December 5-8

True to December and Holiday Season time, we have a couple of busy weeks ahead of us.  There is lots of information to share, so please make sure you click on your email and get the full post!

Monday, December 5th:  There is no school for students as it is a Professional Day.

Tuesday, December 6th:  Intermediate students please make sure you bring your instruments.

Wednesday, December 7th:  Primary Students:  please make sure you bring your instruments for the morning.  All Primary students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. to proceed to our Vancouver Opera field trip. Any students not picked up on time will be brought to the office to await pick-up as I must be early to the theatre to distribute tickets and make sure all students are accounted for.

All Students:  Please meet me outside the box office of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre by 12:15 p.m. Traditionally in Opera, latecomers will not be seated, but that is up to the theatre.  The opera is two hours in length, so I will wait for parents to pick up their children at the same location after 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 8th:  Ice Skating field trip for Intermediate students.  Field trip forms are in the file folders for those students.  Please note that students cannot skate unless I have a completed field trip form.  The cost is $5 which I require in cash and cannot be paid from allotments.  Please drop students off at Trout Lake ice rink in the morning before 9:30.  I will be walking back to school with all the students, so parents may want to drop instruments off outside our classroom before proceeding to Trout Lake, or after dropping children off at Trout Lake.  They will be safe in the hall.

All HL students are invited to attend a whole-group practice of our two Winter Concert pieces on Thursday afternoon, December 8th.  For M/W students, if your child is able to attend, please drop them off at 1:30 p.m. Everyone will be dismissed together at 3:00 p.m.

Busy and fun!



File Folders

There have been a number of issues surrounding the children going into the parent folders over the past while.  Both the Intermediate and the Primary children are involved.  Some children are just curious what is in the files, and some are taking things out and putting them back in other peoples files. Items are also falling out of the files, as the children wade through the files, with notices and forms ending up lost under the table.  I know that this may not appear to be much of a deal, but important notices, sign-ups, tickets, materials and resources have all gone missing now, a problem that has never happened previously in this program.  I know that one family did not get the notice about the Winter Concert, and therefore won’t know about the ticket situation, but I have no idea which family, because I found the notice under the table – and I put one notice in each folder.

For my part, I am also concerned about privacy issues, as some private communication is transferred through the files, and each file is private to each family.

Please talk to your child(ren) about this and ask them to not go into the files at all.

I appreciate that some parents have asked their children to get the file contents for them, but I ask that parents please pop up and check your own files instead – they really aren’t for the children to be going through.

Thank you,


Field trips and workshop

This Wednesday, November 23rd is our field trip to Axis Theatre’s Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.  Please pick all students up at noon.  As this is a M/W class field trip, there will be no class at the school in the afternoon.  As I need to get there on time as well, if you are not able to pick up at noon, I will bring your child to the office to await pick-up.  For any T/Th students attending the play, please meet us outside the building by the parking lot and we will enter as a group.

On Thursday afternoon, November 24th from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Vancouver Opera is coming to our class to do a workshop about Hansel and Gretel.  Any M/W students who are attending the opera are welcome to join in on the workshop.

For the Primary Students only, next Monday, November 28th at 9:30 a.m. is our field trip to go skating at Trout Lake.  Please drop your child(ren) off directly at the ice rink on Monday morning.  The field trip fee is $5.00 which covers the cost of skate rentals and helmet.  Please bring cash as your allotment cannot be used for this particular field trip.  I will be walking back to school with all the students following skating.  The Intermediate students will also have a skating field trip in the next couple of weeks.  Details to follow.


Winter Concert Practice

Our first Winter Concert practices this week went very well.  Thanks to all the parents for working with your children at home to learn the version of Jingle Bells we are using!

Please remember next week (and following weeks) that we need all students to bring in their instruments for our group practices:  Mondays for Primaries and Tuesdays for Intermediates.

Thank you!

Vancouver Opera’s Hansel and Gretel

We have a field to this production booked for Wednesday, December 7th at 12:30 p.m.  It is being performed at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre at 600 Hamilton Street (adjacent to the QE Theatre).  Tickets are $19.00 per person.

Vancouver Opera is also coming to our class to host a workshop about the opera on Thursday, November 24th from 1:30 – 3:00 for all students attending!

The sign up sheet and consent forms are at the parent table.

Canada Post Letters to Santa Program for Classrooms

Canada Post provides a program for schools every year in which students write individual letters to Santa in class and teachers then send the letters free of charge.  All letters are replied to individually and sent back to the school.  This is a fun writing activity for the class.  I will be doing this with the primary students in the next week and promise to photocopy the letters for parents and put them in your files!

Photo Re-Takes

If anyone missed individual photo day, or would like to re-take their photos, the photographer will be here on Wednesday, November 16th at 1:00 p.m.  For M/W students, please let me know and I will send your student to the photographer.  For T/Th students, please check in at the office and they will direct you.

Portfolio Week, Next Field Trip & Winter Concert

Thank you to all HL families for signing up for your portfolio times.  I will see everyone back in their classes on either Wednesday, November 16th or Thursday, November 17th.


Our next field trip will be to Axis Theatre’s Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny on Wednesday, November 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Norman Rothstein Theatre at 41st and Oak St.    The sign-up and consent forms are at the Parent Table.

Winter Concert

In consultation with the Intermediate students, we are going to change our program for the Winter Concert.  So many of our HL students are involved in music lessons, that we are going to perform Jingle Bells using our various instruments as one of our pieces.  To that end, I am sending home the sheet music for Jingle Bells for students to practice at home, and after the portfolio meetings will be asking students to bring their instruments once a week to practice as a group.   I will accompany students on my guitar and I also have a ukulele I can loan out if any student would like to practice and use that in the concert.  Just let me know.

Students who do not study an instrument will be provided with bells, tamborines, drums, etc., that I have here so that everyone is included.    We will also be performing a  Winter-themed second piece that the children will sing.


Portfolio Meetings

Portfolio Meeting week is fast approaching, November 7,8,9 and 14, 15.  Everyone needs to sign up for a meeting on one of those 5 days.

Please send me an email with your first and second choice of dates and times and I will do my best to accommodate everyone.

Thank you

Upcoming Field Trips and Hallowe’en

I have lots of information to share.  Please be sure to click onto your email to read the entire message!  Only the first part appears in your feed.

Field Trips:

On Tuesday, October 25th we have our field trip to the Museum of Anthropology.  Please be in the front lobby of the museum, in the seating area at 9:30 a.m.


On Wednesday, November 2nd we will be going to Carousel Theatre’s Sultans of the Street production.  Please meet outside the front lobby entrance area by 9:40 at the very latest.  They only let us in once all our group is present.  If people can all be there by 9:30 that would be great.


On Thursday, November 3rd we will be going to Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s production of Wall to Wall Percussion.  Please meet me outside the Orpheum Theatre at the corner of Seymour and Smythe by 9:45 a.m.  Please do not go inside, even if the usher asks you to, or I will be waiting for you outside even as the production begins. I cannot go in and out to ensure everyone is there.  This has been a problem at the Orpheum every year.

My apologies for the two field trips being planned in the same week – this is purely an offering and availability constraint.



Intermediates:  We will be having our Hallowe’en party during the afternoon on Thursday, October 27th, from 1:00 to 2:20.  Students are invited to wear their costumes for the entire day, or for the afternoon only, whichever they prefer.  Parents are invited to the party in the afternoon if they wish to attend.  We ask everyone to bring a snack/treats to share with the students.

There is a whole-school dance in the afternoon of Monday, October 31.  Intermediate students are welcome to attend, however, they must be accompanied by a parent the entire time they are in attendance. Students wishing to attend, come in costume!

Primaries:  Primaries attend class on the 31st, so they are invited to wear their costumes for the day.  We will be having a party in the classroom from 1:00 to 3:00.  We will not have gym that afternoon as there is a whole school dance in the gym in the afternoon.  I will be taking the students to the dance, but suspect that they will not want to stay, so the plan is to be in the classroom for the afternoon.  Parents are invited to the party in the afternoon if they wish to attend.  We ask everyone to bring a snack/treats to share with the students.

Walk-A-Thon Tuesday

This is a reminder for all Intermediate students that tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18th at 9:00 a.m. is our whole-school walk-a-thon.  Please be on time as we will be walking as a group with the other classes.  We will be leaving at 9:00 a.m. and expect to be walking until approximately 11:30-12:00.  Snacks and water which students can carry easily in their pockets or in a small backpack are recommended.

Winter Concert


I know, I know, you don’t want to hear about Winter concerts or any of those things when it isn’t even Hallowe’en yet!  However, a friend recently gave me a 1922 “Primary Christmas Book” which was used in schools.  It is full of all manner of wonderful things, including some original music, poetry, stories, plays, etc.  Our two songs for the Winter Concert will be from this book.  To set the scene, I am asking for parents to be on the lookout for 1922 style pieces of clothing (or clothing you can alter) for their performance. I have posted this school picture, circa 1922.   Note that the boys are all wearing knee socks and puffy shorts!  I have other pics where the girls all have those big fabric bows, so I will get those ready.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, October 18th we have the Beaconsfield Walk-A-Thon from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  This is a whole-school event, however, I am only able to accommodate the Intermediates as the primaries and intermediates have different walk routes planned and, obviously, I would only be able to be with one group.

On Tuesday, October 25th, we have a field trip to the Museum of Anthropology for their program:  Cedar:  The tree of life where we will be learning about the importance of the cedar tree to First Nations, and its various uses. The field trip is open to all students. The sign-up form and consent forms are now on the parent table.

The Week Ahead


Wishing all our families a very happy, Tofurky-filled Thanksgiving!  😉

For Intermediate students, Tuesday, October 11th is a Pro-D day, so there are no classes.

Our Burns Bog field trip is on Wednesday, October 12th.  Please meet me and the group right in front of the Planet Ice Delta doors at 10388 Nordel Crt, Delta, BC.  The field trip is rain or shine, so please come prepared for the weather and prepared to walk in the forest environment (boots recommended!).  See you all at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday!  Everyone who signed up is able to attend!

Walk to Schools or Parks Consent

Hello Families,  last week I put an envelope, a “Welcome back to school package” in everyone’s file folder.  In it contains a specific form I need by tomorrow from the Intermediate students, in order to participate in the Terry Fox Run.  Even if you have not had time to peruse all the forms to sign and return, please sign and return the consent for for the Walk To Schools Or Park Consent.  If I do not have this form signed and returned by the time we leave for the Terry Fox Run tomorrow at 1:00, your child will need to stay behind in the office.

Friendly Reminder: Individual Photos Today!

Individual Photos: Individual photos for all students will be on Monday, September 26th.  For Home Learners, our photos will be taken between 10:50 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. ONLY.  Photos are taken by class, so families cannot just drop in and expect to have their photos taken.  Individual photos are used for students’ school library cards, so it is important everyone comes to the session.  If families are interested in ordering individual photos later, they can, but there is absolutely no obligation.  For our regularly attending M/W students, I will ensure students photos are taken, for T/TH students, please come during the time allotted to us, and proceed directly to the basement Intermediate lunch area.

Approved Vendors

The approved vendors to order materials and supplies from are:

  • Scholastic
  • Education Station
  • School Specialty
  • Spectrum Nasco
  • Open School BC
  • ADS

We have catalogues at the parent table as a courtesy to parents.  People are welcome look at the catalogues to find what they would like to order , but please do not remove them.  Not all suppliers send us catalogues, but all of them have websites, so when ordering please ensure you have the product number, price, which supplier it is from, and any other pertinent ordering information that may be required as all ordering is done by an admin staff member.  Thank you!