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Weekly Community - Wednesday, November 14th

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Weekly Community - Wednesday, November 14th
by Tammy Cowley - Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 1:48 PM



Wednesday, November 14th

PAC Meeting, Guest Speaker TONIGHT: The White Hatter, 7:00-9:00 pm 

Thursday, November 15th

Cordova Bay Indoor Soccer Program Games:

  • Team One at Lochside Elementary
  • Team Two at Cordova Bay Elementary

Friday, November 16th

Lifetouch Photography will be here (9:00 to 10:30 am) to take photos for students that missed the first photo day or for students wishing to have retakes.

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

Thursday, December 13th

Due to limited gym capacity and fire regulations, we are offering two Christmas concerts:

  • 1:30 pm - Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal for Extended Family (Aunts/Uncles/Grandparents)

  • 6:00 pm - Christmas Concert for Parents/Guardians/Immediate Family

December 24th to January 4th

Christmas Break! - Students do not attend school


Student Photos - Friday, November 16th, 9:00-10:30 am:  Lifetouch will be here to take photos for students that missed the first photo day or for students wishing to have retakes.  

Report Cards – Explanation of Student Reporting:  Please see the attached document that explains the updated descriptors that will be used in report cards to assess student learning.  Report cards will be sent home on or before December 7th.

Cardboard NEEDED for the 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

Cordova Bay Elementary Biannual Book Sale - Thursday, December 6, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Gym:  All books will be $0.50 with the proceeds being donated to families in our community.  To help with this project, donations of ‘gently read’ children’s and adult’s books are greatly appreciated.  This could include fiction, non-fiction, picture books, novels, comics or cookbooks.  Please no magazines.  We are accepting books now and the final collection day will be Friday, November 30th.  Books may be dropped off on tables located next to the gym.

Student Absences:  If your child will be absent from school, please ensure you call the Safe Arrival Line at 250-658-4002.  Please call each day that your child is away or indicate the dates that your child will be absent.  Thank you!


The White Hatter - TONIGHT! November 14 – 7-9 pm in the Gym:  No Need to Register as we have seats still available. Brandon Laur from The White Hatter will be here to show us how to be safe in the digital world.  ** Childminding is available in the Library Learning Commons **

Board Games Night - Friday November 30, 6:00-8:00 pm in the gym.  !!!!! Mark Your Calendars !!!!!   The Board Game Cafe will be here to share their games and provide assistance if you are learning a new game. 

Prizes / Board Games / Trivia / Pizza Meals / Treats  

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Pizza also available, please email Cordova Bay PAC if you would like these options:  Hope you can make it for this New Family Event.


November 23 PRO-D Options:

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

Mindful Parenting - Caring for our Children, Caring for Ourselves with Dr. Mark Sherman: Saturday, December 1st,  9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Cordova Bay School Learning Commons.  How do we take care of ourselves in the midst of the challenges (and blessings) of parenthood? When we are able to remain wakeful and present in the midst of stressful situations, we are better able to connect with our children and to speak and behave from a place of kindness, skill and care. Join Dr. Mark Sherman for this interactive and practical workshop, exploring the role of mindfulness in parenting.

Cordova Bay Parents are invited to register for this full day workshop ($60 per parent), by visiting the following website:

Please contact Dr Mark Sherman at if you have any questions with regards to registration.  I very much look forward to spending the day with interested parents and Dr. Mark Sherman who is an incredible supporter of children and families and one of my cherished mentors.  Sincerely, Mrs. Mary Lynn Heron, Principal

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! To that end, 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.  For more information or to register, please email ERIC ROWE (SPABA Coaching Coordinator) at<>.   *Please wear athletic attire and indoor running shoes.

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
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