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Parent Advisory Council of Highlands Elementary School
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  • 25 Jan 2018 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Student Council Ice Cream Day Feb. 15: 

    Student Council is holding an ice cream fundraiser Thursday, February 15th.  Funds raised will be donated to various charities and also used for school enhancements.  

    Ordering is open until Thursday, February 1st at 9:00pm.  No late orders will be accepted.  There are several choices including peanut and gluten free options so don't miss out!  Student Council will be delivering the ice cream to classrooms at the beginning of lunch.  

    Order online at 


  • 05 Oct 2017 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Why yes! We’d love to be on the grade 7 grad committee!”

    Join the Grade 7 Farewell Committee!    

    Parents!  For some of you, this is the last year to get involved with something fun at the school.

    The Grad Committee can be just that - a great way to meet people and send our kids off to high school with lots of fantastic memories.  We need all types, handy people, creative people, planners, thinkers, do-ers.  Many hands make light (and fun) work so we are relying on you to step up and offer some help!  Jobs can be a few hours to more long term planning, pick what suits you best.

    Come to Sandy Pearson's place (2580 Colwood Drive) Tuesday night October 10th, from 7:00-9:00pm to share some appetizers and a glass of something and then discuss what we need to do, which jobs come first, and sign up for a good time.  Your kids will thank you (maybe when they are 24, but eventually they will).  If you can't make it, please email Sandy Pearson (
    sandy_and_graham@shaw.ca) or Erin MacNair (erinmacnair@gmail.com) to say that you have an interest and which area you might like to spend some time helping wtih (fundraising, decorations, dinner / dance, etc.).

    Hope to see you all there.  No need to RSVP because we know you will all come out!  Moms and / or Dads welcome.

    2580 Colwood Drive

    Feel free to bring a beverage and definitely bring a smile!



  • 16 Jun 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Highlands Elementary Fun Day Committee is looking for an enthusiastic parent or two willing to lead a large (70 or so), really happy group of kids in Zumba, yoga, or other activity in the gym on Fun Day, June 16th.  The activity would be about 25 - 30 minutes long and would be repeated six times.  Teachers and student volunteers will be there to provide support.  Contact Amy Wright at awright@sd44.ca for more information. 

  • 30 May 2017 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rethinking Risky Play: The Importance of Risky Play for Children - May 30th, 7:00 - 8:00pm  

    Most of us have childhood memories of long hours spent outdoors and away from watchful eyes of adults.  The childhood of today looks very different, with more time spent indoors, supervised, in structured activities, in front of screens.  Highlands Preschool is hosting an interactive presentation by Dr. Mariana Brussoni, which will explore the effects of changing childhoods and limited outdoor risky play time on children's health and development, as well as strategies to retore balance.  Dr. Brussoni is an Associate Professor at UBC and investigator with BC Children's Hospital Research Instutitue and the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit.  At HIghlands Preschool, 3455 Edgemont Boulevard, on Tuesday, May 30th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  Please RSVP by May 22nd to 604-980-1740 or to director@highlandspreschool.ca.  All are welcome, $5 donation to the Preschool for non-Preschool registered families.  More information is here Risky play

  • 29 May 2017 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Plastic Bag Grab Challenge:  May 29th - June 2nd              

    Did you know that more than 1 BILLION (yes, billion) plastic shopping bags are given out across Canada every year, all of which can be reused and recycled?  To educate students and the community on plastic bag waste and the 3R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), Highlands will be participating in the Plastic Bag Grab Challenge from Monday, May 29th - Friday, June 2nd.  Help out with this Grade 6 initiative by stuffing your plastic bags into one plastic bag and bring the whole thing to the school for collecting.  The Grade 6's will collect the bags next week, May 28th - June 2nd.

    With your support, we can get plastic bags recycled instead of lost to disposal.  To ensure we align with the program rules, please remember the following when sending plastic bags to school:

    Only plastic shopping bags are accepted in the challenge.

    • Although the following plastic items may be accepted by municipal recycling programs or retailers, they are not acceptable for this challenge:  food storage bags, clear produce bags, frozen food bags, milk bags, snack bags, sandwich bags, dry cleaning bags, resealable bags, plastic film packaging - anything that is not a carry out plastic shopping bags.

    Please remember to follow the 3R's hierarchy and teach your children:  first, reduce!  You never really need a plastic bag, bring one of those snazzy Lululemon bags (or some other retailer bag), or invest in a reusable grocery bag, and carry that in when you go shopping so you can use that instead of taking a plastic bag.  Second, reuse!  Plastic grocery bags are handy to have on trips, in the car, can be made into plarn (plastic yarn) for crafts, and are absolutely necessary when walking your dog.  A list of ways to reuse your plastic bags can be found here 18-ways-to-reuse-plastic-bags .  And, finally, when that bag is done, recycle!  Don't put it in the trash where it goes to a landfill, forever, or out to the Great Pacific Ocean garbage patch to be eaten by a fish (and then eventually by you...), put it in the recycling.  Recycling boxes are available at most grocery stores, or the District of North Vancouver will accept plastic bags at the North Shore Recycling Depot.  This is a great way for children to feel they are helping the environment as it's something they can do themselves, everyday.    

  • 23 May 2017 11:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike week arrives in May!  Remember to return your child's waivers which came home in their backpack - your child cannot participate without these completed.  Also, if you are short a bike or a helmet, let your class rep know and we will try to arrange to get you one so your child can participate. 

  • 10 May 2017 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You have cleaned out those closets and sorted your gear in preparation for the Spring Fair Clothes Sale but now what? Beginning May 23rd you can drop off your gently used summer gear at the School in a marked bin by the main entrance. We are collecting - sandals, water shoes, swim suits, shirts, shorts, summer dresses - really anything summer. Please make sure you put your family name on the bag so we can credit you with your buying discount.  Can't wait until the 23rd? You can drop marked bags at 3636 Glenview Cres too starting now. Any questions please contact karynm@gmail.com.


  • 10 May 2017 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We will need your mason jars for our Spring Fair on June 9th.  Please keep collecting them and save them at home until we send home further instructions soon!  Thank you! 

  • 06 May 2017 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Swing by Highlands Elementary on May 6th between 11am and 2pm where the Grade 7's will be waiting to wash away all that winter grime, dust and rainy day mold off your car.  Car wash is by donation.  Help the Grade 7's in this fundraising effort, as they raise money for their Grade 7 Farewell including their legacy gift to the school.  The event will run rain or shine.

    Spread the word - family, friends and neighbours are welcome!    

  • 05 May 2017 1:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Important changes will occur at Highlands in September 2017 as a result of discussions between the Province of BC and the BCTF around class size and composition.                                                                                                                                                       

    Many parents have expressed gratitude for the positive effect this will have on teachers and their improved ability to provide excellent learning outcomes for our children. However due to the probable need for more classroom spaces, there are real concerns about the collateral damage to our already limited learning spaces. 

    A likely solution being considered by the School Board is to create classroom spaces by re-purposing the music room or library. The HPAC believes this is compromising our children's education and is counter to the School Board's stated mission to provide equal access to education for all. 

    You can have your voice heard too:                                                                         

    1) Please follow this link to a petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/495/520/826/  read the letter and click sign here to include your name in support. Then share the link with your network.

    2) Attend the information session held at Highlands Elementary School on Thursday May 11 in the gym from 7:00-8:30pm (meeting will end promptly at 8:30) where  Chris Atkinson, the Assistant Superintendent, will deliver a parent information session for the first hour or so and then open the floor for a Q&A. This is a HPAC organized event.

    3) Join and comment via the HPAC facebook page 

    It is important our voices and concerns are heard now while decisions are still being contemplated.

    Your HPAC


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