Holiday Hamper Drive
December 9th to December 13th
Our school will be sponsoring 12 families from our sister school, Nightingale Elementary, during our Holiday Hamper Drive. Each family will be given a few boxes of non-perishable food, household items, small gifts and a gift card to purchase groceries. We need your help to make this annual tradition a huge success. A letter was sent home with every student today with some suggestions for donations and the ages of the children.
Donations should be brought to your child’s classroom and put in the donation bins. We are also asking for a $ 2.00 donation to be put towards the grocery store gift cards.
Basketball season is almost upon us and we are looking for people willing to help coach a Grade 6 boys’ or girls’ team. If you are able to give your time for one game, and one or two practices a week, please contact Mr. Munk.
Congratulations to our Senior Girls Team who played in the zone finals. They did not win but we watched some very exciting games. Thank you very much to Janie Pang, our coach, Ms Hales our teacher sponsor and Mrs. Humeniuk who also sponsored the team and was a referee at the zone finals. The girls all worked so well together showing terrific team spirit.
THIS MONTH’S VIRTUE IS GENEROSITY
This is the season of good will. What many of us love to do is give gifts to those we love and see how it makes them excited and happy. We also remember to be generous in making donations or gifts to those less fortunate. We can do this through such organizations such as the food bank https://www.foodbank.bc.ca/donate, the Red Cross for the Haiyan Hurrican Fund, http://www.redcross.ca/donate/donate-online/donate-to-the-typhoon-haiyan-fund?sitelink=CurrentAppeals&gclid=COvA56X0mrsCFWhxQgodfHoAwg, Covenant House, https://donate.covenanthousebc.org/ which supports homeless youth in Vancouver or one of the many reputable organizations which can be found by searching the Internet.
Different groups at the school are raising money or collecting articles for those less fortunate. Among these are the shoe box drive, the Christmas Hamper Drive and the collection of toys.
Of course we have our own opportunity for you to donate to support our school. There are so many things that our PAC supports that provide our children with richer learning experiences than might otherwise be possible. Your donation supports the library, experiences in the arts and outdoor education, maintenance and improvements of our technology and support of programs in science such as special presentations or visits. Clubs such as chess club, choir, kilometre club, robotics club and math club as well as all our team sports are supported by parent donations to PAC. Thank you in advance for putting us on your Christmas list.
Division 15 has been inspired by the virtue of Generosity this month.
They have decided to hold a toy drive and knit a blanket as well as some scarves for the less fortunate.
We will be collecting used and new toys until the last week of school. Please encourage your children to look in their closets and toy boxes. Please be aware that we can not accept stuffed toys due to health regulations.
As a knitter, I was delighted when the students came up with the idea to knit a blanket and some scarves. If you have any yarn or needles that you no longer use, we would be happy to accept donations! We will be encouraging every class to knit at least one square for our blanket. Families are also more than welcome to add squares to our community blanket!
If you are a knitter and would like to help us, please contact me. We will need experienced knitters to help teach first time knitters. I hope to hold knitting sessions next week at lunch time.
While you are checking your closets for yarn and toys, we would greatly appreciate it if you could also keep your eyes out for gently used garden gloves. The students are always asking for gloves to protect their hands when we are out in the garden. Thank you!”
Please watch your mailbox over the next week for our Annual Direct Donation Letter. For the first time, this is a joint campaign between the PAC executive and the Montessori Parent Committee. This year’s recommended donation is $150/student. Our goal is 100% participation. To be eligible for a 2013 tax receipt, your donation must be dated before the end of this year, December 31, 2013. Please refer to the letter for more details and stay tuned for regular updates on our progress.
December 11 – Christmas Craft Day for Primary Students
December 13 – First Term Reports are sent home
December 18 – Winter Concert. 1:15 matinée; 7:00 evening performance. Tickets are $3.00 each and are necessary for admission to the concert. If there are any tickets left over after each family has received their guaranteed 2 tickets , we will sell them from the office starting on December 11th.
December 20 – Last Day before the winter holidays
January 6- First day back to school after the winter holidays.