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May 24
MAY Messages (part II) from Ms. Sanft...

Dear Nootka Families,


We are all enjoying this wonderful weather, the blossoming flowers and the greening of trees. Spring signs are everywhere. At Nootka, it is a time to showcase our learnings and perform in concerts. Most recently we enjoyed a Springtime Concert and 2, Gr. 3-7 Fine Arts Performance nights. On June 4th, we will have the pleasure of seeing our 

Gr. K-2 Fine Arts students in action. They have been working hard to prepare for their performance. It promises to be fun night.


We are also fortunate to have a Gr. 5 and 6 Recorder Ensemble, that has been meeting at recess times with Ms Kato. They will be attending the Vancouver Recorder Festival at Tecumseh Elementary, along with many other VSB elementary schools, on May 27th @ 1pm. Their performance will be enjoyed at our Volunteer Tea next Thursday. We are looking forward to saying Thank You to our volunteers and to celebrating many successes.


Division 1 and 8 are performing next week at our District Dance Festival being held at Gladstone Secondary, Thursday May 28th at 1-2:30pm . Thank you Ms Johal. 


On another note, I would like to ask for parents' support in reminding their children about being safe when they use the new playground equipment, in particular, the Net Climber. While we are all excited about the new, fabulous equipment, we have been experiencing some 'growing pains'. We have been reminding the children at school that when they are on the Net Climber that 1) they use both hands when climbing, 2) not to carry their food, lunch kits , or balls, while they are climbing,  and 3) communicate with other children if they need to go from one spot to another, especially if one is in the way.


Finally, a big thank you to PAC for their support in providing funding for the Science Alive workshops and to familiesfor encouraging children to participate in the Splash and Dash event last week. Thank you Mr. Tam and Mr. Schoeber for organizing.



Please refer to the side bar of the newsletter for upcoming events. If information, regarding events is not written about in this newsletter, I encourage you to visit the Nootka School Homepage frequently where up to date information is posted regularly.



Sincerely, 

Ms Sanft

 

General reminders

Nootka Website

In addition to this newsletter, it is important to check our Nootka Website  regularly as the calendar is updated often and important reminders will be posted there as well, by our office.  http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Nootka  

 

Nootka School Calendars

May Calendar 

June Calendar 

Other Happenings and Information to Note:

Nootka 2015/16 School Calendar

Please see attachment for our 2015-16 School Calendar. Watch for a hard copy to come home on GREEN paper, May 27th.

Nootka School Calendar Revised 2015-16
 

 

Nootka Volunteer Tea

If you have volunteered at Nootka this year, please come and join us at our Volunteer Tea on May 28th in the Activity Room, 11:45am - 1:30pm.  Come and celebrate our achievements together! Please see attachment for details.

Calling All Volunteers
 


 

Changes to Band Program Option September 2015

The district has been providing additional staffing to Nootka Elementary for a band program option to students in grades 5-7.  As part of the budget planning process for 2015-16 the Board of Education approved the following changes  in order to reduce the additional operating costs, while maintaining this valued program option for students.

As of September 2015 students in grades 6-7 at  Nootka will have the option of participating in the band program. The monthly participation fee will be $5.00 monthly for an annual fee of $50.00. We are pleased to be able to maintain this program option for students.


 

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House School Age Care Program

Spaces are available for the 2015/16 school year. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 7:30am -9am and 2:30pm - 6pm, and on Pro D Days from 7:30am - 6pm. Our program also provides care during the school breaks at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House. For more information, please contact Linette at 604-657-7276  or  linette@froghollow.bc.ca

 

New Renfrew-Collingwood Multi-Purpose Facility

Official Opening Event Saturday, May 23 @ 10am

Interested?  Read further...

Ground Breaking Story

Ground Breaking Poster

 

Health + Education

May is Hearing and Speech Month. As children grow and develop, their speech is monitored to ensure they are 'on track' in their development. An 'SLP' helps advise on interventions when speech is not developmentally on track. SLP stands for 'Speech and Language Pathologist'. In a school setting, an SLP provides invaluable service by assessing children's receptive and expressive communication skills, by advising as part of our School Based Team (SBT), and by working directly with students.

 

If you are curious, please see the attached information and levels of age appropriate progressions.

Did You Know? 

Development Of Speech Sounds 

Language Milestones 

 

Kindergarten Inquiry - Are you asking the important questions?

A great article not just for K parents...read more

Kindergarten Inquiry Information 

Aboriginal Sharing    -  thank you to Dena Galay for forwarding this poem for us to enjoy!                                                                                        

The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air,

the fragrance of the grass.

Speaks to me.

 

The strength of the fire, the taste of the salmon,

the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away.

They speak to me.

And my heart soars!

 

Written by  Chief Dan George

May 01
May Messages from Ms. Sanft
Dear Nootka Families,

May is Carnival month at Nootka. This year's carnival is very special because we are also hosting the official opening of  Phase 1 of our new Playground. The children have been having an incredible time enjoying the new playground equipment. Highlights include the ever popular netclimber, as well as the new slides and climbing apparatus and the 'spinning barrel'. If you haven't had a chance to see what the buzz is all about, please come out to the carnival this Saturday (tomorrow), to help celebrate all of our parents' achievements (of which you are a part) and to see your children enjoying the new equipment. If you have contributed in any way to this endeavour, you should feel proud of your accomplishments! By the way, it's not too late to sign up to volunteer at the carnival.  If you have an hour or so, please stop by the Volunteer Check-In on Saturday.
http:nootkapac.weebly.com/carnival--auction.html

Please have a look at our continually growing list of supporters and local businessesthat are supporting our school in one way or another!!! Thank you for YOUR support!
http:nootkapac.weebly.com/supporters,html

Also of note, is our newly painted mural in the Primary Undercover Area. The art is ALL child created and was facilitated by our guest artist Joey Mallett!  All of our children (K-7) had a hand in its painting.

Please come out to enjoy the Carnival activities, the festivities and the yummy food - by coming out, you will be supporting our PAC, our school community and the many extras we are able to offer our students because of your support!  Our Nootka children thank you!!!

On another note, we have had much to celebrate at school. The debut of our Nootka Art Crawl last month, was a huge hit showcasing the visual arts across all of our programs: Classic, Thrive and Fine Arts. We even had some cool jazz and appetizers as folks wandered the halls and classrooms enjoying the many displays. We are so proud of our students and their efforts and of our enthusiatic, talented and supportive teachers! Thank you!

Most recently, we experienced a wonderful Spring Concert showcasing our Band, our mixed Fine Arts and Classic choirs and the musical talents of many children in our Classic and Thrive programs singing, playing Orff instruments, guitar, baritone and soprano ukuleles, as well as recorders. Thank you to Ms Kato and to Ms Sinclaire for their leadership and their encouragement of our many talented students here at Nootka. Thank you also to all of our staff for their support of this exciting event!

Please refer to the side bar of the newsletter for upcoming events. If information, regarding events is not written about in this newsletter, I encourage you to visit the Nootka School Homepage frequently where up to date information is posted regularly.


Sincerely, 

Ms Sanft

 

General reminders

Nootka Website

In addition to this newsletter, it is important to check our Nootka Website  regularly as the calendar is updated often and important reminders will be posted there as well, by our office.  http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Nootka  

 

Nootka School Calendars

April Calendar 

May Calendar

June Calendar ​

April 13
April Messages from Ms. Sanft
Dear Nootka Families,

April has been an energetic time at Nootka. As the cherry trees blossom and the warm sun teases us, with the hope of more good weather to come, we are preparing to celebrate in a big way.

Thanks to PAC and to all of our families' contributions and combined efforts, ourPlayground has been making headway by leaps and bounds. It has been interesting for the children to watch the various pieces of equipment being assembled. They are eager to play on the new quipment and can't wait for it to be finished. 

The Primary Undercover Playround Mural is entering its second week of painting. Many classes have had a turn painting. The rest of the classes will have their turn this coming week. Please have a stroll by this area to see the mural take shape. It exudes playfulness and positivity. We are all so proud of this mural.

All of our classes, across the Classic and Fine Arts strands, have been hard at workpreparing for our Nootka Art Crawl, for one special evening taking place onWednesday, April, 15 from 5:30 - 7:30pm - Come and taste some hor d'oeuvres as you explore this visual feast in our halls and classrooms, while listening to some background jazzy music.

Your children have been learning about Artists such as Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keefe, Andy Warhol, Vladimir Kadinsky, Eric Carle, Jackson Pollack, and Joan Miro, to name a few.

You will experience 1,  2 and 3 Dimensional Artwork: Still Life Pears on recycled pear trays, Georgia O'Keefe inspired Clay Flowers, Functional clay art, Body Scultpures: Exploring the Elements of Art, Encaustic Paintings, Collage pieces, Miles Davis Inspired art and poetry, Self Portrait Mosaics, Recyled Books: "Life and Times of Me", Plastiscine Nature objects inspired by Barabara Reid, Silk Floral Paintings, Felt Art pieces, Plastiscine Dioramas, Islamic Inspired Art, Navajo Inspired pastels, Cultural Art, and beatifully, intricate Pencil Line Drawings exploring patterns, geometrical shapes, and swirls.

I am inviting all parents to please come and join us!


Please refer to the side bar of the newsletter for upcoming events. If information, regarding events is not written about in this newsletter, I encourage you to visit the Nootka School Homepage frequently where up to date information is posted regularly.



Sincerely, 

Ms Sanft

 

General Reminders

Nootka Website

In addition to this newsletter, it is important to check our Nootka Website  regularly as the calendar is updated often and important reminders will be posted there as well, by our office.  http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Nootka  

 

Nootka School Calendars

April Calendar

May Calendar

Other Happenings and Information to Note:
Gr. 7 Parent Information Night for Incoming Gr. 8s at Van Tech
There will be an information night at Vancouver Technical Secondary School, on Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 6:30pm in the Auditorium (Main Floor), 2600 East Broadway.
It will be an opportunity for parents to hear more specifics about the Gr. 8 program, Van Tech as a learning community and put faces to names. Students who are coming to Flex Humanities, Summit and/or French Immersion are welcome, but there will not be specifics about those programs.

SACY Presentation: Teens & Cannabis
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @ Van Tech Auditorium, 2600 East Broadway
7-9pm. Please see attached flyer.
SACY Presentation

Parent Evening: Supporting Families - Raising a Person with FASD: Striving for Positive Ourcomes and Taking Care of Ourselves

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, 921 Satter St. New Westminster, BC.   Space is limited. Register today!

Registration is on line at www.bccec.org   or contact them at info@bccec.org, if you experience any difficulties with online registration.

 

VSB 2015/16 Budget

April is Budget time for BC Schools. Please look to the VSB website for more information. As well, please note the VSB Public and Stakeholder Consultation dates and times in the attachment.

VSB Public and Stakeholder Consultations

 

May 7 - The Big One at Two

Earthquake drills and preparation are part of all schools'  bi-annual practice through the School District.This year the District is planning to do a full release on this day. We are awaiting more instructions and plan on sending an informational letter home soon. Please ensure that your contact information,  as well as your Emergency Contact names and numbers are up-to-date in the office. We appreciate your attention to this.

 

April is Dental Health Month

How can you keep your child's teeth healthy?

*Brush throughly at least twice a day

*Floss daily

*Use fluoride toothpaste

*Use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste

*Choose healthy and nutritious snacks

*Avoid high sugar foods and drinks

*Visit your dentist at least once every year.

 

A bright healthy smile lasts a lifetime!

 

Where do you find more information?

BC HealthGuide online  www.bchealthguide.org   

 ​

March 23
March Messages from Ms. Sanft- Happy Spring!

Dear Nootka Families,

With Spring Break starting tomorrow , and Second Term completed, I would like to wish all of our families a wonderful and restorative break. It is a time of reflection and renewal. May we experience good weather and take time to smell the flowers!

I'd like to thank all of our active parents and our wonderful teaching staff for their hard work and dedication in helping Nootka achieve its many goals through the arts, the academics and athletics. Thank you to everyone for your support of the Spell-a-thon, which raised close to $10,000. We are greater together!

We are looking forward to creating our Primary Undercover Play Area Mural. Artist Joey Mallet has started working with our students this week and will continue to do so until the end of April. Watch the mural take shape as students K - 7  work on it throughout the month.

Please refer to the side bar of the newsletter for upcoming events. If information, regarding events is not written about in this newsletter, I encourage you to visit the Nootka School Homepage frequently where up to date information is posted regularly.

We look forward to see you again on Monday, March 23.


Sincerely, 

Ms Sanft

 

General Reminders

Nootka Website

In addition to this newsletter, it is important to check our Nootka Website  regularly as the calendar is updated often and important reminders will be posted there as well, by our office.  http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Nootka  

 

Nootka School Calendars

March Calendar 

April Calendar 

May Calendar 

Other Happenings and Information to Note:
Gr. 7 Parent Information Night for Incoming Gr. 8s at Van Tech
There will be an information night at Vancouver Technical Secondary School, on Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 6:30pm in the Auditorium (Main Floor), 2600 East Broadway.
It will be an opportunity for parents to hear more specifics about the Gr. 8 program, Van Tech as a learning community and put faces to names. Students who are coming to Flex Humanities, Summit and/or French Immersion are welcome, but there will not be specifics about those programs.

Draft School Calendars for 2015-16 & 2016-17

The Vancouver School Board has released DRAFT school calendars for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.   DRAFT calendars can be viewed on the Vancouver School Board website athttp://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-news/vsb-releases-draft-school-calendars-2015-16-and-2016-17

Public feedback and/or comment regarding 2015-16 and 2016-17 DRAFT calendars is welcome and can be sent to calendar@vsb.bc.ca

Please submit feedback and comments by March 2, 2015.

 

New Program for Parents at the Renfrew Branch Library:

Parents' Night Out: Apps for Your School-Age Kid

Thursday,  March 5, 2015 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Renfrew Library  2969 E.22nd


 
So many iPad apps... What are they all about and which one should your child be using? VPL librarians will help you choose the right apps for your school-age children (age 6 to 12) so you can support their creativity and learning. This is a special evening program just for parents. Meet other parents, have fun and explore new  ways to support your child's learning. iPads are provided for the session. Adults only, please, as there's no childcare available.

To register phone 604-257-8705        Parents' Night Out Poster

 
Spring Break Offerings:
1) Free Track and Field Camp for Gr. 3-7 @ Lord Byng Secondary School. Please see attachment for more information including how to sign up.

2) Vancouver Girls Basketball Association for Gr. 7 & 8 is offering a Spring Break Camp (Mon - Thurs, March 9-12, 9am - 11am @ Britannia Secondary School. Please see attachments for details and cost.


 

 

Healthy Eating                                                                                                      

Although, Project Chef was only a year ago, we continue to remind children and parents to eat healthy recess snacks and lunches. In making these snacks and lunches for school, please continue to consider the amount and the proportions you pack for your child, as well as the wrappings used. Ideally, the less litter created, the better.

We thank you for your support.


February 13
February Newsletter--Messages from Ms. Sanft
Dear Nootka Families,

It has been an exciting time at Nootka! Due to the hard work of so many parents, the countless meetings of our Playground committee, and the generous donations received from parents, friends and others, in addition to the winning of the AVIVA grant (worth $45,000), we have been able to purchase some major playground equipment and to continue the work on the beautification of our playground for students at Nootka. Please have a look at the 'Thermometer" in the front hall across from the office for more information. When the wooden playground structure is demolished this spring, it will now be replaced by fun and colourful play structures. A BIG thank you to all of our parents and in particular to our Playground committee for their tenacity and vision!!!!

Student Led Conferences are just around the corner. Please remember to return your slip to sign up for a conference time with your child. These conferences are a good opportunity for parents to see their child's work and to talk about their learning with their child.


Please refer to the side bar of the newsletter for upcoming events. If information, regarding events is not written about in this newsletter, I encourage you to visit the Nootka School Homepage frequently where up to date information is posted regularly.


Sincerely, 

Ms Sanft

 

General Reminders

Nootka Website

In addition to this newsletter, it is important to check our Nootka Website  regularly as the calendar is updated often and important reminders will be posted there as well, by our office.  http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Nootka  


 

Parking

Please remember to obey the parking signs posted around the school. A number of people have been ticketed lately by the City of Vancouver By-Law Officers.

 

Nootka School Calendars

February Calendar 

March Calendar 

Other Happenings and Information to Note:
Draft School Calendars for 2015-16 & 2016-17

The Vancouver School Board has released DRAFT school calendars for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.   DRAFT calendars can be viewed on the Vancouver School Board website athttp://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-news/vsb-releases-draft-school-calendars-2015-16-and-2016-17

Public feedback and/or comment regarding 2015-16 and 2016-17 DRAFT calendars is welcome and can be sent to calendar@vsb.bc.ca

Please submit feedback and comments by March 2, 2015.

 

New Program for Parents at the Renfrew Branch Library:

Parents' Night Out: Apps for Your School-Age Kid

Thursday,  March 5, 2015 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Renfrew Library  2969 E.22nd


 
So many iPad apps... What are they all about and which one should your child be using? VPL librarians will help you choose the right apps for your school-age children (age 6 to 12) so you can support their creativity and learning. This is a special evening program just for parents. Meet other parents, have fun and explore new  ways to support your child's learning. iPads are provided for the session. Adults only, please, as there's no childcare available.

To register phone 604-257-8705        Parents' Night Out Poster

 
Spring Break Offerings:
1) Free Track and Field Camp for Gr. 3-7 @ Lord Byng Secondary School. Please see attachment for more information including how to sign up.

2) Vancouver Girls Basketball Association for Gr. 7 & 8 is offering a Spring Break Camp (Mon - Thurs, March 9-12, 9am - 11am @ Britannia Secondary School. Please see attachments for details and cost.

Aboriginal Sharings

Greetings to the Nootka Community! 

My name is Dena Galay and I am the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Worker for Nootka, Tecumseh, Tecumseh Annex, Fleming and Emily Carr Schools (yes, spread a bit thin, however, Nootka is my home school). My family comes from Northern Saskatchewan and we belong to the Dene and Metis Nations.

 

I have been the AEEW at Nootka School for the past 12 yrs (hard to believe how time passes!). During this time I have seen Nootka school take on and embrace the arts and culture of so many aspects of First Nations history and present day issues. It has been a very heart warming journey and I feel privileged to be part of such a team of amazing and enthusiastic staff and students!

 

We have many plans here at Nootka to incorporate even more good Teachings of Aboriginal peoples and Cultures for the students to learn from. We invite you to participate in any way that you would feel comfortable, in our Aboriginal activities, ie. Bannock Breakfasts, guest performers, field trips, etc.

 

We welcome all Cultures and Nationalities to have a hand in making Nootka a very 'Intercultural' school for each and every student and family to enjoy and to feel a sense of 'Belonging'.

 

All my Relations!

Dena Galay
Aboriginal Education Enhancement Worker
Vancouver School Board
Ph. 778-233-7639

 

Healthy Eating                                                                                                      

Although, Project Chef was only a year ago, we continue to remind children and parents to eat healthy recess snacks and lunches. In making these snacks and lunches for school, please continue to consider the amount and the proportions you pack for your child, as well as the wrappings used. Ideally, the less litter created, the better.

We thank you for your support.

January 25
January Newsletter-- Messages from Ms. Sanft

Dear Nootka Families,

We have had a busy start to our second term of school. We kicked off the term with a fabulous performance by Teddy Anderson, an Aboriginal Hoop Dancer ( hoopodanceproductions.com ) who taught us that, despite our differences, we are all one people. He was engaging, educational and had a positive message for all.

Our Nootka Playground is developing and evolving at a steady pace. Kudos and many, many thanks to our parents for your vision, your efforts and your unwavering support. Because of your support, your children will have a healthy playground to play on, before, during and after school. The playground is not yet complete and will need parents' continued efforts and support to realize its completion. Please see our school website (http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/nootka/Pages/Default.aspx)  for links to PAC and to our Nootka Playground committees.  Both groups have regular, monthly meetings. You are welcome to attend at any time.

This term we have started Intramural Basketball at lunch time. Gr. 4 and 5's play on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Gr. 6 and 7's play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The children are having fun, getting some good exercise, and improving their skills at the same time. Thank you to our Peer Helpers who assist us. Thank you also to Andrew Da Silva (Student Support Worker at Nootka), who is helping with the refereeing, and to Suzy Parker (from RCC) who will help on Tuesdays.

Thank you also to  Mathew Fielding Student Support Worker at Nootka), for his leadership and the coaching of our Senior Girls' Basketball team. Go Nootka Go!

This month, I will be working with students and their teachers to brainstorm and prepare ideas for the the creation of a new mural for the Primary Undercover Playground Area. The theme isGathering Place. Our guest mural artist is Joey Mallett. To help with our mural project, we will need a number of items. (Listed on the PAC Website, under Needed Items.) For example, old shirts with buttons down the front, and 500ml yogurt-type containers with their lids. You can bring these items to my office anytime, for later use, after Spring Break, when we paint with students. Thank you again to the PAC for their contribution to the Mural grant we received from 'Artist in the Classroom". 

On February 27th,  we are lucky to have Milton Randall  and his drumming program visit our school for a one day residency program, paid for by the PAC. The day will culminate with an end of the day drumming performance for our school. Parents, as usual, are welcome to attend our performances. We look forward to his time with us and to you joining our performance. 

Please refer to the side bar of the newsletter for upcoming events. If information, regarding events is not written about in this newsletter, I encourage you to visit the Nootka School Homepage frequently where up to date information is posted regularly.



Sincerely, 

Ms Sanft

 

General Reminders

Nootka Website

In addition to this newsletter, it is important to check our Nootka Website  regularly as the calendar is updated often and important reminders will be posted there as well, by our office.  http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Nootka  

 

Nootka School Calendars

January Calendar

February Calendar 

March Calendar 

Other Happenings and Information to Note:
Spell-a-thon
Our Spell-a-thon is well under way. Please help your child study their words for the final spelling test on Thursday, January 29th.  Thank you for your support of this great fundraiser!

Bricks 4 Kidz

This fun program started on Tuesday, January 20th in the Library. There are still some spots available. If you register for the remaining time,  please note that the program fee will be pro-rated. Please register online as outlined in the attachment. 

Bricks 4 Kidz

 

INTERactive Project - A message from the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood House 

In the next few weeks, Nootka Elementary will take part in Renfrew-Collingwood's INTERactive:

interculturalism through physical activity project. The Peer Helpers will receive training to lead intercultural physical activities during lunch time, as well as other times and events. The games are designed to promote physical activity while encouraging cross-cultural understanding and social interactions with people different from each other. Teachers will take part in a 'lunch & learn" session about interculturalism and will learn new games for PE from the RC INTERactive Physical Activity Guide.

 

Parents can learn about these activities too! You can support the project in your school, and maybe, if you're interested, share the activities with other parents and community members. These games are not just for kids - adults can enjoy them as well! If you'd like to take part, please let Vice-Principal Laura Rhead know and she'll pass your name on to the RC INTERactive team.   - Nancy Reynolds, Co-Ordinator  at Collingwood House-

 

New Year's Bannock Breakfast-Brilliant!
It was a great turnout of families and staff for our New Year's Bannock Breakfast that happened on Jan. 22! The 'BB excitement' always begins in the kitchen at home, where Dena Galay (AEW) and her niece Suna, prepared prairie style bannock for us! We are very thankful to Cory Robinson, (one of our dads), and Jenifer Brousseau (one of our moms) for making fry bannock and bringing it in to share this time! People of all backgrounds heard some important messages from Dena, then listened to Jenifer's beautiful, strong voice and drumming and finally, watched some of our very own students in a self-choreographed peformance! Well done, Jasmine, Brydee, Amanda and Andie! We are proud of you and hope you perform again for the school, soon. We also want to acknowledge the Navajo inspired art made by Div. 8-thank you!
Thank you for coming, everyone-and thank you to our staff committee for your great organization!

Flashmob 2015-
...it wouldn't be a flashmob if we reveal too much... but we are very excited and want you to know that we have some very enthusiastic and talented students getting ready to DANCE in the name of Acceptance For All. 
Many thanks to Mrs. Johal for leading our intermediate fine arts classes and our after school dance group in learning the 2015 flashmob dance. Have you seen the videos from last year? Amazing! Over 3000 Vancouver students are getting ready... Secret revealed on Feb. 18th! Please make sure all student order forms are turned into Ms. Rhead ASAP. Thank you! Keep dancing! Keep up the kindness! Dance practices continue on Tuesdays at 3:10-3:45pm in our gym.



 

Pink T-Shirts for Pink Day 2015!
Pink Day is February 25th  Wear your PINK on Feb. 25- or anytime!
We are grateful to Div. 16 parent, Rayana, who is selling plain pink t-shirts for pink day this year. You have a few days left to order! Please bring your order form to the office (printable from our webpage or you can get one at school) with the fee and we will deliver to your child in time for the big day!
Please return the order form by January 28th.  Pay by cash or cheques made out to Nootka PAC.
 
WRAK is rubbing off on us!
Windermere Random Acts of Kindness have come to Nootka! Doing good things for others makes everyone feel great. Windermere leadership students have started a Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/windermereRAK where students, staff and community members post about anonymous acts of kindness that are happening. It's contagious! What can YOU do to show kindness? We are 'catching people being good' all over Nootka... Div. 9 and Div. 17 are working on some great projects! More to report next month!
  
Health

A Good Night's Sleep

Getting a good night's sleep is one of the most important factors for learning and growing.  9-10 hours of sleep per night will help keep children feeling their best and assist in self-regulation during the  school day.

Key pointers for helping your child get enough sleep:

*set a regular bedtime routine

*have a quiet time 30 minutes before bedtime (read, warm bath); no TV or computer

*avoid soft drinks and chocolate with caffeine

*have a cool, dark, quiet room

 

Concerns About Your Child's Sleep?

*talk to your family doctor

*contact your community health nurse at 604-233-3150

 

Where Can you Find More Information?

*BC HealthGuide online  www.bchealthguide.org

*24-hour BC NurseLine @604-215-4700

 

                                                                                                      
December 15
December Newsletter Messages from Ms. Sanft

 school helping in the Library, Peer Helping, K-2  Lunch Monitoring, Patrol Guarding, Hot Lunch Helpers, being Big Buddies, helping clean up and organize the games bins, and being good role models to younger students. Thank you to all of our Nootka Leaders!

A big thank you also to those parents involved with the various PAC fundraising initiatives to date, and especially a huge thank you to the Playground Committee for their leadership in making this such a visible and successful project. Together, with the support of our parent community at large, you are making a difference and helping to attain this tremendous goal.
Please keep watching the PAC  newsletters for updated information. There is a direct link on our Nootka Home website. Thank you to Penny Seto for her incredible talents and efforts in pulling this communication together for our parents and school.

Please refer to the side bar of the newsletter for upcoming events. If information, regarding events is not written about in this newsletter, I encourage you to visit the Nootka School Homepage frequently where up to date information is posted regularly.

On behalf of the staff, Ms Rhead and I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Winter Break that is restorative and reflective. Hopefully you are able to spend time with family, doing some of your favourite activities.


Sincerely, 

Ms Sanft

 

General Reminders

Nootka Website

In addition to this newsletter, it is important to check our Nootka Website  regularly as the calendar is updated often and important reminders will be posted there as well, by our office.  http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Nootka  


 

School Closure Information

Information regarding school closures in the event of snow, or other emergency situations, will be provided to the following radio stations by 6:00am on the morning of the closure: CKNW 98 FM, CKWX 1130 AM, CBC 690 AM, Fairchild Radio, CJVB1470 AM, CHKG 96.1 .  You may also want to watch the morning shows for Global TV or City TV. Please do not call the school or media outlets to confirm school openings or closures.


 

Library Reminders

As we head in to December, please have a look for any overdue books at home and return them to the library. If your child is enjoying their borrowed books, please continue to take care of our reading gems. Thank you for your help.

 

Nootka School Calendars

December Calendar 

January Calendar 

Other Happenings and Information to Note:
Kindergarten Registration for September 2015

K registration started Nov. 3, 2014. Please see the attached for further information. Kindergarten-School Newsletter

If you know of any neighbourhood  Kindergarten aged children, please encourage their parents to register at their neighbourhood school by Friday, January 30,2015 for September 2015. Attached are 2 links you might find useful:

http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten

http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten-frequently-asked-questions

 

If you are considering a Choice program you need to register online, as well as at your home school

 

 

Information from our School Nurse for Kindergarten Parents

Please see the below attachment requesting updated immunization information for your K child.

Nurse - K Newsletter Insert


 

Lost and Found

It's 5 weeks until Winter Break and we have many lost and found items looking for their home. Please peruse the rack by the staff room, to find your missing item. Unclaimed items will be bagged and donated to good will. Pick up will be on Dec. 18th.


 

Have You Heard of Intensive French 6?

Please read on for more information about programs at Brock, Fleming and Franklin Elementary Schools. Information nights will be happening in January.
Intensive french


 

Bricks 4 Kidz

Back by popular demand for January 2015. Please register online as outlined in the attachment. Bricks 4 Kidz


 

My Tween and Me for Cantonese/Mandarin Speaking Parents

free (with a Killarney Membership) Parenting Program for parents with children ages 9-13, sponsored by the BC Council for families. It is being hosted by Killarney Community Centre from January 22 - Mar 2015, on Thursdays 12:30 - 2:30pm.  6260 Killarney Street, Vancouver, BC, Tel: 604-718-8201 to register


 

 

Renfrew Community Centre Happenings - Have a look at what is happening locally...from January - March 2015

RCC - Day trips Lazer and Snow Tubing

RCC - Youth Volunteering
 

Health

Winter Sports Safety    

How can we be safe when tobogganing, skating, skiing, and snowboarding?

* wear an approved helmet

* use equipment that fits properly and is well maintained

* use a neck warmer instead of a scarf to avoid strangulation

* use sun protection even on a cloudy day

* know your ability and experience 

* have a responsible attitude

* enjoy the outdoors safely

 

Where do I find more information:

* Website: www.healthcanada.ca

 

Tips for Staying Healthy Over the Holiday Season

* get enough sleep

* eat balanced meals

* take time to relax

* do things you enjoy

* enjoy your family, friends and traditions

 

Some individuals / families experience loneliness, increased stress or depression over the holiday season. Who can I call for help?


 

* Chimo Crisis Line 604-279-7070

* BC Nurse Line      604-215-4700

* Kids Help Phone   1-800-668-6868

* Parents Help Line  1-800-603-9100

                                                                                                      

 


November 17
November Newlsetter from Ms. Sanft

Dear Nootka Families,

It's hard to nbelieve that there are only 5 weeks left of school before the winter break. There is still lots of learning and fun ahead. 

Report Cards will be going out the week of December 15 -19. If you have concerns about your child's learning, it is always good to be pro-active and to connect with your child's teacher as needed. You do not need to wait until conferencing or report cards to do so.

Please watch the PAC newsletter for  regular updates, especially around our AVIVA Playground efforts. Voting for the next round will start December 1st.

Our PAC has been hard at work organizing various fundraisers to support our students, our teachers and our school as a whole. Thank you to all PAC parents and volunteers for their continued efforts and care. Presently FUNDSCRIP  sales are underway. Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, and Poinsettia sales will be offered in the near future. Stay tuned, more information will be forthcoming.

Please refer to the side bar of the newsletter for upcoming events. If information, regarding events is not written about in this newsletter, I encourage you to visit the Nootka School Homepage frequently where up to date information is posted regularly.



Sincerely, 

Ms Sanft

 

General Reminders

Nootka Website

In addition to this newsletter, it is important to check our Nootka Website  regularly as the calendar is updated often and important reminders will be posted there as well, by our office.  http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Nootka  


 

School Closure Information

Information regarding school closures in the event of snow, or other emergency situations, will be provided to the following radio stations by 6:00am on the morning of the closure: CKNW 98 FM, CKWX 1130 AM, CBC 690 AM, Fairchild Radio, CJVB1470 AM, CHKG 96.1 .  You may also want to watch the morning shows for Global TV or City TV. Please do not call the school or media outlets to confirm school openings or closures.


 

Library Reminders

As we head in to December, please have a look for any overdue books at home and return them to the library. If your child is enjoying their borrowed books, please continue to take care of our reading gems. Thank you for your help.

 

Nootka School Calendars

November Calendar 

December Calendar 

January Calendar 

Other Happenings and Information to Note:
Red Cross Babysitting Course Reminder
For Gr. 6 and 7 students
Friday, November 28 @ Nootka Elementary, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $63.00


Aboriginal Dance Performance Tuesday Nov. 18
We will kick off our Aboriginal Gathering Day, with a performance by  the Git Hayetsk dancers at 9:30am in the Gym - Parents are welcome to attend. Following recess, classes have signed up for various activities such as Raven Tales, Cedar Weaving, Story Telling, Mask Sketching, Language Sharing, Teepee Talk, and Hands on History. Our theme this year is "Making Connections".


Kindergarten Registration for September 2015

K registration started Nov. 3, 2014. Please see the attached for further information. Kindergarten-School Newsletter

If you know of any neighbourhood  Kindergarten aged children, please encourage their parents to register at their neighbourhood school by Friday, January 30,2015 for September 2015.


 

Choice Programs Orientation Night 

A District Orientation Night for K Choice Programs for the coming Fall (Sept. 2015) will be held at Tupper Secondary, Thursday, November 27, 7-9pm. Please see the attached flyer. District Choice Orientation Night


 

Gr. 7 Parent Information Nights at Van Tech

Van Tech  is holding 4 different information nights. Please see the attached flyer for more information.Upcoming VT Parent Nights


 

Does your Child Love to Run?

Please read more about the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track Club in the attached PDF. Track Information


 

Lost and Found

It's 5 weeks until Winter Break and we have many lost and found items looking for their home. Please peruse the rack by the staff room, to find your missing item. Unclaimed items will be bagged and donated to good will. Pick up will be on Dec. 18th.


 

Health

Dressing for the Weather

With the temperatures dropping and the increasing rainfall, please make sure that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather and feel free to send some extra dry clothing to school for "just in case". Every day is an outdoor day at Nootka, unless there are 'severe' weather conditions; if there is extreme cold or rain, the gym is usually opened as an alternative place to read or play a board game. Thank you for your support in encouraging your child to play outdoors often, to get much needed physical activity and fresh air, throughout the day.

 

Turn Off the Screeen Challenge (from Vancouver Coastal Health)

Take up the challenge of turning off your screens (television, computer, video) during your leisure time for one week. Did you know that Canadian children from 10-16 years of age spend about 4-6+ hours a day in front of a screen. The recommended amount is a maximum of 2 hours per day. Too much screen time can impact reading and performance at school, encourage violence, limit family connections, and promote unhealthy foods and lifestyles.

Replace spending time in front of the screen with some of these ideas:

* Get active with the whole family - play a game of tag, kick the soccer ball around, go for a walk or bike ride, see what's happening at your recreation centre. View Canada's Physical Activity Guides in the Health Canada website www.healthcanada.gc.ca for more ideas on increasing activity and decreasing screen time.

                                                                                                      

 


October 20
October Newsletter- messages from Ms. Sanft
Dear Nootka Families,

I am glad to report that we are up and running full speed ahead. Our students have been busily and happily engaged in their new units of study. Individual goal setting conferences have just been completed with teachers. Cross country, soccer and volleyball  have been supported by many of our fabulous teacher coaches! THANK YOU! Lunch time student activities and student volunteer opportunities are well underway, thanks to the organization of Ms Rhead and the support of our many staff. It has been a team effort all the way!

Soon, afterschool programs such as the  S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Buddy Program, Windermere Community Programs, and Learning Buddies will also be up and running - watch for information to come home with your child.

Our PAC once again, is hard at work supporting our playground (the wooden structure is due to come down in 2015), various programming at the school, and the many efforts undertaken by teachers with their classes. We thank them for their time and support as we do our best to support all children at Nootka. Every parent at Nootka is a PAC member. So please come out to the monthly meetings to find out what is going on at our school.

Please refer to the side bar of the newsletter for upcoming events. If information, regarding events is not written about in this newsletter, I encourage you to visit the Nootka School Homepage frequently where up to date information is posted regularly.

Hallowe'en is just around the corner, Ms Rhead and I wish everyone a safe and fun Hallowe'en!

Sincerely, 

Ms Sanft

 

General Reminders

Nootka Website

In addition to this newsletter, it is important to check our Nootka Website regularly as the calendar is updated often and important reminders will be posted there as well, by our office.  http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Nootka  

 

Hallowe'en Vandalism Reminders

During Hallowe'en, I am asking our neightbours to watch out for our school. If you see any suspicious behaviour around our school, please call 911 or 604-717-3321 (the non-emergency line).  If you have called in the past, thank you for looking after our school.

 

Nootka School Calendars

October Calendar 

November Calendar 

Other Happenings and Information to Note:
Photo Retake Day October 29

Please note that Individual retake pictures will be on Wednesday, Oct. 29 starting at 9am. 


 

NEW!!!  Parenting Session at Nootka Wednesday, Nov. 5 @ 1pm 

Come and learn how to support your child's progress at school and at home in a workshop with our school counsellor, Mr. Milo Wu. Learn how self-regulating strategies can be incorporated into your daily routine. Gain insight and a different perspective to your child's behavior by understanding their attachment needs.


 

Kindergarten Registration for September 2015

It's hard to believe, but K registration starts Nov. 3, 2014. Please see the attached for further information.Kindergarten-School Newsletter


 

Pro D Days Oct. 24 and 27

Please read the "Did You Know" section below for more information about our upcoming Pro D Days.


 

Playground - AVIVA Round 2 Voting - Starting Monday, Oct. 20

Please vote every day. If we have enough folks voting, we should be able to make it to the finals. So spread the word Nootka and get voting!!!


 

Health

Health and Cyber Safety Release from the Ministry of Education - Please read and become aware. Health and Cyber Safety

 

On Bullying - Please Think About:

Is this Bullying? (from National Centre against Bullying)

Other forms of hurtful behavior are often mistaken for bullying. Upsetting and harmful things happen, but not all of them are bullying.

 

Mutual Arguments and Disagreements

Mutual arguments or disagreements are upsetting, but usually everyone involved wants to solve the problem and there is no power imbalance. A mutual argument or disagreement is not bullying.

 

Not Liking Someone

Unless you deliberately and repeatedly try to cause someone distress, exclude them or encourage others to dislike them, not liking someone is not bullying.

 

Random or One-off Events

Single acts of meanness, spite, conflict, rejection, exclusion, physical harm and emotional aggression hurt people and can cause great distress. However, these things are not examples of bullying unless someone is deliberately and repeatedly doing them to you.


 

*There is a summary of research done in Vancouver on cyberbullying and a fascinating article on children's physiological changes related to exposure to violence. Have a look:

http://www.kids-can.ca/dl/53_iamsafe_april_12.pdf

 

Did You Know ?                                                                                                                   

Professional Development Days

Have you ever wondered about Pro D Days at school? Why we have them? What happens on these days? Please continue to read...Did You Know-Nootka ProD Flyer-1​

September 23
September Newsletter

Dear Nootka Families,

 

It is my pleasure to welcome back all of our families (old and new) to the start of a new school year, one that promises to be full of new and meaningful experiences for all of our children.


In the quiet drizzle of the morning, it was a delight seeing children walk with their moms, dads, and grandparents to school. Children were grinning from ear to ear and greeting each other as they entered the school. There was a buzz of excitement in the air. Our first morning went pretty smoothly, as everyone found their destination for the first hour.

Our Fine Arts students started with their new classroom teacher yesterday, while the classic students will be moving today (Tuesday) to meet their new teachers. As well, our K students begin their gradual entry today (Tuesday). We look forward to meeting our newest and youngest students as they start their school career.

As you have probably read on Ms Rhead's blog, our teachers were hard at work on Friday setting up their classrooms in preparation for today. Dusting, sprucing, and organizing. And, as I made my rounds yesterday morning, I could see our students settling nicely into conversations with their classmates and teachers, catching up on all the news. 

Due to the later start this school year, please note the side bar for upcoming dates. We will be updating the calendar on the website shortly to reflect any new changes as we move into October.

As your children start their new school year, I would like to remind you that if you have any concerns about your child's learning, to please connect with your child's teacher. You do not have to wait until Goal Setting Conferences (Oct. 15 & 16) to do so. You can call and leave a message, or, in passing to set up a time as needed, or simply write a note for your child to give to their teacher.

Welcome Back to all of our Nootka Families and to all of our Nootka Staff! 

Please keep reading for more important information, especially about some calendar changes in the immediate future. We appreciate your patience as we get back on track. As always, if you have any concerns, questions or queries, please see Ms Rhead or myself, or drop off a note with your contact information and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Sincerely, 

Ms Sanft

General Reminders

Nootka Website

In addition to this newsletter, it is important to check our Nootka Website regularly as the calendar is updated often and important reminders will be posted there as well, by our office.  http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Nootka  


 

Coming to School on Time and Dressing for the Weather

As the weather changes, please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately. Every day is an outside day at Nootka, unless it is raining torrentially or super cold. If your child is too sick to go outside, we encourage them to stay at home. If your child comes to school sick, then other children will get sick too. Thank you for helping monitor your child's health and keeping our school healthy.


 

We appreciate you getting your children to school on time, as it allows teachers to start their day promptly and without minimal interruptions to their teaching or to other children's learnng. The first bell rings at 8:57am. Ideally children should be on the school grounds by 8:55am. Your support with this is greatly appreciated. 
 

Traffic

Please remember to follow our traffic signs posted along 17th  and along Nootka Street in front of the school. Our school patrollers will be out soon, and following the rules, will keep everyone safe. If you are able to walk instead of drive, we encourage you to do so. Walking to school is a great way to get some excercise before school starts.


 

Vandalism Reminders

If you see any suspicious behaviour around our school, please call 911 or 604-717-3321 (the non-emergency line). We need all of our neighbours' eyes on our school. If you have called in the past, thank you for looking after our school.


 

Library

We have an awesome Library. Please remember to take care of our books, while they are in your family's possession. They appreciate your care!


 

Nut Allergies

We will be posting "Nut Free " signage outside classes whose children have nut allergies. In some classes, there is more than one child that is allergic. For those classes, please refrain from sending lunches containing nut products.

 

Nootka School Calendar 2014-15

Nootka Calendar 2014-15 

Other Happenings and Information to Note:
Terry Fox Event
Due to the late start in the year we have decided to cancel our Annual Terry Fox event. We look forward to having this worthwhile event again next year, in September. Hopefully you were able to participate in one of the many Terry Fox events held around our city.

Meet the Teacher Night
This night has been cancelled, again, due to the late start of the school year. We thought it best to combine this event, this year only, with our Early Dismissal and Goals Setting times. Please note the new dates for Goal Setting Conferences: Oct. 15 & 16. On these days, dismissal will be at 2pm. Please look to your teacher for more information on making an appointment.

September 26 Pro D Day
While originally scheduled for this Friday, our Pro D day will be rescheduled. We will post this information as soon as it becomes available. This Friday will be a REGULAR school day. Thank you for your patience!

Welcome Back Assembly
Ms Rhead and Ms Sanft will be holding a Welcome Back assembly for our students on Thursday morning (Sept 25) 9:30 -10:30am in the gym. We look forward to having all of our students together and getting re-aquainted with our Nootka Norms and the various leaders in our school community.

Pedestrian Safety
Cst. Greg Bismeyer will be visiting our school on October 14 and talking about how to be a safe pedestrian. Our Intermediates will have their session at 9:10am, and the Primaries at 9:50am in the Acitvity Room. We always look forward to Cst. Bismeyer's visits at Nootka.


 

Picture Day

Please note that Individual Pictures will be on Tuesday, Oct. 7 starting at 9am. Retakes are scheduled for October 29th - also starting at 9am.
 

Health

Medical Information

Please remember to keep your child's medical information up to date. Changes? Please let Mrs. Chan, in the office, know

 

With the start of school, it is important to get back into regular bedtime. Having enough sleep is important for all of our children. It benefits them in so many ways : self-regulation and being able to attain more REM sleep, which translates to better learning at school.​

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