Monday, 30 September 2013

Family Photo Night Thursday, November 7

This year, we have organized a special family photo night with our school photographer, on Thursday, November 7, from 4-8 pm.

For a $20 sitting fee, families will get a 10-15 minute spot with a professional photographer from Mountain West Studios. You will receive one 8x10 family photo to keep, plus an opportunity to order more photos. which will arrive in time for Christmas. The $20 goes to the PAC.

Contact the PAC to reserve a spot now!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

NO SCHOOL Friday, September 27

Please note that Friday, September 27th is a Professional Development Day for teachers and there is NO SCHOOL for students on that day. See you on Monday!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Terry Fox Run Sept. 26 & Toonie for Terry

This Thursday, September 26, our students will be participating in the annual Terry Fox Run. Students have been learning about Terry Fox through morning announcements as well as classroom discussions. Students have also been asked to bring a "Toonie for Terry" to donate to cancer research. Thanks to decades of cancer research, people today are surviving many types of cancer, which would not have been possible thirty years ago.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Wanted: Good-quality toys and clothes to sell at HCC Kids Market Oct 5

Hastings Community Centre is holding their annual fall Kids' Market on Saturday, October 5 from 10 am - 1:30 pm.
Dr. A. R. Lord PAC will have two tables there to sell items as a fundraiser.

We are looking for good-quality, saleable, gently used kids clothing and toys. Use this as an opportunity to purge items no longer needed or age appropriate! Items not sold will be donated to charity.

If you can help out at the sales table on the day of the market please let us know.

E-mail the PAC or find Linda, Tracy, or Lisa at school if you can help us out with a donation or your time. We will be happy to pick up items from your house or you can drop items to us at school. Please get all donations to us by October 2nd so that they can be sorted and priced. Thanks for your ongoing support!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Division 5 at Reconciliation Week sacred fire

Ms. Young took our K/1 class to Hastings Park this week to make an offering at the Sacred Fire that is part of the Reconciliation Week events held there. Reconciliation Week in BC is an important event in the healing process of Canada's aboriginal elders who were forced to attend residential schools, and of their families who feel the lasting impact of their legacy.

Vera, an elder, and Mike, a member of our local Tsleil-Waututh band, came to speak to our children about the importance of this event.

For more about Reconciliation Week:

Here's the class observing the fire. No photos were permitted of the fire itself.

We had a look at the ducks in Hastings Sanctuary before heading back to the school for recess.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Outside lunches

Outside lunches have continued this year for our students on these beautiful early fall days. Parents are welcome to come by and join the children at the grassy area in back of the school on sunny, warm days for lunch!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Have an Apple with Your Teacher - Meet the Teacher Day

Tuesday, September 24
4-6 pm

Come to the covered area behind the school with your children to meet your child's new teacher for the year and to socialize with other Dr. A. R. Lord families. All family members are welcome. Our principal, Mrs. Susie Car, will also be there.

The PAC will provide free fresh B.C. apples and hot coffee and tea.

We will also hold our first bake sale of the year! If you are able to bring a plate of nut-free baked goods, please e-mail us or simply bring them to the event. Baked goods will be sold for 50 cents each and all proceeds will go towards the PAC to fund future school activities.

Hope to see you there!

This event will be held in the gym in case of poor weather.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Fall After-School Programs guide out now

The Fall Programs Guide from the Templeton Community Schools Team is now out! Look for a brick-red booklet coming home. Choose from the following programs:

Monday: Floor Hockey (Gr. 2-5) 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuesday Clay Works (Gr. K-7) 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Thursday: Piano (Gr. 1-7) 3:00 - 6:00 pm in 30 min. time slots
MoreSports Soccer (Gr. K-3) LUNCHTIME

Programs begin the week of September 30.

Please contact Andrew at 604-713-5898 with any questions.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Cross-Country season now underway

The Cross Country running season has begun! All students are eligible to join. Practices take place at school on Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 8:25 am to 8:55 am, rain or shine (in the gym if it is raining). 

There will be afterschool mini-meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Clinton Park; parents are needed to help drive and to cheer on our team! These meets may be cancelled in case of rain.

The city-wide meet takes place at Trout Lake on Thursday, October 17, at 1 pm. Students will be excused from afternoon classes in order to participate.

Last year's team had a blast! See Ms. O'Neill or Ms. Burke for more information or to join.

Friday, 13 September 2013

REMINDER: PAC Meeting Thursday September 19

PAC Meeting
Date: THURSDAY, September 19th

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, the first meeting of the school year. 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.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

PAC Meeting Minutes June 6, 2013

The minutes from the PAC meeting held on June 6, 2013 can now be found online. Please contact the PAC executive if you have any questions or clarifications.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Fruit & Vegetable Program

The BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program is back!  This Wednesday, students will receive blueberries in their classrooms, unless the school has received a reverse consent form. If you do not want your child to receive the free fruits and vegetables  that will be provided throughout the year, please fill out the form (when it is sent out this week) and return it to the school.

The BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program is a collaborative program from ActNow BC with funding from the B.C. Ministries of Health, Education, and Agriculture. It is administered through the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation, a non-profit association dedicated to working with educators to bring B.C.’s agriculture to students. It is made possible at our school by the ongoing work of a dedicated parent volunteer!

New this year is the +Milk program, which delivers cow's milk or a fortified soy beverage to K-2 students along with the week's fruit or vegetable.


Did you know that B.C. is the second highest producer of blueberries in the world?  Blueberries are native to North America and were not introduced to Europe until the 1930's.  They are naturally high in vitamins C and B-complex, copper, zinc, iron, fibre, antioxidants and lutein, so enjoy a handful knowing that you are doing something good for your body as well as your tastebuds!

For more cool facts and activities, click on the following "scoop" and "double scoop" on blueberries.

Students will receive their blueberries 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 produce offered.

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

Sunday, 8 September 2013

PAC Meeting Minutes May 9, 2013

The minutes from the PAC meeting held on May 9, 2013 can now be found online. Please contact the PAC executive if you have any questions or clarifications.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

No nuts of any kind allowed at school

Please note that there are no tree nuts OR PEANUTS allowed at Dr. A. R. Lord. There are students in Grades 3 and 1 with severe allergies to these foods. Tree nuts include cashews, hazelnuts, filberts, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, walnuts, and pecans, among others. They are found in Nutella and other chocolate spreads, pesto, granola bars, cookies, trail mix, and many other snack foods. Peanuts and peanut butter are also no longer allowed at school. Please read the label before sending these foods to school with your children, and do not send these foods if they contain nuts.

Foods that say they "May contain" nuts are permitted. Coconut and seeds such as sesame or sunflower seeds are also allowed.

If you have a child with a severe allergy attending Dr. A. R. Lord, please let the administration know as soon as possible.

Friday, 6 September 2013

"Just the Guys" after-school program at Hastings Community Centre

Yes! There is a program for the boys too. Boys aged 9-12 are welcome to join the "Just the Guys" program on Mondays from 3:15-5:00 pm at Hastings Community Centre starting September 23.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

"Just for Girls" after-school program at Hastings Community Centre

Just for Girls is a weekly program starting up this fall at Hastings Community Centre. Open to girls aged 9-12, this program is offered from 3:15 - 5:00 pm on Thursdays at the Centre. Check it out!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Free End-of-Summer BBQ September 8

After the Hastings Park Bike Fest, come on over to the Hastings Community Centre for a free BBQ courtesy of the Hastings Community Association! There will be live music and activities for the kids too.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Hastings Park Family Bike Fest - Sunday, September 8

Join other members of your neighbourhood at the 2nd annual Hastings Park Family Bike Fest this Sunday at the Italian Gardens in Hastings Park.

Starting at 1:00 pm, there will be festival events including bike decorating, face painting, safety education, bike maintenance, and snacks. At about 2:30 pm, the organized rides will start. Younger folks ride around the Sanctuary, while more ambitious types ride down to New Brighton Park and back.

Afterwards, the Hastings Community Association is hosting a free BBQ at Hastings Community Centre, starting at 4 pm.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the 2013-2014 school year at Dr. A. R. Lord!

Grade 1-7 students, please report to your last years' classrooms at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 3. You will be dismissed at 10 am on the first day. Full days (9 am - 3 pm) will begin on Wednesday, September 4.

Kindergarten students, please report to the library with your parent or caregiver at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, September 3. You will be asked to sign up for an interview time and will be dismissed at 2 pm.

Kindergarten students will be on a gradual entry schedule and their first full day of classes will be Wednesday, September 11.

Other important days:

Thurs. Sept. 19, 6:30 pm - First PAC meeting of the year. All parents welcome & free childminding provided.
Tues. Sept 24, 3 - 5 pm - Meet the Teacher (after school event)
Thurs. Sept 26 - Terry Fox Run (in Hastings Park)
Fri. Sept. 27 - Pro-D Day (no school)