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2500 Lakewood Dr. Vancouver, BC V5N 4V1 Phone: 604-713-4996 Fax: 604-713-4998 http://secord.vsb.bc.

ca Principal Richard Zerbe Vice-Principal Joel Levine Director of Instruction Rob Schindel Liaison School Trustee Mike Lombardi Co-PAC Chairs Melissa Bruntlett Pippa Kouwenhoven District Parent Representative Jen Anderson

December 2, 2013

Staffing Update
The usual joy of the season is unfortunately tempered this year as we must say good-bye to a staff member who will not be at Secord in the new year. Please join us in wishing all the very best to Ms Alice Hayward. Mme Hayward wore many hats at Secord: French Immersion Resource and Grade 2 teacher for division 16F, as well as Fine Arts teacher for many of our English divisions. We wish her all the best. Ms Hayward will be replaced until June by Ms. Jillian Haworth. Bienvenue, Mme Haworth.

Families are encouraged to attend one of the two assembly times, but please note that there may be limited seating available. We're looking forward to showcasing our hard work and talent for you!


Information regarding school closures in the event of snow, or other emergency situations, will be provided to the following radio and television stations by 6:00 a.m. on the morning of the closure: CKNW (980 AM), CKWX (NEWS 1130 AM),) AND CBC Radio (690 AM, 105.7 FM), FAIRCHILD Radio (CJVB AM 1470/CHKG FM 96.1), BCTV/Global (cable channel 11), CITY TV (cable channel 13). School closure information is also available online at Please do not call media outlets to determine whether schools are closed. We will also endeavour to update the school answering machine message. The phone number is 604-713-4996.

French Immersion Information Evenings

Grade 8: Grade 7 French Immersion students and their parents are invited to an information night next Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm in Van Tech's auditorium at 2600 E. Broadway. Kindergarten/Grade One: Please help us get word outParents who are interested in registering their child(ren) for French Immersion kindergarten or grade one at Secord next year are invited to an information session on Wednesday, January 15 at 7 pm.
Parents who have older children already in French Immersion do not have to attend this meeting. You are, however, reminded that, in order to receive sibling priority, you must first register at your in-catchment English school and then apply on-line between January 10-31 for your child to attend French Immersion.

Winter Festivities
Tins and Ties- December 10 A School/House Spirit event: Students are invited and encouraged to wear a necktie (home-made if they wish) and bring in a tin of food for the Food Bank. Those who do will win a point for their house. A great way to have fun and help others. Holiday Sing-Along December 12, 6:30-8:00pm Families are invited to the gym to celebrate the season at PACs second annual Laura Secord Holiday Sing-Along. Come for music, dancing, decorations, cookies, hot chocolate and fun! Admission by donation at the door. Download your free songbook from the school and PAC website. (You can print out a paper copy for your own, or download onto your hand-held device and read it from there.) Classes will be coming down every morning at 9 am from Dec 16-20 to sing all the favourite holiday songs and bring some winter festivities to school. Strings Concert December 16 Our Winter Strings Assemblies will be taking place on Monday, Dec. 16th at 11:10 am and 1:15 pm. Please remind your child to bring his or her instrument, music, stand (grade 5 and up) and something to work on quietly on concert day. Please remind your child to wear his or her concert uniform (dark dress bottoms/shoes and a white dress top).

The staff of Laura Secord School wishes all our families a very happy Festive Season and Holiday. However you observe it, may it be filled with Peace, Joy, and Love.

Spirit/House Days
As we wrote about in the Principals News (November 19) on the school website, Secord students each belong to a coloured and First Nations themed house. Each month, a special event will be held to help build school and house spirit. (November was Grizzly/Green House month.) Students who participate will win points for their house: December 10: Tins and Ties Day. Bring a tin of canned food for the Food Bank (1 point) and wear a necktie (1 point). You can make the tie if you want! January is Raven Appreciation Month. The Raven stands for Strength in Wisdom and their house colour is red. Raven Celebration Day is January 24: Wear something red and win one point for your house. February: Wear a heart day on Valentines Day, February 14th. March: Orca Appreciation Month. Orcas stand for Strength in Unity and their house colour is blue. Orca Celebration Day is March 12: Wear something blue and win one point for your house. April: Earth Month. Bring a litter-less lunch on Earth Day and score a point for your house. May is Wolf Appreciation Month. The Wolf represents Strength in Loyalty and their house colour is yellow. Wolf Celebration day is May 21. Wear something yellow and win one point. June: On Sports Day (date tba), make sure to wear your house colour!

What children should know at each stage, with specific examples of ways to explain body parts and processes How to provide information to children in a way they will understand and remember (and minimize feelings of embarrassment for the parent!) How to effectively answer the questions children ask How to reduce risk of child sexual abuse What will be covered in Body Science sessions for students (Taken from Saleemas website at

UPCOMING DATES December Tue 3 We 4 & Th 5 Thu 5 Tue 10 Thu 12 Mon 16 Tue 17 Dec 21-Jan 5 Saleema Noon Parent Presentation, 6:30-8:30, small gym Saleema Noon class presentations Hot Lunch Bake Sale, noon hour (proceeds to charity) Tin and Tie Day: Bring a canned food item, wear a necktie Holiday Sing-Along, 6:30 pm, Gym (by donation) Strings Winter Concert, 11:10am & 1:15pm Report cards home Winter Break Schools Closed


January 2014 Mon 6 Thu 9 10-31 We 15 Thu 23 Fri 24 Thu 30 Fri 31 Schools reopen, students first day back. Hot Lunch On-Line application for French Immersion K French Immersion Info Night (K & Gr 1) Hot Lunch Raven Celebration Day: Wear red Family French Movie Night, 6:00 pm Professional development Day No school for students Last day for registration/application for French Immersion (K, gr 1, gr 6)


~ PAC News ~
Visit the PAC website often for updates on PAC-run events at Laura Secord School.

Saleema Noon
The PAC is excited to bring back Sexual Health Educator, Saleema Noon, to offer age-appropriate Sexual Health Presentations to our children. There will be a parent presentation followed by two days of in-class Body Science presentations this week (Dec. 4 & 5). Parent Presentation: Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm, Small gym. (Childcare provided.) Saleema will speak about: Reasons why we need to talk to children about sexual health at a young age The 5 stages of sexual development that children progress through on their way to becoming sexually mature adults

You are reminded that schools are closed from December 21-January 5th. The first day back for students is Monday, January 6, 2014!

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