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!


 

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GPGL9FC, or via the link on the home page of ridgewaypac.org, 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 thuckell@gmail.com.

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 ridgewaypac.org.