Garibaldi Newsletter April 2016

Message from the Vice-Principal

I can’t believe that it is April and that we are starting to plan the end of year events!

We have a lot of activities planned, the first one being the whole school field trip to Spanish Banks to release our salmon. Since January, students in Division One have been participating in the Salmon in the Classroom program. In this program the students have raised salmon eggs in a tank until they are ready to be released. Each class has been observing and studying the growth of the salmon.

Now that the salmon have grown into fry, they will be released on Monday 9th May at Spanish Banks. Parents are invited to join us at Spanish Banks, although there will not be any space on the school bus. After the release, we will hike a couple of trails in the Pacific Spirit Regional Park, followed by time to explore the beach and play some games. We are thankful to PAC for providing lunch! We are also grateful to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for funding the purchase of the chiller unit. Without this funding, the school would not have been able to participate in the program.

Over the next couple of months, please keep checking your child’s agenda and emails from the school for details of other activities.

With thanks,

Cathy Thomas

School Calendar for next school year

We have set the Professional Development calendar for Garibaldi Annex to match Lord Nelson’s calendar and it has been sent to the board for approval. The VSB calendar for 2016- 2017 has now been finalized and is available on the VSB website

Important Dates

May 2 ProD Day, No School

May 9 Field Trip to Spanish Banks

May 20 Day not in Session, No School

May 23 Victoria Day, No School

Garibaldi Annex PAC Logo | Garibaldi Annex PACThank you PAC

The students had a lot of fun at the Science workshops paid for by PAC just after Spring Break. We are excited about the Orff music program funded by PAC that will be running on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from Tuesday April 26th to Wednesday May 18th. The students will be sharing their learning in a performance at the Volunteer Tea, which has been scheduled for the afternoon of Friday 27th May. Students are also looking forward to going out to the garden with PAC volunteers, starting on Thursday 21st April. Thank you to parent volunteers for giving their time to facilitate this and many other activities that will be taking place over the next couple of months.

PAC has also funded ‘sexplainer’ Marnie Goldberg once again to come to Garibaldi. Her visit will include meeting with parents on Wednesday 25th May from 6:15pm to 7:45pm to deliver a parent talk before she works with students on Thursday 26th May. More information about Marnie’s program can be found on her website

Big One at Two Earthquake Drill

At 2:00pm, on Thursday 5th May, the school will be participating in the Vancouver School District’s earthquake drill. This year we will not be releasing students from school so families do not need to collect their child early on this afternoon. Staff will be conducting a full evacuation onto the gravel field and setting up the earthquake equipment as they would in the event of an earthquake actually occurring.

For your information, if an earthquake did occur, then for child safety reasons, the school will only release children to an adult who is named as an emergency contact in the student records. Please ensure that the information held by the school in the event of emergency is up to date. If there were to be a major earthquake students would be supervised by school staff for 72 hours before being placed in the care of the Ministry if they have not been collected. This will initially be onsite at Garibaldi and then we would relocate to Lord Nelson School or Templeton High School.

Please take the time to develop a family emergency plan or to review your existing plan. This website may be useful

Long Range Facilities Plan

Consultations about the proposed Long Range Facilities plan continue to be held around the District. The next meetings for stakeholders are on April 24th and April 30th. Please see the newsletter here for further information about what is happening and how you can be involved.

VSB Budget

The Vancouver School District budget has been in the news a lot recently. The Board of Trustees invites families to be involved in the budget process. The next public meeting will be held at Tupper Secondary School on Monday 25th April at 5:00pm and final deliberations will take place on Thursday 28th April at Gladstone Secondary School at 7:00pm. Information about the proposed budget can be found at

BC Curriculum

Staff has worked closely with our colleagues at Lord Nelson school in the past few weeks on the two BC Curriculum implementation days. These days have been extremely valuable in understanding the curriculum and planning for September. Parents may be interested in watching a short video about the new BC Curriculum on the BC Ministry of Education website

Warm Weather

As the weather gets warmer and the sun becomes stronger, please remind your child to drink water regularly during the school day. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school, to wear hats and sunscreen and to seek shade for part of their lunch break.


It’s that time of year to clean up the garden and we’re asking people to come out for the Garden Cleanup on April 30th from 10-noon. We hope you can come and join us.

Get Involved | Garibaldi Annex PACElections for PAC 2016/17 positions will be held at the last PAC Meeting of the year on June 15th. There is great satisfaction in being involved in the school on a level that influences your child’s learning and enjoyment of school. When a child sees a parent involved in the school, it makes them know that their parents value learning which leads them to value learning.

The next PAC meeting will be at 6:00pm on Wednesday 18th May. All are welcome!

If you would like to receive email notifications of Garibaldi PAC Blog postings regarding upcoming events and happenings, please sign up at


An invitation from the Lord Nelson Parent Advisory Group

We’re two weeks away from our last parent education night of the school year! The PACs of Lord Nelson and Hastings Elementary present:

Managing Conflict with Your Child’s Brain in Mind

with Raj Dhasi, senior Conflict Resolution Consultant at Turning Point Resolutions Inc.
What’s the focus? Building your connection with your child while helping you set limits and support empathic brain development.

Why is this important? By understanding the development of your child’s brain you will gain a better understanding of why some conflicts occur and how to work smarter not harder to build a great relationship with your child.

Register here
A limited number of hard copy tickets will be available in the office after April 15th.

Lord Nelson PAC will offer a limited number of paid childcare spaces for this talk for our students – please sign up here and pay in advance to reserve a place for your child.

Get the PDF of the newsletter here Newsletter April 2016


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