Update – iPad use in Ross Road classrooms

Dear Ross Road parents,

Last year the Ross Road PAC decided to fundraise for iPads as we felt it was paramount to get more IT (Information Technology) into the classrooms. The reality is that there is a significant lack of funding for IT from the North Vancouver School District. Here is a summary of how they are currently being used in the classrooms:

  • They are consistently being used in both the primary and intermediate grades for various purposes and and in different ways.
  • Some teachers are utilizing them with their buddy classes and having the older students work with with their younger buddies on specific activities such as math games and watching science clips to support learning.
  • Other teachers are using Safari to explore on-line educational sites for research projects such as social studies. In particular, several teachers have had great success using the iPads for math drills and mapping skills.
  • The NASA app is excellent and popular.

An IT committee of teachers has been established to provide education and information on iPad use and apps. Each month at a staff meeting they provide a presentation for staff. The North Vancouver District also provides educational camps which include some instruction on using iPads in the classroom.

Of course with any new technology there is a huge learning curve as well as challenges that that are continually being worked out. Ross Road teachers continue to learn and experiment with this new technology to further enrich and support our children`s education.

— Ross Road PAC
rossroadpac@gmail.com

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Tax Receipts Are in for iPad Donations! Pick up after school this Wednesday and Thursday (and get your Starry Nights tickets at the same time!)

We have now received the official tax receipts from the School District for those parents who donated to the iPad purchase in the spring and indicated that they would like a tax receipt.

Come pick up your tax receipt Tuesday Nov. 13, Wednesday, Nov. 14, and Thursday, Nov. 15 from 2:45 to 3:10 pm in the lobby.

At the same time, pick up your tickets for the Starry Nights event at Park Royal on November 16 and 21! For more info, see this post. To check out the deals, click here.

–Ross Road PAC
rossroadpac@gmail.com

IT Cheque-Writing Campaign Update

Well done, Ross Road! We raised $10,580 in our recent IT Cheque-Writing campaign!

Thank you very much to everyone who participated for your generous contributions! Large or small – we appreciate every single donation made!
 
The IT Committee has consulted with the teachers, the administrators and the PAC Executive Committee and has decided to purchase 20 iPad2s with the funds raised. The total cost of this purchase (including storage, power bars, charging hubs and Apple Care) is $12,700. The additional $2,120 needed will come from the funds raised at the Parent Night in November 2011 (ear-marked for the IT purchase). The teachers are keen to start using the iPads and are looking forward to putting them into the hands of Ross Road students right after Spring Break!

Why did we choose to buy iPads and not laptops? First of all, we didn’t raise enough money to purchase the 10 laptops. Secondly, the iPads will give us more ‘bang for our buck’ — more equipment will be put in the hands of the students with practically the same functionality as the laptops. The ipad2’s give us the added benefits of a camera. They are also less expensive and easier to maintain. Thirdly, the teachers have expresses a real interest in exploring the educational applications available to iPad users.

Forgot to donate? No problem! The iPad2s are sold to the school district in 10-packs, so when prices start going down on the iPad2s after the introduction of the iPad3’s, we hope to purchase another 10-pack for the 2012/13 school year. We will accept contributions on a continual basis and the money donated will be ear-marked towards future IT purchases only. Click here to download a donation form.

Once again, thank you very much for your participation in this campaign!

— Ross Road PAC

Click here for more information about the IT Cheque-Writing Campaign

Donations for the IT Cheque Writing campaign will be accepted until Wednesday, February 22nd.

Hello parents,  first of all a BIG thank you very much to those of you who have already participated — so far we have raised $7265.

The deadline has been extended: Donations for the IT Cheque Writing campaign will be accepted until Wednesday, February 22nd.

Cheques should be made to Ross Road School PAC and can be dropped in the locked PAC drop-box in the lobby of the school.

Again, thank you for your support!
—The Ross Road PAC and the IT Committee

For more information about the IT Cheque Writing Campaign, or to download a donation form, click on this link:
https://rossroadpac.wordpress.com/fundraising/it-purchases

Donations for the IT Cheque Writing campaign

Hello parents,

Please be reminded that donations for the IT Cheque Writing campaign are due this Monday February 20th. We are so pleased that many of you sent your notes of encouragement and cheques in early. Thank you to those folks who have already participated. The campaign is going well. We will have an update on funds raised available for everyone  early next week.

Cheques should be made to Ross Road School PAC and can be dropped in the locked PAC drop-box in the lobby of the school.

Again, thank you for your support.

The Ross Road PAC and the IT Committee

For more information about the IT Cheque Writing Campaign, or to download a donation form, click on this link:
https://rossroadpac.wordpress.com/fundraising/it-purchases

IT Cheque-writing Campaign, School Directory & Lice 911 Workshop!

Hello parents at Ross Road,

A few quick notices to help you stay organized in this busy month:

  1. IT purchase cheque-writing campaign: A few people have very sensibly asked us who to write the cheque out to…thank you to those discerning parents! :) Our apologies for not writing this info on the form! Please make cheques payable to ‘Ross Road School PAC!’ We would like all payments to come in before February 20, so we can purchase the equipment and be ready to use it after Spring Break. Donations can be deposited in the locked PAC drop box in the lobby or handed in directly to the office.
  2. School Directory: Just a friendly reminder to those of you who would still like to donate a small amount for the School Directory (suggested donation $5). Donations can be dropped off in the locked PAC drop box in the lobby.
  3. Lice 911 Workshop: Whether or not you’ve experienced the dreaded “LICE” in your household, please come to this FREE workshop to find out more about how we can PREVENT the spread of Lice in our children’s hair. Until we ALL know how to look for lice and do it frequently, this problem will not stop.
    • Wednesday, February 15th
    • 7:00 pm
    • in the library

Many Thanks,
Ross Road PAC

IT (Information Technology) Purchases: Cheque-Writing Campaign

Dear Ross Road Parents,

On Tuesday, Feb. 7th, all children in the school brought  home a package of information and a donation request form for Information Technology (IT) purchases we wish to make this year. This program has been discussed at the last two PAC General meetings, both times with unanimous support for the idea. We hope you will take the time to review the information and support the PAC in these purchases.

The info contained in this package is also available online. Click here if you did not receive the package and would like to learn more.

Also please note: Donation cheques should be made payable to Ross Road PAC. Please drop your donation and form (click here to download a copy) in the locked PAC Drop-box in the school lobby.

Thank you for your support!

Ross Road PAC.