Gong Hei Fat Choy / Gong Xi
Fa Cai / Saehae Bok Mani Badeuseyo / Chúc Mừng Năm Mới
This is a very special time of year. It is our lunar new year. We hope you find the time to celebrate with
loved ones and our school wishes everyone a happy and prosperous year of the
pig. If you are looking for some events,
please have a look at the following site.
Here is our week ahead
9:15 Monday Morning Meeting (primary) –
9-12 Ice Skating at Britannia (Divs 3,
9, 12, 13, 15)
10:00 Lunar New Year Lion Dance
1:40 pm Hold
& Secure Safety Drill
Another important part of the calendar is Canada’s Black History
Month. We have a long history of
contributions by Canadians of African heritage and it is important for our
students to learn about these. Already
we have had two assemblies with this focus – one about Viola Desmond as well as
one where we looked at the global contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.. If you would like to learn more about this
the government of Canada has a website you can look at with your family.
Have a great week,
Hello Grenfell Community,
School is busy and report cards are
two weeks away. It is always a good
practice to stop regularly and see how far we have come and how much more we
would like to accomplish. This is the
same for students as it is for staff and families. We hope that the report cards will help
connect homes and school in supporting children’s growth both in learning and in
developing as a human being. Please feel
free to contact your child’s teacher at any time during the school year if you
have questions regarding student progress.
Here are some upcoming events next
Morning -- Field Trip Ice Skating –
Divs 1, 7, 12, 13, 15 (please see your permission forms regarding exact times
for each division
Kindergarten Dental Clinic
Morning -- Field Trip to Renfrew Ravine – Divs 10
Please note the following events also
February 1 – Report Cards go home
February 7 – Performance: Lion Dance
(10 am – everyone welcome)
February 11 -- 7 pm PAC Meeting (everyone welcome)
February 15 & 18 – No School
Here are some items for information
and a few requests:
1. -- Wet Weather.
Please continue to send your child to school with clothing to keep them
dry while playing in the rain. At recess
and lunch we go outside regardless of the weather; the health benefits for
fresh air and physical activity are the same rain or shine. Many younger students have changes of
clothing ready in the classroom for when mishaps happen
2. -- Lunches.
a. Please remember to send your child to school
with the proper utensils for eating. The
school does not have forks or spoons. Finger
food is always a great option. We also
are unable to re-heat or cut up any foods.
b. Students have 20 minutes to eat their
lunches. They arrive in the lunchroom at
12:10 (earlier for Kindergarten).
Students are can leave the lunchroom between 12:20 and and 12:30. If they a student is a more casual eater and has
not finished their meals by 12:30 they can continue eating outside.
3. -- Lunchroom visits by parents. Our lunchroom is a very busy place and the
seating is just enough for the students.
If you would like to have lunch with your child please do not sit down
with them – another child will not be able to sit to eat. It is always a good option to eat with your
child outside (in front of the school) on the benches there. Many parents do this already and it is becoming
quite a nice community out there.
Parent visits on
playground. If you would like to meet
your student on the playground we ask that you come to the office first and
sign in. Given recent events at schools in
the local news, we are much more aware of adults (non-staff) coming on to
school grounds. We would like to make
sure that all adults on school grounds are known and have checked in. Thank you for this.
school calendar for 2019-20; 2020-21; 2021-22.
The updated proposed school calendar
for the next 3 school years has now been posted on the VSB website. We
work closely with our neighbouring districts to ensure alignment of dates as
much as possible. This calendar includes proposed dates for Winter Break and Spring
Break for 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 - as well as proposed dates for
Non-Instructional/Professional Days for the 2019-20 school year. Should parents wish to provide any feedback,
they are welcome to do so by emailing email@example.com. Feedback will
be received until February 15th, and will be taken into consideration when the
calendar is finalized. We anticipate that the final school calendar will
be approved by the Board and published by early March. Thank you. https://www.vsb.bc.ca/Calendars/Pages/School-Year-Calendar.aspx
We hope that your 2019 has started well and that we will
have another great year together at Grenfell school.
Have a great weekend,
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,