Order Fun Lunch now, and a whole bunch of February Updates

Let the games begin: the final Fun Lunch Order Window of this year is officially open. After March 6, ordering will be closed for the remainder of the year, so please Do It Now!

While you’re there, look for the new offerings from Booster Juice – Chicken Cesar Wrap, Turkey & Cheese Wrap, and Veggie Cup with Dip.

Call for assistance – parent volunteers required for two important issues:

  1. Emergency Preparedness Audit. One-time help. 2-3 volunteers are needed to help audit classroom emergency preparedness kits and the supplies in the outdoor bin (the big white container next to Quinn’s Court). Date/Time: Friday February 27, 9:00 a.m. to noon. BONUS we’ll feed you Fun Lunch pizza .
  2. School Travel Planning Committee. Participation in a few day-time input meetings over the next couple of months. Committee members must bring their child to and/or from school on a regular basis, via any method of transportation. See below for additional details on the project.

To participate in either of these opportunities, please email us at exec@ridgewaypac.org with either “Emergency Preparedness Audit” or “Travel Planning” in the subject. Include your name, phone number, and best email to reach you at. Thanks in advance to anyone who is able to help!

February’s regular PAC Meeting was full of interesting info.

We heard from guest speaker Carol Sartor of HASTe BC, regarding school travel planning. HASTe BC has been retained by the City of North Vancouver to work with specific schools (including ours) on travel planning, i.e.; how students get to and from school. The work will include an assessment of barriers (e.g.; lack of sidewalks, lack of bike racks, traffic congestion or hazards, or other barriers); input from a parent committee; and improvements which will include a Best Routes Map, and which could also include changes to traffic planning (e.g.; sidewalks, traffic calming, etc…), facilitation (e.g.; signage, bylaw enforcement, etc…), and modifications to address other specific barriers or issues.

Watch for a survey coming out after March Break to have your first crack at input. But if you are already brimming with interest, please consider joining the Parent School Travel Planning Committee (see above). Ideally we will have some representation from all directions surrounding the school, and also a good variety of drivers, walkers, bikers, etc…

The Ridgeway Spring Fair is not far off, and work is already underway to make sure it’s a fun event for everyone. Coming to the Fair on Saturday May 9 with your family and friends is an excellent way to have fun, build our school spirit, AND help support our school programs – so please mark the date in your calendars!

If you are interested in other ways you or your business can support the school and the Spring Fair, please consider donating an item or service to the Silent Auction, making a tax-receiptable cash donation towards a Raffle prize, or renting a vendor table for just $20. There are lots of opportunities to support the school and also highlight your business or brand in a positive community environment. For more information on opportunities, please email exec@ridgewaypac.org.

Reminder of the DDA Clothing Drive scheduled for Friday March 27, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. The DDA takes clothes of course, but they will also happily receive your old purses, curtains, sewing fabric, tablecloths, shoes, and stuffed animals. PLUS our school earns funds based on the number of full bags we collect. Donation bags will be sent home with all students in the first week of March. If you have more than one bag’s worth to donate, please use large garbage bags. If you are not using your bag, please pass it to a friend to use, or return it to school.

Reminder that the school library’s Scholastic Book Fair has been rescheduled to Monday April 27 – Thursday April 30. The PAC Family Fun Night in support of the Book Fair is now confirmed for Wednesday April 29. Parent volunteers will be needed to help Mrs. Tatham run the Book Fair, as well as to help with Family Fun Night. If you are interested in helping with either of these events, please email exec@ridgewaypac.org.

Here’s another reason to check out the regular PAC meetings, if you can: (Sometimes) be the first to hear big news.

At the February meeting, we heard confirmation from Principal Dean Yeo that our school is scheduled to receive two portables. Current plans are to have the portables installed next year, and ready for use in the 2016/17 school year. No doubt the district and/or school will be communicating further details in the future, but for now please direct any questions to Principal Yeo or Vice-principal Debora Benedict.

Our neighbours at Sutherland Secondary School are hosting their annual Starry Nights Gala on Saturday April 25. Catered by North Shore Culinary School; DJ Christian spinning your favourite hits from the ’80s; and an impressive Silent Auction. Proceeds to support student education at Sutherland. Past reports indicate that this is a very fun evening! For more information and to buy tickets, visit sutherlandnetwork.org



PAC Public Update (Meeting); Book Fair rescheduled; Fun Lunch order window & more

Reminder of the PAC Public Update (aka PAC Meeting), this Monday February 16 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the school library. Come to hear guest speaker Carol Suddor from Hub for Active School Travel BC (HASTe BC) regarding the on-going school zone traffic review in our area; and get updates on the Spring Fair plans, PAC Treasurer’s report, School Admin report, and more.

Put some names to faces of other Ridgeway parents. No volunteer commitments required! Child care is provided during the meeting for no charge. Draft minutes of the previous meeting, and proposed agenda for this meeting, are posted here.

The school’s Scholastic Book Fair has been rescheduled to April 27-30 (Monday – Thursday). Thanks to Ms. Tatham for working the magic to make this event happen. The PAC Family Fun Night in support of the Book Fair will be scheduled on one of the evenings – date to be confirmed shortly.

PAC Recess Snack Sale coming up on Wednesday March 4, at recess. Frozen yoghurt for $2.

Mark your calendars – next Fun Lunch order window will be open Friday February 20 to Friday March 6. This is the last order window for this school year. After March 6, no more Fun Lunch orders will be accepted. Thanks everyone for your participation, and for your support in moving to the Munchalunch system this year!

The first Ridgeway Coffee Morning, presented by North Shore Neighbourhood House in partnership with Ridgeway PAC, was a great success. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out.

Reminder that the Gym Sense program is underway for all divisions during their regular Phys Ed classes, so make sure your students wear suitable clothes on Gym days!

Start cleaning out your closets for Ridgeway’s next Developmental Disabilities Association Clothing Drive, scheduled for Friday March 27.  This is THE clean-out event you’ve been waiting for. The DDA takes clothes of course, but they will also happily receive your old purses, curtains, sewing fabric, tablecloths, shoes, and stuffed animals. PLUS our school earns funds based on the number of full bags we collect. Tell your friends and neighbours! Drop off on 8th Street (south side of school) between 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. on March 27.

Book Fair and Family Fun Night to be rescheduled; a night out for parents and lots of free events; Fun Lunch order window coming up!

We promised to remind you again, so here it is: PAC recess snack sale, tomorrow Wednesday Feb 4. Cinnamon raisin bagels, $1 each. (Next snack sale is Wednesday March 4, frozen yoghurt for $2.)

To confirm: the school library’s Scholastic Book Fair and PAC Family Fun Night, previously scheduled for February 4, are cancelled and are being rescheduled. Updated details ASAV (as soon as available!).

On Monday February 9, celebrate Family Day (no school!) with an Old Fashioned Family Picnic at John Braithwaite Community Centre. The event is free but please register. More details here: Family Day Event Poster JBCC

On Tuesday February 10 from 8:45 – 9:15 a.m., enjoy a free Parent/Care-giver Coffee Morning at Ridgeway School, in the Multi-purpose room (downstairs). Presented by North Shore Neighbourhood House (NSNH) and co-hosted by Ridgeway PAC. Join representatives from NSNH, John Braithwaite Community Centre, and North Vancouver City Library.

Sponsored by the Grade 7’s and parent volunteers, the second Ridgeway Babysitting/Movie Night is on Friday, February 13 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The cost will be $15.00 per child and $10.00 for additional siblings.  This event is open to Ridgeway students only. Please bring your completed Movie Night Parent Form and money (cash only) on the night of the event. To reserve a spot, please email Kim Ohashi (md-ko@telus.net) by Friday, February 6.

In case it got lost in your inbox, draft calendars for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 school years were recently published by the North Vancouver School District. Comments can be provided back to the District, up to and including February 28. For all the details go to http://www.sd44.ca/District/DistrictCalendar/SCSG/Pages/default.aspx

Spring sports opportunities abound! Check out our Parent Resources page for details on North Van Central Little League  and North Shore Inline Hockey League.

Next regular PAC meeting is Monday February 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the school library. Child care is available at no cost. Get the update from reps for teachers, school admin, and PAC. Questions are welcome, and contrary to urban myth, you ARE permitted to leave without volunteering for a single thing!

Help us keep the FUN in Fun Lunches – mark your calendar now! The next Fun Lunch order window will be open from February 20 – March 6, for the Spring Fun Lunch term. In order to preserve the sanity of all volunteers involved late orders can not be accepted, so put a reminder in your calendar today!


Parent Workshop “sex talk, no sweat”; and other useful stuff

Happy New Year all. Hope you had a healthy and restful break from school. Now we can celebrate the return to routine!

Lots of fun things to look forward to – here are a few of them.

Next PAC regular meeting is Monday January 19, 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All are welcome. Updates on current status of PAC events, PAC budget, and new ideas. Report from teacher representatives, and school admin.  Childcare is available during the meeting – and free!

Monday January 26, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., at school, is the “Sex talk. No sweat.” workshop for parents. Presented by Dr. Brandy Wiebe of Saleema Moon Sexual Health Educators and funded by Ridgeway PAC, this workshop exclusively for Ridgeway Elementary parents will complement the student sessions taking place at school later in the week (see notice from school).

“Not all parents are comfortable talking to their children about sex, but all parents can learn to be comfortable. During this open and informational session, parents will come to terms with sexual health, and understand how it fits into the lives of their children at this stage of life. Attendees will discover how to easily overcome embarrassment when talking about sexual health, learn words and concepts that are easy to use, and leave well equipped to clearly answer the questions children ask. The workshop is light hearted, but delivers straight and current facts on how parents and children can work together to promote good sexual decisions for a lifetime.”

Your RSVP is not required, but would be appreciated if you are planning to come – please email us at exec@ridgewaypac.org with your name and number of parent attendees.

A new term of PAC Fun Lunches has begun! The MunchaLunch system sends a handy reminder email of what you ordered, a couple of days before each lunch date. Please use these reminders to let your children know what they are receiving for lunch. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A MUNCHALUNCH REMINDER, THEN NO ORDER IS ON FILE FOR YOUR CHILD. Please ensure that your children are aware if they are not receiving a Fun Lunch this term. Ordering for the next term of Fun Lunches will open in March. You can contact us at funlunch@ridgewaypac.org with any questions about the program.

The school library’s Scholastic Book Fair and corresponding PAC Family Fun Night (February 4) are coming up in the first week February. Stay tuned for more details!

Calling all planners – volunteers needed for this year’s Spring Fair planning. If you are interested in helping, please email us at exec@ridgewaypac.org, or check out the additional information and submit a form on the 2014/15 PAC Committees page.

Thank you to all those who participated in the Ridgeway PAC 2014 Survey. A summary of results will be posted on our site soon.

Remember to check the site at ridgewaypac.org regularly, as we are always adding new info to the Parent Resources page. If you know of a great Parent Resource that you think we should share, please forward it to exec@ridgewaypac.org.