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May 09
May- June 2017 Messages

“What’s on at QVA?”

May-June 2017


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 survey.

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

participating. You can find the PARENT SURVEY here:

This 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 coming together!

There are many ways to be a part of this fundraiser and fun day! Please click on the

link below to see how you can help:


Save the Date! Come to the:

Volunteer Appreciation Tea

2pm on Wednesday, June 7th!

Student performances and

Lights refreshments will be offered... 

Author and Speaker

Deborah MacNamara

visits QVA PAC:

Tuesday, May 16th  7pm

Location: QVA gym

Topic: Nurturing the Roots of Self Esteem

Cost: Free

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:

 “The QVA Dream School Musical”

Admission by donation.  Two shows:

1pm Tuesday, May 30

&  7pm Wednesday, May 31

Final PAC Meeting of the year:   *NEW* date:

Thursday, June 8th 6:30pm 

(childcare provided)

More info?


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, June 23

·      Grade 5 Farewell Performance and Leaving Certificates: 11am Wed, June 28th

June 27
QVA June Newsletter

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 them.

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 Selfie”!


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 Teacher)

·         Rachelle Icasiano (Office Admin Assistant)

·         Tyler Kolpin (PE Teacher/Resource Teacher)

·         Anne Ritchie (Teacher Librarian/Resource Teacher)

·         Andrea Wiebe (Support Worker)


And we would like to say, “Happy Retirement”

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. Thank you!

·         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

·         Have a great idea for an activity or curriculum link? Contact us anytime at:

·         Interested in summer school? Don’t forget to register:

Wishing you all:
a SAFE, WONDERFUL, SUMMER of exploring, reading, relaxing, and fun! 

~Ms. Rhead J

May 26
QVA  May Newsletter!


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!
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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 a shift.

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 festival coordinators)​


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Meanwhile….  We 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 Resiliency

​Thank you! See you in the halls-and on Sunday!… ~Ms. Rhead

​Registration changes? 

Please contact the office promptly if your family is not planning to return to QVA in September. Thank you!

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!​

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Need a summer program?

Register at Britannia Community Centre: Britannia Summer Program Registration

Interested in being a Foster Parent to a child in need?

VACFSS Information link​

April 04
QVA News- Feb/Mar 2016

QVA News Volume 5

March 11, 2016


Queen Victoria Annex | monthly newsletter | RheadingRoom

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

Calendar Notes~April/May

(check our website for up-to-date and other fieldtrip information):

  • 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 (Curriculum Implementation)

  • 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 cybersafety

  • May 2nd: NO SCHOOL for students (Professional Development)

  • 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 visit!

  • 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 term!

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!

Spring Forward...

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 behind them!

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 2

it touches on many current ideas and research in education. Enjoy Spring Break and see you on March 29th! J~ Ms. Rhead​ 

February 05
QVA Newsletter!


QVA kids have been enjoying a variety of activities already this month—with MANY THANKS to our veryYOGA.jpg
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.

PAC and 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.

Other 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 literacy article).


See you in the halls,    

 Ms. Rhead J

Messages from the Library:

Our school 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.BOOKS.jpg

Does your 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.

Our book 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.

Congratulations 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.

Your Teacher-Librarian (and book fanatic),

Mrs. Ritchie

Safety Reminders for Queen Vic Community:

·         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.​ 








(Committee I)






Patti Bacchus



Allan Wong


Joy Alexander Fraser Ballantyne Janet Fraser



(Committee ll)



Allan Wong



Stacy Robertson


Patti Bacchus Penny Noble




(Committee III)





Joy Alexander





Penny Noble


Patti Bacchus Fraser Ballantyne Janet Fraser

Mike Lombardi Christopher Richardson Stacy Robertson

Allan Wong



(Committee IV)



Fraser Ballentyne



Christopher  Richardson



Patti Bacchus Joy Alexander



(Committee V)



Janet Fraser



Stacy Robertson


Christopher Richardson Allan Wong





Allan Wong


Beaconsfield, Cunningham, Norquay,

Selkirk, Selkirk Annex. Tvee

Mike Lombardi

Point Grey

Kerrisdale, Kerrisdale Annex,

  Quilchena, Southlands                                      

Allan Wong

Prince of Wales

Carnarvon, Shauqhnessv, Trafalgar


Joy Alexander


Brock, Dickens, Dickens Annex,

Livingstone, McBride, McBride Annex, Nightingale

Penny Noble

John Oliver

Henderson, Henderson Annex,

Mackenzie, Moberlv, Trudeau

Christopher  Richardson

University Hill

University Hill Elementary, Norma

 Rose Point Elementary                                      

Mike Lombardi

Vancouver Technical



Maquinna, Maquinna Annex, Mount

Pleasant, Queen Alexandra, Secord, Thunderbird, Queen Victoria Annex,

Fraser Ballantyne


Champlain Heights, Champlain

Heights Annex, Cook, MacCorkindale, Waverly, Weir

Janet Fraser

Eric Hamber

Carr, Cavell, Fraser, Osler, Van Horne,


Patti Bacchus

Lord Byng

Kitchener, Queen Elizabeth, Queen

Elizabeth Annex, Queen Mary, Jules Quesnel,

Christopher Richardson


Britannia Elementary, Grandview,

Hastings, Seymour, Strathcona, Tillicum Annex,

Joy Alexander


McKechnie, Maple Grove

Stacy Robertson


Begbie, Franklin, Garibaldi Annex,

Lord, Macdonald, Nelson

Fraser Ballantyne


Jamieson, Laurier, Laurier Annex,

L’Ecole Bilingue, Lloyd George, Sexsmith

Patti Bacchus

David Thompson

Douglas, Douglas Annex, Fleming,

Kingsford-Smith, Oppenheimer, Tecumseh, Tecumseh Annex

Stacv Robertson

King Georye

Roberts. Roberts Annex. Elsie Row

Penny Noble


Bayview, False Creek, Gordon,

Hudson. Tennyson

Janet Fraser




Bruce, Carleton, Collingwood,

Grenfell. Renfrew, Nootka

January 07
January Newsletter - Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!   HNY.jpg
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 QVA kids.

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!

Also in December, our Queen Victoria Annex Food Drive, delivered 13 boxes of healthy food and overFB.jpg
80 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!


Ms. Rhead 

Thanks for supporting our PAC! Figaro.jpg

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:​

December 01
November News!  (see this post with all the images and formatting, in your email inbox!)

QVA News Volume 3 November 30, 2015


Queen Victoria Annex | monthly newsletter | RheadingRoom

Wishing for Peace...

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
understand peer
perspectives when
working through a problem, we are always trying to deepen our understanding of others and ourselves. Thematic teaching often

Calendar Notes:

  • Scholastic Book Fair- QVA Library until 4pm Dec. 2

  • Hannukah Dec 6-14

  • sharing assemblies: Dec. 7,

    14 9:15am

  • 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! Thanks for supporting our PAC:

• 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 fundraiser.

Figaro’s Garden generously gives Queen Victoria 20% back from every gift card purchase!

Please contact Hartley with questions:

Queen Victoria: Annex to Laura Secord Elementary 1

QVA News Volume 3

Thanks for 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 that possible.

November 30, 2015

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 develop.

Want to know more about the BCED Plan? Check out the new, transformed curriculum:

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 firstif 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 fundraiser!


contact our PAC:

contact our office:

We care about your kids! :)

would like more information.
Classroom lessons around keeping healthy in di
fferent 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

October 28
October News!

QVA News Volume 2 October 26, 2015       

 **see this newsletter with all its formatting, colour and images in your email inbox Oct. 29th**


Queen Victoria Annex | monthly newsletter | RheadingRoom

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
adventures! With thanks to the sta
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

Calendar Notes:

  • Family Photo Night- Wed, Oct. 28

  • 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


  • 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:

    or call 604.713.4694

Queen Victoria: Annex to Laura Secord Elementary 1

QVA News Volume 2

October 26, 2015

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—

Nov. 1, 12:30pm @ Rio Theatre- Kids’ Culture Series fundraiser continues!

@ 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 volunteer. Thanks!

  • ✦  We are learning to incorporate Indigenous Principles of Learning in our everyday lessons... heck out these over- arching and inclusive ideas here:

  • ✦  check OUR WEBSITE for updates:

  • ✦  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 opportunities.

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 whopping $1521.72! Thank you for your

Queen Victoria: Annex to Laura Secord Elementary


QVA News Volume 2

October 26, 2015

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 winnerPrincipal 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: And now, Hallowe’en is upon us. Cst. Fostvelt, our school liaison o
fficer visits us with safety messages on Thursday and costumes will fill the halls on Friday.

Safety Matters

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


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,

Ms. Rhead

Queen Victoria: Annex to Laura Secord Elementary 3​ 

September 28
QVA September News

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… :)

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:

Safety Matters

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,

Ms. Rhead

Calendar Notes:

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:

contact our office:

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—

@ Our Community:

Register for fall programs at Britannia Community Centre:

@ 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:

check our website for updates:

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You can also follow me on twitter: @lmrhead

September 09
First Letter Home...

Welcome Back, Queen Victoria Annex Community!


Thank 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.


At the 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.


·      Information about school fees and student info verification forms, will be sent home next week.


·      Please check our school website: 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.


Join Us!

First PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) Meeting:

Wednesday, September 16 @ 5:30pm (Lunch Program Tasting- $5)

                                                     @ 6:30pm (PAC meeting starts)

“Meet the Teacher” Night:

Tuesday, September 22 @5:30pm ~ classroom visits @6pm ~gather in the gym


Thank you for your support! See you soon.


                           ~ Ms. Laura Rhead (vice principal)​

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