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December 07
Tillicum Information and Events - December 7th 

December 7, 2018

Tillicum Families:

In the coming weeks the Tillicum community will be abuzz with winter spirit. We have a number of great family and student events, and we hope that families will be able to attend as many as they are able.

We are excited to welcome pianist Pedja Muzijevic on Thursday, December 13, 2018 to play for our students in the gym. Hailed by critics as a “thinking” musician with engaging stage presence and a gratifying combination of virtuosity and eloquence, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with other artists and ensembles. The London Financial Times eloquently sums him up as “a virtuoso with formidable fingers and a musician with fiercely original ideas about the music he plays.”

The Sarajevo-born, New York City-based pianist has won praise and prizes for his solo recitals, orchestral and chamber performances, and collaborations with such leading dance troupes as Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. For more information, visit http://www.pedjamuzijevic.com/web/splash.aspx

Tillicum’s Holiday Family Craft Event is on Wednesday, December 12th @ 1-3:30pm, and our Pancake Breakfast and Pajama Day is on Friday, December 21st @ 8:00 – 8:45am. All families are welcome to join.

Also, there will be festive carolling in the hallway by the gym the last week of school before the winter break, December 17-21, 8:40-9:00amagain, all are welcome!

Tillicum is welcoming renown sexual health educators, Saleema Noon and/or her team, to offer age-appropriate sexual health presentations to our children. There will be a parent presentation followed by in-class “Body Science” presentations for students on Wednesday, December 19th. I encourage all parents to make the time to join the Parent Information Workshop on the morning of Wednesday, December 19th @ 9:00 – 10:15am. Saleema and her team will help parents come to terms with sexual health, and understand how it fits into their children’s world at this stage of their lives. Parents will discover how to easily overcome embarrassment when talking about sexual health, learn words and concepts that are easy to use, and leave well equipped to clearly answer the myriad of questions all children are sure to ask. The workshop is light hearted, but delivers straight and current facts on how parents and children can work together to promote good decisions for a lifetime. For more information please see the website at www.saleemanoon.com

Lastly, our school has just installed a long jump pit. This pit should not be played in during or outside of school hours.  While this may look like fun for digging and playing in, these types of activities make it difficult to maintain, and they pose a danger for students using it for long jump. If the sand is uneven, has holes, or removed from it, students could be injured when jumping. Please help us reinforce that this pit is “no go zone” for playing and help keep our young athletes safe.

As the temperature continues to cool, I wish you a wonderful and warm weekend,

Brad Toews

Vice-Principal

Tillicum Community Annex

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

– C.S. Lewis

Events this Coming Up

Wednesday, December 12, 1:00-3:30pm

  • Craft Day & Sing Along – All Parents and Families Welcome J

Thursday, December 13, 1:00pm

  • Music with pianist Pedja Muzijevic

Wednesday, December 19, 9:00 - 10:15am

  • Saleema Noon, Sexual Health Educators –Parent Information Workshop

Week of December 17-21, 8:40 – 9:00am

·       Winter Carolling by the gym – All Parents and Families Welcome J

Friday, December 21, 8:00 – 8:45am 

·       Pancake Breakfast and Pajama Day in the gym – All Parents and Families Welcome J

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December 01
Saleema Noon - Sexual Health Educators

Tillicum is welcoming renown sexual health educators, Saleema Noon and/or her team, to offer age-appropriate sexual health presentations to our children. There will be a parent presentation followed by in-class “Body Science” presentations for students on Wednesday, December 19th. I encourage all parents to make the time to join the Parent Information Workshop on the morning of Wednesday, December 19th@ 9:00 – 10:15am. Saleema and her team will help parents come to terms with sexual health, and understand how it fits into their children’s world at this stage of their lives. Parents will discover how to easily overcome embarrassment when talking about sexual health, learn words and concepts that are easy to use, and leave well equipped to clearly answer the myriad of questions all children are sure to ask. The workshop is light hearted, but delivers straight and current facts on how parents and children can work together to promote good decisions for a lifetime. For more information please see the website at www.saleemanoon.com​

November 30
Tillicum Information and Events - November 30th

November 30, 2018

Tillicum Families: 

Congratulations to all our Students of the Month for November 2018. This past Monday teachers had the opportunity to acknowledge just some of the great work from our students here at Tillicum.  Way to go!

Please mark your calendars for Tillicum’s Holiday Family Craft EventWednesday, December 12th@ 1-3:30pm, and our Pancake Breakfast and Pajama Day, Friday, December 21st@ 8:00 – 8:45am. All families are welcome to join.

Also, there will be festive carolling in the hallway by the gym the last week of school before the winter break, December 17-218:40-9:00am… again, all are welcome!

Lastly, Tillicum is welcoming renown sexual health educators, Saleema Noon and/or her team, to offer age-appropriate sexual health presentations to our children. There will be a parent presentation followed by in-class “Body Science” presentations for students on Wednesday, December 19th. I encourage all parents to make the time to join the Parent Information Workshop on the morning of Wednesday, December 19th@ 9:00 – 10:15am. Saleema and her team will help parents come to terms with sexual health, and understand how it fits into their children’s world at this stage of their lives. Parents will discover how to easily overcome embarrassment when talking about sexual health, learn words and concepts that are easy to use, and leave well equipped to clearly answer the myriad of questions all children are sure to ask. The workshop is light hearted, but delivers straight and current facts on how parents and children can work together to promote good decisions for a lifetime. For more information please see the website at www.saleemanoon.com

Please read below to see what’s coming up next at Tillicum.

Have a great weekend,

Brad Toews

Vice-Principal

Tillicum Community Annex

"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall." 

– Roald Dahl

 

Events this Coming Week

Wednesday, December 12, 1:00-3:30pm

  • Craft Day & Sing Along – All Parents and Families Welcome  

Wednesday, December 19, 9:00 - 10:15am

  • Saleema Noon, Sexual Health Educators – Parent Information Workshop 

Week of December 17-21, 8:40 – 9:00am  

  • Winter Carolling by the gym – All Parents and Families Welcome  

Friday, December 21, 8:00 – 8:45am  

  • Pancake Breakfast and Pajama Day in the gym – All Parents and Families Welcome ​
November 23
Tillicum Information and Events - November 23rd

November 23, 2018

Tillicum Families:

Another week in the books. This week and the coming few, students and teachers are working hard to complete assignments and class work as the first term draws to an end. Time has flown by; it seems like yesterday we were welcoming the newest members of our community to Tillicum, and catching up with those students returning. I must say, I am very impressed with the students, staff and parents of Tillicum for their energy and dedication to the common goal of making a positive difference in the lives of students. I’m lucky to be part of it.

Please mark your calendars for Tillicum’s Holiday Family Craft DayDecember 12th @ 1-3:30pm, where students will create holiday crafts at stations. Following the craft fair, there will be a Holiday Sing a Long in the gym. All parents and families are welcome to join!

Next week, Thursday, November 29th, students will be having another B.E.A.R. reading at Tillicum, where parents and families are welcome to read as a community in our library from 8:40 – 9:10am. We hope to see you there.

As the weather continues to be extremely wet, please send an extra change of clothes and have your child dress for the rain.

Please read below to see what’s coming up in next at Tillicum.

Have a great weekend,

Brad Toews

Vice-Principal

Tillicum Community Annex

Upcoming Week at a Glance:

Wednesday, November 28 - K vision screening 1 - 2:45 pm

Thursday, November 29    - B.E.A.R Reading    8:40 - 9:10 am​

November 16
Tillicum Information and Events - November 16th

November 16, 2018

Tillicum Families:

Thank you to all the families who participated in our  School Active Travel Planning program by completing the Family Survey. This information will inform decision making around upgrades to the current transportation infrastructure around our school.  

Next week, Tuesday, November 20th, students will be coming home with a book to keep from our Books for Me partnership.

Please read below to see what’s coming up in next week.

Have a great weekend,

Brad Toews

Vice-Principal

Tillicum Community Annex

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

– Stephen King

 

Events this Coming Week

Tuesday, November 20  Books For Me​

November 09
Tillicum Information and Events - November 9th

Friday, November 9, 2018

Tillicum Families:

This week we acknowledged our veterans at our annual Indigenous Veterans’ Day and Remembrance Day assembly. The tradition of this ceremony, and the positive behaviour of our students at it is extremely strong, and this year’s assembly was no exception. I’d like give a special to thanks to all students who performed under the guidance of Mr. Doiron, and to Divisions 3 and 4, who sang a heartfelt rendition of Take a Deep Breath. This was a truly powerful ceremony that was enjoyed and valued by all who observed it.  LEST WE FORGET

This week is an extra-long weekend for our students as there is a Curriculum Implementation Day on Friday, November 9, where staff will be working towards better implementation of BC’s new curriculum, followed by the statutory holiday being observed on Monday, November 12. 

Lastly, Tillicum has partnered up with the City of Vancouver to participate in a School Active Travel Planning program to encourage and promote walking and cycling to and from school. This past week a survey was sent home for all Tillicum families to fill out. Please take the time to fill this out and return it to the school with your child.

Please read below to see what’s coming up in next.

Have a safe long weekend,

Brad Toews

Vice-Principal

Tillicum Community Annex

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

– Groucho Marx

 

Events this Coming Week

Monday, November 12

  • Statutory Holiday for Remembrance Day.  School is not in session. 

Thursday, November 15

  • 6:00 PM PAC meeting​
November 02
Tillicum Information and Events for Nov. 2 - 9

Friday, November 2, 2018

 
Tillicum Families:
 
Congratulations to all our Students of the Month for October 2018. This past week teachers had the opportunity to acknowledge just some of the great happenings from our students here at Tillicum.  Great work!
 
We hope you all had a safe and exciting Halloween. It was great to see all the students in their creative costumes at our Halloween Dance.
 
Next week, Tillicum will be partnering up with the City of Vancouver to participate in a School Active Travel Planning program to encourage and promote walking and cycling to and from school. We will also engage the community through a survey being sent home on Monday, November 5, 2018 for families to fill out. Further, there will be discussions in classrooms around travel to and from school. With this partnership, our hope is to improve walking and cycling infrastructure around our school and to increase education and awareness about active transportation. Please keep an eye out for the survey, and return it to the school with your child.
 
The School Active Travel Plan initiative coincides with the Nanaimo Street Upgrades taking place in our community in 2019 & 2020. For more information on the upgrades please attend the informational open house:
 
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 5:00-8:00 PM
Location: Kiwassaa Neighborhood House, 2425 Oxford St
 
Lastly, there is a new registration process for Kindergarten students for the 2019-20 school year.  Please see the information below.
 
Have a safe and restful weekend,
 
Brad Toews
Vice-Principal
Tillicum Community Annex
 
“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.”
– Saul Bellow
 
Events this Coming Week
Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend.  Remember to turn your clocks back one hour.
 
Wednesday, November 7
• 10:00 AM Photo Retakes
 
Thursday, November 8
• 11:00-11:45 AM Remembrance Day Assembly
 
Friday, November 9
• Pro-D - No school for students
 
Upcoming Events
Monday, November 12
• Remembrance Day (lieu).  School is not in session.
 
Thursday, November 15
• 6:15 PM PAC Meeting
 
New Kindergarten Registration Process
 
With the opening of school registration for the 2019-20 school year on November 1st, the VSB will be implementing a new online registration service for parents.  The registration process will have two steps:
Step 1:   Complete the online registration process at vsbapplynow.vsb.bc.ca and print out the completed registration form.
Step 2:   Bring the completed registration form along with the required documents to your catchment school. 
Note: the registration process is not complete until you have completed both steps in the process.
Visit the Student Registration Page on the Vancouver School Board website for more information.
 
Help is Available
 
Should you have questions or require assistance with any part of the registration process please contact your catchment school. 
 
 
The Vancouver School District, as a partner school board, provides parents with the opportunity to purchase optional accident insurance coverage through Kids Plus™.   The main website at kidsplus.ca is available for parents to access information about purchase coverage, claims forms and full plan information online.  Please find additional information below:
 
Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance
 
The Vancouver School District is offering you the opportunity to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (iA Financial Group).
 
Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance provides protection against unexpected costs arising from accidental injuries.  The program is especially valuable for families who:
  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.
 
Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance has a selection of plans to suit most budgets. Benefits include coverage for:
  • The full school year (September to September), 24 hours a day, while at home and in school;
  • Expenses that are often limited or not covered by private or group insurance plans, or Provincial Health Insurance Plans, such as ambulance, physiotherapy, private tutoring, counselling, and much more;
  • Injury-related dental treatment (including future dental treatment up to age 26);
  • Out-of-province or country emergency medical expenses.
 
If your address changes during the school year, your Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance plan is transferable from school to school, anywhere in Canada.
 
Insurance premiums for children are $14.50 or $33.50 per year, depending on the plan selected.  A discount is available for families with 3 or more children.  Adults age 20 to 64 can also be insured for $32.00 per year.
 
For more information or to apply online, please visit kidsplus.ca, or speak with a Kids Plus™ Client Service Administrator at 1-800-556-7411.​
October 30
Tillicum Annex - Registration Info
October 26
VP Post

From Vice Principal Brad Toews:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to all the families who participated in BEAR Reading this Thursday. I truly believe education is a partnership, with families as a key pillar to success. 

One final farewell to Lois Holmlund as she retires from the Tillicum family; Best of luck in the future, Lois! With that said, we’d like to welcome Donna Petersen as our new Office Administrative Assistant on November 14.  Donna comes to us with a wealth of knowledge from Hastings Community School.  Sandy Keenan will continue to support our office when Donna is not here.

Congratulations to all the winners of the PAC Halloween Raffle. Participation in these fundraisers provide students with support in accessing extracurricular programming and funding of things like playground equipment and technology.

As Halloween draws near, please remember to be safe on our streets. Costumes should only be worn at school in the afternoon of October 31, 2018. Costumes should be weapon free and bathroom accessible.

Have a safe weekend,

Brad Toews,  Vice Principal, Tillicum Community Annex

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”  Rohn

Events this Coming Week

Saturday, October 27

  • 9:00-4:00   At Kiwassa:  Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Kabul-Tehran-Vancouver.  Come and see some exhibits and purchase some inexpensive and delicious Persian food.

Monday, October 29: 

  • 1:10 PM  Student of the Month Assembly 

Wednesday, October 31 

  • Costumers from 1:00-3:00 PM ONLY 
  • 2:00-2:30 PM Haloween Dance   

Friday, November 2

  • Strongstart will be closed for the day on Friday, Nov 2 

 

Please Note:   My email > lholmlund@vsb.bc.ca > will  be discontinued on Monday.  Please either call the school 604-713-4716 or email at Tillicum@vsb.bc.ca   Thank you!  Good bye!  Lois Holmlund​

October 18
VP Post

From our Vice Principal, Brad Toews


Tillicum Families:


Thank you to all the families who joined us at our parent-teacher conferences this week. The teachers very much enjoyed sharing the early student successes and creating goals for the new school year.


Please remember, students do not attend school tomorrow, Friday, October 19.  Teachers will be engaged in professional learning and classes will not be in session.


Have a safe long weekend.


Brad Toews

Vice-Principal

“A reader lives a thousand lives before [they] die . . . The [person] who never reads lives only one.”

– George R.R. Martin


 

EVENTS  - OCT 19-26

 

TOMORROW, Friday, October 19   Pro-D Day - no school for students
Monday, October 22        9:30 Dental Screening for K's
Tuesday, October 23       1-3 PM  Books for Me
                                          3 PM   PAC Cupcake/Bake Sale 
Thursday, October 25     8:45-9:15 AM- BEAR Reading - please join us in the library
                                          Deadline to hand in Halloween Raffle sold tickets and money
Friday, October 26           Halloween Raffle draw
 
Please drop by the office and say goodbye to Ms Holmlund this week, as Friday is her last day with us before she retires.​
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