Parents, students and staff worked together to create a beautiful Social Justice Quilt which now adorns the front entrance of McBride Annex. Every child in the school designed a panel of the quilt. Kindergarten students focussed on family diversity. Grade One students created illustrations about their community. Grade 2/3 students designed panels on some way to assist with global issues. This quilt was unveiled at our Multicultural Night in April 2013 and received rave reviews from families. We were inspired to create this based upon the Social Justice 12 quilt profiled in the BCTF’s Social Justice Fall 2012 Newsletter.
Please join us on Saturday, May 25th for the annual McBride Annex Spring Fair!
McBride Annex Spring Fair
Saturday, May 25th from 11am to 3pm
Located at McBride Annex
4750 St. Catherines Street (29th and St Catherines)
The annual McBride Annex School Spring Fair is a fun and exciting carnival with
games for kids of all ages, delicious Food, Bouncy Castle, Giant slingshot,
silent auction, facepainting, music and fun…Don’t miss out!
Come celebrate the day at this family-friendly fun event. Rain or shine, we’ll
see you there. Admission is Free.
Just a reminder that our Multicultural Night will be on Thursday, April 18th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. At our Multicultural Night we will be having a dinner (provided by each of us offering something from our heritage) followed by the performance of songs by each class.
Bring one meal (tapas, main or dessert) separated into two dishes. If you can, label your dish as meat or vegetarian and describe its culture or country. Please bring meals between 5:30-5:45pm. Kids will perform at 7pm. We encourage you to bring serving utensils (with your name labelled), and/or your own reusable dishes/cutlery.
Please respond on the website or on the paper notice being sent home to you again today as to whether or not you plan to attend and how many people will be attending with you. We are trying to confirm our numbers for seating and food. We look forward to seeing you there that evening!
Please go to the events page of our website to RSVP – including signing up to volunteer.
Thank you all for your generous donations and work to help fundraise for our school playground. Tax receipts for 2012 playground donations were mailed on February 26 and any questions regarding tax receipts can be sent to Dina at firstname.lastname@example.org
The playground subcommittee met with Henderson Recreation Equipment on February 18th. We have made arrangements for our installation weekend to be May 3rd to 5th. We need 12 volunteers from noon to 8pm on Friday, May 3rd and 24 volunteers from 8am – 4pm on Saturday, May 4th. Kiki Yee is coordinating all volunteers and their shifts. Keith Darvell is coordinating all equipment needs. Ellen Wilps and Dina Matterson are coordinating food for all volunteers: Please talk to any of these people if you are able to assist.
Note: Saturday volunteers must be available for Sunday as well if the project requires more time to complete.
Your child’s Kindergarten year is a critical one which focuses largely on their healthy social and emotional development. Parents, teachers and children all want this pivotal year to be the best it can be! While your child’s intellectual development is very important to us, this is not the only goal of Kindergarten.
Play-based learning supports all of your child’s developmental processes as they begin their education. These goal areas include their social, emotional, intellectual, artistic, aesthetic, oral language and physical development. Our classrooms and not-for-profit preschool all share this educational approach. It is grounded in sound educational research and strongly supported by the Ministries of Education in B.C., Ontario and many other jurisdictions around the world.
What is Play-Based Learning?
Here is some information for parents about a play-based learning program in Kindergarten and the Primary Grades. Learn more about the importance of Intentional Play as part of your child’s educational program:
On November 1, 2012 schools began accepting in-boundary registrations for the 2013/14 school year. Mr. Chamberlain and Miss Rebecca recently hosted an informal session for preschool parents about registering for Kindergarten on January 25th, 2013. Mr. Chamberlain is also happy to answer your questions about Kindergarten and give you a tour of the school at anytime. Please see Ms. Fischer in the office if you have any questions about the registration process.
Kindergarten registrations are on a first come, first served basis with preference given to students who live in the catchment area and new Kindergarten students who currently have siblings in the school that are Cross-Boundary. Please remember if you have children already in the school, you still need to register your Kindergarten child. Cross boundary applications are being accepted starting on February 15th, 2013. You may pick up the forms in advance at the office and drop them off on that morning. Cross boundary students may be accepted for all grades as space permits. You will need to bring the following information with you when registering:
- Original Birth Certificate for students born in 2008
- Care Card/immunization records
- Proof of residence (Tax Assessment/Rental Agreement)
Sir Richard McBride Annex
4750 St. Catherines Street
Our daughter, Sydney, is a Kindergarten student in Mrs. Wilkes’ class. We have lived in the Mountain View community for the last five years. Sydney is the older sister to her two brothers: Trevor, a recent addition to our family, is almost 5 months and we plan for him to attend McBride Annex; and James who was taken to Heaven when he was only 17 months old. James had epilepsy and passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on April 3rd, 2011. It was a very difficult time for us, but the sense of community here in Mountain View and the support we got from our neighbours and friends was a big help to our family.
That sense of community has carried into our experiences at McBride Annex – it is a very special school made up of wonderful people. We had been thinking for some time about a formal way to remember James and we feel that the playground project is a fitting way to honour our son’s memory. James was a boisterous and adventurous little man. He loved playing in the park with his sister and other friends, many of whom are also now students at McBride Annex or will be in the days to come.
With the support of our family and friends we are so pleased to donate the additional funds needed to have the playground built this Spring and extremely thankful to have it dedicated to James. We also wanted to thank Mr. Chamberlain and the PAC who have been so very understanding and supportive of our wishes.
~ Keith and Chantal Darvell
Our special thanks to those who have generously donated in honour of James ~
Keith & Chantal Darvell
Mike & Shanni Eckford
Hugh & Sara Nash
Mike & Sarah Chiu
Jer & Tara Laker
Mike Grossinger & Shelley La Claire
Kim & Cory Pettersen
Clive & Donna Darvell
Mike Kilgallin & Caroline Day
Little Mountain Preschool
Jer & Bree White
Gaye & Strat Leggat
Ben Rappaport & Suzy Bando
Chris & Beth Donaldson
Donovan & Katherine Plomp
Aaron & Mary Mittler
Diane & Jeremy Hermanson
Claudia & William Petersmeyer
Colin & Susan Macrae
Aubin & Miles OBrien
Klara Kroupa & Craig Hewson
Jason & Michelle Kurtz
Kevin Wallace & Dina Matterson
Kibben Jackson & Danielle Murphey
The Rae Family
Patrick and Gail Cromie
Dave Downie and Angie Hirata
Shawn & Joelle Jamieson
Mark & Mimi Dear
Mark Lavigne & Su Ning Strube
Faye Leung & David Tu
Andrew & Kathy Buchanan
Treena Goolieff & Chris Lee
Gord & Phyllis Earle
Ron Mardik & Dodie Kamenz
Lisa & Brad Klatt
Shelley Cathrea & Tucker Roy
Bruce Earle & Cathy Irwin
Carmine Boskovich & Rob Cook
Shirene Salamatian and Jason Mercier
Dr. Jeremy White
Carmine Boskovich & Robert Cook
David & Katrina Graham
Join us on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 for the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Playground Fundraiser at 4186 Main Street (one block South of King Edward).
We have booked Wednesday January 16, 2013 at Rocky Mountain Flatbread for our playground fundraiser dinner out. Invite the biggest eaters you know! The night starts at 5PM and goes until the restaurant closes at 9:30PM. The restaurant is open to the public, but 10% of all the proceeds from the night go to McBride Annex PAC.
If you can’t make it for dinner out or don’t want to wait, order take out or frozen pizzas and tell them its for the fundraiser on Wednesday night.