What an amazing way for students (and parents!) to start off their day ...
DPAC General meeting this Thursday, April 26th at 7pm in Room 120 of the School Board Office (1580 West Broadway). On the agenda are 2 delegations and updates from VSB committee meetings including the preliminary 2018/19 VSB budget and the catchment boundary review. All parents and guardians of VSB students are welcome to attend.
VSB Budget 2018/19
We would love to have you come out to view Vancouver's Best Little Leaguer's vs the BEST in the world from Japan, Taiwan and around the province. at the Vancouver International Little League Tournament.
There will be at least 60 kids from Vancouver Proper in the event representing Little Mountain (2 Teams), Hastings, Jericho and Asahi.
The Japanese Team is from the Kitasuna association that has won 3 of the past 6 Little League World Series.
Free admission! Most Fields have a concession and are on bus routes. Here is a a full game schedule.
It is sure to be a terrific experience!
Once again, the Thunderbirds Track Club has volunteered to give Lord Tennyson two free sessions of school-based coaching! This is a fantastic opportunity for our kids to get exposure to professional coaching.
Jenny Carrique is the lead coach of the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track club. She will be volunteering her Track & Field coaching expertise twice this season at Lord Tennyson: Weds April 25th, and Weds May 2nd.
Jenny’s specialty area is sprinting. She will also be advising our athletes on High Jump and Shot Put.
Let’s enthusiastically thank Jenny for her assistance, by helping our team be early on Wednesday and all set up and ready to go.
Some great news announced by the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon President!
The Vancouver School Board recently announced it would restore 100 Grade 1 French Immersion spaces for the upcoming school year, 2018-19. The announcement comes after a year long campaign by Vancouver parents who were angered by the Spring 2018 French Immersion cuts.
"This is remarkable news. Reversing the cuts will mean more Vancouver students will be able to participate in this wonderful life-changing educational program. We commend the Vancouver school board and staff for listening to the voices of Vancouver families and for working hard to find solutions," said Diane Tijman, Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon President.
Glyn Lewis, Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon Executive Director added, "We also recognize and thank the dozens of Vancouver parents who have spent months speaking out about this issue. Their tireless advocacy on behalf of their children made this incredible reversal possible."
In the Spring of 2017 the Vancouver School Board cut one quarter of its phenomenally popular French Immersion program. The VSB cited a shortage of French Teachers as the primary reason for the cuts.
Earlier this month Vancouver School Board Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman and BC Education Minister Rob Fleming visited France and Belgium to sign French teacher mobility agreements. Their trip came on the heels of the Federal Government announcing $64 million over five years for French Teacher recruitment and retention strategies.
Last month, the Vancouver School Board announced a 381 strong wait-list for French Immersion in their school district.
*The Vancouver School District began offering $1,500 in moving allowances to full-time French Immersion hires. The VSB is also offering housing and settlement support to teachers who come from out of province or out of country.
*In February the BC Ministry of Education announced funding for the training of 100 new specialist teachers in the highest-demand fields, such as French.
*From the April 17th Vancouver School Board release: "After an extensive twelve-month recruitment campaign, the district has been able to add about 100 spaces for Grade 1 in French Immersion schools as a result of staffing more efficiently."
Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22!
Tennyson students will be celebrating Earth Week with the following student-led initiatives. Thank you to our Gr 7 leaders for sponsoring the events.
Monday, April 23
Beautify Tennyson School
Pick up litter and take care of the natural surroundings as part of the Vancouver Spectacular program which will begin later this week and continue through the month of April. Classes will sign up to take care of our community.
Tuesday, April 24
Reduce air pollution
Carpool, walk or bike to school or park further away and walk to school.
Wednesday, April 25
Bring a waste-free lunch in a container or re-usable bottle.
Earth Day Assembly - 9:15 am even divisions, 11 am odd divisions.
Thursday, April 26
Recycle & Re-use:
Sort paper, foods and garbage into containers.
Make arts & crafts using recycled materials.
Pro-D Day Camp at Norma Rose – Robotics, Math & Brain Games, Sports! – April 27th 9am-3pm
There will be a Pro-D Day Camp on April 27th hosted at the school by Daedalos Enrichment Programs and all proceeds will go to funding the NRP Robotics Team Forces of Atlantis to help them get to their International Competition in Tallinn, Estonia in June 2018. They are the ONLY Canadian team represented at the competition, which includes teams from 72 countries from around the world.
Here are the details about the Pro-D Day Camp from Daedalos:
Register here: April 27th Pro-D Day Camp at Norma Rose Point
Cost: By donation, recommended $50 - proceeds go to NRP Robotics team funding, payable by cheque to "Norma Rose Point School" or Cash on the day of.
Description: At our Pro-D Day camps we combine various activities to keep students learning while having fun. The April 27th Pro-D Day camp will consist of the following elements:
Elevate Ultimate Academy provides high-quality Ultimate frisbee programs for athletes aged 5-19.
They are running a free Ultimate demo on April 22 at Montgomery Park from 2-3 pm, and April 29 at Killarney Community Centre from 2-3 pm.
Parents can find all the information here: https://elevateacademy.ca/free-clinics/
Track and Field Team Meeting on Tuesday, April 17 at Recess and First Practice on Wednesday April 18 at 8 am
I just wanted to let you all know that our Vice-Principal Mme Regina Vosahlo is a *super star* for Lord Tennyson Track & Field!
Mme Regina will be holding a student meeting for all current and interested Track & Field team members on Tuesday, April 17th @ recess (10:30-10:50am). Parents are invited to attend as well.
Mme Regina has taken over the coordination of the program for the school, and has even procured three more teacher-sponsors for practices and meets! Thank-you sponsor teachers!!!
These teachers are:
Mondays - M Raphael Perdue (Grade 6)
Wednesdays - M Pav Wypych (Physical Education Teacher)
Fridays - M Jean-Paul Carriere (Grade 3)
Additionally, Mme Regina will be at school available for backup during each practice, if needed.
Track & Field practices will begin on Wednesday April 18th @ 8am (7:45 am set up). Practices will run every Monday, Wednesday & Friday that school is in session. On extremely rainy days we will play gym games indoors during the downpour, and stay outside as much as possible with light rain.
Mini-meets will be at Camosun Park, next to Queen Elizabeth Elementary School (4102 West 16th Avenue) and are as follows:
Juniors (Grades 3-5) Thurs May 10th & Weds May 16th.
Seniors (Grades 6 & 7) Tues May 8th & Mon May 14th.
The official season will end with the VSB divisional meet, for our Junior and Senior teams Wednesday, May 23 at Point Grey Secondary School (5350 East Blvd). Parking is limited. Juniors (Grades 3-5) will compete from 8:30 am to 12:30pm. Seniors will compete from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.
Junior grade 3s do not compete in shot put or high jump, as per the VSB safety policy. However, if all teacher sponsor and volunteer coaches agree, the grade 3 athlete may be allowed an exception. The athlete will have had to attend numerous practices and mini-meets, and have participated to their full ability. Grade 3s do, however, attend these events and positively support their Grade 4/5 teammates. No students will be allowed to compete in high jump unless they have trained several times previously, and can jump 0.09m (Juniors) and 1.05 (Seniors). This is as per VSB safety policy.
Our Lord Tennyson Tiger Junior-X Meet will run on Friday May 25 at 8:00am, for our grade K-3s, on the Lord Tennyson School field in all of the Track & Field events that we practice. All other Junior & Senior team members may also participate, after they have supported the Junior-Xs. This meet will be run for the younger grades, by the Junior and Senior teams - Grades 4-7. It will include achievement ribbons, adoring supporters, student coaches and (of course) Friday snack! All team members are expected to attend, fully participate, and support their Junior-X teammates.
All participants need to submit a signed permission form -- copies will be available at the following: Tuesday April 17th at the Student Meeting at recess, online on the school PAC website, and in front of the school office attached to the top of the 'Tiger Track & Field' box.
Currently, we have received confirmation emails from 4 parents who are able to volunteer with the team this year -- thank-you so much! Unfortunately, we have lost quite a few of the previous years volunteer parents who had taken lead volunteer coaching roles - due to their children leaving the school, or new work commitments and/or schedules.
Hopefully, many of you will be available to help manage and support our Track & Field Tigers in some way during our short practice season. No time contribution is too small, and all your help is very meaningful.
We will also need parents to coordinate amongst themselves to contribute to Friday snack -- please try to include something healthy. We find that the athletes are really ready for more breakfast after the practices.
On another important note, we have already sold two more team shirts, one to a parent! Yay! The shirt is the team uniform and costs $20 per shirt. Shirt requests and cash/cheques for shirts can also be dropped together into the box. Please make cheques out to 'Lord Tennyson School', with a notation that it is for deposit into the Track & Field budget, and your child's name and approximate shirt size. If you (as an keen parental athletic supporter) or your athlete need a new shirt, we have all sizes available for both children and adults (small, medium, large). Each shirt is $20. The shirt is the team uniform. If this amount is not feasible for financial reasons, please send a confidential email to our Principal, M Doug Roch. Bursaries are available, so absolutely no student needs to go without. We also have a cache of previously worn shirts that can be used for meets as "loaners", if an athlete forgets their shirt. They are a variety of sizes, with varying degrees of stains. All are laundered to the absolute best of my ability. Please give me your old unneeded shirts for the cache.
My sincere thanks to all of the parents who have done so much volunteer work in past seasons. I am looking forward to another fun and event-ful (pun intended) spring Track & Field season!
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