Monday, March 2, 2015

To our wonderful Chess Club volunteers- a great BIG thank you!

Another successful season of Chess Club has wrapped up at Vic West Elementary. For a small school, our Chess Club was mighty again with over 30 students from grades 1 to 5 coming out to play in the round robin after school on Mondays. We extend a heartfelt thank you to grandparent volunteers Hazel Harris and Ron Davis for coming out each week to set up chess sets and get players paired up. They leave a legacy of kindness, patience and generosity with our club. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Seavicwest gofundme initiative... help us to keep our Seaquaria at our school!

When you first walk in our school, you will notice that there is an aquarium located next to the main office. To many, it may appear to be just a lovely and decorative addition to our school's halls. What people may not realize is the educational and emotional benefits that this aquarium brings to our students.

Currently, Ms Carrico's grade 3 students have taken on the role of Seaquaria stewards.  They take daily measurements of the water, note the health and wellness of the creatures, feed the animals and generally ensure that they are taking great care of this tank full of local sea life.  The Seaquaria also provides grounding for students. When kids are feeling upset/anxious, they can find calm and peace by looking at the creatures as they move about in their environment.  We see many children delighting in the activities of the animals. In the halls, you will hear statements such as: "look! look! the hermit crab is coming out of it's shell" or "can YOU find the sculpin hiding behind the rock?" or "the sea cucumber moved ALL THE WAY to the other side of the tank today!"

This Seaquaria is more than just decoration, it is an integral part of our school.  Given this, the PAC has set up a gofundme account, to try to raise the funds needed ($1,470/year) to have the tank in our school. Please, share the gofundme link with your friends, family members, and beyond. Every amount counts!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Fairway Market Community Gift Card

The Vic West Elementary PAC have partnered up with Fairway Market to help fundraise for the school. All you have to do is pick up a card from the PAC or the school front office, load it up with grocery dollars and 5% of your Fairway bill will go towards our school. The cards can be used at any of the Fairway Markets on the Island. Helping us to help the kids!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Parking and safety at our school

In the last few weeks, you may have noticed that our local Police Liaison Office, Constable Mark, has been coming to the school to talk with parents about parking and safety at our school.  With the increase in the number of students attending our school this year, we have seen an increase in the number of parents/caregiveres dropping off/picking up their children each day.  If you have ever driven your child to school, you will know it can be a tight squeeze sometimes.  

Constable Mark has been helping drivers to understand where it is safe to park and why there are certain areas that are not safe (and are illegal) to park in. We appreciate Constable Mark's help with this, as we all want to ensure that our children are going to school in a safe and comfortable environment.

If you have any questions or concerns about parking, please speak with the school administration.  For more information, you can refer to the Information for Parents
pdf, which is listed under the "Parents Info" tab on the school's website.

excerpt from "Information for Parents"
If you are driving your children to school we would ask that you obey the rules of the road and are aware of the traffic conditions around our school.  Front Street and the roads leading into the school can become quite congested during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick up times.  Please park on the side roads if you need to come into the school.

The driveway is for drop-off and pick up only, and the parking lot is reserved for staff only.  Because we have staff that come at different hours, an empty spot in the morning does not mean that it won’t be needed later.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mr Kennedy takes his class on a local, walking field trip!

On January 19th, 2015, Mr Kennedy's Grade One/Two class took advantage of a beautiful sunny day to take a walking field trip down to the Songhees walkway. Although the tide was high, the students managed to find many places to play, search for creatures, throw stones and enjoy the sunshine. 

What a gift to live, work and play so close to such a magical area!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Field Trip Volunteers- how to become a driver of education

We all want our kids to have access to field trips, to get out of the classroom and experience new things with their classmates and teachers. One barrier to this happening is the lack of volunteer drivers.  In the school newsletter this month, the following information was shared.  The PAC felt it was important to reiterate this information.  From what we have heard, there is only a handful of parents/caregivers who have completed this important paperwork.

It's really quick, easy, and free!  Please do it now!

From the School Administration:

A Reminder for ALL Volunteers:
New this year, ALL adults volunteering in schools are required to complete a criminal record check. The process is simple and quick. You can apply online at
Use our school’s access code : NPFWKLKFY8
Your CRC will be sent directly to the school. 

Additionally if you are volunteering as a driver for students other than your own child, you will need to complete a request for a driver’s abstract by following the link:
Once you receive your Driver’s abstract record, please bring a copy to the office. 

We will keep a copy of your volunteer driver form, proof of insurance for your vehicle (minimum $1,000,000 liability) and a copy of your Driver’s license with the abstract. Only once we have all these documents will you be permitted to transport students. Remember ALL adults, including staff, who intend to drive students need to complete ALL this paperwork. 

Thanks for your co-operation.