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September 23, 2022 Laurier e-News

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The focus of our first school-wide assembly was Kindness and Gratitude. (Posters from the Kindness & Gratitude - Our Superpowers! performance by Steve Harmer)


Dear Laurier Families,

It was very exciting to have our first in-person 'Meet The Staff' event at our school after a couple of years. Great to see many of you in the hallways and classrooms in our building. We are looking forward to a year of learning and collaboration.

It was also very nice to meet parents at our first online PAC meeting on Tuesday. These meetings have always been productive and collegial. They create space for the participants to discuss the latest about our school, to ask questions and to plan for events and activities. We do hope that we have many more families to join us for future meetings. We do appreciate the home and school collaboration and the research-based benefits it has to support the well-being and growth of our students.


Sir Wilfrid Laurier Code of Conduct

Please review this code with your child regularly: At Sir Wilfrid Laurier, we encourage all student to S.O.A.R. with success (Supportive - Open Minded - Awesome - Respectful). Please find Laurier Code of Conduct at the following link: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Code of Conduct.


Terry Fox Run-Wednesday, September 28 

To celebrate the legacy of Terry Fox, our school has organized a Terry Fox Run on September 28 from 9:15-10:30am. Many thanks to Ms. Boucher for leading this activity. Our students will watch a Terry Fox video in the gym followed by some warm up activities. They will then walk to the Oak Park for running a few laps around the park. If you do not want for your child to walk to the park and participate in the running activity, please contact your classroom teacher. Similar to last year,  we are inviting our families to donate to the Terry Fox Foundations through our school cash online system.  We are asking for a minimum $2 donation per student but if you wish to donate more, just increase the amount of items to increase the dollar amount. If you wish to receive a tax receipt, please donate directly to the Terry Fox Foundation.


September 29 Orange Shirt Day

As we approach the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th, the District and schools will be acknowledging the day in the lead up to September 30. On September 29, we will wear orange and participate in Orange Shirt Day events to recognize and raise awareness about the history and legacies of the residential school system in Canada. Orange Shirt Day originates from the story of Phyllis Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. In 1973, on her first day at St. Joseph’s Residential School in Williams Lake, BC, Phyllis’s shiny new orange shirt was stripped from her, never to be seen again. 40 years later, on September 30th, 2013, Phyllis spoke publicly for the first time about her experience, and thus began the Orange Shirt Day movement. Please click on the following link for more information: VSB Orange Shirt Day Flyer. You can order Laurier orange shirts via Laurier PAC - Please see below, in the Laurier PAC News section, as how to order these shirts.


Student Verification Forms

Next week, you will receive a package with different forms that need to be completed and returned to school by the required deadlines. Some of these forms are online and some hard copies. All the payments should be made online using School Cash Online - Please see below. We appreciate to receive these forms by the deadline, so we can update and file all necessary information for each student at Laurier.


School Cash Online

We are asking our new families to please sign up for Cash Online:

https://vsb.schoolcashonline.com/

All payments of school supplies, agendas, field trips, performances and charity donations throughout the year will be done online. We are not accepting checks or cash. We also appreciate for all the payments to be done by the deadlines shared by school.


Photo Day

Mountain West Studios is our current school photographer and they will be at our school on Monday, September 26 for taking individual photos of our students. Students not in attendance can take their photos on November 16, which is our school photo re-take day. You will receive more information as how to order photos at a later time.


Grade 4 & 7 Foundation Skills Assessment

"The Foundation Skills Assessment is an annual province-wide assessment of all B.C. students’ academic skills in grades 4 and 7, and provides parents, teachers, schools, school districts and the Ministry of Education with important information on how well students are progressing in the foundation skills of Literacy and Numeracy." Retrieved from Ministry Website. Please check the ministry website to learn more about FSA. Assessment Administration in Schools runs from: October 3 – November 11, 2022. Grade 4 and 7 families will also receive more information about FSA from the district in the coming days.


PAC Hot Lunch Program

The PAC-led hot lunch program begins on Monday, September 26, for those students, who ordered lunch. Please remember that you still need to send snacks for your children to school. If you did not order lunch for your child, please remember to pack a lunch and snacks for them. 


Laurier PAC News

Ordering for Orange Shirt Day Shirts: Don’t be left without an orange T-shirt for Orange Shirt Day next week! We’ll have 50 Laurier orange shirts available for sale while quantities last. ORDER NOW!  

Ordering Period: Friday, September 23 at 5pm to Tuesday, September 27th at 3pm 

How to order: login to MunchaLunch (https://munchalunch.com/) and go to the Fundraising Event to order 

Payment: as with hot lunch, please pay via e-transfer to laurier.pac@gmail.com - include your order #, student's name, and division 

Delivery: Wednesday, September 28 —Shirts will be delivered to your child(ren) to take home.

Wear the Shirts: Thursday, September 29 — Proudly wear the orange shirt to school (Orange Shirt Day)


Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 23: Professional Development Day - School closed for students

Monday, September 26: Photo Day - More information to come

Monday, September 26: PAC led hot lunch program begins

Wednesday, September 28: Terry Fox Run - More information to come

Thursday, September 29: Orange Shirt Day - Please come in orange to school

Friday, September 30: National Day For Truth And Reconciliation - School closed


As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school. 

I wish you a restful weekend.

Armin Samiei | Principal

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary School


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