Thursday, 28 August 2014

Planning Ahead: Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedule

Please note the schedule for kindergarten students that will be in effect when a resolution to the current teacher's strike is met.  Kindergarten students at Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary will start off with gradual entry as noted: 

Grades 1-7 will attend school on Day 1 from 9:00-10:00am only and Day 2 onward will be 9:00 am to 3:00pm.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Hastings Community Centre Daycamp Registration

Hastings Community Centre has opened up September Daycamp Registration in anticipation of the ongoing teachers' strike.  See Link  for more details.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Need or Offering Child Care in case of Teacher's Strike beyond Sept 2nd

In anticipation of the potential for an ongoing labour dispute that may go into Sept 2nd and beyond, we would like to facilitate and create a "virtual" child care board where you can either Request or Offer child care options with other AR Lord Elementary Families.  We recognize the whole situation is very fluid and uncertain but ideally we can help you connect with others from our school community as a possible solution in addition to the other options that are out there (eg. day camps offered by community centre, hiring babysitters, etc).  You may also know of older siblings, grandparents, friends etc. who can offer child care.
If you can OFFER child care or NEED child care in anticipation of the potential delay in school start, please email and we will distribute a list to interested parties.  Please indicate dates/times, numbers/ages of children and a contact mode (email or telephone number).  Note that we will be providing your contact info (email or telephone number) to the other families via email who are seeking/offering so please ensure that you are comfortable in providing that information publicly through a group email. 
Also note that we will simply provide information exchange to assist you in matching up need and offer, but ultimately interested parties can decide/negotiate directly on who/what/when/rates/etc. that they exchange with.  We are in no way qualifying, endorsing or approving any specific caregivers etc.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Vancouver School Board - Preview the 2014-15 School Calendar

See the full school calendar that has been approved district wide for elementary schools click:  VSB 2014-15 School Calendar Dates

Additional Professional Development Days specific to Dr. A.R. Lord School will be added once confirmed.

Note that additional changes may be made if the school opening is impacted by the current labour dispute/BCTF strike. 

Friday, 22 August 2014

New Mural Artwork - Emergency Stores Container beside Dr. A.R. Lord

The old peach shipping storage container in the parking lot adjacent to Dr. A.R. Lord school has now been transformed into a beautiful new piece of public art.  This creation was coordinated by Hastings Community Centre and painted by artist Rachel Stableford.  It holds critical supplies in the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or other big emergency.

This container is part of a Vancouver City wide program to ensure that the Hastings Sunrise community is well prepared and would be able to respond quickly with less impact and harm.

Be Prepared - Beautifully! 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Letter from VSB: Update on Strike and School Opening Options

Please see the letter dated August 20th, 2014 from Superintendent for the Vancouver School Board with information on the current labour dispute and potential options for school opening.  A final decision will likely not be made on the school start until August 29th to allow maximum time to reach a settlement.   
For the full letter please click on the following: LINK TO VSB LETTER

For additional information and updates, visit:

Saturday, 16 August 2014


Keep your eyes sharp for this lovely artwork prepared by the grade 1&2 students in Ms. Phong Many and Ms. Bains's class.    It is on display at the PNE on the fence near the Playground area and just North of the Italian Gardens.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Tentative September Daycamps at Hastings CC

With the  uncertainty related to the ongoing labour dispute between the BCTF and BC Provincial government, the Hastings Community Centre is tentatively planning September day camps if no resolution is met by the start of the school year.
Hastings Community centre is located directly beside Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary and parents will be able to register by day.  Check back for any future updates.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Before and After School Care Program Preparations are Underway. Donations Call out!

Happily, the PAC is announcing an upcoming toy and equipment drive for  the New Before and After School Care Program that will be run out of the Hastings Community Centre.  The Dr. A.R. Lord PAC and the Hastings Community Association have been able to create a great solution for child care within our neighborhood for the upcoming 2014-15 year.  As this will be the first year in operation, we are seeking donations to sustainably create this new school age care facility.   Everyone knows the 3 R's of environmental sustainability - we are asking you to help us REUSE good quality items that are required by the Community Care and Facility Branch as part of a good child care program. Please look around your homes, other friends and family abodes for these items.  We  have a drop off room located downstairs of Hasting Community Centre in the Arts and Craft room.

Additionally during the PNE, we will collecting items as noted below and arrangements can be made for direct pickup:
Monday, August 18th 9-10:30

Tuesday, August 19th 3:30-4:30
Wednesday, August 20th 6:30-8:00
Tuesday, August 26th 3:30-4:30
Wednesday, August 27th 9-10:30
Thursday, August 28th 6:30-8:00

Please email or phone Ali Roling with your donation items so that we don’t double up on things and make more work for everyone.  Any extra items will be sold at the Hastings Community Centre Flea Market and proceeds will go to the Dr. A.R. Lord PAC for our students. 
Plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses
Blocks and construction toys
Magnify glass
Fax machine
Woodworking tools & wood
Rhythm Instruments
Housekeeping toys
First Aid Kit (2)
Dolls and accessories
Notice Board
Sand table
Dressup clothes
Face paints
Doctors kit
All kinds of balls
Storage units on wheel
Easy chair 
Hoola hoops
Cash register and play money
Area carpets
Board games
CD and tape player
Bean bags
Hockey sticks and pucks
Skipping Ropes
Beads and lacing
Clay and Clay modeling tools
Sand timer
All mediums of drawing materials
Stamps and ink pads
Elmers glue

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Emergency Supplies Storage Art Mural Project - Week of Aug 18

Hastings Community Centre is coordinating an art mural project for an emergency supply storage container in the neighbourhood.  Come by during the evenings during the week of August 18th from 7-9pm to say hi, help paint and spread the word to your friends and neighbours.

This container will hold supplies as part of the City of Vancouver's Emergency Preparedness Initiative.

Monday, 11 August 2014


APPLE GANZA is a community small grants project that harvests apples from two trees in Callister Park just near the West side of the Colliseum and distributes to members of the community in September.

Unfortunately the production levels for the trees are low this year so they are looking for donations from local neighbours.  If you have an apple tree and can donate some apples for this year's event please contact:

The harvest event is scheduled in September 13th and 14th with a subsequent potluck, canning and pie making workshops and celebrations at Hastings Community Centre.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Where did July go? September is around the corner!

We hope that all the Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary school families are enjoying the glorious summer.  The sun filled days,  warm nights, BBQs, swimming and time to be enjoyed with family and friends.  Time to plan out the rest of the summer before school is upon us once again.  Key dates and schedules to note:
  • Tuesday Sept 2nd 2014 - first day back to school*
  • New Kindergarten Students to attend only at 1:30-2:00pm in the library with parents to schedule an interview time.  You will also receive your schedule for gradual entry for the remainder of the week. 
  • All grades 1-7 - will attend from 9:00-10:00am only.  Students should return to their June 2014 teacher's classrooms on the first day and until new classes are assigned.  Regular full day from 9:00am -3:00pm will continue from Weds Sept 3rd onward.  

*Subject to change if the Teacher's Labour dispute is not resolved.