Friday Newsletter: Christmas Craft Fair | SnowPass | Young Actor’s Project | Valet Volunteers

Dear parents,

  • Christmas Craft Fair:   This year’s Fair is shaping up to be awesome, but organizers still need your help.  Please don’t forget to volunteer your time, as well as making contributions to the class raffle baskets, bake sale, Holiday Show and Wrap Market, and mystery bags.  It may sound like a lot, but the results are worth it.  It’s a wonderful community-building event and a great fundraiser that directly benefits all our kids.  Click here to find out more, and contact the coordinators at, to find out how you can help.
  • SnowPass:  Did you know that if you have a child in Grades 3 or 4, you can buy a pass for $29.95 that lets your child ski or ride three times at participating resorts all over Canada.  Click here for more details.
  • Young Actors Workshop:   Have your kids been talking to you about drama activities, masks and improv lately? If so, this is thanks to the fantastic work that Mike, Jody and Robert from the Young Actors’ Project (YAP) have done with all divisions.  At the AGM in May, the PAC voted to bring the YAP to Ross Road and the program went extremely well, with students  learning hands-on about drama, masks, focus and the power of body language. A big thank you to the instructors from YAP and to the Ross Road teachers who welcomed them into their classrooms!  Click here to find out more about YAP.
  • Valet:   A volunteer is still needed for Thursdays and new volunteers are needed for next year.  If you benefit from this service, perhaps you might consider giving up 25 minutes once a week for one month to help out.  Please contact Nancy Barton at

Have a great weekend,

Your PAC executive

Friday Newsletter: Environment Club | Card Project | Christmas Market | Safeteen

Dear parents,

  • Environment Club:  Have you seen the incredible mural on the west-facing wall near the edible garden?  With thanks to talented artist and Ross Road parent, Shula Klinger, this Environment Club initiative was paid for by proceeds from a TD Friends of the Environment grant.   Click here for more information about the Environment Club and keep your eye out for more amazing projects happening at the school.
  • Card Project:  Have you ordered yours yet?  You must order by midnight Friday to guarantee delivery in the first week of December.  (cards ordered after this time will be delivered on December 16)  Click here for more details.
  • Christmas Market:  The Market will be held on Friday, December 6 from 5pm to 8pm, and here are some important things to note;
  1. If you want to order dinner, you must do so via the MunchaLunch website by 5pm on Monday, November 18.
  2. The organizers are  in desperate need of men’s ties and glass baby food jars.  If you have any, please leave them under the ‘down’ stairs by the PAC box in the lobby.
  3. As per the notices from the class reps, the Market also needs your time!  Please consider volunteering 45 mins on the evening to help make the event a success.  See the sign-up sheets on your classroom doors or get in touch with your class rep to find out how you can help.
  4. If you have any ‘treasures’ that you can donate to the “Holiday Shop and Wrap Market” please drop them in the box under the “down” stairs in the lobby (not in the AV room as previously mentioned.) These are new items such as that gift you bought for someone and then forgot you had it, or the picture frame you loved and bought, but never found the right wall to hang it on.  There is no need to buy anything, it’s just a chance for you to pass on treasures that you have never had the chance to use.
  • 9781896095998_p0_v1_s260x420Safeteen:  This week, the Safe Teen experts came to Ross Road to hold 3-hour workshops with all the grade 6 and 7 students. The Safe Teen program introduced the students to bullying and harassment prevention strategies and non-violent conflict resolution in a powerful and engaging, gender-separate workshop format.  Many thanks to Family Services of the North Shore, who generously funded the student workshops!  Also many thanks to those parents who came out for the very exciting parent night on Tuesday!  For those of you who are interested in continuing the conversation with their 6th or 7th graders or who want to learn more, Anita Roberts has published a book about the Safe Teen philosophy (available at the Lynn Valley library).

Have a great weekend!

Your PAC Executive

Friday Newsletter: Card Project | Christmas Market | Valet | Library Update

Dear parents,

  • Card Project:  Last year, we raised over $1000 from the Card Project!  This year, the sample cards will be sent out on NOVEMBER 8, and ordering will be open for 1 week only from NOVEMBER 8 to NOVEMBER 15.  A standard gift box costs $20 and contains 12 cards and envelopes, and the PAC receives $5 from each order.  Information about ordering will be included with the sample card.  For more information, and to see samples from last year, please click here.
  • Ross Road Christmas Market:  The Christmas Market coordinators are doing an amazing job putting together this very special event.  As well as all your old favourites, this year the team has also put together a Holiday Shop and Wrap Room, a Silent Auction, an Outdoor Cafe and free cookie decorating. For more information, including links to order dinner on the night, please click here.
  • Valet:  The program desperately needs an adult volunteer on Thursday mornings in November. We have one parent on duty and with the rainy weather starting there will be more people driving to school, which means  more traffic in the drop off zone.  If you are available to help on Thursday mornings from 8:25 to 8:45 please contact Nancy Barton at
  • Library update:  Did you know you can ‘adopt a shelf’ at the school library?  Or that there’s a student-generated list of recommended books by grade level on the bulletin board?  Or that money YOU raised through fundraising has purchased over 250 new books for the library and helped to provide the library with a digital projector and laptop.  Teacher librarian Mme. McAllister has put together a newsletter highlighting all the wonderful things that are happening at the Ross Road library.  Click here for more.

Finally, if you know of a parent that isn’t getting these emails, but would like to, please tell them that subscribing is as easy as going to the PAC website, and entering their email address on the right hand side.

Enjoy your weekend,

Your PAC

Friday Newsletter: Christmas Craft Fair | School Directory | CPF & more!

Dear parents,

  • Save the Date!  This year’s Christmas Craft Fair will be held on December 6.  Stay tuned for more details.
  • The School Directory is a useful resource for getting in touch with other parents and families.  It hasn’t come out this year yet, as it needs a volunteer to take it on.  This is a job someone could do from home in their spare time.  There’s a template that’s ready to go and the office has all the data ready to input.  If you can help, please get in touch with Sarah Dennis.
  • Ms Vicki Thomas’ English 5/6 class still needs a class rep.  If you have a child in this class, please consider taking on this very important role.
  • “Surviving French Immersion: A Workshop for Parents of Intermediate Students” takes place this Thursday, October 24th at Cleveland Elementary, 7:00pm. Join CPF North Vancouver for this interactive workshop with Susan Owens, a noted French Immersion teacher with the North Vancouver School District. Mme Owens will share her knowledge and provide tips and resources for parents of Intermediate-age French Immersion students. For more info, click here. To register, click here.

Friday newsletter: No Christmas event at Ross Road?

Dear parents,

Ross Road families have enjoyed a Christmas event at the school for many years now.  It serves as both a great social/community evening and an important fundraiser for the kids.

But this year, there’s a chance it won’t happen.  The coordinators for the past two years have moved onto other roles within the PAC, and they need to hand over the reins to someone new.

Will you help?

The event could be anything you want it to be.  It could be a Craft Fair like last year….or it could be a sing-a-long with a concession stand full of Christmas treats…..or it could be something else entirely.  Our school needs someone to step up and help out.

The past organizers are happy to help you get started, and you’ll also have help from the class reps.  Maybe it’s something you could do with a few friends to make it easier and more fun.

If you’re interested in finding out more, or if you have any suggestions, please get in touch with the PAC chair, Sarah Dennis:




Christmas Craft Fair 2012 – an amazing success!


…we made an astonishing $10,000 at the Craft Fair!!! We believe this is a record number and we can all be very proud of ourselves in being part of such an amazing community event. The Christmas Craft Fair  is one of our major fundraisers for the Ross Road community and all proceeds will go to make the school a better place for all of our kids! See below to learn more about how PAC dollars are spent.

Class reps and parents, you truly outdid yourselves with the class baskets this year. They alone raised $3,786! Congratulations to all the lucky raffle basket winners!


Thank you for all of you who volunteered – behind the scenes and/or at the fair – we couldn’t have done it without you! We count ourselves as extremely lucky to be working with such a committed bunch of people. Thanks again for contributing your amazing energy, creativity and hard work to make this such a successful Craft Fair.

And thank you to everyone who came out on November 30th and bought raffle tickets, food, drinks and crafts, and contributed to the amazingly festive atmosphere of this year’s Christmas Craft Fair!

Have a wonderful Christmas holiday – enjoy the well deserved time off with your family and all the best for 2013.

Bettina & Desiree
Christmas Craft Fair Committee and the PAC Executive


WOW! We made so much money at the Christmas Craft Fair! Ross Road parents ROCK!!!

So what is the PAC going to spend all that money on? Most of the money will go towards covering items already in our budget and some of it will likely be saved up for a rainy day or a special purchase yet to be decided on. (All potential purchases above $300 will be put to a vote at a PAC General Meeting, so as parents at Ross Road, you will have a direct say on what we spend the money on, if you come to the General Meetings. The next one will be on January 30, 2013. Exceptions to this are the items already in the budget, which was unanimously approved at the Annual General Meeting in May.)

Here are some of the things we’ve spent PAC money on in the past year or so and will be spending money on again this year as per our budget:

  • $3,000 donated to the school library (we do this every year) to supplement its rather slim annual budget.
  • Three theatrical / musical performances per year at school assemblies. Without PAC funding, there would be NO performing arts events at Ross Road! The School District does not fund these events!
  • Classroom Discretionary Funds: Remember that adorable Mother’s Day craft your child brought home last year? Or the special arts project? Or the new bookcase for the classroom? The PAC gives $200 to each classroom teacher to spend on whatever ‘extra’ they would like to do with their class each year!
  • Educational Speakers: Were you happy that Saleema Noon came out to speak to your child’s class about body science? Or that Jesse Miller came to speak to the intermediate students about internet safety and social media awareness? Or did you reluctantly go to the LICE 911 parent talk last year? The PAC funded them all. The School District cannot afford to put on these events.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Did you give a toonie for emergency preparedness this year? Thank you! That money goes towards emergency food items. On top of that, the PAC puts $500 towards emergency preparedness every year. It’s all stored in the large container at the back of the field.
  • Grade 7 Farewell: Did you know that the grade 6 parents always put on a fabulous reception for the grade 7 students and their parents on the last day of school? The PAC pays $600 each year to help make it amazing!
  • Environment Club: Have you seen the beautiful garden that the Environment Club has created next to the field? The PAC funds the Environment Club with $500 each year.
  • Bike-to-School Week: Did your children get their helmets checked and tried out the obstacle course? Did your child have fun biking to school and parking the bike in the new bike racks? The PAC funds Bike-to-School Week each year and recently purchased the three bike racks at the front of the school.
  • 30 iPads for student use. Students and teachers love them! The School District does not fund IT equipment for student use. If the PAC had not purchased the iPads and several sets of laptops over the past five years, the school would only have 25 laptops for 537 students — in total!
  • Items from the “wish list” that we asked the teachers for in May: levelled home reading books for all primary classes, new novel sets for intermediate grades, various art supplies and more. There was no money in the school budget to fund these items.
  • Sports Equipment: Did you ever see the hockey gear in the gym that was patched together with Duct tape? Or the old balls that couldn’t hold air? The PAC spent $2000 on new gym equipment two years ago. There was no money in the school budget for that!

The funds raised at the Christmas Craft Fair will help pay for all these items.

Without them, we would not be able to do all these things and our kids would miss out! So once again, THANK YOU very much for being such fantastically supportive parents in our school community!

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Fundraising makes an important contribution to the vitality and growth of the École Ross Road School community.  Fundraising provides our school with the financial means to acquire and/or upgrade equipment, supplies, material and programs beyond normal assistance covered by the District and Province.  The additional funds are an investment in our school to enhance programs, policies and activities. Fundraising activities also provide a great opportunity for community-building. We like to have fun AND raise funds at the same time!

  • For more information about PAC fundraising at Ross Road School, click here.
  • To read more about the 2012 Craft Fair and view photos and the list of raffle basket winners, click here
  • If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact the Ross Road PAC Executive:

Christmas Fair raffle basket winners, photos and more!


First off we would like to extend a big thank you to the following local businesses for their generous donations to the Ross Road Christmas Fair 2012:

  • Superstore
  • Save-on Foods
  • Left Coast Naturals
  • Kin’s Farm Market
  • Waves Coffee House
  • Delany’s
  • Starbucks
  • Purdy’s Chocolates
  • Red Tulip Gift Gallery
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Posy
  • Riverwood Sales
  • Sir Printing on Lonsdale
  • Laserdome Plus
  • North Vancouver Rec Commission
  • Dr. Lila Nabi at Town Centre Dental
  • InBloom Kids
  • BC Bike Race
  • Laura Morrison, Independent Usborne Books Representative


>> Click here to see the list of lucky raffle basket winners!

Raffle Basket Winners


>> Click here to view a gallery of photos from the big night!

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Three Ross Road students helped promote the Ross Road Christmas Fair in the North Shore News a little while ago! Click here to see the full page from the November 25 North Shore News Holiday Guide.

Snacks and drinks for sale at lunchtime this Friday

Drinks and snacks (potato chips and Pirate Booty) left over from the Craft Fair will be sold at lunch time recess in the lobby this Friday, December 7th!

Send a loonie or toonie with your kids on Friday if they would like to buy some fun treats! All proceeds go to the school.

Ross Road PAC

p.s. List of Raffle Basket winners and Craft Fair photos to come soon!

Ross Road Christmas Craft Fair 2012 a huge success! THANK YOU everyone!

What a wonderful evening Friday, November 30th was – lots of smiling children and parents, a gorgeously decorated gym filled with amazing raffle baskets and beautiful crafts handmade by our students, delicious baked goods, Santa on the stage and wonderful live piano music. Not to mention the delicious dinner served in Frosty’s Diner, the yummy crêpes with chocolate sauce, and the craft rooms filled with busy children making fun crafts. All in all, a very festive event with something for everyone.


THANK YOU everyone for helping put together the amazing raffle baskets, volunteering with your time and talents, buying tickets, and of course, attending this fantastic event. We couldn’t have done it without you. Your competence, your flexibility and your good cheer made the Fair the success it was!

Congratulations to all the lucky raffle basket winners! A complete list of who won what will be posted soon.

Stay tuned for final numbers! Once we have all our expenses in we will be able to give you the amount we raised this year, but it’s already clear that we had a very successful Fair!

The Christmas Craft Fair is one of the PAC’s major fundraisers for the Ross Road community and all proceeds will go to make the school a better place of all of our kids!

Thanks again,

Bettina Harris and Desiree Blume
—Christmas Craft Fair Coordinators


More photos to come!

A few more reminders about the Christmas Craft Fair then it’s time to have some fun!

The much-anticipated Christmas Craft Fair takes place this Friday, November 30th, from 5:00-8:00pm! Here’s how you can help make the event a success and lots of fun for you and your kids!


Ticket pre-sales for the Fair will take place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week from 2:45 to 3:10 in the school lobby. Beat the crowds and get yours ahead of time!

Check out the following pricelists:


  1. Mystery Bags: Parents, we need your help for this ever-popular treat. Please be generous – donate a few mystery bags for the Christmas Craft Fair so that every child may have a chance to get one! Bags can be dropped off in lobby (in the plastic bin under the “Down” stairs up to and including the day of the Fair, November 30th). Bags should have an approximate value of $5 per bag, and everything in the bags should be NEW (please, NO old candy or used toys).The bags could include fun holiday- or winter-themed things such as craft kits or supplies, ornaments to colour, kids’ costume jewellery or hair bands, fun kid’s gloves, small puzzles or games, candy boxes or bags, pencils, etc. The “bag” can be anything you like… brown lunch bag, goodie bag, gift bag – with the contents a mystery! All styles are welcome and fun! Please label the bag as primary or intermediate and boy, girl, or either as appropriate.
  2. Bake Sale: Please drop off cookies or brownies or cupcakes or squares or whole loaves or cakes at the office on Friday November 30th. Where possible, please do not put nuts in your “baking”! Store bought “baking” is always welcome! We ran out of baking last year so please be generous!


Click on the following links to see all the crafts to buy and make at the Fair!


Plan your evening in advance – check our our handy map!

Thank you to everyone for your time, energy, baking and mystery bags! See you at the Christmas Craft Fair on Friday!

—Christmas Craft Fair Committee

Click image to view map as a larger PDF!