PAC Reminders

Ross Road PAC AGM this Thursday!

Join us June 4 for the first VIRTUAL Ross Road PAC annual general meeting. Every Ross Road parent is invited to attend. From the comfort of your home, learn how the PAC served the school community in 2019-2020, have your say in financial purchases for the school, and learn what is planned for next year. We hope you can join us!

Ross Road PAC AGM Meeting via ZOOM
June 4, 2020 07:00 PM Vancouver
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82117507441
Meeting ID: 821 1750 7441
To join by phone only:
Call: 778-907-2071, Enter: 82117507441#

PAC AGM Agenda can be found here: June 4 2020 AGM Agenda

Minutes from February 19 PAC GM can be found here: February 19 2020 PAC GM Minutes

Financials can be found here:

Budget 2020-21 05.31.20

May 31.2020 Balance Sheet comparative

Profit & Loss YTD actuals to May 31.2020 compared to Budget


Introducing Fresh Schools – Sign up today!

Ross Road PAC communication is going virtual!

We are excited to introduce Fresh Schools, an online organizational tool for school PACs that replaces many, many paper forms from PAC. Fresh Schools will keep you connected to your child’s classroom and the school — all at your fingertips.

We are launching Fresh Schools for Ross Road School now and will use it as a portal for all PAC communication in 2020-2021.

Click here to self-register for the upcoming 2020/21 school year by entering your child’s grade for NEXT school year, and we’ll take care of the rest!

By signing up, you are “opting in” to receive PAC newsletters and classroom communications.

Features of Fresh Schools:

  • download the Fresh Schools app for your phone or table to access Ross Road PAC info from anywhere
  • easily input your own contact information from your phone or computer
  • keep your phone number private, but receive messages on it if you wish
  • save yourself from that “embarrassing” moment when a parent’s name escapes you
  • communicate with your classroom parents for playdates and birthday parties
  • check the class calendar at a glance

A growing number of PACs in North Vancouver are using Fresh Schools to communicate and organize news and information for their school community. Questions? Contact us at rossroadpac@gmail.com


Summer Camps

Disc Golf Camp in Lynn Valley

Elevate Ultimate is running a disc golf half-day day camp program this summer at Eastview School. Disc golf is a COVID-friendly activity for kids.

Kids don’t have to share equipment and it is an individual sport so physical distancing is easy to do.

For more information: https://elevateultimate.com/discgolfcamps/


 

Fwd Camp for children with learning disabilities in North Vancouver

PAC Newsletter

Hello Ross Road families,

How are you doing? We hope your family is finding some silver linings with the slower pace of life. Your Ross Road Parent Advisory Council has news to share!

Ross Road PAC AGM

Join us June 4 for the first VIRTUAL Ross Road PAC annual general meeting. Every Ross Road parent is invited to attend. From the comfort of your home, learn how the PAC served the school community in 2019-2020, have your say in financial purchases for the school, and learn what is planned for next year. We hope you can join us!

PAC AGM Agenda can be found here: June 4 2020 AGM Agenda

Ross Road PAC AGM Meeting via ZOOM
June 4, 2020 07:00 PM Vancouver
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82117507441
Meeting ID: 821 1750 7441
To join by phone only:
Call: 778-907-2071, Enter: 82117507441#


Introducing Fresh Schools – Sign up today!

Ross Road PAC communication is going virtual!

We are excited to introduce Fresh Schools, an online organizational tool for school PACs that replaces many, many paper forms from PAC. Fresh Schools will keep you connected to your child’s classroom and the school — all at your fingertips.

We are launching Fresh Schools for Ross Road School now and will use it as a portal for all PAC communication in 2020-2021.

Click here to self-register for the upcoming 2020/21 school year by entering your child’s grade for NEXT school year, and we’ll take care of the rest!

By signing up, you are “opting in” to receive PAC newsletters and classroom communications.

Features of Fresh Schools:

  • download the Fresh Schools app for your phone or table to access Ross Road PAC info from anywhere
  • easily input your own contact information from your phone or computer
  • keep your phone number private, but receive messages on it if you wish
  • save yourself from that “embarrassing” moment when a parent’s name escapes you
  • communicate with your classroom parents for playdates and birthday parties
  • check the class calendar at a glance

A growing number of PACs in North Vancouver are using Fresh Schools to communicate and organize news and information for their school community. Questions? Contact us at rossroadpac@gmail.com


Staff Appreciation Board

We are unable to hold our annual staff appreciation lunch to recognize teachers and all the administration, support staff and custodial team for their hard work, BUT we have found a COVID-friendly solution called KudoBoards!

A KudoBoard is a virtual card set up as a webpage to celebrate someone with personal messages, GIFs, photos and videos. We have created a KudoBoard for each staff member.

Watch for information coming soon from your class rep on how to contribute to the KudoBoards for your child’s teachers.


NVPAC Online Presentation

The NVPAC is hosting an online presentation by Registered Clinical Counsellor Sharon Selby, MA.
Sharon is passionate about providing support to children, teens and families who may be struggling with anxiety.
We would like to invite all parents in SD#44 to attend this event.

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Monday – May 25th – 2020
7:00pm – 8:30pm

There will also be a Q&A for parents at the end of the presentation.
Join us for this upcoming online event by clicking on the link below to register.

https://nvpac.eventbrite.ca/

You will receive an email two days prior to the event with a Zoom Link for this presentation.


Cob’s Bread Dough Raiser

 

Looking for a way to still support the Ross Road PAC, and locally owned businesses? Next time you’re shopping at Cobs Bread Park & Tilford, make sure you mention Ross Road School and 5% of your purchase will donated to our school PAC.

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WE

WE Family Resources

We’d like to share with you WE’s social and emotional learning resources that you might find useful. Click here to learn all about WE Well-Being which is a program that encourages youth, educators and families to promote their own mental and physical well-being.

In addition, here is a link to the COVID-19 specific WE Well-Being tool kit! Dive into the kit to learn about how we can maintain our well-being during this time.

Continue to stay safe and well.

 

Messages from our Munch a Lunch Vendors

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Well Fed

Due to COVID-19 we have made the decision to temporarily close our walk in business to limit social interaction.
To compensate we have made the following adjustments to our deliveries to make it easier for you to order and receive meals:)
Reduced our minimum order to 4 entrees for delivery.
All delivery to the North Shore is free;)
We have added an additional delivery we will now be delivering Thursday and Friday’s between 6 – 9 am
All drivers will be using single use gloves on delivery of meals
All meals will be delivered to your door step to limit social interaction.
Please note that delivery is limited to the North Shore, Vancouver, and Burnaby.
We hope to resume our normal business operations as soon as we can.
In the meantime please stay safe and healthy.

Fresh Ready-Made Healthy Dinners to go


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Maxfrut

To All our school Families, Customers and Friends,

MaxFrut understands we are ALL going through some hard times and do not know what the outcome of this ongoing tough journey will be.

The day to day business we do with schools around the North-shore and Vancouver and at our store are a key factor to keep our business going. We turn to you to help us distribute a special promotion created for these hard times.

By doing so, you will help us sustain our family business and you will satisfy the craving you might be having for our product.

From our family to yours we wish you a safe journey through these tough moments.

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Cheers,

MaxFrut

Max Natural Foods Inc.

127 Garden Ave., North Vancouver BC
Canada  V7P 3A4

Ross Road PAC in response to COVID-19

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March 24, 2020

Dear Ross Road Parents,

How are you holding up? I know some of you, like me, are working from home with kids around. All of us are working to maintain a sense of normalcy for our kids at a time when things don’t feel normal. Remember, we will get through this together (but apart).

SpringFEST: Usually at this time of the year, the Ross Road Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is busy making plans for Kilometre Club, SpringFEST, the annual staff appreciation lunch and other events at our school. However, with schools closed, this changes all our plans. Although we had hoped to carry on with plans for our annual spring carnival on May 29, after careful consideration, and with heavy hearts, the PAC has decided to cancel SpringFEST this year.

Munch a Lunch: The spring Munch a Lunch orders for the remainder of the year have also been cancelled. Parents who placed a spring Munch a Lunch order a few weeks ago will receive a credit in their account that will be applied to your order next school year. If you have any questions, please contact rossroadpac@gmail.com.

Playgrounds closed: As you may have heard, North Vancouver School District has closed all school playgrounds and school fields to reinforce the current need for social distancing due to COVID-19. Signs have been placed on our school playgrounds to notify people the playgrounds are closed. Please respect the signs. These measures are not forever, but they are important right now. Follow NVSD on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates from our school district.

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News & updates: On March 22, BC’s Ministry of Education and the BC Teachers’ Federation released a joint letter saying they are working on solutions for K to 12 learning continuity for the spring. The Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) is involved as well and is sharing information with PACs and all parents in BC via the BCCPAC Facebook page.

Please feel free to contact the Ross Road PAC executive team at rossroadpac@gmail.com with any questions and we will do our best to help.

Lastly, I hope you and your family find things that bring you together as a family in this time of social distancing at home.

Wishing you all the best,

Linda Munro, Chair

on behalf of the Executive team of the Ross Road PAC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After School Programs

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Here is the schedule of after school programs for the Spring term at Ross Road School. Many new classes have been added. These classes have all been organized and coordinated by our school PAC.

MONDAYS

Bricks4Kidz

Grades K-5

April 6 – June 15 (8 weeks; no classes April 13, May 4 and May 18th).  *Please note start date*

3:10-4:15pm Ross Road School – Music Room

$138.00

Program Description: Our 75-minute class explores S.T.E.M based theme, all using LEGO Technic bricks and motors.  Students participating in this 10-week series will explore themes relating to the world around them.  We provide an engaging class where children are given the space to work together to explore STEM concepts hands-on.  Classes are suitable for Grades K-5.  Each LEGO model is adapted to the aptitude and age of the students.

Minimum 6 participants / Maximum 12 participants

To Register: http://bit.ly/2tUrHTS


TUESDAYS

Saplings Outdoor Program

Grades K-5

March 31 – June 16 (12 sessions)

3:00-5:00pm at Ross Road School – Lobby (program runs outdoors)

$260.00

Program Description:  Our after-school programs allow kids to explore and experience the natural world through practical involvement. We believe the outdoors encourages imaginative play, creativity, hand-eye coordination, physical strength, and mental clarity. Our educators encourage  children to develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Additionally, a multi-age environment promotes cooperation and teamwork, while raising children’s emotional awareness.

Maximum 10 participants

To Register:  https//www.amilia.com/store/en/saplings-outdoor-program-ltd/shop/programs/51382


WEDNESDAYS

Mad Science

Grades K-7

April 1 – June 17 (12 sessions)

3:00-4:00pm in Ross Road School – Music Room

$220.00

We make it our mission to spark imaginative learning! As a leading science enrichment provider for children in Grades K-7, Mad Science aspires to deliver unique, hands-on science experiences to as many children as possible.

The “Crazy Chem Works” program offers eight weeks of exciting hands-on science-based activities. Watch fascinating demonstrations, join in enquiry-based discussions, participate in individual and group experiments, and make amazing take-homes. Mad Science will spark the curiosity and imagination of children with fun science activities that will help them understand the world around them.  Some of the things the students will experience:

LAB WORKS Use your hands as a real Mad Scientist in this whirlwind class on how a lab works! Learn to manipulate laboratory equipment at your personal lab bench.

JUNIOR REACTORS Create a tiny world of atoms and learn to recognize chemical reactions and mix up a few reactive ingredients for some sensational results!

pH PHACTOR Slide down the colorful pH scale and dip into the world of acids and bases, while exploring the pH extremes. It is a sure-to-be a ‘popping’ experience!

CHEM IN A FLASH Hop on board the chemistry express for a high-speed science experience! Perform instantaneous experiments in this fast-paced class on split-second reactions that go like mad!

THE GLOW SHOW Discover amazing things that glow bright in the dark and come to light! Probe the properties of light and explore some unusual applications of glow-in-the-dark technology!

SUPER STICKY STUFF Stick it to the walls, and push the power of tape to the limits in this adhesive hour on things that cling!

DRY ICE CAPADES Manipulate matter in all of its three states! Melt metal in boiling water and freeze water with just a breath of dry ice!

To Register: www.vancouver.madscience.org/signin

Minimum 12 participants / Maximum 25 participants


THURSDAYS 

Lights Up Musical Theatre

Grades K-7

April 9 – June 18 (11 sessions) *Please note start date*

3:00-5:00pm in Ross Road School – Music Room

$348 (plus GST)

Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools provides singing, dancing and acting classes for children and teens across the lower mainland.

Musical theatre can enrich your child’s life in many ways. Skills built through performing arts include greater confidence, improved literacy and increased creativity. Performing arts also helps with expressing emotions, communicating ideas and working with others.

This Spring, your child can experience the joys and benefits of musical theatre by taking part in our afterschool programs led by our talented and experienced Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools staff.

Spring Show Theme: You’re In the Band!

Are you ready to rock?! This term we will explore pop and rock music from Broadway and beyond in our musical about a group of kids who just want to rock! Inspired by Footloose and School of Rock this will be a great chance to have some fun and sing and shout for performers of all ages! Performance for parents on the last day of classes.

To Register: www.lightsuptheatre.ca/rossroad

Maximum 25 participants

Questions about these programs? Email us at rossroadpac@gmail.com


 

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Canadian Parents for French has released its Winter 2020 issue.

https://cpf.ca/en/files/CPF-Magazine-Winter-2020-Issue.pdf


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Last Chance to order Munch a Lunch for the spring term is today!

Ordering for the spring session of hot lunches is OPEN until February 20th

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What’s Munch a Lunch?  Munch a Lunch is a PAC fundraiser where you can order from an assortment of different menus, lunch for your students which is delivered on most Fridays throughout the school year.

Spring Ross Road hot lunch days will run from February 28th to June 19th.

Please go to www.munchalunch.com/schools/rossroad to order and pay.

Order by February 20th, 2020

Note: Ordering is only open for a short time so you need to place all your orders now for all the available dates in this block through to the end of the School year.
Also please note that if your order is not paid for, it will not be placed.

If you have any questions, please contact Jackie: jackie_hicks@hotmail.com
If you would would like to volunteer with lunch distribution on Fridays, please contact Kim: bergsdcb@gmail.com

Thank you everyone,
Jackie and Kim

PAC Newsletter

Happy Family Day! We hope you are enjoying this long weekend.

The PAC General Meeting is this Wednesday February 19th. All parents invited!

Ross Road parents are encouraged to attend the PAC general meeting on February 19th, 7pm in the Ross Road Library.

At this meeting, we will vote on funding purchases such as library furniture, a sand table for kindergarten students, art supplies, laptops computers, classroom resources, learning support tools and laptop computers needed for the school. See our list of proposed expenditures here: Feb 2020 PAC Budget Expenditures for Voting on at Ross Road PAC Meeting

Did you know thanks to PAC fundraising, the school will have an artist in residence this spring who will work with all classes on art projects working with clay.

Come get informed and be involved in the decision-making for your school!

The Agenda for this meeting can be found here: PAC General Meeting Agenda February 19, 2020

Free Babysitting will be available if needed so email rossroadpac@gmail.com to request babysitting.


Lots of Love, and FUN at the Valentine’s Family Dance

Thank you to everyone who supported the PAC’s first Family Dance. The evening was a huge success! Not only were we able to raise funds to benefit the students of Ross Road, we also brought together families for a fun, active evening that strengthened our school community. We had over 215 people attend, who hit the dance floor for classics including the Hokey Pokey and the Macarena. Of course Old Town Road received a few requests but we also rocked out to a little Thunderstruck!

Kids, and parents alike, also enjoyed the photo booth and silly props. An email was sent to all participating families to share digital copies of these photos. If you didn’t receive the email link for the photos you can contact us at rossroadpac@gmail.com

A great BIG thank you to our sponsors who helped to make this special evening a true success:

Thank you also to all the volunteers that helped out during the dance. We look forward to making this an annual event.


 

Making Sense of Anxiety with Colleen Drobot

The NVPAC and Upper Lynn, Ross Road, Lynn Valley and Boundary Elementary Schools’ PACs, are pleased to invite you to a presentation from registered counselor and educator Colleen Drobot on MAKING SENSE OF ANXIETY IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH

* Open to parents all schools in the Argyle FOS

FREE, but pre-registration required.Please sign up here:

www.eventbrite.ca/e/making-sense-of-anxiety-with-colleen-drobot-tickets-94004047637

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After School Programs for Spring

Look out for the Spring after-school program schedule which will be sent home with the kids soon!


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Last Chance to buy Tickets is Friday!

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Don’t miss out on the Ross Road Family Event of the year…the Ross Road PAC Valentines Family Dance.

This fun DJ dance evening is on Thursday February 13th in the school gym. This Valentine themed Family Dance is for all grades, and is a parent supervision…and participation event!  Families can also visit the Photo Booth, Sweet Treat Concession and pre-order pizza dinner. Don’t forget to wear red!

Tickets are $20/family (regardless of size) and support the Ross Road PAC fundraising initiatives to benefit our school and kids. Login and visit the open fundraising page on MunchaLunch.com to purchase your tickets and order pizza. There is a limited number of tickets so don’t delay! 

We will also NEED parent volunteer support to ensure this event is a success. Please sign up for a volunteer shift here. Thank you!

Please remember that all students must attend with their own parent/guardian.

Thank you to our generous Dance Sponsors: Jordan Hurdal eXp RealtyMosaic Homes, and Darwin Construction.

DEADLINE FOR FAMILY DANCE TICKETS & PIZZA ORDER IS FRIDAY!

Don’t miss out on the Ross Road Family Event of the year…the Ross Road PAC Valentines Family Dance

This fun DJ dance evening is on Thursday February 13th in the school gym. This Valentine themed Family Dance is for all grades, and is a parent supervision…and participation event!  Families can also visit the Photo Booth, Sweet Treat Concession and pre-order pizza dinner. Don’t forget to wear red!

Tickets are $20/family (regardless of size) and support the Ross Road PAC fundraising initiatives to benefit our school and kids. Login and visit the open fundraising page on MunchaLunch.com to purchase your tickets and order pizza. There is a limited number of tickets so don’t delay! 

We will also NEED parent volunteer support to ensure this event is a success. Please sign up for a volunteer shift here. Thank you!

Please remember that all students must attend with their own parent/guardian. 

Family Dance Poster

Thank you to our generous Dance Sponsors: Jordan Hurdal eXp RealtyMosaic Homes, and Darwin Construction.

PAC Newsletter

The PAC General Meeting has been rescheduled to February 19th. All parents invited!

Ross Road parents are encouraged to attend the PAC general meeting on February 19th.

The PAC met with Principal Kate Lechleiter and Vice Principal Jason Heywood last week for a constructive discussion on learning tools and resources for the school.

At this meeting, we will vote on funding purchases such as library furniture, a sand table for kindergarten students, art supplies, laptops computers, classroom resources, learning support tools and laptop computers needed for the school.

Come get informed and be involved in the decision-making for your school!

7pm in the Ross Road Library. Free Babysitting will be available on request.


Ordering for the spring session of hot lunches is OPEN until February 20th

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What’s Munch a Lunch?  Munch a Lunch is a PAC fundraiser where you can order from an assortment of different menus, lunch for your students which is delivered on most Fridays throughout the school year.

Spring Ross Road hot lunch days will run from February 28th to June 19th.

Please go to www.munchalunch.com/schools/rossroad to order and pay.

Order by February 20th, 2020

Note: Ordering is only open for a short time so you need to place all your orders now for all the available dates in this block through to the end of the School year.
Also please note that if your order is not paid for, it will not be placed.

If you have any questions, please contact Jackie: jackie_hicks@hotmail.com
If you would would like to volunteer with lunch distribution on Fridays, please contact Kim: bergsdcb@gmail.com

Thank you everyone,
Jackie and Kim


The Ross Road Valentine’s Family Dance is coming up on February 13th!

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The Ross Road PAC is excited to announce their first Family Dance event being held on Thursday February 13th in the school gym. This Valentine themed Family Dance is for all grades and is a parent supervision…and participation event! The fun evening will include a DJ, Photo Booth, Sweet Treat Concession and the ability to pre-order pizza dinner. Don’t forget to wear red!

Tickets are $20/family (regardless of size) and support the Ross Road PAC fundraising initiatives to benefit our school and kids. Login and visit the open fundraising page on MunchaLunch.com to purchase your tickets and order pizza. There is a limited number of tickets so don’t delay!

We will also require parent volunteer support to ensure this event is a success. Please sign up for a volunteer shift here. Thank you!

Please remember that all students must attend with their own parent/guardian.

Thank you to our generous Dance Sponsors: Jordan Hurdal eXp RealtyMosaic Homes, and Darwin Construction.


 

Km Club Volunteer Needed:

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The ball is rolling for this year’s KM club!
But since we have one volunteer who is calling it a day, we need someone else to take on her role.  Can you help out? The job is straightforward and an important one – handling the ordering and collating of ribbons and medals!

Contact Dominic Brecher to volunteer and join the KM Club team.


Garden Club Donations Needed:

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The Road Road Garden Club plants and maintains the school’s garden and the teachers and students involved in the Garden Club need some new supplies this spring.

Did you know they use the food they grow in class?

Can you help them buy what they need through a donation? You make a tax deductible donation to the PAC through School Cash Online. (Select Ross Road from the drop down menu)

Or you could donate any of the following items that are needed to the school:

  • 1 hoe
  • 1 trowel
  • 1 shovel
  • 4 watering cans
  • Bags of potting soil

Thank you for your support!


An upcoming event from CPF:

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A workshop offered for Grade 7 girls:

The Committee on Outreach, Diversity, and Equity at UBC, in partnership with SAP, is pleased to be offering GIRLsmarts4tech workshops for the sixteenth year. GIRLsmarts4tech workshops encourage young women in grade 7 to become interested in technology, mathematics and sciences.

Our upcoming workshop for grade 7 girls is on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Workshop Activities:

Programming

Have you ever wondered how computer games and programs are created? In the programming activity you learn what a “programming language” is, and how to create your own computer program.

Design Thinking

Have you ever wondered how ideas and design solutions are generated through software development? In the design thinking, user experience and user interface activities, you will learn the process of identifying real world problems and how design can address those problems.

Exploring Conductivity

Do you know how information is sent through computers? In this activity, you will use conductive paint to paint wires and sensors which can be attached to a micro-controller and used as a musical instrument.

User Experience and User Interface

Do you know why you like some apps more than others? Are you curious about why the Instagram home page is so cool? In the user experience and user interface activity, you use your creativity to learn how design influences technology.

Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. For more information and to register, please see this brochure  or visit http://www.cs.ubc.ca/girlsmarts4tech.


Any questions or comments?  Contact us by email: rossroadpac@gmail.com