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October 07
October 7th Family News

Hi, 

We are trying to keep this website up to date so you can consult it for timely information.  Please check back on a regular basis to check information and dates.  

Please check the October calendar.  There are many activities and special events this month. 

We have a few items to note: 

Thanksgiving, Monday, Oct. 10th:  Please enjoy the long weekend with friends and family.  There is no school that day. 

2:00 Early Dismissals, Wednesday Oct. 19th and Thursday Oct. 20th for Goal-Setting Conferences: Please see notices that have been sent home regarding times and appointments.  


Ms. Kong 

Principal 

Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith Elementary

604-713-4732

gkong@vsb.bc.ca



April 22
KSM Carnival!  Volunteers!
October 18
Holman Wang visits KSM

Local author and artist visit the KSM Intermediate students this month.  He has created a series of books that are created with felt.  You can learn more here:  http://www.mycozyclassics.com/star-wars/​


The students learned a lot about creativity and "having an idea".  


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May 14
Family News May 14th

Hello everyone,

 

We are looking forward to another great Sports Day tomorrow. We are expecting some wonderful, sunny weather. Don't forget to put sunscreen on your child and send a water bottle. We have a great day planned and that is thanks to the staff. We have some amazing leaders who organize all of us to make it happen. Thanks to all staff for the amazing day.

 

Please read the following information:

 

Approved School Calendar:

Please find the KSM bell schedule and calendar attached for 2015-2016. 

 

School policy for school start and supervision:

The staff have some strong safety concerns regarding how early students are being dropped off in the mornings. We do not have supervision until 8:45. We often have school-wide meetings where all staff attend and there is no staff in the hallways or on the grounds until 8:45. Please do not drop off your child before 8:45.

 

In September, we will be asking students to wait outside and the school doors will opened at 8:45.

 

Save the date! June 12th 8:30! YEA! Year End Appreciation:

In lieu of a Volunteer Tea, we would like to invite parents to a special event at 8:30 am. on Friday, June 12th. It is our Year End Appreciation!  A YEA!  It will start with a gathering in the undercover area and then at 9:00 we will call students to the classroom for attendance.  We will ask parents to join us all at 9:00 for a special assembly.  There will be an invitation with more details coming home soon. 

 

Green Team! Litterless Lunch contest!

The Green Team has organized a Litterless Lunch contest. We are asking for families to make an effort to pack lunches that do not make any garbage. We are encouraging students to use re-useable containers. The Green Team will be doing surprise "spot checks" to check for litterless lunches. They will give out tickets to students if they have a litterless lunch! The tickets can be entered into a raffle for prizes.

 

Lost and Found:

We will have items from the lost and found on display tomorrow at Sports Day. Please stop by and retrieve any lost items.

KSM Hats Policy:

The staff have been reminding students to remove hats indoors.  Thanks for your support. 

 

 

 

MAY

JUNE

  

14th         Arts Umbrella Drama in the Gym

15th         Sports Day

15th         Hot Lunch

15th         Ultimate Frisbee at Bobolink 3:30 – 4:30

18th         VICTORIA DAY – NO SCHOOL

19th         Mobile Dairy Cow – Primary Students

20th         Strings Students to Killarney 9:00 – 12:10

20th         Mini Meet – Killarney

20th         Author Visit – 1-3 pm

21st              Hot Lunch

21st         Communications Open House 11-12

26th         Ultimate Frisbee Game at Bobolink 3:30-4:30

27th             Kindergarten Orientation

                1:30 – 2:30

27th         Mini Meet – Killarney

29th         Sabrefest Frisbee Tournament 8:30-3pm

                Winona Park

29th         Spring Carnival

 

 

1ST -3RD   Arts Umbrella – Painting Workshop

3rd           PAC Meeting 7 pm

3rd           Incoming Kindergarten Screening 1-3 pm

4th           Hot Lunch

5th           Kindergarten Students to Maplewood Farms

9th           Swangard Trackmeet

11th             Hot Lunch

11th         Child Labour Challenge

12th         Year End Appreciation Assembly 8:30 am

16th         Monitor’s Picnic

17th         DIv 9 & 10 Swimming at Killarney

18th             Ms. Peskett’s Retirement Celebration in the gym -             6:30pm

19th         Div 9 & 10 Swimming at Killarney

22nd        Grade 7’s to PNE (9am-3pm)

23rd        Primary Year End Fieldtrip

24th         Grade 7 Leaving Ceremony 11:00 am

25th         Student’s Last day

 

May 08
Carnival!

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March 24
Carnival Volunteers!

​Volunteer for the KSM Carnival.  

Please see the following information: 

Volunteer Registration Form KSM (Final) 23Mar15HK.pdfVolunteer Registration Form KSM (Final) 23Mar15HK.pdf

Carnival Volunteers Needed Poster (Final) 23Mar15HK.pdfCarnival Volunteers Needed Poster (Final) 23Mar15HK.pdf


February 04
KSM News Jan. 30th

Dear KSM families, 

We are finishing up the month of January and heading towards the stretch to spring break.  This is an important term and the students are working very hard in their classrooms.  Spring Break comes quite quickly this year and we will be sending home report cards after spring break.  

Skating program: many thanks to the staff and parents who brought this amazing program to our students.  The students had a great time.  

Basketball teams:  Many thanks to our coaches Jackie York, Nigel James and Sylvia Jackson for their amazing leadership, organization and organizing their personal schedules to coach our 3 teams.  The athletes are having a great time and learning a lot. 

Gymnastics: The Gymnastics program facilitated by Gymsense will start after Spring Break.  The PAC will cover half the cost of the program.  We will have more information out to you in the next few weeks.  

Ready Set Learn program: 

Dear Preschoolers,

We would like to invite you and your parents (or caregivers) to visit our school for a little play-date. We know that you will not be starting school for a year or two but we also know that it would be fun for you to spend some time in a Kindergarten classroom. We will talk to your parents about ways they can help you get ready for school and you will have a good time playing! We have toys, puzzles and many other interesting things for you to explore.

The Kingsford-Smith “Ready, Set, Learn” team is having a Play Time/ Information session on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Pre-school aged children and their parents are welcome to attend.  Please come!!! We would love to meet you!

 Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015

Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am.

Location: Kingsford-Smith School

                 Room 111

Parents: If you and your child are planning to attend the “Ready, Set, Learn” session, please call the school and register before Monday, February 2, 2015. The telephone number is  604-713-4746.

Thank you! Mrs. Van Deventer and the KSM “Ready, Set, Learn” Team

K registration: 
Kindergarten registration ends February 2nd.  If you know of a family that has a child who will be attending Kindergarten in September 2015, then please make sure they register to secure a spot.  Cross-boundary registration will open in February.  Please see the following link for more information: 

Parent workshop:  Weird Wired World; What’s Going on for Teenagers Today and How We Can Support their Wellbeing 

Parents/caregivers are invited to attend an evening event to hear from professionals and youth about how Anxiety, Hyper-sexualisation, Technology and Brain Development play a role in shaping the world of teens.

 

Details:

Free

Thursday, February 19 from 6:00– 9:00 pm

Gladstone Secondary School (4105 Gladstone Street, Vancouver)

Light refreshments at 5:30 pm

Free child minding for toddlers and children (with prior registration arowley@vsb.bc.ca or 604-374-1593).

Parents/caregivers register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/weird-wired-world-conference-tickets-6715372861 or by contacting me. 

 

I have attached a flyer that contains details about registration as well as the workshop description and presenter bios.


Important Dates: 

FEBRUARY

MARCH

4th           PAC Meeting 7 pm

5th           Ready Set Learn at 9:30 am, Room #111

5th           Popcorn Day

9th           FAMILY DAY – NO SCHOOL

11th         VPD Basketball Game at Lunch

12th         Hot Lunch

13th         Spirit Assembly -  1 pm

18th         Helping Hands – Flash Mob Fieldtrip

19th         PROFESSIONAL DAY – NO SCHOOL

23rd        Zero Heros Play K-7 at 11:00 am

23-26     BOOK FAIR

25th–26thSTUDENT LED CONFERENCES

                EARLY DISMISSAL AT 2 PM

26th         Hot Lunch

27th         David Thompson Course Selection Forms                 Due       

 

4th           PAC Meeting 7 pm

5th           Hot Lunch

5th           Div 5 & 6 to Fort Langley

5th           Div 9 & 10 to UBC Anthropology Museum

6th           Last Day Before Spring Break

9TH -20TH SPRING BREAK – NO SCHOOL

23rd        Return to school after Spring Break

23rd        Gymnastics March 23 – April 14

26th         Hot Lunch

27th         Div 7 & 8 - Green Bricks Visit


* Report Cards home April 24th 


January 29
KSM Family News Jan 13th

Dear KSM families, 

I hope that everyone has had a nice break and have had a good start to 2015.  The students are enjoying the skating program and it is so wonderful that the KSM staff make this special effort to bring this program to the students.  Many thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to tie laces and walk with the classes.  

Please remember that next Monday, January 19th is a professional development day and school will not be in session for students.  We have arranged for Heather McCracken from the Friend to Friend Society http://www.friend2friendsociety.org to speak to the staff.  We hope to learn about ways to support students with Autism.  We will also be working on our Literacy initiatives in Primary and Intermediate teams.  

PS: As I send this, the power has been off at KSM since approximately 2:00 pm.  There was enough light for classes to carry on until our usual 3:00 pm dismissal.  However, power went out at Killarney Ice Rink and the students only had a short skate time.  Thanks for your understanding.  

Ready Set Learn program: 

Dear Pre-schoolers,

We would like to invite you and your parents (or caregivers) to visit our school for a little play-date. We know that you will not be starting school for a year or two but we also know that it would be fun for you to spend some time in a Kindergarten classroom. We will talk to your parents about ways they can help you get ready for school and you will have a good time playing! We have toys, puzzles and many other interesting things for you to explore.

The Kingsford-Smith “Ready, Set, Learn” team is having a Play Time/ Information session on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Pre-school aged children and their parents are welcome to attend.

 Please come!!! We would love to meet you!

 Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015

 Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am.

Location: Kingsford-Smith School

                 Room 111

Parents: If you and your child are planning to attend the “Ready, Set, Learn” session, please call the school and register before Thursday, January 29, 2015. The telephone number is  604-713-4746.

Thank you!

Mrs. Van Deventer and the KSM “Ready, Set, Learn” Team

K registration: 
Kindergarten registration ends January 30th.  If you know of a family that has a child who will be attending Kindergarten in September 2015, then please make sure they register by the end of this month to secure a spot.  Cross-boundary registration will open in February.  Please see the following link for more information: 


My Tween and Me (Chinese) , for Chinese speaking parents with kids 9-13
Killarney community centre, and BC Council for families will be holding a parenting program called  My Tween and Me (Chinese), for Chinese speaking parents with kids 9-13.  We will discuss topics like: Communication with Tweens, friendship, bullying, peer pressure, internet safety, school success, etc.

Meeting time is Thursday 12:30-2:30 Jan 22 - Mar 12. FREE



JANUARY

FEBRUARY

14th         Kindergarten Vision Screening 9:15 am

16th         Spirit Assembly at 9:00 am

19th        PROFESSIONAL DAY – NO SCHOOL

22nd        Hot Lunch

29th         Hot Lunch

4th           PAC Meeting at 7 pm

5th           Ready, Set Learn – 9:30

9th           FAMILY DAY – NO SCHOOL

11th         VPD Basketball Game at Lunch

12th         Hot Lunch

13th         Sprit Assembly at 1:00 pm

19th        PROFESSIONAL DAY – NO SCHOOL

23rd        Zero Heroes play for K-7 at 11:00

25th         Student Led Conferences

                2:00 pm DISMISSAL

26th        Student Led Conferences

                2:00 pm DISMISSAL

26th         Hot Lunch

 

 

November 21
KSM Family News Nov. 21st

Hi everyone, 

This is the last November newsletter and then we will be into December.  This school year has gone very quickly.  We are rounding the corner and finishing our first term.  There is a lot of activity and school-spirit in the building. The Volleyball teams are doing well. Many thanks to our coaches for helping our athletes with guidance and coaching.  We just had a very successful sock-drive and we are very appreciative of all the sock donations.  We have met and exceeded our goal.  Mrs. Rankin’s class took great leadership with that effort.  

Just a reminder that next Friday, Nov. 28th is our Professional Development Day.  There will be no school in session that day, as the teachers are meeting together and looking at our Literacy goal that day.  

Please note the following information: 

Student Safety:  We need all parents to arrange to pick-up their child at 3:00.  Students can not stay on the school grounds until 4:00 pm waiting to be picked up.  We do not have staff supervision past 3:15.  If you are going to be late for a 3:00 pick-up, please call the office and let us know.  Your attention to this matter is appreciated.  

Travel Plan for the City of Vancouver: Omar Bhimji from Haste BC, has been working on a Safe Travel plan for the City of Vancouver.  It is a study of our traffic patterns around the school and makes recommendations for traffic improvements for student safety.  He has presented several times to PAC and is now ready to meet parents about the draft before he presents it to the City.  The report recommends such things as finishing the curb on Elliott and an analysis of the traffic at 54th and Elliott.  He would like to discuss the draft Travel Plan with parents on Dec. 5th at 2:00 pm.  Please let Ms. Kong know gkong@vsb.bc.ca if you are able to attend. 

School Plan: Many thanks to our parents on the School Planning Council for their help and support with the School Plan.  The School Planning Council is Ken Lee, Davinder Basi and Doreen Chia.  We will be focusing on Reading Comprehension and the District-Wide goal to integrate Aboriginal content into our curriculum and school-life.  Many thanks to our teachers who contributed and helped shape the final strategies and content of our School Plan.  

K and Gr. 6 Vaccinations will be on Dec. 10th @ 11:00:  Please note the change of date and time. 

Winter Concert Dec. 18th 6:30-7:30: K-3 and Senior Choir
The primary students will be presenting some lovely music that evening.  The senior choir will also be performing.  More information will be coming in early December. 

Upcoming dates: 

 

 

NOVEMBER

JANUARY

27TH     Hot Lunch

28th      PROFESSIONAL DAY (NO SCHOOL)

 

 

DECEMBER

1st        Div 9 & 10 to Burnaby Village Museum

3rd        PAC – 7 pm

4th        Hot Lunch

10th      Kindergarten & Grade 6 Immunazation

11th      Strings Assembly at 11:00 – Gym

11th      Hot Lunch

18th      Christmas Concert 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

18th      Report Cards to go home

19th      Last Day of School before Winter Break

5TH          School Open after Winter Break

7th           PAC 7 pm

8th           Hot Lunch

12th         Ice-Skating Starts Today

14th         Kindergarten Vision Screening

19th         PROFESSIONAL DAY (NO SCHOOL)

22nd        Hot Lunch

29th         Hot Lunch

 

 



October 24
KSM News Oct. 24th

Dear KSM families, 

We have definitely had a very full month of school.  Thank-you for taking the time to schedule a parent-teacher conference. Communication between home and school is very important for your child’s progress.  It was great to see so many parents this week.  Please note the following info: 


Please send a change of clothes to keep at school.  The weather has been very unpredictable and it helps to have a full change of clothes at school.  Please remember to send your child with an appropriate jacket and 

Please remember that tomorrow, Friday October 24th is a Professional Day.  Teachers will be attending Conferences and Workshops. 


Special thanks to the Grade 7 parents and students who have set up a candy guessing game in the lobby this week.  Look for more fun from the Grade 7’s next week.  


Helping Hands students are planning other exciting activities for next week, as well. 


WE day, Oct. 22nd: Mrs. Jackson chaperoned a keen group of students to WE-day.  We appreciate Mrs. Jackson and other teachers who helped organize this trip for the students.  I am sure the students will be inspired for many years to come.  


Community Programs:  David Thompson staff will be organizing a small selection of programs for Friday afternoons in November.  A pamphlet with activities and costs will be sent home soon.  Registration will be the morning of Tuesday, November 4th.  Details about registration will be in the pamphlet.  


Volleyball Teams:  Many thanks to Mr. An, Mr. Soong, Mrs. Yu and Mrs. Jackson for organizing 4 teams for the District Volleyball program.  


Cross-Country Team: The Vancouver School District meet was on Tuesday, Oct. 21st.  Mr. Soong and Mrs. Jackson took a very dedicated group of runners to Trout Lake to compete against other athletes.  Thanks to the parent helpers who drove and helped with supervision. 


 

The BC Agricultural Program will start on Oct. 29th, with a delivery of apples.  If you DO NOT wish for your child to participate, then please return the form that was sent home on Thursday.  Also, if you need to bring awareness to an allergy then please return the form.  The fruits and vegetables are local and organic (when possible).  


PAC meetings: The KSM PAC meeting is the first Wednesday of every month.  Johnny Sandhu and Eric Seto are our new PAC chairs.  The next meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 pm.   There will be a Seismic Update from the VSB Facilities and Planning staff at 6:30 pm before the meeting.  Please see info below.  




Kingsford Smith Seismic Project Update

Please come to the PAC meeting on November 5th at 6:30 where the Project Team will provide an update on the current status of the seismic project, new district directions on the temporary accommodation strategy and next steps.




 

 


Dates for your Calendar: 
October

23rd  Goal Setting Conferences

            2 pm dismissal

            Hot Lunch

24th     PROFESSIONAL DAY

             (no school)

30th       Hot Lunch

31st Halloween: see your child’s teacher for different activities. 


November: 

4th        Photo Re-Takes

5th  Seismic Update, PAC 
6th  Div. 9 Library Visit
10th  Day not in Session
11th  Remembrance Day
13th  Hot Lunch 
14th  Div. 9 and 10 Planetarium 
17th Axis Theatre Performance
21st  Kindergarten Hearing Screening 
27th Hot Lunch
28th Professional Day (no school) 

Kindergarten Information from the Vancouver School District: 

Kindergarten Registration Time is Coming Soon - What do Parents and Principals Need to Know?

Kindergarten registration gets going district wide between November and January 31 for children that will begin school the following September. The Vancouver School Board is proud to offer excellent instruction at all of our schools including a wide range of educational options for all different types of learners.

We encourage families to get to know more about your catchment school and what they have to offer your child. Registration at your English catchment school is required even if you plan to register your child in a choice program.


So how do I register?

The first step starting November 3, 2014, is to register at your English catchment school - regardless of whether you plan to send your child there.  


You can discover where your English catchment school is by going to http://www.vsb.bc.ca/schools and clicking on the “School Location Search by Street Number” link.


If your child was born outside of Canada, you need to head to the VSB District Reception and Placement Centre(DRPC) and complete the initial Kindergarten application there at Moberly Elementary, 1000 59th Ave, 8:30-11:00. 


If you are planning to attend your English catchment school, you’re all done. Now you just need to get your child excited about Kindergarten.


If your English catchment school is over-subscribed by January 31st, there will be a draw for Kindergarten placements.  Students not offered a spot will be placed on an ordered wait list and provided with an alternative placement option.


What if I want to apply for a choice program?

The district offers a variety of choice programs including French Immersion, Mandarin Immersion, Fine Arts, Aboriginal Focus School, International Baccalaureate and Montessori. If you are planning to apply for Choice Program(s) you still need to register for kindergarten at your English catchment school first.  The online application process opens on January 12th and closes on February 4th.  http://kchoice.vsb.bc.ca

There will be a district supervised draw to select applicants for the available program space.

Offers for program spaces will be made by late February. You will be given a formal offer of a space in a Kindergarten choice program or an indication of where you sit on the waitlist.


What if I want to apply for an English school in another catchment area?

If you are interested in having your child attend an English school that is not your catchment school you will need to submit a cross-boundary application. The cross-boundary process opens February 2nd.  The deadline for cross-boundary application is February 27th. If you are applying to a school outside your catchment area, it is important for you to know that your child will only be considered once all in-catchment students have been placed.


Where can I get more information or help if I run into any difficulties?

If you have any questions or need additional information about this process, you can visit http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten. If you have any troubles with the registration process or the online choice program application process, contact your English catchment school. They will be happy to walk you through the process.

 


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