Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Staples School Supply Order Forms- out now!

The time has come again for our annual School Supply Order fundraiser! 

This year Staples has offered us two packages per grade at a very reasonable price. $3 from each order will go to our PAC to help fund various projects for our kids. Parents have the option to order either a Basic/Core package which includes all required supplies for your child for next year, or a Deluxe package which includes extras like scissors and pencil cases in addition to the basic required supplies. These supplies will be delivered to your child's class by mid June. 

Forms will be sent home with your child on Wednesday May 6th.
Please return all orders with payment to school by WEDNESDAY, MAY 13th.

Payment for paper orders can be made by CHEQUE or CASH. Cheque is preferable.  Please make cheques payable to "Staples". 

Parents are also able to order online using a credit card at:

Simply enter the order reference number found on the top of the form sent home with your child and follow the prompts. Verify that you are ordering the correct package before submitting payment.
Online orders will be delivered to your child at school with other orders. 

This is a great opportunity to get your back to school shopping done at a great price without the hassle of waiting in long store lines in August, all while supporting our school with a great fundraiser! Your child will start their year right with all the supplies they need and all Vic West Elementary students will benefit from the funds raised for our PAC. 

*Please note: this is VERY TIME SENSITIVE.   The forms will be going home in your child’s backpack on Wednesday/Thursday of this week and are due back WEDNESDAY May 13th. Sorry, but no stragglers will be accepted.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cancer Kicking Event Raises $3000

Our little school showed big heart this weekend with a successful Cancer Kicking Garage Sale & Bottle Drive. The event in support student Dakota Cunningham, who is currently undergoing treatment for T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, raised just over $3,000!!! WOW!!! That money will go a long way in supporting Dakota and his mom Jaclyn while they focus on Dakota's health and getting better.

A lot could be said about this event. But this video slideshow probably says it best:


A HUGE thank you to all the school and community volunteers who enthusiastically moved tables, lifted boxes, sorted bottles and drummed up sales. This includes several people from Jaclyn's workplace. Your contribution of time and energy made the day a success!

Thank you also to the business partners in our community who donated drinks to sell at the event. They are:
A big thanks to all the home bakers who donated delicious goodies to the bake sale. Your contributions were enjoyed by many a smiling, chocolate-covered face.

Thank you to Marty the Marmot and The Victoria Royals for lending your support. The kids (okay, the adults too) were thrilled to see Marty there.

Thank you to Bottle Depot for supporting our bottle drive by dropping off the huge collection bins and picking them up at the end of the event. The bottle drive alone earned nearly $500!

Several members of school staff, including our principal Deb Courville, teachers, and even a former teacher, came out to show their support and make the day a success. Thank you for demonstrating why 'Vic West is best.'

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the garage sale. As soon as the call went out, we started receiving generous donations from school families, the community and beyond. Your unwanted items were turned into cash for a great cause.

Thank you also to everyone who dropped off bottles either in advance or during the event. The bottle drive is ongoing, so keep bringing your donations to Bottle Depot under the account name 'Team Jakota.'

Anyone wishing to make a direct financial donation to the cause, can do so through the 'Team Jakota' GoFundMe account, which is a quick and easy way to support the family.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Wild and Wacky Walkathon 2015- 29 May

The pledge forms for the upcoming Wild and Wacky Walkathon were sent home recently. The kids will be raising pledges to dress in wild and wacky outfits to walk a course around the school for 30 minutes on May 29. The pledge forms were sent home in a plastic bag to be used to collect any money and also included an attached note reminding the kids to be safe and have fun while collecting any pledges. If you haven't received the pledge form yet, please email for one.

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!