Wednesday, 28 November 2012

NO SCHOOL Friday, November 30

Please note that Friday, November 30th is a Professional Development Day and there is NO SCHOOL for students on that day. See you on Monday!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Photo retake orders due November 29

For those who have had photo retakes, the orders are due back to your teachers by Thursday, November 29.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Café Ético coffee and tea fundraiser

We will soon start selling Café Ético coffee and tea as a fundraiser for the school. Café Ético is organic and “beyond Fair Trade”. The company buys its coffee directly from producers in Latin America, and 100% of profits go back to CoDevelopment Canada, a non-profit that works for human rights and social justice in Latin America.

Order forms go home today, to be returned with payment to the PAC box in the office by December 10. A number of different roasts are available, and the coffee is sold as whole bean or ground. Organic orange pekoe tea is also available, loose or in bags. Café Ético orders will continue on a monthly basis, due on the 10th of each month.

Future order forms will not be sent home, but will be available here or at the PAC message board by the office.

Purdy's Chocolate Santa fundraiser

Purdy’s Chocolate Santa Lollipop

$2.00 per Lolly

Perfect stocking stuffer or tasty gift!

Premium Belgian Chocolate

No additives or preservatives

Purdy’s is Canadian Owned & Family Operated

Orders must be returned by December 7th

No limit on number of Lollipops ordered

Student with the most orders will receive a $25 gift card for Chapters/Indigo
Order forms will be coming home with students today and must be returned to the PAC box in the office with exact change or cheque addressed to "Dr. A. R. Lord PAC".

Additional order forms are available here or from the school office.
For more information please contact the PAC executive.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Usborne Book Fair & Partners in Reading talk

This is a reminder that the Usborne Book Fair and Partners in Reading evening talk are coming up! The dates for the book fair are as follows:
Monday, November 26 - noon - 4 pm
Tuesday, November 27 - 8:15 am - 4 pm, 6 - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, November 28 - 8:15 - 9:30 am
In conjunction with the book fair, we also have the Partners in Reading talk with Linda O'Reilly from 6:30-7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 27. She will speak on how you can be a partner with your child in learning to read and establishing a lifelong love of reading. Although the talks are designed for parents and their children, we have also been able to secure childminding for the event.
Linda O’Reilly is passionate about literacy and brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to her workshops. Linda spends her time consulting with schools and teachers who are changing their literacy practices and currently works as a lead consultant for Nelson Literacy BC, a new Language Arts resource. She also helped create the Adolescent Literacy Network in partnership with Simon Fraser University.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Hot Lunch Reminder

A reminder to students who have pre-ordered that Friday, November 23th is Hot Lunch Day!  Students who have pre-ordered will receive a package of sushi, along with milk or water, a fresh fruit or vegetable and a tasty dessert.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Vancouver Inspiration Pass

Want to go to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Science World, the Symphony, the Vancouver Aquarium, the Museum of Anthropology, and many other top Vancouver attractions, for free?

The Vancouver Inspiration Pass, launched on October 24, will allow you to do exactly that. With your VPL library card, you can put a hold on this pass and take it out for two weeks, once per year. A pass allows admission for two adults and up to four children at the participating venues. 120 passes are available city-wide.

Find out more here.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Fruit & Vegetable Program

This week the students will receive another delivery from the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program.


  • A pear is a fruit that varies from apple-shaped to teardrop-shaped.
  • Its skin colour ranges from green and light yellow to red and brown.
  • If you pull on the stem and it comes out easily, the pear is ripe.

  • Meet some pear farmers and learn some interesting facts about different varieties of pears in this PDF document on PEARS.

    This snack is not meant to replace the foods students normally eat at school. Students can make their own decisions on whether to taste the fruits offered.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the PAC or the school administration at 604-713-4620.

    Saturday, 17 November 2012

    Fall Raffle Winner

    Congratulations to Chris Knight, winner of our fall raffle grand prize of four tickets to Disney on Ice. Thank you to everyone who participated in supporting our great school!

    Tuesday, 13 November 2012

    Lights, PJs, Snacks with Seasons of Food November 23

    this is an upcoming community event perfect for our school-aged kids!

    Lights, PJs, Snacks!
    with Seasons of Food
    Friday, November 23

 Meet in the front lobby of Hastings Community Centre. 

 Walk around the lake at Hastings Park in your pajamas. Bring binoculars or a magnifying glass to look at wildlife. Return to the Hastings Community Centre for healthy snacks and stories provided by Seasons of Food.


*All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    REGISTRATION: Pre-register Drop-ins ok, space permitting.

    RAIN PLAN: If there’s light rain, wear rain gear. If it’s heavy rain, the walk will be rescheduled.

    Sponsored by the Hastings North Community Community Partners Group

    Monday, 12 November 2012

    Vote for a Non-Profit Music Centre in East Van

    If your kids have taken art or music programs at Hastings Community Centre, you have probably met Jennifer Yamazaki. She has launched an Aviva campaign to fund a non-profit music centre right here in East Vancouver! Visit the Aviva website to vote daily between now and November 26. Winning ideas get a $100,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund.

    REMINDER: PAC Meeting Wednesday November 14

    Date: WEDNESDAY, November 14th

    Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Location: School Library

    As a parent of a child at Dr. A. R. Lord, you are part of the PAC! As such, all parents are welcome to attend our upcoming school PAC meeting. We will be discussing Movie Night, fundraisers, special holiday activities and ongoing projects.

    Free child minding will be provided.

    For further information please contact the PAC Executive by e-mail or with a letter to the PAC Box in the school's front office.

    Sunday, 11 November 2012

    Usborne Book Fair and Partners In Reading evening talk

    Our Usborne Book Fair is just a little over a week away. Usborne offers educational and fun books suitable for preschoolers to Grade 7 and beyond. Shop for gifts or yourself!

    As the school will be rewarded for the number of books sold, this is also a fundraising opportunity for us. A great selection of Usborne books will be available in the school library on the following days. 

    Monday November 26  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Tuesday November 27  8:15 am - 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 
    Wednesday November 28  8:15 am - 9:30 am

    The Usborne catalog is available here, so you can choose what you like and pick it up at the fair or order it for quick delivery.

    In conjunction with the book fair, we will have a free special guest on Tuesday evening:

    PARTNERS IN READING with Linda O'Reilly

    Tuesday, November 27 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 

    Encouraging your children to grow up loving reading is the best gift you can give them. You can also have great fun in the process. Join Linda O’Reilly to learn reading tips for parents/guardians to help children become successful readers.

    Saturday, 10 November 2012

    Meaningful Movies - concession proceeds to Dr. A. R. Lord

    Did you know that there are free movie screenings taking place in our neighbourhood?

    The Hastings North Community Partners Group sponsors free showings of topical documentary films on the third Thursday of every month except December, July and August. These Meaningful Movies take place at St. David's Anglican Church at 2475 Franklin Street.  Doors are at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7 pm, with a moderated discussion afterwards.

    The group also offers community groups, like our PAC, a chance to operate the concession at these movies to raise funds. Dr. A. R. Lord PAC will be operating the concession at Meaningful Movies from now until March!

    Come to the next movie, Payback, on November 15, or e-mail us if you'd like to volunteer to operate the concession. Please note that these movies will probably be boring or otherwise unsuitable for younger children.

    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Rental Accomodation Needed

    There is a family in our community in immediate need of rental accomodation. They are looking for an affordable four-bedroom suite, preferably close to Dr. A. R. Lord.

    If you can help, please call our principal, Susie Car, at (604) 713-4620.

    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 9 and Monday, November 12

    Please note that there is NO SCHOOL due to a District Closure Day on Friday November 9, and the Remembrance Day holiday on Monday, November 12. See you on Tuesday!

    Wildlife Rescue Association Nature Camps

    These nature workshops are available at the Wildlife Rescue Association on Burnaby Lake. Give them a call to register, or visit their website at

    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Remembrance Day Assembly

    Thursday, November 8th
    School Gymnasium

    All parents, guardians, caregivers and families are welcome to attend the school's Remembrance Day Assembly where students will be singing "Just One Candle".

    Hot Lunch Reminder

    A reminder to students who have pre-ordered that Thursday, November 8th is Hot Lunch Day!  Students who have pre-ordered will receive a regular or veggie hot dog, along with milk or water, a fresh fruit or vegetable and a tasty dessert.

    Monday, 5 November 2012

    Kindergarten registration now on!

    Kindergarten registration for children born in 2008 began on November 1, and will continue until January 31, 2013 to start school in September 2013. Information on how and where to register can be found here.

    If you know of any families in the neighbourhood with four-year-olds, make sure to tell them about our great school!

    Did You Know?

    The PAC has recently given a cheque for $1200 to the school for classroom funds. The money will be used by our teachers at their discretion for our children's classrooms. Every division, including our resource and music programs, will receive funding.

    Thank you for making this possible by supporting PAC fundraising efforts.

    Sunday, 4 November 2012

    Big Day with the Vancouver Giants

    On November 18, the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre and the Hastings North Business Improvement Association will be hosting A Big Day with the Vancouver Giants, along with the Templeton Community School Team and Hastings East Community Programs Society.

    Advance tickets for the fund-raiser at the Pacific Coliseum are just $16 – a $30 value – and include hot dogs, pop and chips at the pregame community celebration, starting at 1pm. There will be lots of activities that the whole family will enjoy.

    Please note that this is NOT the game connected to the Read to Succeed program - that game will be coming up in December.

    Saturday, 3 November 2012

    Fall Raffle

    The Dr. A. R. Lord School PAC is proud to present our fall raffle! The grand prize is four tickets to Disney On Ice, donated by generous members of our school community. The show will be on November 21st at 7:30 pm at the Pacific Coliseum, and is Disney's newest show, Dare to Dream. See characters from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, and Cinderella, as well as a finale with all your favourite Disney princesses. We also have some great second and third prizes.

    Grand Prize – four tickets to Disney On Ice, November 21st at 7:30 pm
    Second Prize – $25 Chapters gift card
    Third Prize – $10 Laughing Bean gift card

    Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. Submit your money and your tickets to the PAC box by the office. The draw will be held on Friday, November 16 at Movie Night, and winners will be notified at school or by phone/e-mail.

    Encourage your friends and family to support a great cause and win some awesome prizes. More tickets are available from the office.

    Penny Drive

    Start saving your pennies!

    With the Canadian government beginning to phase out the penny, we invite you to empty your penny jar at school. Come bring your pennies to the big water jug in the front office any time, and support the PAC's ongoing fundraising initiatives.

    School performances, sports equipment, and field trips are just a few of the things that the PAC helps to fund in a school year.

    Friday, 2 November 2012

    Dr. A. R. Lord in the News

    Our Pumpkin Patch Day was featured in the Vancouver Courier this week! Turn to page A6 in Friday's print edition, or view the article here.

    We also have an article on the VSB's District News site, here.

    Usborne Books is coming!

    We will be bringing Usborne Books to Dr. A. R. Lord on November 26 & 27. Usborne offers a huge variety of educational and fun books suitable for preschoolers to Grade 7 and beyond. This is a great opportunity to shop for Christmas presents, and will also be a fundraiser for our school, as Usborne rewards the school for the number of books sold.  

    A representative from Usborne will be set up with a variety of books in the library, and will also be able to order any other books from their catalogue.

    More details to come!

     The Usborne catalogue is available here.

    Thursday, 1 November 2012

    Hot Lunch Dates

    Forms for the next three hot lunches went home to students this week. Dates are as follows:

    November 8 - hot dogs

    November 23 - sushi

    December 7 - pizza

    Please submit order forms for all hot lunch dates by Monday, November 5. Late order forms are difficult for us to process and sometimes cannot be accomodated at all.

    If you are coming to the hot lunches to volunteer, please feel free to order extra lunches for siblings or yourself!

    A form to print out can be found here.