Put Those Lunch Bags Away; YESSSSS it’s Hot Lunch Day!

The first hot lunch is tomorrow Friday September 30th. Woohoo! Chin up and dry those eyes if you forgot to get those orders in. No problem, you can still order for the next and all hot lunches for the semester as long as you order by the Thursday at midnight deadline a week before any hot lunch. This year nearly all prices have been reduced making hot lunch a more affordable option for our families.
To browse the menu and order go to trafalgar.hotlunches.net The access code is TE2016HL. You must register each new school year. So, even if you have registered in the past, please register again for this school year.
Did you know? Aside from the Direct Appeal campaign, Hot Lunch is the most significant revenue source for your PAC. What a wonderful way to provide a healthy, tasty lunch for your kids and support the PAC!

Noon Hour Programs – There are Still Lego WeDo Spots Left! – Registration Closes Tomorrow at Noon

If your child loves Lego and could use a fun activity to do over the noon hour, you’re in luck! There are still Lego WeDo spots left for the noon hour programs. Check out the program descriptions and sign up on the hot lunch website; trafalgar.hotlunches.net The access code is TE2016HL.
Thank you to parents and guardians who have signed your kids up for these amazing programs and to our wonderful volunteers. Registration has been a great success and we look forward to a fun upcoming session!

Please note: All Noon Hour Programs MUST be paid for in full by Friday (tomorrow) morning at 7:00 AM or the space will be opened up to other families.

Terry Fox Run – Tomorrow – September 30th 1:30 PM

Trafalgar’s Terry Fox Run will take place on Friday, September 30th from 1:30 – 2:50pm. Parents are welcome to join us to cheer on your child or to help volunteer along the route. The warm–up will take place at the Undercover Play Area at 1:50pm. Please see Ms. Kramer if you would like to volunteer along the intermediate running route. See Newsletter #3 for more details about the event.

Hot Diggity Dog! Hot Dog Day – Call for Volunteers

Who doesn’t love to see smiling, young faces so very happy to see you…and their lunch? Do you have some time over the noon hour on Wednesdays? Then you are a perfect candidate to become a hot dog day volunteer. It’s easy as pie and lots of fun. Please contact hsflowden@yahoo.ca for information on how to get started.

Next Coffee Morning – Monday October 3rd – 9AM – 10AM

Looking for that second cup of coffee after drop-off? The second monthly Trafalgar coffee morning will be held on October 3rd from 9-10 AM in the school’s activity room and will be hosted by the grade 1 and 2 parents. This is a great way to start your day and meet and chat with other parents. A big thank you to Lily Jiang for championing this initiative.

Earthbites: Kitchenware Donations Needed

Earthbites is the wonderful program at Trafalgar which helps to educate our children on how to grow and prepare healthy food from urban gardens for their use. The EarthBites team has a list of items that they could really use in the PAC kitchen for the upcoming nutrition classes. They are looking for the following items to be donated to the PAC kitchen. Please contact info@trafalgarpac.ca if you are able to donate any of the below items.

  • Food processor
  • Blender
  • Large cutting board
  • Large mixing bowls x2
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Paper napkins
  • Serving spoons x2
  • Can opener
  • Cheese grater
  • Paring knives x2
  • Small mesh strainer
  • Funnel
  • Whisk

PAN – Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education – Update

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.

VSB Closures – What YOU Need to Know
The whole closures discussion – like the funding debate – is and can be confusing. It’s key that parents and families can access the facts to better understand the issues. We posted information on our website which we hope will help. We’ve tried to educate and inform with facts and we hope the information will be helpful to families across Vancouver as we now enter “closure conversations”.
The info is found here: https://www.panvancouver.ca/school-closures.html  The links take you to a series of pages with navigation at the bottom. We will be adding some information on timeline shortly and will be turning the copy into a PDF shareable document shortly too.
Please share the link widely within your networks – we are trying to reach as many affected families as we can. And follow our lead on Twitter and Facebook in promoting it.
Give Feedback to the Select Standing Committee 
FACE BC and PENS also presented – we encourage you to read these presentations to better understand the issues and what is at stake for public education.
The same ALL PARTY committee that has recommended increased funding and a review of the funding method for public education for two years straight. Help ensure this year is no different, in fact, assist them in giving even stronger recommendations for Budget 2017.
Important dates:

  • The consultation ends on Friday, October 14.
  • Report on its consultation to be released by Tuesday, November 15, 2016
First PAN Meeting for new School Year – Tues Oct 4
Our monthly meeting is coming up fast and will be on Tuesday October 4th at the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Pub (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.
AND if you aren’t able to attend a meeting but you can be more involved in the work happening behind the scenes or can take on a small project, email and let us know. Attending meetings is just one thing – there are a great many others things that need doing.

The Future of Public Ed Event – Wed Oct 5

The Tyee is hosting an education evening called “The Future of Public Education: Beyond the Headlines”. Our own Jen Stewart of both PAN and FACE is one of the speakers. Details about the event are online and you can purchase tix too. The event on Oct 5 is from 7-9pm and will feature speakers who will explore what is, and what could be, for public education in British Columbia. From innovations to challenges, and from the perspective of teachers, academics,students and parents, they will delve into the possibilities ahead for our education system.

Vancouver City Council Stands Up for Neighbourhood Schools
On September 20th, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed a motion put forward by Councillor Andrea Reimer calling on the Province for capacity criteria based on community and educational need. It’s a great help when more groups are pushing back to the provincial government!
The City will now write to the Minister of Education, with a copy to the Chair of the Vancouver School Board, to request that the Provincial capacity requirements be amended to:
• Allow for a lower capacity requirement where mitigating factors exist, such as significant enrollment fluctuation;
• Decouple the requirement for school boards to close schools in order to get funding for life-saving seismic upgrades;
• Support right-sizing of neighbourhood schools where there is a clear, consistent trend of lower enrollment; and • Change the formula for calculating capacity to reflect that place-based learning is critical for the success of inner city and Aboriginal learners.