Happy Holiday and Thank You ALL!

Well despite this not being the way any of us expected the Winter Break to start, I would like to thank all the staff and parents of NRP from the bottom of my heart. Sometimes we just have to take these challenges that nature throws at us and embrace it.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Omisoka, another holiday or no holiday I wish everyone the very best over the next 2 weeks.

A very special THANK YOU and GOOD LUCK to Karen Noel-Bentley who is moving to be the Vice Principle of another school in January. We thank you for your 7 amazing years at NRP!!!

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year to everyone!

Jody

 

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VSB deemes NRP school CLOSED today

Dear parents
Here is an update that the school has been asked to send out from the VSB.

Wind Storm NRP Update

12/20/2018 8:52 PM General

Dear NRP Parents,

During lunch time today, the power went out at NRP.  I wasn’t sure if it was the electrical crew that was working at NRP, but soon discovered it was a power outage due to the wind storm. Once the students were settled into class, I made my rounds of the communities to inform either classes or teachers that it was a BC Hydro issue.  Classes were progressing as usual.  We have ample natural light so it was not affecting the goings-on in the slightest.  We also had back up flood lights throughout the school where they weren’t really needed, except for the washrooms.  Students were told that the toilets would not flush but to go if they had to in one of our many toilets.  One section of the school used the one hand flush toilet that exists.

I sent out two app notifications to parents.  The first one informing parents that the power was out, that all was OK because of our natural light and that students were being asked to be careful walking home and to avoid walking through the forest.  By 2:30pm, a parent informed me that he had walked the Sword Fern Trail from Hampton Place only to discover a tree had fallen along the path.  As the parent stood by me, I scribed the second app notification advising families not to travel the trail.  The parent thought it odd that the wifi was working but the message appeared to be sent.  I have since discovered that the two notifications were never received due to Internet and/or wifi connectivity and/or an app glitch.  Our Internet Office phones were also not receiving calls.

If there is a weather anomoly or power outage and you are concerned, always feel free to walk to the school.  Some parents did and they hung out in the main foyer as everything was nice and calm in the communities and there was no need to pick up children early.  Parents are also always welcome to sign out their child earlier.

As for Friday . . .

As of 8:40pm tonight, NRP remains without electricity.  By 7:30am tomorrow morning, I will send out an app notification (from my data plan) informing parents if the power is on.  Parents always have the option to choose if they wish for their child to come to school or not.

Finally, we wish to extend our warmest holiday wishes to all NRP families.  School re-opens on January 7th.

Best

Rosa Fazio

2019 Lunch Menu, Food Bank, Multicultural Day Update

2019 Lunch Menu:
Mark your calendars!
December 23rd the menu will be up and ready for ordering!
Food Bank Donations:
This is a call out to all parents who have not had the opportunity to bring in a non-perishable food item from donation to the UBC Food Bank and Greater Vancouver Food Banks yet. All donations must be at the school by 9:00am Friday. Here is a list of some items you could bring in:
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Frozen food (such as frozen ready meals)
  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken, salmon)
  • Canned vegetables (peas, corn, chickpeas)
  • Canned soup
  • Baby products (diapers, formula, baby food)
  • Cereal
  • Oats/oatmeal
  • Granola bars
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Milk alternatives
Multicultural Day update:
The Event Committee held it`s first meeting last Friday. I wanted to share a little information that came out of the meeting:
    Date: Monday Feb. 11th
    Time: 9-3pm – all the K-5 classes rotate through the event and will have 45 minutes to enjoy the event.
    Some restrictions: 
  • no food and weapon will be allowed at the cultural displays;
  • cultural activities should be engaging and appealing to children age 5-11;
  • preference should be given to the activities that minimize the mess; 
  • screen and projector might be needed for some performances;
  • loudspeakers are needed for many performances;
  • passports from the previous years should be printer for kids 1 week in advance;
  • new stamps are  needed for the cultural displays;
  • coffee/tea and some snacks are needed for those volunteers who work on displays;
  ​We have the following countries coming to be represented:
            Ukraine. Iran, Japan, Brasil. Afghanistan and India
We would love to see more countries!! Please email me if you are interested and I will keep you updated on meetings etc.

New Before and After School Care

Two YMCA Before & After School Programs are Joining Your Community!

We are thrilled to share with you that the YMCA is extending its Kids Clubs, its licensed before and after school care, to the Norma Rose Point community. The first of its two new programs is Thunderbird YMCA Kids Club, which is located at the Old Barn Community Centre and is already up and running. The second program, which will operate out of the Wesbrook Community Centre, is the Wesbrook YMCA Kids Club. This second location is scheduled to open and welcome children into the beautiful program space on Tuesday, January 8th.

The Y understands that time gaps before and after school can be a challenge for parents, which is why its Kids Clubs offer school-aged children a safe and inviting environment where they can connect with others and participate in productive and enjoyable activities. Curious to find out more about the Kids Club experience? Check out this video: YMCA Kids Club

For additional information please email ymcakidsclub@gv.ymca.ca, and to join the wait-list click on the following link: Join the YMCA Kid Club Wait-list

Happenings on Friday!

There are 3 amazing activities happening at NRP tomorrow Friday December 14th.
​1. Parent Education Series kick-off!: Parents can meet tomorrow from 9-10am​
Attached is the agenda. We welcome ALL parents new to NRP and those who have been around for years.
2. Multicultural Day Meeting: TIME CHANGE! : Parents can meet at 1pm tomorrow to hear more about Multicultural Day. If you are interested in participating but unable to attend the meeting, please email me with your country you wish to represent and email address we can use for communication. 
3. Santa`s Workshop: Tomorrow at the end of school items that have been collected from you will be on sale. This is the student designed and led fundraiser that PAC is so happy to be supporting.
We are looking for 4-6 parents that may be willing to help the students man the tables….there is a lot to sell!!
If you are able to lend a hand please email me.
Otherwise I hope parents will bring a $1 or a $2 to purchase an item. Great early holiday shopping (from Santa perhaps!). Gift wrapping is available.
If you have any questions feel free to email me: rosepointpac@gmail.com

Lost and Found, Santa`s Workshop, Multicultural Day Mtg, Free course, Lunch Volunteer Msg.

 

1. Final call for Lost and Found!!!

Tomorrow all lost and found items will be washed and donated away. This is truly your last chance to collect clothing you may be missing. All items remaining will be donated to Britannia Elementary School in East Vancouver.

2. Santa`s Workshop Student Led Fundraiser

This Friday afternoon all those donated items (gently used books, toys, puzzles) will be on sale at NRP. This is a student planned and run fundraiser. We have collected a lot of items from families already but more is still needed!

Donations can be dropped off on the HUGE boxes under the Christmas tree in the main foyer.

On Friday afternoon you are invited and encouraged to come by with a loonie or toonie and do some early holiday shopping!

3. Multicultural Day 1st Meeting:

A reminder that this Friday at 2:00pm any parent interested in learning more about Multicultural Day is welcome to attend the first meeting.

 

4. Message from Sarah, NRP school counselor:

Our NRP school counselor Sarah, would like to share the following information. It is a course for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.:

PArenting and Disability JAn -MAr 2019

 

5. Message from Lunch Volunteer Coordinator:

PAC needs more volunteers to assist with the hot lunch program at NRP. This is the PAC`s single largest fundraising drive with more than 500 students ordering hot lunch every week.

We require 16 volunteers per week to endure that students receive their lunches-as of today we have 15 committed volunteers covering all of these responsibilities week in and week out.

Even if you are only able to assist once a week or even once a  month, anything helps. It would be nice to give these core volunteers a break.

We are dependent on the funds generated by the lunch program and without the donation of all your time it will not be possible.

Week of Jan. 7-11
Week of Jan. 14-18
Week of Jan. 21 – 24
Week of Jan. 28 – Feb 1.
Week of Feb 4-8
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Week of Feb 25 – Mar 1

Reminder of PAC Meeting tomorrow evening.

Just a reminder about the PAC Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday December 5th from 6:30-7:30pm in the NRP Learning Commons.
I have attached a copy of the Agenda.
This is a great opportunity to get our financial update as well as hear from Rosa and Karen about Inquiry Learning and the reporting style at NRP.
I have built in enough time for your questions.
Please feel free to bring your children. We have free babysitting provided by Red Cross Babysitting Certified NRP students!