Spring Fair Raffle Tickets Due May 2

Spring Fair Raffle

  • Raffle Grand Prize: Apple iPad, 128GB with WiFi in Space Grey sponsored by Neptune Terminals
  • Second Prize: Summer of Ice Cream (regular cone or cup for 4 people, each week over 8 weeks in July & August 2019) sponsored by Welcome Parlour
  • Third Prize: Holy Stone RC Drone with HD Camera sponsored by Griffins Boxing & Fitness. Fly responsibly, visit the rules for Canada here.

There are many ways to participate in the Spring Fair (including attending), and we recognize that not everyone can do everything. Your raffle ticket participation is encouraged, but not mandatory. If you do not wish to sell raffle tickets when they come home in April, please return the booklet as soon as possible to the PAC mailbox or your classroom teacher. This way, it can be allocated to another student.

To help us adhere to BC Gaming regulations about tracking tickets, please do not give your ticket booklets directly to another student.

Important Points About Raffle Ticket Sales:

  • Tickets must be sold for $2.00 each, or $20.00 for a booklet of ten tickets
  • The purchaser should fill out their name and phone number on all the tickets they buy. The student KEEPS the portion of the ticket with name and phone number (to return to the classroom), and GIVES the purchaser the tear-off portion of the ticket.
  • BC Gaming regulations require that tickets be sold by and to an adult (age 19 years or older)
  • If your family has sold all their tickets and wishes to sell additional tickets, please email president”at”ridgewaypac.org, and include your child’s name and class. If available, additional tickets will be delivered to your child’s class.
  • All ticket money and ticket books (sold or unsold) should be returned to the PAC mailbox or classroom teacher no later than May 2.
  • The two top-selling families will each receive a $20 Indigo gift card.
  • The Raffle draw takes place during the Fair, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Winners who are not present at the draw will be contacted at the phone number written on their ticket.

Spring Fair Class Baskets Due April 26

Class Baskets Due this Friday. The Spring Fair class baskets are a fun way for classes to come together, whether you’re donating an item or helping to wrap.

Class basket donations are DUE this Friday, April 26th, giving us time to gather cash and make final purchases before all the baskets are wrapped for the Silent Auction!

Class basket themes can be found here.

If you have a silent auction donation to make on behalf of your business, please reply to this email. We’d love to market and showcase more Ridgeway businesses!

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



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.