It can't be the last week of school can it?!
Last week we held our PAC AGM (annual general meeting). During the meeting we held elections for our open positions on the PAC committee. Lisa Krieger-Maihara has kindly volunteered to lead fundraising initiatives next year, Lynnel Reinson will be leading our Parent Education activities, Allison Johnson will be our Communications coordinator, and Sanaz Niknami will be joining Sarah Ross as co-treasurer. All were voted in at the meeting in our elections. A full list of our new committee is published on our website and can be found here (http://www.canyonheightspac.ca/canyon-heights-pac-executive.html). I would like to thank all of our outgoing committee members for their invaluable contribution over the years and to thank all of our current and new committee members for their continued contribution to our school community.
During our AGM we also heard from Robin Kan and Judith Lowe about combined classes and heard some great positive stories about how combined classes can work really effectively. We also reviewed our year as a PAC - it has been a really rewarding one - you can see the summary of our annual report here http://www.canyonheightspac.ca/pac-meeting-dates.html. You'll see that much was achieved! And even more to do next year - watch this space as we put our plan together for 2017/2018.
Speaking of which, during the first couple of weeks of the summer break, your new PAC committee will be putting together a plan for next year and deciding where our focus should be. Should it be family-friendly social events? Should it be fundraising for extra field trip funds or extra technology? Do we need to improve our communications? What more can we do as a PAC to improve our school community, and foster an inclusive and supportive environment to benefit our children's education? With this in mind, we've asked you to spare a few moments to let us know what you think we should do. So far we've had some really useful feedback and it will be incorporated into our plan for next year. Don't miss this opportunity to have your say for next year - please take a moment to complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CanyonHeightsPAC.
In the meantime, here's to a happy, healthy and fun summer!
See you in Fall 2017 and to all those families moving on to new schools - we wish you the very best!
Kathryn & Ryan
Next PAC meeting is Thursday May 11 at 8.50am (at school just after drop off) NOT May 17th which I said in our email earlier this week
HURRY! ARTRAGEOUS TICKETS ARE SELLING OUT! On Thursday, May 11, the Canyon Heights PAC is hosting an ARTRAGEOUS Night Out & Auction at Tap & Barrel on Lonsdale Avenue. The event starts at 6pm and the auction will take place at 8pm. Tickets are only $10 each and can now be purchased on the Fundraising page on Munchalunch.com (quantities are limited and we have sold over 60% so please hurry to avoid disappointment)
Beautiful works of art created by each class at Canyon Heights will be auctioned off to help raise funds for our PAC. As you heard in our email earlier this week, the PAC is able to support many many programmes and initiatives in school thanks to your generous donations.
It's going to be a fun night - hope to see you there!
May - the month to walk and roll to school
The school and PAC will be hosting a variety of events during the month of May to encourage walking and rolling to school, including iRide, Bike to School week, Freedom Friday and possibly Cops for Cancer. Have a look at this recent article from Participaction (www.participaction.com) which mentions our fabulous Freedom Friday initiative.
April's School newsletter can be found here:
NVPAC (North Vancouver District PAC) information - NVPAC general meeting Wednesday April 26th.
NVPAC's next GENERAL MEETING will take place on Wednesday April 26th at 7pm. Immediately following the meeting at 7:30pm, NVPAC is excited to be hosting a panel of experts in sport, health, recreation and education on Physical Literacy. WEDNESDAY APRIL 26th 7:30pm.
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS: Scott Morgan, Olympian, Drew Mitchell, Physical Literacy Director for Canadian Sport for Life, Stephen McGinley, UBC Faculty of Education.
More details here
OTHER important upcoming dates:
North Vancouver Board of Education ALL CANDIDATES FORUM on PUBLIC EDUCATION, Thursday, April 27th 7pm at Carson Graham. Submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 26th at noon.
NVPAC AGM is coming up on Wednesday May 31st. All of our positions are up for elections! Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, Communications Coordinator, Program Facilitator, BCCPAC representative, Members-at-Large are elected every year. Minimum commitment of two meetings a month. We will also review and approve our budget. If you are thinking about joining our exec please contact the nominations committee: email@example.com with any questions. Must be a parent of a student in School District #44 (cannot be an employee)
Have a great week !
It's the last week of term before our 2 week Spring Break!!
Please find below details about some fun events happening on the last day of term Friday March 10th, and, also at the end of this email (keep reading...) is a VERY IMPORTANT save the date for a very fun social evening coming up for parents - "ARTRAGEOUS"!
Friday March 10th, 2017 will see 3 things happening to celebrate the end of a fabulous term at Canyon Heights - it will be a Freedom Friday, Grade 7s will be selling popcorn for $1.00 at the end of school (proceeds go towards their Graduation events and legacy gift) as well as it being CRAZY hair day at school.
What do you need to do or know?
- remember to get your kids to tuck $1.00 into their pockets or bags and remind them that popcorn is for sale after school (at the back and front of school)
Crazy Hair Day:
- encourage your kids to do something crazy with their hair - wigs, colour, a 'do' - crazier the better.
Freedom Friday :
- Walk or roll to school day! Please ditch the car and walk or roll to school. Getting to school on foot or wheels has so many benefits for students - health, mental well being, building community, giving them time and distractions to forget how many times they were asked to get their shoes on ... If you absolutely have to drive, then please use our Drive to Five points - park in a safe place and walk the 5 minutes.
We will be coming together at the front of school before the first bell for some coffee for parents.
A bit more information on Freedom Friday:
Canyon Heights has set the standard amongst the district for our encouraging campaign to get our students walking or rolling to school. Last Freedom Friday approximately 70% of students walked or rolled to school - let's do even better this time! Freedom Friday has been central to our 'active transportation' campaign, and is a programme that other schools in the district now use. Not only is it a way to encourage us to walk / roll to school we also use it as a way to emphasize the importance of safe use of roads in our school community, so this Freedom Friday will have a “Safety Blitz” theme
We will have ICBC, North Vancouver RCMP, District of North Vancouver Fire, District of North Vancouver Bylaws and Community Policing out to promote safety in school zones and reinforcement! We will also have Alex Milek visiting from DNV Transportation Department. Alex was kind enough to put the “Big Sign” out front of the school – “Your LOL can wait - Leave your phone alone” for putting the sign up there if you get a chance please let him know how much we love it and we'd like it to stay!
We will also have special guests from North Vancouver School District: Superintendent Mark Pearmain, Asst Superintendent Chris Atkinson and Communication Manager – Deneka Michaud (she will be taking some pictures/video to post on website to showcase Freedom Friday!)
We are looking for volunteers to help out on the Friday morning so please send an email to Kulvir@shaw.ca if you are able to help with any of these:
More information about active and safe routes to school can be found on our website: http://www.canyonheightspac.ca/safe--active-routes-to-school.html
Thank you to Kulvir from our PAC safety team who has campaigned for many of the safety initiatives that are carried out. You may also have noticed that the new stop signs at the Montroyal/Highlands junction.
SAVE THE DATE:
Thursday May 11th 6pm at Tap & Barrell, Lonsdale Quay. Please see attached or visit our website: http://www.canyonheightspac.ca/artrageous-night-out--auction.html
Thank you, as ever, for supporting our PAC initiatives, which I hope bring us together as a community, and raise some much appreciated funds for the school. Take a look at our website, to find out more about our social and fundraising initiatives as well as where your generously donated money goes: http://www.canyonheightspac.ca/projects-weve-donated-to.html
Don't forget Wednesday this week is early dismissal at 2pm!
Next PAC meeting April 6th, 6.30pm, Followed by Parent Education evening - Sharon Selby at 7pm talking about anxiety in children and tools to reduce it (thank you PAC parent education team - Tiffany and Erin)
Have a great week,
Kathryn & Ryan and the rest of the PAC committee