Monday, August 10, 2015

Gorge Swim Fest ice cream fun!

We had a great time selling cold treats to hungry swimmers at Gorge Swim Fest today - and raised $368 for our awesome school in the process! Thanks to everyone who bought ice cream and to Brianna and Mercedes who came to help. And especially to our kid sellers and promoters extraordinaire: Iain, Johnny, Eden, Sadie, Jake and Lily - yay you! Community, summer fun and support for Vic West Elementary: a win-win-win!  

Monday, June 22, 2015

And the winner of the Playground Survey draw for the Spiral Cafe gift certificates is...

... grade three student Grace and her mother Subilaga!  Congratulations on winning the draw and enjoy those Spiral Cafe treats!  Grace's creative drawing is included below, as a sample of what the Playground Team received in response to the survey.

All survey results will be compiled over the summer, posted here on our website and used as the basis for the back field playground planning process that is slated to begin in September.

Thank you to everyone who contributed their creative energy and precious time, to provide feedback, ideas and input into what our school community most wants to see, as we move forward with this playground project.  Please let us know if you want to be a part of the Playground Team by emailing, or by leaving a message on our PAC FB page.

Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Seaquarium Makeover!

We love our World Fisheries Trust Seaquarium. We really do. But it was looking a little forlorn in our front entrance. We wanted to show it love, to make it dazzle, to help it feel like it representated our wonderful, creative, unique school.  With the amazing collaboration between ArtsReach teacher and local artist Beth Threlfall and Ms Carrico's grade three class, we have succeeded!  From painting the ocean lines to decorating the sea creatures that adorn the sign, the students did a beautiful job and we couldn't be happier with our Seaquarium's makeover. 

But the pictures don't do it justice.

You HAVE to come and see it!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wild and Wacky Walkathon 2015- a Wildly Successful Event!

On behalf of the Vic West PAC, thank you, thank you, thank you! The enthusiasm, dedication and energy that staff, students, parents and volunteers brought to make the first annual Wild and Wacky Walkathon a success has truly touched and inspired us. You are all amazing and are the heart and soul of our little school. 

Another great big thank you to the sponsors of this event, who helped us to make it possible: The  Spiral Cafe (an extra shout out to Mike, Joy and Phil for playing along the route), the Esquimalt Rec Centre, Esquimalt High School, Hothouse Pizza Vic West, Sunset Lodge, Boys and Girls Club Vic West, Rachel and Tori for facepainting and Darryl for being our extra special judge of the wackiest classroom!

This year, Ms Carrico's grade three class raised the most money, over $1,640.  Ms Kosh and Mr Kennedy tied for "Wackiest Classroom" and will get to share the trophy. Grade One student Cieran S. raised the most money, bringing in an incredible $275!    Last but not least, not only did the students bring in $7,000 net for our school, it was an incredible, fun, and wacky day! 

Watch for May 2016, when the second annual Wild and Wacky Walkathon will be coming your way!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Vic West Honoured at VCPAC Awards

Our small and mighty school has yet another reason to be proud! Vic West Elementary teacher, John DiCicco, along with Esquimalt High School teacher, Trevor MacKenzie, are the recipients of the Parents Choice Award in this year’s Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (VCPAC) annual awards.

Mr. DiCicco and Mr. MacKenzie were recognized at a ceremony Tuesday night at Lambrick Park Secondary School for the literacy program they developed between Mr. MacKenzie’s grade 12 English students and Mr. DiCicco’s grade 2 class. Students paired up to read together and explore story-telling, culminating in a story book told and illustrated by the younger students and written up and assembled by their grade 12 buddy. This meaningful program between our two schools was such a success after one semester that it was expanded to include two more classrooms at Vic West.

This district-wide honour was the most-nominated category at this year’s VCPAC Awards, and our school PAC is incredibly proud that this wonderful program is part of the learning that goes on at Vic West.

Read more about this inter-school literacy program and the lessons that were learned by kids big and small (and their teachers, too!) on Mr. MacKenzie’s blog.

We were also celebrating our PAC President, Mercedes Calvert, on Tuesday night! Mercedes was recognized as a nominee for the Gail Edwards Memorial Award, an honour that recognizes a parent or guardian in our school district who has made a significant contribution to improve the quality of life in the school, who also gives unconditionally to the success of our children, and who inspires others to make a commitment to volunteering. Mercedes is all of these things and so much more, and we are incredibly fortunate to have her on our team of parent volunteers at Vic West.

Congratulations to Mercedes, John and Trevor!

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.