It has been a busy two weeks with a long weekend in between. I hope everyone enjoyed the sun this past long weekend. It also looks like the sun has decided to stay which makes everyone happy.
A few things to mention in this newsletter;
Ross Road Bike To School Week 2017 is next week, May 29th through June 2nd. Please prep your bikes and plan your routes to school! Active transportation is encouraged throughout the week so if biking is not an option for you consider walking to school with your kids, skateboarding, scooting, or even driving part way and biking or walking the rest. For more information on what events will be taking place at the school please click here.
The PAC Annual General Meeting is next Wednesday, May 31st, in the school library at 7.00pm. The last RRPAC GM Feb 2017 are posted on the PAC website, click here to review and approve at the AGM. We have also posted on the website the Ross Road 2017 wish list that we will be looking to approve at the AGM. The agenda and upcoming budget will be posted as soon as possible. As always childcare will be available if required. Please email the PAC if it is needed.
The Spring Carnival – June 9th – We’ve chosen a theme and it’s YELLOW and GREEN at the Spring Carnival! Let your spring colours shine by dressing up in LEMON or LIME on June 9th.
Thanks again for your cash donations. We are now looking for a few items that won’t affect your pocketbook. If you have a pop-up tent, a cooler or a full propane tank you can lend us on the day of the Carnival, please contact Betty at email@example.com or 778-668-8447. Also, if you are interested in sponsoring an activity, or running a special table, please send Susan a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your support is appreciated!
Screenagers – The Ross Road PAC is pleased to invite you to a special screening of Screenagers – Growing up in the Digital Age on Monday June 12th at 7 PM in the library or gym (depending on how many people will attend). All students in grade 6 and 7 will be watching this film on Tuesday June 13th.
There is no charge to attend the movie but please RSVP – https://impactflow.com/event/3114/checkout/tickets by Friday June 9th so that we know how many people to expect and whether to set up in the library or the gym. More information can be found on Screenagers here.
New Ross Road Class
As many of you may have heard, Ross Road will be getting an additional class/division in September as a result of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling around class size and composition, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bctf-wins-supreme-court-battle-over-class-size-and-composition-1.3845620, While many parents are excited about the decision, there are concerns regarding how this will impact our school. The North Van School District has already had a site visit and are leaning towards creating classroom space by re-purposing a portion of our library, i.e. 80 sq metres out of 236 sq metres. No final decisions have been made, however we know Ross Road is not alone in this – several other elementary schools are experiencing similar effects.
What can we do, you ask? Here are a few suggestions. Our AGM next week will include this on agenda.
- Sign petition – http://www.thepetitionsite.com/304/212/385/protect-ross-road-elementary-library-and-other-critical-learning-spaces/
- Write a independent letter (template below)
- Franci Stratton, Ross Road’s school trustee (email@example.com). Include other school trustees: Christie Sacré firstname.lastname@example.org, Barry Forward email@example.com, Cyndi Gerlach firstname.lastname@example.org, Megan Higgins email@example.com, Susan Skinner firstname.lastname@example.org, Jessica Stanley email@example.com
- Mark Pearmain, the North Vancouver School District Superintendent (firstname.lastname@example.org, email address is for Taralee Hallson, executive assistant to the superintendent)
- Jim Mackenzie, the North Vancouver School District Director of Facilities (jClendenning@sd44.ca, email address is for Jacquie Clendenning, administrative assistant)
- Jane Thornthwaite, the North Vancouver-Seymour MLA (email@example.com)
- Identify concern – that schools are having to sacrifice important spaces (like libraries and music rooms) to accommodate additional classrooms as a result of the supreme court decision on classroom size and composition.
- Describe impact – repurposed library space, no community space, maximized building capacity, etc
- Reference Supreme Court ruling and confirm community support for the ruling
- Argue need for proper implementation of court ruling, including the need for funding infrastructure
- Offer solution – district to fund additional portable for Ross Road
Have a great week.
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