Thursday, 31 October 2013

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday

Spring forward, fall back! Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday morning.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Fruit & Vegetable Program

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


  • B.C. orchards produce all of the D'Anjou pears grown commercially in Canada
  • D'Anjou are the only variety of pear that can be stored through the winter
  • Pears' 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.

  • For further information, check out the scoop and double scoop 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.

    Monday, 28 October 2013

    DARLAA Pumpkin Patch is coming!

    DARLAA, the Dr. A. R. Lord Alumni Association, will again be bringing a pumpkin patch to the city on Tuesday, October 29!

    The DARLAA volunteers will be on site for the entire school day spending time with students and teachers. They will be setting up a fantastic pumpkin patch at the school with enough pumpkins for every student to be able to take one home. DARLAA volunteers will spend the rest of the day helping with pumpkin activities in the classrooms.

    We are very lucky to have such dedicated and enthusiastic past students who are great role models and inspiration for the current student population.

    Sunday, 27 October 2013

    EYA Growing Kids Partnership with Dr. A. R. Lord

    Dr. A. R. Lord is now part of the Environmental Youth Alliance's Growing Kids program! Educators will be visiting the school bi-weekly and working with students both in the school food garden and in the classroom. Their first visit was on Thursday; ask your kids about the "Sun, Soil, Water and Air" song.

    Here's what Growing Kids has to say about themselves:

    Growing Kids imagines schools as much more than the 4 walls of a classroom. We work with 10-12 schools in the Vancouver School Board every year to offer a free service that provides:
    • experiential workshop delivery in classrooms from K-12
    • garden expertise and consultation
    • plants, seeds, soil, tools, and human energy
    • community engagement
    • garden sustainability planning
    • professional development opportunities
    • support for student lead garden clubs
    • curriculum support and development
    Food gardens and green spaces on school grounds provide powerful lessons about natural and human created systems. Healthy garden ecologies support an understanding of reciprocity, stewardship, balance and harmony. Outdoor learning grounds provide students with opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to the realities that shape their community. The circular journey a school grown salad takes from seed, to food, to soil serves as a metaphor for another way of knowing the world, one that is based upon ecological, integrated cycles rather than linear, isolated throughputs.

    Check out the Growing Kids blog for updates on school projects, garden clubs, inspiring stories and more!

    Tuesday, 22 October 2013

    Fall Raffle

    The Dr. A. R. Lord School PAC is proud to present our fall raffle! Tickets will be going home this week. The grand prize is two tickets to the Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game on Friday, November 22, donated by generous members of our school community.

    Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. Submit your money and your tickets to the PAC box by the office. The deadline to buy tickets is Wednesday, November 13 at 3 pm. Winners will be notified at school or by phone/e-mail.

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

    Monday, 21 October 2013

    NO SCHOOL Friday, October 25

    Please note that Friday, October 25th is a Professional Development Day for teachers and there is NO SCHOOL for students on that day. See you on Monday!

    Saturday, 19 October 2013

    Reminder: Photo Day Tuesday, October 22

    A reminder to all families that Tuesday, October 22 is PICTURE DAY for all students.

    The photographer will be using green screen technology, so your child should not wear green or a pattern with green in it.


    Thursday, 17 October 2013

    Division 5's field trip to the Capilano Fish Hatchery

    Ms. Young's K/1s are out-and-about again! Last week they took a trip to the Capilano Fish Hatchery to learn how the hatchery works, learn about some of the animals that share the salmon's ecosystem, and take a walk in the beautiful temperate rainforest.

    watching juvenile coho in the rearing ponds - behind-the-scenes at the hatchery 

    a black bear skeleton that everyone got to touch

    our beautiful local forests

    watching salmon who are ready to spawn "climb" the ladder

    Wednesday, 16 October 2013

    Reminder: Hot Lunch Day Friday, October 18

    This is a reminder to students that Friday, October 18th is Hot Lunch Day!  Students who have pre-ordered will receive a slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza, along with milk or water, a fresh fruit or vegetable and a tasty dessert.

    Shake Out!

    This Thursday, October 17, at 10:17 AM, Dr. A. R. Lord will be participating in the Great B.C. Shakeout, an earthquake drill with accompanying education on earthquake safety and awareness. Find out more here.

    Tuesday, 15 October 2013

    Cross Country District Meet Thursday, October 17

    Our cross-country team's exciting season will come to an end this Thursday at the District Meet at Trout Lake (John Hendry Park). Students will be competing against others of their age level from across the city. Cross-country team members will be dismissed early, at 11:45 AM.The meet begins at 1 pm. The area is very before and during the event, so arrive extra early to secure parking. In case of heavy rain, the event will be cancelled by noon on the day. Come on out to support our team!

    Monday, 14 October 2013

    Fruit & Vegetable Program

    Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary will participate in the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Program again this year.

    What does this mean?  Your child enjoys a fresh nutritious snack (+milk) at school while learning about healthy eating and agriculture twice a month.

    Our first delivery will be on Oct 27th:  Grape Tomatoes

    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.

    Big Night with the Vancouver Giants - November 9 Fundraiser

    We like the Giants in our neighbourhood! Also coming up is the Big Night with the Vancouver Giants - a fundraiser for the Templeton Community Schools Team, who run our after-school programs. The pre-game events start at 5 pm, and include face painting, balloon animals, a special autograph session, and more.  Tickets are available through the school or from the Hastings-Sunrise Community Policing Centre, address and phone number below. $17 include a hot dog, drink, and bag of chips, plus the game and all the pre-game activities!

    Sunday, 13 October 2013

    Giants Read-To-Succeed Hockey Game - Friday, October 25

    Students in Grades 1-7 have worked hard to complete their reading and physical activity logs to be eligible for the Read-To-Succeed program again this year! As a reward, each student is eligible for one free ticket to the Vancouver Giants' hockey game on Friday, October 25 at 7:30. Although Kindergarten students did not participate in the program, they are also eligible for one free ticket. Additional tickets for friends and family members are available for $11, which is half-price. Order forms for both free and additional tickets are due back to the school by Friday, October 18. Come join other Dr. A. R. Lord students and their families - we will all be seated in the same section.

    Friday, 11 October 2013

    NO SCHOOL Monday, October 14

    Please note that Monday, October 14th is Thanksgiving Day and the school is closed on that day. See you on Tuesday!

    Tuesday, 8 October 2013

    Fruit & Vegetable Program

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


  • Grapes are native to Europe and regions surrounding the Mediterranean.
  • Over 8000 varieties of grapes are now grown around the world.
  • Grapes contain resveratrol and several other powerful anti-oxidants.
  • Grapes are botanically classed as berries.

  • Students will receive their grapes on Wednesday 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 fruit or vegetables offered.

    Primary students will also be receiving cow milk this week. Here's the scoop on milk.

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

    Monday, 7 October 2013

    Fall Hot Lunch Dates

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

    October 18 - Pizza

    November 29 - Sushi

    December 13 - Pizza

    Please submit order forms for all hot lunch dates by Friday, October 11. Late order forms are difficult for us to process and sometimes cannot be accommodated at all.

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

    You can print out additional forms here.

    Sunday, 6 October 2013

    REMINDER: PAC Meeting Thursday, October 10

    PAC Meeting
    Date: THURSDAY, October 10th

    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.

    Friday, 4 October 2013

    PAC Meeting Minutes September 19, 2013

    The minutes from the PAC meeting held on September 19, 2013 can now be found online. Please contact the PAC executive if you have any questions or clarifications.

    Thursday, 3 October 2013

    Café Ético coffee and tea fundraiser - orders due October 10

    Our popular Café Ético coffee and tea fundraiser is starting up again this month. 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 are available at the front desk or here and should be returned with payment to the PAC box in the office by October 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.

    Wednesday, 2 October 2013

    Chapters/Indigo fundraising campaign is back!

    The popular Chapters/Indigo fundraising campaign is back! It's a little different this year. Here are your options:

    - buy an Indigo eGift card on the fundraising page and 20% of the value of the card will go back to the school. That means that if you buy a $25 gift card, a $5 credit to buy books from Indigo will go directly to Dr. A. R. Lord.

    - make a donation directly through their fundraising page.

    This a great way for extended family members and grandparents to support our school as well, so share the link around! You can also buy the gift cards for yourself and then use them to buy books, toys, and games for birthday and Christmas presents, either at Chapters stores or online.

    Fundraising page link:

    Here is a flyer to print out if you would like to distribute information about the fundraiser to family, at work, etc.

    Tuesday, 1 October 2013

    Children's Toy and Clothing Market at Hastings Community Centre this Sunday

    Don't forget the Children's Toy and Clothing Market at Hastings Community Centre this Sunday, October 5 from 10 AM - 1:30 pm. We could still use clothing donations and volunteers to run our two PAC tables. Admission is free and there will be plenty of other vendors there with things to sell.