About Canyon Heights PAC

Welcome to the online source for Canyon Heights Elementary Parent Advisory Council (PAC). All parents at our school are a part of our PAC. We hope for and welcome your input and participation throughout the school year! The PAC plans and supports additional activities for our school community all year long. Fun, fundraising, socializing, and helping connect all members of school community is what we do--believing that a strong and connected community benefits our children most of all!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Hot Lunch! Hot Lunch! You can still get your hot lunch! (But not for long!)

Don't forget to order hot lunch for your child! 
Ordering for session 1 closes on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Please visit the link below to place your order now.
PAC uses 100% of the funds raised through our hot lunch program to the direct benefit of students at Canyon Heights - so big thanks to all of you who support and participate!


Walk and Roll On!

This year's PAC is working to help all families get walking and rolling to school; continued thanks to last year's (who are also this year's) PAC Safety Committee for their tireless efforts in making our school safer with their encouragement and education-- and fun coffees in the morning, and all of the care they put into connecting with parents, kids, the school, the school district, the school board members, and our municipalities... It's catching on!!! 

Here's a link to the School District's page Please visit and have a look - our 2015-2016 Safety Committee efforts and results are now being shared at the district level. There's lots of research there too -- so Walk and Roll on!!!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Weekly Update for September 26 - 30, 2016

Hello Parents! Weekly Update follows, but first, what a great time parents and kids had together at the Ice Cream Social Welcome Back Party! Thanks to the Social Committee Coordinators, school admin. and staff, Save on Foods for the ice cream, and all the parents who volunteered! It was such fun to see the kids zooming around with huge smiles--a few with messy ice cream faces--and parents chatting out in the fantastic weather!

And now, your weekly update:
All week - 
We are encouraging everyone to walk and roll to school! More details below...
Hot Lunch Ordering is open and you can click to open an ordering window if you would like to participate in one of our key fundraisers (and skip a few days of lunch preparations!)
Monday, September 26 First PAC meeting of the year
The meeting officially begins at 7, with the movie for kids starting at 6:30 (nut-free snacks are ok and please remind your kiddos to clean up after themselves).  There will be adult supervision and we're showing Zootopia! The agenda is attached below, and emailed to all parents via SchoolConnects as well - thanks to Ms. Howick and Mrs. Anderson for keeping you updated until we have our email permissions collected.
Wednesday, September 28 
2pm dismissal for all students to facilitate staff collaboration.

Please click here to jump to school website to see the other school activities and links to district activities and notices.

Details as promised: 
Meeting agenda

The movie begins at 6:30, the meeting begins at 7pm - so we're also hoping to socialize for a few minutes in advance of the meeting with coffee, tea and a few treats.
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm Welcome / Call to Order
  • Election to fill open PAC positions, including but not limited to the Chair, Vice- Chair, Co-Treasurer, and District PAC Representative
  • Principal’s Report – Susannah Howick
  • Introductions and Information from the PAC Committees:
Chair and Vice-Chair / Meeting Schedule for the 2016-2017 School Year Upcoming PAC Events / Fundraising / Treasurer’s Report on 2015 - 2016 Finances / Approval of the 2016 – 2017 Budget / Communications Information / Safety Committee Update / Crosswalk Volunteers Classroom Reps / Volunteering at Canyon Heights
  • Any other business
  • Confirming the next PAC meeting date and time
  • Meeting adjourned
Walk and Roll
Our objective is to encourage our Canyon Heights families to walk and bike to school in an effort to foster a generation of active, healthy kids, and create safer streets for everyone. Walking and biking to school creates closer connections to your neighbourhood, builds your kids’ confidence, independence, and self-esteem, and ensures that your kids arrive at school refreshed and ready to learn. 

We’re also encouraging any Canyon Heights families who absolutely need to drive to park a few blocks away at one of our three neighbourhood Drive-to-Five parking zones and walk the remaining five minutes to school. Fewer driving drop-offs means less traffic congestion in front of the school - and less hassle on the way to wherever you’re going next! The map shows distances for your planning and convenience. (It's great to do a try-out walk or roll to be confirm how long it takes your kids legs!)

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Week at a Glance - September 19-23, 2016

PAC Activities this Week 
Thursday, September 22, 2016 PAC sponsored Ice Cream Social from 6:30 to 7:30 pm - behind the school! All families! 
Friday, September 23, 2016 Reminder, no school for students as it is a Professional Development Day for staff

Please see the school website for more school updates. Click here to jump to Canyon Heights Elementary School Website

Upcoming Events
PAC Meeting September 26, 2016 - please see details below.
Munch A Lunch! 
Hot lunch ordering is open for Session 1 ("Fall"). Click to open registration window on the school website. The program offers once per week lunches for students (with a few variations to accommodate the school calendar) and is a fantastic fundraiser for the PAC, with all the proceeds directly benefitting the students at Canyon Heights Elementary.

  • We will be featuring 4 lunch options in the Fall session - Foodie Kids, Boston Pizza, Sushi Katsu, and Subway/Booster Juice. We have added a couple of new treat options to each lunch theme as well - freshly baked banana bread and delicious chocolate zucchini loaf! We have added a new feature this session where parents can order different items for each lunch type; for example you can order a cheese pizza on Pizza Day and then pepperoni for the next Pizza Day. 
  • Please note that payment must be made at the time of ordering; orders without payment will be cancelled one week prior to the first lunch date. 
  • Attention Kindergarten Parents: The Kindergarten teachers have requested for their students to start hot lunch later in the school year to give students the chance to settle into the school routine first.
  • Please direct any questions regarding hot lunch to canyonhotlunch@gmail.com and our volunteers will respond in 24 hours.

The Munch A Lunch Program allows parents to register for PAC events, such as the upcoming Ice Cream Social this Thursday. When parents register on the Munch A Lunch page (the lunch ordering is optional), it makes responding to PAC event invitations easy, and helps us plan for volunteers and food! 
Please consider signing up, and clicking around to let us know if you can join our Welcome Back Party--- once you do, you're ready to say yes to the other fun social events PAC plans for you and your children throughout the year!
The Canyon Heights Hot Lunch team is looking for a few dedicated parents to volunteer on "Pizza Days" for this coming school year. This position(s) requires 3 - 4 parents to come to the school on designated hot lunch days and help coordinate and distribute the hot lunches with the assistance of the Grade 7 students. The time commitment is approximately 1.5 hours on one Wednesday of each month. 

If you would like to volunteer for this position please consider asking a few other parent friends to volunteer as well so the team can be complete!

This is an easy and fun way to help out your school and connect with other parents and students. Please email canyonhotlunch@gmail.com if you are interested."

Duties are as follows (all duties occur during the 1.5 hr time commitment one Wednesday per month) 

 - put up division signs / table
 - ready condiments/utensils 
 - pick up cheques from school office
 - receive food and pay vendor
 - organise reports with food
 - put out pencils and extra condiments
 - coordinate volunteers / students
 - answer questions and resolve issues
 - clean kitchen and put table/signs away
 - recycle class lists
We want to hear from you!  Please click on the contacts page to find all the members of the PAC executive for the 2016-2017 school year. Another option for sharing your ideas and opinions is to use the comments feature here on the blog, which is available to all subscribers!
There is a new page coming, "Parent Inspiration " where we will add interesting, thought-provoking, and hopefully - conversation starting videos, opinions, and possibly, even humour! Every day is a chance to learn and grow -
September 26, 2016. PAC Meeting for all parents 7-8pm in the library at school. 
A movie and supervision will be provided for children beginning at 6:30pm in the multipurpose room to help those with younger children attend the meeting! 
We hope to see lots of parents out to socialize with coffee, tea and light snacks prior to the meeting, to vote in our pending Chair, Kathryn Order, and pending Vice-Chair, Ryan Graham-Cutts, and to hear what's happening this year with the Parent Advisory Council.
Where and how to find information about PAC and volunteering:
  • PAC White board inside the front entrance of the school with PAC information and volunteer opportunities,
  • PAC Bulletin board on the outside of the main office at school with volunteering sign up sheets and role descriptions,
  • You can always get in touch with a PAC executive member or Coordinator in person or by email,
  • Here on the blog via the comment section, or by email at canyonheightselementaryPAC@gmail.com 

Friday, 16 September 2016

Save the Date for the PAC Ice Cream Social!

On Thursday, September 22nd the Canyon Heights PAC is hosting a “Welcome Back” party for the entire school.

Come out and join us for some good ol’ family fun to kick off the school year. There will be ice cream and sprinkles, games and face painting, and sweet treats galore! There will also be a nut-free tub and scoop for those with allergies.

Feel free to bring along your skipping ropes, kendamas, hula-hoops, balls, or other classic outside toys! Please remember that children need to be supervised and accompanied by a responsible adult.

Date: Thursday, September 22nd
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Canyon Heights Elementary (behind the school, or in the gym only if there is too much rain!)
Cost: This event is sponsored by the PAC and is free to all families at Canyon Heights.
Registration: Please register for this event at Munchalunch.com. Registration will be open soon...

Volunteers needed!
We need volunteers to help with set up, serving and clean up. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Heather van der Linde at heathervanderlinde@yahoo.ca

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Reminder - Kindergarten and New-to-Canyon-Heights Parents (Welcome Coffee and Tea Sept. 15, 2016)

Good Day to all Parents with children new to the school! (Kindergarten and New Families)

This is a reminder that the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) executive members are hosting a Welcome Coffee and Tea tomorrow morning, September 15th, 2016, in the Multipurpose room, at 8:45 am, after the 8:40 morning bell.

You will have received the official invitation from the school, on behalf of the PAC Executive Committee earlier and we hope to see you there for coffee, meeting other parents, and meeting the volunteer members of the PAC. 

In addition to raising funds for education items not covered by the school's budget, the PAC functions to help build our school community all for the enhancement of our children's experience at Canyon Heights Elementary. With that in mind, the Social Committee Coordinators and executive teams put together events like the New Families and Kindergarten Tea, the Welcome Back Tea already held September 6., and other opportunities to come together as a school community throughout the year.  

We hope to see you there - and we'll bring the treats to say welcome!

PS- If you're not new, and don't have children attending Kindergarten this year, please help share this reminder, as many new families will just be learning about our school, PAC and our blog! Thanks!!!

Monday, 5 September 2016

All parents! PAC invites you to the "Welcome Back Tea"

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) invites all parents to the "Welcome Back Tea and Coffee"

Thanks to the the Social Committee Coordinators for the plan, and Delaney's in Edgemont Village Location for the coffee!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 8:40-10:40, in the Multipurpose Room from the welcome bell until students are dismissed for the day.

As well as serving tea, coffee and light snacks, the welcome tea also serves as the PAC kickoff to another year of fun, making and strengthening connections, and building our school community - together!
  • A chance to say hello to people you already know!
  • A chance to welcome new families new to the school (there's a tea just for you and Kindergarten parents coming very soon as well - but we hope you come to this too!)
  • A chance to meet the incumbent PAC Co-Chairs, Kathryn and Ryan, as well as the 2016-2017 Executive and members on the Elected Committees
  • A chance to learn more about PAC and how you can get involved in making another great year for students and their families - there are still some roles available, and we are always looking for ways to help parents participate!
**Please check the PAC white board in the entrance on the first day of school to verify room location**