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.

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

Lest we forget – Sunday update

Thank you to all the parents who came out to watch the Hip Hop performance last Thursday! The students put on a wonderful show.

Coming up this week:

PAC meeting Tuesday, Nov 13th at 7pm in the library. We will have a few short presentations including Suzanne Fielden on the garden beautification project and Gord Lau on SOGI. Bring your ideas! Babysitting will be available.

Yearbooks– Early Bird Pricing ends this Friday, November 16th! Softcover $25 ($35 after Nov 16th) Hardcover $35 ($45 after Nov 16th) Order books at: www.yearbookordercenter.com School code: 17379 or search Trafalgar Elementary, Vancouver CN. Upload photos at: www.hjeshare.com or through link on our website.

2018-2019年度Yearbook预定

11月16日之前预定yearbook的价格如下:软皮册 $25 ($35 11.16日之后预定)
硬皮册 $35 ($45 11.16日之后预定 )

预定网址: www.yearbookordercenter.com
学校代码: 17379 或者搜索 Trafalgar Elementary, Vancouver CN

上载照片的网址: www.hjeshare.com 学校代码: Trafalgar2019

联系电邮:  Trafalgaryearbook2019@gmail.com

Quebec fundraising has begun! Please support our school and the grade 7 students by purchasing gift cards, chocolates, and poinsettias. The deadlines are at the end of November. Your children should have come home with their fundraiser pamphlets last week.

After many mixed messages from the VSB, it appears that parents can receive tax receipts for Direct Appeal. The changes to the process have been about as clear as mud and we are still working out how to carry it out with the school but should you like a receipt, please email alison.scarlett@hotmail.com and write Direct Appeal tax receipt in the subject line and include your address in the email.

Santa’s workshop will be here be here you know it! It will be held on December 14th we can accept donations any time. Please email info@trafalgarpac.ca should you like to drop some items off. Every year we are always short on gifts for adults so those donations are especially appreciated.

 

Thursday Nov 15, 7-9pm – DPAC‘s ADHD in Schools: What Parents Need to Know workshop presented by Provincial ADHD Clinic. Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway

Thursday, Nov 22 7pm – DPAC General Meeting: Curriculum Focus Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway

Post-Halloween sugar crash – Sunday update

Thank you all so much for supporting another Trafalgar Pumpkin patch! Through the generosity and hard work of Marty Pospischil and his team, we were able to raise $1000 for the BC Cancer Foundation and $1000 for our PAC. Thank you! Thank you!

YearbooksEarly Bird Pricing ends soon!

Softcover $25 ($35 after Nov 16th) Hardcover $35 ($45 after Nov 16th)
Order books at: www.yearbookordercenter.com
School code: 17379 or search Trafalgar Elementary, Vancouver CN.
Upload photos at: www.hjeshare.com or through link on our website.

2018-2019年度Yearbook预定
11月16日之前预定yearbook的价格如下:软皮册 $25 ($35 11.16日之后预定)
硬皮册 $35 ($45 11.16日之后预定 )
预定网址: www.yearbookordercenter.com
学校代码: 17379 或者搜索 Trafalgar Elementary, Vancouver CN
上载照片的网址: www.hjeshare.com
学校代码: Trafalgar2019
联系电邮:  Trafalgaryearbook2019@gmail.com

Coming up this week:
Remembrance Day Assembly this Thursday, Nov 8th at 11am.

The Hip Hop workshops are continuing this week and they will end with our annual Hip Hop performance on Thursday, Nov 8th at 2pm. Parents- please come and watch your kids get down!

Pro-D on Friday, Nov 9th and holiday on Monday, Nov 12th. Don’t bring your kids to school 🙂

Coming up next week:
PAC meeting Tuesday, Nov 13th at 7pm in the library. We will have a few short presentations including Suzanne Fielden on the garden beautification project and Gord Lau on SOGI. Bring your ideas! Babysitting will be available.

 

Tax receipt note

After many mixed messages from the VSB, it appears that parents can receive tax receipts for Direct Appeal. The changes to the process have been about as clear as mud and we are still working out how to carry it out with the school but should you like a receipt, please email alison.scarlett@hotmail.com and write Direct Appeal tax receipt in the subject line.

Trick or treaters coming at you – Sunday update

Thank you

A huge THANK YOU to Carrie Linegar for organizing another fabulous Monster’s Ball!! It’s huge job and it created hundreds of smiling faces on Friday night. It was the best one yet! Also a big thanks to Andrew Konetzka once again for constructing an amazing Haunted House. It is definitely a favourite and the Ball wouldn’t be the same without it. We also want to recognize all of the volunteers who helped with set up, crafts, cake raffle, games, food, tear down, etc. It was wonderful to meet some new volunteers!

Coming up this week:

Photo retakes this Friday, November 2nd.

Early bird pricing for Yearbooks– now on sale!

Don’t miss out on all the Trafalgar Elementary School memories! Take advantage of the early bird pricing and save $10 per book! This year we are happy to offer a hardcover option as well. Softcovers are $25 and hardcovers are $35. After Nov 16th the prices go up by $10. (All proceeds go to the PAC to help fund school initiatives.)

We are hoping to have another fantastic yearbook with fresh ideas as we have new members added to our committee this year. Please do your part by contributing photos to make it as inclusive and representative as possible as we cannot be at every event or function. (Some teachers do send in photos, but this is a PAC initiative and not a school run book so we cannot depend on them to send photos to us on top of their many other duties!) We still have some consent forms missing so expect to be contacted by one of our dedicated yearbook committee members if you didn’t fill out the form. We won’t be bothering you again next year (unless you have a younger child joining the school) as we have made the consents valid for the duration of your child’s stay at Trafalgar!

We really hope everyone will be in the book so it can be a keepsake for years to come. The kids love seeing all their friends, classmates, teachers and themselves in the book! Don’t let your child miss out on the fun of getting signatures and searching for friends in the yearbook. Last year we had 75% of the school buy a book. With your help, we can beat that number this year! Thank you in advance for helping make this yearbook a success!

Photos can be uploaded to: www.hjeshare.com or download the HJeShare app on apple or android so it is right there on your phone. Our school code is Trafalgar2019 (capital T and no space).

Purchasing yearbooks will be done online this year on the Herff Jones website. This will make it easier to track orders and best of all there is no Paypal fee! Go towww.yearbookordercenter.com  and enter our school number (17379) to purchase a book. If you don’t have the number, you can also search our school by name. Just make sure to choose the Vancouver, BC one! Go now so you don’t miss the early bird savings!!

Any questions can be directed to: Trafalgaryearbook2019@gmail.com

Hip Hop workshops begin this Wednesday, October 31st. More information on the final presentation day to come.

It’s Hallowe’en! Students can wear costumes to school on Wednesday. Please no masks that impede vision and no props that resemble weapons. The school asks that parents do not send candy to school after Halloween.

Coming up next week:

Pro-D day on Friday, November 9

Coming soon:

Santa’s workshop is still a ways away (December 14th) but we’ve heard from many parents that they are purging and would like to pass their items along to us now. Yes! We are happy to collect items any time. When you want to drop items, please email info@trafalgarpac.ca and we will arrange a meeting time to collect.

Communications volunteer needed (yes, that’s replacing me!) – looking for somebody to update the Trafalgar website (WordPress) and send out these weekly emails (we use Mailchimp).  A great way to help out and better understand everything that is going on around the school.  info@trafalgarpac.ca if interested, can certainly train.

WE Day for families

Free tickets for families – Vancouver DPAC

  • Wednesday, Nov 21 6:15pm – Hear from inspirational speakers and performers who will bring to life our theme of “Get Doing”—the idea of building a brighter future and what happens when amazing families like yours come together to create change. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience the magic of WE Day alongside the  children in your life at our first Vancouver event! You’ll leave the event with tangible ideas to take action as a family and make a difference in your local and global community.
  • Line up includes: Sarah McLachlan, Peter Mansbridge, Esera Tuaolo, and Jessi Cruickshank
  • To learn more about WE Day Family Vancouver, visit WE.org/WECareVancouver
  • To get free tickets,
    • open this pdf,
    • click on “CLICK HERE REGISTER FOR WE DAY FAMILY – VANCOUVER”
    • select SD J and enter SDJ.
    • Chose the number of tickets you need (max 8)
    • Select General Admission on the right side, then a green Get Tickets button will appear.
    • Choose this and  you will be taken to a screen to enter delivery info and contact info. IMPORTANT: please enter #SD39 in UNIT NUMBER between Address and City.
  • Tickets are first come, first serve. Please be considerate,

Golden October sunshine – Sunday update

This week

Monsters Ball Tickets go on Sale this Week!
Come get your ticket in the front hallway before or after school: $5/Individual or $15/Family. Tickets will also be available at the door. Join us Friday October 26th from 6 – 8pm. Bring your jack-o-lantern for judging, check out the haunted house, games, music and cake raffle. Pizza, hot dogs and popcorn will be available to make the night easy on mom and dad! Remember all children must be accompanied by an adult and don’t forget your costume.

Volunteers are still needed for the Monsters Ball
Please consider signing up for a shift – particularly in the haunted house and the last activity time slot of the night starting at 7:30pm. We really do need your help. Some Gr 6/7 students who are interested in volunteering went home with letters this week but we need a parent to sign them up. Visit the PAC website at http://trafalgarpac.ca/ and sign up now so we know are volunteers needs are taken care of to make the night great for the kids! Any problems signing up just email clinegar@gmail.com and we will find you a shift. Thank you to all the volunteers in advance!

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.

Coming up next week:

  • Hip hop workshops start next week on October 29th!
  • Photo retakes- retakes will be done on Friday, November 2nd.
  • (not next week, but gotta plan ahead😉) WE day for families – Nov 21st – free tickets for families – read more

Parent Education

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.

SOGI education for parents – Thursday Oct 25th

  • SOGI = Sexual Orientation Gender Orientation –
  • Facilitated by Matt Carruthers (former SOGI District Lead) and Renee Hock (VSB Diversity Mentor).
  • We will have Cantonese and Mandarin translation services available for parents who require them.
  • Open to all parents and caregivers of VSB students.  Info and registration here 

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.

 

Thank you and help needed

👏👏👏Scholastic book fair – KUDOS 👏👏👏– Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support the Scholastic Book Fair last week. Together we raised more than $4600 to put towards new books for our library and classrooms! Thank you so much to organizers Amanda Magee, Janice Johnson and all of the volunteers who helped out.

Communications volunteer needed (yes, that’s replacing me!) – looking for somebody to update the Trafalgar website (WordPress) and send out these weekly emails (we use Mailchimp).  A great way to help out and better understand everything that is going on around the school.  info@trafalgarpac.ca if interested, can certainly train.

Lost and found– the pile is huge and we’ve only been on school for 6 weeks! There are jackets and shoes, sweaters and hats…please take a minute to look at the table and bin in the front hallway.

 

 

 

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!