Friday, 31 May 2013

Community Day at the Races - this Sunday!

Remember, the Hastings Racetrack Community Day fundraiser for Dr. A. R. Lord and Hastings Elementary is this Sunday, June 2 from 1:30-4:30 pm. There will be great raffle prizes, cash bar, a horse race named in our honour, and a buffet lunch for those who have purchased tickets. Even if you have not purchased lunch tickets, come out and enjoy a free, fun day and a fundraiser for our school!

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Walk-A-Thon Wrap-Up Celebration

Congratulations to Dr. A. R. Lord students for completing 11 days of walking! We had a fun wrap-up celebration this morning, with music and dancing and no rain! Many thanks to Ms. Young-Eng for the choreography. Remember, pledge forms and money are due to your teacher by Friday, June 7.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Flyin' Bob

What a treat! Today Flyin' Bob visited our school and performed for staff, students, and some Lord families. The children were captivated for a whole hour by Bob's jugging, tightrope walking, unicycle riding, chair balancing, sleight-of-hand, and just plain fun! Thanks, Flyin' Bob!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Walk-A-Thon pledge sheet date extended

Keep walking, Dr. A. R. Lord students! There will be two more days of walking before our wrap-up event this Thursday. We are extending the due date of pledge forms by one week, so please have your forms and money (or cheques written to Dr. A. R. Lord PAC) in to your teacher by Friday June 7.

Here is a copy of the pledge form for you to print out.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

The Social Media Generation - May 29

Templeton’s PAC has arranged Jesse Miller of Mediated Reality to speak with parents about positive digital citizenship and how technology and social media are used by youth on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm in Templeton Secondary School’s Auditorium. Jesse Miller’s presentations are captivating and informative.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Queen Victoria Annex Spring Festival - TOMORROW!

Looking for something to do that is close by this weekend? Check out the Queen Victoria Annex Spring Festival at E. 3rd and Victoria on Sunday, May 26. Looks like fun!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Community Day at the Races Sunday June 2

Hastings Racetrack is having a community day fundraiser for Dr. A. R. Lord and Hastings Elementary on Sunday, June 2 from 1:30-4:30 pm. There will be great raffle prizes, cash bar, a horse race named in our honour, and an optional pre-purchased light lunch.

You can just come, show up, and enjoy a fun, free afternoon, or purchase lunch tickets ahead of time from the PAC for $5. A limited number of lunch tickets will be available for purchase at the school office from parent volunteers May 22, 23 and 24 from 3-3:15 p.m.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Walk-A-Thon Launch

Today marks the start of our spring Walk-A-Thon! Students will pledge to walk a total of 30 minutes per day from now until May 30, and will ask friends and family for a donation to support their pledge. Next week, students will walk with their classes every morning, and we'll wrap up with a fun event on the morning of May 30. Everyone is invited!

Proceeds will support the extracurricular programs that the PAC funds on an ongoing basis to enrich our childrens' education. This includes programs such as gymnastics, tennis, Arts Umbrella, performances that come to our school, and field trips.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Field Trip to Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium

Last week, Division 4 and Division 6 went on a joint field trip to Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium. The students released the salmon fry that have been growing in Ms. Young's classroom, observed wildlife at Beaver Lake, and explored fish and frogs at the Aquarium. What a great day!

Beaver Lake

Artists at Work

Lunch under the Cherry Blossoms

Frogs at the Aquarium

Friday, 17 May 2013

Thank you for a fantastic Sports Day!

Thanks to all students, staff, families, DARLAA, and Eastside for a fantastic Sports Day. Even the rain co-operated by waiting until just before lunch, when we were safely under cover.

Have a great Victoria Day long weekend and see you back at school on Tuesday!

Who got the most water in the bucket? 

Sorting out the dress-up relay

Snack time!

Thanks as always to our team of amazing bakers

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Sports Day TOMORROW!

Our school's Sports Day is coming up tomorrow, Friday, May 17. The PAC will be providing all students, staff, and volunteers with a free snack and pizza lunch. We will also be running a concession with tea, coffee, canned drinks, snacks, home baking, and pizza by the slice.

This year, we are attempting to reduce waste, so we ask that all students bring their own refillable water bottle to Sports Day. There will be water stations for refills on the school grounds.

If you are able to bring some nut-free home baking to sell, please do!

We will also be raffling off two show tickets and two wristbands to the Childrens' Festival, happening from May 27-June 2 at Granville Island, thanks to the generous contribution of a Dr. A. R. Lord family.

See you there!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Fruit & Vegetable Program

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

  • The cucumber is a creeping vine that roots in the ground and grows up trellises or other supporting frames, wrapping around ribbing with thin, spiraling tendrils.
  • Cucumbers are scientifically classified as fruits because they have an enclosed seed and develop from a flower.
  • Cucumbers are 95% water.

  • For further information, fascinating facts and interesting history on this crunchy vegetable please read the PDF document on CUCUMBERS.

    Students will receive their delivery during class time on Wednesday. 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 vegetables offered.

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

    Tuesday, 14 May 2013

    Tortoise visits Dr. A. R. Lord

    Did you know that we have a neighbourhood tortoise?

    Drayga, a Sulcata tortoise, lives just a block away from our school, and came to visit today. The children were excited to meet such a beautiful animal!

    She even has her own page on facebook, where you can find more photos of today's visit:

    Sunday, 12 May 2013

    Happy Mothers' Day!

    Image by lezumbalaberenjena on flickr

    Happy Mothers' Day to all of the mothers in our fantastic school community. Have a great day!

    Saturday, 11 May 2013

    Meaningful Movie May 16: Occupy Love

    Join us as we run the concession on Thursday, May 16 for this month's free Meaningful Movie at St. David's Anglican Church at 2475 Franklin Street.  The movie this month is "Occupy Love". Doors are at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 7. All funds raised go towards Dr. A. R. Lord PAC!

    Friday, 10 May 2013

    PAC Meeting Minutes April 11, 2013

    The minutes from the PAC meeting held on April 11, 2013 can now be found online. Please contact the PAC executive if you have any questions or clarifications.

    Thursday, 9 May 2013

    Café Ético coffee & tea orders due Monday, May 13

    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 Pro-D Day, orders are due this month on Monday, May 13th to the PAC box in the office. Order forms are available at the front counter, or you can print one here.

    Wednesday, 8 May 2013

    National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Event - Saturday, May 11

    Please note this upcoming event in our community. By dropping off your expired or unwanted prescription medications, you are helping to create safer environments for our youth and children.

    Tuesday, 7 May 2013

    NO SCHOOL Friday, May 10

    Please note that Friday, May 10th is a Professional Development Day for teachers and there is NO SCHOOL for students on that day. See you on Monday!

    Monday, 6 May 2013

    REMINDER: PAC AGM Thursday, May 9

    Annual General Meeting 
    Date: Thursday, May 9th

    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.

    May is the time of our annual general meeting (AGM). At this meeting, we will be nominating and voting for positions on the PAC Executive. This includes the Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and At-Large positions. Any parent may stand for nomination for any of these positions!

    We will also be voting on amendments to our constitution. You may view a draft of the new constitution here.

    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, 5 May 2013

    Artwork Around Our School

    As many of you may know, we recently lost a beautiful Atlas cedar tree at our school. It lost yet another large branch in a windstorm three weeks ago and had to be removed.  Division 4 wrote a lovely letter to show their appreciation and remembrance for the tree.

    Tree, after losing its first big branch in November 2011

    Students of Division 4

    Division 4's letter to the tree

    Thursday, 2 May 2013

    Mark your calendar

    Mark your calendar for some fun events coming up at Dr. A. R. Lord  and in the community:

    Friday May 17 - Sports Day! All students will receive a free snack and pizza lunch, provided by the PAC
    Monday May 20 - Thursday, May 30 - School walk-a-thon! More information coming soon.
    Sunday June 2 - Hastings Park Community Day at the Races fundraiser and lunch in conjunction with Hastings Elementary
    Friday June 14 - End-of-year barbecue