Parent Survey on VSB Budget

vsbThe Vancouver School Board is seeking input from interested parents on the upcoming budget considerations for 2014/15. If you would like to respond feel free to use this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DPACSURVEY2014

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Anti-Homophobia Play

This play was developed and written by Grade 2/3 students with editing support from Mr. Chamberlain to focus on the true origins of the Day of Pink. It was a re-enactment of a homophobic bullying event in 2007 in Cambridge, Nova Scotia that led to students standing up for a Grade 8 boy who was called homophobic names because he wore a pink shirt to school. This play was performed for the culmination of one month of anti-homophobia education at McBride Annex. It was performed for students, parents and staff on Feb. 26, 2014.
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Music for Young Children Summer Day Camps

MusicForYoungChildren

Hannah Hamm, an Annex mom, is holding two Summer Day Camps:

  • July 14-18: Music across Canada
  • August 25-29: Journey through history – Musical styles

Also, Saturday April 26 she’s holding a Spring  Studio Open House with free trial classes.

Click here to view the flyer for more information and registration details.

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McBride Annex Singers

All of our students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 participate in a weekly music program that is coordinated by one of our parents (Hannah Hamm) and all of the classroom teachers working collaboratively together. We’re thrilled to be educating our students about the gifts of music and song! This links well to the outstanding music and choral program that already exists at McBride main school. Listen to our student’s voices by clicking on the tracks below:

We are the World

Build the World a Home

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Moving Between Schools?

IMG_3703Are you planning to switch schools within Vancouver? If so, read the important information at the following link. The deadline for you to try to transfer between schools is April 4th:

http://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-news/planning-switch-public-schools

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Day of Pink Play

logoGrade 2 and 3 students in our Kids Helping Kids club wrote a script and performed a play to recognize the original origins for the Day of Pink on February 26th. This was a culmination of our social justice teaching during the month of February about family diversity and anti-homophobia education. To see a brief story about this event on the VSB’s website go to:

http://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-news/mcbride-annex-students-think-pink-anti-bullying-play

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Peaceful Heart & Wounded Heart Project

These hearts were designed by our Grade 2 & 3 students to depict peaceful images for Aboriginal people and juxtapose this with hurtful imagery from their residential school history and experiences.

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Kids Helping Kids Projects

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The KHK club are working on a few projects and are seeking donations to help local charities. Three students are doing a presentation and short play in classrooms today to promote the services that the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) does. Another group of students did presentations in classrooms yesterday about BC Children’s Hospital and will be asking students for donations next week. Both groups have ambitious goals to raise $100 for each charity. A third group is also doing a garage sale of used toys and books in the gym at lunchtime on Thursday, Feb. 13th. The money that they raise will also go to BC Children’s Hospital. Students can purchase used toys and books for prices from 25 cents to $1.25. Please send money with your child in a labelled envelope to support any of these projects.

Two other groups are working on short skits to perform in classrooms. These are still works in progress. Additionally, the whole club will be working on a performance for our Day of Pink on Feb. 26th. Some students are working on script writing with me while others will be performing, making posters and doing narration for the play.

The students are quite excited about these projects and we appreciate your support of their social justice projects.

Regards,

James Chamberlain, Vice principal

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Welcome back!

Hi Everyone,

Happy new year to you. Remember that school re-opens after Winter Vacation on Monday, January 06, 2014. Hope your vacation was fun and you’re ready to come back. See you then.

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Thank you for the Red Cross Donations!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

photoThank you everyone for donating the baked goods and participating in the Family Dance last Thursday, November 21. Together we have raised $1333.10 to the Red Cross for the Typhoon Haiyan victims.  A special thank you to the Filipino families in our school for coordinating this event. Thank you to Joy Jose our Filipino Multicultural Worker for her support as well. Together, we have all made a difference in the lives of Filipino people overseas. I greatly appreciate everyone’s support for this important cause.

Regards,

James Chamberlain

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