Unfortunately, the 2015 Budget that was released on February 17 does not fund public education adequately; on the contrary, it makes further cuts to a system that has already been cut time and again. Vancouver DPAC has put out a press release in which it deplores the cuts to education, especially in the context of a huge budget surplus, tax cuts for the wealthiest British Columbians, and increased funding to private schools.
You can find the press release here: http://vancouverdpac.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=d21534669071d85cd4923da2f&id=4037296ac7&e=c1769fd1e4
If parents are wanting to contact MLAs but not sure what to say or how to do it, the Fix BC Education blog has an email that sent by DPAC executive Jennifer Stewart to every BC Liberal MLA as well as to the NDP leader and education critic; also listed there are the email addresses for all Liberal MLAs.http://vancouverdpac.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d21534669071d85cd4923da2f&id=4751aeac64&e=c1769fd1e4 Please feel free to use any/all of the wording for your own letter.
Parents can look up their MLA's contact info here: http://vancouverdpac.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d21534669071d85cd4923da2f&id=f02135fcaf&e=c1769fd1e4
A group called "MLA Playdate" that emerged during last year's strike has put some suggested actions that parents can take on its website:http://vancouverdpac.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=d21534669071d85cd4923da2f&id=6b80bf06db&e=c1769fd1e4
Please sign Protect Public Education Now's petition for adequate education funding: http://vancouverdpac.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d21534669071d85cd4923da2f&id=c140328f4b&e=c1769fd1e4
Can you find anyone you recognize? Way to go Livingstone kids, we're proud of you for representing our school spreading the importance message of acceptance.
Thousands of students from more than 40 Vancouver schools participated in the 2015 VSB Acceptance Dance at the Vancouver Giants/Moose Jaw Warriors WHL game at the Pacific Coliseum. This incredible flash mob sent a strong message of acceptance, tolerance and equality. Shaw is a proud sponsor of Pink Shirt Day on February 25th! Check out PinkShirtDay.ca to find out more.
The official Pink Day of Acceptance will be this Wednesday, February 25. All students are encouraged to wear pink. If you'd like your very own pink #acceptance shirt, there are a variety of sizes available for $10, inquire at the office.
Do you have an extra hour a month?
One of the PAC's major fundraisers is our recycling program. This program depends on the support from the parents to keep it running. We are currently in need of more parent volunteers to help sort the bottle donations. This does not need to be large commitment. Depending on the amount of donations needing to be sorted, it takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Volunteers can come once a week or once a month - whatever works for you. Email Stephanie Kulferst to volunteer or for more information. You can also find more information about our recycling program here.
Donations needed for Multicultural Night raffles
Correction: the previous announcement for this said to contact Naomi, please contact Jodi. If you contact Naomi, it will get to Jodi but the fastest way to go is to contact her directly.
Preparations are currently underway for our annual Multicultural Night. This is a fun time of food, community, and wonderful demonstrations of our cultural diversity. This is also a HUGE fundraiser for the PAC. The primary way this event makes money is from our raffles and 50/50. If you own a business or would like to talk to business owners about donating items for our raffle, please contact Jodi and she will give you the necessary information and documents.
Mr. Mitzel shared briefly with us at our last PAC meeting some of the exciting changes that are underway in British Columbia schools. Information can be found at the BC government site dedicated to communicating these changes and providing an opportunity for parents and educators to review them.
From the website:
Green Earth Organics Fundraiser!
Helping parents improve the eating habits of their kids
First Delivery Thursday, March 5
We are excited to present a wonderful opportunity to our Livingstone families. We are partnering with Green Earth Organics for grocery delivery. You can sign up online and your order will be delivered weekly or bi-weekly on Thursdays to the school where you can pick them up between 2:45 and 3:15. If you're unable to come at that time, it will be moved to a family's home near the school in a safe outdoor area and you can pick it up later in the day.
Each bin will be clearly labeled with each family's name and class. GEO will donate $10 of each family's first order, and 10% of the subsequent proceeds from sales to the PAC.Go to the GEO website to get started and enter the name David Livingstone in the second line of the delivery address. Then, choose from your preferred size of pre-designed 100% certified organic Fruit and Veggie Bins or create your custom order from the Custom Bin option.
The flier below has all the details or you can email Green Earth Organics if you have any questions or call 604-708-2345
From GEO: Green Earth Organics provides both parents and their children with the tools they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle. We are also thrilled to help improve the eating habits of our children while financially supportingDavid Livingstone Elementary.
Green Earth Organics, a home delivery service, will donate proceeds from sales towards the school’s Fundraising Committee. This will contribute to the school’s Nutrition Program or any other initiatives promoting a healthy learning environment.
Green Earth Organics will deliver orders of organic groceries for each family directly to the school on Thursdays between 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm starting Thursday March 5 and every Thursday thereafter, ready to be picked up at a designated area. Each bin will be clearly marked with each family’s name. Green Earth Organics will donate $10 from each family’s first delivery, as well as 10% of all subsequent orders to the school’s Fundraising Committee. If you cannot pick up your bin by 3:15, it will be moved to a designated location near the school where it can be picked up any time after that.
From Mr. Mitzel: Last week a few of our students on the Livingstone Leadership Team helped spread the word of Acceptance by participating in a video campaign for the Vancouver School Board. This was in preparation for the February 18 event at the PNE and the official Pink Day on Wednesday, February 25.
For Pink Day this year, students are preparing a flash mob style dance routine to Pharrell Williams' song, "Happy" to be performed at the Vancouver Giants game on February 18.
Ronan is in Grade 6 in Ms. Geri’s class. Every day at 2:20, he leaves his class to go and help the Kindergarteners with their gym time. This arrangement works well for the kids and Ronan as they all enjoy being active, exercising and having a break from the classroom.
Ronan takes his leadership very seriously and tries his best to keep an eye on the kids and make sure they play safely. Sometimes the kids like to chase Ronan through the playground trying to tag him. Or, they might play games in the gym.
After working with the kindergarteners for the past few months, he has learned a lot about the patience and the attention necessary to get the kids moving while staying safe. Judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces, it looks like everyone involved is having a great time.
Editor's note: Several of our students help younger kids at our school. If you have a story to share about your child, or if you're a student and would like to talk about your experience helping a younger class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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