Friday, 31 October 2014


AR Lord Pumpkin Patch with DARLAA was featured on Global News, Van School Board Twitter (@VSB39)

We hope that all had a wonderful, safe and fun halloween celebrations.

Stay tuned for more halloween pics!

Owl Demonstration for Kindergarten and Grade 1

The Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society

( came to Ms. Young's class to talk about owls this week.
Did you know there are more than 220 types of Owls in the world?

After the slideshow, students had the chance to ask questions and to see and touch some real (stuffed) owls.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

BC School Fruit Vegetable and Milk Program at Lunch

Pac Chair - Tracy delivers Milk to Students at Lunch Time on Tuesday Oct 28th

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Professional Day Out of School Care

Many of the A.R. Lord Students attended the Hastings Community Centre Out of School Care during the recent School Professional Day. This program offers greatly needed child care options in partnership with our school for before school, after school, and during many school breaks.

The day included a nature walk at the neighbouring Hastings Conservancy Park on the PNE Grounds, a bus trip and ice cream in the Hastings Sunrise Neighbourhood!

Contact Hastings Community Centre for details on their affordable and accessible Out of School Care Program located right next door to the school.  If the program you are interested in is currently full,  ask to be put on a wait list.   Demand is what drives expansion of this program!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

School Garden Work Party - Getting Dirty!

Fresh rich soil was laid down in the school garden beds on the South West side of the school last week.  A team of students, parents, teachers and community volunteers from the Environmental Youth Alliance pitched in at the after school event.   

These garden beds will be used by both A.R. Lord students and the East Side Alternative High School youth.  It is an opportunity to teach them about gardening, seeds, planting, sustainability and food first hand. Lessons will also be delivered by educators during their regular lessons throughout the year!  

Thank You to all Volunteers!

Shopping Fundraisers Online - 33 days left! -Books for Dr. A.R. Lord

The Dr. A.R. Lord Parent Advisory Council (PAC) has chosen a few easy online fundraisers that are low pressure, high utility, and low overhead that generate money for the school and it's students.

The Flipgive Fundraiser is focussed on purchases of items that you may buy elsewhere (eg. direct through retailers in store or online, gift card vendors such as the supermarket, or even Groupons) but instead of the seller earning all the profits, a portion is shared with our school.  In turn we use this money to purchase new books for our Library in the Books for Our Kids Program.

How does it work?
1. Go to the Dedicated Dr. A.R. Lord Link Here: AR LORD Flipgive Books For Kids
2. Choose e-gift cards or make your next online purchase at retailers you already buy from such as Indigo, Aldo, WaySpa, Starbucks
3. Make your purchase directly online.  You get full face value - eg. a $50 gift card costs you $50.
4. Flipgive donates funds to our school for each purchase made.  Donation amounts vary by retailer.
Even buy your next GROUPON for dining specials, hotels, events through this site! 

This campaign is available for a limited time only.  Only 33 days left. Do your Christmas shopping early and support our school.  Share this post with your family, friends and co-workers!  

If you are still not convinced.... buy shoes ->get books! Purchase a $30 Aldo gift card for $30 and Flipgive donates $15 to us for the Books for our Kids Program from Indigo!.......... You had me at buy shoes!

Monday, 27 October 2014


Let them get outside and play at Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary!  

(p.s. don't forget to send them with outdoor wear,  a pair of boots and an extra pair of socks!)

Oct 16th Pac Meeting Minutes & Classroom Donations from PAC

Please see the recent PAC Meeting Minutes:  2014-10-16 Minutes

One key item of the night included the motion and unanimous vote for the PAC to designate and donate funds to give to the school.  Monies were given to each of the division classrooms,  the primary and intermediate resources, and the music program.   

A sincere thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts and made it possible. All of the contributions will make a great impact in the classrooms.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Discount magazine subscriptions, share with family and friends, raise funds for AR Lord

Our magazine fundraiser is now under way and will help the PAC raise funds that will go directly to our wonderful little school. If you are in the market for a new magazine subscription or need to renew an existing one, please consider this program. We have available to us over 500 different magazines at discounts of up to 85% off the newsstand price.

There is something for every interest and age group and we will receive 37% of the price of the sales for our school - in cash! You simply follow the link below to our schools site, select your magazines to be delivered directly to your home and the school will receive credit.

To order a subscription, click on link:

And again, anyone in Canada can use this program to subscribe and our school will receive credit. So share this post and link and let your friends and family know that they too can receive the discounts and help our school.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Reminders: Garden Work Party, Pro-D and Coffee

A few reminders for this long long weekend!

  • Thursday Oct 23:  school Garden Work party with Environmental Youth Alliance.  Help put in fresh soil.  Bring your shovel.  3:30 pm 
  • Friday Oct 24:  Professional Day - No School in session
  • Monday Oct 27:  Professional Day - No School in session
  • Wednesday Oct 29th:  Cafe Etico Coffee/Tea orders due (pick up your order form at the front office desk and drop off your completed form and payment in the PAC mailbox)

VSB District Cross Country Finals at Trout Lake

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

BC School Fruit & Vegetable Program

Dr. A.R. Lord Students can look forward to participating in the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Program again this year.  Kindergarten to Grade 2 students will also be receiving cow's milk or a fortified soy beverage as part of the +Milk program.  A consent form and a brochure was sent home today to have your child participate throughout the school year, learn about and try a variety of vegetables and fruits.

The first delivery will be on October 27th and will feature Grape Tomatoes

See link for details on the program:

Monday, 20 October 2014

DROP, COVER and HOLD - Big ShakeOut

(3 photos) All Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary students participated in the province wide Big ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Thursday October 16th.

They ran through the following simulation:
1. Announcement of earthquake was made at 10:16
2. Children crawled under desks with face away from windows
3. They covered their face with one hand and grabbed the desk table leg with the other

4. All clear announcement was made once the earthquake finished
5. They waited an additional 60 seconds (after shocks)
6. They checked their friends (for injuries)
7. The calmly exited the building
8. They met on the gravel field for headcount and reporting of all divisions

Reinforce these drills with your children and develop a plan for your own home 

For more details on the Big ShakeOut:

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Ms. Burke's Kid's challenger Puzzle -Make Math Fun- Oct 20-30

Every couple of weeks Ms. Burke is running a contest for the children.  A new puzzle will be posted outside of her classroom along with entry forms and contest entry envelope.   Encourage your child to give it a try.....
Ken Ken Rules:
1. The numbers you use in the puzzle depend on the size of the grid.
2. You may not repeat numbers in any row or column.
3X3 Easy - Use numbers 1,2,3
3. The darkly-outlined groups of squares have a number and a math operation (add, subtract, multiply or divide) in them.  The numbers in the group must combine to give the target number by using the math operation given.
Contest runs Oct 20-30. (no helping parents)

Example contests and answers:
4X4 Hard - Use numbers 1,2,3,4

Registration for 2015-16 Kindergarten at A.R. Lord opens November 3rd

Was your child born in 2010?  Registration for Kindergarten starting next fall begins November 2014 until January 31 2015. 
We welcome all new Kindergartens in the Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary (K-7) catchment area:

see link for VSB Registration Procedures:  registration details
What makes our school so great?
  • Experienced educators and caring support staff
  • Before and After School Care program at neighboring Hastings Community Centre
  • Literacy One to One and Reading Recovery Programs
  • Active PAC and a strong school community of families
  • School learning garden, Fruit and Vegetable Program
  • Great technology resources including computer lab and iPads
  • Promotion of healthy living, sports teams, physical activity and nutrition
  • Sustainability, environmental, charity and community initiatives             ... and so much more!
To learn more about our school and community, email:
               or come to visit the school:     555 Lillooet St. Vancouver (604) 713-4620

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Great Success at HCC Children's Market Sale

On Saturday October 18th the PAC and parent volunteers sold donated clothing, toys, and children's items at the Hastings Community Centre/Family Drop in Children's Market.    Many families took the opportunity to clear out the clutter from their homes and REUSE, while raising funds for our school at the same time.   Profits will go towards supporting our teacher's classrooms with extra supplies and for special events and field trips for our children.  
Thank you to all who pitched in by donating items, helped transport items, set up, sell, clean up and purchase items during the event.  

School Activities This Week....

Big Shakeout Earthquake Drill Division 6
Active Play with Supervision Aids
Playground Fun

Morning Drills

School Garden Work Party Thursday Oct 23rd 3:30pm

Join in and lend your green thumb at next week's School Garden Work Party.  A group of student and parent volunteers will be doing some upgrading by replacing the soil in the school garden planter boxes.  We are looking for volunteers to help out.  Simply show up with your shovels and lend a hand at the West end of the playground.

Thursday October 23 at 3:30 pm after school

These gardens are part of a school program under the Environmental Youth Alliance's (EYA) Growing Kids program! Educators will be visiting the school and working with students both in the school food garden and in the classroom throughout the school year.  They will learn about plants, seeds, soil, garden sustainability, and food.

For more information on the EYA:

Friday, 17 October 2014

Cafe Etico Coffee and Tea Fundraiser

We are again running the Café Ético coffee and tea fundraiser and will kick off this month. Café Ético is organic and “beyond Fair Trade” supplier that buys its coffee directly from producers in Latin America.  A portion of the sales goes back to the PAC.  And all remaining profits go back to CoDevelopment Canada, a non-profit that works for human rights and social justice in Latin America.

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.

Order forms are available at the front desk PAC message board at the school.  Drop off completed forms and payment into the PAC box by October 29th.

Reminder Individual Student Photos - Tuesday October 21

PICTURE DAY is next week and individual student photos will be taken on Tuesday morning.  Class photos will be taken on an alternate date in the future.

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


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Cross Country Mini-Meet Cancelled Today

NOTICE:  Today's  After School Cross Country Mini-Meet at Clinton Park has been cancelled due to rain.


The first PAC meeting of the year will be held at 6:30-8:30pm this thursday Oct 16th.  Come and meet with the PAC Executive, teacher representatives, Principal and other families of Dr. A.R. Lord School.  The meeting will be held in the library and we will discuss:

  • Library update
  • Hot Lunch
  • Fund raising ideas
  • HCC Children's Toy and Clothing Donations/Volunteers
  • Upcoming event ideas and scheduling (meet the teachers, movie night, parent presentations etc)
  • Ongoing projects (book share, book exchange)
  • Before/After school care
  • Communications update 
  • Treasurer/finances Report
  • Principal's update
We welcome everyone.  Give your opinions and ideas and volunteer!  Childminding will be provided during the meeting. 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Dr. A.R. Lord Alumni Association (DARLAA) - Thanksgiving hampers donated

A.R. Lord has had amazing children pass through our East Van school whom have now grown up to become young adults that continue to give back to their roots.  DARLAA is a non-profit organization of our school alumni that focuses on youth leadership, community engagement and charitable endeavours.  
They have continued to support our students and school by hosting fun activities, volunteering at events such as sports day, raising funds and donating to the families and children at our school.  Their latest endeavour was to provide 100% of the funding to create five generous thanksgiving food hampers.  
These baskets were delivered to our school last week and Principal Ms. Car gave them to families in need within our school community.

DARLAA we thank you for your generous support and are so proud of all your efforts, energy and especially your model leadership that you demonstrate to our children!  

To find out more about DARLAA: