It’s a Hot Dog Day Tomorrow!

Dig out those toonies and loonies, Wednesday is hot dog day! Dogs are $2 each, include all the usual toppings, contain no added preservatives and come in a whole wheat bun. Hot Dog Days are generally every other Wednesday. Please see the events page to see and subscribe to the school’s calendar for hot dog and hot lunch days and all important school dates.

Hot Lunch Friday is Coming Up!

Hot lunch is this Friday and a reminder families can still order for the next and all hot lunches for the semester. Simply order by the Thursday at midnight deadline a week before any hot lunch. To browse the menu and order go to trafalgar.hotlunches.net The access code to register for the year is TE2016HL.

Monthly Coffee Morning – Monday November 7th : 9–10AM

Looking for your next cup of coffee after drop-off? The third monthly Trafalgar coffee morning will be held on Monday November 7th from 9-10 AM in the school’s activity room and will be hosted by the grade 3 and 4 parents. This is a great way to start your day and meet and chat with other parents.

Together We Can Go Beyond: PAC Fundraising Campaign 2016 – Running Until November 13th

We can accomplish so much when we come together to support our children’s learning experience at Trafalgar Elementary School. This year, as in the past, we ask for your support of our annual fundraising campaign to fund programs that enrich our children’s education. Accountable to you, your Trafalgar PAC, (Parent Advisory Council), asks for donations from families only once a year, so as not to burden you with repeated requests.

Please contribute to the Trafalgar Elementary Go Beyond Campaign running from October 24 – November 13. While any amount is appreciated, a donation of $100 per family will help us reach our goal.

We are striving to reach a $20,000 target that will ensure all of the basic budgetary demands for the year are met. The PAC has already received requests for funding for new arts projects, technology for the classrooms, literary speakers and cultural performances. (Thanks to generous donors, PAC did not need to fund the welcome back BBQ in September!) We welcome you to future PAC meetings to share your ideas.
NEW! To donate online, please go to our secure website (hosted by the same team that hosts our hot lunch program) www.Trafalgar.FundraiserOrders.com
The access code is TE2016HL. Please use the same login and password as your hot lunch ordering, or register for a new account.
Or, complete the form found at the below links, attach it to your cheque, and drop it off in the designated box in front of the school office by November 13th. Thank you to all those who have already donated.
Direct Appeal Letter English Version  Direct Appeal Letter Chinese Version

Halloween Events – Thank You, Thank You, Thank YOU!!

Trafalgar’s Halloween events were spooktacular! Thank you to everyone who came out to support our school and community. Special thanks go to Team Marty Pospischil for generously sponsoring the school’s annual community pumpkin patch once again. This year’s Community Pumpkin Patch was a great success raising over $2,500 for cancer research and treatment options and Trafalgar Elementary School.  Four large bins of pumpkins were completely sold out while smiles and excited children filled the field!  The frightfully fantastic decorations, fresh popped popcorn, chocolate milk, banana bread, and Halloween toys were popular distractions once that favourite pumpkin was chosen and bagged.
The Monster’s Ball was a success and well-attended by the school community. Thank you so much for all those who participated and to our amazing parent and guardian volunteers. We couldn’t hold this event without YOU! The food, games, haunted house, dance party, prizes and wonderful costumes were enjoyed by all who attended.
Thank you to those students who participated in the Jack O’lantern Carving content. Our gift card winners are Ella Gladders (kookiest) — entry 6, Deena Javaheriyar (spookiest) — entry 4 and Gianna Guzzo who won for participation.
We’d also like to thank everyone so supported the We Scare Hunger Food Drive in support of the Vancouver Food Bank. Over 2000 food items were donated as well as monetary donations. Thank you for supporting this very worthy cause!
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Noon Hour Programs – How’s It Going?

Have your kids been raving about the noon hour programs you signed them up for? Are you now the coolest Mom or Dad on the block? Or maybe one particular program didn’t suit them so well for some reason. Our crafty coordinators are looking for feedback on how your kids found the fall schedule before confirming the schedule for the rest of the year. If your child was enrolled in a program this session, please send any feedback you have to Tracey and Alison at noonhourtrafalgar@gmail.com
Also, if there are any programs you’d like to see added, we’d love to hear about it. Any suggestions for the intermediate grades would be greatly appreciated! The goal is to especially focus on areas where budget cuts have affected our children’s education the most. We are adding Music, Dance, Drama, Earth Science and more to our programming in January.

PAN – Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education

The following is an update from PAN
The Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education is a grassroots collective of parents from across Vancouver who share a commitment to public education. Our mission is to connect parents across the district to support one another in advocacy. The network enables us to share information and experiences, and to stand together in protecting public education. To learn more about PAN please see their website: https://www.panvancouver.ca

PAN Calls on Federal Government to Fund Seismic Upgrades Through Infrastructure
On October 20th, our children, teachers, staff, and administrators in public schools held the “Great BC ShakeOut” drill and practised “Drop! Cover! Hold on!”

PAN and in cooperation with parent and advocacy groups–Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, Richmond Schools Stand United, Surrey Students Now, Comox Valley Families for Public Education, Families Against Cuts to Education BC— we sent a letter to the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities asking the Government of Canada to direct infrastructure funding towards urgently needed seismic upgrades in British Columbia’s public schools. Doing so will enable the federal government to ensure the health and safety of thousands of Canadians (most of them children), provide post-quake emergency shelters, and meet its goals of investing in social infrastructure to lay the foundation for Canada’s future.

 We asked the question – Why is the safety of our children discussed in the context of political games and priorities and treated as an education budget item? The structural and seismic safety of public school buildings should not be linked to the education budget.
 In a prosperous province with a massive budget surplus, it is unacceptable that thousands of children go to school every day in high risk schools that will collapse in even a moderate earthquake. Seismically upgrading schools is an urgent matter of public safety, and as such it needs to be prioritized and well funded.
 As a follow-up to our October 20th email letter – which was CC’d to relevant federal Members of Parliament – PAN members and those from the other advocacy groups are now reaching out to their local MPs asking for meeting to discuss how they too can help the federal government meet this critical safety need.
Please read and share the letter within your networks. And even if your MP wasn’t sent the email letter, we encourage you to send an email asking to meet and discuss the letter. The more pressure from more people, the more they will be forced to listen and act. 
Next PAN Meeting – Mon Nov 14, 7pm @ the Tipper
Our monthly meeting is coming up fast and will be on Monday November 14th at the usual place, The Tipper (private room at the back) at 7pm.  We look forward to seeing many of you there as we have much to discuss and need your input.