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2500 Lakewood Dr.

Vancouver, BC V5N 4V1

Phone: 604-713-4996
Fax: 604-713-4998

February 2, 2015

Returning to school

Parents are asked to make sure

to complete and return the
survey entitled Intent to
Return to Secord School for
Teresa Wells (Acting)
2015-2016 sent home with
Director of Instruction
This survey
Rob Schindel
provides us with the very
Liaison School Trustee
important information needed
Mike Lombardi
at this time to begin planning
PAC Chair
staffing and
Mona Lu
organizations for next year.
Please make sure you return it
District Parent
to your childs teacher by the
Stacy Yeats McCririck
deadline of Wednesday,
February 4 (sorry for the error
in the notice). If you did not receive one, we have
posted it on the school website under Publications.
Richard Zerbe

Ready, Set, Learn

Calling all 3 and 4 year olds
(and 5-year-olds who havent started
Laura Secord Elementary School is pleased to offer
this upcoming free event for pre-school aged
children 3 - 5 years old and their caregivers as part
of the Ready, Set, Learn provincial initiative.
(Children must come with and be supervised by a parent or
adult caregiver.)

Friday, February 6th from 11:10am-12:00noon

Small Gym
Laura Secord School (2500 Lakewood Dr at E.
Join professional childrens musician and recording
artist Will Stroet as he leads kids through fun
songs. Be ready to get up and dance and sing along!
Please call the school at 604-713-4996 to rsvp and
reserve your spot.


No school for students on:

- Monday, February 9
(Family Day)

- Thursday, February 19
(Professional Development Day)

Workshop for Parents

Weird Wired World: Whats Going on for
Teenagers Today and How We Can Support
their Wellbeing
Parents/caregivers are invited to attend an evening
event to hear from professionals and youth about how
Anxiety, Hyper-sexualisation, Technology and
Brain Development play a role in shaping the world
of teens.
Event Details:
Thursday, February 19; 6 pm 9:00 pm
Gladstone Secondary School (4105 Gladstone
Street, Vancouver)
Light refreshments at 5:30 pm
Free child minding for toddlers and children
(with prior registration or
Parents/caregivers register on Eventbrite: or via the contact
info above.

Sports Corner
Track & Field: The call just went out to intermediate
students interested in joining the Secord Track & Field
team. Practices and meet schedules will be announced
shortly with the season culminating in the BC
Championships at Minoru Park on May 22-24.
Badminton: Every two years, intermediate students
receive professional badminton coaching during their
PE times and this years clinic starts February 4th.
Thank you to the PAC for subsidizing this great
Coaches recognition: Intramural sports programs
offered at schools occur thanks to the willingness and
commitment of teachers who volunteer their time
outside of classroom instuction to support them either
as coaches or sponsors. At last weeks Vancouver
recognition celebration, two staff members were
recognzed as first-time coachesJoti Singh and

Teresa Wells--, and two Secord teachers were

honoured out of 3 honourees for 20 years (!!) of
coaching service--Lesley Chambers and Phil Green.
Congratulations and many thanks for supporting our

(Dates in BOLD indicate a change to usual school hours)

Fri 6

Fri 19

Ready, Set, Learn event with entertainer Will

Stroet for 3-5 year-olds. 11-12. Small Gym. (rsvp
to office)
Family Day Holiday NO SCHOOL.
Quebec Exchange for Gr 7 French Immersion
Performance for students, 9:15am
Hot Lunch
Have a Heart Day. Wear a heart and earn a point
for your house

Wed 25
Thu 26
Fri 27

PAC General Meeting, 6:30pm, Library

Hot Lunch
Performance for students, 1:25pm

Mo 2 & Tu 3
Thu 5
Fri 6
Mon 9-Fri 20
Mon 23
Mo 30-Th 2
Tue 31

PAC Family Photo Night

Gr 6/7 Dance, 6-8pm, Big Gym
Term 2 Report Cards home
Spring Break NO SCHOOL
School re-opens
Scholastic Book Fair (French)
Orca Appreciation Day Wear something blue

Mon 9
Thu 12
Fri 13


Valentines Day
This year, because of how Valentines Day falls on the
calendar and among other school events, please note
the following:
Friday, February 13: Show some Heart. Students
are invited and encouraged to wear a heart or heart
shape. Build school and team spirit and win a point for
your house.
Grade 6/7 Dance: This popular event usually occurs
around Valentines Day but due to the Quebec
exchange it will take place on Thursday, March 5 just
before Spring Break.

Staffing Update
Last Friday students said goodbye to French
Immersion PE and Fine Arts teacher Laura Lafortune
who is moving from Vancouver. Until this position
can be filled permanently, hopefully after Spring
Break, we welcome Ms Megan Thom to the role.

~ PAC News ~
PAC Co-Chair
It is with regret that Madeleine Sauv has decided to
step down as PAC co-chair. We sincerely thank
Madeleine for her time and service as co-chair and
wish her all the best.

Traffic Safety
At the last PAC General meeting it was announced that
Secord School has been accepted as a participant in the
City of Vancouvers School Travel Planning project in
conjunction with HASTe BC - Hub for Active School
Travel. While this is great news, we recognize that
concerns regarding traffic and childrens safety will
continue while this program gets up and running. If
you witness dangerous traffic incidents, you are
encouraged to report it by dialing 311. By doing so,
the City is able to track concerns of specific areas in
order to seek improvements.

We 1 & Th 2
Fri 3
Mon 6

Student Conferences Students dismissed early

at 2 pm.
Good Friday NO SCHOOL
Easter Monday NO SCHOOL



Healthy Eating
As part of Secords Healthy Eating initiative launched
last month, newsletters will feature information for
parents and families to make healthy eating and related
topics a part of your everyday life at home.
Litterless Lunches
At school, students are encouraged to bring litterless
lunches to school and use reusable containers for their
lunches and snacks. Part of our regular instruction to
children is to teach them about the environment and
how they can make a positive difference for it. We
regularly remind them to sort their waste into
recyclables, compostables and landfill waste, and most
importantly to limit the amount of waste they put into
the landfill. For example, eating a whole apple and
throwing the core into the compostable bin is better
than bringing a cut up apple in a plastic sandwich bag
that is put into the landfill. Please join us by making
this a part of your daily life at home.

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