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October 29, 2021 Laurier e-News

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Happy Halloween from Laurier Game Changers!


Dear Laurier Families,

Almost bye October! Hello November!

After two months of school everyone has settled into a great working routine. Laurier Eagles understand the school wide expectations and teachers have been reinforcing the SOARing behaviour that students are encouraged to embrace to help with their learning and interactions with others. As part of our ongoing communication of student learning, teachers will meet with you in November to discuss your child's performance at school. If you have not yet booked an online meeting with your child's classroom teacher, please contact them and schedule a meeting time. Please remember that students are dismissed at 2pm on November 3rd and 4th. We appreciate that our students are picked up at 2pm, as teachers are scheduled for parent meetings shortly after 2pm.


New Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023

All kindergarten applicants are required to submit an application to their English catchment elementary school. This includes families who wish to apply for choice programs (Early French Immersion, Montessori, Indigenous Focus School, Early Mandarin Bilingual, Nootka Fine Arts) and/or a cross boundary placement. The priority registration period for Kindergarten opens on November 1 and closes at 4 pm on January 31. Students who submit an application within this priority period will be accommodated before late applicants. Applying for kindergarten is a 2-step process. Please check the following link for more information on the registration process:

Priority kindergarten registration starting November 1


Pedestrian Safety Presentations and Traffic Enforcement

Each year, the Vancouver Police Department is offering the Pedestrian Safety and road safety / awareness presentations to students K-7. The primary goal is to reduce the number of pedestrians involved in collisions, keeping the students safe while travelling to and from school.  We are pleased that we had the opportunity for our students to listen to an officer this week, who visited our students across grade levels and talked about pedestrian safety and also shared some Halloween safety tips.

The Traffic Officers typically also provide traffic enforcement and education in and around the school zones. Please check the following link and review the different signs around schools and explain them to your children as well: Traffic Signs. Please remember the No Parking (School days) sign means that drivers may stop for no more than five minutes to drop-off and pick-up. A legal parking spot should be found to wait longer or enter the school.


Virtual Scholastic Book Fair at Laurier: Save The Date!

Many thanks to our Teacher-Librarian, Ms. Altman for organizing, leading this event and sharing the following message with us:

Mark your calendars! A Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Laurier! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together. The proceeds from the Book Fair will go towards new books for the Laurier Library. So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place from Monday November 1st to Friday November 5th. When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link: https://virtualbookfairs.schol...

All books ordered will be shipped for free to Laurier! Before our Fair begins, click the link to:

• SAVE it to your browser

• WATCH videos of popular new titles

• PREVIEW our Featured Books

Thank you for promoting the love of reading with your children and for

supporting our school library! Happy reading! 


Volleyball

This year the Laurier Eagles are happy to announce that we have two Sr. Volleyball Teams. The Volleyball League runs for 5 weeks, from the last week on October to the last week in November. The Laurier pool consists of 4 teams from the South Vancouver area. All Boys games take place on Wednesday’s and all girls games take place on Thursday’s between 3:30 and 4:30pm. So far, Sr. Boys Volleyball have won 3 out of 4  matches!  Currently, no spectators are allowed this season, but we know you will be cheering us on in your hearts and minds.  Go Eagles! Many thanks to Mr. Fisher for leading our Volleyball sport event this school year.


Soccer Outcomes

The Sr. Soccer Team participated in the City Championships on Thursday, October 28 and came in at third place. Congratulations on an outstanding season! We are so proud of our students for their sportsmanship and dedication to their team.


Community Mental Health and Well-Being Resources

Please check the provided link for a list of Mental Health and Well-Being Resources that you may find useful.


Free Violin Lessons

The Vancouver Youth Music Association (VYMA) is a non-profit initiative led by passionate high school students aiming to nurture young violinists. They require their students to be able to read violin sheet music, have a personal violin, and bring a good attitude! Elementary students with VYMA will attend group sessions at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School once a week after school on Fridays from 3:30 to 5:3Q in Rm. AOO6. If you are interested, please contact them at vancouveryouthmusic@gmail.com and include your name, age, your years of music experience and any further inquiries.


PAC News (https://www.laurierpac.ca/)

-Friendship List Deadline Extension: The deadline to add your family’s contact information to the Laurier PAC Friendship List has been extended to end of day, November 1st. Find out more and add your family’s contact info hereor you can download a PDF version from the PAC website, fill it out, and return to the school.

-Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser: Laurier PAC is launching its annual winter fundraiser with Purdy's Chocolates.  If you would like to buy Purdy's chocolates and donate to Laurier PAC (and avoid the mall) we would love to have you shop with us.  We get 25% back in fundraising profits from every sale – and you get chocolates crafted in Canada with premium-quality ingredients and 100% sustainable cocoa.  This year we are fundraising to support the Earthbites garden program and the funding we give to each classroom. The instructions and links are below and are also on our PAC website: https://www.laurierpac.ca/events--fundraising.html

Order deadline is Saturday November 13, 2021. We will be contacting you to arrange pickup – most likely at the school around 3pm on November 29 - so be sure to include an email or telephone number.  It is also helpful to include your child's name in the Additional Information section (at the top of Order form, or click Edit next to Add Order if using Marketplace). 

Please email us if you have any questions: laurier.pac@gmail.com

ORDER ONLINE:

  • Click or type the join link associated with your child's classroom that you can access at our PAC website: https://www.laurierpac.ca/events--fundraising.html
  • Enter your email in the box indicated, if you have registered before you will be automatically joined to the campaign, if not you will be prompted to register and then be joined
  • Click “Shop Online” to start shopping!
  • You can also invite friends and family to help! Simply ask them to follow the same steps above
  • PLACE & PAY FOR ORDERS BY: Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • PICK UP ORDERS: November 29 at around 3pm


Upcoming Dates

November 1-5: Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, November 3 and Thursday, November 4: 2pm Early Dismissal

Thursday, November 11: Remembrance Day - School closed

Tuesday, November 16: Retake Photo Day in the morning

Tuesday, November 23: Virtual PAC meeting @6:30pm

Friday, November 26: ProD Day - School closed


I wish you a restful and safe weekend.

Armin Samiei | Principal

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary School

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