Saturday, 28 February 2015

Lunar New Year with REAL Parents Group

Dr. A.R. Lord students were treated to fun lunar new years activities on Friday Feb 27th.  The REAL (Relevant Education for Adult Learners) Group are ESL parents and grandparents that meet every week in the school library.  They participate in crafts, field trips, learning language and other activities at our school.  

This year they hosted lunar new year crafts, games and snacks for all students with funding provided by the Parent Advisory Council (PAC).  Grade 7 students also volunteered and helped organize the event. 

This is another great example of how community, culture, and classroom all come together to create something special at A.R. Lord Elementary!

Friday, 27 February 2015

Aboriginal Education: Weaving

The weaving of cedar bark and roots has been a long standing practice of First Nations communities on the West Coast and woven baskets are a traditional art form. Cedar is not only a key natural resource used in woven goods, but the tree also plays an integral role in the spiritual beliefs and ceremonial life of Coastal Aboriginal Peoples.
Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary students have been learning about weaving using a variety of materials, including recycled newspaper.  Projects are tailored to different age levels in each class.

Lessons have been lead by Vancouver School Board Aboriginal Worker, Loretta Williams.  

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Pink Day Video

A.R. Lord participated in Pink Day!
Children practiced and performed at the recent  Vancouver Giants:  Acceptance Day, Paint the Rink Pink
See the VSB video:

This event is part of the P.E. and Music Program and students did a dance along with 41 other schools as part of International Anti-Bullying day.  The educational goals of this event are to teach students about using social media for positive messages and creating awareness about acceptance.

An encore presentation by A.R. Lord students will also repeated on Friday Feb 27th in the gym at the school.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Winter Afterschool Programs

      Multi Sport Mondays are filled with games, running, jumping, bouncing, laughing, chasing, rolling, and having a blast!

Spring programs offered by the Templeton Community Schools Team will start the first week of April (lunch and after school programs).  Flyers and registration info will be available in the upcoming weeks.

Program Coordinator:  Andrew Pinguelo

Monday, 23 February 2015

Invitation to Internet Safety Seminar at Franklin Elementary

PAC Meeting Thursday Feb 26th


Childminding will also be available.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Environmental Caretakers Club

This new club at Dr. A.R. Lord is hosted by Ms. Macmaster, Ms. Young and Dr. A.R. Lord parents, Linda, Lisa and Jana.  It meets every Friday at lunch (12:30pm) in the library.  Everybody is welcome!  The club will be working on lots of projects such as the school garden and helping to organize Earth Day activities.  
This past Friday the club made paper pots and planted pea seeds to start growing in the school and later plant out in the garden.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Presenting, Public Speaking and Performing

It's never too early to encourage kids to stand up in front of people and share their thoughts, present or perform.  It can be as simple as talking about a picture they drew, taking a turn and sharing out loud, singing a song, reading a poem, reciting, or presenting their work and thoughts. 
The more we encourage young kids to speak, the greater the likelihood that their self confidence will increase with each experience. Everyone has a story to tell and wants someone to listen.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015



Manure Sale Fundraiser A.R. Lord and Garibaldi Annex: March 28th

Spring gardening is just around the corner and A.R. Lord will be selling Hormone and Antibiotic Free, locally produced, 1.5 year-composted steer manure.  Manure is sourced from Hopcott Farms in Pitt Meadows and is great for flowers, plants and gardens.     Cost is $5 per 5 gallon bag or bring your own wheelbarrow before lunch and save $1 per 5 gallons by buying loose bulk! 

Saturday, March 28, from 9am - 4pm in the Garibaldi Annex parking lot @ 1025 Slocan Street. 
Preorder here:  online order form

Join in on this community event by helping out:  Volunteer signup:  Link to Volunteer Signup (we reward each hour of bagging help with 1 free bag of manure).  Refreshments, light lunch and babysitting provided. Alternatively, you can order manure or sign-up to volunteer by e mailing

Please, spread the word, put in your and your family's and friends' orders and come out and help us bag! All the proceeds will go towards the Garibaldi Annex and AR Lord PAC funds to benefit our children and schools! 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Monday, 16 February 2015

Aboriginal Education

Loretta Williams is from the Tsawwassen First Nation and is an Aboriginal Worker that comes to visit Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary.  These visits are part of the Aboriginal Education Program with the Vancouver School Board.  It includes aboriginal content at all grades and across subject areas and units, lessons and activities about history, culture, traditions and contributions. 

During this last visit she discussed the importance of Cedar trees to BC and will start to work on various weaving projects with the kids.  

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Fruit and Vegetable Program - D'anjou Pears!

This week ahead the students will receive another delivery from the
 BC School Fruit and 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.

    Friday, 13 February 2015

    mmmmmm Cookies........PAC Hot Lunch Day!

    Thank you Linda for organizing the PAC Hot Lunch Day, Kimberly for the yummy cookies, and all the parent volunteers!
    Upcoming PAC Lunch days:
    • Feb 27th - Sushi, milk, fruit/veg and dessert
    • Mar 27 - Hot dog, milk, fruit/veg and dessert

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015

    Student Council Food Bank collection during Friday Talent Show

    Donations of non-perishable food items are once again being organized by Student Council.  Please bring items to this Friday's student talent show (10:00am-12:00) on Feb 13th.  Spread some love, kindness and food to the community in need in time for Valentines day!

    Most needed items:
    Proteins, Meat, Fish, Beans, Whole Wheat Pasta and Rice, Canned Fruits and Vegetables, 100% Juice, Low Sugar Cereal, Infant Formula and Baby Food.

    Monday, 9 February 2015

    Upcoming Kids School Talent Show - February 13th

    This Friday the stage will be set for the Dr. A.R. Lord Talent Show.
    Students have been busy practicing their dances, singing, magic tricks, and skits to showcase just some of their many talents.

    Dress rehearsal will be held Thurs Feb 12th 10:00am.  Participants please bring music, props, & costumes!

    Parents, Caregivers and Friends - join in and watch the entertainment in the gym on Friday:
    • 10:00am Start
    • 10:45 -11:00am Kids break for recess.  Coffee/tea will be served to parent/caregiver guests  - compliments of CAFE ETICO
    • 11:00-12:00 Resume Talent Show

    Sunday, 8 February 2015

    Technology and iPads for Dr. A.R. Lord Students

    There is no doubt that technology is changing the way in which students learn.  Digital active, personalized and collaborative learning are part of the classroom.  

    Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary is part of the Templeton Hub of Schools and has access to shared mobile technology carts which are equipped with iPad minis. $18,000 was donated last year to the VSB by the Chinatown Rotary Club for this program. See Link: VSB News iPad Carts

    Saturday, 7 February 2015

    Salmon in the Classroom Project Update!


    The salmon eggs incubating in the aquarium in Ms. Young's K-1 classroom continue to develop and are expected to emerge as alevein soon.   After they grow into fry, they will be released into a nearby waterway on a future field trip.   Students also learn about the lifecycle of Salmon and had a chance to inspect preserved (dead) salmon eggs up close and create beautiful art projects.