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June 25
Week of June 25 - 29

Hello Grenfell Community

 

This week marks the end of the 2017-2018 school year.  We still have a number of activities and students and staff are busy right through the last day (Thursday for students, Friday for staff).  Please help out your children this week by sending them to school with some extra bags and maybe even helping them carry as they will be bringing all their hard work (art, workbooks, etc.) home.

Here is our week ahead.

 

Monday

11:00                    Track Meet (intermediate)

Tuesday

All day                  Div 3 Field Trip to Kitsilano

11 am – 2 pm       Divs 18 & 19 to Collingwood Park

Afternoon             Loonie Swim

Wednesday

1:30 pm               Intermediate Year End Assembly

Thursday

All day                  Last Day of School for Students

AM                       Whole School Assembly

Friday

All day                  Administrative Day (No School For Students)

 

Now to two announcements. 

The Vancouver School Board has recognized the good work Ms. Steele has done at Grenfell and has asked her to move to Kerrisdale Annex.  This is an important step in her progress and journey as a school leader.  We are very grateful for the years she has spent here and wish her all the best.

Our long-time secretary and friend of many parents Kathy Reid is retiring.  She has served schools for a long time and now is the time for her to rest, enjoy her cabin, and, even more so, enjoy her grandchildren.  Kathy has been the Grenfell spirit through many changes and she has helped many, if not most of our families navigate through the school system.  We wish her well, good health, and a fabulous time with her family.

Have a great week,

 

Jonathan​

June 05
2018 PAC Grenfell Walk-A-Thon

​                                                       Parent Advisory Committee

SIR WILFRED GRENFELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

3323 Wellington Avenue

Vancouver, B.C.  V5R 4Y3

Tel:  604-713-4844         Fax:  604-713-4846

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

We will be holding a School Fundraiser on Friday, June 15, 2018.  The Walkathon will take place on the Gravel Field, and on the outside school sidewalks.  This is a special event when the whole school gets together, it’s a lot of fun, and helps raise money for the school.

 

The money raised will go towards facilitating programs in our school such as Technology and Physical Education.  In addition, funds will be used to assist in special class projects and events.

 

All students that participate will be eligible for random door prizes.  Students that collect donations of $100.00 or more will have their name placed in draws for bigger prizes.  Also, if all the students raise a total of $5,000.00 or more, they will have an extra long recess during school, at a date to be determined later.

 The classes will begin their walk from 1:30 a.m.  Students can walk, run or skip and try to see how many time they can go around the course in one hour.  Parents/ guardians are invited to join us.

 Pledge forms will be sent home today with this letter, on form per child.  We encourage students to only collect pledges from people they know (i.e. parents, friends, relatives and neighbours they know).  Wed do not want children going door-to-door or approaching strangers.  We request that they NOT ask staff members or other students in the school.  When collecting monies, students are encouraged to go with an adult, explain politely about the Walkathon, and understand that some people may not want or be able to donate. 

 When students feel that they have collected what they can please hand the money into their classroom teacher on or before Tuesday, June 12, 2017.

 Please also consider donating prizes to the school for this event.  As an incentive for our students we need prizes to hand out and these come from the community (parents, staff, friends of the school).  Please bring your gift to the office and we will display it for our students to see.

 The Grenfell Staff and Students thank you for your continued support!

 

Sincerely, 

 

THE PAC

 

Prizes are awarded for the following:   Prize Draw – All students that participated will be eligible for prizes. 

-         5 pledges             

-         10 or more pledges

-         Collection of $100.00 - $150.00

-         Collection of $151.00 or more

-         Top collections for a Girl

-         Top collections for a Boy

-         Spirit Awards (the amount of awards dependent on the amount of prize donations we receive)​

June 04
Week of June 4 - 8

Hello Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  To those of you who ran the BC Children's Hospital 5K Child Run -- Congratulations!

Before we come to the week ahead I would just like to pass on a message from our librarian Ms. Lacroix

In keeping with the rest of the libraries in the Vancouver school Board, all library books will be due no later than Wednesday June 6th. Any lost or damaged books will have to be paid for. Thank you in advance for helping your child to be responsible and avoiding unnecessary  print outs for over due books."

Mrs. Lacroix

Teacher-Librarian​


Here is our week ahead

Monday

9:15                        There will be no assembly as the gymnastics equipment is set up in the gym.

Tuesday

9:45                        Vancouver Police Department Safety Talk for Divisions 13-14-15-16-17

Wednesday

9 - 12                     Loonie Swim (some intermediate classes)

Thursday

All day                   Field Trip – Divs 1-5 to UBC

All day                   District Track and Field Meet at Swanguard stadium

7 pm                      PAC meeting in library (all parents are welcome)

 

Important upcoming events

June 13                 Professional Development Day (no school for students)

June 18                 Grade 7 Farewell Ceremony (grad)

June 19                 Talent Show

 

 

Walk-a-Thon

The walk-a-thon is an important fundraiser for our Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).  With the money they raise, the PAC has a direct effect on the education of many of our students.  Using these funds the PAC has influence over such things as technology, field trips, sporting events, and supporting families in need with the costs of education.  You can support the PAC in two ways – 1. Show up to PAC meetings (for example this Thursday at 7 pm) and have your voice be heard as well as meet other parents, and 2. Support the PAC fundraisers such the Walk-A-Thon.  For this event we need prizes.  If you are going to a shop which sells toys and gear that kids like (most big box stores have a children’s section) please add an item to your cart and bring it to the school.  We will then add it to our display case and this will act as an incentive for our students to walk and raise funds for the PAC.  Please do consider supporting the PAC in this manner.

Next Year’s Class Placements

If you would like to share some thoughts about what type of a class your child would benefit from please let your current teacher know or drop an email to me at jweresch@vsb.bc.ca .  We do consider parent input when placing students.  When trying to put together the classes for next school year we primarily look at balancing the populations.  We try to balance classes in terms of students with diverse learning profiles.  As changes often take place through the summer we will not be able to let families know what next year will look like until September.

We hope that you have a wonderful week,

 

Jonathan Weresch​

May 11
Week of May 14 - 18


Hello Grenfell Community,

 

At the beginning of this message I would just like to greet the group of most important and influential educators any child can have -- Happy Mothers Day!

May is here and within two weeks we went from wearing gloves to running around in shorts.  This is an exciting time of school as many school year highlights happen between now and the end of June.  Here is our week ahead as well as some of the dates to keep in mind for the next bit of the year.

 

Monday May 14

9:15 am               Monday Morning Meeting (primary assembly)

Tuesday May 15

9:00 – 2:30          Field Trip Divs. 10 & 11 – Museum of Anthropology (UBC)

                              Field Trip Div 4 – Bowling with penpals from Tecumseh School

Wednesday May 16

9:00 – 2:15          Field Trip Div 6 – Seymour Salmon Hatchery (North Vancouver)

1:30 pm               Speech Arts Festival (Grenfell Gym) – EVERYONE WELCOME!

Thursday May 17

All day                  Immunization Clinic – all grades

Friday May 18

No School for Students (District Closure Day)

Monday May 21

No School for Students (Victoria Day Holiday)

 

Some Important Grenfell Events Coming Up!

Sports Day 9 am– 2 pm                                May 25

Welcome To Kindergarten                          May 29

Swangard Track Meet                                   June 7

Walk-A-Thon                                                   June 8

Grade 7 School Leaving Ceremony            June 18

Talent Show                                                    June 19

 

We Need Your Help!

The annual Grenfell Walk-A-Thon is coming up.  This is an important fundraiser for our Parent Advisory Council where students run, walk, skip, roll etc. to help with enrichment programs at our school.  To encourage our students we would like to offer them many draw prizes as incentives.  We are looking for prizes to raffle off to students (the more prizes the better) who complete various challenges.  If a parent, staff or community member is able to contribute a prize please bring it to the office.  We ask that it be of a minimum value of $10, still unopened (please no used items) and age appropriate.  They can be toys, games, gift certificates, etc..  For the week leading up to the walk-a-thon we will be displaying these prizes in our display cases.  If you would like to and are able to support this let us know.

Planning for Next Year

Families and schools are currently planning for next year.  Many of you are looking forward to another year at Grenfell, however, some may be moving and transferring to other schools in the city or even farther away.  Please let us know of any change in plans for next year so that we can adjust class sizes and composition as we slowly piece together the school organization for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

 

Jonathan​ 

April 30
Week of April 30 - May 4

Week of April 30 – May 4

 Hello Community

Please note the PAC that will take place this Thursday evening at 7 pm in the library.

 Here is the week ahead

 Tuesday

12:00 – 4:00 pm               Badminton @ Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School

Wednesday

2 pm                                Earthquake Drill

Thursday

9 am – 3 pm                      Field Trip: Divs 10 & 11 Stanley Park Ecology Centre

9 am – 3 pm                      Field Trip: Div 2 Beaty Biodiversity Museum

7 pm – 8:30 pm                PAC Meeting (all parents welcome)

Friday

11 am – 3 pm                    Divs 1-3 Peer Ed Fair

Here is a message from the school nurse Cindy Diett: 

IMPORTANT IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION FOR KINDERGARTEN AND GRADE 6 PARENTS

Kindergarten:

Consents forms have been sent home to parents of K students who are still incomplete for their

immunizations up to and including kindergarten age. Please send dates to the school attention the nurse

for any outstanding vaccines shown on the consent form if they have been done.

If your child is still requiring vaccines and you would like them done at school, the consent form needs

to be returned as soon as possibleIf you are planning to take your child to the doctor/clinic, please

let me know. The school clinic will be held on Thursday, May 17th.

It is very important to have up to date information on all the students in the school.

A big thanks to those paren​​ts who have handed in information already.

 

Grade 6:

Just a reminder that there will be an immunization clinic at the school for Grade 6’s and other grades

on Thursday, May 17th. For those students receiving  HPV vaccine, it is a two dose series and they will

be getting their second dose. Any other outstanding vaccines that have been consented for and are due,

will also be given.

 

For both K’s and 6’s, please ensure your child has a hearty breakfast on the morning of the clinic and

wears a short sleeved top.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me.

 

Thank you,

Cindy Diett, PHN, school nurse

604-872-2511, local 3308


Now to a link

On Wednesday our students and staff will be participating in an earthquake drill.  As a family a good resource for tips on preparedness is the Government of BC website  ( https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/earthquakes ).  Please have a look and find out the latest suggestions by experts on how to keep you and your loved ones safe.​

Have a great week,


Jonathan Weresch


April 13
Week of April 16 - 20

Week of April 16 – 20

 

Hello Grenfell Parents, Guardians, and Friends,

 

A week ago the Humboldt Broncos tragedy took place in Saskatchewan.  As a staff we were not sure how the students at Grenfell would react and going into school on Monday we did not have any other planned response other than to be sensitive to what our students would communicate to us.  That day our students made it clear to us that they wanted to help.  They wanted Grenfell to reach out to the team and families who lost loved ones.  Student council along with Ms. Mrazek met and planned an intermediate assembly to pay our respects and to announce a fundraiser for the families and community of Humboldt (money to be donated to the national GoFundMe campaign).  Our students will also create and sign cards that will be sent to Humboldt next week.

If you would like to contribute to our students’ efforts for the Humboldt Broncos raffle ticket sales will be starting on Monday, April 16 and will be on sale all week.  The tickets are $1 for one ticket and $2 for three tickets.  The prizes are one hockey stick signed by Chris Tanev (Vancouver Canucks defenseman) and one stick signed by Bo Horvat (Vancouver Canucks forward).  Thank you to our grade 6/7 teacher  (and former Grenfell student) Mr. Hum for donating these memorabilia sticks.  We will be announcing the winners on Monday April 24.

You can read more about our assembly here:

http://www.vancourier.com/news/east-vancouver-elementary-students-rally-around-humboldt-broncos-1.23265307

Here is our week ahead

Monday

9:15                      Monday Morning Meeting – grades K-3 (visitors welcome)

Tuesday

1:30                      Performance – Infinitus

Thursday

1:30 – 2:30         Heritage Fair – Divs 5,6,7 will be celebrating Canadian heritage and children’s learning with an exhibition in the Upper Hallway.  If you have the time, please come by and see the good work our students are doing.

Friday

9:00 – 3:00          Field Trip – Divs 16,17,18,19 to Science World

 

Before spring break the students in Ms. Seto’s class (division 8) traveled to the Chinese Canadian Military Museum to meet some veterans and learn about history from those who experienced the second World War as part of the Canadian military.  If you are able to, please find a Vancouver Courier where there is a story about this trip.  If you find extra copies of this Courier newspaper we would greatly appreciate it if you could bring them by the school as we would like to give as many division 8 students as possible their own copy for them to remember this trip.

I hope you and your families have a wonderful weekend,

 

Jonathan Weresch​

April 06
Week of April 9 - 13

Week of April 9 – 13

 

Hello Grenfell Community,

We are back from spring break and everyone looks rested and happy.  I was surprised that there was very little rust for anyone as the school started back up as if we have been here all the time.  This was especially evidenced by our line dancing lessons.  We are grateful to have guest instructor Anne-Michelle Hiebert teaching our students how to put on Stetsons, swing their “pa’dner” and how much dancing and horse riding have in common.  If you want to see some of our students in action go to our Instagram/Facebook/Twitter sites for a short video.

Here is our week ahead

Monday

9:15                      Monday Morning Meeting (assembly) – Intermediate students – all visitors welcome

Tuesday

Am                        Div 9 Breakfast

Wednesday

1-3 pm                 Creative Dance Divs 14, 15, 16, 19

Thursday

All day                  Field Trip:  Divs 18 & 19 to Maplewood Farms

Upcoming Dates:

Next Pro-D/Non-Instructional Day – June 13

Next Holiday/School Closure – May 18 & 21

Next PAC meeting – May 3

Please NoteSchool will be in session on April 27 (other schools have pro-d, but not Grenfell)

Now to a link.  Having just returned from two weeks off most family understand the need for programming and activities for students during school breaks.  A valuable activity is summer school.  If you are interested in enriching your child’s learning please go the Vancouver School Board Summer Experience website https://summer.vsb.bc.ca/Pages/default.aspx​ and see what offerings best fit your daughter or son.  We will also have a limited supply of brochures in the office.

More news from the VSB.  The superintendent of schools, Suzanne Hoffman, and the chair of the board of trustees, Janet Fraser, have written a joint letter to all parents as a news update from the district.  You may see the letter by clicking on this link: Joint Letter from VSB April 2018 ​

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jonathan Weresch

 

March 02
Week of March 5 - March 9


Hello Grenfell Parents and Caregivers


First of all I would like to thank everyone that showed up to our PAC meeting.  It was a very invigorating evening where there was good discussion, some laughter, and parents letting the school know what issues are important to our families.  The new report card format was a big item of discussion (see below).  Some of the other topics of discussion were earthquake preparedness, lock-down drills, Pink Shirt Day, and basketball season.  Our next PAC meeting will be Thursday April 5.

Science Fair at Science World

We are very proud of the work our intermediate students have done on their science project.  They have shown how much they learned about not only a specific topic in science, but also about the process of inquiry -- asking a question, scanning the environment, imagining solutions, collecting data, and drawing conclusions.  We are also proud that some of these projects will be presented at Science World this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm.  If you are unable to come please have a look at our Facebook page for some pictures of all the hard work and creativity on display.    https://www.facebook.com/GrenfellElementary/​

Fridge Magnets -- Safe Arrival Update

Thank you once again to everyone for using our special phone line (604-713-5159 ext 34) or our special email address ( greattendance@vsb.bc.ca ) to let us know when your child is absent.  We have now sent home little brown envelopes with a fridge magnet in it.  On the magnet is the phone number and email address to notify us.  This will help make sure that all children come to school safely.

Students (no longer) Going Home for Lunch

If your child is to leave at any time during the school day we need to have a parent sign them out.  Another part of the safe arrival program is that we need to know where students are at all time.  We also do not want children to run off on their own or even sign themselves out.  At lunch time students should not leave the school unless a parent is here to pick them up.  Please send you child to school with a lunch or if you want them to come home please pick them up in person.  I know this is a different practice from the past, but Grenfell will be a safer place with this small change in practice.

Pink Shirt Assembly

Another great thank you to Ms. Wong, our music teacher, and Mr. Green who prepared their students for singing and reading at our pink shirt assembly.  The purpose of this assembly was to make students aware of bullying and to encourage everyone to choose kindness, respect, and acceptance over hurting others.  Thank you also to student council for designing our shirts we wore.

New Report Card / Home School Communication Format

At last night’s PAC meeting there was a good discussion about the new report card format and Ms. Steele and I took notes on parent feedback and what parts of the communication families liked and what families would like to see improved.  Ms. Steele has created a parent survey which is still active.  If you have the time we would appreciate your feedback online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LW3V8PQ.  We are also looking for 2-4 parents to join us one evening (either Tuesday March 6 or Thursday March 8 at 6:30 pm) to give the Vancouver School Board feedback about schools communicating with homes about how students are learning.  If you are interested in joining us please contact Ms. Steele in the office.

A message from the librarian Mrs. Lacroix:

Thanks everyone for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair.  As a result the school library was able to keep $550 worth of books from the fair.  In addition $675 in cash to spend on non-Scholastic books.

Here is our week ahead

Monday

9:15 am                Monday Morning Meeting (intermediate assembly) – visitors welcome

9:45 am                Ice Skating at Britannia Divs 1 and 6

10:45 am             Ice Skating at Britannia Divs 2 and 9

1:00 pm               Visit from Windermere Community Schools Team (various classes)

Tuesday

10:45 am             Ice Skating Divs 8, 12, 15

Wednesday       

9:45 am                Ice Skating Divs 11, 13, 17

10:45 am             Ice Skating Divs 3 and 5

Now to a link.  An important part of child’s education does not happen in classroom, but in the hallways, on the playground, the lunchroom, before and after school.  Children learn to get a long, to solve problems and, best of all, how to disagree with each other in these unstructured areas and times.  We do teach children about this in class and in assemblies, however they practice this mostly on their own with each other.  Being able to disagree appropriately is a lifelong skill that will benefit each individual when they are young, when they are old, in work, in friendships, in relationships.  Here is a little video by Kid President on how to disagree.  It may be a fun one to watch with your child, if you have the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghk-nDJB3Tk

Enjoy your weekend,

 

Jonathan

February 18
Week of February 19 - 23

Week of February 19 – 23

Hello Grenfell Community,

Thank you to everyone who has been using our Grenfell Safe Arrival phone line to notify us if your child is absent.  A simple phone call lets us know that your child is safe and taken care of.  Please continue to use 604-713-5159 ext 34 to let us know of an absence or a late arrival.

Thank you also to all parents and guardians who have completed the survey regarding the new report card format.  You can still contribute to our quick survey and help us better communicate with families.  Thank you to our Vice Principal Sharlene Steele for creating this survey.  It can still be found at the following link.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LW3V8PQ

 

Here is the week ahead

 

Monday

All day                   District Professional Development Day (No School)

Tuesday

9:45 am Ice Skating Divs 10, 14, 16

10:45 am              Ice Skating Divs 8, 12, 15

3:30 pm                Junior Girls Basketball Game vs Mount Pleasant School (at Mount Pleasant)

Thursday

All day                   Div 15 Young Actors Workshop

9:45 am Ice Skating Divs 11, 13, 17

3:30 pm                Senior Girls Basketball Game vs Nootka School (at Grenfell Gym)

Friday

All day                   Div 15 Young Actors Workshop

 

Now to a video link.  Many of us, students and adults, are great sports fans.  Sports are a great way for children (and adults) how to challenge one self, work hard to improve, as well as get a long with others.  Currently many of us are following the Olympics in Korea and I am continually impressed with the level of Fair Play and mutual support seen among athletes at this event.  Here is a short video with some of the best Fair Play moments in Olympic history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh6b0b0Lj84​

Have a wonderful week,

 

Jonathan Weresch

February 13
Parent and Guardian Report Card Survey!

​Hello Parents and Guardians,

This school year the BC Ministry of Education and the Vancouver School Board have introduced a new report card format.

If you have time please fill in the following survey to give us some feedback.  Our vice-principal Sharlene Steele will be looking at your responses and giving feedback to both our teachers and the district.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LW3V8PQ​

Thank you.



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