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!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Oops and apologies! Please disregard NVPAC AGM meeting

Hi Parents-
Please disregard the AGM notice, it is an old post from May.  

I had my computer in for repairs - and I just got notice that an email was sent out.  It seems to be a result of several restarts of "Mail"... in the repair attempts.

For clarity - THIS is the next North Van PAC event:
North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council Meeting 7-9 pm Redesigned Curriculum Panel Discussion at the Education Services Centre, 5th Floor - Mountain View Room, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.  Highlights of the event: Panel of expert teachers and teacher-administrators - Parent questions answered: submit questions via NVPAC website at http://www.northvanpac.org All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Sorry for the confusion- 

PAC Communications Coordinator

Sunday, 23 October 2016

PAC Weekly Update for October 24-28, 2016

Hello Parents,
Friendliest reminder to please help keep your kids walking and rolling to school. It's great to have them arriving at school perked up by the activity and fresh air, ready to learn. If you do need to drive, there's the Drive to Five option shown below to help lower the numbers of vehicles in the school zone- even a five minute walk will help prepare them for the day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Hot lunch for students. 

North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council Meeting 7-9 pm Redesigned Curriculum Panel Discussion at the Education Services Centre, 5th Floor - Mountain View Room, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.  Highlights of the event: Panel of expert teachers and teacher-administrators - Parent questions answered: submit questions via NVPAC website at http://www.northvanpac.org All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please check the school site and your children's agendas to be completely up to date. Click this link to jump to school site.  You can also browser the pages here on the blog's side menu to find links to the District, NVPAC, and other spots on the web that connect to your community!

Upcoming PAC Events
Family Portrait Nights (sign up early!)
Wed., November 2, 2016 5-9pm & Thurs., November 3, 2016 5-9pm 
Lifetouch will be taking family portraits at our school. Bring the whole family, dress however you like, bring props and have fun!
Sign up to have a family portrait taken easily and conveniently at the school by Lifetouch. The entire sitting fee is given back to our school. Each family will have the opportunity to have a minimum of eight different poses taken. The photographers will be using both traditional and contemporary backgrounds and props.
For just $20, your family will receive one sitting and an 8 x 10 portrait from the preview of your choice. Your proofs will be available online after the photo session and you may order additional photos if you choose.  
Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Our school is limited to the above dates, so sittings will be booked on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up today - forms were sent home in your children's agendas!
Sharing Community Events

Drive to Five Map

Sunday, 16 October 2016

PAC Weekly Update for October 17-21, 2016

Hello Parents,
Final Call for PAC permission forms.  Please complete and return forms to the school office so we can be in touch with you directly with news and updates. Forms went home with students the week before last; but we know backpacks...if you need another form, please be in touch with Kathryn@Orde.co
Many thanks!

Weekly Update
Tuesday, October 18, 7pm PAC Meeting in the school library, supervised movie for kids begins at 6:30 in the multipurpose room (foods that follow the allergy guidelines- ie. no nuts- are allowed, remembering that packaging and leftovers must be packed back home).  Like our first meeting of the year, we can socialize a bit prior to getting down to business at 7, for an hour of updates, news and discussion.
Wednesday, October 19 Cross Country meet - click to jump for details from the school's website
Friday, October 21 Provincial Professional Development Day - no school for students.

Upcoming Events
It's back! PAC's Family Photo Night will be held at the school on Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 5-9 pm each evening.  Please watch the blog and the PAC news board outside the office for more information.
It's a great chance to capture everyone's smiles! And those elementary smiles?  They're always changing :)

Sunday, 9 October 2016

PAC Weekly Update for October 10-14, 2016

PAC Weekly Update for October 10-14, 2016

PAC permission forms were distributed to all students this week, please remember to complete and return to the PAC basket in the Main Office at school.  THANKS! 

Monday, October 10 School Closed for Thanksgiving
Tuesday, October 11 Grades 1, 2, and 3 students will participate in the Forest Project with the help of PAC funds (PAC donation in action!)
Wednesday, October 12, Student Photo Day and first Hot Lunch

Click to jump to the Canyon Heights School website for the weekly and monthly newsletter and important dates for field trips and guest speakers
Click to jump to the District Website to see what is happening in October.

Volunteering Opportunity - Classroom Representatives
Many thanks to those who have already signed up on the PAC notice board outside the school's main office!  This is a great way to volunteer for the school and we would encourage you to sign up; we are still looking for classroom reps for Division 10 (Mrs. Bedgood) and Division 15 (Mrs. Mullaly).  If you would like to know more about the role please contact Kathryn Orde (Kathryn@orde.co). 

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, October 26 Panel Discussion on the New Curriculum with special guests (to be announced) at the Education Services Centre, 5th floor, at 2121 Lonsdale Avenue 7pm. This is an excellent opportunity to have your questions fielded by those who know--
Click to jump to the Ministry of Education website https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca where you can learn more about the new curriculum and its implementation.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

PAC Permission forms for Communication with Parents, and Class Representative Volunteer Role

Hello Parents!
Please look for the Class Representatives ("Class Rep") sign up sheet on the PAC notice board at school (by the main office) if you would like to volunteer for the Class Rep role. Our Class Representative network plays an important role in facilitating the building of our school community and promoting a positive school spirit at Canyon Heights.  This is a great way to participate and volunteer! 

According to the PAC constitution, the Class Rep role includes: communicating ideas and suggestions from class parents to the PAC Executive, and facilitating the flow of information from PAC meetings to class parents.
We also encourage the role to include activities to foster our school community spirit, and for Class Representatives to be champions of the school Code of Conduct (Respect, Responsibility, Safety) 
- Such activities may include:   
- Organizing social and networking events for class parents
- Helping to welcome new families to the class and the school
 - Coordinating class teacher appreciation in December and June
We will hold a meeting later in October to introduce those who volunteer to the role.  
In other PAC news, you should receive a form this week asking for your permission for the PAC to hold your email address for the year and use it to communicate directly with you. These forms resemble the ones filled out earlier in September, for the school; but these ones are solely for use by the PAC.  While the PAC blog is a great spot to find updated and archived information; there are times throughout the year that the PAC Executive will communicate directly with parents as well. 

Please sign, and return your completed forms to the office.  If you have any questions, please email Kathryn Orde at Kathryn@orde.co.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Weekly Update October 3-7, 2016

Hello Parents!
Please see the school website
Hello Parents!
Please see the school website for school and district updates as well https://www.sd44.ca/school/canyonheights/Pages/default.aspx ... 

Thanks to all the teachers, administrators and staff who made Meet the Teachers Night happen on last Thursday, because it's always great to see the classrooms and meet the people who spend the days with our children! 

Weekly Update
Monday- Friday, October 3-7 is International Walk to School Week, to kick off the month. Please see the Safety Committee's informational flyers below for tips to walk and roll safely...and sometimes... a bus ride can help make walking more practical too.  Students can ride free this week thanks to Translink so it's a great week to try out walking and bus route combinations.  Consider purchasing a "Compass Card" so your kids can ride the bus anytime, all year long; they're available in many groceries, pharmacies, and convenience stores.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 is World Teacher's Day! Want to know more? It's a day set by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to recognize the contributions teachers around the world make in every society. Click to jump to the UNESCO site to learn more about the day's origins...

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!