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!

Giving thanks for all we have – Monday update

Happy thanksgiving!

As always, there’s lots going on!

Volunteers desperately needed for the Scholastic fair and Monster’s Ball! These events cannot happen without more volunteers. They are very short commitments and we would love some new volunteers to join us. So far, those organizing and signed up to volunteer also run Noon hour programs, the Welcome Back social, the year end party, are on the PAC executive, do hot lunch, are class parents, organize Santa’s workshop, etc. We are tiring these people out! 😉Please, please sign up for a short shift (or two!). It’s a wonderful opportunity for people who would love to donate some time but don’t have a lot of it. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make some new friends as well as help our school community. Please see where you can sign up below. Thank you!

This week:

PAC meeting this Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm in the library! Please join us to discuss and vote on the proposed PAC budget for 2018/19. There will be a class parent meeting directly after for all those parents who have kindly volunteered to be class parents for their division.  Please view the draft proposed budget on our website at Trafalgarpac.ca. Note: the library budget will be discussed at the meeting. Don’t worry! We have budgeted for what Mme. Michele has asked for. 😉 Babysitting is available as always.

Mandarin PAC information session this Tuesday, October 9th at 9am in the activity room.

Direct Appeal– Thank you all so much for your generosity once again this year! We are happy to report that we came very close to reaching our goal. There are several people who have asked us to keep the donations open because they haven’t had a chance to donate yet. We are happy to continue accepting donations this week either online via Munchalunch or by cheque ion the slot outside the office. Cheques are made out to Trafalgar Elementary PAC.

X-country meet this Thursday, October 11th at Balaclava Park.

Art workshops with Paintillio start this week! All students will receive 3 workshops this year. Session 1 runs from October 10-24th. The art created in these workshops will be used to create a wall mural in the main hallway. This will be an awesome legacy for our kids!

Next week:
Trafalgar Scholastic book fair and Goal setting conferences-
This year the Annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held to coincide with the Parent/ Teacher Conferences and Early dismissal (2pm) taking place on Oct 16th and 17th. We are looking for parents to help out with setting up the fair, taking cash, general supervision and clean up. There are many shifts available! Please consider lending your time to help raise funds to support literacy at Trafalgar. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4ea8ae2ea7fc1-trafalgar Don’t forget to visit the teacher tables while you are there!

Trout Lake x-country finals on Thursday, October 18th at 1pm.

Pro-D day on Friday, October 19th.

Monsters Ball News – We need your help!

Volunteer Need: There is a great need for volunteers at the Monsters Ball! Please sign up here or email clinegar@gmail.com.  This event does not happen without your help.  Do you have a high school student that needs volunteer hours? Parents and intermediate students please consider signing up for a shift.


CAKES
 – we need CAKES! Please sign up to make a Halloween cake for the Monsters Ball cake raffle.  You can email clinegar@gmail.com or click this link to sign up.  Remember No Nuts!

Tickets: Join us for some Halloween fun at the Monsters Ball Friday October 26th from 6 – 8pm.  There will be food for sale, the cake raffle, haunted house, crafts, music and Halloween themed games. Tickets are $5/single and $15/family. Ticket sales will take place before and after school starting Monday October 22nd.  You can also buy tickets at the door but get them early to avoid the line.

Dolphin Kids Public Speaking program is an interactive school program that teaches children how to optimize their communication, collaboration, critical thinking and resiliency skills through engaging, hands-on activities. Delivered in small class sizes (15 students: 1 instructor), participants in this program will:

  • Participate in interactive activities such as, role-playing, poetry slams, puppetry, and drama games, to encourage effective communication, collaboration, and creativity skills.
  • Learn how to formulate a “big idea” and research about a topic of interest.
  • Create an engaging presentation to present in front of a live audience.
  • Develop experience speaking in front of others and practice downtime tools that can build resilience to overcome stage fright, speech anxiety, and to perform at their very best!

This after school program will run on Mondays from 3:15pm to 4:30pm for Grade 2 to 6. The program will run for 8 sessions from Monday October 15 until December 10.

Only 15 spots available! Click here for online registration and more information.

DPAC Candidates Forum – the candidates forum for the VSB election started with a stand up question period (with the questions posed by our moderator, Tracy Sherlock) and then moved to a speed-dating style question and answer period with a couple of candidates at each table for five minutes before moving on to the next table.  There’s video for the initial Q&A and the candidates written answers here.