5555 Carnarvon Street
Vancouver, BC. V6N
604 713 5446
Director of Instruction Principal
Pedro de Silva Dawn Sadler Jesse
October 1, 2018
Thank you for the warm welcome to
the Kerrisdale community. We have
already been back at school for a month.
Students are into the routines of their classrooms and engaged in many
diverse learning experiences. Our grade
four students have returned from camp. Our intermediate students have been
working with Hub cycling, reviewing the importance of bike safety and the Ocean
Ambassador program. Extra-curricular
activities such as soccer and cross country have begun. If you have time,
please feel free to come out and cheer on our Kerrisdale teams that play on the
back fields after school.
We continue to ask families to
call 604 713-5159 school# 41 to report if your child will be away for the day, please
indicate your child’s full name and what division he/she is in. If your child is late please remind them to
go to the office to sign in, before going to class.
Meet the Staff
Thank you to everyone that came
to our Meet the Staff evening. It was
great to see so many parents out. It is
important for that best educational experience for your children that home and
school work together. If you have
questions, concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.
Orange Shirt Day
On Monday October 1, Kerrisdale celebrated
Orange shirt day to remember the victims and survivors of residential
schools. The event was inspired by the
story of Phyllis Webstad, who wore a bright orange shirt on her first day
attending a B.C. residential school in 1973, but had the shirt stripped from
her, never to be seen again. Thank you to Teagan, Noah, Eve and Aija from Div.
15F who lead the orange day section of the assembly.
Goal setting Conferences
Goal setting conferences begin
this week. This is a great way for
teachers and families to sit down together to discuss goals for their
child(ren). Teachers have sent out
confirmation letters about times to meet, if you have not received a form,
please contact your teacher. A reminder
school will dismiss on Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00pm this week.
This year Kerrisdale staff will
continue to use the pilot report card format to help district reporting
practices better align with the redesigned curriculum and the Ministry of
Education’s interim student Reporting guidelines. This means parents will
receive two written reports, one in January and the second in June, and a
minimum of three additional communications/points of progress about student
learning to parents throughout the year.
Kerrisdale staff have agreed to provide goal setting information on
October 4 and 5 and Student Led Conferences in March. Each teacher will decide how to report out
for the third requirement. Please talk
to your teacher to find out how this point of progress will be communicated.
Terry Fox Run
Thank you to Mr. Macdonald and
Ms. Katy and Div. 16F for organizing our Terry Fox Run this year. Thank you to families for their generous
donations, we were able to raise over $5,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
The Earth Rangers are a group
of people that protect endangered animals from man-made or natural disasters
such as global warming. They work all across Canada trying to save creatures.
Their presentation was absolutely amazing! The way the Earth Rangers put the
performance together was beyond most performances we’ve seen. The school loved
them the first minute, because they started with a funny video with animals and
people dancing. As the presentation went on, the school became more and more
interested to the point that nobody in the audience could forget. If you saw
any part of the presentation you would already care about endangered animals.
They explained in words used clearly enough so that you would understand, because
they wanted you to know how bad the threats are to animals, and for you to
An animal we heard about was
the Red Tegu. They actually brought it in and we got to see it up close! It is
an endangered species of lizard that lives in South Africa. Reptiles are
nick-named “cold-blooded” animals, and the scientific word for it is
Ectotherms. Did you know that Ectotherms can’t control their body temperature?
We sweat and shiver when we are hot or cold. Ectoherms can’t! That’s why they
are called “cold-blooded” animals. Currently, they are working on saving the
white sturgeon, which population has gone down from 8000 to 1000! They have
been here for more that 170 million years!
They talked about how global
warming is bringing danger to some species of animals, such as the wolverine.
Global warming is made from greenhouse gases forming a bubble around the earth
and heating it up, making ice melt in the north. What are greenhouse gases?
They are gases created by the things we, humans do. Like driving cars. Smoke
coming out of factories. It’s called greenhouse gases because it traps the heat
inside, like a greenhouse would. A problem to the wolverine is that it stores
food in the snow, so it stays cold and doesn’t go bad, and they put their eggs
in a hole in the snow they bury. The food goes bad because of the ice melting
creating water, and with the babies, the cold water is making the eggs wet and
cold so they can’t grow and hatch. They quizzed us at the end too. Kerrisdale
students were great, showing off their new knowledge.
We have to work together to
stop threats to the earth and animals. Right now, we are the main problem and
we are the only ones who can change it too. You can become an Earth Ranger and
help save the environment at earthrangers.com.
Thanks for Reading!!
Brandon, Caleb and Terry
Division 6, Grade 5
Students from a
number of intermediate classes were able to participate in the Ocean
Ambassadors program this year. Students
were able to learn how to stand-up paddle, participate in a beach clean-up,
discuss the ways ocean plastics impact marine life, and discover ways they can
make a difference.
Grade four Camp
Grade four students from Ms.
Glover’s, Ms. McRae’s, Ms. Kontos’ Ms. Mercier’s and Mr. Couture’s classes went
to Whistler last week on a two-night camping trip. The group was divided into two groups and
went different days. Mr. Bemister
accompanied students to Whistler. Two
students, Connie and Nancy from Div. 8 commented on the trip “We really liked
the cooking, we made pasta for dinner.
The Canoeing was great, but the water was freezing when you had to walk
through it to get into the canoe. The
rocks were sharp when you were walking to the canoe. The campfires were great outside, students
got to sing and have smores. The classes
made bracelets and made rope out of bark”.
The girls were divided on if the trip was too long or too short, but
they are looking forward to another trip in the future.
From Sept 13th-Oct 4th grade 6
and 7 students participated in a 4-session Active Travel program at Kerrisdale.
HUB Cycling, a regional cycling non-profit organization, was pleased to offer
this program and hoped that it was not only an active and enjoyable learning
opportunity, but also provided your child with the skills to use active
transportation to get to school and around the neighbourhood safely in the
future. The program instructors are Bike Right certified and are highly trained
to teach safe on-road cycling. The
sessions included the following activities: proper helmet use; an in-class
session to teach key traffic laws and how to stay safe; school-ground skills
training; and finally, an on-road neighbourhood ride in which the students
practiced their cycling skills. For more information about HUB and active
transport go to www.bikehub.ca.
The Great British Columbia Shake Out.
The Great British Columbia Shake
Out, is on October 18, at 10:20am.
Kerrisdale will be participating in the drill, an opportunity for our
school to practice our Earthquake preparedness skills. Please talk to your children about the
importance of “drop, cover and hold on.” If you feel an earthquake take the
following steps, Drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy desk
or table, hold on until the shaking stops, stay there for sixty seconds, giving
unstable objects time to settle. It is
important to create an emergency plan for your family so everyone knows what to
do in the event of an earthquake. Build
an emergency kit that includes a minimum three-day supply of food and water.
Our soccer season has begun. A big thank you to all of the coaches, Ms.
Tam, Mr. Guillaume, Ms. Mehra, and Mr. Bemister, who have volunteered their time to ensure that
we have four Kerrisdale teams. This year we have two senior boys’ teams, a
junior boys’ team and a senior girls’ team comprised of junior and senior
girls. If you have time, please visit
our back soccer fields to cheer on one of our teams afterschool.
Our Cross-country season has
begun. Cross Country is open to students
in grades 2-7. Thank you to all of the
coaches, Ms. Dixon, Mme Katy, Mme Cohen, Ms. Grudman, Mme Isabel, and Mme
Arielle, that have made this season possible.
Our final meet in on October 18th at Trout Lake. Good luck to
all of our runners.
Library Learning Commons
We are so fortunate to be the first
school in Vancouver to have ebooks! Thank you for your support of our
Scholastic Book Fair that allowed us to purchase our Overdrive books.
There is a screencast that is attached to our newsletter that shows you
how to access our collection from home and each class received a very short
introduction on how to logon. Your child will require their seven
digit id number, the password is "student". Up to three books
can be borrowed at a time and they will automatically be returned after 14
days. However, we would appreciate it you return the title through your
account, if you are finished with the book before that time, so that other
students can borrow it.
The role of the teacher-librarian is
to collaboratively plan, teach and assess with all teachers, integrating not
only curriculum and but also reading-based inquiry and research-based
inquiry. The core
competencies ensure that we incorporate " the
set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information,
experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and
effectively engage in the use of digital media". (https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/competencies)
It is exciting to start the year with
many units being planned with our talented teachers: Literature circles with
ebooks which will examine types of governments and Indigenous land
claims, Grade 3/4 are learning the aspects of literature circles and
each group will be involved in learning a different production tool
and later teaching it to their peers. Grade two will investigate what
it means to be a global citizen, Grade six are using biographies and
looking at what it means to be a hero. All of these units
integrate the use of various digital media and once again we are grateful for
the PAC's support to have additional technology at our school.
Just a reminder that we are
officially in the fall season. As such
we are asking students to come to school prepared for the weather. Students will be outside unless pouring. Please ensure that your child has a
waterproof jacket and boots if possible for rainy Vancouver days. For some students we recommend sending an
extra set of clothes to keep at school.
Lost and Found
The mountain of lost materials in
our Lost and Found is growing. Please
label your child’s clothes to help us get them back to the proper owner. Parents, if your child is missing anything,
please check the Lost and found during Goal setting conferences.
October 3rd and 4th
Goal Setting Conferences Dismissal 2:00pm
October 8th - Thanksgiving-school
not in session
October 10th - Grade
five camp leaves for Evans Lake
October 15th - PAC
Family Photo night
October 16th – PAC
Family Photo night
October 17th - Student
Vote in the library
October 18th - Final Cross-Country
meet at Trout Lake
October 19th - Provincial
Professional Day-school not in session
October 25th - Individual
and class photos
October 31st - Happy
* PAC Executive meeting - Wed, Oct 3 9:15-10:30AM.
Please keep an eye out for our next General Meeting - parents and guardians
welcome to attend.
* PAC newsletter coming soon.
* Lights Up musical theatre after school classes start
this Wed. Oct 3 after school. There is still space available so please sign
* Family Photo Night is returning to Kerrisdale
Elementary Oct 15 & 16. Book your
spot online before Oct 5.