Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PAC Raffle Winners and Monk School Supplies update

A big thank you to Kate Longpre at the Vic West Community Centre for drawing the tickets of the winners of our great raffle prizes.
Handmade quilt:  Laura F.
$50 VWCC gift card: Erin S.
$50 Spiral Cafe gift card: Mike O.

All winners have now received a phone call to let them know of their good fortune!

An extra special thank you to Kate Musgrove, local Vic West artist and quilter who donated the beautiful quilt, the Vic West Community Centre for their donation of a $50 gift card and the Spiral Cafe for their donation of $50 in gift cards.  Your support of our school is greatly appreciated! 

To all who bought tickets for our raffle, thank you. 
Good luck next year. You can't win, if you don't buy tickets!

Monk school supplies update:
Monk Office will be delivering the pre-ordered school supply packages sometime in late August. They will be distributed in the first week of school. If you ordered supplies, expect to get a phone call/email with further details in early September.

Have a very fun and safe summer!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A year in the life of the Vic West PAC (2013-2014)

As the school year comes to a close, this link will give you a snapshot of what the Vic West PAC has been involved in and achieved over 2013-2014. We look forward to new ventures and collaborations with you all in the new school year as we continue to make Vic West the best!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Thrify Foods Smile Card deadline approaching

You have until June 21st to load up your card in the Thrifty Foods Smile Card Fundraising Program. In the past year, Thrifty Foods has donated $610.37 to your Vic West Elementary PAC as a result of this effective program. So, keep up the good work!

Cardholders can load their cards until the end of the business day on June 21st, 2014 and Thrifty Foods will contribute an amount equal to 5% of the amount loaded on the card. When the card is used to make purchases is irrelevant.

Get your card in the school office today, or pick one up next time you shop at Thrifty Foods and let them know you'd like to support your Vic West Elementary PAC.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Principal Jana Dick wins district-wide award!

Principal Jana Dick of Victoria West Elementary wins the School Partnership Award, presented by the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (VCPAC). Left to right: Vic West PAC President Mercedes Calvert, Principal Jana Dick, VCPAC Chair John Bird, Vic West PAC Communications Director Amy Bronee.

They say "Vic West is best" and this week we were reminded of how true that is when our school principal received a distinctive award. Principal Jana Dick was presented with the School Partnership Award for her work in building strong relationships within the school community. The award, presented by the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (VCPAC), recognizes an administrator who champions authentic partnership in his/her school based on shared vision and active collaboration. This award is open to any administrator in the Greater Victoria School District who:

  • practices active partnership with parent leaders; 
  • actively promotes and models partnership in the school; 
  • facilitates the development of vibrant school culture based on the core values of students, staff and parents; 
  • creates opportunities for shared decision-making; and 
  • uses formal and informal processes and structures to support authentic partnership between staff and parents.
Despite being in the role of principal for just half a school year, Ms. Dick has been a positive force at Victoria West Elementary for 15 years. She arrived at the awards ceremony Tuesday night directly after cheering on Vic West students at the district track-and-field meet. Two members of the Vic West PAC were on hand at Spectrum Community School to congratulate Ms. Dick on her award. Vic West kindergarten teacher, Nicole Stead, was also one of the nominees in the Parents Choice Award category. Congratulations to them both!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our new, collaborative, student painted mural in progress!

If you have been in the halls of our school in the last two weeks, down by Mr DiCicco's room, you may have seen local artist and elementary school teacher Misha Smart, working diligently with small groups of students, to create our new school mural.  Every student, teacher and staff member has been invited and encouraged to participate in this collaborative project.  Thank you to parents Lori, Ahna, Aaren, and Tara who have been volunteering their time (and painting skills!) to help Misha and the students to create this one-of-a-kind mural.  It's been so fun and therapeutic to both be involved in the painting of the mural and to see the excitement and ownership that each student has, to the piece of the mural that they have painted. 

Ask your child, which part was "theirs"!

 If you haven't been by to see the work in action, come on Friday May 30th or Monday June 2nd, when the finishing touches are being done. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thank you, Daryl

Everyone likes to be appreciated for their contributions, and students in Mr. DiCicco's grade 2 class are showing their appreciation for school custodian, Daryl Hamill. This wonderful display of artwork and messages decorates the hall outside their classroom. One message reads: "Daryl is a hard working person in our community because he cleans and rides the blue chariot." Yes, indeed he does! Stop by and read more about how much Daryl means to students.
The PAC is also a big fan of Daryl, as well as night custodian Al Pirrone, for all they do to make our school a wonderful place for students and families.