May 16, 2022
Principal’s Message – May 16th
Dear Queen Elizabeth School Community,
Please see the following news, information, updates and important dates!
Welcome to Kindergarten Event
A huge thank you to staff, students and parents that participated in this year’s Welcome to Kindergarten Event on May 4th! It was a pleasure to meet the newest members of our school community as we prepare for your child’s all important first year of school this fall. If you were unable to attend our event and have yet to pick up your Welcome to Kindergarten Bag of resources, please contact the office to arrange a pick up time at your earliest convenience – 604 517 6080.
PAC Plant Fundraiser!
A huge thank you to our school community and the PAC for yet another successful fundraiser. The sun came out on Friday to support the delivery of plants and soil to families that purchased through the Growing Smiles Program. Thanks for all your support!
Learn to Ride Program, Bike to School Week, and June 1 Walk and Roll Event
Our Learn to Ride Bike program went very well last week, despite getting no help from Mother Nature. Students braved the elements and practiced their navigation and road sense skills on the large gravel field. Big thanks to Ms Debbie Ramen for setting up this fantastic learning opportunity for our students.
May 30th to June 3rd is bike to school week in BC and we are encouraging students to roll to school all week if they are able. If we run out of room on our bike racks we can certainly have students lock bikes up along the fence line of our basketball court area. If you are able to support your child riding to school safely any of the days in this week, please do so!
On Wednesday, June 1st of that week we will be holding a Walk and Roll Event to encourage families to leave their car and walk or roll to school. The purpose of the event is to celebrate and recognize families for making this effort but more importantly to remind families about how they can make the area in front of the school on Salter, safer for us all. We recognize that Queensborough is not walkable for all families, particularly those that live in the Port Royal Area, and that some days parents and caregiver schedules necessitate driving kids to school or to pick them up. Our main goal is to reduce congestion on Salter at drop off and pick up times and we are encouraging caregivers that need to drive to allow extra time at these busy times and park further away and then walk the small distance to school with your child. There are many Park and Walk options near the school along Salter, Howes, Hampton, and South Dyke Road. Just allowing that extra 10 minutes before and after school to Park and Walk will significantly reduce traffic flow on Salter, help make our school entrance safer and contribute to a healthy routine for you and your children. As a part of the lead up to our June 1st event we will be providing further Park and Walk information to daily drivers encouraging them to not only participate in our event but make Parking and Walking a part of your regular routine.
Sports Day! – Friday, June 10th
Sports Day is scheduled for Friday, June 10th on the large field in Ryall Park across Salter (where the baseball diamonds are). This year our Sports Day theme will be PIRATES! and we are excited to welcome our families back to join in the fun. Please see the following schedule for your child’s Sports Day time and please come and join us! Further information and reminders will come closer to the day.
Sports Day Schedule:
9:20 AM – Kindergarten and Grade 1 – Following drop off parents that wish to join us are asked to make their way to the Ryall Park field across Salter, classes will take attendance and get organized to arrive as soon as they can. We are aiming for a 9:20 AM start.
10:15 – 10:45 AM – Recess Break
11:00 AM – Grade 2, 3 and 4 – Part 1 – Parents can arrive to the Ryall Park Field
12:25 – 1:10 PM – Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30 PM – Grade 2, 3, and 4 – Part 2 – Parents can arrive to the Ryall Park Field
Queensborough Children’s Festival – Saturday, June 11th
From the Queensborough Special Programs Committee …
“Please join us on June 11th from 11am to 2pm for the Queensborough Children’s Festival presented by the Queensborough Special Planning Committee! Bring a picnic blanket to the Queensborough Community Centre outdoor stage and field for an afternoon of fun-filled entertainment and activities! Please see the linked flyer for more details”.
Martial arts demonstration by 4Elements Martial Arts
Songs and Stories by Mike Bryden
Kid’s Zumba by Michelle
Vancouver Circus School
Michelle’s Cheeky Face Painting
Cookie decoration sponsored by Take the Cake and more!
BBQ by Knights of Columbus – hot dogs and burger, all under $10 (cash only)
Queensborough Community Centre Cafe
Please bring a donation of non-perishable goods or new school supplies. Donations will go to United Way to help with their Ukrainian Refugee and Food Hub programs.”
If your family is moving this year please ensure you let the office know as soon as possible. This information is important to support our planning for the 2022-23 school year.
Grade 4 Leaving Ceremony
A reminder to all Grade 4 families to mark your calendars for our Grade 4 Leaving Ceremony which will take place on Thursday, June 16th. We are still organizing the final ceremony details in an effort to best manage space and ensure families can participate but feel comfortable doing so in our gym space. Exact schedule and ceremony details will come shortly.
Queensborough Middle School will be sending a communication to all Grade 4 families this week with the following information:
-Opportunity and Registration for Punjabi Lessons in Grade 5
-Opportunities and Registration for Band in Grade 5
-Welcome to QMS Parent info night next week
Please watch for this communication and don’t hesitate to reach out should you have further questions.
Important Calendar Dates
Friday, May 20 – Professional Development Day – School is not in session
Monday, May 23 – Victoria Day – School is Closed
Friday, June 10 – Sports Day – further details to come
Thursday, June 16 – Grade 4 Leaving Ceremony
Wednesday, June 29 – Last Day of School – Dismissal at 2 PM
As always if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org