“What’s on at QVA?”
School Survey… it’s
the time of year when the Ministry
of Education surveys families, students and staff about
their experiences at school. This year, our staff also designed a
few questions just for QVA, at the end of the online
We also will survey our primary students using an
age-appropriate scale, on paper. We want feedback from
everyone about their experience at our school! This helps
us choose new goals to move forward with. Thank you for
You can find the PARENT SURVEY here: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm
link will be open until May 26. Please give us your feedback. Thank you!
Our Annual Spring
Festival is amazing because
of the whole community
are many ways to be a part of this fundraiser and fun day! Please click on
below to see how you can help: http://bit.ly/2pgZ13U
the Date! Come to the:
on Wednesday, June 7th!
Student performances and
refreshments will be offered...
May 16th 7pm
Location: QVA gym
Topic: Nurturing the Roots of Self Esteem
Child care: available in the library
The QVA School Musical 2017!
With thanks to Ms. Jacqui Norick, Ms. Lisa
Sars, Ms. Jill
Raymond and Ms. Veda Hille,
we are proud to present:
QVA Dream School Musical”
Admission by donation. Two
1pm Tuesday, May 30
& 7pm Wednesday, May 31
Final PAC Meeting
of the year: *NEW* date:
Thursday, June 8th 6:30pm
ue to check our school website for updates and important dates:
Other DATES to NOTE:
· Welcome to Kindergarten event for new QVA families: Wed, May 17 1:15pm
· musical costumes due to school please: Friday, May 12
· Sports Day (times TBA): Friday,
· Grade 5 Farewell Performance and Leaving Certificates: 11am Wed, June
The First Day of Summer is Here!
As the school year draws to a close,
we reflect on the growth we have all made. The students have grown taller,
wiser, more confident, etc, and some have faced many challenges both internal
and external. I am very proud of the students for working on ‘the tough things’
that we all have, and for being so dedicated to making themselves and the Queen
Vic family a caring, supportive place to be.
Science, math, social studies,
writing… it will all continue for one more week; however, as we look forward to
long summer days in the sun (don’t forget your sunscreen), there is much to
celebrate! Every student has made gains in different areas and just
like we all have varied strengths as grown-ups, the kids balance their
abilities and interests too. Over the summer, help students to develop a new
habit or try something they’ve never done before! READ, Read, read and read
some more! Visit a museum, take photos of nature, walk a dog—stretch their
comfort zone and then have some hugs and moments of reassurance. There are lots
of things to be thankful for in summer—time with family is certainly one of
Tuesday, June 21st is
National Aboriginal Day and there are lots of activities happening at Trout
Lake. Check it out afterschool if you can, and as you celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday
this July, take a moment to recognize the beautiful lands shared with us by the
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Wautu) andsḵwx̱wú7mesh
(Squamish) Coast Salish peoples. Check out the photo below: “Raven Takes a
Farewell to Staff:
It is a time of new
beginnings for some of our staff. Please join me in thanking the following staff members, who will be working at
other schools in September. We will miss you!
Debbie Emery (Resource Teacher/Gr. 1
Rachelle Icasiano (Office Admin Assistant)
Tyler Kolpin (PE Teacher/Resource
Anne Ritchie (Teacher
Andrea Wiebe (Support Worker)
And we would like to say, “Happy
to Mrs. Sissel VanderSter (Office Admin Assistant),
who has been part of the
Queen Victoria community
for over 20 years!
Do you still have a library book at home?
Please double check if you have overdue books. They need to be returned ASAP.
Check our website for an updated Queen
Victoria Annex ‘school plan’ including our over-arching goals for next year!
Please see the distributed and posted QVA
2016-2017 calendar for planning ahead… winter/spring break, Pro D days, etc.
are now booked
WONDERFUL, SUMMER of exploring, reading, relaxing, and fun!
~Ms. Rhead J
QVA is Building and Growing…
Last month, we were fortunate to have Tupper Secondary School
teacher, Mr. Russ Evans working with our grade 5 students (and their
kindergarten buddies!). They developed a project that had many benefits:
building and tool skills, leadership, supporting each other with safety and
thinking about how a project can influence a community. The whole school worked
to shovel soil and create a place for our community to grow, a place to water,
socialize, plan and enjoy! We are grateful to all the families who have offered
to water and maintain our plants over the summer. We hope to create an e-sign
up system for folks to name the day(s) when they can water and help out. Thank
you to Hartley, Tanis and all the volunteer parents who are helping to make our
QVA Garden, happen! Stay tuned!
Growing Chefs is a company working with Div. 4 to provide a hands-on
experience around growing and cooking their own food. We are thrilled that
these volunteer chefs come to work with our students each week. Hmm… maybe it
is time for us to book Project Chef for next year too! Growing and cooking
provides so many learning opportunities in math, science and all across the
curriculum as we weave the topics into our reading, writing and art.
More environmental focus also
happened this month as Div. 1 visited the Seymour hatchery and then led the
Salmon Release! Amazing! When we know where we (and our food) came from, we
really can know where we are going to next…
A Message from the Spring Festival Coordinators:
We are now just a few days away from our AMAZING festival (Sunday!
10am to 3pm, spread the word!) and are still looking for LOTS OF HELPERS. Are you available on Thursday or Friday afternoons to help set up for the RUMMAGE SALE? See the "pre festival to do" tab on
the google doc and sign
yourself up! Can you come a bit early on Sunday morning (we'll be there at 8am!) to help
set up tables/tents/chairs/signs/etc.? Please see the "set up" tab to
add your name! We could use some more tape, scissors, tarps, markers, and
extension cords on site to be sure we have all of our
hardware needs covered so if you have some to lend please bring them with you
to set up (see the "misc items needed" tab to add your name).
Is your child willing to be a BALLOON SPLASH VICTIM? or help work the arcade games? or assist with ticket taking at a number of other fun activities (bouncy
castle! critters! prize depot!)? Please see the "morning shift" and "afternoon shift" tabs to add their names. There are also lots of adult volunteer spots needed (places where food or
cash are handled we need adults working) so please see where you can also take
We also will need LOTS OF
WORKER BEES to help
take down and clean up the school/yard after the event. Please see the
"take down" tab to add your name to the list. Finally, we will have a hard copy of the sign up sheet at QVA this week
before and after school, when you can also buy your tickets in advance (so
bring your $$$!), so please stop by and see what shifts are left to fill!
The Countdown is on!!!
Sign up here: on the google doc
Thanks for making this
year's event an amazing one!
~Erin and Karen (your
continue to work on our Personal and Social Awareness through learning about
virtues and some special ‘words of the week’.
While we hip hop danced, our word was creative. This week, we are
learning about RESILIENCY. We are talking about real life examples that
hopefully are easy to remember. Even the bean sprouts in the garden are
resilient! Terms like ‘bouncing back’ or ‘springing up’ from feeling upset or
disappointed, are a part of our regular conversation this week. We
do this to align with a new focus on Thinking,
Communication, and Personal/Social Awareness--the new Core
Competencies of our BC Curriculum. Here is an
article for families about Resiliency and how we can teach it: 25 Ideas for Teaching
Thank you! See you in the halls-and on Sunday!… ~Ms. Rhead
Please contact the office
promptly if your family is not planning to return to QVA in September. Thank
PAC, we thank you for
providing us with opportunities for building our garden, Hip Hop dancing, our
Salmon release program, an amazing performance from the Rainbow Dance Theatre
and other special things for students this term!
Need a summer program?
Register at Britannia Community Centre: Britannia Summer
Interested in being a Foster
Parent to a child in need?
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Celebrating Term 2!
Social Emotional Learning was at the forefront as we
acknowledged #Acceptance with dance the everything PINK.
Thank you again to Ms. Norick for teaching the participants the
dance and to the parents and volunteers who took students to
the Flashmob event at the Vancouver Giants game. Check out
the official video to see the #seaofpink in action!
I would also like to thank the Pink Team of student leaders who
created pink ‘acceptance’ slogan wristbands and badges for all
students to wear! These grade 4 and 5 leaders spoke maturely
and with good knowledge in each classroom about the true
meaning and origin of Pink Day. Way to go, team!
Student leadership continues to be a focus this year at QVA.
Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 can volunteer to read the
announcements for our daily QVA Radio, or lead a Monday
morning assembly. Student leaders are also doing 1
(check our website for up-to-date and other
Tuesday, Mar. 29th: back to school- term 3
March 29-April 7: Tennis sessions!
March 30, pm: fire drill
March 31 @6:30pm: PAC meeting
Friday, April 15th: NO SCHOOL for students
Monday, April 18th: NO SCHOOL for
students (Professional Development)
April 19th: “Ready, Set, Learn!” Secord family
of schools event for children aged 3-5 at
Trout Lake Community Centre
April 25th – cybersafety presentation from
Jesse Miller! *6:30pm: PAC special guest
Jesse Miller parent presentation on
May 2nd: NO SCHOOL for students
May 5th 2pm: district-wide earthquake drill
May 11th: Hip Hop dance performance
May 17th: ‘Welcome to Kindergarten’ event
at Queen Vic- new Kindergarten students
Friday, May 20th: SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
Monday, May 23rd: VICTORIA DAY HOLIDAY-
May 25th: Volunteer Tea @10:45am
Sunday, May 29th: Spring Festival at QVA!
Queen Victoria Annex to Laura Secord Elementary
PAC, we thank you for
providing us with opportunities for
Gymsense Gymnastics, classroom
and family yoga, an amazing
performance from Uzume Taiko and
other special things for students this
responsible jobs delivering hot lunches, fruit and vegetables from
our Healthy Foods program, helping kindergartens with
respectful behaviour in the hallway and lunchroom, being Peer
Helpers on the playground, volunteering for various tasks
around the school, greeting performers before assemblies, and
more! Student leaders, we are so proud of you!
Keep up the great work for term 3!
It has been a very busy, academic month, with much to celebrate
as we hosted our Student-Led Conferences March 9 & 10. Goals
have been set for the final term of the school year and students
are heading to the spring break with many accomplishments
With longer days of sunshine and lots of new growth around
(literally and figuratively), the kids are once again changing and
growing and trying new things. Teachers are ‘trying new things ‘
too with more focused work on implementing the new
transformed curriculum and with examining the hows and whys
of teaching methods and educational philosophy.
On our March 4 curriculum day for staff, we worked together to
look at the changes and additions to the new curriculum website;
we noted that in many cases, the content could be similar or the
same, but the big shift is for staff, students and families to see
student growth as something on a continuum over time--not just
a checklist of learning for things in a particular grade. We also
were grateful that Godwin Barton, our Aboriginal Education
Enhancement Worker, was able to open our workshop day with
storytelling on the theme of identity and belonging—something
that the curriculum also embraces. We thank Godwin for setting
the tone for the day.
With a new focus on Thinking, Communication, and
Personal/Social Awareness, the new Core Competencies of
our BC Curriculum, we begin our third term and look ahead to
the 2016-2017 school year. More information will be available to
families at two upcoming presentations in May, from VSB and
DPAC on this topic. Stay tuned!
District Parent Advisory Council information
And, some staff and families have commented about a blog I
have re-posted various articles from on social media—
MindShift. This site might be something you find interesting as
it touches on many current ideas and research in education.
Enjoy Spring Break and see you on March 29th! J~ Ms. Rhead
have been enjoying a variety of activities already this month—with MANY THANKS
to our very
generous PAC. Alex VanderSter has been providing family yoga
classes afterschool von Mondays and for Div. 3 on Thursdays! Div. 5 & 6
also have been doing some mindful movements on their mats twice each week!
Despite the rain, our students have been out enjoying recess and lunch with lots
of creative and unstructured play.
school monies are funding a pilot project this term! We welcome and thank the
Van Tech Community Schools Team programmer, Jordan MacDougall for coaching and
supporting a lunchtime group of grade 2/3s on Mondays and grade 4/5s on
Wednesdays! We look forward to having
more programming like this in the future—perhaps with registration for
afterschool groups as well.
highlights this month include a visit from the O.W.L. Rehabilitation Centre OWL Canada (thank you, PAC!) to our grade
2/3s and a focus on self-regulation with the grade 1s ZonesofRegulation See the
Div. 5 newsletter for more info. Finally, we thank Cst. Fostvelt for visiting
us and helping me teach about cybersafety. We also
love this article all about early reading skills, suggested by Mrs. Ritchie and
VSB teacher/author, Adrienne Gear: (early
See you in
Ms. Rhead J
Messages from the Library:
library is open after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Families are
welcome to come and visit the library during this time. I am also able to help
with quick questions right at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. I am happy to
help you choose books, such as good picks for helping students learn to read at
home, or recommendations for novels to read together as a family. I can also
help you find books to fit challenging circumstances, such as the loss of a
pet. Feel free to ask me for help in
accessing our VSB databases online – such as World Book. These are great
resources that can be used at home and school to help students with research,
and they are available for VSB families.
child need help remembering to return his or her library book on time? One
helpful tip is to set a reminder into your smartphone as an alert the night
before books are due. Students in Divisions
1, 4, and 6 visit the library for book exchange on Tuesday afternoons, and Students in Divisions 2, 3 and 5 come on Thursdays. Of course, anyone can visit the library
afterschool when we are open to exchange books.
QVA Book Fair!
The QVA Book Fair was a big success! The students were so excited
to look at all the books and school tools. A BIG thank you to Jenn Mayberry for
coordinating the event, and for her team of volunteers who helped by working a
shift or two. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you to the families who purchased
books for their child's class as well.
fair fundraising enabled us to order many new books for our school library.
Pictured, we have a selection of some of the new books that were purchased from
book fair profits.
to our lucky book fair winners, too! Isaac in Division 1 won the grand prize of
$25.00 of books for himself and $25.00 for his class. Other winners include
Kestrel and Alice from Division 2, Kenzo from Division 3, Mirabelle from Division
4, Graham from Division 5, and Addie
from Division 6.
Teacher-Librarian (and book fanatic),
Safety Reminders for Queen
Please only use 3rd Avenue E. for dropping off students (for
various reasons, we ask that families do not stop in the “no stopping zone” in
the cul-de-sac on 4th Ave. E.)
Thanks for continuing to help us keep our playground safe and clean by
alerting us of any concerns promptly
Supervision is available at school/on the playground from 8:40am-9am and
3pm-3:20pm, each day.
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Maquinna, Maquinna Annex, Mount
Pleasant, Queen Alexandra, Secord, Thunderbird,
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Heights Annex, Cook, MacCorkindale, Waverly, Weir
Carr, Cavell, Fraser, Osler, Van
Kitchener, Queen Elizabeth, Queen
Elizabeth Annex, Queen Mary, Jules Quesnel,
Britannia Elementary, Grandview,
Hastings, Seymour, Strathcona, Tillicum Annex,
McKechnie, Maple Grove
Begbie, Franklin, Garibaldi Annex,
Jamieson, Laurier, Laurier Annex,
Lloyd George, Sexsmith
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Roberts. Roberts Annex.
Bayview, False Creek, Gordon,
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Grenfell. Renfrew, Nootka
Happy New Year! Welcome back to school and to a brand NEW
year—2016! As we wind down from all our family and friends time over the winter
break, we look ahead to set new goals and reaffirm old ones. This time of year is always fresh and fun.
In December we had lots to celebrate. The end of our first
term brought plenty of assessment and reports about where to go next with our
learning, but also time to reflect on student growth and strengths shown in
just the first few months of school. Celebrate with your child! Talk about what
has been learned and where they will go next with their learning…
Term two will bring new opportunities in each classroom.
Several of those new things are supported by our PAC, and I want to say a HUGE
thank you for the annual funding we received again this fall. A few of our new
items are pictured here and some of the intangibles of course, like the fees
for bus transportation or for bringing in an experience from O.W.L. (coming
soon!) are wonderful examples of how your fundraising makes things happen for
Thank you so much for your contributions and support.
Happy New Year!
We also value our parent involvement and thank Gabe and
Leo’s dad, Noel Pullen, for bringing us the “Hour of Code” on Dec. 9. We hope
to have an event like this again sometime—families, staff and students gathered
to learn how to write code. Check out more info here! https://hourofcode.com/ca
Also in December, our Queen
Victoria Annex Food Drive, delivered 13 boxes of healthy food and over
to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Wow! Students brought in items to donate
throughout the last week of school and there was much to celebrate at our
Winter Sing-a-Long! Thank you so much for your contributions and support. All the student MCs did a remarkable job this
term and a big thank you goes to Ari and Leah for leading all the holiday
events in the last week of school.
As we went into the two-week break, we enjoyed some singing
and LOTS of delicious treats at our Winter Bake Sale and singing event. It was
an impressive gathering and there were many smiles! J Thank you so much to
Kathy Lund and her crew of volunteers and bakers—everyone enjoyed the warm
atmosphere and yummy treats you created. Thank you!
And so we continue into term 2 with student leadership,
sports, activities and learning. QVA Monday morning meetings and radio
announcements by students will continue to feature special topics and the new
‘word of the week’.
Finally, I would like
to once again thank Erin Wallden for her service to Queen Victoria kids and
families as a PAC co-Chair. She has now retired from this position but her
welcoming, easy-going and supportive leadership will be missed, I’m sure! Virginia
will remain as co-Chair and now we welcome Karen Beaty to the position as well!
Happy New Year!
Keep safe and healthy! Come in and talk with our staff
anytime—we are grateful for your input and support.
Best wishes for 2016!
Thanks for supporting our PAC!
We would like to thank Hartley at
Figaro’s Garden for the generous donation this season! Proceeds from
Christmas trees and an additional sum made up a $500 donation to our school.
THANK YOU! Please visit the store and website: http://www.figarosgarden.ca/store-info.html
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Queen Victoria students led
and participated in our
Remembrance Day memorial
assembly this month, and themes of war and peace echoed
throughout the school. In age-appropriate ways, different classes
examined times of war from various
perspectives and read stories about
animals in war and ways to create
peace. Student leaders became
involved with folding origami peace
cranes and in writing scripts for our
assembly. Themes of peace are
always discussed at this time of year,
but it seemed especially important as there is currently so much
unrest in the world.
Gaining a broader
perspective is often a
theme in many
classrooms. Whether it
is Div. 1 students are
attending a field trip to
the Art Gallery to gain
literal perspective, or if
students are learning to
working through a problem, we are always trying to deepen our
understanding of others and ourselves. Thematic teaching often
Scholastic Book Fair- QVA
Library until 4pm Dec. 2
Hannukah Dec 6-14
sharing assemblies: Dec. 7,
Hour of Code- 3pm Dec. 9th in the library
Food Bank Collection Dec. 14-18
Winter Bake Sale & Sing-a-
long! 5:45-7:30pm Dec. 17th
report cards issued & Winter
Break begins! Dec. 18th
Back to school: Monday,
Jan. 4th~Happy New Year!
• Want to support QVA this
season? Simply go into
Figaro’s Garden (Victoria
& 3rd) between now and
December 24th and tell
the staff you are
purchasing a gift card for
the Queen Victoria
Figaro’s Garden generously
gives Queen Victoria 20%
back from every gift card
Please contact Hartley with
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QVA News Volume 3
supporting our PAC:
• Mabels Labels- 20% back to
QVA from every online
purchase thru Dec. 11—
@ Queen Vic:
✦ THANK YOU, Scott Sinclair
and volunteer team! The
playground clean-up job
looks fantastic! We have
been advised that it should
last several more years and
we are fortunate to have
such dedicated and
innovative parents, past and
present, that helped make
provides opportunity to study content areas like this as well, in
connected and meaningful ways. Much of the new BC curriculum
you may be hearing about, is designed in this way. Teachers as
mentors and coaches, guide students to the areas of knowledge
that best demonstrate the skills and processes kids need to
Want to know more about the BCED Plan? Check out the new,
transformed curriculum: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/
Save the Date! Come and hear about the curriculum changes in
a presentation from staff at the next PAC meeting on
Monday, January 25th. We also ask you to save the date as our
principal, Richard Zerbe will visit and present information about
French Immersion programs at Laura Secord Elementary.
Safety Matters...& K eeping H ealthy!
The safety of our students comes first—if you have any concerns,
please alert the office right away. Mr. Tom Perry (our building
engineer) and I are doing grounds sweeps of the playground,
parking lot and surrounding areas as best we can, each morning.
Can you help, too? Thanks for helping to clean up where you can.
If you see any suspicious behaviour around our school, please call
911 or 604-717-3321 (police non-emergency). In other safety
matters, we conduct drills for fire, earthquake, ‘lockdown’ and
‘hold and secure’ each year. Come in and ask questions if you
✦ Wednesday Dec 2nd is the
last day of Scholastic Book
Fair. Thanks to Mrs. Ritchie,
Jenn Mayberry and all the
volunteers who helped
organize and run this
contact our PAC:
contact our office:
We care about your kids! :)
would like more
Classroom lessons around
keeping healthy in
different ways has been
influential this season!
Thanks to our VCH
nurse, Sandeep Jawanda
for coming in to speak
with Div. 4 and advise the
office on various topics.
Kids do a great job of
reminding each other to
use tissues and stay home
if they are not well.
S ee you soon, Ms. Rhead.
Queen Victoria: Annex to Laura Secord Elementary
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Queen Vic Kids at Camp...
Special moments were created at CAMP EVANS LAKE!
Our grades 2-5 students participated in outdoor activities and
team-building experiences at the
beginning of October. Students had
quiet time, noisy time, games, songs
and learning, as they experienced the
beautiful setting and well-planned
adventures! With thanks to the staff
and CIT volunteers, our students
enjoyed many memorable moments.
Thank you, Ms. Norick, Mrs. W and
Ms. Krista for your planning and
dedication to this incredible trip! We
also want to thank the very patient
and supportive parents who attended
and volunteered by leading activities
and cabin groups—we could not have
done it without you! THANK YOU!
(photo credits: Andrea Wiebe)
Camp was a unique time to reflect on our connection with nature
and mindful practices continue in classrooms back at QVA.
Students in many classes participate in deep breathing and
empathy lessons where they learn patience for themselves and
Family Photo Night- Wed, Oct.
Hallowe’en Safety Talks with Cst.
Rusty Fostvelt- Thurs, Oct. 29
Hallowe’en Dance and Primary
Parade- Fri, Oct. 30
Rio Theatre Kids’ Culture Series
Film- Sun. Nov. 1
Photo Re-takes- Mon. Nov. 2
Remembrance Day Assembly-
Tues, Nov. 10
REMEMBRANCE DAY- Wed.
Nov. 11- SCHOOL CLOSED
Diwali!- Nov. 12-13
PAC mtg.- Mon. Nov. 23
“Lockdown” drill- Thurs. Nov. 26
PROFESSIONAL DAY- Fri. Nov.
27- NO SCHOOL for students
Book Fair @ QVA-Nov. 30-Dec. 3
contact our PAC:
contact our office: Laura
Rhead, VP: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 604.713.4694
Queen Victoria: Annex to Laura Secord Elementary 1
supporting our PAC:
Figaro’s Garden- 20% back to
QVA from every gift card
purchased in store Oct. 16!
Mabels Labels- 20% back to QVA
from every online purchase thru
Dec. 11— www.MabelsLabels.com
Nov. 1, 12:30pm @ Rio Theatre-
Kids’ Culture Series fundraiser
@ Queen Vic:
✦ Are you able to volunteer with
our new hot lunch program?
Just 20 min. of your time on a
Tuesday or Thursday at lunch
time. Please email the PAC to
✦ We are learning to incorporate
Indigenous Principles of
Learning in our everyday
lessons... heck out these over-
arching and inclusive ideas
✦ check OUR WEBSITE for
✦ Physical Literacy—everyday!
others. Just “Being” in the
forest and in the classroom can
help us to centre ourselves and
self-regulate so we are able to
reconnect with what is most
important, and be ready for our
lessons and learning
This month, teachers participated in our twice annual ‘class
reviews’ session where we review every students’ needs and
discuss goals and plans for lessons and support. We also were very
pleased to see so many parents and caregivers attend the Goal-
Setting Conferences. Thank you for making that positive process
so meaningful for your child(ren). Perhaps have a dinnertime
conversation about how those goals are going... :)
We also had some excitement in our school with Elections
Canada being on site for the federal election. Students were able
to see democracy at work and it allowed for some important
teachable moments. On another note, “Flying Bob” came to
perform at our school (thank you, PAC!) and shared much more
than just circus talent! He inspired us to follow our passions, no
matter what they are. :)
One of the most celebrated events of the year, the Terry Fox Run,
was also done earlier this month. Students, families and
neighbours all contributed to the event, running, walking and
donating money in the name of cancer research and Terry Fox
awareness. Thank you
to Kerry Ann
Holloway, friend of the
Fox family, who
attended our kick off
assembly and gave
extra meaning by
describing what it was
like to be with Terry
on his run in eastern
Canada. Our QVA
family raised a
Thank you for your
Queen Victoria: Annex to Laura Secord Elementary
generosity. The students were rewarded last week
with a pie in Ms. Rhead’s face by Hunter and
Donovan, some zany make-up and hair for Ms.
Krista from each division, and Edward was the
lucky winner—Principal for a Day! He spoke
clearly as a PA announcer, lead an assembly with
confidence and with completed various tasks
throughout the day. Way to go, Edward and all
Queen Victoria students! Your enthusiasm for
Terry inspired all of us and thank you so much to
those students who gave with their piggy banks
and also their hearts!
Finally, we had our provincial teacher professional development day last Friday.
For more information about professional development, check out my VP blog on our school website or
follow me on twitter @lmrhead. Many teachers have been researching the implementation of the new,
transformed curriculum. Check out these documents here: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/. And now,
Hallowe’en is upon us. Cst. Fostvelt, our school liaison officer visits us with safety messages on Thursday
and costumes will fill the halls on Friday.
McSpadden Park and the QVA grounds are public spaces and we all want to keep these places clean and
safe. Parents and community members can help by alerting our building engineer, Tom or the office if
something hazardous is found during school hours. Outside of school hours, please call 311 and the city
will attend. Also, it is important to inform the police non-emergency line of any dangerous items found.
As we anticipate Hallowe’en night, we ask that everyone keeps watch for our school safety.
Hallowe’en safety tips from Div. 4: Use make-up/not masks; carry a flashlight and a glowstick; check your
candy before eating it; always stay with a group and an adult; look
carefully for cars; make sure your costume isn’t too big or dragging
on the ground; use battery lights for pumpkins; stay in well-lit
Is your emergency contact information up to date? Please let
the office know of any changes and be sure your ‘verification form’
has been returned.
We care about your kids!
Have a safe and happy Hallowe’en weekend when it arrives..... Boo!
S ee you soon,
Queen Victoria: Annex to Laura Secord Elementary 3
Back to School
It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of September! I have been enjoying the process of getting to know this rich and diverse community. Queen Victoria kids have already been involved with acts of social responsibility, athletics, classroom team building and more! As we anticipate the annual grade 2-5’s trip to Evan’s Lake Camp this week, we say goodbye to the first month of school. Teachers have been planning and organizing for all the adventures in learning this year will bring. A few photos in this newsletter describe some of the different ways our kids are learning: active play, active listening, hands-on exploration, collaboration, and through developing their own identities.
Here’s an inspiring video we showed at a recent assembly… :) http://bit.ly/1frs99e
On our professional development day and during staff meetings this month, we have been discussing the new, transformed curriculum. This new lens for teaching and learning includes a focus on “Core Competencies” in every subject area and grade: our ability to Communicate; our ability to accept and act on our Personal and Social Responsibility; and our critical and creative Thinking abilities. More information will come to students and families about curriculum changes throughout the year, but the basics remain: literacy and numeracy at the heart of our days and all subjects integrated and individualized, whenever possible. Our goal setting conferences are coming up on Oct. 14 and 15th—an ideal time to discuss personal, academic goals with your children and celebrate the strengths they already demonstrate. Please come in and talk with your child’s teacher about any concerns or questions-sooner is always better!
Want to know more about the BCED Plan? Check our the new, transformed curriculum documents here: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/
The safety of our students comes first—if you have any concerns, please alert the office right away. Mr. Tom Perry (our building engineer) and I are doing grounds sweeps of the playground, parking lot and surrounding areas each morning. Can you help, too? Thanks for helping to clean up where you can. If you see any suspicious behaviour around our school, please call 911 or 604-717-3321 (police non-emergency). In other safety matters, we conduct regular fire drills and two earthquake drills each year. Talk with your family about emergencies and do your best to prepare at home, as we do at school.
We care about your kids!
See you soon,
Evans Lake Forestry Camp (grades 2-5) -Wednesday, Sept. 30-Friday, Oct. 2
Individual School Photos- Monday, Oct. 5
first day for new Hot Lunch program—Tuesday, Oct. 6
PAC Bake Sale! Friday, Oct. 9 3pm
Thanksgiving weekend— no school Monday, Oct. 12
Terry Fox Run @QVA Oct. 16
Goal Setting Conferences—make an appointment, 2pm-7pm Oct. 14/15
Provincial Professional Day - No School for students, Friday, Oct. 23
PAC meeting- 6:30pm Monday, Oct. 26
contact our PAC: email@example.com
contact our office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for supporting our PAC:
Figaro’s Garden- 20% back to QVA from every gift card purchased in store Oct. 16!
Mabels Labels- 20% back to QVA from every online purchase thru Dec. 11— www.MabelsLabels.com
@ Our Community:
Register for fall programs at Britannia Community Centre: http://bit.ly/1iXoRmh
@ Queen Vic:
Are you able to help our in our Library? If you have 15-20 min. once a week, Mrs. Ritchie would appreciate your help! She is looking for assistance with shelving the non-fiction books; QVA kids love their library!
We are learning to incorporate Indigenous Principles of Learning in our everyday lessons… check out these over-arching and inclusive ideas here: http://bit.ly/1Kkevqt
check our website for updates: http://bit.ly/1Gdsh94
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Welcome Back, Queen
Victoria Annex Community!
you for making me feel so welcome this week! Being new at school is exciting—I
am slowly learning everyone’s names and I am getting to know staff and
families. Thank you for introducing yourselves to me.
beginning of every school year, we communicate about all the things needed to
ensure a great year ahead. Today you are receiving the following items:
ü A request for email
communication with your family (yellow)
ü A request for media consent for
your child (green)
ü A request for your consent re:
neighbourhood walks/activities (pink)
ü A letter from the Ministry of
Education regarding the ‘new’ transformed curriculum (purple)
A Few Reminders For You:
· Please send recess snacks and
lunches to school each day, as we no
longer have an onsite lunch program at QVA. Soon there will be an option to
buy hot lunch, twice each week.
· Please bring appropriate clothing and
shoes—sunny or rainy, we want to be prepared!
· Please label your child’s belongings
as our ‘Lost and Found’ is growing already!
· Please ensure that the office has your email
contact information. The email address would only be used by the
office or classroom teacher, for upcoming events/school information.
about school fees and student info verification forms, will be sent home next
· Please check our school website: http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/queenvictoria for the most
current information. I will be updating the calendar on a daily basis as there
are so many activities coming up. Information about Evans Lake camp will be
posted later this week as well.
First PAC (Parent Advisory Committee)
September 16 @ 5:30pm (Lunch Program Tasting- $5)
@ 6:30pm (PAC meeting starts)
“Meet the Teacher” Night:
September 22 @5:30pm ~ classroom visits @6pm ~gather in the gym
you for your support! See you soon.
~ Ms. Laura Rhead