Nov/Dec PAC Newsletter and Nov. 16 Lunch menu now open.

Please find below the November/December PAC Newsletter.

**Please note that an error in our Lunch menu has now been rectified so you can order for the date of Friday November 16th! **

Nov-Dec 2018 Newsletter

Happy Trick or Treating!



Important Message about how fundraising works at NRP – Direct Appeal vs. PAC Lunch Program etc.

Dear Parents of NRP

With the implementation of the new payment system by the Vancouver School Board, there has been some confusion around the Direct Appeal.  We hope this letter clarifies the current status and the plans for the future for all of our fundraising activities.

First and most importantly, we would like to thank all of you who have already donated to the school`s Direct Appeal. To date parents have donated $10,035. Unfortunately this is still shy of the $25,000 goal on the NRP wishlist to pay for items such as Mathletics (for Grades 4-7), Grade 8 Online Math Books, Literacy Resources for both K-5 and Middle School and Books for the Learning Commons. The full list of Direct Appeal items is listed again at the end of this letter so that you can see how these funds benefit the school.


Some parents are unclear on the various fundraising efforts within Norma Rose Point (which is understandable as sometimes even the PAC exec is confused 🙂 ) Here is a summary of the major initiatives:

  1. Direct Appeal =  These funds are requested by the school for resources not directly funded by the Province or the school board.  The PAC has no direct oversight over the collection or distribution of the funds. The benefits of the Direct Appeal include: The school`s ability to purchase items quickly in the school year rather than waiting for PAC to fundraise separately. In the past the PAC has facilitated the Direct Appeal by advertising it and handling the donations as per VSB procedures. With the move to the Cash Online system we no longer have to play that role and will limit ourselves to simply advertising the School’s request each year.

NOTE: the key decision made by early NRP PAC’s, that is still supported today, is that we believe the direct appeal is the preferred method to raise these funds.  The traditional methods used in the past (bake sales, product sales by our children, etc.) are not nearly as effective, or if they are, 50% of the monies raised goes to a commercial company.  This is not acceptable in our opinion.


  1. Lunch Program (Munchalunch) =   The funds raised by the Lunch Program are the main monies raised by PAC (through the amazing efforts of parent volunteers). These funds are at the discretion of PAC for items voted on by NRP Parents.  The key to remember is that we as parents have unilateral decision-making authority to decide how these funds are spent. We encourage all parents of NRP to contribute your opinion by attending the AGM, joining the PAC executive, or just catching your favorite exec on the school ground.


  1. Gaming Grant Funding = this is NOT a funding campaign directed at parents, however we thought we would provide some background as it is related.  Each year, the PAC’s of all public schools in the province of BC are eligible to receive a grant that comes from profits raised through the various provincial gambling activities as run by the province.  These funds are allocated on a per pupil basis and come with limitations. Broadly speaking they can be spent on items that do not contribute primarily to the educational mission of the school. In other words, they can be used for supporting teams or extra-curricular activities but not on items such as technology used in the classroom.


VSB School Cash Online

While we understand that the Direct Appeal process has been confusing this year due to some changes the VSB has made, your PAC executive still believes that donating through Cashonline is fast, easy, convenient and most importantly, accurate for everyone. Another major benefit is that you will also get your tax receipt emailed to you immediately.

However, if the school does not raise the $25,000 requested then the PAC will need to reassess and look at other ways to fundraise the money. This may include some of the above noted approaches (dedicated fundraisers or allocating money from the lunch program to cover some of these expenses). These decisions, if they have to be made, will be based on a recommendation of the PAC Executive and voted on at a meeting of parents.


See below for the full Item list:


$5,000:  Mathletics for gr 5 – 7 $3,000:  Speaker to address Body Science K to 8
$1,500:  Grade 8 Online Math Book $1,500:  Joey Cart Baskets for computers in cart (we were using VSB head office ones but had to return)
$2,000:  Raz-kids Leveled Online Reading Program (K-3 plus English Language Learners).  $700:  Art Rack
$2,500:  Indigenous Resources / Focus Week $1000:  Guitar replacement strings for Middle Music and Restringing guitars 
$1,000:  K5 Literacy Resources  $400:  What in the World Resource for Intermediate (Current Events)
$1,000:  Middle Literacy Resources $500:  Health and Safety
$2,400:  Books for Library $1,500:  Learning Support (pass-microphone audiology support for $363 so far)
$1,000:  Grade 6 Learning Community (new classroom support) TOTAL:      $25,000

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to email PAC at

We are always happy to hear from parents.

If you are confused by Cashonline and how to make a donation, one of the PAC Executives would be happy to meet with you and walk you through the process or we can send you a step-by-step walk through that we have put together.

Thank you

Jody Yau, PAC Chair


Lunch Volunteers desperately needed

Dear Parents,
PAC`s only true fundraiser is our optional 5 day/week lunch program. We rely on parent volunteers to help everyday in order to keep the program running.
It appears that we are very short of help from next week onwards. If you are able to spare time between 11:30am-12:30pm, please consider signing up.
Links are below:
October 29-November 2:
November 5 – 8:       
November 13 – 16:   
November 19 – 23:   
November 26 – 30:   
Please remember that without your help this program cannot continue to be offered.
Thank you for your support,

Staff Appreciation Lunch: A HUGE thanks to all the parents!


Today PAC hosted the Staff Appreciation Lunch. I would like to send a huge thank you to all the amazing parents that sent food, helped set up and helped clean up at the end.

There was more food there today than has been at any of our other Staff appreciation lunches.

The staff all left absolutely stuffed and beaming with gratitude!

Here are a few photos of all the food and festivities.

SOGI Education for Parents

  Next Thursday, Oct 25

  • SOGI = Sexual Orientation Gender Orientation – everyone has one, so what’s all the fuss? Come find out in a safe, inclusive environment.
  • Facilitated by Matt Carruthers (former SOGI District Lead) and Renee Hock (VSB Diversity Mentor).
  • We will have Cantonese and Mandarin translation services available for parents who require them.
  • Open to all parents and caregivers of VSB students.

Other Upcoming Events

  • Friday, Oct 19Professional Day, no school
  • Saturday, Oct 20 – Municipal Election Day, If you are at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, have lived in BC for at least the past 6 months and in Vancouver (or owned property in your name) for at least the past 30 days, you are probably eligible to vote. Please do. Follow the link if you have any questions. This vote will determine Vancouver’s mayor, city council, parks board and school board.
  • Thursday, Oct 25 7-9pm – DPAC General Meeting: SOGI Education for Parents. Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. see above..
  • Monday, Oct 29 7pm – VSB Board Meeting
  • Thursday, Nov 1 7pm –DPAC Executive Meeting (Note: this meeting is on the 1st Thursday as National Aboriginal Veterans Day is on the 8th)
  • Monday, Nov 5 7pm – Inaugural VSB Board Meeting
  • Thursday, Nov 8National Aboriginal Veterans Day
  • Friday, Nov 9Professional Day, no school
  • Sunday, Nov 11 – Remembrance Day
  • Monday, Nov 12 – Stat holiday for Remembrance Day, no school
  • Tuesday, November 13 – Anxiety in Children and Youth. Part of the free Child and Youth Wellbeing Workshops that VCH Child and Youth Mental Health Services in collaboration with the VSB are co-presenting this school year. Open this PDF, then click on the register link to enrol.
  • Thursday Nov 15 7-9pm – DPAC’s ADHD in Schools: What Parents Need to Know workshop presented by Provincial ADHD Clinic facilitated ADHD workshop for parents and caregivers. Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway


DPAC Election: PACs please vote by Oct 31

  • Allison Tredwell has been nominated by Edith Cavell PAC to become a DPAC executive. Please ensure your PAC votes by Oct 31
    • Find out why Allison wants to join us.
    • If you are a DPAC rep (or Chair of a PAC without an elected DPAC rep) and you haven’t received the ballot, please contact Shaun Kalley
    • Voting closes at 7pm on Wednesday Oct 31.
  • We are pleased to announce that Gord Lau, nominated by Trafalgar PAC, is now a member of our executive.
  • We currently have 6 openings on our executive including the position of Treasurer. If you are interested, please ask your PAC to nominate you at the next PAC meeting (nomination form)

Halloween & Firework Safety Bulletin from Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services

  • Fireworks are dangerous items and thus must be handled carefully by adults and kept out of reach of children.
  • Within the City of Vancouver, to purchase, possess and use fireworks individuals must be 19 years of age and have a permit.
  • Setting off fireworks on any day other than Halloween, may result in a fine of $500. Parents are reminded that minors are not to be in possession of fireworks.
  • Fireworks should never be purchased online or from other unauthorized sources. Many of these products are not legal in Vancouver and considered not safe for use.
  • Each year, thousands of dollars of damages are incurred within the City of Vancouver from misuse of fireworks.
  • On several occasions, unsafe handling of fireworks has resulted in serious injuries of a minor, including permanent loss of eyesight, burns, and catastrophic trauma to hands.
  • In 2017, VF&RS responded numerous times to two specific areas of the city: 33rd Avenue and Dunbar (Dunbar Community Centre) and the Vancouver South slope near Fraser and Main Street.
  • Vancouver Police and VF&RS Officers will be patrolling neighborhoods leading up to Halloween and issuing fines to anyone not complying with bylaws.

WE Day Family – Vancouver

Free tickets for VSB families

  • Wednesday, Nov 21 6:15pm – Hear from inspirational speakers and performers who will bring to life the theme of “Get Doing”—the idea of building a brighter future and what happens when amazing families like yours come together to create change. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience the magic of WE Day alongside the  children in your life at our first Vancouver event! You’ll leave the event with tangible ideas to take action as a family and make a difference in your local and global community.
  • Line up includes: Sarah McLachlan, Peter Mansbridge, Esera Tuaolo, and Jessi Cruickshank
  • To learn more about WE Day Family Vancouver, visit
  • VSB families only … to get free tickets,
    • open this pdf,
    • select SD J and enter SDJ.
    • Chose the number of tickets you need (max 8)
    • Click on General Admission Seating or Accessible Seating on the right side, a green Get Tickets button will appear.
    • Choose this and  you will be taken to a screen to enter delivery info and contact info. IMPORTANT: please enter #SD39 in UNIT NUMBER between Address and City.
  • Tickets are first come, first serve. General admission – no assigned seats. Please be considerate,

Staff Appreciation Lunch Monday – Volunteers needed

Thank you to all the parents who have signed up to bring food to the Staff Appreciation Lunch on Monday October 22. There are still a few spots left if anyone else wished to sign up. Just go to:

Please remember to label your plate, bowl or container with your name so it can get returned to you next week!

To help the staff appreciation lunch run smoothly we need volunteers again for decorating, setting up the food, cleaning up, and supervising the lunchtime recess.
Please sign up here:
The more volunteers the better.  
Thank you
P.S. Do not forget tomorrow (Friday October 19) is a ProD Day so no school.

Staff Appreciation Lunch is 1 Week Away!

Just a reminder that PAC is hosting a Staff Appreciation Lunch on Monday October 22nd.
Some parents have signed up to bring food but we are in need of many more.
If you are able to participate please sign up here:
This is our time to show our appreciation for all that the NRP staff (teachers, support staff, administration and the Supervision Aides, and Custodial staff) for all that they do to help our children.
If you would like to bring something you are welcome to drop it off into the office anytime before noon on Monday.
Thank you so much for your support.

DPAC’s VSB Trustee Candidate Forum

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DPAC’s VSB Trustee Candidate Forum

Weren’t able to make it to Charles Tupper Secondary on Thursday night to see, hear and question the candidates? No worries, we’ve got the next best thing …

  • We recorded the moderated portion with Tracy Sherlock. View it here.
  • We also sent all 33 candidates a questionnaire. See who responded and what they said here.
  • Remember, if you’re eligible to vote, please do so on or before October 20.

DPAC Election

  • We received a nomination from the Trafalgar PAC to elect Gord Lau to the DPAC executive and an electronic ballot has been sent to PACs as part of our election process.
  • Please contact Shaun Kalley if your PAC did not receive their ballot.
  • Completed ballots need to be received by 7pm Wednesday, October 10.
  • We currently have several more openings on our executive. If you are interested, please ask your PAC to nominate you at the next PAC meeting (nomination form). If you’d like to know more about DPAC, please join us at our next Executive meeting on October 11.

Other Upcoming Events

  • Monday, Oct 8 – Thanksgiving Day, no school.
  • Wednesday, Oct 10 7pmVSB Special Board Meeting
  • Thursday, Oct 11 7-9pm – DPAC Executive Meeting, Rm 120, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. Agenda will be posted on the website when finalized.
  • Friday, Oct 19  – Professional Development Day, no school
  • Saturday, Oct 20 – Municipal Election Day, If you are at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, have lived in BC for at least the past 6 months and in Vancouver (or owned property in your name) for at least the past 30 days, you are probably eligible to vote. Please do. Follow the link if you have any questions. This vote will determine Vancouver’s mayor, city council, parks board and school board.
  • Wednesday, Oct 24 6:30 – Southlands PAC presents: Fostering Gratitude & Kindness in Children. A parent education presentation by Dr Carla Fry and Dr Lisa Ferrari, directors of the Vancouver Psychology Centre at Southlands Elementary (5351 Camosun St.). Presentation is free. RSVP
  • Thursday, Oct 25 7-9pm – DPAC General Meeting: SOGI 123. Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. Information and discussion on SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) and SOGI 123 (provincial resources) with presenters Matt Carruthers (former SOGI District Lead) and Renee Hock (VSB Diversity Mentor).Translation services will be available for parents who require them.
  • Thursday Nov 15 7-9pm – Provincial ADHD Clinic facilitated ADHD workshop for parents and caregivers. Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
  • NOTE: DPAC meeting are open to all parents and guardians of children in VSB schools. Voting is limited to DPAC executives at executive meetings and PAC reps at general meetings, but all attendees may otherwise participate in the meetings.
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Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Lunch Volunteers Needed, Staff Appreciation Lunch Coming Soon

Dear Families

We wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

Lunch Volunteers Needed:

Please note that we are currently short of parent volunteers for these weeks:

       October 9-12,
       October 15-18,
       October 22-26,
       October 29-November 2,
If you have an hour to help please sign up!
Staff Appreciation Lunch:
Twice a year our amazing parents put on a Staff Appreciation Lunch for all the staff at NRP. It is our way of welcoming the new staff members and expressing our appreciation and gratitude for all the work they put into helping our children learn and grow.
The first Lunch is October 22!
What do we need from you? Simply sign up on the link below and bring is a meal item (nut free) on the day.
There are a huge number of staff members at our school so the more parents willing to bring food the better the event for the teachers!
If you have any questions please feel free to email me:
Thank you