PAC NEWSLETTER – MAY 26, 2017

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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 CarnivalJune 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 betty.tang@vch.ca or 778-668-8447.  Also, if you are interested in sponsoring an activity, or running a special table, please send Susan a note at skneale17@gmail.com. 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.

  1. Sign petition – http://www.thepetitionsi­­­­­­­te.com/304/212/385/protect-ross-road-elementary-library-and-other-critical-learning-spaces/
  2. Write a independent letter (template below)

Send to:

Letter template

  • 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.

Ross Road PAC

 Contact us at rossroadpac@gmail.com 

Website – rossroadpac.ca

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/ecolerossroadschoolPAC/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rossroadpac (@rossroadpac)

PAC NEWSLETTER – APRIL 28, 2017

The dancing to the rain gods is working.  We are seeing more sun :-)

UPDATES 

Hanging Basket Fundraiser – 2017 – Order Forms due Apr 27th    

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Fundraising for What? It’s time for our Grade 6 French Immersion students to start their fundraising efforts to raise money for their Quebec Exchange that will take place in 2018. This exchange is organized and funded by the Grade 6 families. We are the last school in the district doing exchanges, and this is due to our strong community of parents who work hard to facilitate this rich language experience and cultural adventure. Thanks so much for your support in making this possible for our kids!

Looking for a great gifts in time for Mother’s Day, or to brighten up your doorways and decks for spring? Support the kids with a one stop shop for:

•12″ Flower – Hanging Baskets

•12″ Strawberry Plant – Hanging Baskets

•12″ Patio Flower Planters

Please click Here for more information on ordering

KM Club

Week three: In the middle of Friday’s run something weird happened at Kilometre Club. The kids got a strong whiff of a strange odor. It was Justin Trudeau’s aftershave. That could only mean one thing: they had reached Ottawa.

Truly, the Kilometre Clubbers are racking up heroic mileage. Almost 3500 km, now, and it’s only the end of week three! This week the kids — all 190 of ‘em — ran 1031 km. (F12 alone logged 104 km.) At this pace they will hit Nova Scotia by early May, dip a toe in the Atlantic, and turn around and head back.

Will they make it all the way home? That’ll depend on the numbers. And the speed.

No one is doubting the heart. 

Week one and two updates available on last week’s post

BrainSTEM

Our 6 week after school program, BrainSTEM, is just completing their 5th week at Ross Road. A total of 44 students registered. If you’d like to see this program return next year, please let us know by emailing us rossroadpac@gmail.com. 

Suggestion Box

Another call out for suggestions – we have already received many via email please keep them coming. Please email, rossroadpac@gmail.com, us your suggestions by May 8th for review and we’ll bring forward at our AGM on May 31st for your vote.

Dates to Remember

April 28thUltimate Frisbee for interested grade 4 and 5 students after school on Fridays, beginning Friday, April 28, from 3:00 – 3:45. Parent Adrian Clark will be coordinating this, with Mme Owens providing support. Any parent volunteers are welcome. Please leave your contact information at the school office, or email sowens@sd44.ca

April 30th – Two Rivers Meats – Open now till April 30th  – THIS WEEKEND

Click http://www.tworiversmeats.ca/fundraiser/Ross-Road/PAC receives 15% of all purchases. This is an ongoing fundraiser, so if you really enjoy your meat, you can order more anytime. Ordering has opened up again until April 30th

May 10th – Please let your hot lunch coordinators (or potential hot lunch coordinators) know, the FOODS THAT FIT workshop will be happening again on May 10th. We are excited to partner with Vancouver Coastal Health, the North Vancouver School District, and the West Vancouver School District to provide this opportunity for our North Shore schools. Keep posted to our website, Facebook and twitter site for updates, we’ll also send out the registration link when it is live. Be prepared for more yummy hot lunch options from the vendors! Registration is FREE.

May 29th  – Bike to School week – May 29th to June 2nd. More details to come

May 31st – Ross Road PAC AGM – Come out and vote for next year’s PAC budget, teacher’s wish list and share ideas. Agenda to come in the next few weeks. Babysitting will be available, please email the PAC should this be required.

June 9th – Spring Carnival – Preparations are underway for our annual Spring Carnival. Be sure to join us for this celebration of our school community. This year, to reduce our Carnival-related donation requests, we are asking each student to bring in $5 to go towards prizing at the Carnival (mystery cards and raffle baskets). Class reps will soon contact parents about the collection. Stay tuned and thank you for your support!

 June 22nd – Staff Appreciation Lunch – KG and G1 parents are our Special Events Hosts this year – Great way to meet the staff and let them know how much we appreciate them. Class reps will be sending emails to help coordinate volunteers.

Have a great weekend.

Ross Road PAC

 Contact us at rossroadpac@gmail.com 

Website – rossroadpac.ca

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/ecolerossroadschoolPAC/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rossroadpac (@rossroadpac)

 

April 21, 2017 – PAC NEWSLETTER

Hope everyone had a lovely easter long weekend. The sun is trying to break through, not sure if there is a sun dance that we can do to help it along!

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UPDATES

KM Club

Families were out in full force again on Wednesday morning to run and walk.  Thankfully the rain took mercy on the KM club and stayed away this week.

Week Two Update: It rained this week. A lot. But the moral of Week Two of Kilometre Club was: Ross Road kids are made of stronger stuff. A hundred and seventy runners were out on the track, (including 49 intermediates!), racking up 949 kilometres between them. Madame Simon’s class alone logged 93 km. That’s almost here to Chilliwack. AND it was a short week. Imagine what these stallions will do with three full days, dry sneakers and the trees in full inspirational bloom.

Week One Update: Despite the rain, KM club runners left the starting blocks in good form. Two hundred and eleven students participated during the first week of the activity, including 150 intermediate students.  This year again, we will have intermediate prize draws based on participation.  An indigo and an Itunes gift card will be drawn each week. Stay tuned! Of the entire school, Mme Aiello’s class had the most participants with 17 students, while Mme. Simon’s class went the farthest: 155 km. Congratulations to everyone who started a new routine this week. Getting up earlier and out into the wet takes grit! A total of 1672 km were covered this week. At this pace, we are on course to surpass last year’s total of 9,888. Let’s go for 10,000 km this year!

BrainSTEM

Our 6 week after school program, BrainSTEM, is just completing their 4th week at Ross Road. A total of 44 students registered. If you’d like to see this program return next year, please let us know by emailing us rossroadpac@gmail.com. 

Suggestion Box

The PAC received some great ideas in our SUGGESTION BOX at our February GM a few months ago – develop a ski school, celebrate Quebec carnival in school, set up a library of board games that the teachers can sign out, buy a class set of Makey, Makeys for electronic coding project, sinks in the portables, covered bike racks – and we’d love to hear more ideas on how to spend the funds you’ve raised for our school. Please email, rossroadpac@gmail.com, us your suggestions by May 8th for review and we’ll bring forward at our AGM on May 31st for your vote.

Dates to Remember

April 22ndEarth Day – #earthplay – are the kids playing outside enough? What are you going to do on Earth Day

April 23rd Vancouver Sun Run – good luck to all participants of the Sun Run this Sunday. Lets hope the rain stays away during the run at least.

April 25thNVPAC GM – The North Vancouver PAC’s next general meeting will be on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 at 7pm at the Education Services Centre on Lonsdale.  We are working on the topic of  Physical Literacy.  ALL PARENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME! Stay tuned for more details on the format.

April 28thUltimate Frisbee for interested grade 4 and 5 students after school on Fridays, beginning Friday, April 28, from 3:00 – 3:45. Parent Adrian Clark will be coordinating this, with Mme Owens providing support. Any parent volunteers are welcome. Please leave your contact information at the school office, or email sowens@sd44.ca

April 30th – Two Rivers Meats – Open now till April 30th Click http://www.tworiversmeats.ca/fundraiser/Ross-Road/PAC receives 15% of all purchases. This is an ongoing fundraiser, so if you really enjoy your meat, you can order more anytime. Ordering has opened up again until April 30th

May 10th – Please let your hot lunch coordinators (or potential hot lunch coordinators) know, the FOODS THAT FIT workshop will be happening again on May 10th. We are excited to partner with Vancouver Coastal Health, the North Vancouver School District, and the West Vancouver School District to provide this opportunity for our North Shore schools. Keep posted to our website, Facebook and twitter site for updates, we’ll also send out the registration link when it is live. Be prepared for more yummy hot lunch options from the vendors! Registration is FREE.

May 29th  – Bike to School week – May 29th to June 2nd. More details to come

May 31st – Ross Road PAC AGM – Come out and vote for next year’s PAC budget, teacher’s wish list and share ideas. Agenda to come in the next few weeks. Babysitting will be available, please email the PAC should this be required.

June 9th – Spring Carnival – Preparations are underway for our annual Spring Carnival. Be sure to join us for this celebration of our school community. This year, to reduce our Carnival-related donation requests, we are asking each student to bring in $5 to go towards prizing at the Carnival (mystery cards and raffle baskets). Class reps will soon contact parents about the collection. Stay tuned and thank you for your support!

June 22nd – Staff Appreciation Lunch – KG and G1 parents are our Special Events Hosts this year – Great way to meet the staff and let them know how much we appreciate them. Class reps will be sending emails to help coordinate volunteers.

Have a great weekend.

Ross Road PAC

Contact us at rossroadpac@gmail.com 

Website – rossroadpac.ca

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/ecolerossroadschoolPAC/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rossroadpac (@rossroadpac)

APRIL 7, 2017 – PAC NEWSLETTER

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CURRENT NEWS

Thank you to all those who donated to the clothing drive – it was absolutely fabulous this year. In total 96 bags, huge garbage bags may I add, were donated this year. Time to start prepping for next year!

If you have been arriving at school early this week you will have seen the huge numbers of people in the back field partaking in the KM club. The vibe after the run is awesome. Well Done folks.

We have just completed week 2 of our After School program, BrainSTEM. Mondays and Thursdays kids stay after school and meet in the music room where they learn Civil and Robotics Engineering in fun and engaging ways.

Our February GM minutes are now posted on our website. Please take a moment to read through. This year, we had a suggestion box at the meeting and received some great ideas on how to spend the money we’ve raised, new programs and questions about PAC related initiatives. The PAC Executives Committee will be reviewing these suggestions and will present at the upcoming AGM – May 31st 7 pm in the library (free babysitting provided). Please Save the Date and hope online to visit our website for the latest news.

UPCOMING DATES

April 30th – Two Rivers Meats – Open now till April 30th

May 31st – PAC AGM

  • Come out and vote for next year’s PAC budget, teacher’s wish list and share ideas.
  • Agenda to come in the next few weeks.
  • Babysitting will be available, please email the PAC should this be required.

June 9th – Spring Carnival

  • G2 and G3 parents are our Special Events Hosts (an initiative to help share PAC volunteer events and build community between English and French parents)
  • Susan Neale is one of our G3 parents who has stepped up again to coordinate. IF you are interested in helping please email her at skneale17@gmail.com.

June 22nd –           Staff Appreciation Lunch

  • KG and G1 parents are our Special Events Hosts this year – Great way to meet the staff and let them know how much we appreciate them.
  • Class reps will be sending emails to help coordinate volunteers.

Have a great weekend.

Ross Road PAC

Contact us at rossroadpac@gmail.com 

Website – rossroadpac.ca

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/ecolerossroadschoolPAC/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rossroadpac (@rossroadpac)

Parent Social – Feb 25, 2017

Book your sitter!

The Ross Road Parent Party is set:

Saturday, February 25th at Toby’s Pub & Grill,  7pm onward.

Tickets ($30 cash) will be sold this Friday morning (Feb 3rd)

School’s front entrance from 8:00 – 8:45am

Want to pay by e-transfer?

  • Email shanbodie@shaw.ca for simple instructions
  • Be sure to indicate how many tickets you would like to purchase

Ticket price includes:

  • 1 drink
  • appetizers
  • live professional DJ
  • lots of fun! (And don’t forget to bring your toonies for the Toonie-Toss and the 50/50 draw).

We’re limited to selling just 200 tickets — don’t be disappointed: get your tickets!

We had a blast last year — hope to see you there.

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PAC Newsletter – Jan 20, 2017

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We can finally see the playground again. The ice is melting slowly but surely. Hopefully we can expect all the snow and ice to be gone by Monday.

Updates

  • The Card Project – Last term the students put together some christmas cards which were sold through our fundraiser. The students have decided that Make-A-Wish Foundation is the charity that they would like to donate 25 % of card project funds to. This totals around $500. Great jobs parents and students.
  • This last week we had a visitor, Sarah Stark  part of the Salema Noon group to talk to the kids and parents about sexual health. The parent evening was very informative and really helpful for addressing such sensitive topics.

To summarize the parent evening, Sarah provided handouts summarizing the topics she would discuss at each age group.

Kindies and grade 1s were shown books and pictures to describe the anatomy. She talked about the different ways families are formed and touched briefly upon safety – not picking up needles or used condoms.

At Gr2-3 she reviewed all the previous info and added more about periods and wet dreams as clean and healthy processes.

Gr 4-5 all the previous info and basic info about sexually transmitted infections, that  homophobic language, jokes and attitudes are unacceptable, physical and emotional changes at puberty, how to make smart decision and stay safe on the internet.

Gr6-7 all above plus discussion of cyberbullying, sexting, selfies, pornography, sexual consent, STIs, different types of sexual activities and possible outcomes, condoms and emergency contraceptive

Parents were given tips on sex talk and told not too use baby talk but to use proper terms. Parents were also told to take advantage of any teachable moments and to keep the conversation going.

Essentially, You can’t tell a child too much – anything that isn’t relevant, interesting or on their radar will just of over their heads. Sarah also provided a resource list of books, magazines and websites (sexual health for kids, teens and adults, empowerment and safety)

Upcoming events

January 25th – 7pm, NVPAC General Meeting (ALL parents welcome)
Presentation Topic:  Supporting Student Learning and Sense of Belonging (K-12)                                                                          Vince White, District Principal of Inclusive Education, will discuss the school district’s ongoing efforts to help parents have a clearer understanding of the systems of support available to students at the classroom, school, and district level. Carla Orr, Principal of Westview Elementary and Rob McLeod, Vice Principal of Sutherland Secondary will share their perspectives of how these systems of support are activated in elementary and secondary settings.

North Vancouver School District, Education Services Centre,2121 Lonsdale Avenue. Pedestrian Access: Main entrance at 2121 Lonsdale Avenue (west side), proceed by elevator to 5th Floor. Vehicle Access: Parkade entrance off West 21st Street and Lonsdale Avenue, park on level 1 and proceed by elevator to 5th Floor

Parents, are you ready to give up a Saturday night of Netflix and falling asleep on the sofa?
Well then the Ross Road Parent Party is the just the thing. 
Join us for an evening of socializing, bevies, appetizers and music (with live DJ kyprios) – we’ll be just down the street at Toby’s (Main Street)
The RR Parent Party is the place to meet new people and to hang out with ol’ friends. 
Mark your calendars: Saturday, February 25, 7pm ‘till closing. 
Tickets are $30 and will be sold at the school and on-line. Stay tuned for more ticket sale information. 

  • BrainSTEM afterschool program will be returning to Ross Road. Dates to be confirmed soon. Stay tuned.

Remember that SPUD and Two Rivers Meat are still available for orders. All orders contribute towards fundraising for the PAC.

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Have a great weekend.

Ross Road PAC

Contact us at rossroadpac@gmail.com 

Website – rossroadpac.ca

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/ecolerossroadschoolPAC/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rossroadpac (@rossroadpac)

 

PAC NEWSLETTER – NOV 11, 2016

 

Lest We Forget. We hope that you got to spend time today with loved ones to remember those that have fought for the many freedoms that we enjoy today.

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So as you know it has been a long and eventful week especially for those following certain events taking place south of the border. Hopefully we can now look forward and look to the end of term which is approaching very quickly, about 36 days to go. There are lots of things in the mix and lots of volunteer/donations that are being sourced currently – more on that below.

Upcoming Events 

Friday 9th December – Christmas Fair – 5-8pm

Mark your calendars. This will be hosted by grade 4 & 5 parents and this year’s events are sure to be the best yet.

Featuring:

  • Return of the much anticipated Mystery Bags!
  • NewStory Time Room
  • Shop n’ Wrap
  • Bake n’ Snack Table
  • Craft Making
  • Raffle Baskets and much more!

Please stay tuned for emails about volunteering and donations.

  • If you think that you can volunteer on the day of the fair (Dec 9th) please reach out.
  • We will be looking for general donations for Mystery Bags, Shop n’ Wrap room, nut-free Bake n’ Snack table and raffle baskets (organized by Class Reps).
  • Additionally, this year we are looking for donations of gently used Christmas decorations that we can use to decorate the gym and classrooms. Donation boxes will be under the stairwell in the front of the school by next week. 

If you have questions or want to volunteer (thank you) please contact Suzanne Earle (suzanneearle77@gmail.com) or Cheryl Schreader (cheryl@schreader.ca).

Grade 7 Quebec Trip fundraiser  – Parents will have received a newsletter from the school with information on fundraising events/initiatives for the Quebec trip.

Saturday 25th February – Ross Road Parent Party – More details to follow but it is sure to be a fun event on the north shore.

Past Events

  • WE Day – A group of Ross Road students recently attended We Day in Vancouver. As part of this experience, they coordinated the We Scare Hunger Project at Ross Road. Our students collected a total of 1250 food items, and will celebrate their accomplishment with: Crazy Hair Day on November 30Pajama Day on December 16, and an extra recess on a day to be determined. Congratulations on doing something so helpful for other people, Ross Road!
  • The kids had a guest speaker attend school this past week regarding anti-bullying, Michael Bortolotto, talked to them about kindness, inclusion and empathy.

General

Did you know that we have a fundraiser page on our website. This page includes most if not all fundraising activities that the PAC is currently working on – https://rossroadpac.ca/fundraising/

This is the last week to purchase an Early Bird Ski/Ride pass to Grouse Mountain and earn money for our PAC. Forecasters are predicting a big snow year so don’t miss out. Simply provide the school code  PAC-ROSS when purchasing at Guest Services, calling 604-980-9311 or visiting www.grousemountain.com. For on-line purchases, don’t forget to click “Apply” after entering the promo code otherwise the system will not document it as a PAC purchase. Don’t delay, this offer ends Sunday, November 13th.

Get your Card Project orders in – last orders are November 20th for deliveries by Dec 12th. Remember 25% of all proceeds go to the PAC on all orders of your child’s cards.

Remember to talk to your fellow parents about this webpage, the wonderful email updates that you receive and our Facebook and Twitter sites. We also have an RR calendar that you can subscribe to for dates on all the PAC meetings and events.

Have a wonderful long weekend and remember there is no school on Monday 14th November.

Ross Road PAC Executive
rossroadpac@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAC Newsletter – Nov 4, 2016

FUNDRAISING EDITION

YAY you survived Halloween now you have maybe month to recover until the next big commercial event.

Well that is a lie. There is no running away from the fact that the planning and preparation is already beginning for some of you right now.

We have some fabulous fundraising opportunities that you can make a use of to not only get prepped for the holiday season but also to contribute to your kids’ school.

  • Card Project – fundraiser featuring artwork by Ross Road students – 25%
  • Ski Pass – 15% of the purchase comes to the PAC
  • SPUD – 25% of purchases come to the PAC
  • Two River Meats – 15% of the purchase comes to the PAC

 

Card Project 

The Kids have done a fabulous job creating their masterpieces!

ONLINE ordering is now OPEN!  – Visit the Card Project website at www.thecardproject.ca

Select TO ORDER tab
To place a priority order select USE MY SCHOOL ACCESS CODE and enter RR97 Follow the prompts to view your child’s art and select items to order

IMPORTANT DATES
Priority orders made by Nov 6 will be delivered to the school by Nov 28th

Sample cards will be delivered next week.
Final ordering deadline is Nov 20th
Final orders will arrive at the school by December 12th

PAYMENT can be made online by PayPal, Visa or Mastercard

NOTE: If you choose to wait to order until after the sample cards have arrived, you can do that! Your order will be delivered to the school by December 12th.

More information can be found on the following link; card-project-at-ross-road-2016-17

 

Ski pass – Deals for children in grades 4 or 5

Ski Canada offers a ski pass to children in grade 4 and 5 for the cost of $29.95. The application is now available on-line. If you apply in grade 4, the pass is valid for 2 years till the end of grade 5.

All the details about this program and how to apply are on their website https://www.skicanada.org/grade45-snowpass/ Promo Code: PAC-ROSS

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SPUD

Have you ever thought about having fresh organic produce (veggies and fruit) delivered to your front door? Here’s your chance! Whether you are a current SPUD customer or a new one, consider placing an order just once or on a regular basis, and 25% goes to our school! Plus, you can order other grocery items as well from them (but only the produce boxes count towards the fundraising)!

Check out  http://www.spud.ca/catalogue/FundRaising.cfm for more details.

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Two Rivers Meats

Two Rivers Specialty Meats is a purveyor of fine local meats that are free of antibiotics, hormones, and chemical feed additives.

Ross Road and Two Rivers Meats has teamed up to help raise money for the school through an ongoing meat pack program. Place your order before 8 pm on Sundays to Thursdays for pick up the next day.

Ross Road PAC will get 15% when you order through the link below;

https://www.tworiversmeats.ca/fundraiser/ross-road/two_rivers_meats

 

 

 

 

 

REMEMBER TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK ON SUNDAY AT 2am

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Have a great week and remember to talk to your fellow parents about this webpage, the wonderful email updates that you receive and our Facebook and Twitter sites.

Ross Road PAC Executive
rossroadpac@gmail.com

 

PAC Newsletter – Oct 28, 2016

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It is Friday before Halloween…Remember to BE SEEN.

Upcoming Fall Events

  • Christmas Fair – Friday, December 9th
  • Parent Social Night – February 2017

PAC General Meeting

This past Wednesday saw many parents attend the first PAC GM of the year. Thank you for those that made it out. It was very informational especially for the first-time school parents.

Here are some highlights of what went on:

  • We filled our Exec roles!!! 3 new members of the PAC Exec Committee were voted in:
    ○  Lauren Watson – Secretary
    ○  Laks Kutty – Website and Communications Coordinator
    ○  Susan Neale – Co-Chair
  • Fundraising Updates
    ○  Munch a Lunch – Last academic year there was high uptake of this program raising $21,365 for the PAC. And this year there just as much if not more which equals lots of happy kids (and parents!)
    ○  Card Project – Kids’ artwork will be used to make greeting cards and sold to parents to use as Xmas cards. In the past the PAC has donated 25% of the proceeds to North Shore Search and Rescue which we would like to continue doing. Last year we raised $1633.75 and donated $545.
    ○  Two River Meats – Reintroducing this service – First launched last year and raised $750, we are hopefully that this number will continue to grow. It’s very simple. Anytime someone orders their high quality meat through this link, Ross Road PAC will get 15 % of their order, http://www.tworiversmeats.ca.
    ○  SPUD – New Fundraiser
    Have you ever thought about having fresh organic produce (veggies and fruit) delivered to your front door? Here’s your chance! Whether you are a current SPUD customer or a new one, consider placing an order just once or on a regular basis, and 25% goes to our school! Plus, you can order other grocery items as well from them (but only the produce boxes count towards the fundraising)! Check out http://www.spud.ca/catalogue/FundRaising for more details
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  • Budget Update
    Our new Treasurer, Scott Munro, did a fabulous job of informing us about all thing $$$.
    There is a new email address where you can contact him directly with any questions regarding $$ – treasurer@rossroadpac.ca
  • PAC Purchases – Thanks to all the great fundraising efforts by the PAC, the many wonderful volunteers and of course the Ross Road community, the PAC was able to work with the school to purchase the items listed below:
    ○  2 desktops per intermediate classroom
    ○  1 iPad per intermediate classroom
    ○  1 iPad per primary classroom (the 8 additional iPads are TBC)
    ○  5 desktops for library
    ○  Music in Motion class set
    ○  Guitar capos class set
    ○  Wobble stools for LAC (8)
    Still working on:
    ○  PE Equipment (TBC)
    ○  Locked Sandboxes (TBC)
    ○  Garden Benches (TBC)
  • Events
    ○  Please refer to ‘Upcoming Events’ in this newsletter.
    ○  We have the PAC Calendar that you can subscribe to which will keep you up to date of all PAC events that take place throughout the school year – https://rossroadpac.ca/rossroad-calendar/
  • Principal’s Update – Susan Owens talked to a few items:
    ○  Halloween dress-up day on Monday 31st October.
    ○  There will be a school parade with a marching band @ 2pm
    ○  WE Day November 3rd
    ○  Special assembly for Remembrance Day on November 10th
    ○  Pro D Day on November 14th
  • New curriculum update by Lise Smith – Vice Principal
    ○  Go to https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum-info for a overview of the new curriculum
  • General
    ○  We are looking for more volunteers for:
    ○  Munch A Lunch coordinator – Kim Berg has been co-leading the food days for years and she’s asked for another parent to take on this role. Once a week you’d come to the school to receive the food orders and coordinate the classroom deliveries with a team of other volunteers. You’d also be partnered with Jackie Hicks who manages the online orders. Kim has also offered to provide all the training and support needed to facilitate the transition.
    ○  Family Bingo – A few years ago Ross Road hosted a fun bingo night for all families. Sarah Dennis lead this event and would be happy to pass on any planning advice needed.
    If these any of these interest you, please contact us at rossroadpac@gmail.com

Stay up-to-date with PAC news

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This weekend is a busy one for most and it intends to be quite dark and dreary so keep safe from all the ghouls and goblins out there.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the PAC

rossroadpac@gmail.com

Agenda: PAC General Meeting, Wed Oct 26


Come to the first PAC GM of the 2016-2017 school year!
Wednesday October 26th at 7 pm in the school library


We rely on our parent community to give us input on what they’d like to see from their PAC Executive. Come and hear how the PAC spends all the money that is raised during the year, as well as finding out what events are being planned for the year. This is a chance to ask questions about what the PAC does and to make suggestions for events or fundraising. If for nothing else, come for the treats!

AGENDA

  • Approval of May 2016 AGM minutes
  • Introduce the PAC Executives
  • Voting in:
    • Secretary – Lauren Watson
    • Communications Coordinator – Laks Kutty
  • PAC Communications
  • Fundraising opportunities
  • PAC funding updates
  • Calendar events
  • Principal update
  • New Curriculum update
  • Open Floor – feedback
  • Special Events Hosts
  • School Houses initiative

Have a look at our recent newsletter for more info about the meeting!
PAC Newsletter – Oct 21, 2016

Need a babysitter in order to attend the meeting?

Free childcare is available at Ross Road, on request! Please email Tamrah Corben, corbenst@telus.net for more information

May 2016 PAC AGM Minutes

The 2016-2017 PAC AGM was held on May 25, 2016 in the school library. They are available online for review before the GM on Wednesday:
May 25 2016 PAC AGM Minutes

PAC Executive – still looking for a Co-Chair!

We have a great PAC Exec team this year, but we are still in need of a Co-Chair! Please consider this opportunity and help the PAC continue to be effective at providing resources and building community for our children. Contact Tamrah Corben for more information: corbenst@telus.net.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Ross Road PAC Executive
rossroadpac@gmail.com