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October 11
Memorable Cross-Country running season at Tennyson!

The students of all ages had an excellent opportunity to train and to prepare for cross-country running meets this year.  Under the experienced leadership of our long-time coach, Chris Fuoco, the students practiced diligently three times a week and honed their running technique.  This was Chris' 11th and final coaching cross-country season at Tennyson! The students then participated in three mini-meets which culminated in the Final District Meet at Trout Lake.  Our runners demonstrated awesome sportsmanship, enthusiasm and Tennyson Spirit!  This all would not be possible without our sponsor teachers and parents who worked hard to organize everyone for the meets: Mme Renée, Mme Taillefer, M. Thomas, Jaqueline Crummey and Radha Reddy. Bravo, Tennyson tigres!


September 25
Tennyson 2020 Construction Update

Dear Tennyson Families,

Please take a look at the linked Tennyson 2020 Construction Update.  It contains important information about next steps with our project, and our plans at the school, and further description about the key messages below:  

Key Messsages:

  • The full field and small playground site are needed for construction to move forward; the Project Office and contractor did re-visit this on our behalf but can not logistically change the plan
  • We found out today that the date for the small playground dismantling is Sept 26 or 27th
  • We will be using our larger playground for primary and intermediate students at recesses and lunch, with supervision and teaching of all students how to use it safely and effectively, and using our gym, and basement as well.  This includes our Ks!
  • Traffic Plan and diagram is in the bulletin  
  • Project timeline is in the bulletin  



Thank you for your tremendous support of our new project and for all of your ideas, especially with such short timelines that have presented themselves!  We are excited about the construction of our new building!

September 12
*Important* Community Schools After-School Programs Registration Information

Registration for afterschool Community Schools Team programs will be in person on Tuesday, Sept 25 at 8:30 am and again at 3pm.  There will be a table set up outside the school office.  Registration forms will be available the week prior to registration (from Sept 18th on).  Please bring your completed registration form with payment attached on registration day (Sept 25).


A new afterschool program offered by the Community Schools Team will be:


Art and Sport Together!  Thursdays, Oct 4 - Nov 22, 3:05 - 5pm, $100


Open to students in grades 3-5, this two hour program begins with an hour of Tiny Titans Crossfit, a playful, non-competitive class that teaches kids to actively pursue a healthy lifestyle.  During the second hour, participants will make fun, creative and one of a kind art projects.  All supplies will be provided.  Beginner artists welcome!


If you have any questions about the new registration process or want more info about programs offered, please contact Dianne Sankey, Westside Programmer at​

September 04
Welcome Letter, Newsletter, and Forms Packages

It was great welcoming back all of our students today - there was a wonderful energy in the building!  Please take a moment to read the joint-letter written by Board Chair Janet Fraser and Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman.  It can be found in the the Publications section of our main web page.

We will be posting our first 2018-19 newsletter in the next few days, and will be sending out a package of forms/collection information for school supplies and agenda fees, likely early next week.

Have a great week!

August 31
First Week of School Information

Dear Tennyson Families,


Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!  We hope that you have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer.  We look forward to welcoming back our students and families. The purpose of this message is to communicate the start-up procedures for the first week of school.  You likely saw this in our June newsletter, but we wanted to give some more details.  Thank you, and we hope you have a great long weekend!


First Week Back to School

Tuesday, Sept 4th

Gr. 1-7 Students at all VSB elementary school attend from 9am-10am on this day.  This allows us to compare our registrations with actual students, and to meet as a staff to look at the year ahead.  All Grade 2-7 students returning to Tennyson from the 2017-18 school year will return to their previous classroom.  We have had a few teachers move classrooms, but they will still meet the students by the 2017-18 classroom, and drop students off there at the end of the day.


All students now in Grade 1 (who were at Tennyson in Kindergarten for 2017-18) will go to the gym.  They will not be going to their previous Kindergarten rooms, as the K teachers need to begin their gradual entry process with our new Kindergarten students.


All non-K students who are new to Tennyson will go to the library


All new Kindergarten students will follow the gradual entry schedule that was sent to you in July. 


Wednesday, Sept 5th

Grade 1-7 students are in session from 9am to 3pm today, and for the rest of the week.  It is important that we ensure that our student numbers are accurate.  We are anticipating being able to move into new classrooms on Wednesday (though this could be delayed if we are not yet confident in our numbers).  To facilitate a smooth transition, students will return to the same teacher/classroom that they were in on Tuesday.  We will not be posting class lists.  When we are confident with our numbers and, teachers will share the new classes with the students, and students will move to their new classrooms.  This will be exciting for them, and they will have the remainder of the day in their new classroom.


If you are picking up your child at the end of the day, here is where primary teachers will bring the students (all will be in the same general vicinity):

-Grade 1 students to the undercover area behind the school (south-east side)

-Grade 2 students by the basketball hoops (south-east side of building)

-Grade 3 students by the picnic tables (east side of building)

-Grades 4 to 7 students will go out their assigned door and can meet you in front of the school if they are being picked up.


 Thursday Sept 6th

Assuming that we were able to change classes on Wednesday (likely), students will go to their new teacher’s classroom.  Their teachers will inform them where to line up.  If you are dropping off a primary student and are unsure, just come to the back (south-east corner) of the school and look for the teachers there.  The warning bell rings at daily at 8:55am; instruction begins at 9:00 am, and school ends at 3pm.  Supervision is only provided fifteen minutes prior to, and after the start and end bells.


Not Returning to Tennyson?

If your child is not returning to Tennyson and you have not informed the school, please do so right away.


Returning Late?

If your child is returning to Tennyson but it is going to later than Sept 4th, please inform the school if you have not already done so.  We want, to ensure that your child is counted in our enrollment. Many thanks!


Have wonderful first week back!​

June 30
Tiger Tails Assembly

On Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 our school held a very special celebration for our Kindergarten students, called the Tiger Tails Assembly. Division 18 and 19 Kindergarten students have successfully completed their first year of full time Kindergarten at Tennyson.  During this assembly, we celebrated our Kindergarten students becoming part of the Tennyson School community. On this day, the students received a very special keepsake, a tiger tail to keep with them throughout their years of schooling and beyond. The Tennyson Tiger tradition is very special at our school. It goes without saying that once a Tennyson tiger, always a Tennyson Tiger. 

This day would not be possible without the dedication of Mme Bailey and Mme Christine, our Kindergarten teachers.  We appreciate their positive energy, hard work and commitment to our students reaching their full potential. We would also like to thank our Grade 7 teachers and students for helping us organize this assembly and for celebrating with us today.






June 28
Tennyson Sports Day is a huge success!!

Our recent Sports Day was a tremendous display of community spirit.  We were fortunate to have experienced a lovely temperate day, and students in all grades enjoyed a variety of stations encouraging movement, team work, laughs, and a lot of fun!  We appreciated the goodies and lunch offered by our PAC/parent community.  A huge thank you to the families who worked with us to make the day possible, all of our amazing staff members you contributed to our students’ success and fun, and to the Kitsilano Secondary Gr. 10 students who volunteered their time to plan and run the stations, and in French!  All enjoyed hearing the student-prepared Sports Day cheers, and dancing to the Eye of the Tiger.  The day culminated in the annual Tug-of-War in which each of the green, yellow, blue, and red colour teams had a chance to face off in a fun competition of strength and will.  Team Yellow was our overall winner for the day, scoring the most points and earning a place on the coveted Tennyson Cup; that said, all of our students were incredible, and all teams did their absolute best, and fun was had by all!  A big community thank you tour Grade 5 parents who ran the concession.  A special thank you to the sponsors for the Sports Day event:  Maple Leaf Foods for providing the all-beef wieners, Starbucks at 1758 West Broadway (Broadway and Pine location) for providing the coffee, Loblaws / Wholesale Club for providing some of the concession items, and to Sportball Vancouver for the gift certificate.   Arita Barton in Division 15 was the winner of the draw for the Sportball Gift Certificate.​​​

May 29
Bike to School Week at Tennyson

Tennyson students are participating in a fun week-long Bike to School celebration.  It is great to see so many families enjoy this healthy and eco-friendly activity. The event embarked with students enjoying a healthy breakfast provided by the local Greens Natural and Organic Market. Later this week the students will celebrate by joining Tennyson bike parade. #Bike2School




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May 28
Spring Fling Brings out Tennyson Talent!

​On Friday, May 25th, the Spring Fling made it truly evident that Tennyson's Got Talent! Students from Kindergarten through Grade 7 participated with talent abounding: songs of all sorts from solos to duets to groups, a variety of musical instruments, acting, dance, jokes, and lots of fun for all.  The after-school event went into the evening, showcasing our amazing students!  A bit thank you to all of the organizers, MCs, our resident DJ, Gr. 7 student leaders, the PAC, and to all who contributed to make the evening possible.  


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May 28
Tennyson Junior Track & Field Mini-Meet a Great Success!

The Tennyson field was abuzz with sport, movement, and fun on Friday May 25th, as many of our Kindergarten through Grade 2 students participated in the Mini Track meet.  They had the opportunity to do high jump, long jump, shot put, and relays.  At the end, students enjoyed a healthy snack before headign to class invigorated and ready for the day.  This is a great chance for students to build physical literacy skills, learn about some of the key Track & Field events, and to the plant the seeds for future Track events.  Thank you to the many parents and staff members who volunteered their time to make Track & Field possible this year at Tennyson! 

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