Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Concert generosity!

At our Christmas concert on Dec 18th, the PAC held it's annual food drive for  The Mustard Seed, our local food bank.  Beginning last year, the PAC added the annual collection of cash donations, which are given to the administration and our Youth and Family Counsellor Emily Stark, to convert into grocery store gift cards, which are shared with families in need throughout the year.

We are thrilled to let you know that not only did we collect over three apple boxes FULL of non-perishable food items for our greater Victoria community, but we also collected a whopping $325 for our own school's families.

Thank you all so much for your generous donations. Every bit counts! 

Have a very safe and super fun holidays.  See you in January 2015!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Vic West PAC Silent Auction 2014

The Vic West PAC recently held the first annual Silent Auction. Under the wonderful guidance of Shannon Ferguson, the auction included donated items from many local businesses and individual people in our community. It proved to be a great success, raising $1,480, which is all money that will go back into benefitting the school and students. Thank you to all those that bid on the items or even just came into the Vic West Community Centre to have a look at them, your ongoing support is truly appreciated. 

We would like to formally thank and acknowledge the following people and businesses that donated the prizes, without them we would't have been able to do this:

  • Barber & Fritz , Hair Products
  • Hive Hair GC
  • Dog walking and dog training packages from John Ratchford @ Ideal Companions
  • Red Barn Market
  • Wildfire Bakery 
  • Bean Around The World coffee shop
  • Stillpoint Community Acupuncture
  • Come See Victoria Walking Tours
  • Uplands Golf Course
  • Liberty Spa
  • Amy Bronee
  • Trinity Babichuk @ Cushion Cut Decor
  • James Roult @Victoria Shorin Ryu Karate Shinkokai 
  • Lola Girl Jewellery
  • Erin Dawson @ Tacofino
  • Cinecenta
  • Spiral Cafe
  • Darcy's Pub
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • The Hudson's Bay
  • The Delta Ocean Point/Lure Restaurant and Bar
  • Dianna Jean @ Lovin' Lucy
  • Jennifer Aikman @ Wildcrafted Cordials
  • Clearskin Victoria
  • Pet Planet Westside
  • Lori Cubbins crochet
  • Melissa Jean Jewelry

And finally, a very heart felt thank you to both Shannon Ferguson and Natalie McKay for volunteering so much of your time to make this event possible. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Ms Carrico's class plants crocus bulbs at Banfield Orchard

Today Ms.Carrico's grade three class (assisted by E.A. Nada and parent volunteers) planted over 100 crocus bulbs in the garden beds at Banfield Orchard.  The students were excited to get their hands wet (and dirty!)  Tools and gloves, donated last year by Capital Iron, were used to dig the 2" holes, each of which had three crocus bulbs dropped into them. 

While digging took place, a cry of "WOW- just LOOK at all the WORMS" was heard frequently!

A great big thank you to Mark Dickerson at Garden Works, for his donation of the bulbs and a big thank you to Patti Parkhouse for suggesting the idea, providing the connection to Mark and for continuing to support ongoing collaborations between the Banfield Orchard and Vic West Elementary School. 

Make sure to check out the Orchard in the spring, when the crocus bulbs will be blooming for the whole community to enjoy!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Vic West PAC presents: Family movie night

Family Movie night is back! The Vic West PAC presents 'Frozen', come along and join us on Thursday November 20 in the gym for a 6pm movie start and just 'Let it goooooo'. Bring cash for snacks; popcorn, juice, candy available.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Growing Chefs program with Ms. Carrico's 2013/2014 grade 3 students

The Island Chefs Collaborative (icc) is a community of food and beverage professionals with a common interest in regional food security, the preservation of farmland and the development of local food systems.

In 2013/14, ICC partnered with Island Health Authority to bring the Growing Chefs program to Victoria and Pat Carrico`s 2013/14 Grade 3 class was chosen to pilot this wonderful program!

ICC chef volunteers are paired with a grade 3 class to give students hands-on experience growing and cooking their own food. Over the course of three and a half months, the chefs visited the classroom every two weeks and helped the students plant and tend their indoor vegetable garden.

The chefs engaged the students in games, lessons, and activities focusing on plant growth, local and urban agriculture, sustainability, and nutrition. The students harvest their vegetables, and the chefs taught them to cook delicious, healthy meals with was grown.

A huge thank you to Carolyn Morris and Ms Carrico for sponsoring and supporting this program at our school.  What an amazing opportunity!
The Vic West PAC hopes this can be an annual event for all grade 3 students.

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