Friday, 29 November 2013

D.A.R.L.A.A. Poinsettia Sales at Dr. A. R. Lord on December 4

Our enthusiastic alumni association, D.A.R.L.A.A., will be at school next week, on Wednesday December 4, to sell poinsettias to help raise funds for the great things they do. They will start selling at the front office at 8:30 am and will be there until they run out! Plants will be $12 each.

What does D.A.R.L.A.A. do for us? The group has funded and provided volunteers for Pumpkin Patch and Christmas events, given money for equipment and field trips, provided a $500 bursary for a Lord alumnus graduating from Templeton each year, and volunteered at Sports Day, among other things.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Café Ético Holiday Gifts

This month, Café Ético has made some special holiday gift packages available, in addition to their fair trade organic coffees and teas. Remember, Dr. A. R. Lord PAC receives a percentage of all proceeds - give to your family and friends, give to the PAC, give to human rights support in Latin America, all with one purchase.

Stocking Stuffers $10
200 g coffee + Cocoa Camino Snack Bar

Coffee Tin, Re-useable $15
Limited Numbers!! 300 g coffee tin of either Espresso Blend or Cuban Dark Roast with a Fair Trade ornament

Coffee & Chocolate $18.50
400 g coffee + 100 g Cocoa Camino chocolate bar

all packages are festively wrapped with a fair trade holiday gift ornament
Or order coffee by the bag, whole bean or ground:

Nicaraguan Dark: A bold dark aromatic coffee with citrus and dark plum notes
Nicaraguan Full City: An aromatic, mellow medium roast with a bittersweet finish
Guatemalan Dark: A sweet, smooth dark roast with hints of chocolate and nuts
Cuban Dark: A smoky, sweet dark roast
Chiapas Swiss Water Decaf: A medium roast with hints of cinnamon - all of the flavour, none of the caffeine - chemical-free decaffeination process
Espresso Blend: A delectable dark blend with hints of dark plum, caramelized honey and a velvety smooth finish

Fair trade teas from India, loose leaf or in bags, are also available.

To order, print out a holiday form here or a regular form here, or get paper forms at the front desk. Deadline for orders is December 10.

100% of Café Ético's profits support human rights in Latin America through CoDev Canada

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Photo orders due

Please note that due dates are coming up for both family photos and individual student retakes. The family photo orders are due tomorrow, Thursday November 28, and student photo retakes are due this Friday, November 29. An extra $10 will be charged for late orders in both cases.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Hot Lunch Reminder

This is a reminder to students that Friday, November 29th is Hot Lunch Day!  Students who have pre-ordered will receive an order of sushi, along with milk or water, a fresh fruit or vegetable and a tasty dessert.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Introducing LiFE:Vancouver coupon books

LiFE:Vancouver coupon books are our latest PAC fundraiser. Formerly known as Green Zebra/Greenster, the book offers savings on many local businesses that families actually use. Here are some examples:
  • up to $20 off at Donald's
  • up to $15 off at Famous Foods
  • buy one get one 50% off at Roundel Cafe
  • $10 off at Scandinave Spa
  • 1 game free at Planet Lazer
And there are lots more, locally and around the Lower Mainland. The books cost $30, and the PAC gets $14.50 for each book sold.

Buy one in time for your Christmas shopping, or buy more to give as gifts.

To get your books, or to have a look at one, see Lisa, send us an e-mail, or drop a note in the PAC box and we will get them to you ASAP! Buy your books from now until December 12.

Friday, 22 November 2013

PAC Meeting Minutes November 14, 2013

The minutes of the PAC meeting held on November 14, 2013 can now be found online here. Please contact  the PAC with any questions or clarifications.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Action Schools BC

Did you know that our school is part of the Actions Schools! BC program?

Action Schools! BC contributes to the overall health and physical literacy of children and youth by integrating daily physical activity, physical education and healthy eating practices into the school community, with a goal of providing a foundation for life-long healthy living.

For lots of great information on this program, visit their website:

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Movie Night - Tomorrow!

Don't forget, our school movie night is coming up tomorrow, Thursday November 21!

Monsters University

Rated G. Running time 104 minutes.

Doors Open 6:15 pm
Movie Starts 6:30 pm

Dr. A. R. Lord School Gym

Baked Goods & Drinks  $0.50-$1.00 each
Popcorn                        $1.00 per bag

Family Room - available for younger children (with their parents)
                        who aren’t able to sit quietly through the movie

Raffle - 1 Ticket = $2 or 3 Tickets = $5 (proceeds to PAC)

Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult who stays for the duration of the movie (no drop-offs).

For more information contact the PAC executive via e-mail or leave a letter in the PAC box in the school’s front office.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Historical Hastings-Sunrise

Here's a really neat aerial photo of our neighbourhood, taken in 1957. Click to zoom in. In the upper middle of the photo, you can see the brand-new Hastings Community Centre. To the left of that you can see the original school building on the Dr. A. R. Lord property that is now home to the Eastside and Sunrise East programs.

NO SCHOOL Friday, November 22

Please note that Friday, November 22nd is a Professional Development Day for teachers and there is NO SCHOOL for students on that day. See you on Monday!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Fruit & Vegetable Program

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

Kindergarten to Grade 2 students will also be receiving cow's milk or a fortified soy beverage as part of the new +Milk program. Here are some more fun facts about MILK.


  • Carrots grow in the ground.
  • The root is the part we eat, it grows downwards into the soil and swells.
  • Carrots come in many sizes and shapes: round, cylindrical, fat, very small, long or thin.
  • Carrots are the second most popular vegetable in the world, next to the potato.
  • Carrots truly do improve eyesight.

    For further information, fascinating facts and interesting history on this crunchy vegetable please read the scoop and double scoop on CARROTS.

  • 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.

    Sunday, 17 November 2013

    Café Ético coffee and tea orders extended to November 21

    The Café Ético coffee and tea order deadline will be extended this month, to November 21. 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. Special gift packs will also be available in December for Christmas orders - watch this space!

    To order, pick up an order form from the front desk or print one out here, then drop it in the PAC box with your payment.

    Paperless School Newsletters

    The administration at Dr. A. R. Lord is committed to reducing the amount of paper that gets sent home with students. To help with this, the school is collecting e-mail addresses and hoping to distribute all future newsletters electronically only.

    Last week, a green piece of paper went home with each student. If you would like to receive a notification by e-mail when the latest newsletter is ready, please return this to school ASAP!

    The November school newsletter is available here:

    If you would prefer a paper copy of the newsletter, there will still be some available at the front desk.

    Saturday, 16 November 2013

    Christmas Concert December 18

    Mark your calendars! The school Christmas Concert and sing-a-long will be happening on Wednesday, December 18. More details to come.

    Visit our Lost & Found today!

    The Dr. A. R. Lord Lost & Found stocks the latest in popular brand names: Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, North Face, Lululemon, and Joe Fresh, among others.

    But seriously, folks, our school Lost & Found is filling up again, with many lovely hoodies, jackets, shirts, and pants. Drop by and have a look - you may find something that you didn't even know you lost!

    Friday, 15 November 2013

    Map of Vancouver's Lost Streams

    There's been a lot of babble lately about Vancouver's historical waterways! If you're interested because you've been following the story about salmon spawning in Still Creek, if you can't make it to Sunday's Historical Creek Walk, or if you would simply like to learn more, there are few good resources on the Internet.

    Click on the picture to go to a great article with links to a larger version of this map, produced by the Vancouver Aquarium in the 1970s.

    Recently, someone at UBC has fully digitized this map and also made it available as a layer in Google Maps. A PDF file and the Google Maps version can be found here:

    Thursday, 14 November 2013

    We have a raffle winner!

    Congratulations to Joanne M., who won the tickets to next Friday's hockey game.

    Thank you so very much to all of the people who bought raffle tickets, who made the effort to sell raffle tickets, and of course the family who donated the Canucks tickets to support our school. We raised over $1000!  We are all what makes this school a better place.

    Wednesday, 13 November 2013

    Movie Night - Thursday November 21

    Monsters University

    Rated G. Running time 104 minutes.

    Doors Open 6:15 pm
    Movie Starts 6:30 pm

    Dr. A. R. Lord School Gym

    Baked Goods & Drinks  $0.50-$1.00 each
    Popcorn                        $1.00 per bag

    Family Room - available for younger children (with their parents)
                            who aren’t able to sit quietly through the movie

    Raffle - 1 Ticket = $2 or 3 Tickets = $5 (proceeds to PAC)

    Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult who stays for the duration of the movie (no drop-offs).

    For more information contact the PAC executive via e-mail or leave a letter in the PAC box in the school’s front office.

    Tuesday, 12 November 2013

    Local Historical Creek Walk - Sunday, November 16

    This free community event will start at 1 pm at the corner of Kaslo and Charles and will follow the historic path of Renfrew Creek through Hastings Park to New Brighton Park. Bruce MacDonald, author of Vancouver: A Visual History, will lead the walk with a discussion about the ecological history of the watershed. The walk will end with warm drinks and snacks and an informal discussion about the future of Renfrew Creek and New Brighton Park. Come prepared for walking and weather!

    Monday, 11 November 2013

    New official VSB website for Dr. A. R. Lord now available!

    The new VSB website for Dr. A. R. Lord is now available. It includes photos, announcements, messages from the principal and the latest school newsletter. It can be found here:

    Sunday, 10 November 2013

    REMINDER: PAC meeting Thursday, November 14

    PAC Meeting
    Date: THURSDAY, 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. 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, 9 November 2013

    PAC Meeting Minutes October 10, 2013

    The minutes from the PAC meeting held on October 10, 2013 can now be found online here. Please contact the PAC executive with any questions or clarifications.

    Friday, 8 November 2013

    NO SCHOOL Monday, November 11

    There will be no school on Monday, November 11 for the Remembrance Day holiday. Take the time to think about peace in our world. See you Tuesday!

    Thursday, 7 November 2013

    Photo retakes Friday, November 8

    For those who require them, individual student photo retakes will take place this Friday, November 8. As green screen technology will be used, the photographer advises that students do not wear green.

    If you do not require retakes, note that Friday is also the deadline for original photo orders.

    Wednesday, 6 November 2013

    One week left to buy Canucks Raffle Tickets!

    There is only one week left to buy tickets for our Canucks raffle. The grand prize is two lower bowl tickets (value $500) to the November 22 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tickets are $10 or 3 for $20. Bring your tickets and money to the office by November 13! Proceeds go to excellent PAC initiatives such as funding for sports equipment, field trips, and special activities for our students.

    Tuesday, 5 November 2013

    Remembrance Day Ceremony - Friday, November 8, 11 AM

    Our school's Remembrance Day ceremony will be taking place this Friday, November 8, at 11 AM in the school gym. Family members are welcome!

    Monday, 4 November 2013

    Early Dismissal Tuesday & Wednesday this week

    Remember that all students will be dismissed at 2 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 5 & 6, for Parent-Teacher conferences. Please make arrangements to have your children picked up at 2 pm on both days.

    The Clay after-school program will not take place on Tuesday due to the early dismissal.

    Saturday, 2 November 2013

    Don't Forget about the Big Night with the Giants - November 9

    This great fundraiser for the Templeton Community Schools Team is coming up on Saturday, November 9. There will be plenty of kids' events starting at 5 pm, plus a meal included with the cost of your ticket! See Mrs. Car to buy tickets. 

    Remember that supporting the Templeton Community Schools Team supports the great afterschool programs that they put on for us at the school.

    Friday, 1 November 2013

    Kindergarten Registration Begins TODAY!

    If you have a child who was born in 2009 and would like to register them for Kindergarten, registration begins today across the district, and closes January 31.

    New this year, you must register your child first at your neighbourhood English-language catchment school, although many other eventual options are available. You can find out what your catchment school is on the VSB website.

    See the VSB information on Kindergarten registration, including a handy step-by-step video and a link to finding your catchment school, here: