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.

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!