What am I bid for these fine memories? – 2017-2018 Yearbook auction

Forgot to buy your child a yearbook?? It’s not too late!!  It’s your lucky day! The yearbook committee has a few extra and will be auctioning them off. There were many methods tossed around in order to ensure that these yearbooks got sold in a fair manner. In order to ensure that all parents have the same access to these books, they have decided on the following:
What: approximately 10 yearbooks will be up for auction (the final number will be determined after the last yearbook has been distributed)
Who: Parents only. Students may NOT send or write bids.
How: Parents can send their bids to trafalgaryearbook2017@gmail.com any time after this email is received to try and get one of the 5 advance copies. Online bids end at 3pm Wednesday and payment must be received before 3:30pm if the “Buy It Now” price has been reached. If the “Buy it Now” price has not been reached, those bids continue to be active at the party until 5:30pm. Bids will be taken in order of time recieved.
OR
Parents can write their bids on the silent auction sheets at the Year End party for one of the remaining books plus any that did not reach the “Buy it now” bid from the online offering.
How much: $35 is the starting bid for all yearbooks. We will see how high it goes! There is a Buy It Now price of $50. Take advantage of this and you won’t have to wait around and risk being outbid!
When/Where: See above. By email or at the Year End party Yearbook table. Bids will be closed at 5:30pm sharp.
Payment: The winning bids will have to pay immediately to get their book. Being the second to last day of school, there is no time for distribution/payment at a later date. You can pay cash, by cheque (to Trafalgar PAC), or by email transfer to trafalgaryearbook2017@gmail.com. Should the payment not be received by 9am on Thursday, June 28th, the bid will be nullified and the next bid on the list wil be contacted. Additional profits will go to the Trafalgar PAC for programming and resources.
Please note: If you would like to use the “Buy It Now” option at the Year End party, please text the number on the sheet and someone will come meet you at the table for payment/distribution.

Happy summer – Sunday update


4 more days! We are finally here- the last week of school and the last email blast of the year!

Grade 7 graduation is Monday, June 25th. We hope you have a wonderful celebration and wish the Grade 7s the best of luck next year at their new schools.

Year End Party! We will be celebrating the end of the school year and the start of summer with a party on Wednesday, June 27th from 3:30-6pm. Come have dinner with Whitespot and grab a cone of delicious ice cream afterward while being entertained by the amazing Alex Maher. Commemorate the year with photos with friends at the photo booth, play some games, and try to pop huge bubbles. Please note: Ice cream is  CASH ONLY. This event will happen rain or shine (though will be moved indooors if it rains). Trafalgar staff and the PAC are not responsible for the supervision of students as this is an after school event. Parents are responsible for the supervision and care of their own children. 

Yearbook distribution- distribution for primary grades will be tomorrow, Monday, June 25th from 2:30-3:15pm. Parents have to sign for their primary child to indicate that the book has been received. Should your primary child be in TOOSC after school tomorrow, the books will be given to them there to safely stash in their backpacks. If you cannot pick up your child’s yearbook tomorrow, they will be in the office and you can sign for and pick up your yearbook between Tuesday and Thursday this week. Please note that the school will be closed for the summer after that time but you can pick up your yearbook in the fall when school resumes.

Forgot to get a yearbook for your child? Lucky you! The yearbook committee will likely have 10 or so yearbooks to auction off at the Year End party. They are absolutely fantastic and it has been wonderful to watch students poring over them and signing each others’. There will be a table set up with a bid sheet for each yearbook. Starting bid will be the price of yearbooks at $35. If you can’t attend the party, feel free to email info@trafalgarpac.ca with your top bid and we will record it for you. We will need payment by cheque or cash (or email transfer if you email your bid in) on that same day as the next day is the last day of school. The auction will end at 5:30pm.

Crazy Hair/Hat day on Thursday, June 28th! 

 

We wish you all a happy and safe summer and look forward to seeing you all in September for another wonderful year! 

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.