以更好地操作,但我们的人机比例还是6:1。在不久的将来,我们会有“第二步”计划,也就是更新已用了4年的笔记本电脑。这些笔记本当初买的都是“翻新机”,20%的机子现在基本不能正常运作,因此这些可使用的笔记本数量都不够一个班的学生使用。

 

最后我们想强调一下,虽然现在电脑更新是讨论得最热烈的项目,但是家委会始终秉持合理的资源分配,以保证我们的孩子可以参加多方面的活动项目,包括各年级的艺术,运动,学科类等等。

 

如果你有任何疑问,请发邮件给info@trafalgarpac.ca。

 

谢谢,

 

家委会委员和家长技术支持组