Thank you everyone for making last week one of the most favourite times of year for children. Yes, Halloween is that important in schools. Staff and students alike worked hard at making the day memorable and fun both children aged 0-99. Thank you specially to the staff who spent time cleaning up the afternoon of Oct 31st getting ready for the next day.
9:15 Monday Morning Meeting (primary – everyone welcome)
7 pm PAC Meeting — everyone welcome
9:00 am Photo Retakes
9:30 - 12:00 Field Trip Div 10&14 Renfrew Ravine
1:00 - 1:45. Performance — Bohemia Ballet (everyone welcome)
9:00 - 3:00 Field Trip Div 2 & 9 to UBC Science Day
1100 - 1200 Remembrance Day Assembly (everyone welcome)
Non-Instructional Day — no school for students
Now to a link. This week will be our Remembrance Day ceremony. This day is one where students and adults commit to peace and remember others who have been victims of war. Last spring one of our classes traveled on a field trip to Vancouver’s Chinese Canadian Military Museum to learn from veterans about the contributions of these Canadians. If you would like to see more of this trip you can read an article about it in the Vancouver Courier
If you have the chance, please join us at our ceremony on Thursday.
Have a great week,
First of all I would like to wish our community a happy
thanksgiving. At Grenfell we are
especially grateful for a supportive and caring community of parents, a
dedicated community of staff, and 420+ students who come to school every day
ready to learn about their world, their peers, and themselves. We hope you enjoy the holiday.
Here is our week ahead.
All day Thanksgiving
Holiday – No School
All day Individual
Photo Day – Please come dressed to get your picture taken
of Dance – all welcome
We are currently in Cross Country season. This year we have had a primary group running -- thanks to Grenfell's Gator Run tradition our students were ready for this challenge. The primaries participated in a meet this last week and we would especially like to thank all the parents and staff who volunteered to supervise and drive our athletes to their meet. The intermediate season is still going on and we are very proud of the way these older athletes are representing our school and community. Thanks again to the coaches, sponsors and volunteers.
Parents and caregivers please be very careful when picking up and dropping off children in front of our school. Please do not let your children (of any age) cross the street in front of the entrance to our school on Wellington street. This is a busy street and a bus route and because we are located just over the crest of a hill drivers do not see our children as drive in front of our school. Please keep our children safe and cross either on Rupert at the cross walk or 2-3 blocks east where it is safe.
In the news you may have heard that schools were tested for
lead in the pipes. We have some good
news. Our water system was replaced
after 1990 and in following the code of the time no lead was used in the
soldering of our pipes. Please click on
the following link to see a letter from the school board regarding Grenfell’s
On Thursday Oct 4th the PAC met. We are very
grateful for everyone that came and there was some good discussion about issues
at Grenfell. Thank you to Petra (Noah’s
mom) for taking minutes and sending them to us so quickly. Please click on the following link to read
the PAC meeting minutes.
Now to a link.
Mr. Green has been so kind as to let me teach every
Wednesday morning in his class. We are
working through some of the new BC Curriculum’s area of Personal and Social
Competencies. Part of this is to
identify and work with our strength. Mr.
Green’s students have been very thoughtful in thinking of what makes them unique
and what gifts they have that can benefit themselves, others and the
environment. Here is a video we watched on
World Character Day (yes, there is such a thing) before identifying our own
individual strengths. If you have the
time you can watch this and maybe make a list of your own strengths of character
you can share with your family. Enjoy.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Hello Families and Caregivers,
Welcome to a new school year at Grenfell. Once again the staff here appreciate the
trust you place in us in educating your children.
First I would like to start this message with some items of
A very big thank you to Mr. Santos, Mr. Le and
to the Vancouver School Board facilities staff for cleaning our school and
creating one of the shiniest gym floors I have ever seen. If you have a chance please come by and have
a look and if you find the time please thank our hard working engineering staff
for their work in July and August.
Thank you to Ms. Conte (secretary) and Ms. Van
Wyck (vice principal) for preparing the office for our start up. At the beginning of the year there are many
tasks to complete as a school and these two worked long hours to make sure all
the forms are ready, the supplies are ordered, schedules are correct,
etc.. We are very grateful for their
Thank you to all the teachers and support staff. During the last two weeks of August (their holidays)
this school was buzzing with teachers preparing their classrooms. Old posters came down, new posters went up,
student learning materials were prepared, and furniture was cleaned and set
up. We are very grateful for the
commitment on the part of the staff at this school to helping children learn
Thank you especially to all the families
here. Children came back to school
having had two months of mental/social/emotional stimulation, connection with
family, reading, and physical activity.
It has been great to see happy and rested students walk through our
doors in September. Grenfell families
are a wonderful community where children can thrive.
Next I would like to send out a few reminders:
Please check your child’s backpack for notices and fee statements. Children, after the summer, often forget to
pass on information and a quick look in their backpacks can help you receive
Parking: please do not park in the staff parking
lot. We also ask you do not drive in
there for pick up or drop off. In the
morning and after school children walk through the parking lot on their way to and
from school and it is very dangerous to have cars driving there when children
Allergies: we have some students who have severe
allergies to nuts. Please keep foods
containing nuts and nut-products at
home. This will help greatly in making
sure that all children are learning and playing in a safe environment.
Now to a few upcoming dates:
Monday September 24 – Monday Morning Meeting
(Intermediate) – everyone welcome to attend
Thursday September 27 – Terry Fox Run
Friday September 28 – Professional Development
Day for staff (No School)
Thursday October 4 – PAC Meeting 7 pm in the
I hope everyone has a wonderful week.
Please note that on September 4 students will be at school from 9:00 to 9:45 am. For grades 1-7 the first full day of school will be Wednesday September 5.
Please come to your last year's class for the first week.
Kindergarten students and parents please follow the schedule sent by mail for your gradual entry to school.
Have a great weekend,
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.
All day Div
3 Field Trip to Kitsilano
11 am – 2 pm Divs
18 & 19 to Collingwood Park
1:30 pm Intermediate
Year End Assembly
All day Last
Day of School for Students
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,
Parent Advisory Committee
SIR WILFRED GRENFELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
3323 Wellington Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V5R 4Y3
604-713-4844 Fax: 604-713-4846
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
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!
Prizes are awarded for the
following: Prize Draw – All students
that participated will be eligible for prizes.
10 or more
$100.00 - $150.00
$151.00 or more
for a Girl
for a Boy
(the amount of awards dependent on the amount of prize donations we receive)
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."
Here is our week ahead
9:15 There will be no assembly as the
gymnastics equipment is set up in the gym.
9:45 Vancouver Police Department
Safety Talk for Divisions 13-14-15-16-17
9 - 12 Loonie Swim (some intermediate
All day Field Trip – Divs 1-5 to UBC
All day District Track and Field Meet at
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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
We hope that you have a wonderful week,
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)
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
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,
Week of April 30 – May 4
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
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:
IMPORTANT IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION FOR KINDERGARTEN AND GRADE 6 PARENTS
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 possible. If 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 parents who have handed in information already.
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.
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,
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
You can read more about our assembly here:
Here is our week ahead
9:15 Monday Morning Meeting – grades K-3
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
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,