Mural prints, Afterschool programs, Market day & Loonie Toonie sale, YEARBOOK photos and more….

PAC meeting

PAC meeting this Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30pmin the library. There will be a short PAC meeting (1/2 hour) and school counsellor Dr. Garzitto will be presenting the parent workshop How To Talk To Your Child’s Teacher So They Will Listen and How to Listen to Your Children So They Will Talk. Practical Strategies to Support Family and School Communication. Babysitting will be available. She will also present the same workshop at the Mandarin PAC meeting on Thursday, April 4th at 9:15 am in room 112. Please join us if you can!

Loonie-Toonie Book Sale

Book sale will be back at the school on Wednesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 14th during recess, lunch, and after school in the school entrance hallway. All proceeds are going to BC Children’s Hospital. See flyer for more information.

Young Entrepreneurs Market Day!

Market day held on Wednesday March 13, 2019 at Trafalgar main hall and front lawn.

Help support the ingenuity and hard work of the students of  Trafalgar’s Young Entrepreneurs after school program. Please bring some cash and check out the kid-designed and produced products – bubbing bath bombs, special, scarves, pretty paintings, sparkling slime, chocolate candles, brilliant brain candy, Sophia’s snacks and much much more. See flyer here.

Hot Lunch Coordinators needed!

Do you want to see happy kids when they receive their hot lunch? Do you want to have a say in what is to be of the menu? Do you like the Hot Lunch program and would hate to see it go?

We are currently looking for 1-2 volunteers to be the Hot Lunch Coordinators. Duties include: ordering hot lunch from our vendors every week, attending the hot lunch days at the school, communicating with the vendors, creating the menu and inputting it into the Munchalunch website.  Collectively, the duties takes about 2-3 hours a week and they can be divided between 2 hot lunch coordinators. If you’re interested in becoming the Hot Lunch Coordinator or have any questions about the Hot Lunch program, please email us at hlattrafalgar@gmail.com

Yearbook photos needed!!!

We are in DESPERATE need of photos for this year’s book!  Please take a few moments to upload some photos of your child and his or her friends at school.  Each division has its own 2 page spread this year, and the only way to ensure your division has a nice looking spread is to upload photos.  We’re trying very hard to ensure that each student appears in the book multiple times, but this isn’t possible without your photos.  Our deadline is fast approaching and we really, really need more photos. 

Tips:

– Use high quality images
(not ones that have been shared via text or downloaded from an app)

– If you have a series of
photos, please pick ONE to upload (ie: don’t upload ten photos of the same
group of kids on a field trip)

– Include Divisions and
Grade and names if you know them

– If your iphone photos are
HEIC instead of JPG files, use this free conversion tool: https://heictojpg.com

How to Upload:

www.hjeshare.com  

School code: Trafalgar2019 (capital T, no space)

* Please include the division, grade and students’ names! *

Mural prints and paint by number kits for purchase – 10% of
sales to PAC

Each student at our school had a hand in creating the beautiful UNESCO themed “Utopian Landscape” masterpiece. You’ve seen it on the wall at our school and now you can have it on your wall at home too! Support local art and our next school project by purchasing your very own rendition of your child’s creation. **10% of sales will go towards the Trafalgar PAC.Purchase here: https://paintillio.com/collections/kits

See flyer for further details.

After School Programs @Trafalgar April to June 2019

More Courses and details to follow in the upcoming weeks. Registration Open Now for
the following courses so far:

  1. Senior Choir Gr 4-7 (Tuesdays)  315 – 415  Register by contacting Catherine at catherine@quokkasystems.com
  2. Junior Choir Gr 1-3 (Thursdays) 315- 415  Register by contacting Catherine at catherine@quokkasystems.com
  3. Young Rembrandts Drawing Gr 1-6 (Thursdays) 315-415  Learn new drawing techniques while having fun. Returning students will build on the skills learned previously. Registration OPEN at www.youngrembrandts.com/metrovancouver
  4. LightsUp Gr K-7; (Fridays) 3:15-5:15 Students learn to sing, dance and act while working towards a costumed performance for friends and family. Registration OPEN at lightsuptheatre.ca/Trafalgar or 604 815 1689 
  5. Xmodus Minecraft; Ages 8-12 (Fridays) 3:15-4:15
  6. Through Minecraft, kids work collaboratively to solve puzzles & complete adventures Registration OPEN at http://www.xmodus.com/programs.html#minecraft-adventures
  7. Xmodus Python Programming; Ages 8-12 (Fridays) 4:15-515 http://www.xmodus.com/programs.html#minecraft-adventures

The inclusive future: public dialogue and social event

Come and learn the benefits of an inclusion mindset for all students from inclusivity expert Shelley Moore and find out what we can do to create a supportive, inclusive environment at Tennyson.

The event: The inclusive future: public dialogue and social event, is  a public dialogue and social event centered on preparing our children to thrive in an inclusive future.
When: Wednesday April 24, 7-9 pm
Where: Tennyson
Tickets $11.62 through Eventbrite

The speaker: Shelly Moore is a highly sought after inclusive education researcher, collaborator, consultant and storyteller who completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her masters at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a Social Science and Human Resources Council (SSHRC) funded PhD scholar at the University of British Columbia. Shelley brings a wealth of experience from the classroom that she shares through engaging stories during her talks. Check out her fantastic  TedEx talk.

The  session will deconstruct what inclusive education means in today’s classrooms and communities. We will also discuss common misunderstandings and myths and leave with ideas and possibilities of inclusive learning communities and all who benefit.

Here is a link to Shelley
Moore’s website: www.fivemooreminutes.com

Mural Paint night, Loonie Toonie sale, iGirl/iGuy and many more….

Community Mural Paint Night with Paintillio March
5 from 3-7 PM

Our school-wide mural project is almost complete. Artists Jess
and Lyssa of Paintillio just finished their last workshops with our
students this past week and the paint-by-number mural is up in front of the
hallway near the main entrance! We can’t wait to see you and your kids at our
Community Paint Night to help finish painting this 35-foot mural, which will be
an amazing legacy for our school. Come drop in anytime during these hours to
paint a section of the mural, learn more about Paintillio and see a photo
slideshow documenting all the fascinating stages of this student-led collaborative
art project. If you’re bringing younger siblings, you may want to dress them in
an old t-shirt. There will be decoy canvases for them to paint on in the
gym!  More information here.

Volunteers Needed for Paint Night We would love to have some volunteers to help out that night! If you can spare an hour between 3-7 PM to help staff a paint station in the gym or clean brushes at the end, we’d love your help. Click here for the Volunteer Sign Up sheet.

Mural Unveiling Ceremony and Trafalgar HOWL School Song
Performance March 7 at 2 PM

Parents are invited to join our school’s official mural
unveiling ceremony at our next school assembly. We’ll be showing a
student-produced slideshow highlighting this unique art project. Artists Jess
and Lyssa from Paintillio along with some students will share their reflections
on the process. Come see JUNO-nominated children’s musician Will Stroet of Will’s
Jams
 who will lead our students, teachers (and you all!)
in singing our new school song, Trafalgar HOWL, collaboratively written by
Will and four home rooms- Mme. Anne-Marie, Mme. Hoppen, Mrs. Goodison, and Mr.
Fleming’s class. 

Hot Lunch Coordinator needed!

Do you want to see happy kids when they receive their hot lunch? Do you want to have a say in what is to be of the menu? Do you like the Hot Lunch program and would hate to see it go?

We are currently looking for 1-2 volunteers to be the Hot Lunch Coordinators .  Duties include: ordering hot lunch from our vendors every week, attending the hot lunch days at the school, communicating with the vendors, creating the menu and inputting it into the Munchalunch website.  Collectively, the duties takes about 2-3 hours a week and they can be divided between 2 hot lunch coordinators.  If you’re interested in becoming the Hot Lunch Coordinator or have any questions about the Hot Lunch program, please email us at hlattrafalgar@gmail.com

Loonie-Toonie Book Sale

Loonie-Toonie Book Fair will be back at the school on Wednesday, March 6th and Thursday, March 7th during recess, lunch, and after school in the school entrance hallway. All proceeds are going to BC Children’s Hospital. See flyer for further details.

March PAC meeting

The March PAC meeting will be held on March 12th at 7pm in the library. Our school counsellor Dr. Garzitto will be presenting the parent workshop How To Talk To Your Child’s Teacher So They Will Listen and How to Listen to Your Children So They Will Talk. Practical Strategies to Support Family and School Communication. Babysitting will be available.

She will also present the same workshop at the Mandarin PAC meeting on Thursday, April 4th at 9:15 am in room 112. Please join us if you can!

IGirl/iGuy

IGirl/iGuy will be happening this week for Grades 5-7. This is an amazing program that covers topics such as puberty, safety on the internet, understanding what makes a healthy body image, how to be assertive in even the toughest situations, and help build relationships we can be proud of. More info at https://www.saleemanoon.com/blog/category/i-girl/ and  https://www.saleemanoon.com/blog/category/i-guy/

Brought to you by your generous Direct Appeal donations: Carnavale is coming up this Wednesday with a visit from the Maple man! All students get to experience a yummy Quebecois tradition. 

Sunny Sunday update…

We are thrilled to announce that we have a new communications volunteer! Thank you Annu Vanga for helping us stay organized by sending these weekly emails. If you are organizing an event or having any school-related information (no personal or promotional materials please) to pass along, please send your information to communications@trafalgarpac.ca to have in included in the upcoming Sunday blast. 

Coming up this week: 
Pink shirt day is this Wednesday! February 27th is Anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day, and once again Trafalgar will be participating in activities around this important topic. Student Council will be hosting Trafalgar Circles that day at 1:00 pm. The collaborative activity will be around our celebrated virtue this month, which is the virtue of Unity. Student Council invites all students, staff and parents to dress in pink in honour of Anti- bullying. Hope to see you all in pink on Wednesday!

The Clothing drive fundraiser for Quebec has been such a success that they have extended collection until March 1st. Drop your bags in the main hall. 

February PAC meeting minutes– the minutes of the meeting can be viewed here (minutes here). Please read carefully. New Outdoor education and fundraising guidelines were introduced that are important for all parents to read. Those guidelines were sent home in the school newsletter on Friday and will also be posted on our website. We also discussed making our playground more accessible for children with limited physical abilities and you will be hearing much more about that in the weeks to come as the project progresses. Up-to-date financials are posted on our website now. 

Coming up soon:
Community Mural Paint Night with Paintillio March 5 from 3-7 PM- Our school-wide mural project is coming along nicely! Artists Jess and Lyssa of Paintillio have been working with all of our students on the final stage of the mural landscape and have finished the collage stage. Their collage has been turned into a large digital paint-by-number mural and is being painted in smaller sections by all the students this month. At the end of the month, the partially-painted mural will be installed on the inside wall near the main entrance! We can’t wait to see you and your kids at our Community Paint Night to help finish painting this 35-foot mural, which will be an amazing legacy for our school. Come drop in during these hours to paint a section of the mural, learn more about Paintillio and see a photo slideshow documenting all the fascinating stages of this student-led collaborative art project. More information here.

Mural Unveiling Ceremony and Trafalgar HOWL School Song Performance March 7 at 2 PM- Parents are invited to join our school’s official mural unveiling ceremony at our next school assembly. We’ll be showing a student-produced slideshow highlighting this unique art project. Artists Jess and Lyssa from Paintillio along with some students will share their reflections on the process. Come see JUNO-nominated children’s musician Will Stroet of Will’s Jams who will lead our students, teachers (and you all!) in singing our new school song, Trafalgar HOWL, collaboratively written by Will and four home rooms- Mme. Anne-Marie, Mme. Hoppen, Mrs. Goodison, and Mr. Fleming’s class. 

Save the date! Our School Counsellor, Dr. Garzitto will be presenting the workshop ‘How To Talk To Your Child’s Teacher So They Will Listen and How to Listen to Your Children So They Will Talk. Practical Strategies to Support Family and School Communication at our next PAC Meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm. She will also present the same workshop at the Mandarin PAC meeting on Thursday, April 4th at 9:15 am in room 112. Please join us if you can!

Vancouver Minor softball association is looking for new recruits for the upcoming season! More information, click here

Outdoor Education at Trafalgar

At Trafalgar School, our students are most fortunate to be able to participate in many extra-curricular activities. These extra-curricular activities can only take place with the support of staff and parents working in unison.

Please note that extra-curricular activities, such as outdoor camp, does not automatically occur every year and is not necessarily designated for one single grade level. Camps can only be decided upon in September of the new school year by the classroom teacher and will only take place at the discretion of the current teacher.

Also, the type of Outdoor Education undertaken will be determined by the teacher. Outdoor Education can take many forms including a day trip within Vancouver. The teacher may decide to attend a camp with the whole class, even if the class is a split class, as the goal of an outdoor camp is not only to experience outdoor education in a new surrounding, but also to build, enhance and foster relationships amongst the students who share a classroom.

As you are aware, split classes are common in Vancouver schools, and therefore it may be common for a split class to attend camp together. A teacher may decide to attend a camp only with their class or with a second class within the school.

Fundraising to support Outdoor Education will be done once the program has been decided. The classroom teacher will share their plans with the parents of their class and together, they will plan fundraising events, which may involve the help of students.

Fundraising at Trafalgar

As many fundraising activities take place within our school, the staff have created a timeline for fundraising events, in order to give all parties an equitable amount of time to run their campaign. These guidelines will allow for parents to be aware of what fundraising events are coming up, and be able to plan accordingly with staff.

Therefore: The Grade 7 Quebec group may fundraise between September and December.

Grade 7 Timberline Ranch group may fundraise between January to mid February.

The possibility of joint fundraisers between these two groups may take place outside of these timelines, as a way to enhance our school goal of creating one community.

Outdoor school/ Outdoor education may fundraise between February to June.

The goal of these guidelines, is to streamline the many fundraising events that take place within our school, so that all groups involved may benefit for their students.

Snowpeople! – Sunday update

Coming up this week

PAC meeting this Tuesday, February 12th at 7pm in the library

It’s been awhile! We have several items on the agenda including an update from the school regarding new fundraising guidelines and outdoor education policy. This impacts everyone so we’d love to see you all there. We will also hear from Paintillio about the upcoming Community paint night, discuss possible funding for a more inclusive playground, and chat about upcoming events. Babysitting is available as always. 

Bake Sale for Camp Jubilee! Valentine’s Bake Sale 

Need a little sweetness in your life? Well we’ve got the thing for you!The grade 4 French immersion students will be having a bake sale on Wednesday, February 13th at 3pm in front of the school.All proceeds will go to help send the students to Camp Jubilee. There will be ready to eat items, as well as packaged goodies and gifts for your valentine. Send your kids with toonies and loonies (or more if you are buying gifts!). 

Tax receipts for Direct Appeal

If you emailed our treasurers to request a tax receipt in December, please come collect your receipt this Wednesday, February 13th in Mme. Aimee’s old classroom in the French primary hallway from 8:45-9:10am or after school at the bake sale from 3-3:30pm. As previously communicated in many Sunday email blasts, the deadline for requesting receipts was in December so if you did not request via email, we will not have a receipt for you. 

Want a break from packing lunches?? Hot lunch ordering is now open! 

Also, the milk for last Friday’s hot lunch was not delivered. It will be delivered this Wednesday to those who ordered.  

Developmental Disabilities Clothing Drive

Thursday, February 14th – Friday, February 22nd

This is an easy and simple way for us to raise money for the Grade 7 Quebec Exchange. The Developmental Disabilities Trust offers us the opportunity to raise funds by collecting used clothing, purses, sewing materials, towels, bedspreads, shoes. They will also include toys, games, knick knacks, and small household items, to a maximum of 20%. We challenge each household to drop off at least a bag each! Flyer and more information

Pro-D clinics for this Pro-D day -Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association

VSSAA puts on affordable pro-D camps at schools around the Lower Mainland, including badminton, volleyball and basketball. Trafalgar is hosting the basketball session this pro-D day. Feb 15, Grades 3 – 4          9:00 – 11:30 am   & 12:00 – 2:30 pm at Trafalgar.

How to register for this session (or other sports):

Please visit the VSSAA website which is www.vancouverschoolsports.ca – the Pro-D clinics and camps can be found under the SPECIAL EVENTS TAB on the top of the home page.  Under each of the sport headings there is a brief description of the camp.  Click on the REGISTER TAB to be taken to then to the online registration section – a family account will need to be created and then add the athlete information to your account prior to registering for the clinic or camp of your choice.

Coming soon:

Save the Date – Mural Project Community Paint Night – March 5

The students are in the midst of the collage stage of our school mural project based on their vision of a UNESCO-themed utopian landscape. Once the collage is completed by the students, Paintillio will photograph the original mural and digitally print it into a paint by number mural, which will be 35 ft. long  covering the wall by the main entrance. After the students have started painting it in February, we will be hosting a community paint night for teachers, parents and caregivers to help us finish painting it. Save the date of Tuesday, March 5 from 3-7 PM and join us for some snacks and painting fun with your kids. More details coming soon.
Mural Unveiling & School Song Ceremony – March 7
On March 7 at 2 PM, there will be a mural unveiling ceremony with a slideshow and a performance of our new school song, “Trafalgar HOWL,” written by our students in collaboration with musician Will Stroet from Will’s JamsM

Upcoming Mother/daughter retreats from Wildflower

Feb 20th 6-730pm: Anxiety as a Superpower for Parents and Children. Exploring and navigating tools to support a hyper-aware and hyper-sensitive system. More details through https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/strong-healthy-kids-anxiety-as-a-superpower-new/199480.
Feb 24th 1-4pm: An afternoon retreat for Moms & Daughters- Surviving Separation. Dedicated to deepening the connection and supoprt for both Mom & Daughter through and after parental separation. More info through https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/surviving-separation-for-moms-daughters-tickets-54729732102

Apr 12-14, 2019: Full Weekend Retreat for Moms & Daughters at the beautiful Halfmoon Haven Oceanfront Resort on the Sunshine Coast, BC (one of my fave places to unplug and recharge). More info attached below or through https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/full-weekend-mom-daughter-retreat-tickets-55535147120.

Happy Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year celebration (Feb 8), Developmental Disabilities Clothing Drive (Feb 14-22), Pro-D day ideas (Feb 15), Bake Sale (save the date Feb 13), school mural project unveiling (save the date March 5), volunteer needed for PAC newsletter (ie: what you are reading right now), DPAC newsletter including parent education about support caregivers of diverse learners, dyslexia awareness and the power of play

Lunar New Year – celebration Feb 8

The Year of the Pig is nearly upon us! May you have a happy and prosperous new year! Children will be learning and taking part in activities on Friday, Feb 8th – more details in the school newsletter

Developmental Disabilities Clothing Drive

Thursday, February 14th – Friday, February 22nd

This is an easy and simple way for us to raise money for the Grade 7 Quebec Exchange. The Developmental Disabilities Trust offers us the opportunity to raise funds by collecting used clothing, purses, sewing materials, towels, bedspreads, shoes. They will also include toys, games, knick knacks, and small household items, to a maximum of 20%. We challenge each household to drop off at least a bag each! Flyer and more information

Feb 15th pro-D day ideas – Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association

VSSAA puts on affordable pro-D camps at schools around the Lower Mainland, including badminton, volleyball and basketball. Trafalgar is hosting the basketball session this pro-D day. Feb 15, Grades 3 – 4          9:00 – 11:30 am   & 12:00 – 2:30 pm at Trafalgar.

How to register for this session (or other sports):

Please visit the VSSAA website which is www.vancouverschoolsports.ca – the Pro-D clinics and camps can be found under the SPECIAL EVENTS TAB on the top of the home page.  Under each of the sport headings there is a brief description of the camp.  Click on the REGISTER TAB to be taken to then to the online registration section – a family account will need to be created and then add the athlete information to your account prior to registering for the clinic or camp of your choice.

Save the date – Feb 13th – Valentine’s Bake Sale

Need a little sweetness in your life? Well we’ve got the thing for you!The grade 4 French immersion students will be having a bake sale on Wednesday, February 13th at 3pm. All proceeds will go to help send the students to Camp Jubilee.There will be ready to eat items, as well as packaged goodies and gifts for your valentine.The bake sale will be set up in front of the school.

Save the Date – Mural Project Community Paint Night – March 5

The students are in the midst of the collage stage of our school mural project based on their vision of a UNESCO-themed utopian landscape. Once the collage is completed by the students, Paintillio will photograph the original mural and digitally print it into a paint by number mural, which will be 35 ft. long  covering the wall by the main entrance. After the students have started painting it in February, we will be hosting a community paint night for teachers, parents and caregivers to help us finish painting it. Save the date of Tuesday, March 5 from 3-7 PM and join us for some snacks and painting fun with your kids. More details coming soon.
Mural Unveiling & School Song Ceremony – March 7
On March 7 at 2 PM, there will be a mural unveiling ceremony with a slideshow and a performance of our new school song, “Trafalgar HOWL,” written by our students in collaboration with musician Will Stroet from Will’s Jams

Volunteer needed to do parent updates

We need a volunteer to post this update on a weekly basis. We use WordPress and Mailchimp to update our website and send this update out — we can definitely provide training. We really need a new volunteer to take on this activity! (PS: This activity can be done at odd hours, so it’s ideal for those with other commitments.) Contact info@trafalgarpac.ca

DPAC update

The Vancouver District PAC creates a monthly newsletter full of important dates and activities around the district.
This month’s newsletter includes information about parent education about support caregivers of diverse learners, dyslexia awareness and the power of play. See the latest newsletter here. You can sign yourself up for future newsletters as well on the top right of that page.

Your January 20th update

Pro-D day ideas, Garden update, noon hour and after school programs

Jan 25th pro-D day ideas – Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association

VSSAA puts on affordable pro-D camps at schools around the Lower Mainland, including badminton, volleyball and basketball. Trafalgar is hosting the basketball session this pro-D day. January 25, Grades 3 – 5          9:00 – 11:30 am   & 12:00 – 2:30 pm at Trafalgar.

How to register for this session (or other sports):

Please visit the VSSAA website which is www.vancouverschoolsports.ca – the Pro-D clinics and camps can be found under the SPECIAL EVENTS TAB on the top of the home page.  Under each of the sport headings there is a brief description of the camp.  Click on the REGISTER TAB to be taken to then to the online registration section – a family account will need to be created and then add the athlete information to your account prior to registering for the clinic or camp of your choice. 

Garden update

Although it is still winter, there is work and planning needed to make sure our garden stays beautiful and a part of our children’s education.

Earthbites has been busy tending to the garden over the last few weeks, including winter fruit tree pruning and pruning the wild roses. The pruning has greatly improved the light into the garden.

After discussion with the teachers, the garden will be divided into areas that will support big ideas from the curriculum including pollination and bees, healthy eating and life cycle of plants. Teachers intend on pairing younger and older classes to investigate these curriculum areas together. Students and teachers will also start planning using the square foot garden method and starting transplants such as broccoli and greens.

Soil is on order for spring planting. Upcoming work for parent volunteers is removing mulch from raised beds and placing it in the back by the wild roses and raspberries. We also require a parent to follow up with the city (“pester the city”) regarding delivery of free logs to our garden.

Suzanne will be in the garden again starting this Thursday until recess — volunteers to move soil would be appreciated.

Parents are also welcome to join EarthBites classes and learn about planning their spring and summer gardens.

After school programs – still some options

Starting Thursday! 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 

Can still join in! Junior Choir Gr 1-3 (Thursdays) 315- 415– Jan 17 to Mar 7  Register by contacting Catherine at catherine@quokkasystems.com

Noon Hour Programs – More Anime Piñata spaces!

Due to high demand for the new Anime Piñata class, we have added another class on Thursdays!! Registration will be open again on Monday January 21 and February January 22 to enrol for this class.  There are still a few spots open in some of the other classes, so this is one more chance to get your kids involved in one of the many fun and enriching programs offered this term.  Register online at www.munchalunch.com – remember the noon hour programs are found under the Fundraising tab.  
Thank you!!

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