Thursday, 30 April 2015

A.R. Lord: Recycling for a Good Cause - Canadian Red Cross

A.R. Lord Teachers, Supervision Aides and Student Council

Recyclable beverage containers and bottles are collected at Dr.  A.R. Lord and support a great cause! Our fabulous school supervision aides gather and recycle all beverage containers, juice boxes and bottles at the school.  They clean and sort them and then take them to exchange for money at the local recycling bottle depot.  

Approximately $300 was collected in recycling money and in turn, the student council determines how the funds will be used.  This year they have opted to donate all funds to the CANADIAN RED CROSS.  

A wonderful way to teach the next generation about community, charity and sustainability!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Friday May 1st Crazy Hair and Crazy Dressup Day!

Dress up in your craziest, wackiest outfit and have a bad hair day on Friday! This fun filled day is brought to you by Dr. A.R. Lord Student Council!
Also, mark your calendar for next week PAC meeting at 6:30pm Thursday May 7th in the library.  Find out about end of year events and get the Principal's report.  We'll discuss sports day, grade 7 graduation, and the outdoor classroom project.  We are also holding elections for the new PAC term for Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications, and upto 3 Members-at-Large.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Thank You Variety-The Children's Charity for your Support of Literacy!

Recently Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary received a donation of a Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) kit from Variety-The Children's Charity to support our Early Intervention program. Over 800 books were sorted, stamped, labelled and organized by Bice, Maria, Mrs. Burke and 
her daughter, Emma. 

Variety - The Children¹s Charity recently provided $125,000 in funding to the Vancouver School Board towards the purchase of 50 LLI kits. Variety is pleased to partner with  the VSB in the provision of key resources for the Early Intervention program. The LLI kits are designed to provide additional literacy support for children in Kindergarten to grade 3; approximately 3,500 students benefit each year from the program.

Variety believes that each child who has special needs is a champion, and is inspired by the courage and determination with which they meet their challenges. With support, children are able to achieve remarkable little victories. Families with children who have learning disabilities and extra needs are encouraged to contact Variety, as funding for tutoring and therapies (speech, OT, PT) is also available through its individual grants program. Visit or call 604-320-0505 to learn more.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Mini Cucumbers Are on their Way

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.

  • The cucumber is a creeping vine that roots in the ground and grows up trellises or other supporting frames, wrapping around ribbing with thin, spiraling tendrils. 
  • Cucumbers are scientifically classified as fruits because they have an enclosed seed and develop from a flower. 
  • Cucumbers are 95% water.

  • For more information, fascinating facts and interesting history on this crunchy vegetable please read the scoop on CUCUMBERS.

    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 school administration at 604-713-4620.

    Sunday, 26 April 2015

    Making Seed Balls with the Environmental Youth Alliance

    You Need:   Clay, Flower Seeds, Soil

    To Make:  Take a small amount of Clay and flatten to a 5cm disc.  Add a scoop of soil (~5ml). Add a Scoop of Seeds (~2ml).  fold up sides and roll into a ball.

    To Plant:  Put into your garden.  Water and leave it.  The clay will soon dissolve and your seeds will sprout and grow.

    Pacific Beauty Mix Calendula seeds were used in our seed balls.  The petals are edible and the flowers are beautiful!

    Friday, 24 April 2015

    Puzzle of the Week runs till April 30th!

    Get in you entry for the Earth Day Trivia.

    Don't forget that Monday April 27th is: Teacher's Professional Development Day.
    No School in Session!

    Thursday, 23 April 2015


    Teacher and Students Going Green!

    Tuesday, 21 April 2015

    Composting Program

    Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary has unveiled the new compost program.  Collection buckets are placed on the tables during lunch for everyone to deposit their fruit and vegetable scraps into.  
    Kids are taught which items can go into the collection bucket and which items cannot.

    The scraps will then be emptied into a compost in the school garden to create an organic and natural nutrient source that enriches the soil. 


    Remember to attend the School Garden Celebration this Thurs 3:00 to 4:00pm.

    Monday, 20 April 2015


    Each day, a little after the bell rings and everyone settles into their classrooms, is the time for morning announcements. The older students in the school are assigned this responsibility and have the opportunity to address the school on the public announcement system. Ms. Ling, the administrative staff member, prepares the announcements and reviews the notes with the students in advance.  

    They usually announce any special events for the day, give reminders and notifications. They also get to acknowledge any students who are celebrating a birthday.  

    Sunday, 19 April 2015

    Earth Week Events April 20-24th at Dr. A.R. Lord

    • Parents, caregivers and families, please join the school on Monday April 20th right after lunch for a special assembly for Earth Week.  (1:00pm in the gym)
    • Wednesday April 22nd - Litterless Lunch Day:  Set an example and ensure that your child's lunch does not have any items such as wrappers, plastic, and other garbage that cannot be recycled.  Minimize packaging and replace with reusable containers.  The school will also be launching a limited food scrap composting program (fruit and vegetable scraps only).
    • The Performance "CLEAN UP YOUR ACT" will be given by DreamRider Theatre for Divisions 3-6 on Thursday April 23rd. This performance is a lively show that encourages kids to reduce waste and cut down on water and energy consumption. 
    • A Spring Garden Celebration will also be held after school on Thursday from 3-4 pm.  This is to honour of Earth Day and in recognition of all students, staff, community partners, parents, and the students from the Eastside and Sunrise programs.  Refreshments will be provided compliments of the Parent Advisory Council!  Take home a vegetable seedling plant!

    Friday, 17 April 2015


    Thanks to all for the fun family movie night last week held in the school gymnasium!  We had well over 100 participants and all enjoyed free popcorn.  The A.R. Lord Parent Advisory Council prides itself in supporting our children's education, partnering with the school staff and educators,  and building our school community in an accessible way for all.                                     Join the Parent Advisory Council Executive for the year ahead and help shape and create a great school experience for all!  Nominations and Elections will be held at the May 7th AGM/PAC Meeting for the following positions:

    Chairperson       Treasurer        Secretary     
    Communications Director       Upto 3 Member-at-Large Positions

    Thursday, 16 April 2015

    Literacy Circles for Division 2

    Literacy circles are small, temporary discussion groups of students who read the same work of literature. Each member agrees to take specific responsibilities during discussion sessions.  They share their ideas on the characters and the plot.  

    These breakout circles meet regularly as they progress through the reading of the book and the discussion roles change at each meeting. This technique is a great opportunity for these Grade 4-6 students at Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary to develop teamwork and collaboration.   

    Tuesday, 14 April 2015

    Invitation to Askable Adult Workshops at Hastings Elementary

    Dr. A.R. Lord Parents/Caregivers are invited to register and attend any of the following free workshops at nearby Hastings Elementary School.  These are interactive talks to help you improve your skills and ability to have age appropriate discussions on sexuality and reproduction with your children.


    Thursday, April 16th 6:30-8:30pm - Jessica Wollen will speak to parents of K-Gr 3 children.
    Monday, April 20th 7:00-9:00pm - Clayton Boehler’s talk to parents of children in Gr 4-7.

    April 16th Mental Health and Youth Education Presentation In Cantonese

    Vancouver Coastal Health will be giving Parent educational presentations on Mental Health Issues this week.

    April 16th:  Understanding Teenager Emotional Problems - Templeton Secondary School - Presented in Cantonese

    For more details:  Mental Health Education in Cantonese Flyer

    Monday, 13 April 2015

    Space Still Available in Spring Program Activities

    Keep your children active, creative, and learning!  You can still register for one of the many after school or lunch hour classes held at Dr. A.R. Lord school.

    After school classes start right at 3:00pm, are held right in the school and are economical.

    How about burning off some energy, staying active, and having fun with Friends at Multi-Sport /Open Gym on Mondays?  6 sessions (April 13-Jun 1)  from 3:00-4:30pm at a total cost of $25.

    Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 is Arts & Crafts Club.  Kids can explore and create fun projects and works of art!  9 Sessions for only $40.

    Or how about the trio of activities included in the Kids First - Homework Club which runs from 3:00-5:30 on Wednesdays and includes snack time to unwind after school, followed by support for homework in a quiet place, and then sport/recreation time to cap it off.  $30 for this program that runs April 8th to June 10th.

    For a full list of programs, see brochures at the school front office.  Fill out a registration form and join in the fun.

    Saturday, 11 April 2015

    VSB Summer School Program Preview

    Students have the opportunity to practice a skill or learn something new this summer with the Vancouver School Board Programs.  Language Arts, Math, Art, Music, Science, Technology, Physical Education and so much more!

    Elementary students are limited to one ministry funded course for their current grade level.  Registration opens in early May but here is a sneak peak of the programs available:

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015

    Friday April 10th: Free Family Movie Night

    Dr. A.R. Lord families, join in on the fun on Friday this week for family movie night.  Doors open at 6:00pm in the school gym and movie starts at 6:30pm.  Enjoy some popcorn and some lemonade! 

    *Note all children must be accompanied by an adult/parents.  No Dropoffs.

    If you can help out at this event and volunteer sign up at:  volunteerspot online signup or email: 

    Saturday, 4 April 2015

    Drumming Workshop and Performance

    All classes participated in the recent drumming performance.  The fun filled event was a combination of performances by expert drummers, hands on participation and dancing.  

    Thursday, 2 April 2015

    Register Now for Spring Lunch and After School Programs

    The following programs are offered by the Templeton Community Schools Team:
    • Monday:  Multisport 3:00-4:30  $25
    • Tuesday:   Melty Bead Club at Lunch $35
    • Tuesday:  Clay Class 3:00-4:30 $50
    • Wednesday:  Arts & Crafts Club 3:00-4:30 $40
    • Wednesday:  Kids First Homework Club 3:00-5:30 $30
    • Thursday:  Lego Club at Lunch $30
    • Thursday:  Private Piano 8 lessons $112
    Registration forms are available at the school office.  Programs start the week of April 7th.

    Wednesday, 1 April 2015

    Scholastic Book Fair a Huge Success! A.R. Lord Loves Literacy!

    The recent School Book Fair event was so much fun and enjoyed by all students. This fundraiser generated over $1100 worth of books for the library.  New titles were selected by Teacher-Librarian Ms. Mcmaster to add to the existing collection.      Sincere thanks to all the students and parent-volunteers who organized and ran the book fair and to everyone who participated in the annual Scholastic Book Fair.