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November 05

Kerrisdale Elementary

5555 Carnarvon Street

Vancouver, BC. V6N 1J2

604 713 5446

Director of Instruction             Principal                    Vice Principal

Pedro de Silva                    Dawn Sadler                Jesse Bemister



November 1, 2018


Kindergarten registration for children born in 2014 begins on November 1st.

All Kindergarten applicants are required to submit an application to their English catchment elementary school. This includes families who wish to apply for choice programs (French Immersion, Montessori, etc.) and/or a cross boundary placement.

The priority registration period for Kindergarten opens on Thursday November 1st and closes at 4 pm on Thursdary January 31st. Students who submit an application within this priority period will be accommodated before late applicants.    Applying for Kindergarten is a 2-Step process:

Step 1: Completion of an online application form.

Step 2: Bringing supporting documentation, along with your child, to your neighbourhood English catchment school.

Supporting Documents Needed:

  1. Proof of residence in Vancouver
  2. Child’s birth certificate
  3. Immigration documentation (if applicable)
  4. Immunization records
  5. Court Orders/Documents (if applicable)


If you want to apply for a Choice program or cross-boundary, you must first apply to your English catchment elementary school. Applications for Choice programs and cross boundary placements will begin to be accepted in early 2019.


Remembrance Day

 On Thursday, November 8, The Kerrisdale Choir, along with volunteer student speakers, will be presenting our Remembrance Day observance,Johnny Left/Jeannot droit, a reflection on the diversity and personal stories of the many servicemen and women who, since 1914, have committed themselves to the perpetuation of the Canadian ideals of freedom, justice, compassion and democracy around the globe. We will present two renditions, the first at 9:00 a.m. and the second at 9:50 a.m., to which all members of the Kerrisdale School community are welcome.

The Kerrisdale Choir was originally formed by the music teacher, Mr. Kershaw, in 2010 as a program choir: its general mission is to prepare and present repertoire specific to Kerrisdale events and to contexts extending from Kerrisdale School into the greater community. In the years since its formation the choir has participated in several Remembrance Day observances and now continues that tradition by bringing the power of song to enrich the observance’s blend of spoken text and projected images.

The choir will present a selection of bilingual material including the traditional works The Vesper Hymn, When Johnny Comes Marching Home and O, Soldier, Soldier (won’t you marry me?), along with works by Canadian artists including Paul Anka’s The Longest Day/Le jour plus long, Hosonna, made popular by francophone chanteur Donald Lautrec, and Loreena McKennitt’s setting of verses by the Irish poet, W.B. Yeats. Additional lyrics and musical adaptations to some of this material have been provided by Mr. Kershaw.

Our student presenters have also been working on reading and speaking with conviction, rhythm and expression, and on taking on the personae of fictional service personnel of the Canadian Army, Navy, Air Force and United Nations Peacekeepers to offer thematic complement to the biographies of actual Canadian veterans that will be highlighted throughout the observance.

Johnny Left/Jeannot droit: a Remembrance Day Observance, Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. in the Kerrisdale Elementary School gymnasium.


Dance Play program

We are excited to welcome DANCE PLAY to Kerrisdale School.  This dance program will be working with our students from November 5 to November 8 and again from November 13 to November 15, 2018. Our classes will be participating in the DANCEPLAY workshops, which address the Dance and Health & Physical Education curriculum and encourage positivity, fun and playfulness. DANCEPLAY is a new physical activity program that “plays” with dance while promoting positive mental health through the 3 Rules of PLAY: Be positive. Be fun. Be yourself. Students will learn simple moves from a variety of styles - Hip Hop, Urban, Ballroom, Bollywood, Lyrical and Jazz/Funk. 

Fall Weather

We are officially in the fall season.  We are asking student to come prepared for the weather.  Students will be playing outside during recess and our lunch break.  Amazing imaginative play is occurring outside during our rainy days.  Please ensure that your child has a waterproof jacket and boots if possible for our rainy Vancouver days.

Student Council Food Bank Drive

Thank you to Madame Toula, Mr. Kershaw and Mr. Mac for working with our student council this year. Once again, the student council has decided to do a food bank drive.  Our goal is to beat last year’s fifty-one boxes of non-perishable food items.  We have raised over three hundred and ten dollars and filled over seven boxes during our during the Halloween Harvest market, hosted in the gym from 12:20-12:50pm.  A big thank you to everyone who came to support us at the Halloween Harvest, especially to all of those students who donated despite not being able to participate due to the large crowds and limited time.  At this time we have eighteen boxes so far.  Mme. Cohen’s class is in the lead with three full boxes.  Please continue to donate to this worthy cause.


On Wednesday, October 24th, the Kerrisdale junior boys’ soccer team and five other teams from around Vancouver went to Van Tech High School to play in the city finals.  There were ten players on our team, Peter Ingleson, Cameron Lee, Nayan Soma, Aaron Gruwel, Dexter Tornquist, Andrew Hall, Zach Epp,Theo Herter-Brodhurst, Julian Kusumond and Liam Thomas.  We played five games and ended with a 3-0-2 record which put us in second place behind Anne-Herbert and into the finals.  We won the game and took home a two foot trophy and a plaque that will stay in Kerrisdale forever.  The school board has decided not to have another tournament next year, so there will never be another winner.  Kerrisdale will be forever the winner. By Peter Ingleson and Cameron Lee


Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

The Vancouver School District is offering you the opportunity to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (iA Financial Group).

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance provides protection against unexpected costs arising from accidental injuries.  The program is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.


Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance has a selection of plans to suit most budgets. Benefits include coverage for:

  • The full school year (September to September), 24 hours a day, while at home and in school;
  • Expenses that are often limited or not covered by private or group insurance plans, or Provincial Health Insurance Plans, such as ambulance, physiotherapy, private tutoring, counselling, and much more;
  • Injury-related dental treatment (including future dental treatment up to age 26);
  • Out-of-province or country emergency medical expenses.

If your address changes during the school year, your Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance plan is transferable from school to school, anywhere in Canada.

Insurance premiums for children are $14.50 or $33.50 per year, depending on the plan selected.  A discount is available for families with 3 or more children.  Adults age 20 to 64 can also be insured for $32.00 per year.

For more information or to apply online, please visit, or speak with a Kids Plus™ Client Service Administrator at 1-800-556-7411.

Upcoming Dates:

November 8-Remembrance Assembly

November 9-Curriculum Implementation Day- School not in Session

November 12-no school due to Remembrance day

November 13-Retake photos at 9:00am

PAC news

We are pleased to be sending out the new PAC newsletter today with our newsletter.

Here is a link to the beautiful and new PAC newsletter. Go and check it out and sign up for the PAC mailing list while you are there. ​

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