The parent advisory committee is looking for your input so we can better understand the needs and wants of the families of Dr. AR Lord. Kindly take our brief survey by filling it out below. Or pick up a hard copy at the front desk of the school. Please put completed hard copies in the PAC box at the office. The PAC thanks you for your time!
Congratulations to all the members of the Cross Country Team. They practiced twice a week for 5 weeks, competed in 3 mini-meets at Clinton Park and came out to a rescheduled final meet at Trout Lake. At every practice and meet the students supported and cheered for each other and demonstrated qualities of respect and fair play. Thank you to all the family members who ran with the team at practices, helped with ribbons at Clinton Park and drove students to events. It was a pleasure to coach this team!
by Mrs. O'Neill and Mrs. Burke
My name is Alex Chesney and I am the Food & Garden Coordinator at the Hastings Community Center. I wanted to reach out to you and hopefully connect your school's students and families with our programming. We offer a variety of food, nutrition, and gardening workshops at the community center, and would love to have you join us!
Tuesday October 24th from 10am until Noon we have a workshop featuring a discussion and hands-on cooking demonstration for Healthy Lunches for Kids. Here's the registration link.
We also have a variety of other workshops coming up this fall. Here are a few more links, just in case you are interested!
Most of these workshops are being facilitated by extremely knowledgeable, fun, and engaging Registered Dietitians, who will be available to answer any of your food and nutrition-related questions! The small class-size of these workshops makes for an excellent chance for discussion and learning.
You can also register for these workshops in person or via the phone.
Please don't hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Get your gear on!
PAC is hosting a gear swap after school on Nov. 8/9 from 2 pm until 3 pm. Bring your reasonable condition outgrown winter gear for take away and/or exchange starting Friday November 3rd- Drop items off in the cardboard boxes inside the back door.
If possible just bring them on the day.
Typical items include: out grown mitts, jackets, ski pants, long underwear, skates, skis. You may also bring items like toboggans etc provided they are in reasonable working order.
If large items are not collected we ask that you take them home for recycling, all other items will be donated.
November 8 and 9 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Under the covered area of the AR Lord School playground.
We are also looking for volunteers. Please sign up.
As discussed at the AR Lord PAC Meeting October 18 the PAC Executive has proposed modifications to the PAC Constitution and Bylaws. The purpose of the amendment is to allow for greater flexibility during in-between meetings by allowing for expenditures up to $100 upon vote by email of the PAC Executive and attendants of the previous PAC meeting.
Additional ammendments to inform enforce the fiscal year and to state the financial purpose of the PAC to raise money to further the PACs goals.
The full ammended bylaws and constitution follows and will be voted upon on the next PAC General Meeting dated: November 15, 2017 at 6:30pm. This serves as notice of the proposed ammendment.
Original constitution and bylaws can be found here.
4. All money spent above and beyond the predetermined amount of $100.00 will first be presented to and voted on by the executive and then approved by a majority at a general meeting.
5. Any expenditure of $100.00 or less that must be made in between general meetings shall be presented to all the voting members in attendance at the previous general meeting by e-mail. A majority vote will signify approval of the expense
9. The financial year of the Council will be September 1 to August 31.
10. Power to Raise Money - The Council may raise and spend money to further its purposes.
Please bring your old markers from work, home, daycare, etc., and add them to one of our collection bins.
Our school takes part in a program to recycle used markers (any brand of felt-tip markers — permanent markers, colouring markers, white board markers, highlighters, etc.). These are collected and then sent to a facility that will turn them into alternative clean fuel. Most teachers should have collection bins in their classrooms that get emptied into a bin in the hallway. There is one bin by the front desk, and another downstairs in the hallway outside the gym.
Over the last 2 years, we have recycled 920 markers!
To find out more about the program, which is run by Crayola, visit ColorCycle.
Would you like advanced notice of PAC events where food will be served?
Does your child follow a special diet due to allergies, intolerances, a medical condition, or for religious, cultural, or philosophical reasons?
As the parent of two children with severe allergies, I like to know ahead of time about PAC events that will have food. That way, I can either work with the organizers to find a safe choice for my kids, or I can have time to prepare a nice alternative that they can bring from home.
I know there are other kids at the school who, for one reason or another, can't always have the food that is being served at events. I would like to start sending out notifications to those who want them, so people can find out the details of what is coming up.
Please sign up to our special eblast below or, drop a note in the PAC box at the front desk of the school, if you would like to get advance notice of any food-related PAC events or if you have any questions about this.
(Please note that this only covers PAC-organized events. Food in classrooms is something you would need to discuss with your classroom teacher.)
Last year, at the Year End Celebration, one of our teachers, Mrs. Burke won the grand prize of a trip for 2 to anywhere that WestJet flies. In August she and her husband went on a trip to London, England and then went to Eastern Europe. They had a wonderful time, saw lots of amazing places and did many exciting activities. They went to see the Crown Jewels in London and went on the London Eye (a big ferris wheel). They went on a paddle boat in Prague and saw the famous "dancing house" building designed by Frank Gehry. They saw many beautiful castles, churches and buildings. They even went to see a Shakespeare play in a round theatre. Here are a few pictures of their adventures. Mr. and Mrs. Burke would like to thank WestJet and the McGarry family for donating this amazing prize to our school as a fundraiser.
To allow all parents to participate we have monthly Parent Advisory Council Meetings.
All meetings are held in the Dr. AR Lord Elementary Library. Free child minding is provided. Please plan to attend these meetings.
Good morning everyone; to all the amazing teachers and supporting staff and to our wonderful principal Ms Susie Car; to all our AR Lord Elementary students, and to our special guests, their families and friends. A very special good morning wish to our incredible group of Grade Seven students as you are moving on towards the next step in your exciting journey of life!
This week, we wish a fond farewell to Utkarsh, Logan, Wyatt, Max, Caleb, Daisy, Megan, Christian, Juddy, Billy and Wilson.
We know you will indeed, FARE WELL. Each one of you is growing as an amazing person with full potential to achieve your dreams, to contribute to this incredible world, to be everything you want to be. We have delighted in watching you grow during your time here. Some of you have known each other since before preschool, others have joined the journey here at varying points between kindergarten through grade seven. No matter how long you have been together, you have been a wonderful and strong team. Each one of you is a delightful, unique and interesting individual. Together, you are an amazing group of kids. You have grown together through all sorts of situations. Some may have seemed difficult, but you figured out how to make things better. Others were filled with great discussions, sharing thoughts, lots and lots of learning, and plenty of fun too! All under the guidance of your wonderful teachers through the years, Ms Young, Ms Bains, Ms Watson, Ms Phongmany, Ms Wise, Ms Skucas, Ms Young-Eng, Ms McCandless, Ms Burke, and of course, the incomparable Ms O’Neill!
Our school community is strong and caring, in large part, because of all of you and your families. You are wonderful kids, together as your group, and with all the other students here. Great role models and fun big buddies. You epitomize our school values: Create Peace | Be Kind | Be Safe | Be Respectful. Our wishes for you as you continue your journey and move on to high school: Continue your strong friendships and embrace new ones. Don’t be afraid to fail, because, as I quote: ”Without failure, we’d be less capable of compassion, empathy, kindness, and great achievement; we would be less likely to reach for the moon and the stars.” Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or to learn and explore new things. Expand your horizons with positive influences through knowledge and activities. And keep in your hearts our school values, they will fare you and your peers well, forever.
Remember, you have those who love and care for you, your family and friends. Be strong and adventurous as you continue your journey in life, but know they will always there, for you to confide in, to share with, to comfort you and encourage you.
As you move forward in your exciting adventure of life, please know, you are the future, and because of you, the future looks good.
Please join us in congratulating our Grade 7 graduating class!