Hoppy Easter – Monday update

Yearbook reminder, community International dinner (save the date and volunteers needed), early dismissal, parent education: keeping our children safe from gangs, raising digitally responsible youth, SACY (English and Mandarin)

“I’m so glad I never bought a yearbook”– said no one ever! – Apr 30 deadline

Ever wonder who your child plays with at school?  Ever wonder who your child is telling elaborate stories about?  Ever wonder what teacher might be your child’s next year? Ever wonder what they do all day long when you aren’t there? Look these things up in the yearbook!  Last day to order: Tues, April 30th
Website: www.yearbookordercenter.com
School code: 17379 (or look up Trafalgar Elementary- VANCOUVER, BC!)
$35 soft cover, $45 hard cover

Trafalgar International Dinner – Tickets on sale soon and volunteers needed – May 3rd

Please mark May 3rd 6:00-8:00pm in your calendar for Trafalgar’s great social and community building event – the International Pot Luck Dinner and Fantasy Basket Draw in the school gym.  Don’t miss the chance to break bread with other amazing families in the Trafalgar community! The focus of this year’s International Dinner is diversity, unity and cultural exchange. Planned so far are the always popular Fantasy Basket draw, live music from students prior to dinner and a DJ during the event.  We even welcome guests to come in fancy dress or traditional costume to enhance the ambiance of the event.   Hope to see you there!

Event tickets are $3/person, $10/family. They will be on sale on April 30th, May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd before and after school as well as the night of the event. 

Fantasy baskets will be ready for display on April 19th in the library and will be displayed until the International dinner. Raffle tickets will be on sale the same days as the International dinner tickets on the dates above. April 30th is Buy One Get One free day!! Note- though the winners will be announced at the International dinner, you do not have to present to win but we sure hope you will be! All proceeds go to the PAC. 

Bring an appetizer or entree for 10 people to share as well as plates, cups and utensils for your family. Dessert and Ice tea will be provided. 

The event still needs some volunteers.  a) Set up the tables and do decorations 4:30-5:30 pm  b) Display and supervise the food  6:00-7:00 pm or 7:00-8:00 pm  c) Final cleanup 8:00-8:30 pm  d) Ticket sales   April 30th, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd 8:45-9:15 am or 2:45-3:15 pm, in front of the school entrances.

Early dismissal – Apr 24 and 25

Early dismissal at 2pm on Wednesday, April 24th and Thursday, April 25th for student led conferences.

Pro D day sports clinics – Apr 29th

Basketball Clinics

Grades 3 – 4
Kitsilano Sec. 9:00 am – 11:30 am or 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

Grades 5 – 7 
Charles Tupper Sec.   9:00 am – 3:00 pm                                  
Eric Hamber Sec.        9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Kitsilano Sec.               9:00 am – 3:00 pm            

Volleyball Clinics

Grades 4 – 5, Kitsilano Sec. 9:00 am – 11:45 am or 12:15 pm – 3:00 pm    Grades 6 – 7, Kitsilano Sec. 9:00 am – 11:45 am or 12:15 pm – 3:00 pm   

Clinics are half day sessions ($17.50) or Full day options ($35.00).  Costs include all online registration and credit card & web server processing fees).  Students should bring water bottles, snacks and lunch. 

How to register:

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.

Parent Education

April 30- Keeping our Children Safe from Gangs, Ministry of Ed GRIP pilot,6 pm at Windermere Secondary (Flyer attached and registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y2qmjtb4)

May 2- Raising Digitally Responsible Youth, 7 pm Tupper Secondary auditorium https://tinyurl.com/y39nfcpa

Supporting and connecting with youth – Building bridges with your teen – flyer.
Locations and dates:
Wednesday April 24 7 – 9 pm Point Grey Secondary Library;

Mandarin: 中文查询和登记 778-227-5452
Friday May 3 9:30 – 11:30 am Kerrisdale community centre(echan@vsb.bc.ca)

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 https://www.xmodus.com/programs.html#minecraft-adventures
  7. Xmodus Python Programming; Ages 8-12 (Fridays) 4:15-515 https://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…

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

Happy Family Day weekend!

Urgent- communications person needed! Like these weekly email blasts?? Want to see them keep going? We NEED a parent to take over the communications volunteer position ASAP. The same 2 people have been doing them for 2 1/2 years and it’s time to pass it on because we both have other large volunteer commitments that benefit our school. It’s a great position for a parent would like to contribute but does not have a flexible schedule. You don’t have to be at school. Parents and teachers email you what needs to be sent out and it is included in 1 email each Sunday night. I’m afraid to say these emails will end if someone doesn’t step up by March break. We’ve been asking for a volunteer for years with no success. Please! Please! These emails are such a great tool to keep everyone organized.

Coming up this week:

PAC meeting this Tuesday, February 19th 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. 

Developmental Disabilities Clothing Drive-

Collecting clothes until 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%. Drop off in the main hallway of the school. We challenge each household to drop off at least a bag each! Flyer and more information

Grade 7 English fundraiser reminders-

A SPUD fundraiser reminder, it is ongoing, so any gift cards or food boxes purchased will continue to raise money for us as we go into Term 3.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread – frozen pizzas will be delivered on FEB. 19 – the sheet that went home said Feb. 15, but that’s a Pro D, and the Monday is a holiday, so we will be sending them out on Feb. 19. We will put out some other reminders as well.

Vancouver Minor softball association is looking for new recruits for the upcoming season! More information below:

Coming up soon:

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Mural Project Community Paint Night – March 5The 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

Bake sale and tax receipts #2!

Forgot to send your child with money today? Still need Valentine gifts? We’ve got you covered! We had a fabulous turn out at our bake sale today but we had so many goodies that we still have some left! Bath bombs, little potted plants and plenty of treats. Same time same place. See you out front of the school at 3pm tomorrow, Thursday February 14th.

Tax receipts

If you didn’t get a chance to collect yours today, they will be put in teachers’ boxes and sent home later this week. Don’t forget to ask your child about them!

Clothing donation for Quebec

Starts tomorrow! Drop your items in the front hallway.