Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Thank you... We are redirecting you to the 
New A.R. Lord Website

Monday, 29 May 2017

Summer Fun Day Camp

The VSB Community Schools Team is offering summer camps out of Hastings Elementary. These week long day camps include activities such as out trips to Playland, Science World, Bowling, and the Aquarium. Registration is now open and forms are available at the school front desk of the office. Register directly at the Hastings Community School Office at 2625 Franklin Street.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Do you have Traffic and Transportation Concerns in our Neighbourhood?

Come out to the Hastings-Sunrise Transportation Listen and Learn

The City recently engaged with residents on walking and cycling improvements to the western part of the Union-Adanac Corridor.

Before launching an engagement process on the eastern section of Corridor, we want to better understand neighbourhood transportation issues between Hastings Street, Boundary Street, East 1st Avenue, and Renfrew Street. What we hear will inform future improvements.

We want to hear from you!  Join us for a conversation.

Join us at a “Listen and Learn” session to share your neighbourhood transportation concerns. City staff will be available to discuss walking, cycling, transit, vehicle traffic, and goods movement in the area.
 Drop in anytime between: Tuesday, May 305-8pm
Hastings Community Centre,  3096 East Hastings St

Can’t make it? Share your comments online between May 31 and June 7 at:

Ultimate Frisbee

AR Lord continues to have a great Ultimate Frisbee season! Many students have signed up to practice, play and learn this fun sport. The biggest adventure is to Bowen Island to play against Island Pacific School on May 30th

Wish them luck!

Call for Library Volunteers

If anyone has a free 20-60 minute time slot on June 5, 6, 7, or 8th… could you please come to the A.R. Lord Library to help our school Librarian, Ms. McCandless organize the library book shelves. This requires an extreme attention to detail and the ability to put numbers in numerical order, and letters in alphabetical order. 
This pre-organizing will be incredibly helpful and time-saving before she begins a full library inventory on June 12th. Almost any time of day should work, and even one small shelf done by you will save her so much time.
Please see Ms. McCandless directly if you can assist. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

New Parent Advisory Council Executive

We welcome in the new Parent Advisory Council executive for A.R. Lord Elementary School.  Elections were held on May 17th and this team of individuals will take the lead for the next year ahead. 

  • PAC Chair - position to be determined - to be assigned/shared amongst the existing PAC Executive
  • Treasurer - Kimberly Richmond will be serving again this year
  • Secretary - Emily Taylor
  • Communications - Jordon Randall
  • Members-at-Large: Julie Beer, and Sarah McKinnon are returning for another term and joined by new members:  Amarjit Parhar, Deniz Randall and Sherrie Taylor
Joyce Chow and Tracy Spring will be stepping down as co-chairs from the Executive, having served for numerous years but will support the new team in the transition. 

Of special note, a sincere thank you to LINDA D whose son is graduating and will be moving on to high school   Linda has worked tirelessly over the years to organize and work on many school events such as hot lunch, movie nights, book fairs, garden projects, decorating and special activities. She is a super volunteer and we are forever grateful for all that she has done at our school for students, teachers, and staff. 

p.s. All parent/cargivers with a child attending A.R. Lord elementary are part of the Parent Advisory Council - we look forward to your ideas, participation, and sharing in our school and community experience at A.R. Lord as we start to wind down this year and move into next school year. 

Come out and Play

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Emergency Preparedness at A.R. Lord Elementary

May 4th was the BIG ONE AT TWO emergency drill and a simulation of an earthquake and emergency procedures are carried out by students and staff. This is the second drill of the year and additional preparation and practice of procedures in followup to the Big Shakeout that was carried out in the fall.
Students practiced the DROP-COVER-HOLD procedure and took shelter in a safe place during the mock-quake. All occupants of the school then evacuated to the gravel field and checked attendance. A few parents were also asked to participate and practice authorized pickup of their children.
The VSB has designated School Emergency Response Teams (SERTs) in each school which consist of staff volunteers who are specially trained and have designated roles and responsibilities in the event of an incident. 




Monday, 15 May 2017


TIME: 6:30PM

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Division 5 held a special Mother's day celebration in the school with and an afternoon tea and a wonderful dance performance. Thank you to all the A.R. Lord Teachers who help students create special handmade gifts and moments in celebration of Mother's Day. 

Monday, 8 May 2017

May 16th PAC Meeting

Next Tuesday on May 16th is the Last PAC Meeting of the year and will be held at 6:30pm in the library. Please join us and share your ideas on how to make our school great as well as hear directly from teachers and the Principal on education issues and priorities.  

We will also be holding the PAC Executive Election. A few of our current individuals will be stepping down and we are seeking new volunteer parents to join  to help lead the organization of all the great things we do at A.R. Lord. 

PAC Executive positions include: 
  • Chair (or Co-Chairs can be shared position) - key lead and liaison for the PAC, chairs meetings
  • Communications (manages correspondence, social media, email and communications)
  • Treasurer - manages finances, cash, payments, bank reconciliation, cheques 
  • Members-at-Large - (typically upto 3 but can be more) general positions that take on various lead roles including events, hot lunch, grants, fundraising etc. 
The PAC Exec lead and coordinate the many parent volunteers that our school is lucky to have. The existing PAC Exec is happy to do some training and help new members get up to speed and ready for next school year. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Equal Play - Girls Legacy Soccer Program

A.R. Lord Girls have been participating in Equal Play Girls Soccer Leadership Program, a non-profit organization that encourages girls at the elementary school level to play soccer. Over several weeks, the Grade 4-7 girls learn soccer in a fun setting that helps them build confidence, be physically active, develop positive images of their body, strength and ability and the love of sport. The organization is lead by Carrie Serwetnyk, a former national soccer player and the first woman to enter Canada's Soccer Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Earth Day Assembly

A.R. Lord students had the opportunity to participate in the recent Earth Day Assembly. What did they see and do?
* The Environmental Caretakers Club put on some skits about how we can better take care of the Earth.
* Division 7 performed a song for us and showed us their artwork about things we can do for the environment.
* Julie, a school parent, came to talk to us about raising honey bees in her yard. 
* Chris, whose children used to to attend Lord, gave a talk about helping mason bees and what they can do for our gardens

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sunday, 23 April 2017

May the Fourth be With you Family Dance

Mark your calendars for a fun outta this world family dance at A.R. Lord Elementary School.  The special day to get your "dance on" will be Thursday night May the 4th (night before Pro-D) and held in the school gym. This fun filled night is being held compliments of the Parent Advisory Council with proceeds from previous fundraising efforts.

If you are able to help with decorations or serving snacks at the night of the dance please sign up at: http://signup.com/go/eKbyTty

Friday, 14 April 2017

Turtles are Interesting to See and Draw

A friendly pet turtle and it's owner came for a visit to the school yard and A.R. Lord students got to watch it in action. All gathered around and they were fascinated by its shape, texture and movement.
Beautiful colourful turtle drawings can also be seen in the school hallway as a display of art projects.
"Behold the Turtle.... He only Makes Progress when He Sticks his Neck Out"

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Last Chance for Program Registration

Registration has been low to date for the Templeton Hub Schools After school programs. The following offerings are at risk of being cancelled if there is no enough additional enrolment. 
  • Homework club
  • Board Game club 
  • Dance Hip Hop
  • Coding 

 Contact the front office or directly at the Templeton Community School Office (In Hastings Elementary) to register before these great programs are cancelled. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Register for Spring Programs

Templeton Community Schools Team presents the Lunchtime and After school Spring Program lineup and registration starts on Monday April 10th. Register at the Community Schools Team office 

Monday Lunch: Harry Potter Club (Gr K - 4)
Tuesday After School: Homework Club (Gr 4-7)
Wednesday Lunch: Board Game Club (Gr. K-7)
Thursday After School: Dance More Sports Hip Hop (Gr 2-7)
Friday After School: Coding and Intro to Robotics (Gr. 3-7)

Mini Soccer is also starting up on Saturday mornings through Hastings Community Centre. Ages K-7 at Templeton South Field. First Session is April 15th and runs until June 10th.  Cost is $35 for the program.  Register at Hastings Community Centre. 

Monday, 10 April 2017


All are welcome to the PAC Meeting this Tuesday April 11th at 6:30pm in the Library. 
Free Childminding provided during the meeting. 

Order Deadline for: Club, Team and Group Photos

Class photos are provided to each student free of charge, but optional club, team, and group photos are available for purchase. Proofs are on display at the front office along with order forms. Take advantage of the early bird price and order by April 13th. Orders placed after April 13th will incur additional fees.

Group/Club/Team Photos: 5"X8" $7 each early bird ($10 after deadline)
Grade 7 Grad Photo: 8"x10" $10 ($12 after deadline)
We have not yet received the Whole School Panorama photo, but will be on display as soon as it arrives.

For Enquiries: Mountain West Photo: 604-433-0551

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Hormone and Antibiotic Free Compost Manure Still Available

The weekend Garibaldi - A.R. Lord Manure fundraiser sale was a huge success! We had many wonderful volunteers pitch in despite the rain. 
If you missed out, we still have a small quantity of this nutrient rich locally produced 1.5 Year Composted Steer Manure available.  It is sourced from Hopcott Farms in Pitt Meadows. 
email: the.manure.sale@gmail.com or contact Jana R. or Sarah McK if you would like some before it runs out. 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Kindergarten Self Portraits

"Self portraits encourage children to slow down, observe, focus on detail and notice what they see when they look at themselves. It provides an opportunity for them to notice what is unique and special about themselves and others. It encourages risk taking and builds confidence. 

The children in division 7 spent time looking at themselves with mirrors and creating self-portraits with clay, pastels, paint, pen and paper, and loose materials. Each time, they were encouraged to look closely and see the parts that make up their face. The details in their self-portraits tell us how they see themselves and what they chose to emphasize in their drawings of themselves. 

Throughout the process, the children became more ware of themselves and others. The class also read the book "The Best Part of me" by Wendy Ewald. 

Using a variety of materials to build the self-portraits gave the children the opportunity to represent themselves in different ways. It provided them an opportunity to learn new skills and to learn more about the uniqueness of each material. Making self-portraits has helped he children to take a closer look at themselves and to think about how they are special, unique and beautiful. "

~ Ms. Linda Young - Kindergarten Teacher - Division 7

Thursday, 6 April 2017

PAC Events

Friday April 7th - PAC Hot Lunch for those that have preordered

Saturday April 8th - Garibaldi/AR Lord Manure Sale in the parking lot West of the School. 9am-1pm (or until we sell out). 

Tuesday April 11th - PAC Meeting in the library at 6:30pm. All welcome. We will be discussing planning for the family dance, sports day, year end bbq and upcoming pac exec elections plus an update from the School Principal on the school strategic plan and school budget.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Geronimo! The Scholastic Bookfair starts on Wednesday

Books, Books Books and more books! 
The scholastic book fair sale runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning at 8:35am before school till morning bell. Afternoon hours for the book fair are at 2:00pm after early dismissal till 4:00pm on both Wednesday and Thursday. Come by and check out the great selection of books, stationary, magazines and gifts. Proceeds go towards new books for all to enjoy in the A.R. Lord library and classrooms. 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Walmart Grant Recipient

A.R. Lord Elementary Parent Advisory Council received a Community Giving Grant from Walmart Canada. $1000 was recently presented by the Manager, Maribel Diva of Walmart Grandview. Parent Volunteer, Kendra prepared the grant application and accepted the cheque on behalf of the PAC. This generous grant is used to foster community engagement and support local neighbourhoods in which Walmart operates.  Funds will be put towards the many parent led initiatives to strengthen the educational experience and community focus of our neighbourhood school. Thank you Kendra and Thank you Walmart! 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Events: Education and the upcoming Election

EVENT: BCCPAC All-Party Forum on Education - April 4
In the lead-up to the May 9 election, the BCCPAC will be hosting an All-Party Forum on Education April 4, at 7pm in the James Cowan Theatre in Burnaby.
Registration is now open and is now also open to all parents and PACs even if you aren't a member of BCCPAC. The 90-minute forum will be solely focused on Education and it will be an opportunity for BCCPAC members to hear about educational platforms and strategies directly from representatives of the three main political parties: the BC Green Party, the BC Liberal Party and the BC New Democratic Party.

EVENT: Discussion of Provincial Education Policy - April 11
Your Education Matters is hosting a another discussion on public ed with former Minister of Education George Abbott on Tuesday April 11st, at 7pm. The event will be moderated by Katie Hyslop, Education & Youth Reporter for The Tyee and the panel will include past VSB Chair Mike Lombardi, Cindy Dalglish of Surrey Students Now, Jennifer Stewart of FACE and PAN and Andrea Sinclair of PAN. This event is open to everyone and its free. It starts at 7pm at SFU Woodwards in downtown Vancouver. The evening should be insightful and informative - we look forward to seeing many concerned citizens there. Poster for sharing within your networks is attached.

EVENT: Vancouver DPAC - Save the Date - April 25
We know Public Education is as a key issue in the upcoming election. Mark your calendars now for Tuesday April 25th for Vancouver DPAC's all-party discussion. It will be open to all parents and held in Rm 180 at the VSB offices on West Broadway starting at 6:30pm. Education Reporter Tracy Sherlock will be moderating the discussion among MLA's and candidates.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Scholastic Book Fair

Come early or stay late before and after school (early dismissal days Weds and Thurs) and check out the Scholastic Book Fair. Books for all ages from preschool to chapter books will be on sale. Proceeds will go towards new books for the school library and classrooms. 
See the schedule below:

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Class Photos this Week

Thursday March the 30th is Class Photo day! Send your kids with their best smiles!  Photos will also be taken for clubs/teams/ and a whole group school photo. 

Parent Presentation Invite by Lord Nelson PAC

The Nelson PAC is hosting a Parent Information Evening  on April 5th. The topic of discussion will be Body Image and will be facilitated by  Renae Regehr,  founder of Free to Be and there are spaces available for additional attendees. 

Free to Be with Renae Regehr
A person’s body image level significantly influences how they positively or negatively experience life! Join body image researcher and founder of Free to Be, Renae Regehr, on Wednesday April 5th from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the gym at Lord Nelson Elementary as she shares her knowledge of current body image research for both girls AND boys, and connects how we, as parents, can role-model and empower our children to have a positive body image. Renae will leave us with take home tips and ideas for supporting healthy perceptions of self throughout the years.
Tickets $5.00 online or $7.00 at the door.  Register at  https://freetobenelson.eventbrite.ca

Sunday, 26 March 2017

PAC Hot Lunch Forms due on Wednesday March 29th

A reminder that April Hot Lunch orders are due on Wednesday March 29th.  
Link to Order form: Downloadable April Order Form

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Movie Night

A.R. Lord Families enjoyed the recent March 2017 movie night held in the school gymnasium. The event was a huge success with great attendance. Everyone enjoyed the family friendly movie, the concession and some fun social time for parent/caregivers and kids alike! What a great way to spend a friday night!