We are family – Family Day update

The PAC is listening to you! We hear that there are perhaps too many weekly blasts and our messages are getting lost. Therefore, we will only be sending 1 blast a week on Sunday evenings (Mondays if it is a long weekend). Please read them carefully as they will contain important events for the week first and then upcoming events second.

Coming up this week!

 URSTONG – Trafalgar is very excited to host a URSTRONG workshop on April 18th with none other than the creator of the program Dana Kerford!  It is an internationally recognized Social Emotional Well-being program which empowers children with the skills, language  and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier relationships. It is an opportunity to bring your child(ren) to a fun workshop and learn together. *Important note! There are only 120 spaces (including children) in this workshop so buy your tickets now! We are giving Trafalgar parents 10 days advance purchasing to make sure our community gets the chance to attend. URSTRONG is kindly offering free attendance to all of the teachers at our school. We will open the spaces up to other schools on Wednesday, February 21st so please buy early if you want to attend. You can purchase tickets at https://urstrong.com/events/?location=Vancouver%2C+BC%2C+Canada
A parent attending 2 workshops with 2 separate children only needs to purchase 1 ticket for themselves (3 tickets total).  For the first workshop, please indicate both the parent and child attending and for the second workshop please just indicate the child attending and put the parents name in the comments field.
Please see the attached letter to parents for more information on the program. We are working on arranging babysitters for this events and will give more information on that in the next PAC blast.
PAC Meeting – the Feb 13th PAC meeting has been moved to Feb 20th from 6-6:30pm just before the Saleema Noon parent talk. No PAC meeting this week.

Coming up this month!

Feb 20th – Saleema Noon parent talk on Feb 20th from 6:30-8pm. Please join us for the PAC meeting at 6pm. This event will be held in the library.
Feb 28th – Anti-bullying day and Pink Shirt day. More details to come.

Coming up soon!  Save the date – March 2nd

March 2rd Friday Lunar New Year Gala
5:00pm—7:00pm Game and Food
7:00pm—8:00pm Lion Dance, Masks change Show,  Star-war music from school band, musical drama and Costume show from School staffs and parents.  We also have photo booth!
Individual ticket: $5
Family ticket: $15
Ticket sales will start from Feb. 23 before and after school
Please mark the date in your calendar to join the fun games and watch the amazing performances.

My child has developed a taste for tourtiere and poutine – Wednesday reminders

Newsletter

In case you missed it, the official school newsletter – Newsletter 11 February 02, 2018

Quick reminders

Thursday, February 8 – Grade 7s back from Quebec
Thursday, February 8 – Pink Shirt Day order deadline (Antibullying tshirt order form)
Monday, February 12 – No school for Family Day

Sunday of Brotherly Love – weekend update

Post Superbowl thank yous and reminders.

Thank you again

A huge thanks to all of the families who donated to Direct Appeal this year! With your donations, we have been able to host wonderful programs and purchase much needed resources for the classrooms and school. Many Direct Appeal tax receipts were collected last week and we will be sending the remainder home with your children on Monday. Please check their backpacks. Should you not receive it but the end of the week, please contact us at info@trafalgarpac.ca.

Planning for Spring Break – TOOSCS

Trafalgar Out of School Care offers spring break programs for children 5 to 12.  See their Spring 2018_Brochure

Yearbook reminder

A reminder to contribute photos, purchase a yearbook and send in any missing consent forms.  Details here.
Thank you for your support. Any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Yearbook Committee at trafalgaryearbook2017@gmail.com.
Thank you! Yearbook Committee

Trafalgar 2017-2018 yearbook

Yearbook update

Dear Parents,
The Yearbook Committee is working hard to make Trafalgar’s first school-wide yearbook a reality. As a community building effort, the goal is to capture photographs of students and most memorable school moments throughout the year and incorporate these images into a yearbook. To make this project a success we need your support. Please support this effort with the following:
1) Contributing Photos – We need parents and students to help capture photos of school events and activities. If you have photos you would like to be considered for the yearbook, please share them with up by uploading them through the “HJ eShare” app or the following website:
2) Purchasing a Yearbook – Support this effort by purchasing a yearbook for your child. Orders will be available online and via paper forms. Forms will be sent home with your child in the next few weeks.
3) Consent Forms – There are several outstanding yearbook consent forms. Please ensure your child returns the form to their teachers as soon as possible. If you require a new one, please contact us via email: trafalgaryearbook2017@gmail.com.
The yearbook will be cherished by your kids and look at for years to come.
Thank you for your support. Any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Yearbook Committee at trafalgaryearbook2017@gmail.com.
Thank you! Yearbook Committee

Groundhog ahead, don’t drive angry! – Wednesday update

Tax receipts for Direct Appeal – this Thursday

If you donated to the Direct Appeal campaign earlier this year tax receipts are in.  They will be available for collection in the foyer this Thursday morning from 8:45-9:20.

Planning for Spring Break (yes, already!)

Trafalgar Out of School Care offers spring break programs for children 5 to 12.  See their Spring 2018_Brochure

Aquatic animals, artifacts and an amazement

Vancouver Aquarium is visiting Trafalgar tomorrow and Friday. The students will get to rotate through 3 stations- one with animals, one with artifacts and one that is a mystery. The mystery station is run by the classroom teacher using a series of questions to guide the students to discover what the artifacts are and how they are related to each other. It’s sure to be very educational but also lots of fun for the students! Thanks to YOU our PAC community for joining the school in funding this great event.
PAC meeting date change – Feb 20th
The PAC meeting date has been changed to coincide with our upcoming Saleema Noon parent presentation.  Meeting will start at 6PM and Saleema Noon will present afterwards.
Parent education – Save the date – Saleema Noon parent presentation, Tuesday Feb 20, 6:30PM.  (flyer here)  Student workshop information to be distributed soon.

Please read – French immersion at Trafalgar – update and Grade 1 registration open

(Fellow parents – We’d like your help in promoting French immersion at the Grade 1 level to parents who might want their children to be educated in French but did not enter at the kindergarten level.  Backgrounder below, it’s a little long — jump to the end if you’d like.  Really appreciate any help that you can provide.  Thanks, Gord.)


Fellow parents:

It has been a long nine months since we were informed that Trafalgar was one of five Vancouver elementary schools losing a French immersion kindergarten class.  Although discovering the reasons behind this decision was a frustrating exercise, the process showed what a passionate, engaged and determined community we have at Trafalgar.

We learned that although there were many contributing factors (details here and here), a critical issue was lack of staff.  As of May 31st last year, even after reducing five kindergarten classes, there were 15 full-time French immersion positions to be filled for the 2017-2018 school year.

As the school year started in September, it was clear that the VSB had been unable to fill those positions and would not be able to restore the kindergarten classes this fall.  Throughout the fall, we continued to remind the board of their stated commitment to the French immersion program.  Numerous stakeholders encouraged the board to take steps to improve their recruitment process.

The board has recently stated that due to issues hiring qualified staff, they do not expect to be able to restore these kindergarten classes for the 2018-2019 school year.  As of January 12th, they were still short the equivalent of 9 full-time positions for French immersion across the district (details here).

This news is both disappointing and concerning (and leads directly to my ask).

  • It is disappointing that the board has been unable to hire enough French immersion teachers.   Although we recognize that hiring should be a slow, careful process, there have been anecdotes of qualified FI teachers being turned away from our district only to be offered positions elsewhere.  We’ve asked the board to investigate what might be occurring in these cases.
  • It is concerning that schools like Trafalgar might have a second year with a reduced kindergarten intake.  One immediate concern that was raised by the school community is that a single kindergarten class would inevitably lead to a single class in every following grade, shrinking the size of the program.  The board response was “there will be sufficient uptake at the Grade 1 level to fill (those) classes”.Faced with a second year of a reduced kindergarten class, we have expressed our concerns to the board that there will not be sufficient interest to sustain the program at Trafalgar and other schools. We are concerned that the program will shrink in size.

Parents, this is where you come in.  Although we’ve asked the board to monitor registrations and promote FI Grade 1 entry if registrations look like they are falling short, you can help by making your social circle aware of this opportunity.

  • There are more spots open for children to enter French immersion in Grade 1 than in previous years at Trafalgar and other schools that lost a kindergarten class last year.
  • Registration for FI Grade 1 is open until the end of March.
  • More information and the registration form is available on the VSB website

Thank you,
Gord Lau

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In Vancouver, two things are certain – rain and taxes – Monday update

Couple of items as we head into the week

Tax receipts for Direct Appeal

If you donated to the Direct Appeal campaign earlier this year tax receipts are in.  They will be available for collection in the foyer this Wednesday and Thursday morning from 8:45-9:20.

Yearbook update

Dear Parents,
The Yearbook Committee is working hard to make Trafalgar’s first school-wide yearbook a reality. As a community building effort, the goal is to capture photographs of students and most memorable school moments throughout the year and incorporate these images into a yearbook. To make this project a success we need your support. Please support this effort with the following:
1) Contributing Photos – We need parents and students to help capture photos of school events and activities. If you have photos you would like to be considered for the yearbook, please share them with up by uploading them through the “HJ eShare” app or the following website:
2) Purchasing a Yearbook – Support this effort by purchasing a yearbook for your child. Orders will be available online and via paper forms. Forms will be sent home with your child in the next few weeks.
3) Consent Forms – There are several outstanding yearbook consent forms. Please ensure your child returns the form to their teachers as soon as possible. If you require a new one, please contact us via email: trafalgaryearbook2017@gmail.com.
The yearbook will be cherished by your kids and look at for years to come.
Thank you for your support. Any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Yearbook Committee at trafalgaryearbook2017@gmail.com.
Thank you! Yearbook Committee 

 

Puddles are for jumping in – Wednesday update

Yearbook update, hot lunch order deadline Thursday night, pyjama day this Friday, parent education reminder.

Yearbook update

Dear Parents,
The Yearbook Committee is working hard to make Trafalgar’s first school-wide yearbook a reality. As a community building effort, the goal is to capture photographs of students and most memorable school moments throughout the year and incorporate these images into a yearbook. To make this project a success we need your support. Please support this effort with the following:
1) Contributing Photos – We need parents and students to help capture photos of school events and activities. If you have photos you would like to be considered for the yearbook, please share them with up by uploading them through the “HJ eShare” app or the following website:
2) Purchasing a Yearbook – Support this effort by purchasing a yearbook for your child. Orders will be available online and via paper forms. Forms will be sent home with your child in the next few weeks.
3) Consent Forms – There are several outstanding yearbook consent forms. Please ensure your child returns the form to their teachers as soon as possible. If you require a new one, please contact us via email: trafalgaryearbook2017@gmail.com.
The yearbook will be cherished by your kids and look at for years to come.
Thank you for your support. Any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Yearbook Committee at trafalgaryearbook2017@gmail.com.
Thank you! Yearbook Committee 

Reminders

Hot Lunch order deadline tomorrow night – January 25th, 2018 at 11:59 pm

Pyjama day – Friday January 26th presented by your student council (parents will sadly need to consult their employers to see if they can wear cozy pyjamas to work…)

Parent education – Save the date – Saleema Noon parent presentation, Tuesday Feb 20, 6:30PM.  (flyer here)  Student workshop information to be distributed soon.

Parking, pyjamas, parent education – Sunday reminders

First and foremost, important reminder about safety around our school.

Learning from tragedy

Many of you have likely heard about the tragedy at a school in Toronto last week. A 5 year old girl was killed in an after school collision. This was an avoidable accident and we ask you once again to obey the traffic rules at our school. Since the signs have come down this month (the ground is too hard) the traffic situation has become quite unacceptable. Last week alone there were people parked on the crosswalks and one parent was even parked in a No Stopping zone up over the curb and onto the grass. There have been u-turns at peak hours, which is also incredibly unsafe. This cannot happen if we want to keep our children safe.
The traffic rules are:
  • There is absolutely no parking in the No Stopping zones. Not for even 1 minute. It is not safe to park there. 
  • The long section out front that is marked No Parking is a 5 minute drop off/pick up area. You may not pull up to the school and turn off your car 15, 10, or even 5 minutes before or after the bell.
We will be monitoring over the coming weeks and the administration will come knocking on windows should the situation not improve. The police and city ticketors will also once again be contacted. It is unfair for parents at our school to have to knock on windows to try and enforce the rules (and many times be greeted with great hostility) in order to try and keep our students safe. We are so lucky at our school to have ample parking. More than we need. Please keep our students’ safety at the forefront of your minds and use all those available spaces.

Hot lunch registration deadline (UPDATED) – Deadline for registration for the first hot lunch of this new session is Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at 11:59 pm

Pyjama day – Friday January 26th presented by your student council

Parent education – Save the date – Saleema Noon parent presentation, Tuesday Feb 20, 6:30PM.  (flyer here)  Student workshop information to be distributed soon.

Last Chance to Register! Choir – Winter Term

Tuesday Senior Choir Jan 23-March 6, Thursday Junior Choir Jan 25-March 8
Please fill out the attached form with a cheque made out to the “Vancouver School Board” and return to the slot in front of the office

Last Chance to Register! Young Rembrandts Drawing Gr 1-6; 3:05-4:15 Thursdays Cost:$140/session

Jan 25 to March 12, 2018 (winter term) April 19 to June 7, 2018 (spring term)

Learn new drawing techniques while having fun. Returning students will build on the skills learned previously. www.youngrembrandts.com/metrovancouver

 

 

Wednesday update – hot lunch, softball and after-school programs starting

Hot Lunch Ordering starts on Monday, January 22nd!

The new cycle of hot lunch is starting on February 2nd, 2018.

Similar to last year, there will be hot lunch service every Wednesday and Friday. Additionally, from the feedback we received from the hot lunch survey, we’re offering a rotation between subs, sushi and bagel sandwiches on Wednesdays and a bunch of new items on Fridays!

Please get your orders in as soon as possible. The order deadline for the first Hot Lunch is January 25th, 2018 at 11:59 pm. In order to accommodate our suppliers, we must get our orders to them in advance.

To place and pay for your order, please go to: https://trafalgar.hotlunches.net 

If you ordered Hot Lunch in the Fall,  please use the same email and password as you specified in the Fall.

If this is the first time you are ordering in the 2017/2018 school year you must register on the system. Enter the school access code: PAC2017HL

Thank you for supporting our children and the PAC – The Hot Lunch Team

 

After school courses

Many courses have already started but some start next week including choir, Rembrandts and Young Entrepreneurs – full details here.

 

WANT TO PLAY SOFTBALL? Try Vancouver Minor Softball! – Girls ages 5-18 years. Build self-esteem. Have fun and make friends. Be part of a team. All levels welcome.  Play is out of local park fields including Trafalgar. Registration starts January 15. Season Starts in April. To register or for more information visit www.vmsa.ca. Vancouver Minor Softball.