Wednesday, 22 March 2017

VSB School Calendar Finalized for 2017-2018

Do you want to get a jump on making vacation plans for Spring Break next year? The Vancouver School Board 2017-2018 school calendar has been approved and finalized. 
Note the late start to Winter Break for the year ahead which runs Dec 25th with return back to school on January 8th. 
The full VSB calendar can be found at the following link:

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Happy Spring! Time for Gardening and the A.R. Lord Manure Sale

It is the beginning of Spring and time to think about your garden, lawns, and plants! Over 200 pre-orders have already been placed for the 2017 Manure Fundraiser Sale! Get in your preorder and register the proceeds to go towards A.R. Lord Elementary. Don't be disappointed as last year we sold out early. 

The Manure sale will be held in just over 2 weeks from now on Saturday April 8th.  online order form link

We are also still seeking volunteer helpers for the sale. Lend a hand and have some fun at the same time with your fellow gardeners and school supporters! Online Signup for volunteers:ONLINE VOLUNTEER SIGNUP or email:

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Everyone Loves a Bake Sale

Bake Sales are not only an opportunity to pick and choose some delicious special treats, but also a great way for the Parent Advisory Council to raise funds to put towards our students and school. Many volunteer bakers donated batches of home baked goods at the recent family movie night. The concession also included popcorn and snack samosas. The yummy treats were enjoyed by all! 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Second Term Report Cards

Report cards were sent home on Friday March 10th, the last day before Spring Break! 
Student Progress report requirements are part of the BC Education Curriculum requirements. Each Student's Parent/Guardian will receive:
  • Three formal written report cards each year, including one at the end of the school year. These are written on an approved form, identify student progress and are placed in the student's permanent file. 
  • Two informal reports each year. Each school decides on how informal reporting takes place. A.R. Lord uses student lead conferences with parents and teachers for informal reporting.
For more information on assessments and issue resolution:

Friday, 10 March 2017

Robotics Invasion at A.R. Lord Elementary

A robotics curriculum is a popular new project based learning opportunity that revolves around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

At the most recent Parent Advisory Council Meeting, Secondary Teacher/Parent John Silver demonstrated just one of the new VEX IQ Robots that is being introduced into A.R. Lord classrooms this spring.

Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of robotics and then build and code the robots. Students will solve technical challenges through collaboration, competition, and innovation.

What is a robot? 
A robot is a mechanical device that can be programmed to follow a set of instructions. It has a processing unit, sensors to perceive its environment, and motors and actuators to move its limbs or wheels. It may speak, make other sounds, or flast with lights and colours in response to the environment as per instructions. Robots need the ability to follow programmed instructions and not just be controlled remotely. 
Most importantly, ROBOTS ARE FUN and coming to A.R. Lord School! 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Scholastic Book Fair coming in April

On April 4-6th 2017, the Parent Advisory Council will host the annual Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair is a "pop-up" book store which will sell new books, stationary and gift items. The sale will run before and after school (during the early dismissal days of the parent-teacher conferences) in the library. A portion of the proceeds will go towards credits to purchase new books for classrooms and the school library. 

Parent/Caregivers, if you are able to volunteer to help out at the book fair please signup online at:

For more information on scholastic book fairs:

Monday, 6 March 2017

Nutrition Presentation and Nuba Lunch

A.R. Lord Elementary students, teachers, staff and parent volunteers were treated to a great presentation on nutrition and healthy eating in February. Nuba restaurant and registered dietician from NutriFoodie, Cristel Moubarak came into the school and brought in a wide variety of foods for  lunch including: Whole Wheat Pita, Fatoush Salad, Pickles, Olives, Feta, Hummus, Brown Rice, Lentil Stew, Felafel, Tahini and Tzatziki.  Everyone learned about the amazing nutrition packed chickpea, ate a delicious meal and had a great time!

Thank you to Nuba for your generosity & sharing with our students!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Friday, 3 March 2017

Pink Shirt Day

February 22nd was Pink Shirt Day and celebrated at A.R. Lord Elementary. This campaign actually originated in Canada and has spread worldwide  to unite individuals to stand up against bullying. A.R. Lord students wore pink and lessons on kindness were integrated into the curriculum and classroom. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Community Manure Sale for Spring Gardening

Garibaldi Annex and A.R. Lord Elementary School will be selling hormone and antibiotic-free, locally produced 1.5 year composted steer manure from Hopcott Farms in Pitt Meadows.  Support our neighbourhood schools!

Saturday April 8th 9am-1pm at the Hastings Community Centre Parking Lot (Pender and Nootka)

$5 per 5 gallon bag (or bring your wheelbarrow before 11am and save $1 by taking unbagged manure). Cash on delivery. We also deliver within the neighbourhood. 

We sold out early last year so get in your preorder: Link to: Online Manure Order Form or email:

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Annual Manure Sale Voulnteers

Garibaldi Annex and Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary will once again be joining forces all in the name of supporting our neighbourhood schools in Hastings Sunrise. 

The 6th Annual Fundraiser Manure Sale will be held on Saturday April 8th at the parking lot behind A.R. Lord School (Pender and Nootka). We are mobilizing volunteers  for this fun community event.   Volunteer parents, students, friends, families and supporters, sign up directly at: ONLINE VOLUNTEER SIGNUP or email:

Volunteer positions include: Shovel/Bag helpers, Volunteer Station, Snack prep, Delivery Driver, and Cleanup Crew

Tuesday, 28 February 2017


Many students from A.R. Lord performed in the February Talent Show. Singing, Dancing, Magic, Music, Poems and more! Stay tuned for more pics! 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Young Learners Invited into A.R. Lord School

Parents and their young future students were invited into A.R. Lord Elementary for Ready, Set Learn in February. These young 3, 4 and 5 year old preschoolers had a chance to sit down in the school library for story time and were given a tour of the school. 
Ready Set Learn is a provincial education initiative to provide information on how to support  a young child’s early learning and development. It also develops positive connections between families, the school system and local community agencies.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Movie Night Volunteer Signup

We can't have a Family Movie Night without the help of our parent/caregiver volunteers.  Signup to lend a hand to make this great fun night run smoothly. 
* Volunteer Bakers
* Concession and "Theatre" setup
* Popcorn Duty
* Concession and Cashier
* Cleanup Crew

Signup to volunteer at our online signup:
(no account required but please include your email so we can send you a reminder)

Friday March 3rd. Doors open at 5:30pm, Movie starts at 6:00pm
We'll be showing a family friendly movie in the gym. 
We will have a concession and offer yummy samosas, baked goods and popcorn for sale. 
Bring your blanket and pillow