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June 03
Livingstone News - June 2018

Dear Livingstone families,

It's hard to believe we've begun the final month of the school year. June's going to be a busy but fun month. Enjoy!


Please be sure to visit our school website regularly for information regarding Livingstone events and activities. Also visit our PAC's website for information regarding PAC events.


Reporting Your Child's Absence or Late Arrival
Please remember if your child is going to be either absent or late to phone the school safe arrival reporting line at 604-713-5159 ext. 45, before 830am the day of the absence or late arrival, or as soon as you're aware of the absence or late arrival. Please also call the school safe arrival reporting line to inform the school of extended absences you are planning for your child.

Visitors to Livingstone
Please remember all visitors to VSB schools must report to the office and identify themselves. Visitors planning to be in the school or on school grounds for an extended duration should be issued a visitor's pass which they should wear visibly. Visitors and volunteers must abide by the VBE Guidelines for Adults Interacting with Students. At Livingstone we have a rotation of teachers supervising the school grounds before school from 840 to 855am and after school from 3 to 320pm. During recess and lunch, our students are supervised by our 2 supervision aides Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday; and 3 supervision aides Thursday, Friday and every other Wednesday; as well as our 6 School and Student Support Workers. Our students are encouraged to try to resolve minor disputes on the playground themselves. If they need help settling a dispute, students are encouraged to ask any of the supervision staff listed above. Visitors who witness a dispute or incident on school grounds are also encouraged to bring their concerns to a staff member.


Messages from Livingstone Library

  • The last day to sign out books was Wednesday, May 30th. All books are due on Wednesday, June 6th. Thank you for checking your home for any library books that need to come back to school.
  • Our Living Library: South America event was this past Wednesday and included students from Tupper as well as Livingstone parents. Our final continent to explore through literature and related activities is North America. If you’ve not yet seen the photo display of our previous Living Library events, please check them out by the library entrance. It’s been a wonderful journey!
  • Our Livingstone Book Swap is being planned for Monday, June 11th in the library. This is an opportunity for students to donate their gently used books and receive new-to-them books that other students have donated. Students can donate as many books as they like, but will receive a maximum of 6 tickets to swap for new books. The excess donations ensure that all students in our school are able to get at least 1 or 2 books no matter how many they do or don’t bring in. Books will be collected between Monday, June 4th and Friday, June 7th.
  • The public library has an annual summer reading program, Summer Reading Club 2018: Motion Commotion, that I would encourage families to explore with their children. Details are here http://www.vpl.ca/summerreading.

Track & Field Final Meet at Swangard Stadium Thursday June 7
Thank you to all the family members who've been helping to support our students' participation in track and field this year. Thank you to our coaches, Ms Scott and Ms Gaster, and to teacher candidate Mr Martens for his help with the team. The final meet of the season will be Thursday June 7 at Swangard Stadium from 9am to 230pm. We will need volunteer drivers to get all participating students to and from the meet. If you're able to help drive students to and, or from the meet, please make sure you've completed a Volunteer Driver Registration and Approval Form and a Volunteer Conduct Agreement. Both forms are available at the school office. Students and volunteers should meet in the covered area Thursday June 7 at 8am to organize rides and leave for the meet. Please see the attached schedule for event times.

Grade 7 Trip to Quebec
Our grade 7s returned from their week long trip to Quebec this weekend. It sounds like they had a wonderful time. We're looking forward to hearing about their adventures. 

Sports Day
Livingstone's Sports Day is Friday June 22. It will be a full day of school. More information regarding Sports Day will be communicated to students by teachers.

Performances
Thank you to our PAC for their support with bringing performers to Livingstone. This past Thursday our students and staff enjoyed an energetic drumming performance by Uzume Taiko. Our final performance this year will be by Haida storyteller, Kung Jaadee.

Grade 7 Grad Ceremony, Potluck and Sleepover
More information regarding our grade 7s year end activities will be communicated with families by teachers.

2018-19 School Calendar
The Livingstone School Calendar for 2018-19, including dates school will not be in session, early dismissal times and other important dates, is available in the Publications section of our school website. The VSB School Calendar for 2018-19 is also available.

Last day of school for students
The last full day of school for students is Thursday June 28.

2018 Notice of Late Return Form
If you know your child(ren) will be returning to school later than noon Wednesday September 5, 2018, please fill out the 2018-19 Notice of Late Return Form.pdf2018-19 Notice of Late Return Form.pdf and return it to the office as soon as possible. Please note if the school cannot verify your child's attendance at school by noon Wednesday September 5, 2018, your child's space will be given to another student on the school's waitlist.

Have a joyous June!


Vital Peeters
Principal
Livingstone Elementary​
May 09
Livingstone News - May 9, 2018

Dear Livingstone families,

Here are a few more Livingstone News items for May:
 
2018 Notice of Late Return Form
If you know your child(ren) will be returning to school later than noon Wednesday September 5, 2018, please fill out the attached Notice of Late Return Form and return it to the office as soon as possible. Please note if the school cannot verify your child's attendance at school by noon Wednesday September 5, 2018, your child's space will be given to another student on the school's waitlist.
 
School Panorama and Grad Photos
Please find attached a document with a link and password to Lifetouch's online photo gallery where you can select and purchase copies of either our school panorama or grad photos. Thank you for remembering these photos include images of other people's children and should only be redistributed to family and close friends.
 
Lost and Found
Please take a moment to check our overflowing lost and found for items your child(ren) may have lost. The lost and found will be emptied and unclaimed items will be donated after Thursday May 17.
 
Track and Field Grade 6/7 Mini Meet
Tomorrow's grade 6/7 mini meet, scheduled for after school at Van Tech, will only be cancelled if the weather is really wet. The teacher in charge will make the final decision tomorrow at 1pm. If the meet is cancelled, I will send an email to all Livingstone families letting you know. Otherwise, volunteer drivers, please meet in the covered area right after school so that students can get to the meet on time.
 
Please continue to have a magnificent May!
 
Vital Peeters
Principal
Livingstone Elementary​
May 07
Livingstone News - May 2018

Dear Livingstone families,

Here's what's happening at Livingstone in May.

Please be sure to visit our school website regularly for information regarding Livingstone events and activities. Also visit our PAC's website for information regarding PAC events.
 
Staffing
Resource teacher, Mr McIsaac has been asked to take over teaching our Division 5 grade 4/5 class while their regular teacher, Mr Phillips is on leave. Mr McIsaac will be teaching Division 5 Wednesday to Friday and Mr Sowerby, who teaches Wednesday to Friday at another school, will be teaching Division 5 Monday and Tuesday. Unfortunately this will mean a reduction of the resource support our staff is able to provide for the rest of the school year, specifically the students Mr McIsaac works with.
 
2018 Student Learning Survey Extension
The Ministry of Education has extended the deadline for completing the Student Learning Surveys from the current deadline of April 30 to a new deadline of May 18. Livingstone students in grades 4 and 7 have already completed the survey at school. Parents are asked to access and complete the survey using the following link: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm.
 
Welcome to Kindergarten
Our Welcome to Kindergarten event for children accepted into kindergarten at Livingstone for the 2018-19 school year will be held Wednesday May 23. Invitations and details regarding the event have been sent to the families of our new students.
 
Ready, Set, Learn
Intended for families and their 3 to 5 year old children, Ready, Set, Learn is all about providing good information about how to support a young child's early learning and development. It also develops positive connections between families, the school system and local community agencies. Livingstone will be hosting a Ready, Set, Learn event Thursday May 24 from 9 to 11am in our library. Children attending Ready, Set, Learn should be accompanied by an adult family member. Please RSVP to livingstone@vsb.bc.ca with the name(s) of the 3 to 5 year old(s) and accompanying adult(s) who will be attending.
 
2018-19 General School Fees
The 2017-18 School Fees notice sent home in May of last year stated that this school year would be the final year that school supplies would be purchased for a set fee by the school district and that starting in September 2018, parents would need to purchase items on their own. Please note that the general school supplies fee will still be charged for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. The Vancouver School Board will continue its service of purchasing basic school supplies in bulk at wholesale prices and passing the cost savings on to families. The School Supply Fee for 2018-2019 will remain at $25.00 per student. This fee covers basic consumable school supplies used for students’ personal use such as paper, writing tools, glue sticks, erasers, exercise books and art supplies. Supplies are provided for the full year.

Class Casting
Class casting, the process of organizing students into divisions for next school year, begins at the end of the current school year. When determining placements for next year, school staff make every attempt to place students in balanced, effective learning environments, taking into account individual learning styles, social dynamics and specific learning needs, and also abiding by provincially set class size and composition regulations. Many of the logistical factors influencing class casting, such as final student numbers, funding, staffing, and number and organization of divisions, are not yet determined. Class casting remains tentative until into September when these factors are confirmed. Families are encouraged to trust school staff to place students in the best possible learning situation for all involved. If families feel they have information regarding their child's learning characteristics school staff will not already be aware of, they may submit this information to Principal Peeters by email before June 1 by clicking on the following LINKFamilies are reminded the information they submit should not be requests for specific teachers or class placements, but rather, as stated above, information regarding their child's learning characteristics. Information deemed to be inappropriate will not be considered. Class placement decisions will be made by school staff with the best interests of all our learners as our goal.
 
Big One at 2 Earthquake/Emergency Preparedness Drill
The district wide Big One at 2 earthquake and emergency preparedness drill was held last Thursday May 3. Thank you to families who helped with the drill by volunteering to test the new student reunification process. We will continue to review our emergency preparedness procedures in the weeks and months to come.
 
Livingstone Sports
Badminton
Thank you to Ms Korchinski for coaching our badminton team this year! The team wrapped up a fun filled season by participating in a badminton jamboree at Tupper last Tuesday.
 
Track and Field
Thank you to all the family volunteers who've been helping Ms Scott and Ms Gaster with track and field practices Monday and Thursday mornings. There will be a grade 6/7 mini meet this Thursday May 10 at Van Tech Secondary after school. Volunteer drivers will be needed to get students to and from the mini meet. Please be sure to let the coaching staff know if you're able to help as a volunteer driver. More information regarding mini meets can be found on the Track and Field page of our school website.
 
Grade 7 Trip
Our grade 7's visitors from Quebec will be here May 17 to 23, and then our grade 7's will be visiting Quebec May 27 to June 2. Evelyn's hair salon fundraiser is still going on if you need a haircut and would like to make a contribution to the trip.
 
Reporting Your Child's Absence or Late Arrival
Please remember if your child is going to be either absent or late to phone the school safe arrival reporting line at 604-713-5159 ext. 45, before 830am the day of the absence or late arrival, or as soon as you're aware of the absence or late arrival.
 
Dates to Remember
  • Tuesday May 8 - Kindergarten Vision Screening
  • Tuesday May 15 - Immunization Clinic
  • Wednesday May 16 - PAC Meeting
  • Friday May 18 - School Not In Session
  • Monday May 21 - Victoria Day
  • Wednesday May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten
  • Thursday May 24 - Ready, Set, Learn
  • Friday May 25 - PAC Walkathon Fundraiser
 
Have a marvellous May!
 
Vital Peeters
Principal
Livingstone Elementary​
April 03
Livingstone News - April 2018

Dear Livingstone families,

I hope you all enjoyed a fun, relaxing spring break and are ready for these last few months of the school year!
 
Please be sure to visit our school website regularly for the most up to date information regarding school events and activities. Also visit our PAC's website for information regarding PAC events.
 
Here are some highlights of the activities Livingstone students and staff took part in last month, and information regarding important upcoming events.
 
Letter from Board Chair and Superintendent
Please find attached a joint letter from our Board Chair, Janet Fraser and our Superintendent, Suzanne Hoffman.
 
VSB Summer School
Registration for VSB Summer School programs opens April 27. For more information please visit https://summer.vsb.bc.ca/Pages/default.aspx.
 
BC Ministry of Education Satisfaction Survey for Grades 4, 7, 10 and 12
Students in Grades 4, 7, 10 and 12, their parents and all staff in B.C. public schools are invited to participate in an annual online satisfaction survey about their school experience.
 
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. If your school district or school has added questions, it may take longer. All responses are anonymous and confidential.
 
Student and staff surveys are available in English and French. Parent surveys are available in 16 additional languages.
 

Livingstone students in grades 4 and 7 will be doing the survey at school. Parents are asked to access and complete the survey using the following link: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm.

  1. In the Parents section, choose District 39 Vancouver from the dropdown menu.
  2. Choose David Livingstone Elementary.
  3. Choose your preferred language.
  4. Complete the survey.
 
Update from Livingstone Library
Reading Around the World
Our Reading Around the World project has been a huge success thus far! Our literary travels take us to Europe during the month of April. Please feel welcome to come by the library to see the photo display which features highlights from our Living Library Asia and Africa events as well as related cultural activities. The library is open for 15 minutes before and after school Monday to Thursday.
 
Thank you to the many parents who have volunteered to help make this project such a meaningful one!
 
Library Accounts
Students from grade 1 to 7 have all had some practice checking their library accounts and doing research using VSB's online catalogue. Accounts can also be checked from home by visiting library.vsb.bc.ca.
  1. Choose David Livingstone.
  2. Log in with your child's student number and password.
  3. Go to "My Info".
 
Livingstone Sports
Badminton
Our badminton team will begin games this week. Thanks to Ms Korchinski for volunteering to coach the team!
 
Track and Field
The Vancouver Elementary Physical Activity Association (VEPAA) track and field season will begin soon. Interested students should be on the lookout for more information.
 
Enrolment for 2018-19
In order to plan for next school year, we need to know whether or not students will be returning to Livingstone. If you're certain your child or children will not be returning to Livingstone in September, please inform the office as soon as possible.
 
Reporting Student Absences
Please remember all student absences should be called in, in advance, to the Safe Arrival Absence Reporting Phone Line: 604-713-5159 ext 45.
 
Students who arrive late, should go to their classroom. Teachers are now posting attendance electronically. If attendance has already been posted, then students who arrive late will be sent to the office to sign in.
 
Big One at 2 Earthquake Drill
The district-wide Big One at 2 Earthquake Drill will be Thursday May 3 at 2pm. To help us prepare for the drill and actual emergencies, please be sure to email the office at livingstone@vsb.bc.ca with any changes to your emergency contact information.
 
Grade 7 Trip
Our grade 7's trip to Quebec is coming up. Please remember Evelyn's Hair Salon Fundraiser is still on! Evelyn is donating all funds raised to the grade 7 trip.
 
Ready, Set, Learn

Intended for families and their three- to five-year-old children, Ready, Set, Learn is all about providing good information about how to support a young child’s early learning and development. It also develops positive connections between families, the school system and local community agencies.

 

Attend a Ready, Set, Learn event in your community. Families who attend an event at a local school take part in play-based activities while finding out about early learning programs and services.

 

Livingstone will be hosting a Ready, Set, Learn event Tuesday May 8. More information to come.

 

Class and Panoramic Photo Day

Our Class and Panoramic Photo Day will be Tuesday April 24.

 

Professional Development Day

Friday April 27 will be a professional development day. No school for students.

 

Have an awesome April!

 

Vital Peeters

Principal
Livingstone Elementary​
March 02
Livingstone News - March 2018

Dear Livingstone families,

Can you believe it's already March? It feels as if winter break just ended, and now, spring break is almost upon us. I'm sure you're all looking forward to warmer, drier weather.

Please be sure to visit our school website regularly for the most up to date information regarding school events and activities. Also visit our PAC's website for information regarding PAC events.

Here are some highlights of the activities Livingstone students and staff took part in last month, and information regarding important upcoming events.

Livingstone Sports
Basketball
Our senior girls and boys basketball teams both completed excellent seasons at the end of February. The boys team was selected to play in the city competitive tournament and played very well in their game. Thank you to volunteer coaches and staff sponsors: Jer Adrian and Ms Susan Adams, for the girls; and Judy McLaren and Warren Tam and Ms Julie Paris and Ms Ellen Nielsen, for the boys. Livingstone basketball wouldn't have been possible without their efforts.

Badminton
The next sport on the Vancouver Elementary Physical Activity Association schedule is badminton. Thanks in advance to Ms Jenn Korchinski for volunteering to coach the team.

Enrolment for 2018-19
In order to plan for next school year, we need to know whether or not students will be returning to Livingstone. If you  haven't already done so, please return the Are You Moving form, sent home with students in January, to the school. Copies of these forms have been reissued to families who haven't yet returned them.

Staffing Update
Resource Teacher, Mr Glenn Vockeroth, has joined our staff, replacing Ms Paris who is on leave. Please welcome Mr Vockeroth to Livingstone!

Reporting Student Absences
Please remember all student absences should be called in, in advance, to the Safe Arrival Absence Reporting Phone Line: 604-713-5159 ext 45.

Students who arrive late, should go to their classroom. Teachers are now posting attendance electronically. If attendance has already been posted, then students who arrive late will be sent to the office to sign in.

CSL Pilot Parent Feedback Sessions
A group of Livingstone parents and Mr Peeters will be attending a parent feedback session next week to give their impressions on the new reporting methods. Further input from teachers, parents and students will be solicited through electronic surveys in the coming months.

Non-CSL Pilot Report Cards
Report cards for our 9 divisions not participating in the CSL Pilot will be sent home with students Thursday March 15. Please review report cards with your children and then return only the report card envelope to teachers.

Abuse Prevention, Sexual Health Education and SOGI 
The following message has been vetted by the VSB's District Diversity Committee and approved for distribution by the Associate Superintendent.

Throughout BC’s redesigned curriculum there is a focus on valuing diversity and respecting difference, and addressing topics of human rights and responses to discrimination. Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) education is comprised of important topics that are interwoven through several curricular areas, most notably Physical and Health Education, Language Arts, and Social Studies. How the topics are introduced to students is dependent on the age and stage of their development. These topics may also be discussed as they arise in the daily lives of students. The intention behind this education is to promote a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for all individuals in British Columbia. Please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-sogi-in-schools for more information.

As per Ministry of Education guidelines, schools are encouraged to teach about SOGI. While parents do have the option to opt out of topics related to reproduction and sex education at school and have their children learn about this through alternative delivery methods Read the Policy here, it’s important to note that reproduction and sex education are different topics than the topic of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI).

At Livingstone, our primary divisions participate in abuse prevention programming and our intermediate divisions participate in sexual health education as outlined in the BC curriculum. As well, with the generous support of our PAC, we are able to offer extra programming by community partners that is aligned with the curriculum and complements the work of our teachers. This year we're planning to have presenters from Options for Sexual Health (Opt) work with our students and teachers in April. Opt also offers programming for parents. More information regarding this programming will be shared with families in the coming weeks. 

Grade 7 Trip
Our grade 7's trip to Quebec is coming up. Please remember Evelyn's Hair Salon Fundraiser is still on! Evelyn is donating all funds raised to the grade 7 trip.

VSB Choral Festival
Livingstone's choir will be participating in the VSB Choral Festival Wednesday March 7 from 7 to 8:15pm at John Oliver Secondary School. Livingstone choir students need to be at John Oliver at 6:15pm to prepare for their performance. Please come and enjoy the show.
   
Spring Break
This year's spring break will be from Monday March 19 to, and including, Monday April 2. Schools will reopen Tuesday April 3. Enjoy!

Have a marvellous March!

Vital Peeters
Principal
Livingstone Elementary​
January 25
Reporting Your Child's Absence or Late Arrival

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

The Vancouver School Board has now implemented the Safe Arrival Program at all schools and is now in the process of updating the method Attendance is being taken.

 

In order to assist our teachers and office staff, we are asking parents and guardians to please do the following:

 

If your child is going to be either absent or late, please phone the school safe arrival reporting line, at 604-713-5159 ext. 45, before 8:30 am if possible, the day of the absence or late arrival.  Please state whether your child is going to be absent or late, his/her full name and division.  If you know that your child will be absent more than one day, please also state this when you call in.  Please do not assume that you do not need to report an absence because you have informed the teacher.  You must call Safe Arrival

 

Please do not phone the school to report your child’s absence or late arrival.  Please just call the number, noted above and below, and leave a message.

 

If your child is late arriving at school, please have him/her check in at the office before going to his/her classroom.

 

The office staff will be following up on all absences that have not been reported. It is imperative that the school office is able to contact you.  Please make sure you notify us if your phone number(s) have changed.

 

Once again, to report your child’s absence, please call 604-713-5159 ext. 45, prior to 8:30 am if possible, on the first day of the absence.

 

When reporting the absence, please provide the following information:

-       The first and last name of your child

-       Division number

-       Whether your child will be absent or late

-       The length of your child’s absence.  If your child is going to be away longer than you thought, please call in to Safe Arrival again.

 

Thank you for your help in having the Safe Arrival Program run smoothly.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting the school at 604-713-4985.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.​

January 20
Livingstone Basketball

​The Vancouver Elementary School Sports Association basketball season is underway. This year Livingstone has a senior girls team coached by volunteer parent, Jer Adrian, and staff sponsored by Ms Adams; and two senior boys teams coached by volunteer parents, Judy McLaren and Warren Tam, and staff sponsored by Ms Nielsen and Ms Paris. Please visit our Basketball page in the Students​ section of our website for team schedules and more information.

Thank you to our parent volunteer coaches and teacher sponsors, and good luck to our participating students!

Also, students in grades 5 to 7 interested in participating in basketball or volleyball clinics during the January 29th professional development day, please visit the School Announcements​ section of our website for more information.

January 11
Congratulations to Justin Yee!

Congratulations to ​Justin Yee, from Division 8, who was selected as a featured artist in Raymond James Ltd.'s 2017 "Share the Holiday Spirit" Greeting Card Contest. Justin's drawing was chosen as 1 of 12 winners from 66 submissions. His artwork has been featured in Raymond James' 2017 corporate holiday cards, which have been sold to raise funds for charity. Below is a copy of Justin's outstanding submission.

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Moreover, as their way of recognizing Justin's important contribution, Raymond James Ltd. has donated $200 toward the purchase of new books and supplies for our library.

December 15
Thank you for supporting the Entrepreneurial Fair!

Thank you for supporting the upper intermediate students at the Entrepreneurial Fair! The students are donating 10% of their profits, which was $175. The money will go to Make a Wish Foundation and Happy Herd.​

From Ms. Moy on behalf of Divisions 1, 2 and 3

November 28
Boots & Winter Gloves for Xpey'

​Thank you to our PAC co-chair, Judy McLaren, for setting up the Boot Box donation bin next to the PAC bulletin board outside the office. Please dig into your closets for outgrown winter or rain boots and winter gloves to donate to the students of Xpey' Elementary​. Xpey' is the new indigenous name for MacDonald Elementary School. Xpey' means cedar in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language of the Musqueam people.

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