September 7, 2018
5555 Carnarvon Street
Vancouver, BC. V6N 1J2 604 713 544
Instruction Principal Vice Principal
Sadler Jesse Bemister
Welcome back to school again to all our families. It has already been
a great start to the year. It has been wonderful hearing students
reliving their summer adventures with one another. It has also been
lovely to see how quickly students have been able to settle into the routine of
school and work co-operatively with one another.
Thank you to all of our families that have gone over the Code of Conduct
with their child or children. We will continue to review the Code of
Conduct throughout the year.
Today we have moved into our new classrooms. The staff have spent many
hours working on class placements, considering student and parent input, and
other important factors. To provide each of your children with a strong
learning environment. It can sometimes take a few days for students to
settle into their new class, please help us to celebrate change in a positive
Please welcome our new staff:
Ms. Peddle our new French Macc teacher, Mr. Scrimshaw our new area
counsellor, and Ms. Campbell our new SSA working afternoons at Kerrisdale
main. We would also like to acknowledge Ms. McNicol for her new position
as our French resource teacher.
Teaching staff this year
DIV. GRADE ROOM
Rachel Grudman 1 7 202
Alison Dixon 3
Macdonald 4 6 205
Fiona Tam 5
Katy Germain 16F 6/7 104
Larose 17F 6/7 208
Feeley 18F 5/6 109
McNicol French LAC /
Aimee Mehra (T-Th) Prep/English Resource 204
Tina Pappajohn (T & Th
Kershaw Music/ Prep/ Challenge
Farquharson Teacher Librarian Main Floor
Monday each student will be coming home with a package of forms for families
to complete and return to classroom teachers as soon as possible. Forms
include information about school fees, media consent, verification forms, to
name a few. Thank you in advance for your quick attention to this large
Kerrisdale will be collecting school fees again this year. $25.00
covers all supplies the student uses every day, pencils, erasers, notebooks
etc. Please refer to the school fee forms included in the package of forms
to determine how much to pay for your child. Some classes may be using
agendas or workbooks. If at any time you are experiencing financial
difficulties, please contact Ms. Sadler. Accident Insurance Program
Thank you for your support of the Kids Plus™
Accident Insurance program. It has been a long and rewarding partnership and is
truly appreciated. Over the years, Kids Plus™ has helped many families,
providing much needed reimbursements for out-of-pocket costs. We appreciate
your support and we are truly grateful for the part you have played.
We have big news: the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance
school distribution program is moving online!
All partner school boards can now access kidsplus.ca/resources
for information about Kids Plus™ which they can use on their respective
websites, e-newsletters and social media. The main website at kidsplus.ca
will continue to be available for parents to purchase coverage, access claims
forms and full plan information online. Additionally, for 2018 we’ve decided to
take our mission to be green one step further by discontinuing distribution of
all Kids Plus™ Notices (Brochures) to reduce our overall paper use. These
changes are part of our ongoing commitment to continuously provide superior and
meaningful service to our partners and clients while reducing our impact on the
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our new promotional
landing page, our Kids Plus™ Client
Service Specialists would be happy to assist you. You may contact us toll-free
at 1-800-556-7411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September is Safety month at Kerrisdale
This month we will be focusing on safety. Safety affects our students
every day from knowing the procedures to getting a late slip from the office,
to walking in the halls and playing safely on the playground. We will be
focusing on emergency procedures-fire drills, and other emergency situations
throughout the month. Fire and earthquake drills are held to teach the students
how to vacate the school quickly and in an orderly fashion. Proper
behaviour is expected from all of our students during these drills. The
evacuation plans and emergency procedures are developed in partnership with our
Vancouver emergency services.
During a fire drill students are asked to quickly stop what they are working
on, listen to the instructions and line up quietly at the exit door.
Classes proceed to the lower soccer field where we confirm attendance.
During an earthquake drill students are taught to drop, cover and hold
on. After counting to 60 and checking for after-shocks students will
collect their things and assemble on the back field. Our first Earthquake
drill will not be until October, when we participate in shake out a provincial
wide preparedness drill.
We will also practice a lock down drill where students will be asked to
secure themselves in their classrooms.
In the case of any emergency at school parents or guardians will be asked to
line up at the reunification desk, with identification to collect their
During our recess and lunch break, four supervision aides are assigned to
supervise students. For the most part students will be outside for recess
and lunch, unless the weather is too severe. Please make sure your child
is dressed appropriately for the weather or has an extra jacket left in the
It is our firm expectation that students wear a helmet if they choose to
roller blade, skateboard, scooter, or bicycle to and from school. For
safety reasons, skateboarding, scootering and biking are not permitted on the
school grounds during the day from 8:40am-3:20pm due to the amount of children
on the grounds at these times.
Reporting student absences/Safe arrival
Please call all absences into safe arrival at 604-713-5159 school number
41. Please indicate your child’s full name, division, date and time of
Please have your child go to the office to sign in once they have arrived at
school this will avoid us calling you to find out where your child is, when
they have been marked absent.
If you will be picking your child up early, we ask that the parent comes to
the office to sign the student out for the day.
For their own safety, students may not leave the school grounds during the
school day without written permission from their parents. Students who go
home routinely for lunch will need to give the office a letter at the beginning
of the year, letting us know that your child will be going home every
day. Students will be required to sign out and back in at the
office. For younger students, we ask parents to sign their children out
at the office.
Peanut/nut aware school
We have a number of students who have severe allergies to peanuts or nuts.
Please do not include nuts or peanut products in students’ lunches.
Labelling Personal Possessions
All possessions should be labeled with the student’s name, allowing us to
return things if they are misplaced. Our lost and found is located in the
basement near the YMCA program. We ask that parents do not send their
children to school with expensive items as it is hard to monitor and/or find
them if they go missing
All visitors are expected to report to the office upon entering the
school. This is a safety measure as it is important for us to know who is
in the school should an emergency arise. Visitors are expected to sign
the visitor log.
All volunteers in the school will need to complete a Volunteer form.
Please come to the office for a form.
When children are ill
In fairness to all, please do not send your child to school if there are
definite signs of sickness in the morning. Students who become ill during
the day, will go to the office and parents will be called to pick up their
child or make alternate arrangements. For this reason, it is important
that parents keep the office up to date with current phone numbers.
Request for Administration of Medication
A request for Administration of Medication form must be completed if your
child will be taking any form of prescribed medication at school. Please
note that students should not be in the possession of any medication at school,
for the safety of other students. Staff may not administer medication to
students unless the required form has been completed by the doctor and the
We recognize that cell phones are an important communication tool for
parents and students. Students may bring their phones to school but to
avoid distraction during school hours, we ask that students keep their phones
in their backpacks or give them to the teacher for safe keeping.
Students are permitted to use the office telephone when they have
permission. Use of the phone is for issues that arise and not for making
play dates for afterschool.
Parking and drop off
It is expected that drivers abide by the clearly posted traffic and parking
regulations. Please let’s work together to keep our students safe.
BC school fruit and Vegetable nutritional program
We are happy to be continuing with this great program again this year.
Students will be presented with different vegetables and fruits to try
throughout the year. If you would not like your child to participate in
this program please let the office know. This month students will be
Meet the teacher 6:30-7:30pm September 13
Terry Fox Run-September 20- 1:10pm
Professional day-September 21-school not in session