Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Do you have Traffic and Transportation Concerns in our Neighbourhood?

Come out to the Hastings-Sunrise Transportation Listen and Learn

The City recently engaged with residents on walking and cycling improvements to the western part of the Union-Adanac Corridor.

Before launching an engagement process on the eastern section of Corridor, we want to better understand neighbourhood transportation issues between Hastings Street, Boundary Street, East 1st Avenue, and Renfrew Street. What we hear will inform future improvements.

We want to hear from you!  Join us for a conversation.

Join us at a “Listen and Learn” session to share your neighbourhood transportation concerns. City staff will be available to discuss walking, cycling, transit, vehicle traffic, and goods movement in the area.
 Drop in anytime between: Tuesday, May 305-8pm
Hastings Community Centre,  3096 East Hastings St

Can’t make it? Share your comments online between May 31 and June 7 at:

Ultimate Frisbee

AR Lord continues to have a great Ultimate Frisbee season! Many students have signed up to practice, play and learn this fun sport. The biggest adventure is to Bowen Island to play against Island Pacific School on May 30th

Wish them luck!


Call for Library Volunteers

If anyone has a free 20-60 minute time slot on June 5, 6, 7, or 8th… could you please come to the A.R. Lord Library to help our school Librarian, Ms. McCandless organize the library book shelves. This requires an extreme attention to detail and the ability to put numbers in numerical order, and letters in alphabetical order. 
This pre-organizing will be incredibly helpful and time-saving before she begins a full library inventory on June 12th. Almost any time of day should work, and even one small shelf done by you will save her so much time.
Please see Ms. McCandless directly if you can assist. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

New Parent Advisory Council Executive

We welcome in the new Parent Advisory Council executive for A.R. Lord Elementary School.  Elections were held on May 17th and this team of individuals will take the lead for the next year ahead. 

  • PAC Chair - position to be determined - to be assigned/shared amongst the existing PAC Executive
  • Treasurer - Kimberly Richmond will be serving again this year
  • Secretary - Emily Taylor
  • Communications - Jordon Randall
  • Members-at-Large: Julie Beer, and Sarah McKinnon are returning for another term and joined by new members:  Amarjit Parhar, Deniz Randall and Sherrie Taylor
Joyce Chow and Tracy Spring will be stepping down as co-chairs from the Executive, having served for numerous years but will support the new team in the transition. 

Of special note, a sincere thank you to LINDA D whose son is graduating and will be moving on to high school   Linda has worked tirelessly over the years to organize and work on many school events such as hot lunch, movie nights, book fairs, garden projects, decorating and special activities. She is a super volunteer and we are forever grateful for all that she has done at our school for students, teachers, and staff. 

p.s. All parent/cargivers with a child attending A.R. Lord elementary are part of the Parent Advisory Council - we look forward to your ideas, participation, and sharing in our school and community experience at A.R. Lord as we start to wind down this year and move into next school year. 

Come out and Play




Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Emergency Preparedness at A.R. Lord Elementary

May 4th was the BIG ONE AT TWO emergency drill and a simulation of an earthquake and emergency procedures are carried out by students and staff. This is the second drill of the year and additional preparation and practice of procedures in followup to the Big Shakeout that was carried out in the fall.
Students practiced the DROP-COVER-HOLD procedure and took shelter in a safe place during the mock-quake. All occupants of the school then evacuated to the gravel field and checked attendance. A few parents were also asked to participate and practice authorized pickup of their children.
The VSB has designated School Emergency Response Teams (SERTs) in each school which consist of staff volunteers who are specially trained and have designated roles and responsibilities in the event of an incident. 

SPORTS DAY FRIDAY - PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

CALLING ALL PARENT AND CAREGIVER VOLUNTEERS. JOIN IN ON THE FUN THIS FRIDAY FOR SPORTS DAY. THIS ANNUAL TRADITION IS FILLED WITH ACTIVITY, SPORTSMANSHIP, COMPETITION AND FUN.

IF YOU CAN ASSIST WITH BAKING OR HELPING RUN THE PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL CONCESSION PLEASE SIGNUP AT: http://signup.com/go/JScsYvL

Monday, 15 May 2017

PAC MEETING TUESDAY

FINAL PAC MEETING OF THE YEAR
DATE: TUESDAY MAY 16
TIME: 6:30PM
WHERE: SCHOOL LIBRARY
FREE CHILDMINDING PROVIDED

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Happy Mother's Day



Division 5 held a special Mother's day celebration in the school with and an afternoon tea and a wonderful dance performance. Thank you to all the A.R. Lord Teachers who help students create special handmade gifts and moments in celebration of Mother's Day. 

Monday, 8 May 2017

May 16th PAC Meeting

Next Tuesday on May 16th is the Last PAC Meeting of the year and will be held at 6:30pm in the library. Please join us and share your ideas on how to make our school great as well as hear directly from teachers and the Principal on education issues and priorities.  

We will also be holding the PAC Executive Election. A few of our current individuals will be stepping down and we are seeking new volunteer parents to join  to help lead the organization of all the great things we do at A.R. Lord. 

PAC Executive positions include: 
  • Chair (or Co-Chairs can be shared position) - key lead and liaison for the PAC, chairs meetings
  • Communications (manages correspondence, social media, email and communications)
  • Treasurer - manages finances, cash, payments, bank reconciliation, cheques 
  • Members-at-Large - (typically upto 3 but can be more) general positions that take on various lead roles including events, hot lunch, grants, fundraising etc. 
The PAC Exec lead and coordinate the many parent volunteers that our school is lucky to have. The existing PAC Exec is happy to do some training and help new members get up to speed and ready for next school year. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Equal Play - Girls Legacy Soccer Program

A.R. Lord Girls have been participating in Equal Play Girls Soccer Leadership Program, a non-profit organization that encourages girls at the elementary school level to play soccer. Over several weeks, the Grade 4-7 girls learn soccer in a fun setting that helps them build confidence, be physically active, develop positive images of their body, strength and ability and the love of sport. The organization is lead by Carrie Serwetnyk, a former national soccer player and the first woman to enter Canada's Soccer Hall of Fame.
http://equalplayfc.com/programs/

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Earth Day Assembly


A.R. Lord students had the opportunity to participate in the recent Earth Day Assembly. What did they see and do?
* The Environmental Caretakers Club put on some skits about how we can better take care of the Earth.
* Division 7 performed a song for us and showed us their artwork about things we can do for the environment.
* Julie, a school parent, came to talk to us about raising honey bees in her yard. 
* Chris, whose children used to to attend Lord, gave a talk about helping mason bees and what they can do for our gardens

Thursday, 27 April 2017