End of June to September


As this school year wraps up, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how much I enjoyed a year of learning adventures with your children, and how much I appreciate all the support and involvement of the parents.    What a great  community we have in our program!  After today, the school will be closed and all staff away until Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019. 

On September 3rd, the mainstream school students convene at 9:00 a.m. for a whole-school assembly in the gym to find out their classroom placements.  Home Learners do not attend that day.  As soon as practically possible on the 3rd and 4th, Shannon will be contacting all registered student’s families to book or confirm their Student Learning Plan Meetings.  These are very busy days and I will contact everyone as soon as I possibly can.  The Home Learners’ classroom is closed on the 3rd, as all staff have meetings immediately following the classroom placement assembly, for the remainder of the day.

As with the rest of the distributed learning world, for Home Learners’, the first weeks of September consist mainly of planning, preparing, and completing individual Student Learning Plans with the teacher, working on and completing each student’s Activation Assignment, and starting (or continuing) their home learning.

Starting immediately, please click onto the calendar page to view available times to book for Student Learning Plan meetings in September.  Please email the teacher with your 1st and 2nd choice of Student Learning Plan meeting times.  I will book people into meeting times on a first-come, first-served basis. Although I will not be accessing my VSB email over the summer, your email will be saved and read upon my return in September.  For newly registered families who do not have my email, I will contact you during the first week of the school year.

I will do my best to book people into their requested meeting times on a first come, first served basis, and will email you confirmation on, or shortly after September 4th.  

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again and meeting our new students and families!

Have a fabulous summer everyone!

Last Week of This School Year

The classroom has been abuzz with preparations for the students’ end of the year talent shows.  For my part, I am really enjoying the various ‘acts’ the children have created and will be presenting.  I am sure everyone will agree with me, once they see the shows, that the acts truly reflect our student’s personalities and interests!

The Intermediates scrubbed and moved all the furniture to prepare for the performances, so Primary parents – please prepare your children that the classroom will look quite different on Monday with all the furniture stacked up and pushed to the sides of the room.

Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday, weather permitting, we will be walking to Trout Lake Park to picnic and play, after a talent show practice.  Also, on Monday, please bring a bag so your child can take everything home from their cubbies, and any classwork remaining to be taken home.

Tuesday, the Intermediates will perform their end of the year talent show.  Families:  Please arrive at 1:30 as the students need some preparation time after lunch to get the room and their props ready.  I also have a little presentation for the students following their performance.  All cubby items go home today.

Wednesday,  the Primaries will perform their end of the year talent show.  Families:  Please arrive at 1:30 as the students need some preparation time after lunch to get the room and their props ready.  I also have a little presentation for the students following their performance.  Also please note:  Classroom toys and items will be put away for the summer.  All primary students and siblings are invited to bring in one of their own toys to play with in the afternoon.

Also on Wednesday, Report cards will be distributed in the parent files.

Thursday, (last day of the school year) is our annual Home Learners Beach Day at Spanish Banks from 9:00 – 3:00.  We will set up at the Spanish Banks West Concession ( 4875 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver).  There is ample parking and shaded picnic tables there.  Bring your beach toys and a bathing suit!!  Please bring food and/or drinks to share as it is a “potluck” style gathering.

NB:  If you have borrowed any books or toys from the classroom, please bring them back asap.  Thank you.


Summer Weather

Now that the hot weather is upon us (I heard on CBC this morning that it is supposed to get up to 30 degrees tomorrow) I will be taking the students out of the classroom on walking field trips and trips to the park to escape the heat of the classroom.  This time of the year our classroom becomes like a brick oven and is quite unbearable for everyone.

To that end, for the next couple of weeks, please ensure you pack a sun hat and sunscreen with your child so we all can take advantage of the nice weather and get outside.  Thank you.

Field Trip to VanDusen Pollinator Days 2019

On Thursday, June 13th, we are going to VanDusen Gardens to participate in Pollinator Days 2019.

Please meet at 9:45 a.m. at Entry Gate 2, which is the entry gate closest to the parking lot on West 37th Avenue.

I need one parent volunteer to lead one group, as we will visit the stations in the garden in two groups – one Intermediate focused and one Primary focused.  Please email me if you are able to volunteer.

I have prepared schedules for visiting the activity stations located throughout the gardens for our day.  Primaries will start their stations at the Elizabethan  Maze and Intermediates will start at the Visitor’s Centre. The two  groups will be formed at the garden and I will provide our volunteer with a map and schedule.  We will all meet for lunch together.  If you would like to keep your siblings together in one group, please let me know via email.

As allotments are finished for this school year, please ensure you give $10.00 per person for the field trip to Shannon ASAP.  Thank you.

The field trip ends at 2:00 p.m.  Children can be picked up at the same location at Entry Gate 2. 

Please note, activity station schedules may change depending on how many other schools are participating that day.  If there are lots of other classes/schools trying to start at the same stations, I will re-route our groups to avoid large groups.


1.      Dress for the weather! Most activities will be entirely outdoors, rain or shine. This may mean hats and sunscreen, or rain jackets and boots.

2.      Litterless Lunches: No refrigeration is available.  Please pack out your waste. Water fountains are available for refilling water bottles.

4.      Photo Release Authorization: Please  sign the authorization I have put in your file folders in advance.  I need to  bring the signed documents on the day of the event. VBGA staff and community partners wish to document Pollinator Days through photos and/or video, which may be used for promotional material including social media, email news and print media.

(Van Dusen will provide teachers with stickers upon arrival that will be used to indicate which students should not be photographed. )



The Garden’s parking lot off 37th Ave.

Sliding Into June

Was it just me, or did May fly by in the blink of an eye?  I think the students had an eventful month with the visit from OWL rescue,  the Author and storyteller Michael Kusugak, Sports day, and the Oxo Bots workshop for the Intermediates.  The Primaries have been very engaged and excited about our caterpillars and butterflies (Thank you Aprilia’s family) and are eager to take them to the community gardens at Beaconsfield Park to release them after the portfolio meetings.


Next week through June 4th are our Portfolio Meetings.  Thank you to all the parents who have booked your meetings.  I still need to hear from some families – please contact me ASAP to book your appointment.  Please remember that portfolio meetings are a mandatory component of the program.


Now that the weather is nicer, and families enjoy staying after school, please note that in order for our garden plants to grow and flourish, students and their siblings are not allowed to be in our school garden without the direct supervision of school staff at any time.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.



Thursday, June 13:  All day field trip to VanDusen Gardens for ‘Pollinator Days.’

Monday, June 24th:  Afternoon class party and Talent Show for Primaries (1:30 – 3:00)

Tuesday, June 25th:  Afternoon class party and Talent Show for Intermediates (1:30 – 3:00)

Wednesday, June 26th:  Report cards distributed.

Thursday, June 27th:  Beach Day at Spanish Banks Beach (West Concession Area)

Sports Day Update

The Grade 7’s are organizing a pizza lunch for Sports Day.  If your child would like a pizza lunch, please fill in a form and bring full cash payment to school by Tuesday, May 14th.  I have put forms in everyone’s folder.  Please put forms and payment together in my file folder.

FYI, choices and prices are:

Cheese pizza   $2.00 slice

Orange, Lemon, or Raspberry Spritzer $1.75 ea.

Juice box $1.00 ea.

Chips  $1.00 ea

Rice Krispie Square $1.00 ea

Sports Day

Beaconsfield’s annual Sports Day will be held this coming Thursday, May 16th.  It is a fun-filled day led by our Grade 7’s who plan fun games and obstacle courses for the students.  The day starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. and runs through to 2:00 p.m.  Please note that pick-up time is 2:00 p.m.

Students are arranged into colour teams.  Our class stays together for the day and rotates around various stations.  Colour teams cheer and participate alongside one another.  Please note the colour team your child is in and, if possible, have your child dress in their colour.  Please bring a snack, lunch, a water bottle, and sunscreen for the day.

Red Team







Green Team







Blue Team







Yellow Team







May Happenings

Well, we certainly experienced  ‘April showers’ last month, and I am wholeheartedly awaiting the May flowers!  The Primaries are celebrating May by planting seeds they collected last Fall on our seed gathering walks.  So far, they have planted Sunflowers, Love-in-a-Mist, Phlox, Spirea, and Lavender.  We will find out which seeds are the most viable and fastest growing as the children all chose different seeds to plant.

As we approach the end of the school year, the Primaries will be working on developing and practicing their performances for our class Talent Show.  More on that later.  The Intermediates are still reading through Shakespeare scripts to find one they all want to do.  So far, they are a ‘maybe’ for Romeo and Juliet, but The Tempest was a most definite ‘no!’

Next week, both the Primaries and Intermediates will have the opportunity to participate in a presentation by the OWL rescue organization, who will be bringing raptors to the school.  I think the students will be quite enthralled by these lovely birds.

Thursday, May 16th is Beaconsfield’s annual Sports Day.  All Home Learners are invited to participate.  The day will start in our classroom at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  Sports Day is from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with dismissal at 2:00 p.m., so please mark your calendars for a 2:00 pick-up that day.

Finally, the last Portfolio Meetings of the year occur from May 27th through June 4th.  Please book your appointment asap by sending me your first and second choice of meeting dates and times.

The last Scholastic orders of this school year are due by Thursday, May 23rd.  Please remember that allotments are now closed, so a cheque made payable to Scholastic must accompany any orders.

Field Trip to Carousel Theatre’s The Young King


On Thursday, April 18, we are going to see Carousel Theatre’s production of The Young King.  This performance is different from other Carousel productions as it has a different start time than usual, and a slightly different format and location.  Please note that the performance itself actually starts at 9:40 a.m.

Carousel asks that everyone be there 20 minutes early for seating, so please be there by 9:15 a.m. at the latest.  I do have more tickets booked for this production than I did for Salmon Girl, so don’t hesitate to sign up!

Important! The performance will take place at Performance Works on Granville Island at 1218 Cartwright Street. Please check the location in advance; this is not at the Waterfront Theatre, it is a different location further along the street, beside the bus parking area.

Please note that babes in arms cannot be admitted to the theatre.

LENGTH: The play is approx. 60 minutes with no intermission. There will be a participatory pre-show coronation activity – please be aware that this makes the end time of the performance subject to change.

Carousel Theatre Field Trip


This coming Wednesday, April 10th we are going to Carousel Theatre to see the performance of Salmon Girl.  The performance starts at 10:00 a.m., so please meet me in the theatre lounge by 9:45 at the latest so we can enter as a group.  The performance is one hour long.

Seymour River Hatchery Field Trip

The students have been learning all about the life cycle of Salmon, why they are an important link in the eco-system, what threats Salmon are facing, and they have been working hard on their dioramas, which are looking fabulous!

I think everyone is pretty excited about our trip to the Hatchery on Tuesday!  The Seymour Salmonid Society has sent me an overview and guidelines to share with all students and guardians.  I have reviewed this with the Intermediate class and will review this with the Primary class on Monday.  Parents and Guardians:  Please read through these guidelines carefully so that your child(ren) and you are properly prepared for the day:

The actual field trip time is 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  They ask us all to arrive there for 9:45 so the leaders can get us ready, go over the day with everyone, etc.

Please note, due to the nature of this field trip, only registered students and their parent/guardians can participate in this trip.  No toddlers, babies, or students who are not registered in the program.

Washroom facilities are out-houses.

Backpacks, extra clothing and lunches will be stored in their classroom for the duration of the field trip and lunch will be indoors.

What to bring:

Please bring a waste-free snack, lunch, and water bottle.  All visitors are asked to take their own waste home.

No food or drink is available for purchase at the Hatchery.

Please wear sturdy footwear.  Rubber boots are great.

Please wear a waterproof jacket, warm layers, and pack extra socks.  (Remember, it is cooler and damper in the forest, and also we will be wading into the water with hip-waiters they provide.  Also, if the forecasted rain happens, it will be quite wet everywhere in the forest environment.)

Students and parent volunteers are asked to stay with the station leader at all times.

Walk only on the trails.

Use equipment (microscopes, etc.) only after instruction from the leaders, and use with care.

Parent volunteers:

All Adult attendees/supervisors are asked to help with group supervision, especially during lunch and trips to the outhouses.  This includes:

Ensuring students follow safety guidelines outlined by the GDS Educators, collecting student attention when necessary, and supporting students during station activities.

Ensuring students experiences come first, by conducting conversations at respectful levels.

Parents are advised there are no places to purchase food near the field trip site, no coffee or tea, and that there is no cell reception.

Finally, to find directions to the Seymour River Hatchery, on Google Maps please enter “Seymour River Hatchery.”

Note that highway traffic near exit 22 is very busy in the morning.  Please budget extra travel time if possible.


Please Bring

Looking way ahead, into April, we have a special field trip planned on April 9th to the Seymour River Fish Hatchery & Education Center.  To that end, we will start learning all about Salmon and the life cycle of Salmon.  I am asking parents to please bring a small box (like a shoe box) and a small bag of gravel to class so that the students can start making dioramas of Salmon habitat and salmon spawning.  We will start right away on Monday and Tuesday, so please do your best to find a box(es) and some gravel to bring so everyone can get started!

Thank you!

I will have more information and sign-ups late next week or the first week of April.

March Comes In Like A Lamb

This first week of March with the Home Learners will be a busy one!

Monday we still have portfolio meetings for the day – no school.

Tuesday the Intermediates will be snowshoeing with the school at Mount Seymour.  Everyone who is coming, please be to the classroom by 8:50 a.m.  We need to get ready and get on the bus for a 9:00 a.m. departure.  We should be back for 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday we have our field trip to Carousel Theatre’s Elephant & Piggie.  Please be at Carousel Theatre no later than 9:40 a.m. as we must enter as a group and groups enter first come, first served.  This production will go from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Programming at Beaconsfield will resume at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday  we have our field trip to Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Peter and The Wolf.  Please meet me at the corner of Smythe and Seymour by 9:40 a.m. at the latest.  DO NOT enter, even if the ushers ask you to!  Wait for me and the group and we will enter together so nobody is missed or left unattended.  The symphony  is from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Programming at Beaconsfield will resume at 1:00 p.m.

Portfolio Week and Class Photos

February 25th through March 4th are our mid-year portfolio meetings.  There are still families who have not yet set up an appointment.  This is a friendly reminder that portfolio meetings are a mandatory component of participation in the Home Learning program.  Please contact me ASAP to book your appointment.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, March 5th.

On Tuesday, February 26th, the Home Learners’ class photo will be taken at 9:45 a.m.  Everyone please come to our classroom by 9:40 a.m. to take coats off, line up, etc.  Parents are asked to wait in the classroom while the photo is taken (not in the hall, please).  Once the photo is taken, everyone is free to go.  Please note:  There is a tight schedule for all the classes to take their photos in the time the photographer has allotted for our school, so if your child is late, we cannot wait or re-take the photo.

Upcoming Field Trips:

We will have a very busy week following portfolios as it just so happens that both the VSO and Carousel Theatre have productions that week.

We have Carousel Theatre’s production of Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in A Play” on Wednesday, March 6th, and VSO’s Peter and The Wolf on Thursday, March 7th.

Pyjama Day!

The Intermediates have been asking to have a pyjama day!  To that end, we will have pyjama day this Thursday, February 21.  Wear your pyjamas to school!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20th is The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Carousel Theatre.  It starts at 1:00 p.m., so primary parents/caregivers are asked to pick up students from the classroom at 12:00 p.m. so we can all get there in time.  Carousel will only admit us when our entire group is ready, so please be at the theatre by 12:40 p.m.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites

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Well, I almost missed this!  We have tickets to the magical production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites.  This production is by Mermaid Theatre from the Maritimes.  I have seen this performance in past years and it is truly a delight!

The performance is on Wednesday, February 20th at 1:00 p.m. at Carousel Theatre on Granville Island.  Tickets are $12.50 per person.  The sign-up sheet and consent forms are on the parent table.


Mark Your Calendars!

Even with the predicted cold snap approaching, February’s arrival always seems to me to signal the beginning of the end of winter and the gradual approach of spring!  I do hope that Wiarton Willie does not see his shadow tomorrow!

We have lots of events and activities fast approaching to mark on your calendars for February:

  • Ice Skating on Monday, Feb 4th:  Please remember to bring your $5 cash for the outing.

Valentines day: 

  • The Primary students will have their Valentines Day party on Wednesday, Feb. 13th from 2-3:00.  If your child wishes to give out valentine cards, please ensure your child gives every member of the class a card – you can find everyone’s names on the show & tell schedule. You are invited to bring a treat for the students to share.
  • The Intermediate students will have their Valentines Day party on Thursday, Feb. 14th from 2-3:00.  If your child wishes to give out valentine cards, please ensure your child gives every member of the class a card.  You are invited to bring a treat for the students to share.


  • Thursday, February 21st will be Pyjama Day for the Intermediates.


  • Portfolio Meetings are being held February 25th through March 4th.  Classes will resume March 5th.  Please email me your first and second choices of dates and times so I can schedule everyone in.


  • Class photo day is Tuesday, February 26th in the morning.  Both the Intermediates and the Primaries are invited to come to be a part of our HL class photos.  These photos are provided to all students free of charge as a nice memento of the year.


Ice Skating Monday, February 4th

We will have ice skating on Monday, February 4th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  All registered Home Learner students are welcome to join in!  I will hand out the consent forms to students tomorrow and Wednesday.  The fee is $5.00  As this is planned through the school, allotments cannot be used for this event.  Please bring in $5.00 per child.

Primaries:  Please drop your child off as usual.  We will be walking to and from the rink, rain or shine, so please ensure they are dressed for the weather and have appropriate skating clothing,  including   mittens, hats and socks.

Intermediates: Intermediates are welcome to join us and be picked up after skating at the rink also.

Please ensure the consent forms are signed.  Sorry, children without a consent form will not be allowed to skate.

Field Trip Monday

This is a friendly reminder that our Tour of the Tropics at the Bloedel Conservatory is on Monday.  Please arrive by 9:45 for a 10:00 a.m. start.  As it is paid parking within Queen Elizabeth Park, I will wait for students at the drive-up area.  The program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.