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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,



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


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


2 pm                                Earthquake Drill


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)


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

Here is a message from the school nurse Cindy Diett: 



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  ( ).  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:

Here is our week ahead


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


1:30                      Performance – Infinitus


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.


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


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


Am                        Div 9 Breakfast


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


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​ 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.​

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 ( ) 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  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


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)


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


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.

Enjoy your weekend,



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.


Here is the week ahead



All day                   District Professional Development Day (No School)


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)


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)


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.​

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.​

Thank you.

February 09
Week of February 12 - 16

Week of February 12 – 16


First of all I would like to thank all the families – parents and children, who came to conferences this past Wednesday and Thursday to celebrate the accomplishments and learning that has happened since September.  Many parents used this opportunity to have your child's teacher explain the new report card format where student achievement is described in terms of strengths, areas of growth and strategies for future learning.  Please note that teachers are available to talk to throughout the year either informally (e.g. as you pick up/drop off) or more formally (scheduled meeting/conferences).  Children always benefit when school and parents communicate and support each other.  Thank you to both parents and staff at Grenfell for this great partnership that exists at this school.

Here is our week ahead:


all day                   Family Day – NO SCHOOL


9:45 am Ice Skating Divs 8, 12, 15

10:45 am              Ice Skating Divs 4 & 7

1:00 pm                UBC Thunderbirds Track & Field with Divs 14 & 15

3:30 pm                Basketball Game: Junior Girls vs Selkirk School (at Grenfell)


10:00 am              Assembly:  Lion Dance


1:00 pm                UBC Thunderbirds Track & Field with Divs 14 & 15

3:30 pm                Basketball Game: Senior Girls vs Renfrew School (at Renfrew)   

Coming Up --  Monday February 19 Pro-D Day (No School), Friday February 23 Grenfell Science Fair (1 pm in gym)    


At this time of year in Vancouver we celebrate Lunar New Year.  This week our school will be hosting a Lion Dance and, if you come visit, you will see many red accents throughout our hallways and classrooms.  One of the most important parts of the Lunar Year is its emphasis on family.  This year Setia, a Malaysian company, released a special video about a young boy learning the importance of family and helping each other.  I hope you enjoy it as much I did.  Have a look:

May you have a happy and prosperous year of the dog / gǒunián jíxiáng,


Jonathan Weresch​

February 02
Week of February 5 - 9

Week of February 5 – 9

Hello Parents and Caregivers,

Today you will have received your child's report card.  The format is the new ministry and district designed format on communicating student learning.  If you would like some more information on how to read your child's mid-year progress report please see this powerpoint for parents given to us by the Vancouver School Board.  CSL presentation for parents Jan18 (1).pptxCSL presentation for parents Jan18 (1).pptx

Here are some notices, our week ahead, as well as some thank yous.

Safe Arrival / Student Absences

Thank you everyone who has used our new attendance process.  We are trying to help all students arrive at school safely and ensure that parents know when their child is absent.  On our website’s homepage you will now see a heading (upper right hand side) that says “Will Your Child Be Away?” for a quick reference.  Here are the steps to take if your child will be absent:

1. Call our safe arrival line at 604-713-5159 ext 34  / you can also email us at 

2. Give us your child's First Name, Last Name, and Division or Teacher

3. Tell us the reason for absence and how many days.

4.  If your child is absent for longer please call us again to let us know

Please do not call the main office line, but use this dedicated absence line.

If your child is absent and we have not heard from you we will be calling home.  Please let us know

Thank you very much.

Student-Led Conferences (Wed & Thur / Feb 7 & 8)

Another important event coming up will be our student-led conferences.  These will be taking place Wednesday and Thursday (February 7-8).  Please check through your child’s backpack for a notice.  It was sent out this last week and many of you have already returned the forms to your teachers.  Please contact your teacher if you need another form.

 Pink Shirt Day (a Student Council initiative)

Every year schools in British Columbia observe Pink Shirt Day (February 28).  This is a day where students learn about being inclusive, respectful and kind to others regardless of differences and we learn how to change our actions to avoid bullying.  Thanks to Grenfell’s student council our students submitted all kinds of words related to pink shirt day.  These words were then incorporated into a “wordle” image and printed onto pink shirts.  If you would like your child to have such a pink shirt please see the pink form that was sent home in your child’s backpack.  Shirts are $12 for youth and $15 for adult sizes.

Here is our week ahead


9:15 am Intermediate Monday Morning Meeting (assembly) – everyone welcome

1:00 pm                Performance: Axe Capoeira

3:30 pm                Junior Boys Basketball Game vs. McBride (@ McBride School)


3:30 pm                Junior Girls Basketball Game vs Secord (Grenfell Gym)


2:00 pm                Early Dismissal

2 – 6 pm               Student Led Conferences


2:00 pm                Early Dismissal

2 – 6 pm               Student Led Conference

3:30 pm                Senior Girls Basketball Game vs Beaconsfield (Grenfell Gym)

 Track and Field Divs 14 & 15

We would like to thank the UBC Thunderbirds for coming out next week to give our Divs 14 & 15 some coaching for Track and Field.  This is a great opportunity for our students to learn new skills and enjoy more sports.  Thank you Ms. Warner, Ms. Kellock, and Ms. Truong for helping make this happen.

Thank you PAC

Thank you to the parents who came out to our PAC meeting on Thursday evening.  The parents made the decision to use money from fundraisers to buy 10 more iPads for the school.  These will replace some of the older ones we now have that are starting to break down.  The PAC also generously decided to fund a cooking program for students who need to learn more independence.  If you too would like to be a part of the PAC please come to our next meeting, Thursday March 1 at 7 pm in the library.  All parent and guardians are welcome.

Have a wonderful weekend,



January 26
Week of January 29 - February 2

Week of January 29 – February 2


Hello Everyone,

Our intermediate boys and girls have started their basketball training and many mornings and afternoons they are practicing skills, offensive plays, and defensive formations.  In addition to the techniques of the game these team sports at Grenfell teach our students much about working with others, sharing, fair play, and discipline.  Of course these opportunities would not happen without the volunteer time of our staff sponsors and coaches and you the parents.  Thank you for dropping your children off early (sometimes at 7:45 am) and late after school, helping these athletes practice the game they love.  Our season begins on Tuesday after school with a Junior Girls game vs. Nootka (here at Grenfell).  Please join us if you have the time and cheer on the Grenfell Griffins.


Here is your week ahead



All Day                  NO SCHOOL (BC Ministry of Education Curriculum Implementation Day)


1-3 pm                  Divs 14 & 15 Thunderbirds Track and Field in Gym

After school           Game: Junior Girls Basketball vs. Nootka (@Grenfell gym)


7 – 8:30 pm         PAC meeting in the Library – Everyone welcome!


2–3 pm                 Divs 14 & 15 Thunderbirds Track and Field in Gym

3 pm                    Report Cards go home


Safe Arrival

Parents and caregivers, please continue to call the office (604-713-5159 ext 34) or email ( ) if your child will be absent or late.  With our new Safe Arrival program we are trying to phone every child home when they are unaccounted for.  A quick message with your child’s name, div, and length of time they will be missing would be very helpful.  You can leave it as a message anytime (on our voicemail or email).  Thank you for your help.

African Canadian History Month

Now to a couple of web links.  This coming month in Canada we celebrate African Canadian History Month.  February is a time of focus on the contributions of African Canadians as well as Canada’s struggle to become a more inclusive and equal country for all cultures.  Whereas many of us know of the US civil rights leaders, often our Canadian heroes are not as recognized.  In 1946 (nine years before the Rosa Parks bus boycott) Viola Desmond was jailed in Nova Scotia for sitting in a whites only section of a movie theatre.  She stood up for her human rights, inspired others, and this year she is recognized by being the face on our Canadian $10 bill.  If you would like to see a little video of her story please click on

If you would like to read about other such stories and events you can visit this website​

Have a wonderful weekend,



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