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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.


November 27
Livingstone Entrepreneurial Fair by Zoey Liang, Div 1

​The Livingstone Entrepreneurial Fair is a fun way to do your holiday shopping, and the best part is it's happening right here at Livingstone in the gym on December 8th from 1 to 4pm. The Entrepreneurial Fair is CASH ONLY. Students in grades 6 and 7 are making thier own products to sell. There will be sock monkeys, paper fidget toys, bath bombs, white boards and more. These will be great for gifts/presents, and 10% of the earnings will go to a charity classes have voted on.

Please visit the Livingstone Entrepreneurial Fair - Friday, December 8th from 1 to 4pm in the gym.

November 27
Livingstone Holiday Hamper Drive 2017

​Please click on the following link for more information regarding Livingstone's Holiday Hamper Drive for 2017. livingstone poster 3.pdfLivingstone Holiday Hamper Poster.pdf

Donation jars will be available in classrooms for students who'd like to make contributions from their piggy banks. 

November 09
Evelyn's Hair Salon Fundraiser


October 31
Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten registration for children born in 2013 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 Wednesday November 1st and closes at 4 pm on Wednesday January 31st. Students who submit an application within this priority period will be accommodated before late applicants. 

In the event there are more in-catchment applicants than the school can accommodate the following process will be used to prioritize enrolment:

Kindergarten Applications Received Between November 1st and January 31st

1.     In-catchment Kindergarten applicants with siblings in attendance at the school (and who will be attending next year) will be placed first.

2.     The names of all other in-catchment registrants will be entered into a random draw for the remaining Kindergarten spaces. 

3.     Students who cannot be accommodated will be placed on a waitlist in the order in which their name was drawn.

4.     Between January 31st and the second Friday in June students on the ordered waitlist will be accommodated as space becomes available. 

5.     Waitlisted students who cannot be accommodated will be offered placement at an alternate Vancouver school until space becomes available.


Kindergarten Registrations Received AFTER January 31st

In-catchment Kindergarten students who apply after January 31st will be accommodated if there is space.  If there is no space, their names will be added to the bottom of the existing waitlist.

Note: There will be no priority given to registrants with siblings if they register after January 31st.

When registering your child please bring:

1.     Proof of residence in Vancouver

2.     Child’s birth certificate

3.     Immigration documentation (if applicable)

4.     Immunization records


If you wish 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 be accepted in early 2018.


For more information on kindergarten registration visit:


September 28
David Livingstone Terry Fox Run - Friday, October 6

​Our school Terry Fox Run will be the afternoon of Friday, October 6 at Prince Edward Park, adjacent to the Livingstone grounds. We're hoping for a continuation of the nice weather we've been having but please ensure your child is dressed appropriately. 

Donations to the Terry Fox Foundation can be made online by clicking on the following link: TERRY FOX DONATIONS.

Donors have two options:

  1. Click on the SPONSOR US!​ link to be taken to a page where you can make either a personal donation, or a donation on behalf of David Livingstone Elementary.
  2. Click on the STUDENTS: SET UP YOUR PAGE​ link to be taken to a page where students can register to join the David Livingstone fundraising effort and set up their own fundraising page.
Donations will be possible for the entire month of October. Our student leadership team will be encouraging students and their families to go online and donate. Our school may even take part in the Terry Fox Challenge and work toward a specific fundraising goal. Please be sure to visit our school website regularly for updates and more information.

Thank you for your support.

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