Thursday, 28 February 2013

Chapters/Indigo Adopt a School Campaign

Our Adopt-a-School campaign continues to raise funds for our school library! Remember, each $25 gift card buys a book for our school. Thanks to all of you who have bought gift cards already.

Did you know that you can also buy toys, games, and music from Chapters/Indigo? Keep Adopt-a-School in mind the next time you need to buy a gift.

Here is the link to Dr. A. R. Lord on the Adopt-A-School site:

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Library Hours

Remember that you can now visit the library outside of school hours! Our school library hours are:

Monday 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Tuesday 8:40 am - 9:00 am
Thursday 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Pink Shirt Day Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The origins of "Pink Shirt Day" are not a professionally-designed, educator-condoned, carefully-managed media campaign. The first "Pink Shirt Day" occurred in a high school in Nova Scotia in 2007, where a group of students conspired to wear pink one day to support a boy who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. These students worked together to send a clear message: bullying, homophobic or otherwise, would not be tolerated at their school. Their message was so inspiring that Anti-Bullying Day, or Pink Shirt Day, is now recognized across the country.

At Dr. A. R. Lord, the message this year is ACCEPTANCE. According to a study by Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, a professor in UBC’s Faculty of Education, increasing peer acceptance is key to preventing bullying. By simply asking students to think about how they can act kindly to those around them, “teachers can create a sense of connectedness in the classroom and reduce the likelihood of bullying.”

Monday, 25 February 2013

Hot Lunch Reminder

Remember that this Friday, March 1 is Hot Lunch Day! Students who have pre-ordered will receive a tasty order of chicken or tofu teriyaki with rice or beef yakisoba, along with vegetables, milk or water, and a dessert.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Spring Break Camps Registration Now On

The Templeton Community Schools Team Spring Break Brochure is now out. To register, fill out a brochure available in the school office or phone Qua at (604) 713-5268.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

The Door That's Not Locked: Internet Safety

Are you concerned about your kids and Internet safety? We've found a great website with resources for teachers and parents of children ages 5-15 with specific materials for each age group.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Ready, Set, Learn!

Ready, Set, Learn is coming to our school next Thursday, February 28 from 11 am to noon. Learn how you can prepare your 3- or 4-year-old for school and introduce them to a lifetime of reading.

Children's author, educator, and literacy advocate Vi Hughes will be visiting for this event.

It's free, but please phone the school office at 604-713-4620 to register yourself and your child or children.

For further information, please view the Ready, Set, Learn Booklet (available in alternate languages on their web site).

Thursday, 21 February 2013

FRIENDS for Life Parent Program at Renfrew Elementary

Please have a look at this upcoming workshop presented by our school counsellor, Heather Main. The FRIENDS program is all about reducing anxiety in children and providing them with tools to become more emotionally resilient.  You can find out more here:

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Did You Know? Hastings Community Association

Introducing the Hastings Community Association, the non-profit group that, along with the Park Board, runs our closest neighbour, the Hastings Community Centre. We belong to a fantastic neighbourhood with a long history of community involvement!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

School Calendar Survey

The VSB has published its proposed school calendars for the next two years, including holidays, pro-d days and district closure days. 

View the proposed calendar and provide your comments to the VSB via a survey here.

A Chinese version can be printed out here.

A Vietnamese version can be printed out here.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Fruit & Vegetable Program

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


  • Apples are grown on deciduous trees (Malus domestica) which reach a height of 3 to 12 meters (9.8 to 39 ft).
  • Tens of thousands of varieties are grown worldwide.
  • Apples are a pomaceous fruit, meaning they have extra or accessory flesh around the core of seeds.

  • For further information, fascinating facts and interesting history on this delicious fruit please read the PDF document on APPLES.

    Students will receive their delivery during class time. 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 contact the school administration at 604-713-4620.

    Sunday, 17 February 2013

    REMINDER: PAC Meeting Wednesday, February 20

    PAC Meeting
    Date: WEDNESDAY, February 20th

    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. 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.

    Saturday, 16 February 2013

    Meaningful Movie February 21: Mad Cow, Sacred Cow

    Join us as we run the concession for this month's free Meaningful Movie at St. David's Anglican Church at 2475 Franklin Street.  The movie this month is "Mad Cow, Sacred Cow". Doors are at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 7. All funds raised go towards Dr. A. R. Lord PAC!

    More information about the film can be found here:
    There will be a facilitated discussion after the movie.

    Friday, 15 February 2013

    Dr. A. R. Lord celebrates Chinese New Year!

    Our students visited the Hastings Community Centre yesterday for their annual Chinese New Year celebration. There was a fabulous Lion Dance and, much to the children's delight, an emcee who led everyone in a rousing performance of "Gangnam Style". Thank you, Hastings Community Centre!

    Traditional Lion Dance

    Oppan Gangnam Style!

    A new Lunar New Year Tradition?

    Monday, 11 February 2013

    Tennis XL is back!

    Tennis XL will be in the school next week, providing all students with tennis lessons every day during school hours from February 19-22. All equipment is provided. Students should wear runners to school on these days.

    Tennis XL is a local company with certified coaches whose goal is to introduce children to the game of tennis, and provide them with the skills to be physically active throughout their lives.

    The cost of these lessons is $8 per student. Forms went home last week and should be returned by February 15 to your child's teacher with payment in cash or by cheque to Dr. A. R. Lord Elementary. Please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Car if you have questions or concerns with the fees.

    Sunday, 10 February 2013

    Happy Lunar New Year!

    Happy Lunar New Year! 2013 is the Year of the Water Snake.

    Most of our Grade 7 students were born in the Year of the Snake. Snake people are said to be intuitive, introspective, refined and collected.

    The REAL Parents group will be hosting a morning of Lunar New Year crafts and food for all students on Thursday, February 21st in the library.

    Saturday, 9 February 2013

    Before & After School Care at Dr. A. R. Lord

    It has come to the PAC’s attention that there may be a need for before and after-school care at our wonderful little school. To better assess the situation and to be able to approach the VSB and other organizations with concrete numbers, we have sent home a survey with students this week. Please fill out the survey and deposit it into the PAC Box by the office, by February 14th. A copy of the survey can also be found here.

    Friday, 8 February 2013

    Anti-Bullying video from Tupper students

    Tupper Secondary's Learning Support students have put together an anti-bullying video for United Way’s Care to Change contest. Have a look and cast your vote!

    Thursday, 7 February 2013

    Café Ético coffee orders due February 12

    Remember that our Café Ético coffee and tea fundraiser is ongoing monthly! The PAC raises money for our school for every bag we sell, and the company itself is run by a non-profit organization who works to uphold human rights in Central America.

    Due to the Family Day holiday, orders are due this month on Tuesday, February 12 to the PAC box in the office. Order forms are available at the front counter, or you can print one here.

    Wednesday, 6 February 2013

    NO SCHOOL Monday, February 11

    Remember that Monday February 11th is the new Family Day statutory holiday in B.C. There will be no school or afterschool programs for students on that day. See you on Tuesday!

    Monday, 4 February 2013

    Hot Lunch Reminder

    Remember that this Friday, February 8th is Hot Lunch Day! Students who have pre-ordered will receive a tasty plate of chow mein or fried rice along with milk or water, fresh fruit, and a dessert.

    Friday, 1 February 2013

    PAC Meeting Minutes January 16, 2013

    The minutes from the PAC meeting on January 16, 2013 can now be found online. Please contact the PAC Exec with any questions or clarifications.