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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com. All are welcome, $5 donation to the Preschool for non-Preschool registered families. More information is here Risky play.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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!
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.
Kidsworld provides families with the best, and most affordable, way to experience a wide variety of the great places and activities Vancouver has to offer. We believe in the importance of quality family time and offer a pass to a calendar of fun, athletic, and educational experiences, at no cost when you have a pass!
We have two programs; Kidsworld 44 and Kidsworld Summer. Kidsworld 44 has an activity or event every week of the school year for child and adult to attend without cost. The pass runs one calendar year, minus the summer, from the time of purchase. Kidsworld Summer has an event every day of July and August. Each pass is only $50, or $95 for both programs!
Kidsworld events include places like Vancouver Art Gallery ($30 Value), Richmond Olympic Experience ($28 value), BC Hall of Fame ($27 value), VanDusen Gardens ($17 value), as well as exclusive opportunities like CBC News Room Tour, Rogers Arena Tour, and YVR Tours, as well as hosted activities like music, art, dance, rock climbing, and circus school classes!
We also have bonus discounts! These include Playland day passes, Vancouver Whitecaps FC2 games, Monster Jam, Abbotsford Airshow, Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours as well as $50 off a week at Keats Camps and Anvil Island summer camp for any new campers!
Use this code when signing up at www.kidsworldprogram.com for $5 per child to be donated to your school PAC:
Bike Week is just around the corner!
Bike Week is a great opportunity to get all kids of all skill levels on their bikes.
In order to ride, every student must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Waivers went home in backpacks this week.
Parents please sign and return the waivers by April 24th.
***Please note, if students do not have a bike, please let your class rep know! We will do our best to find one to borrow for the event.***
Contact: For comments or questions regarding this website, please contact the HPAC Communications Coordinator.