Austrailian Coin Drive at Beaconsfield

One of the classes at Beaconsfield is organizing an Australian Coin Drive next week to help the animals being affected by the bush fires.  They have made posters and will be coming around to do a short 5 minute presentation to classes at the end of this week.
The coin drive will run from January 27th until January 31st.  All money collected will be donated to WIRES which is an organization that stands for Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service which is directly dealing with these animals.
To give you a quick run down, Monday will be nickel day- students can bring in one nickel or many. Tuesday will be dime day, Wednesday will be quarter day, Thursday will be loonie day finishing off on Friday with Toonie day.  If you could help remind your students by writing it in their agenda that would be helpful.
Any amount will help these animals that need it at this time.  Thank you for your support.  If you have any questions, please see me.

Recorder for the Intermediates!

Beaconsfield’s PAC is graciously supporting music learning at Beaconsfield by helping to fund the purchse of recorders and music books to a number of classrooms at the school.  Together with Ms. Bredin’s Grade 5 class, the Intermediate Home Learners will be participating in learning to play the recorder and learning to read music through weekly music classes on Thursday afternoons!  Ms Bredin and I will be jointly teaching the class using both her and our classroom.

We haven’t quite worked out how the recorders will be distributed to students, but it looks like parents will be offered the choice to purchase a recorder for their child so those children can take the recorders home to practice, or will be offered to use classroom recorders at no charge, but will not have the option of taking recorders home.  The recorders are good quality Yamaha instruments and the cost will be approximately $7.00

Music classes will start this Thursday, January 16th.  🙂

Happy Holidays

Wishing everyone in our community happy and restful Holidays.  

Programming resumes on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Over the winter break, I am asking all our families to please save all your small boxes (e.g.: cracker boxes, gift boxes, cereal, food, toy, etc.).  The Primaries will be embarking on building a community in the new year so we will need boxes to represent houses, shops, etc.  Thank you!


Last Week Before Winter Break

Congratulations to all our students for fabulous performances yesterday afternoon and evening!  Both the Primary and the Intermediate dancers were on fleek (how hip am I?!)  and also really enjoyed themselves.

Next week we have many festive events planned at the school and in our class:

Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:50 to ~ 9:20 a.m. will be singing in the gym for the whole school.

Tuesday morning from approximately 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.  there will be a high school ensemble in the main foyer.

Tuesday afternooon we will be walking to Villa Carital ( 3050 Penticton St, Vancouver), to sing carols for the residents.  Both the Primaries and the Intermediates are invited to participate.  If your primary is able to participate, please drop them off  at the home at 1:30 p.m. We will be there for approximately 1 hour, then we will walk back to school.

On Wednesday morning we are going to see Peter Pan at Carousel Theatre.  Please meet me there at 9:40 a.m. at the latest.

On Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., we are having a  holiday party for the Primaries and any family members who would like to attend.  I am bringing  sugar cone “trees” for the children to ice and decorate.  To that end, any donations of candies to add to the communal supply to decorate the trees will be gratefully accepted.  Please also bring a treat to share.

On Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., we are having a  holiday party for the Intermediates and any family members who would like to attend.  I am bringing  sugar cone “trees” for the children to ice and decorate.  To that end, any donations of candies to add to the communal supply to decorate the trees will be gratefully accepted.  Please also bring a treat to share.



Attire for the Hip Hop Performances on Thursday

The Intermediates please dress in colours from the flags of Mexico, Italy and Korea and wear either dark coloured pants or pants that have one of the flag colours.

The Primaries please dress in pink, red or a combination of both – any shades of those two colours.

There is a dress rehearsal in the morning of Thursday, Dec. 12 for all students only, between 11 and 12.  Parents of Primaries, please drop your child(ren) off at school during recess (10:35-10:50) in their colours. Feel free to leave their lunches, etc. at the classroom door if children want to play outside with their friends at recess.

Primaries can stay through lunch so they are here and ready to go for the afternoon performance, or can be picked up at noon and brought back by 1:00p.m.  I cannot accomodate parents and siblings in the classroom on Thursday as all the kids from both programs will be here and it will be hectic.  Thursday will be a long, exciting day for everyone, so I thank you in advance for your consideration.

Intermediates Field Trip Next Week


On Thursday, December 5th the Intermediates will be going to the afternoon performance of Bah Humbug!  The play starts at 1:00 p.m.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the performance.  There will be class in the morning.

BAH HUMBUG! takes place in the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street. The theatre is located in Room B2290, on level B2, and is accessible via the stairs or the elevator. Washrooms are also located in level B2.

School Matinees run 75 minutes with a following 10-15 talkback. Please arrive 15-30 minutes before your performance.

Home Learners Fundraiser!

Our program is participating in a Fundraiser to raise money for science equipment, hands on experiences including an eggUcation Hatching Project and more. We will be selling a selection of 3 healthy and delicious collections from Epicure. The fundraiser is being coordinate through one of the primary students parents; Rylie. You can find her contact information on the order forms should you have any questions. Rylie, Aprilia’s mom has been enjoying Epicure since 2014 and became an Independent Consultant at the beginning of this year. She’s excited to share this opportunity with you and our class.

Epicure is driven to help people reconnect by sharing good food, that is healthy and delicious. It’s a locally operated mother-daughter company that runs out of North Sannich on Vancouver Island. Their products are 100% gluten-freenut-free, and are Non-GMO certified. And, they have a Never Ever List that contains over 100 ingredients and chemicals that you will never find in their products, like high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours, MSG, and many more.

We will be selling three versatile fundraising collections from Epicure, their: Extraordinary Trio, Weeknight Dinner and Healthier Desserts. Samples of each collection will be on display in the classroom and Rylie will provide samples of the dip mixes so please take one home and try them out yourself. The Fundraiser Collections sell for either $20 or $25. With each kit sold, our class will receive 40% of the funds raised. In addition Rylie has offered to include her commission which means we will receive nearly 50% of the total sales; $9.80 from each $20 collection and $12.25 from each $25 collection.

There will also have the Fall & Winter catalogues available for pickup from class and Rylie has offered part of her commission from any additional catalogue sales to also be added to the fundraising total.

The Fundraiser will run from November 13, 2019 to December 2, 2019. All orders and payments must be submitted by December 5, 2019. Order forms can be found in the children’s folders as of November 13, 2019.

Our goal is to sell a minimum of 5 units per child in order to raise at least $1500. You can help your child achieve our goal by:

• Purchasing your own delicious, versatile collections.

• Prepare for Christmas by purchasing the collections for your friends and family. (Each collection comes in a nice box so no need for wrapping!)

• Helping your child connect with other potential Customers – particularly friends, relatives, neighbours, coworkers and other community members you may meet with on a regular basis.

• Walking door-to-door with your child to help them sell Fundraiser Collections in your neighbourhood.

Thank you in advance for supporting your child to reach our fundraising goal!

Hip Hop Practice Schedule for Winter Concert

In preparation for the Winter Concert here at Beaconsfield,  there will be daily practices from Friday, December 6 through Wednesday, December 11th.  On December 12th, there will be a practice in the morning for everyone, then the afternoon and evening performances.

Please ensure your child attends all the practices.  If your child will not be participating in the Winter Concert, or cannot make the practices, please let me know. I cannot make other arrangements for children who cannot make practices, as each group in the school learns a different dance, and practices run all day long every day.

Please note, the schedules for our Primaries and Intermediates are different. For both groups, on the days your child does not regularly attend programming, please drop your child off and pick up at the gym door.  Families are asked not to wait in the gym.  It is too disruptive to have extra adults and children in the gym during practices.  The instructors need every child’s full attention as there are only 4 learning/practice sessions.

Primary’s Schedule:

Friday, Dec. 6:     9:40 – 10:30 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 9:     2:05 – 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10:   9:40 – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11:   9:40 – 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12:  TBA


Intermediate’s Schedule:

Friday, Dec. 6:    10:55 – 11:55 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 9:   10:55 – 11:55 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10:   10:55 – 11:55 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11:   10:55 – 11:55 a.m.



Seasonal Art

In preparation to make various holiday art with the students, we are looking for any scraps of fabric people might be able to donate.  They can be tiny scraps – no scrap too small!  Thank you!

Ice Skating

Next week, on Wednesday, November 20th and on Thursday, November 21, the Home Learners are booked to join  mainstream Beaconsfield classes to go ice skating at  the Trout Lake ice rink.  The cost is $5.00 per student  or $4.00 per student if they have their own ice skates.  This excursion must be paid in cash as allotments cannot be used for this event.  Field Trip Consent Forms are in everyone’s folders and must be signed before a child can skate. Any child without a signed consent form will sit on the bleachers with one of the supervising teachers.

On Wednesday, November 20th, the Primaries can be dropped off to meet me at the Trout Lake ice rink any time between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.  Skating will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  Following our skating session, we will all walk back to Beaconsfield, so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately and ready to walk to school.  It is cold in the ice rink, so please remember to pack mittens, a scarf and a hat if you have them.

On Thursday, November 21st, the Intermediates can be dropped off to meet me at the Trout Lake ice rink any time between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.  Skating will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  Following our skating session, we will all walk back to Beaconsfield, so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately and ready to walk to school.  It is cold in the ice rink, so please remember to pack mittens, a scarf and a hat if you have them.




With the Holidays fast approaching, I receive many requests to “hide” scholastic orders, which I am more than happy to do!  I have put both the November and December flyers in everyone’s folders so orders can be put in well ahead of time.  Also, any purchases from the Essentials catalogue (the teacher catalogue) should be received sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.  🙂



News for the Week of November 11th

There is no school on Monday, November 11th in observation of Remembrance Day.

This week we will be going to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for their Elementary School Concert Wall-To-Wall Percussion.  This is a lively, fun concert, not to be missed!

The performance is on Thursday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m.  Please meet Shannon at the corner of Seymour and Smythe streets at 9:40 a.m. so we can enter as a group.  Please do not enter on your own!  The Ushers will advise you to enter, but please do not! Meet the group so I can ensure everyone is there and where they are supposed to be.

The mainstream classes at Beaconsfield are holding conferences on the 13th and 14th and have early dismissal.  Please note that early dismissal does not apply to the Home Learners.  We will have programming until 3:00 p.m. on both days, as usual.

Portfolio Week is fast approaching! Please look at the calendar on this blog and send me your first and second choices of meeting dates and times to meet with me.  Portfolio meetings are a mandatory aspect of the Home Learners’ Program, so please ensure you book a time with me, and help your child collect important artifacts, completed home learning, etc. to share at the meeting.

Photo Retakes are also happening on Thursday, November 14th, the same morning as our VSO field trip.  If you are planning on having photos taken, be at Beaconsfield at 9:00 a.m. Our office knows that many Home Learners will be having their photos taken that morning and need to get to the Symphony.

Finally,  both the Primaries and Intermediates together are booked to sing Christmas carols for the old folks at Villa Carital down the street from Beaconsfield on Tuesday, December 17th.  Starting next week, I will be practicing songs with both groups in preparation for our visit.

Mary Jane Mosquito November 7th

On Thursday, November 7th  we are booked to see The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito at Carousel Theatre.  Please meet me at the entrance to Carousel Theatre by 9:40 a.m. at the latest, as we are required to have the entire group in attendance to enter the theatre.

We are over-subscribed for this show, so if you find that you are unable to attend, please email Shannon as soon as possible so your spot can be re-assigned to someone on the waitlist.

Thank you!

“Hallowe’en Week”

Both the Primaries and the Intermediates will be celebrating Hallowe’en with their own special events next week!

On Wednesday, the Primaries are invited to wear their costumes to school for the day.  In the afternoon, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. we will have a class Hallowe’en party.  Families are also invited to participate in the party.  Please bring snacks to share with the class.  We have both gluten and dairy allergies in the class as well as vegan students.  Please simply label the snack you bring so we can help the students with dietary restrictions chose their snacks.

On Thursday, the Intermediates will be celebrating with the entire school at the annual Hallowe’en Dance in the gym, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Intermediates should wear their costumes to school for the day.  At the dance, grade 7’s sell snacks and drinks, so you may wish to send some money with your children to purchase a treat or two.  The dance is for students only – we will not be having a class party.


The Week Ahead

On Thursday, October 24th, Beaconsfield’s annual Walk-A-Thon will take place.  Intermediate students will be participating with the school.  We will be leaving the school at 9:15 a.m. and returning at recess.  All funds raised by the Home Learner students will go towards field trip fees for HL students during the school year.  Typically, the funds raised by our students helps offset the costs of the snowshoeing and tobogganing day at Mt. Seymour.  Please ensure students are dressed for the walk and the weather on Thursday!


Thursday, November 7th:  Carousel Theatre: The  Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito

Monday, November 11th:  Remembrance Day

Thursday, November 14th:  Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

November 25th through December 3rd:  Portfolio Meetings

The Rainbow Fish, Wednesday, October 2

We will be going on our first field trip of the school year this coming Wednesday, October 2!  Please ensure you have signed your child’s name on the Field Trip Announcement Sheet hanging on the wall beside the parent table, if your child will be attending.  Please also sign up for yourself and any unregistered siblings on the “waitlist” column of the sheet.

Additionally, all students attending must have a signed Parent/Guardian Field Trip Consent Form signed and put in my file folder by the end of day on Monday, September 30th.  Please note, students who do not have a signed consent form for any field trip, whether a parent accompanies the child or not, will not be allowed to participate in the field trip.  This is school board policy and I am not able to make exceptions.  Field Trip Consent Forms are on the parent table in the metal shelf.

Everyone attending, please be at Carousel Theatre  (1411 Cartwright Street Vancouver, Granville Island) by 9:40 a.m. at the latest.  The performance is one hour in length.  Programming will resume at 1:00 p.m. at Beaconsfield.


Home Learners’ Vendors

Allotment accounts have now been opened, so families are now able to start applying for the allotment funds to be allocated.  The following are the approved vendors for supplies and curricular materials for our program:



Spectrum Nasco

School Specialty

Education Station

ADS Academic

JUMP Mathematics

Please remember, when tracking your allotment spending, that orders through providers always carry a shipping charge.  We are not able to order materials or supplies through Amazon.