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Weekly Communication - Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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Weekly Communication - Wednesday, November 7, 2018
by Tammy Cowley - Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 1:56 PM



Friday, November 9th

Remembrance Day Assembly – 10:00 am

Friday, November 9th

Hot Lunch

Monday, November 12th

Stat Holiday for Remembrance Day – Students do not attend school

Wednesday, November 14th

PAC Meeting - Guest Speaker: The White Hatter, 7:00-9:00 pm (Registration required – see below)

Thursday, November 15th

Cordova Bay Indoor Soccer Program Games:

  • Team One at Lochside Elementary

  • Team Two at Cordova Bay Elementary

Friday, November 16th

Photo Retakes, 9:00-10:30 am 

Tuesday, November 20th

Cordova Bay Indoor Soccer Program Games:

  • Team One at Lochside Elementary

  • Team Three at Cordova Bay Elementary

Friday, November 23rd

Non-Instructional Day – Children do not attend school.

Friday, November 30th

PAC Board Games Night in the gym – 6:00-8:00 pm

Sunday, December 2nd

Ordering for Hot Lunch on December 7th CLOSES today.

Thursday, December 6th

Cordova Bay Elementary Book Sale

  • 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the gym
  • Donations for books close on Friday, Nov. 30.

Friday, December 7th

Hot Lunch

December 24th to January 4th

Christmas Break! - Students do not attend school


Lifetouch Photos:  Lifetouch Photo packages have been sent home.  Proofs or portrait payments are due back to the school TOMORROW Thursday, November 8th.  Retakes will be on Friday, November 16th from 9:00-10:30 am and children need to return their proofs should they wish to get a retake.

Choir:  For our November Remembrance Day assembly, choir students are asked to wear a white top and black pants or skirt.  Mrs. Heron understands how challenging it can be to buy clothes for children (she has two daughers!), so if a white shirt and black bottom is not possible, then something close would be just fine.  Assembly  begins at 10:00 am.

Coats for Kids (and Families):  We are collecting clean, gently used or new coats for kids (and families) until this Friday, November 9.  Please consider donating to this great cause to help keep Victoria families warm this season! Coats can be dropped off in the marked box in the reception area by the office. 

School Garden:  Mrs. Organic will be gardening with our school again this year, thanks to our generous PAC and additional funding from Mrs. Organic and Mrs. Heron. Our first session will be Monday, November 19th. We are in desperate need of cardboard to keep the weeds down.  Please collect as much cardboard as you can and drop it inside the garden fence by the gate. If you know neighbours or friends who are expecting a new fridge or stove, etc. we would so appreciate that as well!  Thank you for your support.  Cathy Challinor

Bike Locks:  There are two bike locks on the fence in the under-covered area.  We would like to give potential owners a couple of days to remove them.  Next week, facilities will cut them off as they have become a safety concern.  

Wet Weather Preparedness:  As we get more wet weather, families are asked to have their children dressed appropriately to go outside as most days children will go outdoors for their breaks.  Rubber boots, waterproof jackets and rain pants are suggested especially if your child likes to play in/near the puddles!  A full change of clothes in their backpacks is also helpful should they need to change.

The Power of Why:  How Playing Can Build Strong Mental Health 


The White Hatter:  November 14 – 7-9 pm.  One week from today Brandon Laur from The White Hatter will be here to show us how to be safe in the digital world. It's a presentation you won't want to miss!  

  • Nov 14 - Brandon Laur will be here to educate parents and care givers about Digital Literacy and Internet Safety.
  • Nov 15 - Brandon will be back to do a 90 minute session with the grade 4/5 students.

Space is limited. Register for your free seat at the parent event on Nov 14.  Click HERE to register.

**Childminding will be available!!!**


Halloween Candy Leftovers:  CB55+ has offered to prepare Christmas crackers again using leftover Halloween candy!  For those of you new to our school, members of 55+ will wrap the candy in toilet paper tubes to look like Christmas crackers and take them to a local food bank to be included in Christmas food hampers. If you have candy or toilet paper rolls to donate (they have lots of ribbon and wrapping paper), please take them to Mrs. Mitchell’s classroom for collection between now and Friday November 9.

November 23 PRO-D Options:

  • Jump Rope Workshop:  Friday, November 23, 9:30-4:00 at Royal Oak Middle School.  See below for more information.
  • Panorama Rec Centre:  See attached PDF for more information.

Basketball for Elementary Age Students:  Since Night League basketball really doesn't start until about Grade 5, SPABA (Saanich Peninsula Amateur Basketball Association) is trying to get younger kids involved, to stoke that fire and love of the game even earlier!  We are running a 1-hour session on Sunday, November 25th at North Saanich Middle school from 4pm-5pm.  We intend to keep it a small group - maximum of 20 kids - run by some of our current coaches as well as former local high school players so that each child gets some individual attention. Focus is on fitness and fun, with the first 40 minutes or so being skills and drills followed by a controlled scrimmage.  And as a promotion for this initial session, each child will get a T-shirt and their own basketball (to keep!). Cost will be $10 a child.  Please fee free to forward to any other families on the Peninsula who would ultimately feed into the SPABA Night League Basketball program. *Please wear athletic attire and indoor running shoes. For more information or to register, please email ERIC ROWE (SPABA Coaching Coordinator) at   

District of Saanich - Building the Plan - Workshop #1 - Transportation

  • When: Thursday, November 8, 5:30 to 8:45 pm
  • Where: 5238 Cordova Bay Road, Cordova Bay 55+ (Next/Cordova Bay Elementary
  • Feel free to bring the kids.  Supervised children's activity area in the gym with pizza served at 6 pm.
  • Click HERE for more information.

Dr. Shimi Kang Presentation:  Dr.  Shimi Kang is the author of The Dolphin Parent and she will be speaking at Glenlyon Norfolk School on November 14th. The presentation is open to the public and tickets are $10 each available on the school website.  Tickets can be purchased online at  Learn more about Dr. Kang at

FamilySmart Programs - Anger Management for Parents of Children who are Explosive:  This workshop is designed to help parents recognize the early stages of anger and teach their children tools to self-calm and self regulate. Strategies and tools learned in this workshop can be applied to children with different needs and of all ages – including adults.  Parents, caregivers, those working with children, and professionals welcome!  Presented by Katherine Paxton CCC

  • Date & Time: Monday November 26th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Location:  The Military Family Resource Centre, 2610 Rosebank Road
  • RSVP: or