My fellow parents,

It is with great reluctance that we have made the decision to cancel, rather than defer, our Spring Fair. Originally scheduled for May 9, this event is beloved by our students, staff, parents, and our wider community. I want to personally thank our Spring Fair Committee for working hard on the event this year, bringing many new ideas and enthusiasm to our planning! We look forward to bringing these ideas to you for next year’s Spring Fair. Similarly, all Bike to School Week activities (traditionally held across BC at the end of May) have been postponed until the Fall – once again, I thank our Bike to School Week committee for all the ideas generated so far to bring the love of biking to our school.

The PAC Board of Directors held a virtual meeting this week to review our finances, to decide on the rest of the year’s events, and to discuss options for what the PAC’s role should be now during this stage of remote learning. Many of us volunteer with the PAC out of a desire to create and support a strong community at Ridgeway and in our neighbourhood. We will do our best to continue this support now. If you don’t already, please follow our PAC Facebook page for community resources and community news.

At this time in the year, we usually have two PAC meetings left in our calendar – one in April and our annual general meeting (AGM) in May. We do not have plans to hold a virtual PAC meeting at this time and our preference would be to have our AGM and to vote in new PAC executives in September, if our bylaws and reporting requirements allow for it.

It has been my true privilege to be your PAC President for the past two years – to get to know so many parents and to help bring together our community. Whoever decides to step into the PAC roles next year, I’ll be there to help!

Although we may be physically apart, together our community is strong. To this end, I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to all the amazing teachers and staff at Ridgeway for the work they have done to help bring some ‘normal’ back into our children’s lives with the remote learning we’ve had so far. This has been a huge undertaking – but so hugely appreciated.