Support McBride Annex

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-11-14-24-pmThis year the PAC is raising funds for field trips, supplementary art supplies, and activities in the school such as dance/drama programs and guest speakers. Funds raised will also support other activities, including having artists in residence, supporting story workshop, as well as continuing the transformation of the art room and classroom environments.

Our overall fundraising goal for the year is $5,000.

Receiving donations is the fastest, easiest way to raise money for these programs. Every dollar donated goes directly to the campaign, and tax receipts are available for your donation of $10 or greater.

There are two ways for family and friends to donate:
1.   by cheque addressed to “McBride Annex PAC” – cheques can be delivered to the McBride Annex office;  or
2.   online at the McBride Annex website,
Just click the donate button to your right of the website.

To receive a tax receipt for 2016, please have your donation in by December 31, 2016.  Donations received from January 1 onward will receive a tax receipt for 2017.  Remember, the Vancouver School Board is a registered charity — check with your company’s Gift Matching Policy to maximize your donation!

thanks on behalf of the students and PAC!

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School closure process suspended immediately

The Vancouver School Board is suspending the school-closure process immediately and indefinitely until further discussion.

“The school closure process, including the development of the LRFP and administrative reports on schools, involved thousands of hours of staff time. The closure process was working on very tight timelines and the minister’s announcement about the removal of the 95 per cent requirement came too late to allow detailed consideration of the implications prior to the September 26 board meeting to move schools forward for public consultation. A new staff report may not be ready before decisions have to be made in December,” said VSB chairperson Mike Lombardi. “The decision of the Board means that in accordance with the VSB school closure policy, none of the 11 schools identified for consideration of closure will be closed by June 30, 2017.”

Find out more.

Vancouver Sun , Oct 3 ,2016
VSB suspends school-closure process indefinitely

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McBride Annex confirmed for closure consideration and Public Consultation

On September 26, 2016 trustees voted to confirm the following list of schools for closure consideration:

  • Queen Elizabeth Annex
  • Champlain Heights Annex
  • Tecumseh Annex
  • McBride Annex
  • Dr. A. R. Lord Elementary
  • Admiral Seymour Elementary
  • Graham D. Bruce Elementary
  • Sir Guy Carleton Elementary
  • Queen Alexandra Elementary
  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elementary
  • Gladstone Secondary

As recommended by the Planning and Facilities/Education Committee, trustees also decided to remove Britannia Secondary from consideration of closure.

Trustees passed an amendment to consider the closure of Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary only under the condition that students not be moved to Begbie Elementary, which has a higher seismic risk rating, until it is seismically upgraded.

As a result of this decisiom, VSB is moving forward with consultations with affected families and communities of these schools. The consultation period will take place from October 12 to November 18. Information about the specific consultation opportunities and events that will take place during the consultation period will be posted on this website soon.

Administrative Reports on each school, as well as an overall strategic report on potential school closures, are available on this website under list of schools. The administrative reports provide trustees, the school community, and the public with detailed information to support discussion, consultation, and decision-making regarding potential school closures.

In December trustees will decide whether any schools will be closed. The earliest any school closure would take effect is June 30, 2017 (for the 2017-18 school year). The process of deciding school closures is governed by VSB policy and the School Act. (“Potential Consideration for Closure”).

For more information about the school closure consultation process please see:

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VSB Trustees board meeting on September 26th, 7pm

We encourage you to attend the board meeting on September 26, where the VSB Trustees will decide whether any or all of the schools on the preliminary list should be considered for closure. It will be held at 7pm in the school gym of Tupper Secondary School, located at 419 East 24th Avenue.

VSB staff have submitted detailed reports to the Board about the schools on the preliminary list of schools that might be considered for closure. The administrative reports will provide trustees, the school community, and the public with detailed information to support discussion, consultation, and decision making. The list of schools was presented to the Board in June 2016. The trustees will now review these reports and make their decision to go forward into the public consultation process.

Learn more at

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PAC Meet & Greet

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-9-58-33-pmWelcome back to school. We invite all parents to join the PAC for a meet & greet in the library at 9 a.m. on Monday, September 12. We look forward to seeing you there.

The purpose of the Meet & Greet will be for parents to have a chance to reconnect with each other and for new parents to meet others in the community. Ms. Robertson will speak about the upcoming year and members of the PAC Executive will provide information about the PAC. Information about elections and the budget will be discussed at this meeting. Coffee and treats will be provided. Please come out and join us!

All parents are part of the Parent Advisory Committe and we encourage everyone to attend the meetings. Our first PAC meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, September 28th from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the library. At this meeting, all parents vote for members of the PAC Executive. The PAC Executive positions are: Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. Each postition can be held by two people. The PAC plays a crucial role in the school with supporting the school and fundraising. PAC also organizes special events throughout the year. We’d love to have you join us to learn more about the PAC and become involved. If you have any questions about the PAC, please email – Childminding is provided byn the PAC.

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Welcome Back!

welcome-back-to-school-color-pencils-clipartWelcome to the 2016/2017 school year at McBride Annex. We hope that you have had a wonderful summer. We are looking forward to another amazing school year!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our families to McBride Annex. We are excited to continue to work with everyone who is already part of the McBride Annex community and look forward to getting to know our new families. We highly value your participation and involvement in the school community.

We are pleased to welcome back our staff and welcome two new staff members to the Annex.

The staff and I are looking forward to meeting our new families and reconnecting with our returning families. It is going to be another fantastic year!


Deanna Roberston

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Volunteer Appreciation Tea on June 8

The school will be a hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Tea on Wednesday, June 8 from 11:00 – 12:00 in the library to show appreciation to all parents and family members who have volunteered this year. Tea and treat will be served.
Please return the RSVP form or let the office know if you plan to attend.

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June Owly Newsletter and 2016-2017 Calendar

The June newsletter and the 2016-2017 Calendar are now available on the School Calendar page.

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May 28 Spring Fair


Our Annual Spring Fair is just a week away! For a preview of all the fabulous items available at our Silent Auction, click on the attached preview.

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May Owly Newsletter

The May Owly Newsletter is now available on the School Calendar page.

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