Multicultural & Book Fair

Come celebrate on Thursday April 21st 6:00-7.30pm Host a table Decorate a tri-fold (send request to Share food samples Dress in clothing that represents your background Complete a passport to enter a drawing! or Volunteer to help coordinate! The event features: Country or regional displays created by individual or groups of families / students (we will help coordinate) …

Family Skate, Purdy’s, Poinsettias, next Fun Lunches, and new PAC info

CORRECTION: poinsettia pick up is TODAY, December 1! Apologies for the error.

Another November, another torrential rainfall. And SNOW??? Well, if you need something exciting to do while you’re inside, TAKE THE RIDGEWAY PAC SURVEY!

If you haven’t done the survey yet, please do it now. Currently about 14% of Ridgeway parents have completed the survey, but we know a lot more than that contribute to PAC funding through Fun Lunches, Photo Nights, Spring Fair tickets, etc…

If you have ever put money towards any PAC-sponsored events (or even if you haven’t), this is your opportunity to have a say in how PAC funding is directed within the school. You can find the survey at, or via the link on the home page of, until the end of this term.

Check our site in January for a summary of survey results!

PAC Events coming your way:

Recess snack sale on Wednesday December 3 – yummy frozen yoghurt for $2.00. (Kids don’t care about the weather when it comes to frozen yoghurt!)

Family Skate with Mrs. Claus on Monday December 8, at Harry Jerome Arena. This fun event is hosted by PAC, so admission is free to all Ridgeway students and their families. Children must be supervised by an accompanying adult. Note that helmets are mandatory for children 12 and under. Skate ($2.85) and helmet ($0.90) rental tickets can be purchased in advance at the Harry Jerome Rec Centre front desk. Primary skate from 5:30 – 6:15, Intermediate skate from 6:35 – 7:30 (ice clean 6:15 – 6:30). Bring a donation of canned goods for the Harvest Project if you can.

Purdy’s Chocolate pick-up, for those who ordered, will be available at school on Monday, December 8 from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m., or 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. For alternate arrangements contact Tanis at

The PAC Winter Social will be held on Monday December 15, in lieu of a regular PAC meeting. You are welcome to come and meet the newly-elected PAC executive, as well as regular PAC members, and a few teachers and administrators in a casual social environment. Pot-luck style – bring your favourite appetizer or dessert if you wish. Hosted at Christine Grundy’s home, 424 WEST 15th Street, North Vancouver, starting at 7:00 p.m.

The order period for the next term of PAC Fun Lunches will be open from Monday December 1 to Wednesday December 17. During this time, you can order your Fun Lunches for the January – March term. Please note that all orders for the January – March term must be placed and paid for by Wednesday December 17, and that once placed, all orders are final. We will be unable to accept any late orders for this upcoming term. Click here for more info and details on how to order.

Note that if you ordered poinsettias through the Grade 7 Fundraiser, they will be ready for pick-up on Monday December 1, downstairs in Heritage Hall, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Side doors (near the gym) will be open for entry during this time. The weather is expected to be cold and wet that day, so if possible please pick up your poinsettias in a vehicle rather than walking (just this once!).

If you haven’t been to our site in a while, check out some of the new content:

We now have a Parent Resources Page that is updated regularly with great resources specific to our school, area, and/or kids. Currently featuring new Mother Goose classes at Queen Mary, and Homework Help sessions for Grades 5 and up at the CNV Library.

Also new, you can sign up for PAC committees right on the website. We know not everyone is into Monday night PAC meetings (even though they are totally fascinating, and if you had been at the last one you would now know what the “PEP” in PEP Room stands for…), but you can still participate by joining a committee – a wide range of skills are needed, and no regular PAC meetings are required (unless you decide to be the Chair)! Now is the time – don’t wait.

In case you missed it, the most recent PAC meeting was our Annual General Meeting, held on Monday November 17. The members present elected the 2014/15 PAC executive. For a list of the new executive and to see the draft minutes, visit the PAC Meetings Etc. page of our site.

Last but definitely not least, remind your friends that they too can receive these handy updates directly, just by clicking “follow” on the bottom of

Lunch, Fitness, Meetings, Photos, and more!

Thanks everyone for a fantastic Ridgeway “Slice Night” Open House last night! We really appreciate the participation of teachers and administration, and all reports indicate that it was one of the best-attended Open Houses in recent Ridgeway history. We did run a little short on pizza by the end – mental note made for future. We hope everyone was able to pick up a PAC Handbook, full of good info on PAC opportunities and upcoming events. If you didn’t receive a handbook, copies will be left just outside the school office (on the main floor) for pick-up during school hours.

What a shock to the system that October has crept up so fast. But it has, and that means Fun Lunches start soon! And THAT means, Fun Lunch ordering (for the October – December term) closes soon. REMINDER THAT FUN LUNCH ORDERING CLOSES TONIGHT (THURSDAY OCT 2) AT MIDNIGHT. To set up your MunchaLunch Account for the first time, click here. If you have an account but need to log in and complete your order, click here. Sorry, but late orders can not be accommodated. If you can spare a couple hours one Friday to help distribute the Fun Lunches, please click the “Volunteer” link at the top of the MunchaLunch site. For all the upcoming Fun Lunch dates, click here.

This year’s PAC Fit-A-Thon is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15. Students collect pledges ahead of time, then see how many laps of the school field they can run in 12 minutes. The Fit-A-Thon is intended to highlight the fun and importance of fitness, and all funds raised go toward the purchase or replacement of school gym and pep room equipment. Student pledge forms will be sent home on Wednesday October 8, and are to be returned to the classroom teacher by Friday October 17. If you would like to volunteer approximately one hour of your time on the morning of October 15 to record student laps, or set up / tear down the course, please email us with “Fit-A-Thon Volunteer” in the subject.

The first PAC meeting of this year will take place on Monday October 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. This meeting will help set the direction for PAC initiatives and committees for this year, so please plan to attend if you want your voice to be heard (or just want to hear others’ voices)! This will be followed by the PAC Annual General Meeting on Monday November 17, at which all positions are open for election/appointment. For more details see the PAC Meeting Dates page of our site.

Ridgeway PAC’s Annual FAMILY PHOTO NIGHTS are also coming up soon. Pay attention and sign up quick, because this popular opportunity always fills up. Run by MjM Studios, Family Photo Night is an opportunity for you to get a fantastic family photo for MUCH less money and hassle than hiring your own professional photographer!

Who: Your family, including pets (yes, pets), siblings, grandparents, in-laws, and anyone else you consider family.

What: A ten-minute family photography sitting, for $20 per family. The $20 sitting fee includes one 8 x 10 print of your choice, and a whole range of shots to choose from. Additional photos and packages are available for purchase through MjM Studios.

When: A ten-minute sitting time that will be assigned to you. (Preferences are accommodated as much as possible on a first-come, first-served basis.) All sitting times are between 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Monday October 20, or Tuesday October 21.

Where: At Ridgeway Elementary School, using a backdrop and professional lighting set up by MjM Studios.

Why: Why NOT??? You may never look this good again!

How: Sign up by emailing Please include your first and last name, child’s teacher and division number, and preference for date (Monday October 20 or Tuesday October 21) and/or time (between 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.). Note that preferences will be accommodated as much as possible, on a first-come first-served basis.

Last but not least, if you are the proud parent of a Grade 7 student, get ready for Grad Year! A notice about Grad hoodies and an upcoming Grad Parent meeting has gone out to all Grade 7 parents.  If you missed it, it will be posted in a new Grade 7 Grad section of our site shortly.