Happy August everyone! If you are interested in possible bus service or a walking school bus to Qayqayt Elementary and Glenbrook Middle School, read on…
If we have enough kids from QQ and Glenbrook interested in taking a bus, we could put together a route and share the costs among more kids. The cost of the FRMS service, for a full bus of 54, is on the order of $75/month. So cost would be something like that.
And there might be folks that are interested in commuting together either via car or a walking school bus. A walking school bus is a group of kids (with adult supervision for the younger grades) that go to school together. Because they are in a bigger group they are more visible to drivers and are safer with a buddy system in place.
Backstory: We have been trying to get a shuttle from Fraser River Middle School to Glenbrook but just don’t have enough numbers. Ideally we’d have about 50 people interested in order to make a cost effective run for Lynch Bus. Currently, Fraser River Middle School PAC is running a bus from Connaught, Tweeds and Kelvin to FRMS. A few QQ alumni picked that bus up at FRMS and rode it to GMS in the morning and in reverse in the evening. It is delaying the FRMS bus’ departure from FRMS in the afternoon so the FRMS PAC is not going to let us share that bus anymore.
If you or someone you know might be interested in a bus service or commuting together or starting a walking school bus from anywhere in the city, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details – how many kids, rides to, from what neighborhood. It takes time to set this up with Lynch, so please email as soon as possible. Thanks.
Dear QQ Community,
I neglected to mention another parent volunteer who helped with Hot Lunch and wanted to thank Charlene T for participating and apologize for inadvertently excluding her from the list! Life is a bit too complicated right now and we are so appreciative of the help we get from everyone.
Dear QQ Community,
So, after 5 years we finally had a debacle with our PAC Hot Lunch program!
We want to extend our sincere apologies to all those that ordered sushi or booster juice and had to wait for their food an unreasonable amount of time.
We normally have 15 volunteers and this week only had 6. A special thank you to Dayle, Randal, Mindy, Ivy, Jeri and Susan who fielded countless questions and complaints and stayed much longer than usual to sort through the challenges as quickly as possible.
This was our first (and last!) Tuesday Hot lunch and I believe that is really what threw off the momentum. Unfortunately, both Booster Juice and LK Sushi mis-read the email orders and thought the hot lunch was on a different day. They both scrambled to get the order done, but the Sushi was very late.
Thanks to Karen Catherwood and the staff for accommodating the kids with an already challenging schedule because of the Concert rehearsal.
We are implementing steps to insure this doesn’t happen again including sticking to the Monday schedule to accommodate the volunteers and provide consistency for the vendors. We will also call the vendors to confirm the morning of Hot Lunch so we can find out about any challenges earlier. Both Booster Juice and LK Sushi were very apologetic and gave us significant discounts (thanks Randall for negotiating!) on the orders because of the error.
If your child was not able to eat their sushi due to the rushed schedule, please notify me and we will credit an order for the next hot lunch.
Thank you for your patience and we hope this does not deter you from ordering (or Volunteering!) as we have had a long successful run with no significant issues until this.
There is still space in this class and I’m posting because I found it to be of great value when my son was in Grade 5 and I wanted to share the opportunity with others. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have…
Greatness Within You (Transitioning program for Grade 5s)
Creating a safe, fun and trusting place for the grade 5’s to talk about their fears/being nervous about going to middle school. We will have them feel more confident. Positive Coping, Mindfulness and Relaxation techniques will be taught so they can help themselves when they feel anxious or deal with uncomfortable life situations. Reaffirming that the positive coping techniques will be useful daily. Every child is different and our programs are adaptable to each and very child.
Empathy, Acceptance and Social Media are the other topics of discussion. Empathy and acceptance for self and others, will ensure a strong foundation for the transitioning into preteen / teenage and adulthood.
With discussions we will have fun engaging activities, crafts and outside/gym time. Snacks & journals will be provided. One THURSDAY a week for 5 weeks starting on May 4, 2017, Time: 3-5pm Cost: $65.00.
Register online at ecommunityschool.ca using code 10232.
The February PAC meeting has been rescheduled for 15 Feb 2017.
We hope to see you there.
If you are unable to attend and have an item to discuss or a question, please email us.
Serena and Kylie
QQ parents Alice and Brad are spearheading this Adventure Playground at City Hall!
Come join the fun!
And if you have time, they are looking for volunteers on the day, people to help spread to the word on social media. They also need donations of untreated wood, rope, tools, nails and screws. Email email@example.com if you can help.
– See more at: http://www.newwestrecord.ca/community/new-westminster-shines-spotlight-on-innovation-1.8147836#sthash.7lx7nbEh.dpuf
New Westminster is a city where everyone belongs.
Recently, a hate group posted detestable pro-Nazi images in our city. Community and faith leaders are coming together to demonstrate that we won’t be silent while people in our community are targeted and made to feel unsafe.
Join with New West residents to show your support for equality, diversity and community.
We’ll be meeting on the steps of City Hall at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 26th. The rally will be followed by a march to Queens Avenue United Church where the posters were posted.
Judy Darcy, MLA
Jonathan Cote, Mayor
Faith leaders representing our diverse community
Donate Gently-Used Clothing and household goods for our school!
Holidays have come and gone, and many of us are taking the new year as a time to refresh.
If you are one of these people and you have things that need a new home, look no further than Ecole Qayqayt to drop them off!
We are holding our first ever donation drive with Value Village from Monday January 16 to Wednesday January 25. Simply bring your gently used items in large garbage bags or boxes to the front lobby inside of the school when you drop off or pick up your children (or any time in between). These items will be collected and dropped off at Value Village on the Wednesdays where our donations will be weighed and we will be given money per pound of donated goods.
Acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, and small household items (no furniture). Please save your preloved books for the literacy drive. Collect from your friends, families and neighbours! Feel free to email the attached poster or put it up in your community. Every item will help us get there!
The Donation Drive’s goal is to raise $5,000 in funds to support field trips, activities for the kids and more. Additionally, our donations also go to help raise funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association.
So clear out your closets, toy boxes and cupboards and raise much needed money for our amazing school!
If you have any questions or would like to help deliver on January 16 and 25, please contact Erin Jeffery at firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: We need parents with access to a VAN to help us move goods from QQ to Value Village on Wednesday 18 January and Wednesday 25 January from 3pm – 5pm. If you are able to help, please contact Erin.
Adapted Soccer Program
RCYSC new program “Royal City United” starts up the week of Jan 9 and there are still some spots available. This is an adapted soccer team for children of all abilities, run by coaches with experience supporting children with special needs. The 1 hour practices will provide a supportive environment for individuals with developmental and physical needs to be active, learn new skills and be part of a team. There will be 2 sessions, one for 8 – 10 years and one for 11 – 14 year olds. This trial program runs for 8 Mondays in the new Fraser River Middle School gym. Registration and more information is on website: www.rcysc.com.