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May 06
Spring is Here!

Dear Families,

April was a very busy month at Elsie Roy and May promises to be even more exciting.  Spring weather is finally here (aside from the odd hail storm here and there!) and our school calendar is quickly filling up.  

April was a very active month for our students.  We welcomed professional instructors from Tennis XL who led all students through 4 lessons designed to introduce the basics of the game.  Feedback from students and staff was very positive and we look to continue these lessons next year.  We also had our Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser and skipping assembly in April.  The class skipping routines were extremely entertaining and we awaiting the results of our fundraising efforts - stay tuned!  Track and Field is also underway as students from grades 4-7 are training with staff in a variety of different events.  

Looking ahead to May, it is going to be a very busy month.  

Events include:

Big One @ 2

Our annual Big One @ 2 earthquake drill will take place Thursday May 7th at 2pm.  Staff and students will be reviewing all aspects of our emergency preparedness including our evacuation process.  Please take the time to sit down with your family and make sure that your earthquake kits are complete and that everyone knows what to do in the event of an earthquake or any other emergency.

Young Entrepreneurs

Division 13 students have been hard at work developing business plans and creating products to demonstrate their entrepreneurial spirit!  Please take a moment to swing by Room 206 this Friday, May 8th starting at 9:30am to see the wonderful work that is being done by this class.

Sports Day

Our grade 7 students have been working diligently with their teachers to plan and prepare stations for this year's Sports Day!  Please come by the school on Friday May 15th to cheer on the students as we enjoy a day of physical activity and community building.

Victoria Day and Pro-D Day

The school will be closed on Monday May 18th for Victoria Day and school will not be in session on Tuesday May 19th as staff will come together for our final professional development day of the school year.  We hope that everyone is able to enjoy the four day weekend and we will keep our fingers crossed for sunny weather.

Walkathon

Our annual Walkathon will take place on Tuesday May 26th starting at 1:00pm.  Students will be bringing home notices soon, and information can be found under the PAC section on the school website.  Please look for the Paypal link to make a donation!

Family BBQ

This year our Family BBQ will take place on Friday May 29th.  We are all looking forward to a fun filled afternoon starting at 3pm.  Our PAC have been working hard to organize the many booths that will be set up, in addition to food stations and student initiatives by our Leaders Taking Action Group.  We hope to see all families at this fun-filled event!​


We look forward to an exciting end to the school year. With only two months to go we encourage all students and families to get involved with our school community and attend as many events as possible!

January 14
Happy New Year

 

Welcome the the New Year at Elsie Roy!
We are excited by the many initiatives we are undertaking as a school community in the upcoming term.
 
Our athletics program continues with two basketball teams this season with one senior boys and one senior girls team. Practices are in the morning and games are on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
 
We held our Ready, Set, Learn Program at the Roundhouse community centre for 3-5 year olds in the community. Community agencies representing, the Roundhouse, VSOCC, Fire Dept., Science World, VPL, Centre for Ability and many more were on hand to answer questions and connecting families with various resources for young children.
 
Many of our classes are involved in the Acceptance Pink Dance Project this year. Students have been participating in a dance unit, which has been a part of their P.E. and/or Music program. In addition, 42 schools around the Lower Mainland have also been practicing the same performance in their schools.  This will be part of a legacy project where we, together, will deliver a positive social message to the community regarding Acceptance on Feb. 18 this year in partnership with the Vancouver Giants.
 
 
Prior to the school holidays, we had a visit from our School Superintendent, Mr. Steve Cardwell and Ms. Jennifer Hill, VSB Community Engagement Co-ordinator. They visited our grade 6/7 IB Middle Years Program to see the fantastic medieval castles that students built as part of their inquiry study on Individuals and Societies.
One of our Kindergarten students from Div. 2, was the official greeter and had the opportunity to show our guests around the school.  They visited the Kindergarten classroom where Mr. Cardwell read a story "The Gingerbread Man" to the class. This was one of Mr. Cardwell's last school visits before he retires from the Vancouver School Board in January. We wish him all the very best and appreciated his visit to our wonderful school community.
A big thank you to the PAC and the Silent Auction Committee for all of their time and effort in organizing our most successful event to date, raising over $12,500 to support school programs and initiatives.  We are so fortunate to have such a supportive and caring parent community.
 

 

December 19
Happy Holidays!

Dear Parents and Families,

It seems like only yesterday we were opening the school for the year and we are now at the last day of before the break! There is a great energy in the school today as students and staff celebrate the upcoming holiday

The Holiday Season was highlighted by a spectacular musical performance by our students, and for that we would like to acknowledge Mr. Delong, Mrs. Ballantyne, Ms. Marwaha and all the other staff and volunteers who spent countless hours working to ensure it was a success. Our students put in an awesome performance and left everyone ready to enjoy the break.

At the same time that staff and students were preparing for the musical, our PAC and Silent Auction Committee were working tirelessly to bring together two of our biggest fundraisers of the year. Thank you to all of those who participated in the Direct Appeal and our Silent Auction, both as organizers and bidders!

Our Leaders Taking Action collected hygiene packs for our local charity, Covenant House in support of Vancouver Youth in our community. They dropped off the donations yesterday and had a tour of the facilities. Thank you to Ms. McCleary and Ms. Marwaha for spearheading this committee.
 
Congratulations and farewell to Ms. Kucille who will begin her leave on January 5 as she awaits the arrival of her twins. We have posted for the grade 5/6 position and will be interviewing for a replacement the first week of January.
 
We are also saying a temporary farewell to Mr. Richdale who will be taking parental leave in January and February to stay home with his two young boys. We welcome Ms. Jennifer Harrison who will join us in January to cover Mr. Richdale's teaching assignment. Mr. Muress and Mr. Jamieson will step into the role of acting Vice-Principal during Mr. Richdale's absence.
 
 
On behalf of everyone at Elsie Roy we want to wish you and your family nothing but the best over the holiday season. We look forward to seeing the children return on January 5, 2015 when the school reopens at 9am.

Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,

Jenny Chin Petersen, Ryan Richdale and the staff of Elsie Roy.
Snow Closure
On the off chance that we return to more snow in January, snow closure information can be found on the VSB website (www.vsb.bc.ca) or by tuning into the local media stations, including:

CKNW (980 AM)

CBC (690 AM, 105.7 FM)

CJVB (1470 AM)

CFHG (96.1 FM)

CKWX (1130 AM)

BCTV/Global (Cable channel 11)

CITY TV (Cable channel 13)


PAC News
On behalf of the PAC, thank YOU for contributing and assisting with another successful season of raising funds for our school needs.
The direct appeal raised over $15,000 and had just over 40% of families participate by giving a donation, and the silent auction raised over $12,000. Well done Elsie Roy!
The next PAC fundraiser is the May 2015 Walk-a-thon, where we hope to achieve the remainder of our 2014/2015 fundraising goal total of $34,000 ($7,000 more and we're there!) www.ElsieRoyPAC.com l
Tuesday, January 13th, 645pm in the school library for the next PAC meeting - everyone welcome.
Thank you again and we wish you a most joyous winter break!

The following is a message from the Community Schools Team:
Hello and Happy Holidays! Below is our schedule of after school programs for Winter 2015.

Day
Program Name
Description
Hours
Date
Cost
Mondays
MoreSports Intro. Classical Ballet
Grades K-1
Children are introduced to the basic movement and feel of ballet through training exercises, the use of props, and by learning choreography. To feel just like a ballet dancer, come with your hair in a bun or ponytail (girls), fitted clothes to move in (leotard and skirt if you have one!) and ballet slippers or socks!.
3:00-4:15pm
(6 Sessions)
Jan. 12th—Mar. 2nd
$40*
Tuesdays
Social Leadership Club
Grades 4-7
Learn leadership skills, and have fun while doing it! Participants will have an opportunity to learn about leadership, community service, independence, and responsibility while having fun and making new friends. Students in MYP can count their participation in this program for MYP hours.
3:00-5:30
(8 Sessions)
Jan. 13th—Mar. 3rd
$50*
Thursdays
Water Polo
Grades 3-7
Come learn to play Water Polo from the professionals. Water polo is a team watersport similar to handball. Participants will be picked up at the school’s office directly afterschool, and will be walked to and from the Vancouver Aquatic Centre by a VSB staff.
3:00-5:30 pm
(8 Sessions)
Jan. 8th—Mar. 5th
$50*
Fridays
MoreSports Indoor Soccer
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-7
It might be cold outside, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from playing the world’s most popular sport. Come to learn new skills, play organized games, and get in shape! The indoor soccer program is open to students of all skill levels. Coached by Chris.
2-3: 3:00-4:15pm
4-7: 4:20-5:50 pm
(7 sessions)
Jan. 23rd—Mar. 6th
$45*
 
** Please contact Alyse or Tyson at 604-713-5881 or kgcst@vsb.bc.ca if you need help or assistance paying for the programs**
 If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Alyse from the Community Schools Team at kgcst@vsb.bc.ca or 604-713-5881.
November 21
School Newsletter November 21, 2014

​Dear Parents,

Things are as busy as ever at Elsie Roy!  We had a wonderful Halloween with a wide array of costumes and characters showing up.  Just as important, our Leaders Taking Action group led the We Scare Hunger Campaign and was able to raise 10 overflowing boxes of food that will be sent to local foodbanks!  

On November 7, 2014 our school community participated in our Remembrance Day Assembly.  Special thanks go out to all the staff and students who coordinated this important event and to all those in attendance.  It is one of our most imporant gatherings of the year as we all take a moment to reflect on world events and say thanks to those who work towards peace.  

As teachers continue to work on the first term report cards, preparations are also underway for our annual Snowflake Festival.  Stay tuned for an invitation to this holiday production that will take place on December 11 with an afternoon and evening show.  At that time our PAC will also be running our third annual Silent Auction.  This is a fantastic fundraiser that brings proceeds back to the school.  Please see the PAC section of the website for more details and watch for a newsletter that will be sent home next week. 

We look forward to the coming weeks as the excitement of the holidays arrives!  

October 23
School Newsletter Oct. 23, 2014

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the wonderful turnout for our Goal Setting Conferences.  We hope you had the opportunity to meet your child's teacher and to set goals together for a successful school year. 

The rainy weather is upon us and we want to remind families to make sure that your children are dressed appropriately with rain jackets, hats, boots and umbrellas to stay nice and dry.  We encourage all students to go outside to get some fresh air during recess and lunch hour, weather permitting.

A quick reminder that our hallways are very crowded, especially on rainy days, during drop off and pick up times.  We encourage all parents of grades 2-7 students to drop off  and pick up students outside the front door in order to help ease the congestion in the hallways during these peak times. 

Our LTA team (Leaders Taking Action) will be collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank as part of the WE Scare Hunger campaign for  Me to We.  Please bring food items next week and place them in the boxes in the front hall.  Our goal is to fill 20 boxes by Halloween.  Thank you for your support for this very important initiative.

A message from the Health Dept:


October 2014
FLU SEASON IS COMING
 
 
What can parents do? 
 
¨       Arrange for your family to have an annual Influenza (flu) shot if your child has a chronic health condition (call your local Community Health Centre for more information).
 
¨       Prevent illness by keeping up good health habits such as frequent hand washing, eating a variety of healthy foods, exercising daily and getting enough sleep.
 
What are the signs and symptoms of the flu?
 
¨       stuffy nose, cough, fever, chills, muscle and joint pains. Vomiting and diarrhea are not usual symptoms of Influenza but may be seen in young children.
 
What if I think my child has the flu?
 
¨       Keep your child at home away from others and treat the symptoms with bed rest, plenty of non-caffeinated fluids and acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) for fever and aches.
 
¨       Call your primary health care provider if you child has a rash, high fever, ear ache, severe vomiting and/or diarrhea.
 
¨       When calling the school please let them know the symptoms your child is experiencing.  This can help identify a possible outbreak if others have the same symptoms.
 
¨       If the school finds it necessary to send your child home because of illness, please make sure you have made alternate arrangements when you are not available. Inform the school of these arrangements
 
 
     Where do I find more information?
·        Three Bridges Community Health Centre,  604-736-9844
·        Health Link BC - online www.healthlinkbc.ca or dial 811
·        www.vch.ca/schoolhealth
·        Anne Carten, School Public Health Nurse 
     Phone:   604-714-3400    or    Email:     anne.carten@vch.ca
 
 
 
October 01
School Newsletter- Oct. 1, 2014

Dear Families,
We just finished our first full week of school and we are well underway to a successful school year.  We want to acknowledge all our students for their outstanding behavior during our first school wide assembly this week.  They were polite and attentive, showing good audience behavior.  We reviewed our school code of conduct – Elsie Roy ORCAS (ownership, respect, compassion, achievement, safety).
We continue to focus on walking quietly through the hallways and to arrive to school by 8:55 each day, well -rested and ready to learn. 
Starting next this week, we will have a music listening program each morning in addition to our morning messages.  Our morning messages, led by our students, reinforce our theme of social responsibility each day.
As the weather starts to change and the rain begins to fall, please send your child to school with boots, extra shoes, a rain jacket and hat or umbrella.  We encourage all students to go outside and get some fresh air at recess and lunch hour.
Please remember to return all forms and cheques to your child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible. 
Electronic Communication:
We are currently having technical difficulties with our school and district servers so if parents are not receiving eblasts, check the school website http://roy.vsb.bc.ca for all updated information.  The school website will be the main source of information regarding school events.  We will keep parent eblasts to a minimum and will use it for time sensitive information or if we require a response or action from parents.  If you have moved or changed your email, please let Linda (our secretary ) know and we will update our list.
Allergy Awareness
Within our school community there are several students who have a potentially life-threatening allergy (anaphylaxis) to foods, predominantly to peanuts and tree nuts (e.g. almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and pistachios).
 
We feel the best way to reduce the risk of accidental exposure to these students is to respectfully ask for the co-operation of the parents/guardians within our school community to avoid sending peanut butter, other nut butter or products with peanuts or tree nuts listed in the ingredients.
 
If you child has eaten peanuts or tree nuts before coming to school, please ensure your child's hands and face have been thoroughly washed before entering the school.
 
Please do not send food to celebrate a child's birthday or other special occasion. We encourage you to consider non-food items for some of these events so that all children may participate in the fun.
 
Your cooperation and understanding of this matter is appreciated.
Goal Setting Conferences
Notices were sent home last Friday regarding Parent/Teacher Goal Setting Conferences on Wednesday, October 01and Thursday, Oct. 02.  This is an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s new classroom teacher and set goals for the school year. We hope to see you here.
School will be dismissed at 2:00 pm on both days. 
 
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
Terry Fox Run – Friday, October 10 1:15-2:15
Thanksgiving Holiday – Monday, October 13 (schools are closed)
PAC Meeting and AGM – Tuesday, October 14 at 6:45 pm
Taiko Drumming Performance – Friday, October 17 at 9:15 in the gym
Pro- D day – Friday, October 24 (schools are closed)
School Photos- Wednesday, October 29
 
 
 
September 19
Welcome Back to School!

Dear Families,
As you may have heard, all schools in Vancouver are planning to reopen on Monday, September 22, 2014.  Please refer to the Superintendent’s letter dated September 18, 2014 on our website roy.vsb.bc.ca or on the VSB website www.vsb.bc.ca.
We are very excited for the start of the school year and look forward to see all of our returning and new families at Elsie Roy.
·        First Day of School – Students attend from 9:00 – 10:00.  Students will return to last year’s classroom for attendance.   Please join us for coffee in the activity room.
 
Ms. Mustard’s class – Ms. Gisella Duarte
Mr. Pachler’s class – Mr. Jason Webber
Mr. Muress’ class – Ms. Natalie Fabry (please report to room 221)
 
·        Tuesday, September 23 – First full day of school.  Please remember to pack a snack and lunch.
 
·        Professional Day on Friday, September 26 will be rescheduled for a later date.  School will be in session.
 
·        New Kindergarten Families
When the school year starts, kindergarten students will not be attending school on the first day of school.  Kindergarten students receive 5 days of gradual entry.   During the gradual entry schedule, parents will receive a 15 minute appointment with the child’s new teacher.  
 
Students will come to school during this time for short periods of time with smaller groups of their new classmates. This will help your child to feel confident in a new learning environment, learn new school routines and make new friends in a small group setting. 
 
A letter will be sent out to all Kindergarten families on the first day of school informing you of your child’s group and a finalized gradual entry schedule.
 
The tentative schedule for the gradual entry will be as follows:
First day of school- September 22             No school for Kindergarten students
 
Day 1 – September 23                             Group A:          9:30 – 10.30                           
                                                                               Group B:         11:00 - 12:00
 
Day 2 – September 24                             Group A:          9:00 – 10:00 
                                                                                Group B:          11:00 - 12:00
 
Day 3 – September 25                            Group A:          9:00 - 10:30 
                                                                               Group B:          11:00 – 12:30
 
Day 4-  September 26                               Send a Snack
                                                                                Group A & B:    9:00 - 11:00 
 
       Day 5- September 29                                    Send a Snack & Lunch
                                                                                Group A & B:    9:00 - 1:15
 
        Day 6 –September 30                                 First day of regular hours for all Kindergarten Students
                                                                                            – 9:00am to 3:00pm
·        First Week of School (Grades 1-7)
 
Given the teacher job action since mid-June, schools have not had an opportunity to engage staff in the development of class organizations for the 2014-15 school year.  We will also have a number of students who have moved over the summer months and students on our waitlist that we need to confirm placements before we are able get an accurate picture of our student enrollment for the upcoming school year.
 
In order to have a smooth transition, and to give thoughtful input into the organization of our new classes and ensure a successful start to the school year, we will have students return to their previous classrooms for the first few days of school.
 
During this time, teachers will be focusing on our new school Code of Conduct - Elsie Roy ORCAS (ownership, respect, compassion, achievement, safety) and healthy habits for success in school such as healthy eating, exercise and sleep.
 
Our goal is to have all students assigned to new classes as soon as possible.  A detailed schedule will be provided to families once they have been finalized.
 
We appreciate your patience and support during this time.
 
Jenny Chin Petersen
Ryan Richdale
 
 
 
August 29
September 2014

Dear Families,
We hope that everyone had a relaxing summer holiday.  As the new school year approaches there remains a lot of uncertainty with the ongoing teacher’s strike as to whether or not the school year will start on September 2, 2014.
Please listen to the news and check the Vancouver School Board website www.vsb.bc.ca for the latest information as the website will be updated throughout the weekend if there is any news. 
New Kindergarten Families
When the school year starts, kindergarten students will not be attending school on the first day of school.  Kindergarten students receive 5 days of gradual entry.   During the gradual entry schedule, parents will receive a 15 minute appointment with the child’s new teacher.  
 
Students will come to school during this time for short periods of time with smaller groups of their new classmates. This will help your child to feel confident in a new learning environment, learn new school routines and make new friends in a small group setting. 
 
A letter will be sent out to all Kindergarten families on the first day of school informing you of your child’s group and a finalized gradual entry schedule.
 
The tentative schedule for the gradual entry will be as follows:
First day of school                                           -     No school for Kindergarten students
Day 1                                                                           Group A:          9:30 – 10.30                             
                                                                             Group B:         11:00 - 12:00
Day 2                                                                             Group A:          9:00 – 10:00 
                              Group B:          11:00 - 12:00
Day 3                                                                              Group A:          9:00 - 10:30 
                               Group B:          11:00 – 12:30
 
Day 4                                                             Send a Snack
                                                                                Group A & B:    9:00 - 11:00 
 
Day 5                                                             Send a Snack & Lunch
                                                                                Group A & B:    9:00 - 1:15
 
Day 6                  First day of regular hours for all Kindergarten Students – 9:00am to 3:00pm
First Week of School (Grades 1-7)
Given the teacher job action since mid-June, schools have not had an opportunity to engage staff in the development of class organizations for the 2014-15 school year.  We will also have a number of students who have moved over the summer months and students on our waitlist that we need to confirm placements before we are able get an accurate picture of our student enrollment for the upcoming school year.
In order to have a smooth transition, and to give thoughtful input into the organization of our new classes and ensure a successful start to the school year, we will have students return to their previous classrooms for the first few days of school. 
During this time, teachers will be focusing on our new school Code of Conduct - Elsie Roy ORCAS (ownership,respect, compassion, achievement, safety) and healthy habits for success in school such as healthy eating, exercise, sleep.
Our goal is to have all students assigned to new classes as soon as possible.  A detailed schedule will be provided to families on the first day of school.  The first day of school will be for 1 hour from 9:00-10:00
We appreciate your patience and support during this challenging time.
 
Notice of Late Return
If you did not complete a form prior to the end of the school year indicating that your child will be returning late to school in September or you have extended your vacation due to the teacher’s strike, please notify the office via phone 604-713-5890 or email Linda at lfox@vsb.bc.ca.  If we do not hear from you and your child(ren) does not show up for school, they will be removed from our enrollment on the third day of school in order for us to accommodate students on our waitlist.
April 25
April News

Happy Easter to all our Elsie Roy families, we hope you enjoyed the long weekend!  We have been experiencing some technical difficulties with the VSB internet and web access but all of these problems have been resolved and we are happy to be back online. 

By now you have received a letter from Steve Cardwell, Vancouver School Board Superintendent, regarding teacher job action​.  Please be assured that the staff at Elsie Roy remains committed to ensuring a positive and respectful school environment during this challenging time.  During job action please do not drop your child off before 8:40am.  Supervision is from 8:40am-9:00am and from 3:00pm-3:20pm.  

April 17 marked another successful Elsie Roy Talent Show!  We had an exciting afternoon filled with dance, drama, comedy and music!  It was remarkable to see our students perform and a wonderful way to showcase their talents.  A special thanks to Ms. Christine for spear heading this successful event!

We were very excited to be invited to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC for a school wide fieldtrip to watch the African drumming group Fana Soro.  Fana Soro is also doing an Artist in Residence program at Elsie Roy with divisions 2, 12 and 15.  Each class has the opportunity to participate in 3 drumming sessions with Fana.  This opportunity was presented to our students through our involvement with the UBC Fine Arts cohort of student teachers who are completing their final practicum at Elsie Roy

As part of our district wide emergency procedures, we will be practicing our school wide Code Red Lockdown Drill on May 6.  Code Red is used to protect school occupants from a danger within the school, for example a person armed, or threatening people.  The Big One at Two is our annual Earthquake Drill that is conducted at all school sites where we practice our evacuation and radio procedures.

Track and Field has started and we have a large number of students who have signed up for the upcoming season.  Practice schedules and track meets are posted on our website - Students-Clubs.

We have many exciting events coming up in May.  Stay tuned for upcoming information on our school website.

Regards,

Jenny Chin Petersen and Ryan Richdale

March 03
March News

Room to Read Event

On Friday, March 7th, we will be having our Elsie Roy Room to Read event.  The children throughout the school are encouraged to come to school dressed up as their favourite book character.  We are accepting donations for Room to Read,

a non-profit organization that helps build libraries and schools for children around the world.  We look forward to seeing the array of storybook characters wandering our hallways on Friday.  Please vist their website roomtoread.org for more information.

 

Farewell and Welcome

We would like to welcome our new Supervision Aide, Jennifer Logan to Elsie Roy.  She comes to us from General Gordon Elementary and is here on a continuing assignment.

Mr. Ian Delong, our grade 6/7 job share and Music prep teacher will be taking an education leave starting April 1 until the end of the school year.  Ms.Pamela Yuen will be replacing Mr. Delong in his position. 

Mike Kulik, SSA, will be taking parenthood leave to be a full time dad to his son Arlo starting March 31 until the end of the school year.  Erin Gauthier who has been on a long term assignment at Elsie Roy will be replacing Mike. 

We wish Mr. Delong and Mike all the very best and hope to see them back at Elsie Roy in September.

Report Cards 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our parent/teacher conferences a couple of weeks ago.  We hope you had an opportunity to see the wonderful work your children are doing in school and well as touch base with their classroom teacher.  Report cards will be sent home on March 14.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child's teacher to make an appointment after spring break.

 

 

 

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