Friday, May 25th
Please join us this coming Friday for our annual Sports Day
Celebration. We will be beginng at
approximately 10 am on in the courtyard with a 10 minute warmup and then
proceed directly to the events. Lunch
will be from approximately 12:30 to 1:20.
The afternoon will continue with our traditional sprints and tug-o-war events.
Hope to see you there.
For information regarding After-School Programs that will run from April 20 to June 8, please refer to the pdf in the documents section on the main page. Registration is on Tuesday, April 10.
April 3rd, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Now that we are into the home stretch of the school year, we wanted to reach out to families in the Vancouver School District to provide an update on some of the events, opportunities and activities that trustees, and district staff have been involved in.
The Board of Trustees, supported by staff, continues to align their work with the VSB’s Strategic Plan 2021, with the vision to ‘inspire student success by providing an innovative, caring and responsive learning environment’. For those of you wanting to look more closely at the Plan, and to see the five guiding principles and four goal areas, it can be found by clicking on or visiting this link: https://www.vsb.bc.ca/vsb2021.
Collaboration, our first guiding principle, has led trustees and district staff to work on creating, maintaining and valuing strong relationships and ensuring there is transparent and open communication. One example is our dinner meeting with representatives from the VSB stakeholder groups (students, parents, union representatives, administrators, teachers and support staff) that enabled trustees and senior staff to hear both what is working well in our district and where improvements can be made.
We continue to value the voice of our VSB students. Whether it is celebrating successes, hearing about our students’ passionate endeavors, visiting their performances, games and fairs, or listening to them talk about what matters most; we feel we have a great deal to appreciate and celebrate!
As much as we have been listening to those within our district, we have also actively engaged with external partners. We have been working closely with the City of Vancouver, have met with our local MLAs and engaged with the Minister of Education, Rob Fleming. Trustees and staff have also taken the time to recognize and value many of individuals, groups and organizations in our community that provide additional support to our students. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community members as together we will make positive differences in the lives of the students we serve.
In working with our VSB stakeholders we understand the frustration of students, parents and employees brought about by the difficulty in recruiting sufficient teachers, teachers on call and support staff. We continue to work collaboratively with our employee groups to resolve this situation and are currently examining the recently released Minister's Task Force Report on the Immediate Recruitment and Retention Challenges and the Federal Budget support for the Action Plan for Official Languages, with a targeted component to address the critical shortage for French teachers across Canada.
We hope you had a wonderful spring break and wish all of students the very best for the remainder of the year.
Janet Fraser Suzanne Hoffman Board Chairperson Superintendent of Schools School District #39 (Vancouver) School District #39 (Vancouver)
All of the primary classes at McBride are going to the
Vancouver Symphony on Wednesday, February 28th! If you have not
returned your field trip form to your child’s classroom teacher, please do so
as soon as possible.
Through the organization Art Starts, we were very
lucky to receive funding from Mr. Cherniavsky’s Mr. Music Fund, which
subsidized a great portion of the ticket price for each student! We greatly
appreciate their generosity! Mr. Cherniavsky was a renowned Vancouver pianist
who wanted to provide concert opportunities for Vancouver children. You can
read more about this extraordinary Vancouver musician here: http://www.bcentertainmenthalloffame.com/artist.php?id+cherniavskyj&aview=bio
In preparing for the concert, we have been listening to some
of the music that the students will hear at the concert. The concert features
the set of character pieces entitled “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille
Saint-Saens. In addition, we will be listening to “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by
Mozart, “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky and “The
Imperial March” from Star Wars by John Williams, “Sabre Dance” by Khachaturian
and the “Finale” from Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky.
Please ensure your child dresses warmly and has a
substantive breakfast on the day of the concert. Students will also be given
time to eat their snack/lunch before the bus leaves at 10:40 and again upon
return to the school. Please note: no food or water bottles are allowed on the
bus or in the Orpheum.
Thanks to the generous support from our school’s PAC, starting on Monday
Feb. 26 and for the next 2 weeks, the students at McBride will once again have
the fantastic opportunity to learn how to hip hop with instructor, Jhaymee
A celebration of learning is scheduled for the afternoon of Fri. March 9
with the primary grades (Div. 9 to 16) dancing at 1:00 pm and the intermediates
(Div. 1 to 8) at 2:00 pm.
Hope to see you there.
Red Cross Babysitting
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Red Cross Babysitting
McBride, Feb.19, 2018, 8:30-3:30
$60 + GST registration in school with teacher or
Please see the attached Ready, Set, Learn information sheet in the documents section below
December 13, 2017
pm (DOORS OPEN AT 4:45)Primary Students
At 6:00 (DOORS OPEN AT 5:45)pm intermediate students
family will receive 2 tickets to attend.
oldest child of every family will bring
tickets home on Thursday December 7th.
If you have
children in primary and intermediate
classes you will
get 2 tickets for each performance.
you don’t need the tickets, please ask your child to return the tickets to the
There will be no school for students on Friday, November 10th and Monday, November 13th. Friday, November 10th is a professional day and Monday, November 13th is the Remembrance Day holiday. See you back on Tuesday.
Here is the latest update from the VSB regarding the repairs to McBride
Elementary following the flood last Friday.
There key points are,
Vancouver School Board is working with a leading building restoration
company to repair the damage to McBride Elementary caused by flooding resulting
from a sprinkler failure.
The district expects the one classroom affected will reopen early next week,
with work to finish the remaining areas, including the library, completed over
the next few weeks.
Restoration work is only taking place outside of school hours.
During school hours, affected areas of the school are sealed off from
students and staff.
The building restoration company are testing materials they are removing
from the site and they will use the services of a company specializing in the
removal of hazardous material if they find any.
VSB and its contractors are following all legal requirements to protect the
safety of students, school staff and their own workers.
We ask the school community to support the restoration efforts by staying
away from sealed off areas of the building.
We will provide further updates as the work progresses.
Please call the school if you have anymore questions and I’ll do my best to