PAC Survey, Fit-a-Thon, Photos, Food Skills, and NVPAC

With the school year now fully underway, it’s time to get the Ridgeway PAC process up and running officially for another year. Some key PAC points of interest:

  1. SURVEY!!! If you don’t participate in any other way this year (although we hope you will), please provide your input by taking the Ridgeway PAC survey. It will take about 15 minutes of your time, but, well, you’re worth it (and so are your kids).
  2. Regular PAC meeting Monday October 20, 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All PAC positions are up for election at the AGM in November, so come and announce your candidacy, or check out the others who are doing so. Agenda posted soon on the PAC Meetings page.
  3. PAC AGM and elections on Monday November 17, same time, same place. All Ridgeway parents are PAC members and can vote (or run) in PAC elections. It’s that, or Steelers vs. Titans. Come on.

Reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday October 15 is the Ridgeway PAC Fit-a-Thon. If you need a new pledge sheet, you can find it here: PAC Fit-a-Thon pledge sheet.

Reminder also, to sign up for your $20 ten-minute family photo sitting. Truly the most economical and least painful way to get a jump-start on Christmas cards / in-law gifts / photo-wall-updating. Or just to get a great family photo. Approximately six spots remaining on Monday and Tuesday nights, October 20 & 21. Email by this Friday October 17 to reserve your spot.

Food Skills for Families – a special opportunity for parents of Ridgeway, Queen Mary, and Westview, presented by North Shore Neighbourhood House. This FREE six-session program involves learning and hands-on cooking. Spaces are very limited so sign up quickly! More information here: Food Skills for Families Oct 2014

North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council – NVPAC – is the District Parent Advisory Council for the North Vancouver School District.

  1. Anyone can go to their meetings, but Ridgeway PAC specifically needs one or two reps to attend NVPAC meetings on behalf of Ridgeway PAC. Interested? Come to the Oct 20 PAC meeting, or email us.
  2. See info about their upcoming meetings on our site, but special note that upcoming meetings will feature a presentation about the NV District’s Assessment Handbook; a presentation on Outdoor School; and an all-candidates meeting for School Trustee candidates.

Last thing – please do the survey! Do it now!

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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.