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 –

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!

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. 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

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  / 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 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.