🧟‍♀️ The Monsters are coming! 🧟‍♂️

In just a few days, the most spooktacular event of the year will be upon us – MONSTERS BALL

Wednesday October 23rd – 5:30 to 7:30


Buy your tickets now and join us for a fun night of music, games, crafts, food, the haunted house and amazing costumes.

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, please pass the turkey. I hope all Trafalgar families are having a lovely long weekend. Here’s what you need for this week.

This week:

  • Monday – no school
  • Tuesday, 7 pm – PAC Meeting in the library – free refreshments and babysitting

PAC Meeting – Tuesday 24 Sep

School Library – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

All are welcome to attend this Tuesday night’s PAC meeting in the library. There will be refreshments and free babysitting and we will keep the meeting under 1 ½  hours.

We will be having a look at this year’s budget and hopefully in a position to pass it. Which brings us to…


Direct Appeal

Last last chance – this time we reeeally mean it…

Well, we can’t end the campaign at 98%, can we?! We just need $537.50 to reach our magnificent target of $25,000. At our average donation rate, that’s just 3 or 4 more donations.

If your family’s donation hasn’t been sent yet, this is your moment! Take us over the top! Please! If we get there, I promise I’ll stop with the exclamation marks!

The final deadline will be 7pm on Tuesday night when we begin our PAC meeting and pass our budget for this year.

Last chance – please send in your donation to the Direct Appeal – trafalgarpac.ca/appeal


Monsters Ball is
Wednesday October 23rd 5:30 – 7:30

Join us for a fun night of music, games, crafts, food, the haunted house and amazing costumes – but to make this happen we need your help!

Volunteer – Did you know we need over 100 volunteer shifts covered at the Monsters Ball?  We are 40% of the way there so we ask every family to please sign up for at least one shift if possible at: trafalgarpac.ca/monsters.

Many student council members have offered to volunteer (thanks!) but we do need their parents to officially sign them up.  This is also a great chance for older siblings and Trafalgar alumni to volunteer.

Buy your tickets – Online ticket sales will start in a couple of days at trafalgarpac.ca/monsters. Tickets will also be available before and after school starting Friday October 18th – $5/individual or $15/family. You will also be able to pre-order your cake raffle tickets, with extra bonus tickets for buying online.

Pre-order gluten free cheese pizzas – Gluten Free Rocky Mountain individual cheese pizzas will only be available through pre-order online ($6.50) so we know how many to get.  If you do not pre-order GF only regular pizza slices will be available on the night for purchase. You can pre-order GF when you buy your tickets online.

Bake a cake – This is such a fun part of the evening so please sign up to bake a Halloween themed cake/cupcakes for our cake raffle at trafalgarpac.ca/monsters. Remember no nuts!!


After School Programs

New Freekick Soccer Skills Program Registration Open

New! FreeKick Fall World Cup Soccer Ages 6-10+
(Tuesdays)  3:15 – 4:15 – Oct 22 to Dec 3 – $125

Includes Timbits Uniform, Soccer Ball and Medals! Hone soccer skills with schoolmates and have fun.  info@FreeKickFC.com  or  604-551-7006. Click here for flyer.


Book Fair

The Book Fair was a tremendous success! Thank you so much to everyone that helped and I’d also like to thank the volunteers and ESPECIALLY all the parents that came and bought a book for their teacher or child. We could not have done it without you all!

With your generosity of resources, we are pleased to say that we have raised $5,154.00 to be used towards literary resources at Trafalgar!

This is the second highest amount ever raised in the past and we are so grateful to be part of such a wonderful community that supports reading.

Thank you so much,
Janice and Amanda


New Website

The new PAC website template is up and running, just in time for online sales of Monsters Ball tickets . You’ll be hearing more on this soon, but let us know if you encounter any glitches.

Book Fair Volunteers needed for this week, final push for the Direct Appeal

This week:


Scholastic Book Fair – Wed and Thur

Volunteers needed

This year the annual Scholastic Fair coincides with early dismissals and the parent teacher conferences on Oct 9th and 10th.

This is a great opportunity for parents to volunteer at our school and show their support for reading. This event benefits our school library and learning commons with direct purchasing power for new books and materials every year.

Volunteers can sign up here for one (or more) of the various timeslots.

The fair will be held in the school gym and there will be both French and English books available for sale, for all ages of readers, and everyone is welcome.

It’s a great opportunity to shop for early holiday gifts or buy a book to donate to your child’s classroom.

This is the largest fundraiser the PAC holds for the benefit of our library and learning commons and typically raises around $4,000 – $8,000 in purchasing power for the purchase of new books and resources each year. In fact for every 2 books purchased at the sale, Trafalgar receives a book to stock our library.

Please come out and support this event and volunteer if you can.


Direct Appeal

Last chance

We are so close! After a huge influx of donations last week, we’re now at $23,000 – just $2,000 short of our goal. Technically the closing date of our Direct Appeal has passed, but we can’t stop now, not with just 8% to go.  Let’s extend the campaign until we get to our goal.

If your family’s donation hasn’t arrived yet, it’s not too late. Please donate now.

We just need another 10 to 20 families to send something in and then we’ll arrive at our goal.  This year has a lot in store for all students at Trafalgar and it’s great to know that our program will be funded.

Last chance – please donate to the 2019-20 Direct Appeal – trafalgarpac.ca/appeal


Monsters Ball

Wednesday October 23rd 5:30 – 7:30pm

Save the date for some Halloween fun.  A haunted house, cake raffle, ghoulish games, music, food and a jack-o-lantern contest (bring yours for judging and prizes) await you. Tickets are $5/individual and $15/family and will be available on-line and also sold at school starting Friday, October 18th.

Volunteers are what make the Monsters Ball GREAT!

The volunteer sign-up for Monsters Ball is up and we need your help!  If you have been to the event before you know there are so many games and activities going on that even just signing up for one small shift will help out immensely (and you can also sign up for more than one!).  Who can volunteer:

  • Parents and older siblings we need you – even one shift per family would be great!
  • Trafalgar alumni – perfect you know the drill!
  • Secondary students in need of volunteer hours – yes we will fill out your volunteer confirmation letter!
  • Trafalgar intermediate students – yes but your parent must sign you up and be present at the event. 

Sign up now so we know are volunteers needs are taken care of to make the night great for the kids! 

You can also sign up for the cake raffle here – we need cakes and cupcakes!

trafalgarpac.ca/monsters


After School Programs

New Freekick Soccer Skills Program Registration Open

New – FreeKick Fall World Cup Soccer Ages 6-10+
(Tuesdays)  3:15 -4:15 – Oct 22 to Dec 3 $125 
Includes Timbits Uniform, Soccer Ball and Medals! Hone soccer skills with schoolmates and have fun. info@FreeKickFC.com or 604-551-7006

One Spot Left! Petit Architect
(Mondays) Gr 2-6  3:15-4:15
Kids learn how to draw plans and build fun architectural models. For more information contact www.petitarchitect.com.

Kidpreneurs Commerce
(Wed) Oct 2 to Dec 11
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. On Market Day where KidPreneurs debut their businesses and sell their products to the community www.summit-learning.ca  / info@summit-learning.ca 604 238 695

Orange Shirt Day, Teacher Wishlists and Direct Appeal

This week:


Orange Shirt Day

Please dress your child in orange tomorrow to commemorate Orange Shirt Day.  For those unfamiliar with Orange Shirt Day, it serves to honour children who survived the Indian residential schools and remember those who did not. Click here for more information.
 


Direct Appeal

It’s the final week of our annual appeal. What happens this week will decide how many of the activities for the year can be funded.

We’re on a roll, but many families haven’t contributed yet. What we’re hoping for is not that every family gives a lot, but that every family gives something. 

If you haven’t already, please do donate soon. Everything you need is here.
 


Teacher Wishlists

This is a quick campaign, wrapping up this Friday. Trafalgar Teachers have made wishlists of items they’d love for their classrooms. If you have anything on this list and it’s gently used, please do drop it off in the boxes at the main entrance of the school by Friday this week.

The most sought-after items are books, lighting, storage containers and seating options.  Click here for all the details.


PAC meetings

Thanks to all the parents who came to our first PAC meeting of the year on Tuesday and a special thank you to Tracey and Linda for preparing such delicious snacks!  

We’ve changed the date for the next PAC meeting and the new date is Tuesday, 15 October.  We keep our online calendar up to date so that’s a good place to check if every you want to know when something’s happening.

At October’s meeting, we will be taking the important step to approve the budget for this year. Please do come and join us, there will be refreshments and free babysitting and we will get everything done within 1 ½ hours.


Save the Date – Monsters Ball is Wednesday Oct. 23rd

Volunteers needed

Our annual Trafalgar’s Monsters’ Ball is just around the corner and you are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30pm in the gym.  Due to the scheduled Friday ProD Day the timing is a little different this year.  The evening will include tons of Halloween fun such as a haunted house, cake raffle, crafts, music and Halloween themed games. Food will be sold so you can have dinner at the event. There will also be a jack-o-lantern contest so be ready to carve a pumpkin and bring it for judging!  

Volunteers Needed: At this point we are looking for some keen volunteers to help organize the event.  If interested please contact the PAC at info@trafalgarpac.ca. We will be sending more information in the coming weeks about ticket sales and night-of volunteer opportunities as this event can not happen without the help of many hands.  For those enthusiastic bakers out there you can sign up here to bring a Halloween themed cake/cupcakes for the raffle (no nuts!).  This is always such a fun part of the night so many thanks in advance for your support. More info to come!


Help save QEA French Immersion – online petition

 As many parents at Trafalgar have expressed concern at the net loss of French places in the Vancouver school system, we thought it would be a good idea to pass on this campaign from our from a neighbouring school for those who are interested. Save Queen Elizabeth Annex Elementary & support public French immersion education in B.C.

Teacher Wishlists and Direct Appeal

Teacher Wishlists and Direct Appeal

A PAC newsletter on a Friday morning?  I know weird, right?

This is an extra little newsletter about just 2 things – the Direct Appeal and Teacher Wishlists.  A longer newsletter will arrive in your inbox on Sunday night to lull you to sleep.

Best of luck to all our Terry Fox runners this morning!


Direct Appeal

We’re so happy to report that in just one week we have raised over $9,000! That’s over a third of our goal to hit $25,000. Thank you so much to the 59 families who have donated so far. With average donations of $160, we are off to an amazing start! Your support is very much appreciated and benefits all the students throughout the year.

This is a good moment to remind those who’ve not yet donated to please click on this link to get going. You’ll find all the Direct Appeal information here. We’ve had positive feedback that’s it’s quick and easy and as our deadline approaches we really hope all families will feel able to donate something, no matter what size.



Teacher Wishlist

Parents, do you have any of these gently-used items at home that you can donate to teachers in order to help their students learn?  If so, please drop them in the bins at the entrance to the school to be sorted and distributed, or donate to the teacher directly!

This campaign is only 1 week long – we’ll be collecting items until Friday, 4th October so please bring these items in soon if you have them.  

The most sought-after items are books, lighting, storage containers and seating options.  

MME. DEMA – Division19

  1. Wooden blocks
  2. Letters and numbers (magnetic, wooden, scrabble pieces, plastic) 
  3. Puzzles

MARGO JACOBSON – Division 18

  1. Large rug puzzles (7)
  2. Educational magnetic pyramid blocks (2 sets)

MARC GURUMETA – Division 17

  1. Woven/ wooden baskets of all sizes and shapes
  2. Plants
  3. Wooden blocks and toys appropriate for Kindergarten
  4. Dry-erase markers

LIANNE NOSYK – Division: 16

  1. Playmobile
  2. Trinkets for a prize box

JOEL FLEMMING – Division: 15

  1. Lego
  2. Toys
  3. Pillows/cushions
  4. Books (grade 2)
  5. Area rug
  6. Blocks
  7. Electric pencil sharpener

FRANCE SOUCY – Division: 13

  1. Magnetic letters or Scrabble letters
  2. Puzzles
  3. Games
  4. Wooden blocks
  5. Placemats for lunch
  6. Buttons, keys, and other small objects for sorting and making patterns with

ANNE-MARIE LASCELLES – Division: 11

  1. Blender (preferably glass)
  2. 22 plastic IKEA cups/drinking glasses
  3. 4-drawer plastic storage unit

MARYANNE CRUIKSHANK – Division: 10

  1. Portable chess games
  2. Connect-4 board game

DOROTHY GOODISON – Division: 9

  1. Lamps
  2. Gently-used puzzles or board games
  3. Healthy plants (small)
  4. 2 Blackout curtain panels
  5. Small whiteboards (lap sized)
  6. Lego

GUILLAUME ROBIDOUX – Division: 8

  1. Area rug for reading area
  2. Lamps and white Christmas lights
  3. French books
  4. Different types of chairs for flexible seating

LAURE LARPENT – Division: 6

  1. Plastic boxes with their lids to store books and magazines
  2. Large pastic box with its lid to store pillows
  3. Pillows/cushions to be comfy when sitting on mats or doing brething exercises
  4. Lamps (diffused light, not intense – more like from a bedside table lamp)

ASHLEY HOUSE – Division: 5

  1. Mini White Boards
  2. Big Yoga Balls to sit on
  3. Yoga Mats

VIVIAN CAI – Division: 4

  1. Intermediate books: novels, non-fiction, sci-fi
  2. Board Games
  3. Lamps
  4. Bean Bag Chairs (or similar)
  5. Indoor Plants

GRACE SE – Division: 3

  1. French and English books (grade 7 level)
  2. English to French dictionary
  3. Plants and greenery
  4. Lamps (floor & table)
  5. Board games
  6. Organizational units and boxes
  7. Area rug

ALEXIS LEFEBVRE – Division: 2

  1. Board games (in French, if available)
  2. Books (French and English, grade 6/7)
  3. Table & floor lamps
  4. Plants
  5. Organizational boxes
  6. Cardboard boxes

A very big thank you in advance from our Trafalgar teachers for any and all contributions!

Thats if for now, have a great weekend everyone.
Trafalgar PAC

Photo Day, Direct Appeal And First PAC Meeting Of The Year

We hope all Trafalgar students enjoyed the long weekend. The next Pro D day is on 25 October.

It was wonderful to see so many Trafalgar families at Thursday night’s Meet the Teacher / Welcome Back Social event. Our children are lucky to be attending such a dynamic and inclusive school. A big thank you to all of the volunteers who made the evening so enjoyable.  

This week

  • Tuesday – Photo Day, let’s hope your hair stays that way today…
  • Tuesday, 7pm – First PAC meeting, in the library
  • Tuesday, midnight – Ordering deadline for the first hot lunch of the year

Direct Appeal

This is it! Our big campaign to fund the programs for the rest of the year is now on. With just 2 weeks left, we’re hoping all families will log into their VSB School Cash Online portal and send in a donation to support this year’s school activities.

Our goals are to:

  • raise $25,000 for the benefit of all students at Trafalgar
  • achieve 100% participation – a donation of any size from each family at the school

We have ambitious plans that reach all facets of learning and having fun at Trafalgar. 

Please donate today or find our more by clicking here: https://trafalgarpac.ca/appeal


PAC Meeting – Tuesday 24 Sep

School Library – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Our first meeting of the year will be on Tuesday at 7pm in the school library. There is free babysitting and light refreshments will be on hand.  

Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas.


Reminder – Hot lunch ordering 

A reminder to all families that the PAC offers a hot lunch program on Wednesdays and Fridays during the school year. Sign up and place your orders by 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 24th for the first hot lunch on Wednesday, October 2nd. Order by 11:59pm on Thursday, September 26th for hot lunch on Friday, October 4th. Submit your orders at: Munchalunch.com/schools/trafalgar

Thank you for your support!
The Hot Lunch Team


After School Programs

Senior & Junior Choir and LightUp Start this Week – Sign Up Before It is Too Late!

Petit Architect (Mondays) Gr 1-3 (Junior) Gr 4-7 (Senior) 3:15-4:15 (more details to be announced) Starting September 30, 2019 (9 sessions).  Kids learn how to draw plans and build fun architectural models. Only a few spots left. For more information contact www.petitarchitect.com.

Senior Choir Gr 4-7 (Tuesdays)  3:00 -4:00 Sept 24 to Dec 3  Junior Choir Gr 1-3 (Thursdays) 3:00 – 4:00 Sept 25 to Dec 5  Belong the choir and sing with your friends. Rehearse and Perform before the school and in the community.  The senior choir has been invited to perform at a CKNW show. Register by contacting Traf’s amazing choir master Catherine at catherine@quokkasystems.com    

Kidpreneurs Commerce (Wed) Oct 2 to Dec 11 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. On Market Day where KidPreneurs debut their businesses and sell their products to the community www.summit-learning.ca   info@summit-learning.ca 604 238 695

LightsUp Gr K-7; (Fridays) 3:15-5:15; Sept 20-November 29  Kindergarten kids welcome. 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 

Kitsilano Gym Club Gr K-7; (Fridays) After 5:00 pm Sept 4 to December 20th  Age 6-15 Kitsilano Gymnastics Club provides safe, fun and developmentally appropriate gymnastic instruction and programs to children and teen-agers. All of the participants will be introduced to all of the gymnastics apparatus and learn the basic and advanced skills. Our coaches will ensure a safe and fun learning environment and at the same time offer a variety of exercises and gymnastic elements to suit every child’s fitness level.  We currently offer 2 recreational classes and 4 skill-oriented classes which  are detailed on this form https://www.dropbox.com/s/mpdmmurvd7j2oo5/Fall%202019.pdf?dl=0    To inquire about available spaces please contact Serghei at  kitsilanogymnastics@live.casportkidsgym@gmail.com; 604-349-8167; twitter.com/KitsGymClub


Annual Scholastic Book Fair

October 9th and 10th

This is on a Wednesday and Thursday to coincide with the Parent Teacher conferences.

The Fair will be held in the School Gym and there will be both French and English books available for sale, for all ages of readers, and everyone is welcome.

It’s a great opportunity to shop for early holiday gifts or by a book to donate to your childs’ classroom!

This is the largest fundraiser the PAC holds for the benefit of our library and learning commons and typically raises around 4- 8 thousand dollars in purchasing power for the purchase of new books and resources each year. In fact for every 2 books purchased at the sale, Trafalgar receives a Book to stock our library.

Please come out and support this event and if you’d like to volunteer there is a sign up link in the upcoming newsletter.


After school programs for youth

Dunbar Community Centre

Dunbar Community Centre has a Tuesday after school program for pre-teens and teens (9-13 years old). The activities are all free of charge and the DCC are looking to create a fun space for the kids while advocating future programs for youth at the centre. 

Please see attached flyer.


Thank you!

The Welcome Back Social was a huge success and couldn’t have happened without tremendous help from these parent volunteers 

Coordinators: Irazu Derby and Sean Long

Volunteers: Jennifer Chen, Patrick Guo, Janice Johnson, Betty Liu, Yoyo Liu, Echo Liu, Annie Meng, Tracy Pressey, Eileen Qiu, Snow Qiu, Christine Son, Helen Sun, Katerina Tokmak, Sophia Wu, Nan Xiao, Michelle Xue, Caren Yu, Candy Zhang, Selina Zhang, Ellen Zhao


Useful links

To find out more, please click on a link below:


Upcoming No School Dates:

  • Mon 14 October – Thanksgiving
  • Fri 25 October – Pro D
  • Fri 8 November – Pro D

Upcoming Early Dismissal Dates:

  • Wed 9 October
  • Thur 10 October