Saturday, 28 November 2015

Black Friday - Cyber Monday - Holiday Shopping and Donations for Books

Are you doing some holiday shopping or looking for  electronics, toys, books, stationary, housewares or gifts?  A Fitbit, some Lego, or a bestseller cookbook?  Take advantage of the seasonal sales and support our school.

Purchase an e-gift card at Indigo through the A.R. Lord Flipgive program! Indigo will donate a bonus additional 20% value of the gift card purchased to our school.  Eg. You buy a $25 gift card for $25 and Indigo gives the school a $5 credit to A.R. Lord PAC which we use for the purchase of books for the classroom and library.

You can give these e-gift cards as presents or use at any time to make purchases online or in store at any Coles Indigo Chapters. (buy one and use it right way for your online purchase).  Click to our fundraiser link page:

School Buddies

Older grade 7 students at A.R. Lord Elementary lend a hand to Kindergarten and Gr1 students in Ms. Bain's class.  The "big buddies" helped make snowflake decorations out of recycled materials. This setting allows older students to model good behaviour, learn facilitation skills, and solidify their own knowledge.  Younger students have the opportunity to learn from many individuals and build communication skills. 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Field Trip to Science World

Grades 4-7 recently went on a field trip to Telus World of Science.  The day started off with a trip on public transit to the museum. They visited the numerous exhibits and some classes watched the documentary movie in the Omnimax theatre titled: D-Day Normandy 1944. Students also carried out a science experiment onsite which involved the testing of acid pH of vitamin C.
Participation fees for the field trip were subsidized in part by the A.R. Lord Parent Advisory Council (PAC) fundraising efforts.  Thank you for your support in enhancing the learning opportunities for our students!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Indigo Adopt a School Results

This year A.R. Lord participated in the Indigo Adopt a School Program that was hosted by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation which has donated more than $17 million to over 1,600 schools over the last 10 years.

This campaign resulted in over $3100 in books for our school classrooms and library from the support of families and friends who adopted us online and the Coles bookstore at Lougheed Mall.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Kindergarten Sept 2016 Registration is Open

Registration for next year Kindergarten is now open for A.R. Lord Elementary.  If your child was born in 2011, they can start regular registration at their catchment school.

Link to details:
Note that all new children must be registered, even if you currently have an older sibling attending our school.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Forest and Wildlife Field Trip

Students learned about animals and habitats at a recent field trip to the Capilano River.  Darren of led students on a guided walk and described characteristics of different animals. The young kindergarten and grade 1 students were able to get up close and touch bones, skulls and pelts of deer, bears, and birds. Activities such as this provide children with the opportunity to appreciate our natural environment and become future stewards of these precious ecosystems.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Girls Senior Volleyball Action

Senior Girls Volleyball will season will come to a close next week with a final mini-tournament to be held on Wednesday  Nov. 25th at Chief Maquinna Elementary School.  The A.R. Lord Grade 7 girls team has been busy over the last 4 weeks practicing and playing games against 6 other local neighbourhood schools.  They have been working on skills development while building on teamwork and sportsmanship with teacher-coaches Ms. O'Neill and Ms. Burke.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Important VSB Announcement - 2 Additional Pro D Days

For Parents,

As you may know, a new comprehensive curriculum for the K-12 system is being developed in BC. This work has been years in the making with teachers, administrators and the Ministry of Education involved in its development. At the present time, the curriculum for students in Grades K-9 is being piloted throughout the province. New curriculum for students in Grades 10-12 will be available for piloting in September 2016.
Earlier this fall the Ministry of Education and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) announced a plan to support the ongoing implementation of the new curriculum. As part of this plan, districts have been asked to add  two days of curriculum implementation time during the 2015-2016 school year. This time will be provided for teachers to continue to familiarize themselves with the new curriculum and to plan for its full implementation in the coming years.

In Vancouver, the following two days have been selected as our local non-instructional days for curriculum implementation:
Friday, March 4 and Friday April 15
Schools will not be in session for students on these two days.  

We are pleased that teachers have been given this additional time to spend on this important work to serve your children better as we transition to the new curriculum.

Please contact your principal if you have any questions.

SB logo
Nancy Brennan
Associate Superintendent
Vancouver School District
1580 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V6J 5K8 

Garibaldi Community Cookbook - Support a Great Cause

Help support our neighbouring Garibaldi Annex Elementary school and purchase one of their wonderful Hastings Sunrise Cooks cookbooks.  This is a community project that features wonderful recipes from local neighbourhood restaurants and proceeds will go towards supporting learning outcomes of the school and also helps support the Backpack Buddies charity endeavour of getting nutritious food into the homes of kids and families in need throughout Vancouver.
For more information:

To purchase a copy of this wonderful book and support this project: Contact A.R. Lord Parent Julie B. or email:

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Student Library Contest

Have you heard?! If A.R. Lord Students read lots of library books, they could win a prize! It's easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. All they have to to is borrow books from our library as regularly as possible (they can get new ones every day except Mondays!) and have a little luck on their side. 

Ms. M has hidden little tickets in library books all throughout our collection. If students borrow a book, and find one while reading, they can bring the book and ticket back to Ms. M! She'll ask some questions about the book, and then the student will get to pick a prize! So far, twelve lucky students across all grades have found the special tickets. 

And, because Ms. M is reaaaaaaaaaaaaaally nice, she re-hides the found tickets in different books... meaning there are so very many chances to win! The more they read, the luckier they get. Happy Reading, and... 
"May the odds be ever in your favour!" - Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games

Wednesday, 18 November 2015


A reminder and update:

A dark chocolate option is now available for the Lord Lion Lollies (in addition to the milk chocolate)! If you would like dark chocolate, please indicate clearly on your order forms, which are due by November 25th with payment (in the PAC mailbox).

PAC Pizza hot lunch will be held this Friday Nov 20th for all those who preordered.  Note please still send a recess snack for your child. Any additional parent volunteers who are available to help serve/cleanup at lunchtime see Linda D.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Monday Activities

Monday is Pajama Day and coordinated by A.R. Lord's very own student council.  Wear your pyjamas  to school all day and bring your stuffy!

Monday is also practice for the choir group.  All kids are welcome.  12:30 in the music room.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Chocolate Lord Lion Lollies!

Handcrafted Chocolate Lolly Treat order forms were sent home today with your child and these delicious milk chocolate treats will be available before Winter break.  They will be wrapped in festive holiday packaging and are great as a treat or stocking stuffer. Proceeds from sales will go towards PAC activities for the school.  Please remit order forms and payment by November 25th.  Orders will be delivered by December 4th.
$1.50 each / 3 for $3.75  / or 5 for $5.00

For additional downloadable order forms: Chocolate Order Form

Note: no student will be denied a chocolate lion due to financial reasons.  If you would like a chocolate for your child and are unable dot pay, please submit the form for one chocolate at $0. 


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Lest We Forget

Just one candle shining in a window pane
Give a light for all to see a shining flame, 
Shining through the darkness,
It helps to show the way,
Light your candle for peace today
Shine your light for peace,
Shine it all around the world, 
Sing to everyone,
Let your voice be heard,
Shine your light for peace, 
Shine it everywhere,
Show the people in the world you care.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Field Trip to Capilano River Hatchery

Ms. Young's Kindergarten and Grade 1 Students from A.R. Lord braved the rainy weather and visited the Capilano River Hatchery in North Vancouver last week. They were lead by Issac, the Fisheries Technician with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, for a behind the scenes tour of the tanks and hatchery. He explained how they maintain and manage the salmon through the different stages of growth, and their release into the river.
To find out more about the Hatchery and its role in strengthening the salmon stocks in the Capilano River:

Saturday, 7 November 2015

We Remember - For Peace

A Remembrance Day assembly will be held on Monday November 9th at 11:00am in the school gymnasium.  Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend and join in. Over the last week, students have been doing artwork, reading stories, practicing poems and songs while learning about Remembrance Day, past wars and the importance of peace.  Children are asked to wear dark/black pants and a white/light shirt for the assembly.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Halloween Hot Lunch

On the Friday before Halloween, the Parent Advisory Council hosted Hot Lunch.  

Parent helpers lead by PAC Member Linda,  prepared and served A.R. Lord students and staff a wonderful free lunch of hot dogs on whole wheat buns,  juicy mandarin oranges, baby carrots, and lovely halloween sugar cookies baked by small business owner/baker:  Munchies by Mash.

We also had the great collaboration of local neighbourhood Donald's Market at Nanaimo and Hastings who provided great value on our food purchases and convenient delivery right to our school!


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

East Van Shopping Bag

The highly anticipated East Van reusable shopping tote is BLACK!
Bigger, Beefier and Bolder with the same East Van attitude!
100% 10oz heavy weight cotton 16"X18" (big enough for books, groceries, gym gear and everything else) with expandable gusset base and 24" cotton webbing handles.  $13 gets you one or $25 for two + good karma for the environment + fundraising for A.R. Lord Elementary School.

These will be on sale at the November  17th PAC Meeting 6:30 or through the Parent Advisory Council Executive (for pickup) - email:
They will also be on sale on select days -before/after school in the upcoming weeks (dates to follow)!
Get one before they sell out! 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Reminders for Upcoming Activities and Dates

  • Early Dismissal at 2:00pm Wed and Thu Nov 4 and 5 for parent-teacher conferences
  • Starting next week:  East Van Shopping Bags will be for sale once again as a fundraiser!  
  • Remembrance Day Assembly 11:00 on Monday November 9th. Students will be reciting poems singing songs and observing remembrance day.  Parents/Guardians and siblings are welcome to attend.
  • Family Photo Night -Monday November 9th This PAC fundraiser is sold out.  4:00pm-8:00pm. An e-mail will be sent to families who have registered with some tips for taking great photos.        
  • November 11th Wednesday - No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 12th Thursday - Individual Photo Retakes 
  • November 16th Monday - Pyjama Day! come to school in your PJs
  • November 17th Tuesday PAC Meeting at 6:30pm
  • November 23rd - Parent Presentation Hastings Community Centre: Raising Respectful Kids
  • November 26th Youth Mental Health -Parent Presentation David Thompson High School
  • November 27th - Professional Day - No School

Monday, 2 November 2015

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Halloween isn't Just for Kids!

We think that the Teachers, Parents, and Staff had just as much fun this Halloween as all the Students! They donned their best costumes in the spirit of of this spooky and fulfilled day! A.R. Lord Elementary has such a great community where all are engaged, participate and make our school special!