Saturday, 31 May 2014

Gymnastics Week

Gym Sense Gymnastics is coming to our school soon to provide gymnastics instruction for all students! Please note that the dates have changed. Each student will receive instruction every day from June 9 - June 16. If you have not already sent in your permission form and $5 to cover part of the costs, please do so ASAP! Please wear comfortable, stretchy clothing to school on those days.

This program has been partially funded by ongoing PAC fundraising.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Strike Day on Friday, June 6

 Please note that teacher job action stemming from ongoing contract negotiations means that there will be another strike day at all Vancouver schools on Friday, June 6. The VSB is asking parents to not send their children to school on Friday, June 6, and to seek alternate childcare arrangements as needed.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Dr. A. R. Lord Book Exchange

Dr. A. R. Lord staff and PAC would like to present our school’s first annual book exchange!

We would like to invite students to bring in any old books (good condition) they have outgrown to exchange for one ‘new’ book to enjoy over the summer. Books should be for children in Kindergarten to Grade 7. Collection boxes will be available outside of each classroom each morning from May 27th until June 6th where students can drop off their books before the start of the school day.

On June 20th all students (regardless of whether they were able to donate a book or not) will be invited to the gymnasium where they will be allowed to choose one ‘new’ book for free.

At the year-end BBQ on June 20th, all ‘leftover’ books will be available for sale at 50 cents each, with all proceeds going towards next year’s book exchange. We hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Pyjama Day this Friday!

The Student Council is putting on a pyjama day this Friday. Wear your favourite PJs and bring a stuffy!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

One-day strike on Monday, May 26

UPDATE: Hastings Community Centre will be providing a one-day camp on Monday for families who need childcare. Registration begins at 3 pm on Wednesday.

 Please note that teacher job action stemming from ongoing contract negotiations means that there will be a one-day strike in all Vancouver schools on Monday, May 26. The VSB is asking parents to not send their children to school on Monday, May 26, and to seek alternate childcare arrangements as needed.

Friday, 16 May 2014

NO SCHOOL Monday, May 19

Please note that Monday, May 19th  is the Victoria Day holiday and the school will be closed. See you on Tuesday!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Movie Night - Friday May 23

Despicable Me 2

Rated PG. Running time 98 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.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

REMINDER: PAC AGM Thursday, May 15

Annual General Meeting 
Date: Thursday, May 15th

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!

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, 13 May 2014

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 +Milk program. Here's scoop number nine on MILK.


  • 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 SCOOP 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, 11 May 2014

    Sports Day Friday, May 16

    Our school's Sports Day is coming up this Friday, May 16. 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.

    Students, please dress in your team colours if you can.

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

    Students will be dismissed at 2 pm.

    Saturday, 10 May 2014

    Congratulations to our Community Small Grant recipients!

    The Dr. A. R. Lord community has been busy! Congratulations to the following recipients of Community Small Grants from the Hastings North Community Partners Group.

    Hastings Sunrise Community Walks (Sherry and Linda Y)
    Community members are invited to participate in two walks in the Hastings Park/New Brighton area. During each walk, participants will explore a different aspect of each area, such as foraging for edible foods or learning about a historical aspect of the area. Lori Snyder, First Nations educator is tentatively booked to lead a foraging walk. Walks are scheduled for May and October.

    Natural Playground & Outdoor Classroom (Tracy and Lisa)
    A public access natural playground and outdoor classroom is being built behind Dr. A. R. Lord school at Turner Street, with access available to the entire community. Construction will begin and occur over the summer months. The official opening will take place in the fall of 2014, and will include a community barbecue and celebration.

    Share Library Community Book Box (Sara M and Linda D)
    This outdoor sharing library/book box will host a variety of books which will cater to different interests, ages, languages and reading levels, as well as have a message board for community use. The Book Box will be unveiled in September with a potluck event being held at the unveiling. Date and time TBA. The book box to be located on the boulevard of the cul-de-sac in the 3000 block of Turner Street.

    All of the exciting projects that received a grant during this cycle can be viewed at

    Friday, 9 May 2014

    Café Ético coffee and tea orders due Monday, May 12th

    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.

    Orders are due this month on Monday, May 12th to the PAC box in the office. Order forms are available at the front counter, or you can print one here.

    Thursday, 8 May 2014

    Hastings Little League Day at Playland - this Saturday!

    Hastings Little League Day at Playland

    MAY 10, 2014
    10am – 6pm

    Enjoy a day at Playland & support our local Hastings Little League!

    $10 from each ticket redeemed on May 10 will go to support the Hastings Little League in hosting the 2016 Little League Canadian National Tournament. 

    Wednesday, 7 May 2014

    Before and After-school Care Information Session - childminding provided

    Remember that the information session for before and after-school care is coming up, on Monday, May 12 at 6:30 pm. Free childminding is available for attendees, but you must pre-register. 

    Surveys are also requested back ASAP. Please bring them to the school or e-mail Sherry at the address below.

    Tuesday, 6 May 2014

    Hot Lunch Reminder

    This is a reminder to students that Friday, May 9th 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.

    Any Division 3 or 5 students who have ordered Hot Lunch and are going on the field trip to Stanley Park can pick up their refrigerated sushi at the end of the day.

    Monday, 5 May 2014

    Clean Up Your Act! School performance on May 7

    On Wednesday, May 7 at 11 AM we will welcome DreamRider Theatre back to Dr. A. R. Lord to present "Clean Up Your Act" to our K-3 classes.  "Clean Up Your Act" educates children about littering, vandalism, and graffiti in a very entertaining and humourous live show.