A Howling Good 30th Anniversary
From perennial favourite Von Schtinko's Lab, the terrifying Haunted House and funtastic carnival games, Tennyson's 30th Anniversary Halloween Howl was a smashing success.
Thanks to the crack team of parent volunteers who swooped in Thursday and Friday after school, the gym, hallways and classrooms were transformed into a creepy, spooky haunt for the more than 800 revelers to enjoy. With the re-design of the gym the school really looked phenomenal!
Screams of excitement were heard all down the halls from Hockey to Haunted House to Cake Walk where there were more than 75 cakes to be won!
The pumpkin carving contest judges had the tough job of picking winners from among the more than 80 amazing entries. Check out the winners here. And judging the costume contest wasn’t any easier. What an incredibly creative group of families we have at Tennyson! The list of costume contest winners is posted in the school lobby and students can claim their prizes in the office.
Of course, it's not a Tennyson event without fabulous food; we have Grad 2017 parents and students to thank for delicious Fried Rice, Pizza, Sushi and treats in the cafeteria.
From everyone who had a spooctacular time at the Howl, an enormous thank you to Howl Co-Chairs Borja Fisher Brown, Martes Farrugia and Ravena Berar as well as the fabulous coordinators who headed up rooms or took on other key organizational roles. An additional thanks goes to guest goalies Noah and Tudor. And finally a huge shout out to all the amazing parents who volunteered to work on the night, and those who came to set up and clean up. There wouldn't be a Howl without you.
On a practical matter, any uncollected pumpkins have been moved to 1895-West 10th Avenue (the house kitty corner from Tennyson on the North East corner of Cypress). The pumpkins are lined up on the walk inside the cedar hedge. Sadly, they couldn't stay in the school over the weekend because they rot! We apologize in advance for any pumpkins that may not have survived - several were starting to decompose already and needed to be composted.
Here are the impressions from one family:
"The photographer captured the best picture of my kids all year (no offence to Lifetouch). And, we particularly enjoyed the spooky story telling in the library; who knew big toes could be so scary! The highlight of this year’s Von Schtinko's show was the Frankenteacher photo mash-up of Mme. Alain and M. Chi Ho (if you missed it, sorry … what happens in the Von Schtinko Show stays in the Von Schtinko Show)."
The 2016 Pumpkin Carving Contest had 82 fantastic entries! This is the highest number of entries that we have ever had. They were all amazing and the efforts were appreciated ... our judges had a very difficult time choosing the winners. Everyone did a great job ... thank you!
Here is a list of winners:
Scariest - Tobyn, Div 8
Funniest - Ayaka McKenzie, Div 17 (Kindergarten!) & Imogen, Div 12
Best Traditional - Megan Samenirad, Div 19 (Kindergarten!) & Callia (Div 16)
Most Gruesome - Evelyn Berry, Div 11
Most Original - Jillian Plotkin, Div 14 & Sebastian Lee, Div 12
Judge's Choice - Joey Volk, Div 16
Scariest - Amy & Nyla, Div 7
Funniest - Alex D, Div 2 & Thor Younger, Div 6
Best Traditional - Chandra & Allison, Div 6 & Tudor Jinga, Div 5
Most Gruesome - Wilde Younger, Div 7 & Henry Goldman, Div 5
Most Original - Paris Mutual, Div 3 & Stella Lee, Div 6
Judge's Choice - Jullian Lee, Div 2
It looks like Tennyson's seismic plan has been approved!?!
Check out this news story.
We know many of you are planning to come and help but the sign-up sheets still have lots of empty spaces, especially for the second shift of the activities. Don’t feel hemmed in by your Division assignments – feel free to sign up for any activity!
We still need lots of volunteers for Friday Setup and Room Roles… Ticket sales cannot start until more positions are filled!
Events in DANGER OF EARLY CLOSURE or even CANCELLATION:
Fortune Telling and Graveyard, Batty Bingo, Photo room, Cakewalk, and Gym games. We also desperately need help on the night of the Howl with security and selling tickets, especially at 7:45 on Friday.
Don’t delay. Be a HOWL HERO and sign up today!
Questions? Contact Howlcoordinators@lordtennyson.ca
Gr 4/5 Ski & Snowboard Pass
Attention Grade 4s and 5s!
Want to ski and ride this winter? The Canadian Ski Council’s SnowPass TM lets you ski and ride three times at EACH participating ski area for $29.95. That’s a lot of skiing and snowboarding right across Canada!
To join in, you need to be in grade 4 or 5 (or 9 or 10 years old) and live in Canada. Every skier and snowboarder is welcome, especially if you’re a beginner.
You only need to apply once for a SnowPass and it’s valid until the end of grade 5. This means if you apply in grade 4 the pass is valid for two years.
Online Application: This option allows you to upload the SnowPass holder’s photo, proof of age and make a payment, all from our secure online application. This option is the best if you are looking to save time!
Printed Online Application: This process allows you to enter your child’s information online and print it off to send via mail. Please use this process if you’re unable to upload your child’s picture, proof of age/grade and make the payment online.
The pass allows card holders to ski or snowboard at each participating mountain 3 times for only $29.95
Here is where you can use the ski pass across Canada:
Here are the details and website to register.
Please see this Howl information which includes the division assignments.
And here is some extra info for Kindergarten and Gr 1 families who might be new to the Howl.
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Another petition - online
This online petition is a request to Education Minister Mike Bernier to restore local, democratic control of the Vancouver School Board. Have a read and see if it is something you agree with.
Tennyson parents have a separate paper petition (out front of the school this week) asking about seismic upgrade plans and procedures now that the trustees have been fired. Please come by and say hi! We will lend you a pen ...
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