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Here is the admin's year-end Tennyson newsletter (sent to parents on June 28).
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At the second annual Tiger Tail Presentation, our graduating Grade 7 students symbolically passed on their school spirit by presenting the Kindergartners with their tiger tails. Then the students showed their tiger spirit by belting out the Tennyson song and dancing to the Survivor classic, Eye of the Tiger.
The Grade 7's had a fabulous day on Tuesday, June 26, to celebrate the end of an era at Tennyson!
The girls looked beautiful in their dresses and the boys looked dashing in pants, ties and jackets. There were family photos for those who wanted images on their mantle or to send to Grandma, followed by a lovely ceremony, attended by none other than Dr Suess himself! OK, that’s not quite true, but M Roche’s reading of “Oh, the places you’ll go” was a close second! It was a poignant reminder of what we can make of ourselves if we put in a little effort - it may or may not have also brought a couple of tears to some eyes in the audience.
The group picture on the front steps of Tennyson was a great reminder of how different our school will look very soon. There was also a great picture taken in front of the well-known Tennyson sign on the corner of 10th and Maple, with a fabulous quote. The day ended with a wonderful potluck dinner at Locarno beach - the sun stayed around until late and there was even swimming for some brave souls!
Overall, a lovely day to mark the end of Elementary and the impending start to High School!
The Grade 4 students from Division 7 and 8 worked very hard over the last month and a half preparing for a Craft and Used Toy Sale to raise money to help the homeless in Vancouver. The event took place last week outside during both recesses for two days and was very successful! Students put up posters around the school and promoted the event in every classroom to advertise for the market.
Earlier in the year, students welcomed a guest from the Covenant House who shared how they help homeless youth in Vancouver. Both divisions also went to Save-On-Meats for a field trip to learn about how this downtown diner helps provide job training and employment opportunities for the community at large. The diner is affiliated with A Better Life Foundation that helps provide 1,000 daily meals for women, children and those in assisted living in the downtown east-side community. Developing this fundraiser allowed students to create and follow a plan of action to address the selected problem of homelessness in Vancouver which is a curricular competency directly linked to the social studies curriculum.
We have raised a total of 1,062.85$! The profits have been divided equally between the Covenant House and A Better Life Foundation. We are so proud of all the effort and positive energy students showed throughout this activity. We would also like to thank all staff, parents and students at Lord Tennyson for being engaged and supportive during this memorable ‘’Marché pour aider’’.
Don't forget to check the lost and found before the end of term; everything that is still there by end of day Thursday, June 28 will be donated.
There are lots of water bottles, lunch bags and beautiful sweaters and jackets. Have a look at the pictures above to see if you recognize anything. There will be a reminder in tomorrow's student announcements, but please mention it at home too.
Thank you to all the families who ordered lunch and came out to support Quebec 2020’s Sports Day fundraiser last Friday. We could not have done this event without all of the amazing volunteer parents who planned the event, set-up the space for “Team Purple Concessions”, worked the grill, sold tickets, delivered hot lunches, served up refreshing freezies and treats, and then cleaned it all up at the end of the day.
A special shout-out goes to all the Grade 5 students who worked hard to keep the concession stand lines moving throughout recess, lunch and after school. Way to go! It’s been a great start for the Quebec 2020 fundraising. The newly formed team will be back next year with more lunches and events to offer!
A special HUGE thank you to all our sponsors: Maple Leaf Foods for providing the all-beef wieners, Starbucks at 1758 West Broadway (Broadway and Pine location) for providing the coffee, Loblaws / Warehouse Club for providing some of the concession items, and to Sportball Vancouver for the gift certificate. Arita Barton in Division 15 was the winner of the draw for the Sportball Gift Certificate.
The Quebec 2020 organizing committee would also like to acknowledge support from Mme Adrienne Heron, the Coldrey-Lo Family, and the Mason Family who donated some of the treats.
This fundraiser could not have taken place without the support of the school administration. We are incredibly grateful to Doug and Regina for their support, and to Sam for all his assistance on the logistics.
What a great day! As usual, the cheers were lively and entertaining (see the Team Red cheer in the video at the bottom). It was wonderful to see the whole community together in one place ... students, teachers, admin, support staff, and parents were all gathered at the front of Tennyson. Thank you to the Kits High Leadership 10 class and Tennyson alumni who organized the day and ran all of the stations throughout the day. The sun came out for the tug-o-war (it always does!) and the day ended with ...
Team Yellow winning the Tennyson Sports Day Trophy!
Apparently Team Yellow and Team Blue tied in the tug-o-war event but I need to give a shout out to Grade 6 Team Red (stacked with girls) who solidly won the Grade 6 tug-o-war (yes, my Gr 6 daughter was Team Red).
Thanks for the concession and BBQ lunch, Grade 5 parents (Team Purple) ... you have set the bar high!
Please see the following message from our retiring teacher-librarian, Mme Lyse:
Dear parents and students of Tennyson,
As we are closing another school year, I am announcing my retirement at the end of June. I have been teaching nearly forty years (scary) and loved it! I have spent fourteen years at Tennyson, and from it, the last ten years as a teacher-librarian. One of my favorite postings!
I have known hundreds of students, parents and guardians. I am so grateful for the trust that you have given me in teaching your children. Together we shared the learning and tried to nurture their curiosity. Thank you!
I recognized that I needed to reckon with my other passions and let the younger generation lead the way. I have fond memories of my years at Tennyson. I wish you all the best. Always remember that I will have a great interest in your children, their destinies. Wherever they will go, whatever they will do, and whatever they will become.
The Tennyson Senior Choir, led by choirmaster Catherine Campolin, sang beautifully at Joyful Rebellion Choir's summer concert on Thursday, June 14 at St. James Community Square Hall.
The choir, comprising Tennyson students in Grade 3-5, opened the show with The Show by Lenka and continued with Someone in the Crowd from La La Land and When I'm Sixty-four by the Beetles. They were then joined by Joyful Rebellion Choir, a community choir based in Kitsilano, for a hilarious and wonderful rendition of Kermit the Frog's classic, Rainbow Connection. I had tears in my eyes!
I would like to say a huge thank you to Joyful Rebellion Choir and Mme Catherine for providing the Senior Choir students such a wonderful opportunity. It was a very special night. And thank you to Barbara and the team who work so hard to provide the Noon-hour programs that add such richness to our kids' education.
Did you know Tennyson was named one of the "Top 25 Schools in Canada" in Today's Parents 2007 feature?
In the September 2007 issue of Today's Parent magazine featuring "The Top 25 Schools in Canada", Lord Tennyson Elementary was named winner of the "All-Around Cool School" category. The article, posted below, featured our Halloween Howl, the tremendous school spirit, and our high level of parent involvement. I'm not sure what I think about the early finish on Fridays though; good for catching an early ferry but not so practical for the work schedule.
We've known about the article for a while but only got a copy of it now. It's been added to the Tennyson Archives for safe keeping. If you have any articles, pictures or artifacts to add to the archive please share it via the website administrator. And if you're a history buff the archive needs a curator.
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