Lazy days giving way to the hustle bustle – Sunday update

Thank you, thank you to all of the parents who attended the first PAC meeting of the year! It was so amazing to see so many new faces in the room. We hope to see you all again on October 9th!

Coming up this week:

Right Now!

The Welcome Back Social is a week away and it is time to order your grub! We will be serving a couple of kinds of Rocky Mountain pizza, including a gluten-free option. There will also be a complimentary delicious treat for the students. In order to ensure we have enough pizza for all, we ask that you order enough slices for your family on our hot lunch website at munchalunch.com under the tab Order Lunch. Ordering will close on at 7am on Wednesday, September 19th. We will be handing our pizza from 5:30pm-7pm at the party. We look forward to seeing you all there and sharing a pie with you!

And

Direct Appeal: Please contribute to the Trafalgar Elementary-Go Beyond campaign running until October 5th! While any amount is appreciated, a donation of $125 per family will help us reach our goal. All of these funds go toward programming, classroom resources, workshops, technology, Arts and more! Please note: the online donation system will be closed while Noon Hour program registration occurs this week. It will reopen on September 21st. You still have a couple of hours tonight! You can always submit your form and cheque in the slot outside the office. If you did not receive a form or need a new one, please visit our website at http://trafalgarpac.ca and click on the Direct Appeal link at the top of the page.

Tomorrow!

Noon Hour Program Registration

Registration opens on September 17 at 7:00 am and closes on September 20 at 7:00pm.

NEW THIS YEAR: Registration will use the same new Munchalunch ordering system as the hot lunch program. The programs typically sell out in very quickly so you need to set up your account before registration opens on Monday September 17 at 7:00 am. Please click on the “Hot Lunch” button on the Trafalgar PAC website (http://trafalgarpac.ca) or go to Munchalunch.com/schools/trafalgar and set up your account. Click the “Register Here” button and the system will guide you through to add your children to your account. You will not be able to register for programs until Monday morning at 7:00 am. You can log on to your Munchalunch account and you will find the Noon Hour Program registration under the Fundraising Open! tab.

Wednesday, September 19th:

Hot Lunch Ordering opens. Please follow the same instructions for Noon Hour programs above to order hot lunch. Use the tab Order Lunch! First hot lunch dates are October 3rd and 5th.

Thursday, September 20th:

Meet the Teacher night and Welcome Back Social. The teacher presentations run from 5-5:30pm and 5:30-6pm (2 sessions). There will be a movie for the kids in the gym during the sessions. Staff supervision will be provided. Join us afterward from 5:30-7pm to welcome in the new school year and hang out with friends, old and new. We hope to see you there! Please note: you are responsible for the supervision of your own children during the social.

Friday, September 21st:

Pro-D day. Relax. ūüėČ

Ongoing – After school programs and reminders

Registration and more information on after school programs available here.

Don’t forget to return all of the forms the school sent out last Friday to your children’s home room teachers!

Welcome back social, After school programs, Noon hour programs

We promise the emails and announcements will slow down, but the start of the year is a busy time and there’s lots going on.¬† We’ve had questions about these events and programs.

Welcome Back Social

The Welcome Back Social is a week away and it is time to order your grub! We will be serving a couple of kinds of Rocky Mountain pizza, including a gluten-free option. There will also be a complimentary delicious treat for the students. In order to ensure we have enough pizza for all, we ask that you order enough slices for your family on our hot lunch website at munchalunch.com. Ordering will close on at 7am on Wednesday, September 19th. We will be handing our pizza from 5:30pm-7pm at the party. We look forward to seeing you all there and sharing a pie with you!

After-School Programs

After-school programs are a fun and convenient way for our students to attend classes typically held in the community. These classes are held at our school so students can take themselves directly there after class.

Programs include Lego Robotics, Dolphin Kids, Lego animation, choir, Minecraft Python programming, Young Rembrandts drawing and Lights up musical theatre.¬† Sessions start later this month — read more and register now!

Noon Hour Programs

Once again, Trafalgar will be offering a variety of interesting and fun Noon Hour Programs. These programs are a great chance for children to have fun and enjoy extracurricular activities with their school friends, as well as a wonderful way to meet new friends!  read more about noon hour programs and signup

Hot Lunch 2018-2019

Want a Break from Making Lunch?

Trafalgar Elementary School sponsors hot lunch every Wednesday and Friday when school is in
session.
In addition to our usual favourites from Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company, Panago, Choices Market and FUEL Catering, we‚Äôre happy to introduce some new items to our menu from Calhoun’s Catering and Carino Catering! The newly added entrees were very well received by our student taste testers back in June!

Hot lunch ordering from October to February will be open at 12PM Wednesday September 19th!
The first hot lunch dates are Wednesday, October 3rd and Friday, October 5th .

The deadline to place orders for the first week is 11:59pm on Thursday, September 27.

Go to: https://munchalunch.com/schools/trafalgar/

Please go and set up your account. Click the ‚ÄúRegister Here‚ÄĚ button and the system will guide you through to add your children to your account.
Finally, we are trying to do our part and minimize waste from our hot lunch program. We would be very appreciative if you could send your child(ren) to school with cutlery on hot lunch days. Also, please tell your child(ren) to take home any leftovers or to put organics in the green bins at school, and garbage in the garbage bins. We look forward to working together to reduce our ecological
footprint.

The Biggest Update you’ll ever see (for a while at least)

We are already back in the swing of things as a PAC and there is a lot of information to pass on. Please read until the end to stay well informed!

The first PAC Meeting is this Tuesday, September 11th in the library from 7-8:30pm (sharp!). We will be introducing the PAC executive, getting an update from admin, talking about upcoming PAC events and programs, and receiving an update for the band and hot lunch. We will also be revealing a new and very exciting Art workshop to take place at Trafalgar this year! We hope to see you all there and are very much looking forward to meeting new parents to the school.

Mandarin PAC sessionРChristiana Luo and Angela Cheng will be holding a PAC information session in Mandarin on Monday, Sept 10th at 9am in the Activity room. The purpose of this meeting is not only to pass along important information but also to collect feedback, ideas and opinions. There will be 4 of these sessions throughout the year.

Our annual Direct Appeal campaign begins this week! Every year, our PAC asks families to donate money in order to keep our wonderful arts, technology and educational programs going so our children continue to benefit from a rich learning environment. The PAC suggests $125 per family. With your help, we hope to have a successful Direct Appeal campaign so that, unlike many other schools, we do not need to continually fundraise throughout the year with garage sales, car washes and chocolate sales. Please help us in reaching our goal of $25,000. The form is can be found here (English Direct Appeal formChinese Direct Appeal form) and will also go home in the School package this week. Please drop your form in the drop slot labelled Direct Appeal outside the office. Online donations will be accepted once the new software is up and running later this week. Deadline for the campaign is October 5th.

Once again, the Trafalgar community will be welcoming our school community back by hosting a Welcome Back Social. The social will take place on Thursday, September 20th from 5:30-7pm. There are 2 sessions for the Meet the Teacher portion of the evening 5-5:30pm and 5:30-6pm. Students are welcome to attend and are invited to watch a movie in the gym during the teacher presentations. There will be staff supervision provided for that portion of the evening but please note that the school and/or PAC is not responsible for the supervision of the students at the Welcome Back social afterward. You must supervise your own children. You will be able to order pizza for your family in advance and there will be a delicious treat as well! Come reconnect with parents and have a slice of pizza with your child’s new teacher! More information to come later this week!

Noon¬†Hour Programs¬†are coming to you soon! These programs are a great opportunity for your child to meet new friends, learn something new, and stay out of the rain! Programs start the first week of October. Programming includes knitting, magic (Beginner and Intermediate), drumming, ukuleles, Lights Up, Bricks 4 Kidz, and Sportball. There will be a PAC email later this week with the flyer and all of the details. Please note: like last year, there will be no paper flyer sent home in an effort to respect the trees. ūüėČ You can find the flyer attached to the PAC email and on our website at¬†trafalgarpac.ca¬†later this week.

Afterschool programs ¬†are also offered at Trafalgar — including Lego Robotics, Dolphin Kids, Lego animation, choir, Minecraft Python programming, Young Rembrandts drawing and Lights up musical theatre.¬† Sessions start later this month — read more and register now!

Munch a LunchРWe changed our hot lunch software for this year to a system we are hoping works better for our school. You MUST set up an account and add your children to it before you are able to order hot lunch, register for Noon Hour programs, order pizza for the Welcome Back Social, or donate to Direct Appeal online. Please go to Munchalunch.com/schools/trafalgar and set up your account. Click the Register Here button and the system will guide you through to add your children to your account. Please note: you will not be able to do anything else at this time. We will notify you when the system is available to order hot lunch and register for programming, etc.

Hot lunchРI know, we are all dying for it to start! We just needed to wait a bit to get the new online ordering system going. We are hoping the system is ready for ordering by Sept 19th. The first hot lunch days will be October 3rd and 5th. There are some old favourites on the menu as well as some new tasty dishes. The hot lunch organizers are always looking for volunteers to help distribute the food to the students. It usually takes between 30 minutes-1 hour. Volunteers are needed for both Wednesdays and Fridays. Please note: we are trying to cut down on the amount of garbage we generate and would be very appreciative if you sent your children with cutlery on the days they have hot lunch.

We are very fortunate once again this year to have a band program for Grades 5-7! This year there will be a beginner band as well as a senior band led by Michelle Anderson and Ellen Marple. Both bands meet 2 mornings a week from 7:55-8:40am. Instruments include: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone, saxophone, oboe, French horn and tuba. Interested parents can contact the Trafalgar Band Parent Committee trafalgarschoolband@gmail.com.

It was pretty wonderful to see the kids excitedly flock to collect their yearbooks and flip through them last June. They looked absolutely amazing and we are happy to announce that the Yearbook committee is back in action this year and they are looking for a few more volunteers to help with photography, promotion and distribution of the yearbooks. This one is easy- they are looking for a few parent photographers to periodically help take photos throughout the school year. This doesn’t mean you have to be a professional photographer. Just a parent with a phone who attends some events, field trips, programs, etc. Someone who can snap a few photos and send them in. In fact, they would LOVE for the entire community to do this all throughout the year but a few key people to be a part of the committee would be great. The committee also needs two Grade 7 volunteer parent representatives (one from each stream-English and French) to coordinate the Grade 7 dedicated yearbook section . Please contact trafalgaryearbook2019@gmail.com if you are able to help. Thank you!

After school programs – Fall 2018

Lego Robotics Daedalos
Gr 1-3 (We Do) Gr 4-7 (Mindstorms) (Mondays)¬†3:15-4:45¬†Sept 19 ‚ÄďNovember 19¬†Learn robotics the fun way.¬†info@daedalosacademy.com¬†604-345-8603
Register at Robocamps.ca
Dolphin Kids Achievement ProgramApplying the latest neuro-scientific methods, in a program developed by Dr. Shimi Kang, children will have fun, bond and learn useful coping skills through play, social connection and downtime.
Gr 1 -3 (Mondays)¬†Oct 1 – Dec 3¬†(8 sessions) 315-445¬†www.dolphinkids.caBrick Animation by¬†Tomorrow’s¬†Playground G1-7

Kids learn to plan and produce their own animation shorts using iPad and lego in a fun interactive setting (Tentatively on Tuesdays). More Info soon.

Choir

Senior Choir Gr 4-7 (Tuesdays) and Junior Choir Gr 1-3 (Thursdays) 305 – 405 ‚Äď Forms will be available outside office

Seasmart Ocean Explorer

Gr 1-4 (Wednesdays )¬†3:15-4:45¬†Sept 26 ‚Äď Nov 15¬†(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 atwww.seasmartschool.com

Young Rembrandts Drawing

Gr 1-6; (Thursdays)¬†3:05-4:15¬†Fall (Session 1)¬†September 25 ‚ÄďDec 11
Learn new drawing techniques while having fun. Returning students will build on the skills learned previously. Registration OPEN at www.youngrembrandts.com/metrovancouver

LightsUp

Gr 1-7; (Fridays) 3:15-5:15; Sept 28-Dec 7 (8 sessions) 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

Xmodus Minecraft;

Ages 8-12 (Fridays) 3:15-4:15; Oct 5 РNov 30 (7 sessions)
Through Minecraft, kids work collaboratively to solve puzzles & complete adventures Registration OPEN at http://www.xmodus.com/programs.html#minecraft-adventures

Xmodus Python Programming;

Ages 8-12 (Fridays) 4:15-515 Oct 5- Nov 30 (7 sessions) Registration OPEN at http://www.xmodus.com/programs.html#minecraft-adventures

Ready or Not…Welcome Back to School!

It’s almost time! Time for new classrooms and teachers, packing lunches, and hanging with friends. We hope you had a fun-filled and relaxing summer.

First Day of School and Welcome Back Coffee

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 4th from 9-10am. The students will return to their old classrooms for one hour only. The first full day of school is Wednesday, September 5th. The school sent a newsletter earlier today with further details. Most students will return to their old classrooms or line up locations for that first day.

Parents- please join us for the Welcome Back Coffee in the gym during that hour. Come have a coffee and snack on us. It’s a wonderful way to catch up with old friends an meet new ones. We hope to see you there!

PAC website

Did you know we have a Trafalgar PAC website?? Well, we do and over the summer it was fully updated. We are hoping that it will be a very useful tool for our parents to find answers to all things Trafalgar. Everything from contact info, bell schedules, links to hot lunch/yearbook/after school programs/Noon Hour programs and Direct Appeal. Want to know the school parking regulations? They’re there. Lost a PAC form and need another? You can print it from our website. Forgot important dates? Go to the website and check the calendar. In fact, sync your calendar with ours! It is still a work in progress and much more content will be added over the next few months. Please go to the website and check out what‚Äôs new! www.trafalgarpac.ca

September PAC meeting

The first PAC meeting of the year will be Tuesday, September 11th at 7pm in the library. We will be discussing the 2018/19 budget, introducing new PAC executive members, and kicking off the year with discussions of upcoming events. We would love to see new parents at the meeting, in addition to our faithful attendees from the past! Babysitting will be available. Meeting ends at 8:30pm sharp.

PAC Email Sign up

If you are getting this email then you have already signed up and know that we send weekly PAC reminders every Sunday. Please pass this information along to any new parents or parents who you know have not yet signed up. It is an excellent way to stay in the loop. You can sign up at our website at www.trafalgarpac.ca.

Welcome Back social

Once again, the Trafalgar community will be welcoming our school community back by hosting a Welcome Back Social. The Social will take place on Thursday, September 20th from 5:30-7pm. Please note: the school and/or PAC is not responsible for the supervision of the students at this event. You must supervise your own children.

More details to follow in early September!

We look forward to seeing you all next week and have a safe and happy last week before school!

Yearbook 2018-2019

The school year is starting and memories are being made to last a lifetime! A yearbook can help you remember all those times even better. Last year’s inaugural yearbook was a huge hit with 75% of the school purchasing a book! Kids were seen pouring over the books searching for their happy, smiling faces and practicing their signatures. We need your help to make sure your child‚Äôs face is represented so please send in photos during the year from the first day of school, field trips, school events or just goofing off on the playground- they all make for a great yearbook! Don‚Äôt wait until the end of the year. Upload photos from your phone while you are on a field trip or outside the school waiting for the kids at pick up. The website will be added as soon as we get the Trafalgar link.

Grade 7 student volunteers needed! We are in need of some grade 7 students from both the English and French streams to help with the grade 7 portion of the book- taking photos on field trips, collecting baby photos, doing surveys and getting write ups. If you would like to volunteer please contact trafalgaryearbook2019@gmail.com. Thanks for helping to make this year’s yearbook the best one yet!

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‚Äôs 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:
 
1. Today 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.