Good evening! Hope everyone had a happy Hallowe’en last night! Sharing some excitement at the end of the week. Hope to see you at GLOW!
It takes a village!
Our Grade 4/5 planning committee has done an amazing job organizing this fun day for our school. It takes a n amount of time and resources to pull off the Spring Carnival, and they need our help. Our call for volunteers for the class assigned stations did not generate the support we need. Sadly, if we don’t get more volunteer commitment, some of the rides and booths will need to be cancelled. We ask that everyone – parents, grandparents, siblings in high school, give just one hour to make the event the huge success it can be and the amazing day our kids look forward to every year.
The following rides require more volunteers by Thursday, or we will be forced to cancel them. Please sign up today!
12PM TO 1PM
Under the Sea Bouncy Castle
Volunteer Check In
1PM TO 2PM
Adult Bottle Table
Foam Dance Party
Inflatable Obstacle Course
Pablo the Porcupine Game
Under the Sea Bouncy Castle
2PM TO 3PM
Adult Bottle Table
Foam Dance Party
Inflatable Obstacle Course
Pablo the Porcupine Game
Under the Sea Bouncy Castle
Wizzard Bouncy Castle
3PM TO 5PM
Our Dorothy Lynas Spring Carnival needs YOU to volunteer your time.
The success of the Carnival relies on volunteers! As we are very close to carnival time, and were quite late getting organized this year so are under a bit of a time crunch, we are assigning each class a station to help ensure that we get the volunteers that we need to run this amazing Carnival that the kids love so much. There are 3 timeslots at each station (12pm to 1pm, 1pm to 2pm and 2pm to 3pm) that will need to be filled by 1 or 2 people each.
We also NEED TO HAVE a couple of current certified First Aiders who will be on site from 12-3 to administer First Aid if need be. These 2 volunteer spots are included on SignUp so please signup if you will be at the Carnival and are certified and willing to provide this service.
If you are not able to volunteer, please consider helping in other ways – sign up to bring a cake for the Cake Walk, or bring bottles for the Adult Bottle table (a huge hit with the parents each year!). Cakes can be dropped off at the school on Friday June 1st between 3pm and 5pm or on Saturday June 2nd before 11am. Bottles for the Adult Bottle table can be dropped off at the office any time before the Carnival.
Please don’t put off what you can do today and go right to the sign in below and sign up to do your part for our amazing school community. We really need to populate this SignUp as quickly as we can.
Link to SignUp: http://signup.com/go/VDtdggS
We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Spring Carnival.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Class Assigned Stations:
E01 (Denny) – Volunteer Check-in (timeslots are 11:30-12:30, 12:30-1:30 and 1:30-2:30 instead)E02 (Lonnenberg) – Nail painting coordinatorE03 (Hogan) – Cornhole gameE04 (Shynkaryk) – Adult Bottle tableE05 (Fulton) – Floater (asking you to fill 2 of 10 spots in each timeslot so that we have backup volunteers if we need to call on you)E06 (Badesha) – Saturday Setup (timeslot is 10-12pm although you may not be needed at 10. You will receive an email on Fri.)E07 (Williams) – Climbing WallE08 (Jones) – Prizes distribution windowE09 (McMullin) – Ticket Sales outside school entranceE10 (Stewart) – Floater (asking you to fill 2 of 10 spots in each timeslot so that we have backup volunteers if we need to call on you)E11 (Reid) – Floater (asking you to fill 2 of 10 spots in each timeslot so that we have backup volunteers if we need to call on you)E12 (Manness) – Plinko gameE13 (Karmali) – Under the Sea bouncy castleF01 (Borak) – Candy TableF02 (Quirling) – Dunk TankF03 (Hulme) – Prize Wheel gameF04 (Gonzalez) – Calk Walk gameF05 (Langer) – Inflatable Obstacle CourseF06 (Fraser) – Ticket Sales outside Multipurpose roomF07 (Orellana)- Floater (asking you to fill 2 of 10 spots in each timeslot so that we have backup volunteers if we need to call on you)F08 (Labrecque) – Foam Dance partyF09 (Voth) – Takedown on Saturday (timeslot is 3-5pm although it may not take that long)F10 (Parin) – Floater (asking you to fill 2 of 10 spots in each timeslot so that we have backup volunteers if we need to call on you)F11 (Davidson) – Pablo the Porcupine gameF12 (Howe/Ribiere) – Wizzard bouncy castle
Reminder! DL Family Movie Night is this evening – gym doors open at 5:30 with the movie starting promptly at 6:30 pm. Come early to get your seats – chairs, mats and benches are first come, first serve – and to pick up your pre-ordered food.
Families – if you didn’t RSVP or pre-order snacks you are still all invited to join in the fun! There will be limited food available for purchase as all pre-sales will be handed out first. Note: this is not a drop off event, parents must accompany children in Gr K-6.
Don’t forget your blankets and stuffies…..it’s a cuddle-up and watch a movie kind of night!
Please join us for the next PAC Meeting this Tuesday January 23rd in the MPR from 7:00-8:30 pm.
Preview agenda here. All invited to join!
Childcare available upon request only, email@example.com
Movie Night is this Friday, January 26th…..pre-order your pizza, popcorn and treats at www.munchalunch.com. Go to the Fundraising Open tab and order away! This year bigger groups can take advantage of ordering a whole pizza along with combo treat packs. The site is open until Sunday, January 21st only!
To families who are concerned about the movie selection, rest assured – the movie choice takes into consideration language, ratings and overall fear factor. We understand that the primary kids are so excited to attended the event – we look forward to all ages and families joining in this DL Spirit Event.
Spiritwear has arrived! We look forward to seeing families styling the latest DL looks.
Maybe at the upcoming Movie Night?!
Look out for parcels coming home with your child this week.
Starting Monday Jan 15th order & pre-pay for your pizza, popcorn, beverages and treats via www.munchalunch.com. Go to the Fundraising Open tab and order away! This year bigger groups can take advantage of ordering a whole pizza along with combo treat packs. The site is open for orders January 15th to Sunday, January 21st only!
Put on your onesies, bring your blanket and stuffies and we will see you Friday Jan 26th – gym doors open at 5:30 with the movie starting promptly at 6:30 pm. Come early to get your seats – chairs, mats and benches are first come, first serve – and to pick up your pre-ordered food.
Please Note: there is limited extra food for purchase on-site as we order based on pre-sales. As tradition, the movie choice will be announced at the event.
This event is for ALL grades and the whole family is invited to join (NOTE: this is not a drop off event – parents must accompany children in Gr K-6). Our Gr 7’s are organizing and hosting the event to help raise funds for their various field trips and farewell events later this school year. Come out to support our Gr 7’s while enjoying treats & a free movie among our wonderful DL Community.
Have a wonderful weekend 🙂
THANK YOU to all our DL Families and students for attending last night’s Welcome Back Monster Mash! The Gr 2 + 3 families organized a fun-filled evening that attracted record attendance! A Monster Mash dance lesson, some festive tunes (thank you Tech Crew), a witch’s hat ring toss, spin for treats and of course, delicious snacks. What a great celebration of DL school spirit!
CLICK CAMPAIGN UPDATE! We have raised $2,060 to date!
Only 12 days left to go in our Click Campaign with a target of $7,500. Every little bit helps! We value all contributions no matter the size and encourage families who have not already participated to please do so at www.dorothylynas.com or by clicking the RED BUTTON below.
Welcome Back Social: Needed! The first Spirit Event of the year is happening this Friday, Oct 27th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. We need more volunteers to make this event fun for everyone 🙂 While this event is being hosted by the grade 2 and 3 parents, families from any grade are welcome to show their school spirit and volunteer an hour of their time. Please click SignUp to go directly to the DL Volunteer Board.
SpiritWear: Launching at the Welcome Back Party, volunteers will assist families with sizes and style try-on’s during the launch.
Also, we require volunteers to assist with sample clothing try on’s outside the multi-purpose room on the following dates:
Tuesday, Nov 7 – 8:30 – 9:00 am
Wednesday, Nov 8 – 8:30 – 9:00 am
Thursday, Nov 9 – 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, Nov 14 – 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Please click SignUp to go directly to the DL Volunteer Board.
Thank you in advance for your time & energy (your kids will thank you too!)
A showing of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” will screen Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 7:00 PM.
This Award winning documentary was produced by James Redford with medical input provided by Dr. Sally Shaywitz from the Yale Center for Dyslexia.
The Big Picture is an inspiring documentary for parents, teachers and children (ages 10 yrs and older) to promote education and understanding about Dyslexic learning styles. 52 minutes in length, the movie identifies strengths that help lead many Dyslexics to success and also identifies many of the challenges that Dyslexics face every day.
Reserve your tickets now through Eventbrite. This event will be held at the Unitarian Church, 370 Mathers Ave, West Vancouver. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
THANK YOU to those families who have already shown their support, we appreciate your donations. We look forward to seeing our Fundraising Progress Meter increase on the DL PAC website before the Campaign closes Friday, Nov 10th.
See you all at the Welcome Back “Monster Mash” this coming Friday, October 27th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the DL Gym. Popcorn, frozen treats and fun for all ages. Don’t forget to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plan accordingly!
We are thrilled to announce we’ve doubled in size! Thank you to all those who attended our first PAC Meeting and PAC AGM – we welcomed many returning parents and hosted some new families too. A productive & positive discussion lead to some great new ideas for the coming year and AGM elections saw us double the size of our PAC Executive!
Your new PAC Executive Members are:
- Chairperson – Rahim Rajan
- Co-Vice Chairpersons – Jason Brunelle + Suzanne Siemens
- Treasurer – Wayne Audette
- Secretary – Shaireen Sayani
- Members At Large – Sophie Hsia, Kerry Smith, Giulia Desrochers, Shari Virjee Tanada, Kim Grimwood
Welcome to our new members and we look forward to another productive year ahead.
REQUIRED ASAP! Skills + Talent
Parents, grandparents + caregivers we are looking to fill the following roles on the PAC. The work can be done from the comfort of your own workspace and we guarantee you won’t spend more than 5 hours per month on any of these roles:
- Volunteer Coordinator – This year, we will be linking Volunteer Spot to our DL PAC Website. It is a handy tool where we have already uploaded our DL Volunteer Board. With so many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year all we ask is that you administer the site a few times per month to ensure we have enough parents/students signed up to run their upcoming event. Contact Shaireen Sayani, PAC Secretary & Communications for more details.
- Design – While we find this blog post and our DL PAC website handy ways to keep parents informed, not all families (nor are any students) signed up to receive our PAC communications digitally. Occasionally we send out flyers via student Agendas to guarantee that all parents have been included in our PAC communications. We need the talent of a Design Coordinator to create these flyers along with posters that can be hung around the school and/or within the community. Sharing is caring and keeps our DL Community well informed. For more details contact Suzanne Siemens, PAC Co-Vice Chairperson (Update: someone has now volunteered)
- Marketing – We would like to have a Marketing Coordinator who could provide the necessary expertise and experience to ensure we are utilizing the most effective ways to create an awareness of and promote the various events, programs and opportunities that exist at DL. The Marketing Coordinator will work closely with both our PAC Communications Coordinator & Design Coordinator to ensure we are optimizing our efforts.
- SpiritWear Coordinator – Twice a year (Nov + Feb) we will be selling our fantastic DL logo hoodies, athletic gear + water bottles. We have all the items stored at the school, we just need a Coordinator to organizer on-site viewings for sizing, launch the ready-to-go online order system, and confirm the final numbers with our supplier. The system set up and flow is already done for you – we just need your supervision and organization! (Update: someone has now volunteered to lead this but others are always welcome to help.)
Please contact our PAC Chair, Rahim Rajan at email@example.com if you are interested in any of the roles and/or if you would like to learn more about any of the roles. We thank you for your consideration!
A huge THANK YOU goes out to the following parents who have taken on these PAC Roles:
- Grace Nacorda – PAC Bookkeeper
- Ursula Steidl – Coordinator, Annual Staff Appreciation Lunch
- Katie Gaydon – Coordinator, Art Cards & SpiritWear
- Kim Grimwood – DL Chairperson, Seycove Auction
- Heather Dempsey – DL Traffic Liaison
- Giulia Desrochers – Head Class Rep
- Jane Tom – Family of Schools Rep
- Norisa Anderson – Design
- Natalya Crump – Website
We simply could not do what we do without the contributions and collective effort of our volunteer community at DL!
Calendar of Events for 2017/18
A great and insightful discussion at the PAC Meeting involved parents seeking clarity on which DL events/programs are considered Spirit Events and which events are considered Fundraisers.
Fundraising Activities and Events are designed to raise funds for the PAC to be disbursed to support programs like the Transportation Fund, technology, programs that enrich a students experience and scholarships as well as in classroom (including the library) material support. A volunteer team leads these fundraising programs (and the PAC is always looking for someone to lead this each year). Fundraising activities for 2017/18 include: Fun Foods (year round), the Click Campaign (Oct 2017 – details to follow soon), Art Cards (Nov 2017), Grade 7 Movie Night (Jan 2018) and the Seycove Auction (Spring 2018).
Spirit Events are hosted by the PAC with the goal to build school and community spirit; these events are not fundraisers but rather designed to simply be self-funding. Spirit Events for 2017/18 include: the Welcome Back Social (Oct 2017), Bingo Night (Feb 2018- new this year!) and the Spring Carnival (May 2018). NOTE: SpiritWear is now considered a Spirit Initiative – we feel it is important for all families to be able to participate in wearing the school logo with pride if they choose to and accordingly pricing for all SpiritWear products will be set on a cost recovery basis only.
HELP! We have only 5 Class Reps out of 24 Classes! Please approach your homeroom Teacher and sign up to help.
Save the Date: Fri Oct 27th is our first Spirit Event of the year – Gr 2 + 3 families are planning a fun night for all – details to follow soon!
October is just around the corner – another busy month ahead!
Its time to plan for Fall’s most ghoulish night….In preparation for Halloween (plus a DL Spirit Event details TBA) please mark Wednesday, October 4th in your calendar. The Grade 7 Parents + Students invite you to the MPR from 2:00-4:00 pm to search through tables of gently used Halloween costumes to find your perfect disguise.
Its easy! Trade an old costume for a new one OR simply donate a twoonie and take a costume home with you.
MPR doors will be open at 2 pm for parents, grandparents or caregivers to come by and take a peek. Then at 3 pm bring your child by the MPR and make your selection.
A huge thank you to Jasmine Barry for organizing this Costume Swap the past 2 years. Volunteers are needed to help set up costumes, assist children with sizes & styles and clean up – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can offer some time 🙂
We are working with Obsession Bikes to collect “Previously Loved” bicycles that Obsession will fix up and give to kids (approx age 5 to teens) that are less fortunate at Christmas time. They work alongside the Family Services of the North Shore.
We are looking for bikes that have a wheel size of 12,16, 20, 24 and 26 inches. Bikes need to be relatively free of rust and ideally have been stored in a covered space.
We are collecting bikes that fit this description on or before Thursday, October 12th.
Please email Kerry Smith or call 604 971 4278 if you have a bike you would like to donate. I can hold onto them until October 12th when we hand them over to James Wilson of Obsession Bikes.
10th Seymour Girl Guides
Did you know?
- You can sync the DL PAC Calendar to your smartphone….. click here to view the Dorothy Lynas PAC calendar. Go to your phone calendars and add the DL PAC Calendar…..thank you to DL parent Lisa Stalham for setting this up and keeping us organized!
- You can donate your Nester’s points to DL ? Shop the local Nesters and let them know you’d like to donate your points to DL. This gives our Events teams a head start when they shop for refreshments for our various Spirit Events.
- Its time for our first Spirit Event of the year ……Save the Date Friday, October 27th.….details to follow soon!